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Uniform prayer timings in capital under consideration, govt tells NA

ISLAMABAD: Government informed the National Assembly on Thursday that it was consulting religious scholars from all sects to introduce uniform prayer timings in the federal capital. “We are making efforts to introduce uniform timings for Azaan (call for prayer) in Islamabad and a decision is likely to come through in a week, over which the nation would be happy,” Minister of ...

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Delhi govt asks federal ministry to block Uber, Ola apps

NEW DELHI: Authorities on Wednesday asked India’s federal information technology ministry to block the taxi-hailing apps of US-based Uber and its local rival Ola in the city in a bid to enforce a ban on the companies’ services. India in December ordered all unregistered web-based taxi companies to halt operations until they obtain an operating licence after a driver contracted with Uber ...

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Israel president wants new govt ‘as soon as possible’

JERUSALEM: Israel’s president will seek the formation of a new government “as soon as possible”, his office said Wednesday, with incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu expected to be named prime minister. Netanyahu, who will serve his third consecutive term, has drawn the ire of Israel’s closest ally the United States, with President Barack Obama slamming comments the prime minister made during the March ...

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Israeli settlers using archaeological digs as cover to take Palestinian land: British govt

Israeli settlers are encroaching Palestinian land under the facade of settling in to protect historical archaeological sites, the British government has said. Ministers say they fear the efforts for peace in the region to be sabotaged by the “radical” settlers working with the Israeli government. The ‘Elad’ settler group is known for belligerently colonising Palestinian areas, while taking ownership of buildings with the intention of ...

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Without discrimination: Govt, opposition agree on neutral graft body

ISLAMABAD: The government and opposition on Tuesday agreed to draw up consensual legislation for creation of an independent body for accountability of all citizens of the country without discrimination. The debate on the issue ensued following a proposal moved by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Raza Hayat Hiraj. The proposed bill, entitled “The Holder of Public Exchequer (accountability) Bill”, sought establishment ...

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HEC privatisation: Govt hints at accepting Cargill Holdings’ offer

ISLAMABAD:  The federal government on Tuesday hinted at accepting Cargill Holdings Limited’s offer of Rs250 million in cash for Heavy Electrical Complex (HEC) provided the buyer gives solid guarantees for picking up all the liabilities of the company besides keeping its employees. Headed by Minister for Finance and Privatisation Ishaq Dar, the Cabinet Committee on Privatisation (CCOP) deferred a final ...

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Establishing rights: Govt presents bills to end child, bonded labour

PESHAWAR:  In a move that could play a role in abolishing some of society’s great menaces, the provincial government presented the K-P Prohibition of Employment of Children Bill 2015 and K-P Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Bill 2015 before the assembly. Special Assistant to the Chief Minister for Law Arif Yousaf placed the bills before the house. Ending child labour The ...

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Crises management: K-P govt to dole out Rs200m for TB control programme

PESHAWAR / SWAT:  In a bid to control a possible crisis, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has allocated Rs200 million for the ongoing tuberculosis (TB) control programme, official sources told The Express Tribune. German government-owned development bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) has been financing the project with around €14million provided in the last ten years. The donor is likely to bow out ...

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Govt likely to miss 4.2% growth rate target, again: ADB

ISLAMABAD:   As India is poised to become an engine of global growth, just across the border, Pakistan will experience yet another year of modest economic growth rate of 4.2% due to its lack of appetite for reforms, predicts a new report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The Asian Development Outlook – a flagship publication of the ADB — has ...

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Sindh govt to include Jinnah’s August 11 speech in curriculum

KARACHI: In a bid to teach religious tolerance, the Sindh government announced on Monday that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s August 11, 1947, speech will be included in the school cirriculum from classes eight to 10.  “Quaid-e-Azam’s speech is being included in the curriculum on the directives of Pakistan Peoples Party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari,” Provincial Minister for Education Nisar Khuhro said. “We ...

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