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Six Pakistan Army soldiers , Four FC personnel, including officer, martyred in North Waziristan And Baluchistan terrorist attacks

MIRANSHAH: Six Pakistan Army soldiers were martyred in North Waziristan tribal district on Saturday when terrorists opened fire on them from across the Pak-Afghan border. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the incident happened when the soldiers were on regular duty patrolling the border near Gurbaz area of North Waziristan tribal district near the Pak-Afghan border. The martyred included ... Read More »

Taliban reject direct talks with Afghan government

The Taliban said on Sunday they will not hold direct talks with Afghan government and rejected a statement from a senior minister about plans to hold the meeting within the next two weeks, a senior Taliban official said. “Intra-Afghan talks will start only after a foreign force withdrawal is announced,” said Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political office ... Read More »

Heavy rains claim five lives in KP, cause power failure in parts of Lahore

LAHORE/PESHAWAR: Heavy rains lashed parts of the country, claiming five lives and injuring 18 people in rain-related incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to a Provincial Disaster Management Authority‚Äôs report on Sunday. Rains lashed several areas of Lahore, due to which residents had to suffer prolonged power outage. In Tajpura area, highest level of rain was recorded, which was 54 milimetre. ... Read More »

The Canadian government has decided to expand the Student Direct Stream (SDS) programme to include international students from Pakistan, enabling them to get a student visa in ‘less than three weeks’. Pakistan was recently included in the SDS programme by the Canadian Immigration Department, according to a press release issued on July 26. The Canadian government had initiated the programme for students from India, China, Philippines and Vietnam last year. “The Student Direct Stream (SDS) is now available to study permit applicants who are living in Pakistan,” the press release stated, adding that most SDS applications from countries already part of the programme were being processed in under three weeks. “SDS applications require prospective students to provide more up-front information to officers, including meeting language test requirements in English or French and providing additional information that shows their ability to finance their education. With additional information, officers can process applications more efficiently,” it read. According to the press release, the expansion of the SDS supported the Canadian government’s “goal of attracting students from a more diverse range of countries”. “Many international students who graduate from a program in Canada often become eligible for a post-graduation work permit. With a Canadian education and skilled work experience in Canada, former international students are well positioned for success in applying for permanent residence through Express Entry, the Provincial Nominee Program or the Atlantic Immigration Pilot.” “In 2018, in fact, nearly 54,000 former students transitioned to permanent residence, an all-time high,” the press release added. High Commissioner of Pakistan to Canada Raza Bashir Tarar welcomed the decision, adding that it would facilitate students who desired to study in Canada. He appreciated the goodwill gesture of the Canadian government and appreciated the special efforts of Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and the members of the Canadian Parliament for fulfilling their commitment. The high commissioner, in his meetings with the Canadian officials, had urged them to include Pakistani students in the SDS programme as “academically, Pakistani students are second to none”.

The Canadian government has decided to expand the Student Direct Stream (SDS) programme to include international students from Pakistan, enabling them to get a student visa in ‘less than three weeks’ Pakistan was recently included in the SDS programme by the Canadian Immigration Department, according to a press release issued on July 26. The Canadian government had initiated the programme ... Read More »

Kolasinac fends off knifemen trying to steal Mesut Ozil’s car

Attempted robbery took place in north London; both football players unhurt, Arsenal says. Arsenal’s Bosnian fullback Sead Kolasinac has fought off two knife-wielding men after he and teammate Mesut Ozil were attacked in north London in an apparent carjacking attempt. Both football players were unharmed. German international Ozil was chased in Golders Green when the gang surrounded his black jeep ... Read More »

More than 100 killed in Syria air raids in past 10 days, UN says

UN human rights chief condemns ‘apparent international indifference’, says 26 children are among 103 civilians killed. Air raids by the Syrian government and its allies in the country’s last rebel-held enclave have killed more than 100 civilians in the past 10 days, according to the United Nations, which said the three-month campaign has displaced more than 400,000 people. The 103 ... Read More »

PTA chief recommends blocking social media in Pakistan over blasphemous content

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) Chairperson Amir Azeem Bajwa has recommended that the government block social media websites in the country. Briefing a Senate Standing Committee, Bajwa said there was blasphemous content on social media and several fake accounts. He added that the majority of websites were being operated from outside the country. The PTA chairperson called on the ... Read More »

Karachi cop channels police stories into gritty novels

KARACHI: His father was assassinated by a notorious Karachi hitman, while his police partner was murdered by the Taliban. Personal tragedy haunts the hard-boiled novels that are turning top cop Omar Shahid Hamid into one of Pakistan’s most popular English-language authors. For nearly two decades Hamid has worn a badge in Karachi, the mega port city on the Arabian Sea ... Read More »

No new tax on bike, rickshaw: FBR

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has clarified that no new withholding tax is being levied on motorcycle and auto rickshaw. An official statement issued said that no change or increase in tax has been levied on motor vehicles under section 231B and 234 of Income Tax Ordinance 2001. Further, there is no suggestion under consideration to levy tax ... Read More »

Pakistan discusses economic recovery plans with WB, IMF

WASHINGTON: Senior managers of the Pakistani economy engaged with the officials of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington this week, exchanging views on plans for an economic recovery. The group included Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue and Dr Reza Baqir, Governor State Bank of Pakistan. A government ... Read More »

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