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  • Rawal Dam, 7th Avenue flyovers to be opened for public on Aug 14

    ISLAMABAD: City managers are all set to inaugurate two main projects of the federal capital — Rawal Dam flyover and the 7th Avenue interchange — on Independence Day (Aug 14)...

    A meeting in this regard was held at the Capital Development Authority (CDA) headquarters, presided over by the authority’s chairman Amer Ali Ahmed
  • Meta raises $10 billion in first-ever bond offering

    Facebook-parent Meta Platforms Inc said on Tuesday it had raised $10 billion in its first-ever bond offering, as it looks to fund share buybacks and investments to revamp its business...

    The offering would help Meta, the only one among big technology companies without debt on its books, to build a more traditional balance sheet and fund some expensive initiatives, such as its metaverse virtual reality
  • Taiwan holds military drill after China repeats threats

    Taiwan’s army held another live-fire drill Thursday after Beijing ended its largest-ever military exercises around the island and repeated threats to bring the self-ruled democracy under its control...

    Beijing has raged at a trip to Taiwan last week by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — the highest-ranking elected American official to visit in decades – staging days of air and sea drills around the island that raised tensions to their...
  • ‘Extreme’ weather warning in force in Britain as new heatwave hits

    A four-day “extreme heat” warning came into force in parts of England and Wales on Thursday, with temperatures poised to top 35 Celsius in another heatwave that could cause wildfires and pressure water supplies and transport services...

    The Met Office said its amber warning, its second-most severe after red, will last until the end of Sunday, and cautioned that people vulnerable to extreme heat could face adverse health effects
  • Govt notifies Rs3.5 per unit hike in base tariff

    ISLAMABAD: Power Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan on Wednesday said the government had notified Rs3...

    50 per unit increase in national base electricity tariff and promised to investigate complaints of overbilling on account of monthly fuel cost adjustments (FCAs) in the current bills
  • Protests against militants’ return echo in National Assembly

    ISLAMABAD: Expressing his apprehensions at the success of talks with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Wednesday admitted on the floor of the National Assembly that anti-Taliban feelings were growing in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) as people were holding protest demonstrations in various parts of the province against the Taliban presence in their area...

    Responding to independent MNA from erstwhile...
  • Boult released from NZ contract to spend more time at home

    WELLINGTON: World class fast bowler Trent Boult was released from his central contract with New Zealand Cricket (NZC) at his own request on Wednesday so he can spend less time travelling and more time at home with his family...

    The 33-year-old, who has played 70 tests and 137 limited overs internationals since 2011, will continue to play for his country but have a “significantly reduced role”, NZC said
  • Four-member committee to probe boxers’ disappearance after CWG

    LAHORE: The Pakistan Olympic Association has formed a four-member committee to probe the disappearance of two boxers from the athletes’ village at the end of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Pakistan Boxing Federation secretary Nasir Ijaz Tung said on Wednesday...

    Suleman Baloch and Nazeerullah Khan were nowhere to be found as the Pakistan contingent prepared to leave for home on Tuesday with the duo classified as missing and their...
  • Taliban torn over reforms one year after seizing power

    KANDAHAR: One year on from the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan, some cracks are opening within their ranks over the crucial question of just how much reform their leaders can tolerate...

    Infamous during their first reign for their brutal crackdowns on rights and freedoms, the Islamists vowed to rule differently this time
  • FIFA looking to bring forward World Cup start by one day

    DOHA: The World Cup in Qatar could kick-off one day earlier than scheduled with FIFA looking at a plan to hold the opening ceremony and the host nation’s first match on Sunday Nov 20th, just over three months before the competition gets underway...

    News agencies Reuters, AFP and The Associated Press all cited sources close to the discussions on Wednesday as saying that Qatar will now play Ecuador 24 hours earlier than planned, in a move...
  • Parvez lifts ban on timing condition for shops, markets in Punjab

    LAHORE: The Parvez Elahi government on Wednesday withdrew former chief minister Hamza Shehbaz decision of closing business centres, markets, super stores and shops at 9pm made to conserve electricity and fuel...

    The Punjab government has notified the announcement by Chief Minister Parvez Elahi to lift the ban on the timing condition on business centres, markets, super stores and shops
  • ‘New work of fiction’: Iran rejects US claim of plot to kill ex-NSA John Bolton

    Iran dismissed as “fiction” on Thursday US allegations that it had plotted to kill former White House national security adviser (NSA) John Bolton in retaliation for the assassination of one of its top commanders...

    The US claim comes at a crunch moment in talks on reviving a nuclear deal between Iran and major powers that Washington had abandoned in 2018 but has said it wants to rejoin, with Iran now considering what European Union...
  • Trump ‘pleads the Fifth’ in civil probe

    NEW YORK: Donald Trump on Wednesday decl­ined to answer questions under oath in New York over alleged fraud at his family business, as legal pressures pile on the former president whose house was raided by the FBI just two days ago...

    Trump said he had “no choice” but to invoke the fifth amendment — which allows individuals to remain silent under questioning to protect against self-incrimination — during a deposition at the New York...
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