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  • I’m a certified Grammar Nazi, and I couldn’t pass IELTS

    Nothing wrecks an English writer’s pride – his “unfaltering” confidence in his own pen – like being made to repeat an internationally acclaimed English language test due to an insufficient score...

    IELTS, which stands for International English Language Testing System, meticulously examines one’s language skills for the purpose of working or studying in certain English-speaking countries; notably Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom
  • Hathora Group: Karachi’s first terror

    Decades before blood-curdling episodes of suicide bombings and ‘target killings’ became an uneasy norm in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, a wave of terror cut across the widespread and chaotic metropolis that carried with it almost exactly the same sense of fear and dread as does the vicious criminal madness in the city today...

    Though Karachi was never a very peaceful and serene city, before the mid and late 1980s its crime rates...

  • 3 extortionists with links to South Africa-based group arrested in Karachi

    KARACHI: Police on Monday claimed to have arrested three alleged extortionists, who it said tended to target doctors and pharmaceutical companies and have links with a South Africa-based group...

    “Police arrested two suspected extortionists from Khawaja Ajmair Nagri, Wasif Rafiq and Faizan alias Matto, and seized computers from their custody,” said Karachi-West DIG, Feroze Shah...

  • ‘Enemy-backed group killed Baloch labourers’

    He said his government condemned this “act of terrorism” and that a terrorist group had killed the 20 Pakistanis not an ethnic group...

    He claimed a terrorist group in Balochistan had received funding and training from “the enemy” and murdered the labourers...

  • Group show: Sparkling potpourri

    Creating a similar empathy, a foursome exhibition of painters: Javed Qamar, Khusro Subzwari, Mehtab Ali and S M Naqvi, was recently held at the Full Circle Gallery, Karachi...

    The abstract paintings of Naqvi add yet another stormy nuance to the group show because of the conspicuous, bold application of vivid colours...

  • Tunisian democracy group collects Nobel Peace Prize

    Norwegian Nobel Committee ChairwomanKaci Kullmann Five cited the group for “its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy” following Tunisia’s 2011 revolution that overthrew its long-time authoritarian president...

    The gold medals and diplomas were picked up by Houcine Abassi, the labour union leader; Mohammed Fadhel Mafoudh, head of the bar association; Abdessatar Ben Moussa, president of the human rights...

  • Canada to deport banned group’s member

    OTTAWA: A member of a banned Pakistani group will be deported from Canada in the next month after being caught with a cache of firearms, an immigration trial heard on Monday...

    Seven of its members were hanged in Pakistan in January for killings, attempted assassinations and an attack on the US consulate in Karachi in 2003...

  • Muslim group CAIR evacuates US HQ after getting white powder in mail

    WASHINGTON: Muslim advocacy group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) evacuated its national headquarters on Capitol Hill on Thursday after receiving a letter containing white powder, but staff were later allowed to re-enter after authorities conducted preliminary tests and deemed the substance harmless...

    About three CAIR employees came into contact with the powder and were quarantined in the building while police and...

  • PBA temporarily suspends Express group’s membership

    KARACHI: The Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) has “temporarily” suspended the membership of Express and issued a show-cause notice to the media network for alleged tempering with viewership ratings through employees of a rating company, Medialogic...

    Also read: Medialogic CEO alleges Express Media Group manipulated TV ratings system“The PBA board noted with concern that all types of disinformation was being spread about the...

  • Saudi Binladin Group says delayed wages paid to 10,000 staff

    RIYADH: Saudi Binladin Group, which has laid off tens of thousands of employees because of financial difficulties, said on Monday it has begun paying delayed wages to its remaining staff...

    Saudi Binladin Group, one of the world's largest construction companies, was also suspended by the government from new public contracts after a deadly crane accident last September...

  • Rs572m deal with China group for the Dasu-hit

    LAHORE: The Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) on Tuesday signed a Rs572 million agreement with China Railway First Group (CRFG) for construction of resettlement sites and Shatial museum – the components of Dasu Hydropower Project...

  • India joins elite missile tech group controlling global sale

    NEW DELHI: India has joined an exclusive club of countries controlling exports in missile technology, just a day after bemoaning its exclusion from another elite group that governs international nuclear fuel and technology...

    The foreign ministry thanked the other 34 members of the MTCR group for supporting its inclusion...

  • Hizb disowns splinter group responsible for attacks in Kashmir

    Indian security forces say Najar leads a breakaway group called Lashkar-i-Islam that has perpetrated a series of attacks around Sopore, killing five people, including telecom vendors and former militants...

    Lashkar-i-Islam has warned people to stop working for telecommunication com­panies, saying that Ind­ian security forces are using mobile phone services to target members of the group...

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