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  • Candidate profile: Making history in Hyderabad’s politics

    Hoping to meet requirements of the Elections Act 2018, making it mandatory for parties to issue five per cent of its tickets to woman candidates, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) fielded Sanam as their candidate from this area, making her the first women to contest polls on a general seat in Hyderabad...

    This is how 33-year-old Sanam is making history in Hyderabad’s electoral politics...

  • REVIEW:A history of violence:A Brief History of Seven Killings

    Marlon James’s Booker prizewinning novel A Brief History of Seven Killings is a fantastic attempt at recounting the attack on Marley through a variety of eccentric, rowdy and colourful characters that provide, to a reasonable extent, a clear, albeit bloody, insight into the violence-stricken Jamaica of the 1970s and ’80s (the story moves further ahead)...

    Here’s how A Brief History of Seven Killings moves into first gear by virtue of...

  • A Leaf From History: A history of ethnic violence

    A newspaper ignited the situation with provocative headlines, because of which riots erupted in Karachi and Hyderabad claiming the lives of many innocent people...

    Sociologists also trace the history of Karachi’s ethnic conflagarations to the 1960s after then president Gen Ayub Khan initiated a plan to settle Pakhtuns — his own ethnic group — in the city...

  • Saudi king imposes penalty on Binladin Group after Makkah crane crash

    RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Tuesday sanctioned the Saudi Binladin Group for last Friday's crane collapse at Makkah's Grand Mosque, which killed more than 100 people days before the Haj pilgrimage...

    Moreover, Saudi Royal Court has announced one million riyals as compensation for the bereaved families of martyrs and half million for injured of Makkah crane crash incident, Radio Pakistan reported on its website...

  • Makkah hotel evacuated after fire

    A hotel in Makkah, where around 2 million Muslims have gathered to perform Haj, was evacuated on Monday after a fire broke out, the Saudi Civil Defence Directorate said...

    Civil defence spokesman Major Nayef Al-Sharif said no casualties were reported following the fire, which was sparked by a faulty air conditioning unit on the eighth floor of a hotel in the Azaziyah district of Makkah...

  • Saudi court acquits 13 accused in Makkah crane crash case: report

    A penal court in Makkah on Sunday acquitted all 13 people charged with negligence in the 2015 crane crash incident which had resulted in deaths of at least 109 people, the Saudi Gazette reported...

    A massive construction crane had crashed into Makkah's Grand Mosque in September 2015, killing 109 people, less than a fortnight before the Haj pilgrimage was supposed to start...

  • No blood money for Makkah crane crash victims, rules Saudi court

    Makkah's Summary Court on Sunday ruled that victims and affectees of the 2015 crane crash at the Grand Mosque which resulted in the deaths of at least 109 people would not receive any blood money or compensation, the Saudi Gazette reported...

    A massive construction crane had crashed into Makkah's Grand Mosque in September 2015, killing 109 people, less than a fortnight before Haj was supposed to start...

  • Saudi security forces foil plans for attack in Makkah

    RIYADH: A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque in Makkah as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as Ramazan ends, Saudi Arabia’s security forces said on Saturday...

    The Interior Ministry said it launched a raid around Jeddah, as well as two areas in Makkah itself, including the Ajyad Al-Masafi neighbourhood, located near the Grand Mosque...

  • Yemeni rebel missile shot down near Makkah: Arab coalition

    A ballistic missile fired by suspected Yemeni rebels was shot down late Thursday close to Makkah in Saudi Arabia, a month before the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Islam's holiest site, the Arab military coalition fighting in Yemen said...

    Occasional ballistic missile attacks, as well as more frequent short-range rocket fire over the southern border, have in the past been conducted after coalition air strikes against the rebels in Yemen...

  • Saudi prosecutors bring charges over Makkah crane crash disaster: report

    RIYADH: Suspects including engineers and two government employees will face trial in Saudi Arabia over the deaths of 107 people when a crane toppled over at Makkah's Grand Mosque last year, a local newspaper that reflects government thinking reported on Tuesday...

    It said those charged included engineers and two officials working for two government bodies in Makkah, but did not specify what the charges were or how many people would...

  • At least 87 pilgrims die in Makkah crane crash

    RIYADH: A massive construction crane crashed into Makkah’s Grand Mosque in stormy weather on Friday, killing at least 87 people and injuring 184, Saudi authorities said, less than a fortnight before Haj...

    That message came about an hour after it tweeted that Makkah was “witnessing medium to heavy rains”, and pictures circulating on social media showed lightning...

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