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  • In Search of Israeli Cuisine is in search of an answer

    In the documentary In Search of Israeli Cuisine, restaurateur and chef Michael Solomonov travels from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem looking for what makes Israeli cooking unique...

    Solomonov journeys all across Israel, uncovering a country rich with its own ingredients, but whose dishes are influenced by any number of nearby countries — such places as Yemen, Spain and Turkey — where Israelis travelled during the economic boom of the 1980s... ...

  • Lending to small farmers needs more than token agreements

    THE State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has been advising the commercial banks since the 1980s to give more loans to priority sectors, including agriculture...

    Developing legal frameworks for secured transactions and an electronic movable collateral registry is one measure to improve financial access in Pakistan...

  • Opposition stages token walkout over wheat growers ‘plight’

    LAHORE: Opposition in the Punjab Assembly on Monday staged a token walkout over what it called discrimination against farmers, saying the government had stopped the sale and distribution of gunny bags after reducing its wheat procurement target by 30 per cent...

    Ahmad Khan of Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf said the government had reduced the wheat procurement target to 70 per cent...

  • Rickshaw drivers protest high token fee

    TOBA TEK SINGH: Rickshaw drivers observed a complete strike at Kamalia on Tuesday over alleged collection of Rs2,500 token fee per rickshaw by the Excise and Taxation department...

    Rickshaw drivers union office-bearers announced if the forced collection of token fee as lump sum did not stop, they would continue their protest daily...

  • PIA employees go on token strike

    KARACHI: Hundreds of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) employees suspended their regular work for more than two hours and staged a protest demonstration at Karachi airport against proposed privatisation of the national flag carrier which hit the routine operation of the airline...

  • Token hunger strike by MQM over media ban on Altaf’s speeches

    KARACHI: Dozens of leaders and elected representatives of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement began their 12-hour token hunger strike on Friday against a Lahore High Court ban on broadcast of party chief Altaf Hussain’s speeches...

    Last year in August, a full bench of the LHC while hearing petitions against the MQM chief’s controversial remarks against the armed forces had directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra)...

  • Situationer: PML-N content with a token presence in Sindh?

    HYDERABAD: The prime minister’s political foray into Sindh on Thursday tends to show that he is trying to build up a ‘federal image’ for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz in the run-up to next year’s general election...

    By visiting Thatta’s Shirazis in spite of reports that they are in touch with the Pakistan Peoples Party for yet another somersault — their hallmark over the years — Nawaz Sharif made it clear that he wants to win them...

  • Pope Francis meets Erdogan in Vatican City, gifts token of peace

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Pope Francis on Monday while police enforced a protest ban in central Rome as feelings run high over Turkey's offensive against Kurdish militia inside Syria...

    During the 50-minute audience, Pope Francis gave Erdogan a medallion embossed with an angel strangling a “demon of war”, a symbol of peace and justice
  • Representation of women in elections remains token

    The three biggest parties — Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Teh­re­ek­-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakis­tan Peoples Party (PPP) — issued tickets to the minimum number of women as is possible under the law — barely following the official five per cent re­­qu­­i­re­­­ment...

    The total number of women who received party tickets in the 2013 general election was 61, and the number of women who contested the 2013 elections as...

  • Pakistan issues first third-gender passport for transgender activist

    The government has issued its first third-gender passport to a transgender activist in Peshawar who hailed the move as a step forward for the community...

    Activist Farzana Riaz said the new passport would help her campaign globally on behalf of her community, who are also known as khawajasiras — an umbrella term denoting a third sex that includes transsexuals, transvestites and eunuchs...

  • Altaf gets passport back – ready to return to Pakistan?

    London Metropolitan Police have returned Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain's passport, a statement on the party's website says...

    Altaf's passport was seized by British authorities during their investigation of a money laundering case in which the MQM supremo was a suspect...

  • SC orders NADRA to unblock Musharraf's CNIC, passport so that he can return to Pakistan

    The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday ordered that national identity card (CNIC) and passport of former military dictator Pervez Musharraf be unblocked so that he is able to return to the country...

    The order was issued after National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) Chairman Usman Mobin was spotted sitting in on a full-bench hearing for a separate case by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar...

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