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  • Standard & Poor’s sees stable economic, fiscal outlook for Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD: Disregarding prevailing political uncertainty, Standard & Poor’s affirmed on Monday Pakistan’s stable economic and fiscal outlook for the short and long terms with a downward expectation on the external-sector performance...

    In doing so, the New York-based rating agency maintained its ‘B’ long-term and short-term sovereign rating on Pakistan and also on senior, unsecured debt and sukuk...

  • Pakistan Hockey League to boost standard of game: PHF

    ISLAMABAD: In a bid to lift the standard of national hockey, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) has decided to organise the Pakistan Hockey League in October-November this year...

    Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, PHF president retired Brig Khalid Sajjad Khokhar and secretary Shahbaz Ahmed Senior said that the federation will organise the league on the pattern of Pakistan Super League (PSL) which was staged in February...

  • Duminy impressed with PSL standard, agrees to visit Pakistan for play-offs

    South Africa all-rounder JP Duminy confirmed on Wednesday that he will be visiting Pakistan with Islamabad United for the upcoming Pakistan Super League 2018 playoffs and final...

    The Proteas batsman had earlier said there was only 'a bit of chance' of him being on a Pakistan-bound flight but has since made up his mind, telling DawnNewsTV: "I will be coming to Pakistan with the Islamabad United squad to for the play-offs and the final...

  • Pakistan’s long-term outlook ‘stable’: Standard & Poor’s

    ISLAMABAD: The Standard & Poor’s (S&P) rating agency on Thursday affirmed Pakistan’s ‘B-’ long-term and ‘B’ short-term sovereign rating while maintaining ‘stable’ long-term outlook...

    The New York-based rating agency also affirmed ‘B-’ long-term issue rating on Pakistan’s senior unsecured debt and sukuk trust certificates...

  • Cotton rates firm up as crop size fears ruled out

    The sentiment was indu­ced by Pakistan Central Cotton Committee’s (PCCC) review which said that no major loss was suffered by the crop and production would be close to official estimates...

    The PCCC cotton review has set aside all fears and apprehensions that were afloat about the size of the crop in the light of heat wave, smog and fog impact, said Naseem Usman, chairman Karachi Cotton Brokers’ Forum...

  • US experts size up Cuba’s untapped oil wealth

    HAVANA: US experts were briefed by Cuban authorities for the first time Wednesday on technical details of a possible partnership to tap Cuba’s deep-sea oil wealth, in another sign of warming ties between the two nations...

    The United States and Cuba in December made a surprise announcement that they would end five decades of Cold War-era bad blood, and move toward normal relations
  • Filipino baker makes life-size cake of Pacquiao

    MANILA: Fans of boxer Manny Pacquiao have a new way of showing how much they love the boxing superstar — by eating him or a life-size replica cake at least...

    The 41-year-old said the biggest challenges were their lack of experience in making life-size statues and formal training in cake design...

  • Increase in size of pictorial warning on cigarettes delayed for two months

    ISLAMABAD: Minister for National Health Services (NHS) Saira Afzal Tarar on Thursday said the implementation of the decision to enhance the size of pictorial warning on cigarette packets had been delayed for two months...

    On February 11, Ms Tarar had announced that the size of the pictorial warning would be increased from the current 40 per cent to cover 85 per cent of the cigarette packets...

  • Jimmy Kimmel mocks Sean Spicer to his face about Trump inauguration crowd size

    But Kimmel was especially animated about one particular topic — Spicer’s debut in front of the White House press corps back in January, with his statements about Trump’s inauguration crowd size...

    )Spicer said that Trump “wanted to make sure the record got set straight” and was upset because he felt that people were trying to undermine the validity of his election and didn’t want to give him credit for his victory...

  • Pope risks joke about Trump’s size

    In one of the lighter moments of his meeting with the US president at the Vatican on Wednesday, Francis made an apparent allusion to Trump’s imposing physical size...

    Against that backdrop, Francis’s diplomatic advisers would no doubt have counselled the outspoken pontiff against any reference to Trump’s size, which came under considerable scrutiny during the US election campaign...

  • China to limit family size for up to 30 years, despite concerns

    45 billion by 2050 when one in every three people is expected to be more than 60 years old, with a shrinking proportion of working adults to support them...

    ”He said it was difficult to give a specific time on how long the restrictions on family size would be maintained, saying it was an issue that had to be dealt with “in line with the times”...

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