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  • Disclosure about toll plaza contract startles Senate

    ISLAMABAD: The disclosure by a federal minister on Tuesday that a lucrative toll plaza contract had silently been awarded to a military-owned construction company for 20 years without a competitive bidding process set off alarm bells in the Senate, with a vocal senator terming it a disturbing development and asking the chair to refer the matter to the relevant standing committee...

    Speaking on an issue of public importance, Senator...

  • Despite the weather, Islamabad Carnival draws crowds

    ISLAMABAD: Despite Sunday’s high temperatures, 11-year-old Habibullah seemed more than willing to tolerate the heat as he took in the rides and activities at the Islamabad Carnival 2016, at the Arts and Craft Village in Shakarparian...

    Samiullah, his father, agreed that the event was interesting, but didn’t seem convinced it was worth the hot weather, saying it was too hot to stay for long...

  • Extreme weather drives late-night shopping in Rawalpindi, Islamabad

    ISLAMABAD: Extreme weather in Rawalpindi and Islamabad has changed the shopping pattern this Ramazan, and even the corporate brands are keeping their outlets open late at night ignoring the official timings...

    ”The Rawalpindi-Islamabad region has faced a different weather pattern this year, not only due to high temperature but also because the humidity increased the heat index...

  • Owner of Dhaka plaza, 40 others charged with murder

    DHAKA: Bangladeshi police on Monday charged 41 people including the owner of the Rana Plaza factory complex with murder after the building collapsed killing more than 1,100 people in 2013...

    “We’ve charged 41 people including the owner of the building, Sohel Rana, with murder over the collapse of Rana Plaza in April 2013,” lead investigator Bijoy Krishna Kar said, adding that all face the death penalty if convicted...

  • Three held in Tahir Plaza arson case

    KARACHI: Pakistan Rangers, Sindh, on Monday claimed to have arrested three men allegedly involved in the 2008 Tahir Plaza inferno case in which six people, including a lawyer, were burnt to death...

    “Rangers while carrying out action against criminals in the metropolis arrested three suspects allegedly involved in the Tahir Plaza tragedy case,” said a spokesperson for the Rangers...

  • CDA finds violations in lawmaker’s under-construction plaza

    ISLAMABAD: A sitting senator has been accused of violating the Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) building bylaws for constructing a commercial plaza on a plot meant for a marriage hall in Sector G-6...

    Senator Haji Saifullah Khan Bangash has been constructing a multi-storey plaza on a service road behind the Aabpara Sunday Bazaar...

  • F-7 parking plaza to be opened next week

    ISLAMABAD: Construction work on one of the two parking plazas being built in Jinnah Super Market, F-7, by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) is almost complete and will open for parking next week...

    According to a CDA official, work on the parking plaza situated on the southern side of Jinnah Super had completed in record time while work on the plaza situated on the northern side is in progress...

  • Work on Shahabuddin Market plaza resumes after six-month hiatus

    KARACHI: Work on the construction of the Shahabuddin Market and Parking Plaza (SMPP), which had been suspended last year amid a power tussle between the local bodies and the Sindh government, has finally resumed, officials and sources said...

    Hundreds of shopkeepers having their business establishments in the old Shahabuddin Market were relocated to a temporary market constructed in the Lines Area with a promise that they would be...

  • Eleven injured in plaza fire

    LAHORE: A young man died and 11 others suffered multiple burns when a huge fire erupted in a plaza at Ichhra on Tuesday...

    The youth identified as Shahzad was a sweeper who jumped from the fourth floor of the nine-storey Gold Mine Plaza and died...

  • Three-year-old boy booked in plaza occupation case

    ISLAMABAD: A local court on Saturday issued a show-cause notice to the station house officer (SHO) of Shalimar for booking a three-year-old boy in a plaza occupation case...

    According to the FIR, Mohammad Khalid complained to the police that Adil Asghar, his brother Usman, Mohammad Ishtiaq Bangash, Rafiq and Mustafa had occupied the basement of his plaza in Sector F-10...

  • Over 25 shops gutted in Gul Plaza

    KARACHI: More than 25 shops were burnt in a huge fire that broke out in a multi-storey market, Gul Plaza, on main M...

    The fireman said in the Gul Plaza fire incident the firemen broke the shutters of the shops since these were closed and one of their firemen was miraculously saved during fire fighting...

  • Currency universe different now from days of ‘Plaza Accord’

    ”These lines come not from the statement issued last weekend by the Group of 20 leading economies meeting in Turkey but from one of the most famous inter-governmental economic communiques ever, signed 30 years ago this month and remembered with awe in financial markets as the “Plaza Accord”...

    On Sept 22, 1985, at the Plaza Hotel in New York, the Group of Five leading industrialised powers — the United States, Japan, West Germany,...

  • Eight years on, justice awaited in Tahir Plaza arson attack case

    KARACHI: While Rangers and police have often claimed to have arrested suspects for their alleged involvement in the Tahir Plaza arson attack, none of them have faced charges eight years after the deadly incident, it emerged on Saturday...

    On April 9, 2008, a lawyer and his five clients were burnt alive when a building, Tahir Plaza, near the city courts was set on fire...

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