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Pak PM, good intentions, but that’s all?

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Pak PM, good intentions, but that’s all?

Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has set himself a possibly insurmountable challenge: He intends to work with  India to achieve peace across South Asia. Those are good intentions on the face of it, but can Abbasi walk the talk? Some media analysts say it is likely to be a tall order for Mr […]

State Funeral for ‘Mother Teresa of Pakistan’

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State Funeral for ‘Mother Teresa of Pakistan’

German-born Catholic missionary Sr. Ruth Pfau, who devoted her life to eradicating leprosy in Pakistan, died on Thursday in the southern city of Karachi, a hospital official said. In recognition of services rendered by the late Dr Ruth Pfau, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has announced a state funeral for the nun from Germany who […]

New Jihadi Magazine for Women in Pakistan

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New Jihadi Magazine for Women in Pakistan

There’s a new magazine out in Pakistan. It’s objective: to recruit women into a career of lifelong militancy. A new push by one of Pakistan’s most notorious militant groups to attract female fighters looks like an effort to keep up with Islamic State (IS) and other extremists who have used such appeals to bolster their […]

Undersea cable cuts off Pakistan flights, internet

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Undersea cable cuts off Pakistan flights, internet

Islamabad, Aug 6: It was a nerve-wracking weekend for Pakistan.  Internet services were disrupted across Pakistan for about 38 hours due to a fault in the India-Middle East-Western Europe submarine cable, affecting flight services and other activities. The Internet services were restored across the country on August 6  after the disruption caused by the fault […]

International Math Olympiad: Bangladesh Tops in South Asia

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International Math Olympiad: Bangladesh Tops in South Asia

One of the students missed out on a gold medal by one point, but that didn’t stop Bangladesh from becoming the highest ranking Asian team on the Maths Olympiad. They beat India and Pakistan as well. Bangladeshi students have won four medals, including two silver and two bronze, in the 58th International Mathematical Olympiad held […]

Rice crises in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka …

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Rice crises in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka …

South Asia appears to be heading for a food crisis. According to reports from Thailand, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are in desperate need of rice. They have approached Thailand for help. But Thailand’s government stocks are low. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are in talks with Thailand for an urgent purchase of 400,000 tonnes of rice […]

Ever Heard of Caste-based diseases?

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Ever Heard of Caste-based diseases?

Caste endogamous marriages have led to rare genetic diseases developing over the years. This is indicated by new research. Perhaps it is high time to acknowledge that the rigid caste system practiced in India and other parts of South Asia must go. HYDERABAD, JULY 20:  Not too long ago, when a person went in for […]

‘Protect Pakistani Hindus from Forced Conversions’

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‘Protect Pakistani Hindus from Forced Conversions’

A leading Pakistani newspaper on Thursday (July 20)urged the government to provide protection to Hindus in the background of increasing cases of forcible conversion to Islam. The Dawn said in an editorial that the part of the Thar desert that lies within Pakistan had long been a bastion of communal harmony. “Given there is near […]

Thai Army General, trafficker , gets 75 years jail

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Thai Army General, trafficker , gets 75 years jail

Bangkok, Jul 20 : A Thai army general was one of dozens of people convicted in a major human trafficking trial that included 103 defendants accused of involvement in a modern-day slavery trade. Lt Gen Manas Kongpaen was convicted of several offenses Wednesday involving trafficking and taking bribes in the case involving migrants from Myanmar […]

Will Cancer claim China’s jailed Nobel Man of Peace?

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Will Cancer claim China’s jailed Nobel Man of Peace?

Beijing, Jun 27:  China’s jailed Nobel laureate, granted medical parole for treatment of liver cancer, is receiving medical treatment from eight renowned cancer specialists in the country, prison officials said. Liu, 61, was sentenced to 11 years in jail on December, 2009 by a court in Beijing for engaging in activities designed to overthrow the […]

Pak Court awards Death for Facebook Post

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Pak Court awards Death for Facebook Post

ISLAMABAD : If you are a rationalist, and living in Pakistan, beware! A Pakistani man has been sentenced to death for committing blasphemy on Facebook, lawyers said Saturday (June 10), the first conviction on charges arising from social media. Judge Shabbir Ahmad Awan handed down the verdict in Bahawalpur, around 600km south of capital Islamabad, […]

Pak Agriculture University to house Catholic Church

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Pak Agriculture University to house Catholic Church

A Pakistani University will be the first to house a Catholic church and has allotted one square kilometre for its construction, a brave move given the many reports of intolerance against religious minorities in that country. While most Pakistani universities host mosques, UAF will be the first to allow a Christian house of prayer on […]