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Netizens call to boycott Zara after anti-Palestine remarks

An anti-Palestine statement by Zara’s head designer Vanessa Perilman during a conversation with a male Palestinian model has caused outrage on social media. Since then, people all around the world are aiming to boycott the retail giant Zara brand It

Egypt upholds death sentence for 12 senior Muslim Brotherhood members

CAIRO: Egypt’s highest civilian court has upheld death sentences for 12 senior Muslim Brotherhood figures over a 2013 sit-in which ended with security forces killing hundreds of protesters. The ruling, which cannot be appealed, means the 12 men could face

YouTube bans masthead ads for politics, alcohol and gambling

SAN FRANCISCO: YouTube will no longer allow political or election ads in its coveted masthead spot at the top of the site’s homepage nor ads for alcohol, gambling and prescription drugs. In an email to advertisers, YouTube said the change

Sindh to present annual budget for FY 2021-22 today

KARACHI: The Sindh government will present its budget for the fiscal year 2021-22 with an outlay of over Rs 1.3 trillion in the provincial assembly today on Tuesday. The Provincial Assembly of Sindh’s budget-2021-22 session has been summoned to meet

Pakistan reports 838 coronavirus cases, positivity ratio below 3%

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reported less than one thousand cases from the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, while the positivity ratio also remains below three percent as the situation improves across the country. According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan

Erdogan offers cooperation after US troops pullout from Afghanistan

BRUSSELS: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he held a “fruitful and sincere” meeting with his US counterpart Joe Biden on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels. “We believe there is no problem that cannot be resolved in

NATO adopts tough line on China at Biden’s debut summit

BRUSSELS: NATO leaders warned that China presents “systemic challenges,” taking a forceful stance towards Beijing in a communique at Joe Biden’s first summit with the alliance. The US president has urged his fellow NATO leaders to stand up to China’s

Tarin hopes for continuation of IMF programme

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin has ruled out any disagreement between Pakistan and International Monetary Fund (IMF) and said the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) programme would continue as both wanted it to move forward. “Both the Government of Pakistan and

Relations with Russia key priority of foreign policy: Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi has reaffirmed that relations with Russia were a key priority of Pakistan’s foreign policy. Qureshi had a telephonic conversation with Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov and exchanged views on bilateral, regional and

Canada truck attack suspect charged with terrorism for killing Muslim family

(AFP): Prosecutors in Canada have laid terrorism charges against a man accused of mowing down a Muslim family with a pick-up truck in London, Ontario, killing four members from three generations. Prosecutors revealed in a brief hearing that they were

PM Imran expresses satisfaction over ongoing vaccination drive  

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed satisfaction over the ongoing vaccination drive in the country, stressing that only in-time dosage and precautionary measures could control the virus. He expressed his views while chairing a high-level meeting on the anti-coronavirus vaccination

TikTok boosts ‘Digital-Wellbeing’ awareness in Pakistan

LAHORE: TikTok, the leading destination for short-form mobile videos, hosted a webinar on ‘Digital Wellbeing’ today (Monday) to educate the public on its Community Guidelines, safety policies and tools. A three-member panel comprising Jamin Tan, Head, APAC Regional Product Policy

Bitcoin jumps again after Musk says Tesla could use it again

(REUTERS): Bitcoin hit a two-week peak just shy of $40,000, after yet another weekend of price swings following tweets from Tesla boss Elon Musk, who fended off criticism over his market influence and said Tesla sold bitcoin but may resume

Lahore police detain 19 employees after being denied ‘free burgers’

LAHORE (AFP): Nineteen employees of a restaurant were detained after a group of police officers in the city flipped out when the takeaway joint refused to hand over free burgers. According to details, the employees were rounded up and held

Sindh govt to block SIM cards of people refusing vaccines

KARACHI: The Sindh government has decided to block the SIM cards of people refusing to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, Information Minister Nasir Hussain Shah announced on Monday. Addressing a press conference in Karachi, the provincial minister said that the

Four FC troops martyred in Balochistan IED blast

RAWALPINDI: At least four Frontier Corps (FC) personnel, including a junior commissioned officer, were martyred when an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion took place at the Marget-Quetta road. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), “Terrorists targeted the Frontier Corps troops,

PM Imran praises ITP constable for performing duty despite being injured

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan today (Monday) lauded a head constable of Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP), for performing his duties despite sustaining injuries, resulting in a fracture to his arm. According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office,

PSX witnesses bullish trend as market gains 421 points

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) on Monday witnessed the bullish trend, gaining 421.36 points, with a positive change of 0.87 percent. The benchmark KSE-100 Index remained in the green zone throughout the day, registering its intraday high at 48,981.82

Pakistan becomes manpower export leader in region

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has emerged as ‘Manpower Export Leader’ in the region, beating other regional players like Bangladesh and India, Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis announced on Monday. According to a tweet from the ministry, more than 224,705 Pakistanis went abroad for

Is Federal Budget 2021-22 growth-oriented?

With certain limitations imposed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme, the government announced its third budget with an expansionary and feel-good approach, significantly increasing subsidies and incentives for big business and agriculture sectors.  

Punjab govt presents annual budget with total outlay of Rs2.6 trilion

LAHORE: Provincial Minister for Finance Hashim Jawan Bakht on Monday presented the Punjab Budget 2021-22 in the provincial assembly with a total outlay of Rs2.653 trillion. Speaking on the provincial Assembly floor, the minister said the budget of Punjab would

SBP proposes framework to facilitate exporters on digital marketplaces

KARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has proposed revision in the regulatory framework for facilitating Pakistani exporters to sell their products through international digital marketplaces such as Amazon, eBay, and Alibaba. According to a press release issued today (Monday), these

Hasan Ali reserves decision to leave remainder of PSL 6

ABU DHABI: After consultations with his family, Islamabad United pacer Hassan Ali has decided to continue playing the remaining matches of Pakistan Super League (PSL) season six. In a statement, the right-handed pacer said, “I was going through a personal

PSL 6: Du Plessis suffers memory loss after concussion

ABU DHABI: Quetta Gladiators batsman Faf du Plessis said he suffered some memory loss after sustaining a concussion during a Pakistan Super League (PSL) T20 match in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. The South African cricketer collided with teammate Mohammad Hasnain

‘A Quiet Place Part II’ returns to first place in US cinemas

The much-anticipated horror thriller movie ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ has returned to first place in North American theaters this weekend. Directed by John Krasinski, Quiet Place took in an estimated $11.6 million for the three-day weekend as Hollywood continued

Yasir Hussain is upset with artists for not remembering Pakistani legends

Actor Yasir Hussain, who recently slammed social media users for mocking Mahira Khan over not wearing a ‘dupatta’, has expressed disappointment for not remembering the great legends of Pakistan. He shared a post of Bollywood versatile playback singer Hariharan A.

Nick Jonas shares adorable picture as he misses Priyanka Chopra

American singer-songwriter Nick Jonas has penned down an adorable Instagram post for his wife Priyanka Chopra. The This Is Heaven singer took to Instagram and shared a sweet photo with his wife Priyanka, who is currently in London for the

SC orders to raze Pavilion End Club, Aladin Park Shopping Mall in Karachi

KARACHI: The Supreme Court has declared the Pavilion End Club and Aladin Park Shopping Mall as illegal and ordered to demolish the structures within two days. During hearing at the Supreme Court’s Karachi registry, the apex court declared both structures

Remembering Sushant Singh Rajput, whose silent suicide made buzz

It has been one year since the demise of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput. He is still the most discussed topic and still trending on social media as well ever since news emerged that the actor had committed suicide last

Blame game must end, Pakistan not responsible for Afghanistan’s ills: Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan will continue to play its constructive role for the success of Intra-Afghan peace talks. Addressing the inaugural session of Pak-Afghan Bilateral Dialogue, the foreign minister said that Pakistan is now