Karima Baloch – a courageous human right activist from Balochistan

A dissident human rights activist living in exile in Canada, who campaigned for the rights of missing persons and enforced disappearances, has been found dead in Toronto after going missing. Karima Baloch, aged 37, was granted asylum in Canada in

Human rights activist Karima Baloch found dead in Canada

TORONTO: Human rights and social activist Karima Baloch was found dead in Toronto, Canada, a day after she went missing. She had gone missing on Sunday, and her family later confirmed that the activist’s body had been found. According to

Pakistani doctor introduces instant COVID-19 test on smartphone

TORONTO: A Canada-based Pakistani doctor has introduced an instant COVID-19 diagnostic test using a smartphone. High Commissioner for Pakistan to Canada Raza Bashir Tarar has congratulated Dr. Naqeeb Khalid who led the development of a smartphone-based diagnostic test for COVID-19.

Farmers’ protest in India – Will it strength the Khalistan movement?

Tens of thousands of Indian farmers on the outskirts of the Indian capital New Delhi have been protesting for more than a week against controversial laws. The protestors have launched a “Bharat Bandh” (nationwide general strike) to demand the scrapping

Marvel finds its first Muslim superhero in Canada

TORONTO: An upcoming actress Imaan Vellani will be seen as a Muslim superhero after being roped in by Marvel Studios as Ms. Marvel. An 18-year-old Vellani, hailing from Canada will be seen in a Marvel movie as a first Muslim

‘Ertugrul’ star Selcan Hatun to model for Pakistani fashion designer

ISTANBUL: Famous Pakistani designer Maria B has recently announced to cast Turkish actress Didem Balcin as her model in her brand’s upcoming winter collection.  Famous for her role as Selcan Hatun in the ‘Dirilis: Ertugrul’, Didem Balcin has signed for

Coronavirus: Ahad Mir postpones Canadian Hamlet production

LAHORE: Pakistani actor Ahad Raza Mir has postponed the production of his Canadian theatrical project ‘Hamlet’ till next year in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Ahad Mir took to Instagram and said that the Rose Theatre along with

Chrystia Freeland appointed Canada’s first female finance minister

OTTAWA: Chrystia Freeland was sworn in as Canada’s new finance minister, becoming the first woman to take on the powerful role. The former foreign affairs minister was serving as deputy prime minister and intergovernmental affairs minister. She will retain her

Trudeau rejects inviting Russia to G7 summit

OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has rejected Russia’s participation in a coming summit of the G7 nations despite host US President Donald Trump’s willingness to invite the nation. “Russia was excluded from the G7 after it invaded Crimea a

Canada to ramp up COVID-19 testing, recommend digital app

OTTAWA: Canada will ramp up COVID-19 testing and contact tracing as it gradually lifts restrictions and is working closely with Apple and Google on a mobile phone app to help, the prime minister said. In his daily news conference, Prime

Just a matter of sensitivity

My brother and his wife had gone to Canada to visit their son and daughter-in-law and were stuck under the coronavirus lockdown. After initial irritation due to sudden internment, it became lifelong learning as they witnessed the discipline of Canadians

PM discusses COVID-19 pandemic with Canadian counterpart

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan held a telephone conversation with his Canadian counterpart Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and discussed the situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic along with other matters of mutual interest. The prime minister offered his deep

Global COVID-19 cases surpass 3.5 million, total deaths top 247,000

NEW YORK: Global confirmed COVID-19 cases topped 3.5 million, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, which maintains a tally of worldwide cases. A total of 247,107 people worldwide have died of the

Trudeau announces ban on 1,500 kinds of assault weapons

OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an immediate ban on military-grade assault weapons following the country’s deadliest-ever mass shooting that left 22 people dead last month. “These weapons were designed for one purpose, and one purpose only: to kill

Impact of COVID-19 on student visas

Western countries generate billions of dollars from immigration and foreign students each year. The immigration industry provides jobs, skilled workforce and brings innovation to the host countries. According to the UNESCO, foreign students doubled in number from 1999 to 2013

At least 16 killed in Canada’s worst-ever shooting rampage

HALIFAX: A gunman who drove a mock-up police car killed at least 16 people in a shooting rampage, federal police said Sunday, the worst case of its kind in Canadian history. The shooter, identified as Gabriel Wortman, aged 51, was

Canada funds oil sector environmental cleanup during pandemic

OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced Can$1.7 billion (US $1.2bn) to help Canada’s oil sector, struggling with low prices, survive a pandemic-related downturn by cleaning up the environmental mess. The money will go specifically to clean up orphaned

Canadian PM’s wife tests positive for coronavirus

Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau – wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Canadian PM’s office said in a statement, “Prime Minister’ wife was tested for coronavirus today (Friday), and the test came back positive.” The statement

Canada to stop providing security for Harry and Meghan

TORONTO: Canada will no longer provide security for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Canadian government said, once the couple are no longer working members of the British royal family in the coming weeks. According to a statement from the

Canada yet to decide if it will bear security costs for royal couple

OTTAWA: The Canadian government has yet to determine whether to pay the security costs linked with the decision by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to spend their time between Canada and Britain, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday. In

World’s first commercial electric plane takes flight in Canada

CANADA: The world’s first fully-electric commercial aircraft took its inaugural test flight on Tuesday, taking off from the Canadian city of Vancouver. The world’s first fully electric commercial aircraft has taken its inaugural test flight, taking off from the Canadian

British team will examine PIA’s safety & security features

KARACHI: A team of the British Department for Transport has planned to visit Karachi for the inspection of PIA flight PK-787 and security of the flight as this flight flies between Karachi to London. The British Team is tasked to

PM Khan congratulates Canada’s Trudeau on election win

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday congratulated his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau after the latter won Canada’s elections. Taking to Twitter, PM Khan felicitated Trudeau and said that he looked forward to working with him in the future. “Congratulations

Trudeau wins Canada vote, will form minority govt

OTTAWA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party held onto power in a nail-biter of a Canadian general election on Monday, but as a weakened minority government. Television projections declared the Liberals winners or leading in 156 of the nation’s 338