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Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif meet Turkish minister during ‘Tiger 3’ shoot in Istanbul

Bollywood stars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif were recently spotted meeting the Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy in Istanbul. Salman and Katrina are visiting Istanbul for the shoot of their upcoming film ‘Tiger 3’. Several photos of

‘Malicious smear campaign’: FO condemns former Canadian minister’s comments

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has strongly condemned “unwarranted” comments by former Canadian minister Chris Alexander for his assertions of Pakistan’s role in the Afghan peace process. In a series of tweets, the Foreign Office spokesperson strongly condemned the unwarranted comments and making

Ministry revises local wheat output to 27.5mn tons

ISLAMABAD: The Wheat Review Committee of the Ministry of National Food Security and Research has revised the local wheat production upward to 27.539 million tons for the season 2020-21 as against the first estimate of 27.33 million tons due to

Balochistan education minister Sardar Rind resigns

QUETTA: Balochistan’s Education Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) parliamentary leader Sardar Yar Muhammad Rind has resigned as the provincial minister. He announced the decision in the assembly session, saying he could no longer stay in the provincial government and he

Gen Bajwa calls on Azerbaijan president, defence minister

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has arrived in Baku on a two days long official visit to Azerbaijan. According to Inter-Services Public Relations, the army chief called on Azerbaijan President Mr Ilham Aliyev. He also

Sindh minister raises alarm over ‘fourth wave’ amid Delta variant

KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Health and Population Welfare Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho has raised concerns that the country might face a fourth wave of coronavirus due to emerging COVID-19 variants. “There is a fear of fourth wave,” said a statement

Sindh minister assures uplifting SITE infrastructure

KARACHI: Sindh Minister Industries & Commerce Jam Ikramullah Dharejo said the provincial government is taking interest in infrastructure rehabilitation in industrial zones as vast employment opportunities can be created by promoting industries. While presiding over an important meeting on the

Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood recovers from COVID-19

ISLAMABAD: Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood has recovered from the novel coronavirus. In a tweet on Wednesday morning, Shafqat Mahmood announced that he has fully recovered from the COVID-19. “By the grace of Allah I have fully recovered. My latest

Govt considering five-day Eid holidays: Minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has said the government is considering to announcing five days Eid Holidays this time. While briefing media about decisions taken by the federal cabinet during a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran

Qureshi discusses bilateral ties, investment with UAE minister

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Monday met the UAE Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan. During the meeting, they discussed enhancement of bilateral trade and investment in Pakistan especially in hospitality industry. Qureshi said

Cambridge exams will not be postponed or cancelled: Shafqat Mehmood

ISLAMABAD: Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood on Sunday announced important several decisions regarding the reopening of educational institutions and holding examinations. The minister took shared the decisions taken during a meeting of the health and education ministers of all four

Shaukat Tareen appointed Finance Minister in latest cabinet reshuffle

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has appointed Shaukat Tareen as the Minister for Finance and Revenue in the latest federal cabinet appointments and reshuffling. The renowned banker served as finance minister from 2009 to 2010. Tareen has replaced federal minister Hammad

E-passports to be issued from June: Interior Minister

KARACHI: Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said that process of issuance of “E-Passports” in the country would commence from June, and a German company had been awarded the contract for the purpose. While addressing a news conference at the Zonal

Taiwan minister accepts responsibility for train crash

TAIPEI: Taiwan’s transport minister said on Sunday he would not deny his responsibility for a deadly train crash even as his resignation offer was rejected amid growing questions over safety lapses that could have contributed to the disaster. In the

Decision on closure of educational institutions on Tuesday: Minister

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood said all education and health ministers will meet on Tuesday April 6 to decide about the reopening or further closing of educational institutions. In a tweet, he said Education and Health Ministers will

Schools to remain open in Sindh as scheduled: Saeed Ghani

KARACHI: Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani said all public and private schools will remain open in the province as per schedule.  Earlier, a meeting of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) was held on closure of schools in various

Govt to reconsider decision over reopening schools today

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has decided to review the decision to reopen schools amid the rising trend of coronavirus cases across the country. In this regard, Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood will hold a meeting

Federal ministers call on MQM leaders, Governor Sindh

KARACHI: A delegation of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led by the Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar on Sunday visited the office of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P). Both parties discussed the ongoing political situation in the country and deliberated

Tribal elders accuse KP minister of corruption

ISLAMABAD: A group of tribal elders have staged a protest and accused Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Transport Minister Shah Mohammad Khan of massive corruption. The elders of Sardikhel and Bakakhel tribes of Bannu district have accused the provincial minister Shah Mohammad Khan

Sindh minister rejects gas price hike, demands representation in OGRA

KARACHI: Sindh energy minister Imtiaz Ahmad Shaikh has declined the increase in gas tariffs and demanded more representation of provinces in Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA). The minister termed gas tariff hike a consequence of monopoly in the regulatory,

Deadlock reached over reopening private schools on Jan 11

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mehmood on Friday held a meeting with the representatives of private schools in Islamabad and Rawalpindi but were unable to reach a decision to reopen educational institutions. The Private Schools Supreme Council (PSSC) leaders

APPSF announces long march if schools are not reopened on Jan 11

KARACHI: All Pakistan Private School Federation (APPSF) president has threatened to launch a protest campaign if schools were not reopened in January as earlier decided by education ministers. An inter-provincial education ministers’ conference chaired by Federal Minister for Education Shafqat

Education ministry to start consultations on ‘formal education policy’

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood has announced that his ministry has started the process to formulate an education policy for Pakistan. Taking to Twitter, the minister stressed the necessity of formulating a “formal education policy” in the country

SHC restrains NAB from raiding houses without search warrants

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court has restrained the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) from carrying out raids on the residences of Sindh Irrigation Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal. A two-judge bench gave the order while hearing bail petitions of the Sindh minister

World Bank director, federal minister discuss educational projects

ISLAMABAD: Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood held a meeting with the World Bank’s new Country Director to Pakistan Mr Najy Benhassine on Monday in Islamabad. Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood said distance-learning program in present circumstances due to COVID-19 is the

Irish minister resigns for breaking coronavirus regulations

DUBLIN: Ireland’s minister of agriculture resigned after he was found to be violating the government’s measures against the novel coronavirus. Dara Calleary attended a golf society dinner with over 80 people in attendance, just over 24 hours after the Irish

Zartaj Gul mistakes Gen Zia’s death anniversary for his birthday

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul is once again in the spotlight after a gaffe on national television. During an appearance on a private TV channel, the state minister referred to the death anniversary of former military

IHC issues notice to IGP Islamabad over land encroachment case

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court has issued notice to Inspector General Police (IGP) Islamabad over a case relating to the encroachment of public land in a private housing society by a senior minister. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued a seven-page

Minister urges banks to finance power plants privatization

KARACHI: Federal Minister for Privatization Muhammad Mian Soomro met with the heads of commercial banks and discussed their role in facilitating the privatization process of two power plants. The federal minister along with Special Assistant to Prime Minister Nadeem Baber

Govt to launch Rs400 billion construction-related projects: Minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shibli Faraz has said construction-related projects worth Rs400 billion will be initiated in the last quarter of the current year. Addressing a news conference, the minister said Prime Minister Imran Khan is giving special