Tackling unemployment in rural SindhBy Naseer Memon (The News, 9th July 2017)


The government of Sindh has announced creating approx 50,000 new jobs in the next financial year. The budgetary announcement was greeted with cheers by many who still believe that a public sector job is the dream destination in one’s life. Youth in the rural Sindh particularly have great enchantment with public sector jobs. Students grow with prayers of getting a …

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Washington’s stance on Kashmir unchanged, assures McCainBy Kamran Yousaf The Express Tribune July 3, 2017

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ISLAMABAD, July 3: Former presidential candidate and veteran congressman Senator John McCain on Sunday made it clear that there was no change in the United States policy on the longstanding Kashmir dispute, stressing the need for an end to the current unrest in disputed Himalayan region. McCain, the Chairman Senate Armed Services Committee, is leading a delegation of US senators …

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Eight-day sit-in: Army chief helps end Parachinar protestBy Mehdi Hussain Express Tribune June 30, 2017


PARACHINAR, June 30: Hundreds of protesters in Parachinar on Friday ended their eight-day long sit-in after Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa assured them of better security, according to protest leaders and the military. The protesters had been staging a peaceful sit-in following twin blasts at a market last Friday that left over 70 dead, the latest in a series …

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Modi’s enthusiastic bear hug beats Trump’s handshakeBy Ayeshea Perera BBC News Dehli


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has responded to the infamous “Trump handshake” with his own diplomatic tool of choice – the bear hug. A series of awkward greetings and handshakes between Mr Trump and other world leaders has left many wondering who could “beat” his approach. French President Emmanuel Macron was deemed a winner when he gripped and refused to …

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‘Horrible Tragedy’ as Fuel Tanker Fire in Pakistan Leaves at Least 150 DeadBy SALMAN MASOOD JUNE 25, 2017

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A tanker truck caught fire and exploded after overturning on a road in eastern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least 150 people and seriously injuring at least 100 others after they rushed toward the vehicle to collect spilled and leaking fuel. The authorities were investigating what had caused the driver to lose control, leading the tanker to …

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First Pakistan-owned wind power project starts operationBy APP

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BEIJING, Jun 24: The first Pakistan-owned early-harvest wind power project constructed under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework has started commercial operation after passing required assessments. The 49.5MW facility developed by Sachal Energy Development (Private) Limited over 680 acres of land in the Jhimpir Wind Corridor in Sindh province was wholly financed by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. …

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The Guardian: Attack on Al Jazeera must be resisted UK newspaper says attack on Al Jazeera is part of ‘assault on free speech to subvert the impact of media in Arab world’.Al Jazeera


A demand by a group of Arab countries to close Al Jazeera Media Network is “wrong”, “ridiculous” and “must be resisted”, The Guardian newspaper has said in an editorial, joining a growing chorus of voices raising concerns about suppresion of press freedom in the Gulf. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt reportedly gave Qatar 10 days to …

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Indian spy Jadhav appeals to COAS to ‘spare his life’; army releases new video confessionDawn Report


Convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is currently on death row, has appealed to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Bajwa for mercy. “Commander Kulbushan Sudhir Jadhav, the serving Indian Naval Officer who has been sentenced to death on charges of espionage, sabotage and terrorism, has made a mercy petition to the Chief of Army Staff,” the army’s media …

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Trump seen hardening line toward Pakistan after Afghan war reviewBy Reuters

WASHINGTON, June 20: President Donald Trump’s administration appears ready to harden its approach toward Pakistan to crack down on home-based militants launching attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan, US officials tell Reuters. Potential Trump administration responses being discussed include expanding US drone strikes, redirecting or withholding some aid to Pakistan and perhaps eventually downgrading Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO ally, the …

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Understanding the China-Pakistan Economic CorridorZamir Ahmed Awan The Express Tribune June 17, 2017


As Chinese philosophy decisively asserts, “you cannot live in a castle made of glass while your neighbour lives in the stone ages”. This maxim offers a stark contrast to the case of the United States, a highly developed state that faces tremendous migration problems from its neighbours Mexico and Puerto Rico due to the existence of a glaring development gap …

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On his 71st birthday, Trump expected a quiet morning and woke up to a shootingTribune Washington Bureau Brian Bennett


WASHINGTON, June 14 — It was supposed to be a quiet morning at the White House as President Donald Trump marked his 71st birthday, with nothing on his public schedule until the late afternoon. But that was shattered by early reports that a shooter had opened fire on Republican lawmakers and staff at a baseball practice across the Potomac River …

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Pakistan faces a diplomatic conundrum over the Gulf crisis (DW) The Saudi-Qatari standoff poses a great diplomatic challenge to Pakistani authorities as they enjoy close economic and geopolitical ties with both Riyadh and Doha. Can Pakistan afford to remain neutral in the conflict?


The Saudi-Qatari standoff poses a great diplomatic challenge to Pakistani authorities as they enjoy close economic and geopolitical ties with both Riyadh and Doha. Can Pakistan afford to remain neutral in the conflict? Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif embarked Monday on a one-day visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia along with the country’s army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa and …

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‘Grave concern’ over Chinese teachers reportedly killed by ISIS in PakistanBy Katie Hunt, Sophia Saifi and Hamdi Alkhshali, CNN


China has expressed “grave concern” over reports that ISIS has killed two Chinese teachers kidnapped in Pakistan. The man and woman, said by Chinese media to be a couple, were kidnapped by armed men on May 24 from the city of Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province, on May 24 on their way to teach a Chinese language class, …

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London terror attack: UK wakes up to another day of mourningBy Steve George, CNN

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London, June 4: The death toll has risen to seven with a further 48 injured following last night’s terror attack in central London, the second major act of terrorism to strike the United Kingdom in less than two weeks. The attack began late Saturday night, when a white van swerved into crowds of pedestrians on London Bridge, leaving bodies lying …

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Huge Bombing in Kabul Is One of Afghan War’s WorstBy MUJIB MASHAL and FAHIM ABED MAY 31, 2017


KABUL, Afghanistan — A truck bombing near the Afghan presidential palace early Wednesday killed at least 80 people and wounded hundreds, officials said. The death toll seemed certain to rise, and the attack appeared to be one of the bloodiest of the long Afghan war . The huge blast during the morning rush hour caused panic in much of central …

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Behind the NewsSindhTV Interview (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSfTy1N_zL4)


As the Obama effect wears off and a new sheriff comes to Washington DC, Nafisa Hoodbhoy analyzes the Trump effect on the global landscape, most prominently its impact on the Pakistan region. The interview was conducted by Sindh TV anchor Fayyaz Naich in Feb, 2017. It discusses Russia’s reinsertion in international politics and how Cold War tensions keep the US …

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When Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg sound the same dire warning about jobs, it’s time to listenQuentin Fotrell MSN May 27, 2017


At his Harvard University commencement speech on Thursday, Facebook (FB) chief executive Zuckerberg, had some tough words for the Class of 2017. “Our generation will have to deal with tens of millions of jobs replaced by automation like self-driving cars and trucks,” he said, adding, “When our parents graduated, purpose reliably came from your job, your church, your community,. But …

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Salman Abedi named as the Manchester suicide bomber – what we know about himThe Telegraph (Martin Evans Victoria Ward Robert Mendick, Chief Reporter Ben Farmer, Defence Correspondent Hayley Dixon)


Manchester, UK May 23: The Manchester Arena suicide bomber had made trips to Libya, Downing Street said last night, as intelligence agencies combed his connections with al-Qaeda and Islamic State in his parents’ homeland. Salman Abedi, 22, who was reportedly known to the security services, is thought to have returned from Libya as recently as this week. A school friend …

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Trump accuses Iran of fuelling ‘fires of sectarian conflict and terror’AFP May 21, 2017


US President Donald Trump on Sunday urged Islamic leaders to take a stand against violence done in the name of religion, describing the struggle against extremism as a “battle between good and evil”. In a highly anticipated speech in Saudi Arabia, Trump lashed out at Iran, accusing Tehran of fuelling “the fires of sectarian conflict and terror” and calling for …

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Nawaz Sharif set to attend ‘Arab Nato’ summit in RiyadhAnwar Iqbal | Baqir Sajjad Syed (Dawn Newspaper)


ISLAMABAD/WASH¬INGTON: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will travel to Riyadh on Sunday to attend the first-ever Arab-Islamic-American Summit being held to develop a security partnership against a growing threat of violent extremism. Mr Sharif is among the 54 leaders who would join US President Donald Trump for the summit being held on Sunday. On Friday, President Trump left Washington for Riyadh …

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