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Govt announces public holidays on 9th, 10th of Muharram

KARACHI: The federal government has declared public holidays on 9th and 10th of Muharram all over Pakistan, ARY News reported. This was stated in a notification issued by the interior ministry. The 9th and 10th of the following Islamic month will fall on 20th and 21st of September respectively. Strict security measures have been adopted in all parts of the country to counter any untoward situation during these days. Closure of cellular services have also been sought for security reasons. Prime Minister Imran Khan…

Argentina’s president announces new austerity measures

BUENOS AIRES: Argentina's president Mauricio Macri announced austerity measures on Monday, including the elimination of government ministries and stiff taxes on exports to reduce budget deficits and stabilise the economy. The centre-right president admitted in a speech to the nation that Argentina was facing "an emergency." "We must confront a fundamental problem: to not spend more than we have, to make efforts to balance the state's accounts," he said in the televised address. He pledged a pared-down government…

Dutch govt announces to cancel blasphemous caricatures contest: foreign minister

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday said the Dutch government has announced to call off the competition of blasphemous caricatures planned by far-right politician Geert Wilders, an avowed anti-Islamist, ARY News reported. Wilders' plan to hold the blasphemous event at his PVV party's offices in parliament stirred extreme anger among Muslims, particularly in Pakistan.  Mehmood Qureshi said Holland's ambassador to Pakistan conveyed him through a message that the contest was cancelled. "We…

Afghanistan announces Eid holiday ceasefire with Taliban

KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday announced a ceasefire with Taliban from Monday to mark the Eid al-Adha holiday, despite the heavy fighting seen over recent days in the central city of Ghazni. “The conditional ceasefire will start tomorrow and it will continue as long as the Taliban preserves and respects it,” he said in an Afghan Independence Day ceremony in Kabul. “We call on the leadership of the Taliban to welcome the wishes of Afghans for a long-lasting and real peace,” he said. A senior official…

Sindh govt announces four days holidays for Eid-ul-Azha

KARACHI: The Sindh government on Friday announced four days' public holidays for the festival of Eid-ul-Azha, which is falling on August 22. According to the notification issued by the Services, General Administration and Coordination Department of the province, the holidays would be observed from August 21 to 24 (Tuesday to Friday). "The public holidays have been declared for all offices, autonomous and semi-autonomous bodies, corporations and local councils under the administrative control of the government of Sindh,…

Trump announces ‘doubling’ of tariffs on steel, aluminum from Turkey

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said Friday he had doubled steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey, adding to pressure on that nation's troubled economy amid a diplomatic row with Washington. "I have just authorized a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar!" Trump said on Twitter. "Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!" Trump's announcement came as Turkey's embattled lira hit new…

Saudi Arabia announces scholarships for Balochistan students

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia has announced 50 scholarships for the poor and underprivileged students of Balochistan in undergraduate and graduate programmes at renowned universities of the country. The kingdom took this step on the request of Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani. Saudi Arabian Ambassador Nawaf Syed Al-Maliki called on the chairman and briefed him about the scholarships besides exchanging views on matters of mutual interests. He said the fully funded scholarships would be provided to students with…

PTI announces to run double-decker buses in Karachi

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Thursday announced to run double-decker buses in Karachi, ARY News reported. This was said by PTI leader Firdous Shamim Naqvi in a media talk outside Bani Gala in Islamabad, following a Sindh parliamentary meeting chaired by PTI Chairman Imran Khan. “I have apprised Imran about the issues facing Karachi and he has assured that development of the megalopolis is imperative,” he said. He said the PTI chief asked him to give suggestions about water issues in the city.…

Imran announces to take oath as PM on 11th, name KP CM by Tuesday

PESHAWAR: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Sunday announced to take oath for premiership on August 11 and name chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa within the next 48 hours, ARY News reported. “I have also decided about chief minister of KP which I will announce in the next 48 hours. Whatever I have decided in this regard is in the best interest of people,” he said while addressing PTI members of provincial assembly in KP. He asked the KP MPAs nobody should try to lobby for anyone as he would not…

PML-N rejects election results

LAHORE: Levelling allegations of rigging, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif has announced that his party did not accept results of the general elections 2018, ARY News reported. Expressed dismay over not extending time for polling, he said he had never seen in his life such a dreadful situation. “Result for no National Assembly seat has been so far been announced in Lahore despite announcement of results in a number of constituencies across the country,” he said while talking to media in…