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Dedicated freight train starts journey from Karachi to Lahore

KARACHI: For the first time ever a dedicated freight train laden with 75 cargo containers originated its journey from Karachi’s Cantonment Railway Station to Lahore. This freight train is inaugurated under public-private joint venture, with a predictable journey time of almost 48 hours. Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed stated at the inauguration ceremony that he is confident about the devoted and standard freight train service for cargo transportation. He also briefed that there is planning for…

Spain’s police seize massive cocaine haul in banana cargo

MADRID: Spanish police said Thursday they had seized over six tonnes of cocaine hidden in a shipment of bananas and arrested 16 suspects, some of them wanted in the Netherlands. The police raid in the southern port of Malaga also netted cash, weapons and luxury vehicles. The operation broke up a trafficking ring made up of well-known Dutch criminals based on Spain's Costa del Sol, police said in a statement. They had specialised in smuggling cocaine into Spain and the Netherlands. "Some were considered priority…

‘Dragon captured’ as cargo arrives at space station

MIAMI: SpaceX's unmanned Dragon cargo vessel, carrying the first super-computer to space as part of its 6,400 pound (2,900 kilograms) payload arrived on Wednesday at the International Space Station. "And that is confirmed capture,Dragon cargo vessel," said a NASA commentator as space station's robotic arm grabbed the spaceship at 6:52 am (1052 GMT). The spaceship blasted off Monday from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying food, science experiments and other gear for the astronauts living in orbit. It is the 12th…

China’s first cargo spacecraft docks with space lab

BEIJING: China's first cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-1, successfully completed docking with an orbiting space lab on Saturday, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center said. The Tianzhou-1 was launched from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan province Thursday evening and began to approach the space lab, Tiangong-2, Saturday morning. It made first contact with the space lab at 12:16 pm on Saturday (04:16 GMT) and docking was completed at 12:23 pm. Cargo ships bring supplies and fuel into orbit, and the independent…

Orbital cargo ship arrives at space station

MIAMI: An unmanned cargo ship operated by the US company Orbital ATK arrived on Sunday at the International Space Station, delivering 2.5 tons of food and supplies to the six astronauts living in orbit. US astronaut Kate Rubins and Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi led the operation to grab the incoming Cygnus spaceship with the space station's robotic arm. "Capture is complete," Onishi said after the connection was made at 7:28 am (1128 GMT), likening the grapple to finishing the last stretch of a marathon. The spaceship…