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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…

PML-N’s Zaeem Qadri lashes out at Hamza Shahbaz, announces to contest polls independently

LAHORE: After surfacing of differences with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hamza Shehbaz Sharif and his party's depriving him of election ticket, disgruntled Zaeem Qadri on Thursday announced to contest election on NA-133 as an independent candidate, ARY News reported. Without identifying anyone, he said PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif told him that some people in the party detested his face. At the same time he also lashed out at Shehbaz's son Hamza saying that "I cannot polish Hamzah Shahbaz Sharif's boots".…

This Britain’s Cheese Rolling contest will make your heartbeat faster

LONDON: Cheese Rolling contest in the Britain doesn’t only make you tumble down from a hill – it causes you injuries as well. But a veteran has set a new record during the competition. The event, at Gloucestershire's Cooper's Hill, saw dozens of people tumbling down the hill on Monday to be the first to reach the 8-pound wheel of double Gloucester cheese that rolled down the hill in front of them. Chis Anderson captured the first cheese wheel of the day and his final tally at the end of the Cheese Rolling event…

500 British-Pakistanis contesting UK’s local govt elections

LONDON: More than 500 British-Pakistanis are contesting in the UK local government elections  being held today.  Elections are being held in 150 local authorities, spanning metropolitan and district councils, unitary authorities and London boroughs. Candidates are contesting for 4,410 seats in around 150 councils – including all 32 London boroughs, as well as every ward in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle. Watford, Hackney, Newham, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets will elect mayors while the first-ever mayor…

Asif Zardari announces to contest election from Nawabshah

NAWABSHAH: Former president Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday announced to contest upcoming general elections from Nawabshah, ARY News reported. "Strategy for the upcoming general elections is on the anvil. We will contend elections with full preparation this time," he said while addressing the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) office-bearers, workers and notables of the city at Zardari House in Nawabshah. MNA Dr Azra Pechuho, provincial minister Zia Lanjar, and other senior party leaders were also present on this occasion.…

India opens contest for more than 100 fighter jets

NEW DELHI: India is seeking to buy around 110 fighter jets, the air force said in a request for information issued on Friday, marking a first step toward a long-delayed deal that could be worth more than $15 billion. Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Saab and Dassault Aviation are among the manufacturers expected to compete. The planes must be built largely in India as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s drive to build a domestic industrial base. Read More: Fighter jets, drones on table as Mattis visits key ally India The…

34 political parties declared eligible to contest 2018 elections

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan has declared 34 political parties eligible to contest general elections of 2018 after they furnished all required documents and fee for registration. The parties who have been permitted to contest the polls include Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz, Pakistan People’s Party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Pakistan Muslim League-Q, Mutahidda Qaumi Movement, National Party, Awami National Party, All Pakistan Muslim League, Awami Muslim League, Pakistan Awami Tehreek,…

Contest for second Amazon HQ heats up as finalists named

SEATTLE: With billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs at stake, Amazon's quest for a second North American headquarters has thrust 20 cities into a cutthroat "Hunger Games" style contest -- but at what cost? The US technology and lifestyle giant last week narrowed its list of candidates from 238 applications for the prize, which could provide an estimated $5 billion in investments and 50,000 new jobs. Amazon expects to announce a decision later this year on "HQ2," which will be equal to its Seattle…

LEGO House is ready and you can spend a night there!

A 12,000-square metre house filled with 25 million LEGO bricks opened its doors to a brand new creative universe last month. Children and creative souls of all ages can now get the ultimate LEGO experience all year round in the new LEGO House in Billund, Denmark. “It has been a dream for me for many years to create a place that will give our visitors the ultimate LEGO experience. With LEGO House, we celebrate creativity and the strength of learning through play. When they play, children learn the basic skills that they…