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PM Imran offers India humanitarian assistance for flood-stricken Kerala state

ISLAMABAD: Expressing grief over the loss of lives in floods in the Indian state of Kerala, Prime Minister Imran Khan has offered the neighbouring country to provide humanitarian assistance. "On behalf of the people of Pakistan, we extend our prayers and best wishes to those who have been devastated by the floods in Kerala, India," he said in a tweet message. He offered to provide any humanitarian assistance that may be needed. The devastating floods in Kerala have left over 400 dead in a fortnight and displaced one…

Experts being consulted to counter challenges facing Pakistan: Babar Awan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Babar Awan on Saturday said exceptionally adroit people from different fields were being consulted to counter top challenges facing Pakistan. Talking to media outside Bani Gala, he said open discussions in this regard were underway.  Laying out the course of actions the PTI government would take, Babar said PTI chief and prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan would cut short billions of rupee non-development expenditures to lakhs. "Unfortunately, I feel ashamed to…

Amazon, Toyota, Alcoa and others working to counter Trump’s tariff plans

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON: Big companies in the United States from Amazon.com Inc to Toyota Motor Corp and Alcoa Corp are working to counter the effect of the Trump administration’s trade policies and to head off new tariffs. Companies are attempting to avoid any confrontation with U.S. President Donald Trump but want to exert as much influence as they can to dissuade him from tearing up trade agreements or introducing tariffs on a wide swath of imports. Amazon, the world’s largest online retailer and…

Pakistan hope to counter Herath to level series

DUBAI: Pakistan are hoping their batsmen will bury the ghost of Rangana Herath when they face the veteran left-arm spinner in the pink-ball, day-night second and final Test against Sri Lanka starting in Dubai on Friday. Playing without batting greats Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq for the first time in Abu Dhabi, the inexperienced batsmen saw red in the form of Herath, who stopped them from chasing down a modest 136-run target on a wearing fifth-day pitch with figures of 6 for 43. Pakistan’s 21-run loss was their first…

Facebook launches UK initiative to counter online extremist material

LONDON: Facebook is launching a UK program to train and fund local organizations to combat extremist material online, as internet companies attempt to clamp down on hate speech and violent content on their services. Facebook, which outlined new efforts to remove extremist and terrorism content from its social media platform last week, will launch the Online Civil Courage Initiative in the UK on Friday, the company said in a statement. The new initiative will train non-governmental organizations to help them monitor and…

US-Saudi arms mega deal looks to counter Iran

WASHINGTON: Washington has announced a bumper arms deal with Saudi Arabia, heralding the package as a major boost to long-standing security ties and a way to further isolate Iran. Administration officials claim the agreement -- worth $110 billion over the next decade -- is the biggest single arms deal in American history, and it will see US defense firms flow everything from ships and tanks to the latest anti-missile systems to the kingdom. The deal also reportedly includes the renewed sale of precision-guided…

Govt releases Rs1.4 bn to counter-terror authority

ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Interior Baligh-ur-Rehman on Tuesday said the government has released an amount of Rs1.4 billion for National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) to effectively counter the challenge of terrorism. This he stated during the meeting of Senate Standing Committee on Interior and Narcotics Control held under the chairmanship of Senator A Rehman Malik in Islamabad. The meeting hailed efforts of law enforcement agencies in combating the menace of terrorism. Senator Rehman Malik said soil of…

Govt devises policy to systematically counter PTI sit-in

LAHORE: The ruling government on Sunday devised a policy to systematically counter Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s proposed sit-in on November 02, ARY News reported. The meeting in this regard was chaired by Law Minister Punjab Rana Sanaullah, while chief secretary Punjab, Chief Minister Punjab's Special Assistant Rana Maqbool, home secretary Punjab, inspector general police Punjab and other high officials were also present on the occasion. Sources said lists of PTI leaders were divided into three categories – A, B and C.…