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‘Two or three illegal’ church crosses torn down in central China

BEIJING: Chinese authorities have torn down “two or three” crosses adorning Christian churches in one county because they were “illegally built”, state media quoted an official as saying on Tuesday. The officially atheist ruling Communist Party has tightened restrictions and oversight of religious practice in China under President Xi Jinping, carrying out a controversial cross demolition campaign in east China’s Zhejiang province. The central government had also approved “two or three” crosses of churches in Yichuan…

Pakistan forex reserves crosses $ 14bn

KARACHI: The foreign exchange reserves of Pakistan have crossed $ 14 billion in the week ending June 20,  ARY News reported Saturday. According to State Bank of Pakistan, the increase of $690.23 million was recorded in the foreign exchange reserves. The recent increase has crossed the forex amount over $14 billion due to loans obtained through World Bank and privatization. State Bank reserves are currently pitched at $ 9.19 billion while banks have the amount of $ 5.74 billion. During the consideration period, government…