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Dam fundraising reaches almost Rs 4bn

ISLAMABAD: The fundraising for construction of Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dams has now reached Rs 3.9 billion, according to latest statistics. PM Khan on Sep 7 addressed the nation, appealing them –especially overseas Pakistanis – to help Pakistan avert looming water crisis and donate for construction of dams. Until Sep 7, the country wise data showed that within Pakistan an amount of Rs 1,972,643,520 (Rs1.97 billion) was collected through bank branches, interbank transfers and mobile phone SMS service. In 19 days,…

Woman charged with faking cancer, keeping donations from New York towns

A 38-year-old Orlando woman who pretended to have terminal cancer and accepted donations when she lived in New York's Westchester County several years ago was arrested on Friday and charged with fraud, US prosecutors said. Vedoutie Hoobraj, 38, used the name Shivonie Deokaran while perpetrating the scam from about October 2014 through at least March 2016, federal prosecutors said in a statement. Hoobraj was charged with one count of wire fraud, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, after being arrested…

‘Panama Papers’ firm partner says Panama leader received ‘donations’

PANAMA CITY: A partner in the law firm at the heart of the "Panama Papers" scandal fell out publicly with Panama's president -- a former friend -- on Thursday, accusing him of accepting "donations" from a Brazilian company that has admitted to graft. Ramon Fonseca Mora told reporters that President Juan Carlos Varela confided he received from Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction giant that paid millions of dollars in bribes to land huge public works contracts in Latin America. Fonseca -- who used to be a high-ranking…

Rangers warn against forced collection of donations

KARACHI: Pakistan Rangers Sindh has on Wednesday warned people to consider before handing donations or charities as it may be inadvertently be used to finance terrorism. However, the Rangers spokesman  urged people to immediately inform them on their helpline if anyone forcibly collects donations from them. He said that strict action will be taken against them. The spokesman appealed to citizens to make sure that their donations and charities are not given unintentionally to organisations which may be used to finance…