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Americans start voting in midterm verdict on Trump rule

WASHINGTON: Americans started voting Tuesday in critical midterm elections that mark the first major voter test of Donald Trump's controversial presidency, with control of Congress at stake. About three quarters of the 50 states in the east and center of the country were already voting as polls began opening at 6:00 am (1100 GMT) for the day-long ballot. Republicans were keenly aware that losing their majority will hamstring his political agenda over the next two years. At stake are all 435 seats in the House of…

US adds 250,000 jobs in October, along with fat pay bump

The US economic engine delivered another jolt of good news as Republicans battle to maintain control of Congress in next week's midterm elections, churning out jobs and giving workers a fat pay bump, government data showed Friday. The economy brushed past Hurricane Michael, adding 250,000 net new positions in October and handily overshooting forecasts, while salaries rose at the fastest pace in nearly a decade, the Labor Department said. The unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent, a 48-year low, as more workers…

Lawyers exercise right of vote to elect SCBA’s new body

ISLAMABAD: The members of Supreme Court Bar are exercising their right to vote on Wednesday (today) in the ongoing election of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA)  to elect its new body for 2018-19. A total of 3,047 voters across the country cast their votes to elect the 22-member body. Ali Ahmed Kurd, the candidate fielded by Asma Jahangir Group contesting for the SCBA's President slot against Haimd Khan group's candidate, Amanullah Kanrani. Kurd, who was a leader of the lawyers’ movement for restoration of…

Afghanistan prepares for election amid fraud allegations, fear of Taliban

KABUL: Najibullah, a 47 year-old shopkeeper in the main bazaar of Kabul’s old city, is resisting the widespread pessimism and allegations of cheating that have hung over elections to Afghanistan’s often-derided parliament this month. A vehicle drives in front of election posters of parliamentarian candidates installed during the first day of elections campaign in Kabul, Afghanistan September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani The Oct. 20 vote, seen by international partners as a dry run for presidential elections next…

ECP summons PPP MPA Taimur Talpur over horse trading confession

KARACHI: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has summoned Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MPA Taimur Talpur after he confessed to horse trading in the Senate elections. The ECP has taken notice of the recent statement of the PPP leader in the Sindh Assembly and instructed him to appear before the commission on October 4. A ruckus was created in the Sindh Assembly on Thursday as the government and opposition clashed with each other during discussion on the fourth day of the post budget session. Talpur, who is the…

Khattak made parliamentary body head to probe rigging charges

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak will head a parliamentary committee to probe alleged rigging in the July 25 elections. According to details, Prime Minister Imran Khan has picked Khattak as head of the parliamentary panel to probe rigging charges in line with the demand of the opposition in the National Assembly. A notification about the committee will be issued once the Senate nominates its members who will be part of the body. The premier has informed Speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser…

Shehbaz lashes PTI for ‘unleashing worst oppression in 20 days’

LAHORE: PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday slammed the PTI government for jacking up prices of electricity, gas as well as fertilisers and doing away with subsidies provided to growers by the previous government. Speaking to media here, he said the government has unleashed the worst oppression in its first 20 days. The PML-N leader said his party’s government had eliminated load-shedding in the country, but power cuts have returned as people in urban as well rural areas face extended hours of load-shedding.…

Presidential elections will be held by secret ballot: ECP

ISLAMABAD: The presidential election will be held tomorrow on Tuesday to elect the 13th President of Pakistan for the next five years. Arif Alvi of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, Aitzaz Ahsan of Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) backed Maulana Fazlur Rehman are vying for the coveted seat of the Head of State. Additional Director General Election Commission Nadeem Qasim on Monday, while briefed media on the conduct of the elections, said the the presidential elections will be conducted by…