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New Zealand rejects Huawei’s first 5G bid citing national security risk

WELLINGTON: New Zealand’s intelligence agency has rejected the telecom industry’s first request in the country to use 5G equipment provided by China’s Huawei Technologies, citing concerns about national security. Telecommunications services provider Spark New Zealand, which made the request, said on Wednesday it would review the reasoning before considering any further steps. The decision comes as Western nations become increasingly wary of what they say is possible Chinese government involvement in fifth-generation…

Karachiites rejected ethnic politics by adopting national one: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday said the victory of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidates in by-elections held in Karachi reflected the public trust in Prime Minister Imran Khan and his government. “People of Karachi have opted for national politics by rejecting the ethnic one. By the grace of Allah, this will herald the bright future of Pakistan,” he wrote in a tweet, while counting of votes was still underway for by-elections on a National Assembly and a provincial…

By-elections on 35 national, provincial assemblies’ seats today

ISLAMABAD: By-elections in 35 constituencies of national and provincial assemblies will be held on Sunday. Three hundred and seventy candidates are in the run for the elections to be held on eleven national assembly and twenty four provincial assemblies' seats. Polling will begin at 8:00 pm in the morning and continue till 5:00 pm without any break. The election commission of Pakistan has completed all the arrangements for the smooth conduct of the polls. Ballot papers have been handed over to the presiding…

Pakistan returns Indian national who inadvertently crossed Working Boundary

LAHORE: An Indian national, Dalwinder Singh, who had inadvertently crossed into Pakistan at village Ballanwala in Kasur, has been returned to Indian Border Security Force by Pakistan Rangers Punjab at Wagah Check Post after due legal process. Dalwainder Singh, 23, had inadvertently crossed into Pakistan in March last year. Dalwinder Singh was thankful to Pakistan security forces for treatment and care meted to him during this period and his return.

CTD registers FIR of gun attack on Chinese nationals

KARACHI: The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) of the Sindh police has registered an FIR against unidentified assailants who shot dead a Chinese national in the city on Monday. Police officials said the case has been registered at the CTD police station under the relevant sections of the Pakistan Penal Code and Anti-terrorism Act. On Monday, a Chinese national was gunned down in what police described as a targeted attack carried out by unidentified armed men. Another Chinese national who was with the victim at the…

Ananya Vinay wins the 2017 US Scripps National Spelling Bee

OXON HILL, MD: Ananya Vinay of Fresno, California won the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday, taking home a $40,000 cash prize after 12 hours of picking her way along a precarious lifeline of consonants and vowels. Vinay, 12, correctly spelled the word marocain, a dress fabric made of warp of silk or rayon and a filling of other yarns, to win the spelling bee held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in suburban Washington. She said she felt "amazing" after defeating Rohan Rajeev, 14, of Edmond…

Special children our national role models

KARACHI: They talked and walked, sang and danced, exhibited and performed their hearts out for Pakistan. It was a “seeing is believing” kind of an exemplary and exhilarating Super Show of Special Kids with God-gifted talents echoing awesomely for the nation at large during “Jashn-e-Bahraan for Special Children 2017” held at Institute of Business Management (IoBM). “What men at the helm of affairs, men of letters and man in the street speak or hear about ‘Unity, Faith and Discipline’ is practiced by our special kids,” said…