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Govt evolved policies to control smog: adviser

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change Amin Aslam on Monday said that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has taken special measures besides evolving long and short term policies to control smog in the country. Addressing a press conference regarding 100-day performance on environment related issues in Lahore, he said the PTI government soon after coming into power formulated a comprehensive policy to monitor and overcome smog as there was no such policy before in the country. He said that…

NASA probes ‘drug-free’ policies, safety at SpaceX, Boeing

WASHINGTON: The US space agency has ordered a sweeping safety review of operations and workplace culture, including drug-free policies, at Boeing and SpaceX, two companies working to send astronauts to space, US media said Tuesday. The review was "prompted by the recent behavior of SpaceX's founder, Elon Musk, according to three officials with knowledge of the probe, after he took a hit of marijuana and sipped whiskey on a podcast streamed on the Internet," said the Washington Post, which first reported on the story.…

Federal Cabinet approves policies on internal security, transport, films, culture

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet meeting on Tuesday approved National Internal Security Policy 2018-2023, National Transport Policy of Pakistan, 2018, National Films Policy and National Culture Policy. The meeting of Federal Cabinet was held in Islamabad today with in the chair. The meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad ratified the decisions taken by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet in its meetings held on May 17 and 24. Decisions of the Cabinet Committee on…

Kerry confident Trump administration will stick to peaceful policies in Asia

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam: Outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday he was confident the next administration would stick to the same peaceful principles on Asian security as the current one, despite hawkish comments from President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks. Referring to the disputed South China Sea, Kerry told a university audience in Ho Chi Minh City that countries, big or small, should refrain from provocation and any dispute should be resolved peacefully in accordance with international law.…

China says hit with record retaliatory trade measures in 2016

BEIJING: China was hit with a record number of retaliatory trade measures last year, the Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday, with countries around the world claiming it had flooded global markets with cheap steel and other products. "Trade disputes are becoming increasingly politicized, measures are increasingly extreme and final tariff rates are relatively high," said ministry spokesman Sun Jiwen at a regular briefing, singling out measures taken against China's steel, solar panel, ceramics and tyre industries.…

US defence chief reassures Afghans amid questions over Trump’s policies

KABUL: The United States will "remain committed" to Afghanistan, US Defence Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday, amid questions about what President-elect Donald Trump's foreign policy will mean for the country as it faces a renewed Taliban insurgency. Carter arrived in the Afghan capital earlier on an unannounced visit and met US troops and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. "America is, and will remain, committed to a sovereign and secure Afghanistan," Carter told a news conference with Ghani. Trump has given few…

Nation rejected those playing politics of lies, accusations: CM Punjab

LAHORE: Chief Minister of Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has said that nation has rejected those playing politics of lies and accusations, ARY News reported on Sunday. He made the statement during a telephonic conversation with Sindh Assembly Member Syed Ijaz Shah Sherazi. CM Punjab said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said has set aside his personal interests and gave priority to national interests. The chief minister said that people have become aware of the elements who are spreading anarchy and chaos. He said that…