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Govt initiates programme to protect hilly areas of KP, GB

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has initiated a programme with the financial assistance of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to save hilly areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan from the damages of glaciers. An official statement in Peshawar on Sunday said under the programme four billion rupees would be spent on the installation of an early warning system to monitor the movement of glaciers in 15 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan. Similarly, digital sensors would also be…

No program to get loan from IMF in coming days: Miftah

ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on Economic Affairs Miftah Ismail on Saturday said the government had no programme to get loan from International Monitory Fund (IMF) in the coming days. In an interview, he said national economy was strong as compared to the past and exports were increasing while imports were decreasing for the last few months. Read More: How Pakistan’s economy fared in 2017 He said Pakistan wanted good relations with all the countries but on equal basis. To a question, the advisor said the US…

‘Obama launched cyberwar to sabotage North Korea missile programme’

WASHINGTON: Former US president Barack Obama in 2014 launched a cyberwar against North Korea’s missile programme but it has failed to make significant gains, according to a leading US daily. The US still cannot effectively counter North Korea’s nuclear and missile programmes, The New York Times reported today following a months-long investigation, based on interviews with officials in the Obama and Donald Trump administrations as well as “a review of extensive but obscure public records.” North Korea’s threats remain…

India to open civilian nuclear programme to greater scrutiny

NEW DELHI: India said on Monday it was ratifying an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to expand oversight of its civilian nuclear programme, in a move aimed at unblocking a major nuclear partnership with the United States. The ratification sends a strong signal that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, elected by a landslide last month, wants to bolster strategic and trade ties with the United States when he meets President Barack Obama in Washington in September. "I can confirm that we are ratifying…