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Asia Bibi freed from Multan jail: sources

MULTAN: Asia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted by the Supreme Court in a blasphemy case, has been released from Multan jail, sources told ARY News on Wednesday night. According to sources, the women's jail in Multan, where Asia was being kept, received her release orders after which she was freed. Last month, the Supreme Court set aside her conviction in the blasphemy case registered against her in 2010. This verdict came on an appeal filed by the woman challenging her capital punishment. Asia Bibi, a mother of…

Imran decides to hold federal cabinet meeting twice a week: sources

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday decided to hold meeting with the federal cabinet twice a week and monitor the ministers' performances regularly, said sources. "I will keep a check on the ministers' performances," he said while chairing a meeting about choosing Punjab cabinet ministers. Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar, Aleem Khan, Naeem-ul-Haq, Fayyaz Chauhan and other PTI leaders were also present on this occasion. Sources said the premier will hold the federal cabinet meetings on Tuesday and…

PTI govt going to abolish CADD ministry: sources

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has convened a meeting of the federal cabinet after Jummah prayers tomorrow in Islamabad in which he will approve abolishment of the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development  Division (CADD), sources said. The Ministry of CADD was introduced by Pakistan Peoples Party government's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. The ministry has got administrative control of the Capital Development Authority, 422 educational institutes, hospitals in the federal territory. Now the…

India set to miss key target for Japan-backed bullet train project: sources

PALGHAR, India/TOKYO: India is set to miss a December deadline to acquire land for a Japan-backed $17 billion bullet train project following protests by fruit growers, government officials said, likely delaying one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s most ambitious projects. Modi’s office is now monitoring the project week-to-week, as Indian officials seek to reassure Tokyo that the hurdles can be overcome through intense negotiations with sapota and mango growers in the western state of Maharashtra. Protests, backed by…

US may soon claim up to $1.7 billion penalty from China’s ZTE: sources

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration may soon claim as much as $1.7 billion penalty from ZTE, as it looks to punish and tighten control over the Chinese telecommunications company before allowing it back into business, according to people familiar with the matter. The Commerce Department is also seeking unfettered site visits to verify US components are being used as claimed by ZTE, and wants it to post calculations of the US components in its products on a website, the people said. China’s No.2 telecommunications…

Boat with 70 Rohingya Muslims leaves Myanmar for Malaysia: sources

KUALA LUMPUR: A boat carrying 70 Rohingya Muslims set out for Malaysia from Myanmar this week, two sources and a rights group said, the latest to embark on a dangerous sea journey. The vessel will be the second to arrive in Malaysia this month as the Rohingya flee Myanmar’s Rakhine state before the onset of the monsoon season in May brings storms at sea that could endanger their lives. “The boat should arrive in Malaysian waters in the next week, assuming it doesn’t come under distress or make landfall in Thailand,”…

Saudi Aramco international listing looks increasingly difficult: sources

DUBAI/LONDON: Saudi Arabia is increasingly looking to just float oil giant Saudi Aramco locally as plans for an initial public offering (IPO) on an international exchange such as London or New York hang in the balance, sources close to the process said. The kingdom is counting on being awarded emerging market status by index complier MSCI in June to help Saudi Aramco attract Western funds, in addition to cornerstone investors from China, Japan and South Korea, the sources said. “I would guess it is about evens that…

Amazon paid $90 million for camera maker’s chip technology: sources

SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon.com paid about $90 million to acquire the maker of Blink home security cameras late last year, in a secret bet on the startup’s energy-efficient chips, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The deal’s rationale and price tag, previously unreported, underscore how Amazon aims to do more than sell another popular camera, as analysts had thought. The online retailer is exploring chips exclusive to Blink that could lower production costs and lengthen the battery life of other gadgets, starting…

Farooq Sattar leaves for ‘talks’ with ‘some’ people at undisclosed location: sources

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) convener Farooq Sattar on Friday left his house for negotiations with 'some' people at an undisclosed location, ARY News reported. Sources said Farooq Sattar had gone somewhere without informing anybody at home or in the party. They said the MQM-P chief had convened all the party members at 5:00pm at his PIB home for consultation meeting. "They had to finalise names for Senate elections and decide whether to go to Bahadurabad in the evening or not. All the party…

Dell, VMware decide to explore options including merger: sources

US computer maker Dell and business software provider VMware have decided to explore options that could include a potential merger of the two companies, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The move, which may not result in any deal, comes as Dell, the world’s largest privately held technology company, seeks new avenues for growth following its debt-laden acquisition of data storage provider EMC for $67 billion in 2016. Dell plans to announce as early as Friday that it will review a possible reverse merger…