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Ronaldo in need of Portugal supporting cast to perform

Cristiano Ronaldo’s off-night against Iran nearly cost Portugal their World Cup dream and underlined the stark need for his team-mates to contribute more in support of the Real Madrid superstar. Ronaldo carried Portugal through their first two group games, hitting a memorable hat-trick in a 3-3 draw with Spain before netting the winner in a gritty 1-0 victory over Morocco. That left the European champions requiring just a point from their clash with Carlos Queiroz’s Iran in Saransk, but an uncharacteristic display from…

World Bank pledges to continue supporting Pakistan economic reforms

WASHINGTON: The World Bank said on Monday it would continue to support Pakistan to implement broad economic reforms and address current risks towards achieving its development aspirations. The statement was made after discussions with a Pakistan delegation that covered a range of topics including the macro-economic outlook, human capital development, renewable energy and private sector development as well as infrastructure financing. Read More: Pakistan delegation meets World Bank’s Annette Dixon, highlights economic…

Army chief, Tajik president back Afghan-led peace process

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan and Tajikistan have reiterated the importance of dialogue, regional cooperation, and support to Afghan-led and Afghan-owned initiatives. This resolved was expressed during a meeting between Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon in Dushanbe on Monday. The two sides discussed the regional security issues and had unanimity of views for peace in Afghanistan and the region.  They also pledged to enhance and expand Pakistan-Tajikistan cooperation in the…

Putin accuses BBC of supporting opposition leader Navalny

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday responded to a question from a BBC reporter on opposition leader Alexei Navalny by accusing the British broadcaster of supporting the Kremlin critic. "When I heard you were from the BBC, I didn't doubt for a moment you would ask precisely that question because it's in a certain sense propaganda of the people whom you support," Putin said answering a question about whether he sees Navalny as a political competitor following nationwide protests organised by the opposition…

Cellular companies thank govt for relief in taxes

ISLAMABAD: Cellular companies operating in the country have thanked the government for extending outstanding support to the telecommunication industry in seeking relief on various tax issues in the Federal Budget 2017-18 In a joint letter written to Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunication Anusha Rehman, the telecom companies including PTCL, Jazz, Telenor, Ufone and Zong thanked the minister for making concerted efforts to promote the telecom industry in the country. They said it was the…