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Govt to focus on promoting ‘made in Pakistan’ goods, discourage imports: PM’s aide

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Commerce and Textiles, Abdul Razzaq Dawood has said the government had set a target of 15 million bales of cotton for 2018 -19 as compared to current 10.8 million bales production. The government’s priority was to ensure the import of quality cotton and provide quality seeds and pesticides to the farmers for increasing their per acre yield, he said while addressing a press conference here at the Ministry of Commerce and Textile. “We would focus on promoting “made in Pakistan”…

Walmart and Target will ‘survive’ against Amazon

Amazon may have a run for its money with big-box retail chains Walmart and Target, investor and author said, Kevin O'Leary, while addressing a talk show. "If you look at behemoth big boxes that are going to survive the next decade against Amazon, I would put Walmart in that basket, along with Target," O'Leary said Tuesday on "Closing Bell." "Because if you look at what they’re doing and the kind of people they’re hiring on their teams and the efforts and the logistics they’re putting in place, they look like survivors to…

Salah set to start against Saudi Arabia as Egypt target World Cup win

Mohamed Salah looks likely to start against Saudi Arabia in Volgograd on Monday as Egypt go in search of a first-ever World Cup win in a battle to avoid finishing bottom of Group A. But Egypt's 45-year-old goalkeeper Essam El Hadary may have to wait for an appearance off the bench to set a record as the oldest player ever to appear at a World Cup. Egypt coach Hector Cuper said he would not tinker greatly with the starting XI that were dumped out of the tournament 3-1 by hosts Russia on Tuesday. "The manager needs a…

Democrats target union workers who regret Trump vote

DUBUQUE, Iowa: Inside Knicker’s Saloon, a factory worker hangout here, Jesse Oberbroeckling has just finished his shift at the John Deere plant when he reveals his regret. Like many union workers, Oberbroeckling voted twice for former Democratic President Barack Obama before backing Donald Trump and other Republicans in 2016. Now he has buyer’s remorse - and plans to support the Democratic challenger to Rod Blum, the Republican congressman in this blue-collar, eastern Iowa district. “Trump is for the rich,” said…

Target set to collect maximum tax before next budget, says PM’s adviser

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Miftah Ismail has said the present government had set targets to collect maximum tax before announcing the next fiscal year budget. Talking to a private news channel, he appreciated the prime minister’s announcement for introducing an economic reforms package for expanding the tax network. He said increasing exports would help reduce the current account deficit being faced by the country. The amnesty scheme would have positive impact on…

CIA director expects Russia will try to target US mid-term elections

LONDON: CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Russia will target US mid-term elections later this year as part of the Kremlin’s attempt to influence domestic politics across the West, and warned the world had to do more to push back against Chinese meddling. Russia has been accused of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the allegations, which Moscow denies, and whether there was any collusion involving President Donald Trump’s associates. In an interview with the…

Populists target vaccine decree ahead of Italy polls

ROME: Two Italian populist parties running in March elections are promising to scrap a compulsory vaccination law, a hot-button issue after a measles outbreak claimed four lives last year. Under the decree, which sparked heated public debate when it took effect six months ago, children cannot enrol in a creche or kindergarten unless they have been vaccinated against measles as well as nine other diseases. Parents of unvaccinated children aged between six and 16 face fines of up to 500 euros ($610). Read More: Measles…

VIDEO: ‘Contract killer’ moves girl out of way before shooting target

WARNING: Distressing footage of a 'Contract Killer' Shocking footage has emerged on the internet showing a hitman casually moving a little girl out of his path before walking into a restaurant and shooting his target dead. As seen in the footage, the contract killer brushes the girl away as he walks through the door, then takes a gun out of his pocket and aims at his target. The attacker, in a baseball cap and shorts, pushed the girl out of sight then went ahead with the hit in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Other customers…

Federer smart to target quicker surfaces, says Djokovic

PARIS: Roger Federer made a smart decision by pulling out of this month's French Open, where he has less chance of adding to his 18 grand slam titles than on the sport's quicker surfaces, world number two Novak Djokovic said on Thursday. Federer, who announced his withdrawal from the May 28-June 11 claycourt major on Monday, said he felt he needed to avoid playing on clay this season to help prolong his career. "You know, he's very smart in his decision-making... He knows what he's doing," 12-times major winner…

Firmino on target as Liverpool climb to third

LONDON: Liverpool reclaimed third spot in the Premier League after Roberto Firmino's header sealed a hard-fought 1-0 victory against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. West Brom created the best chances in a largely uneventful first half before Firmino nodded home Lucas' flick on to register his 11th league goal of the season just before the break. The visitors could have extended their lead after halftime but James Milner blazed a glorious opportunity over the bar and Divock Origi had a goal ruled out for offside.…