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On the recommendation of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA), the finance division approved new prices of petroleum products with effect from Sunday, July 1, 2018. According to a statement issued by the finance ministry, OGRA had proposed an increase in the price of petrol by Rs7.54 per litre, diesel...

A man’s religious beliefs are his private issue. On numerous occasions, through the span of history, we have seen the after effects of mediating in somebody’s personal beliefs; it has been only bloodshed and chaos. A history brimming with such cases must be enough to persuade individuals to refrain from labeling someone’s personal beliefs and calling them...

Doubts and rumors

July 2, 2018

With General Election little more than three weeks away, doubts and rumors regarding the fairness of the electoral process are increasing. On Saturday, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif alleged that his party candidates and their families were intimidated to join ranks of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). ‘PML-N’s candidates and their families...

A sharply divided United States Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump’s ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries, rejecting a challenge that it discriminated against Muslims or exceeded his authority. The 5-4 decision on Tuesday is a big victory for Trump on an issue that is central to his presidency, and the court’s first substantive ruling...

Drug abuse

June 29, 2018

The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is a United Nations International Day against drug abuse and the illegal drug trade and it t is observed annually on 26 June, since 1989. The UN’s 2007 World Drug Report puts the value of the illegal drug trade at US$322 billion a year. It is pleasing that Pakistan is successfully maintaining poppy-free...

Turkey elections

June 28, 2018

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won the country’s key presidential vote, electoral officials have said, in a result that will allow him to keep his seat with increased powers and become Turkey’s first executive president. Erdogan received more than half the votes required to secure an outright victory. “Our democracy has won, the people’s will has won,...

Treatment of women

June 27, 2018

A survey by Thomson Reuters Foundation of 550 experts on women’s issues have has ranked India as the most dangerous country in the world to be a woman because of the high risk of sexual violence and slave labor. Human trafficking for domestic work, forced labor, forced marriage and sexual slavery are among some of the other reasons. India was also the most dangerous...

A picture of two pilots who flew a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight to Gilgit has gone viral on social media. First Officer Shumaila Mazhar confirmed that Captain Maryam Masood and her all-female crew flew the PIA plane from Islamabad to Gilgit and back on Wednesday. “The flight to Gilgit is very challenging and requires a lot of precision and technique,”...

Back in 2016, a report by Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) warned that the country will approach absolute water scarcity by 2025.The report said that the country touched the ‘water stress line’ in 1990 and crossed the ‘water scarcity line’ in 2005, predicting that If this situation continues, then chances are high the country will face acute...

Amnesty scheme

June 24, 2018

Tax Amnesty Scheme is receiving encouraging results and its success would help resolving the current account deficit and balance of payment issues according to Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). As the deadline for the tax amnesty scheme gets closer the number of beneficiaries under tax amnesty scheme is increasing with every passing day. Under the scheme, the people could...

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