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Moderate Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani has managed to pull off a resounding victory over conservative forces in Iran’s recent presidential election. Rouhani, who defeated his conservative challenger Ebrahim Raisi, got 57% of the vote, as per Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli. He’ll serve another...

It is quite disturbing but a fact that Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) remains in news headlines but for all the wrong reasons. The national flag carrier has been embroiled in another controversy. The UK authorities seized a large amount of heroin from PIA flight PK-785. It was confirmed by the authorities that National Crime Agency has investigating the crew members...

With effects of climate change getting more ominous Pakistan now routinely faces the risk of floods during the monsoon season. On the other hand in cities there is severe issue of water shortage during each summer. There is no way to prevent floods; however taking steps to reduce the damage is something that can be done and which requires a national effort. The Council...

Chinese president Xi Jinping kicked off a two-day showcase of what some call the most ambitious development project ever by comparing his country to a peace-loving explorer set on transforming the world. Speaking at the start of a high-profile summit about China’s ‘Belt and Road initiative’, Xi hailed his multi-billion dollar infrastructure crusade as a means of...

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reached china to participate in the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) forum, aimed at regional development through win-win cooperation. Along with various ministers, prime minister’s entourage include the four chief ministers; Shahbaz Sharif of Punjab, Pervaiz Khattak of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sanaullah Zehri of Balochistan and Murad Ali Shah...

Islamabad has long been plagued with the disease of encroachment. There seemed to be no solution to this growing problem as over the recent few years the encroachers grabbed more and more space in various markets. In some major markets the situation was so severe that the encroachers had left no space for the shoppers. Temporary kiosks turned into permanent shops and more...

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa held a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Wednesday and eventually issue of Dawn Leaks was settles in a pleasant manner. In a short press release soon after the meeting, DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor withdrew his April 29th Tweet. He said that tweet was not aimed at any government office or person...

Roughly 40 km long and spread over 12,605 hectares; the Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP) was declared a national park back in 1980, under Section 21(1) of the Islamabad Wildlife (protection, conservation and management) Ordinance, 1979 and also affirmed as a wildlife sanctuary. This status strictly prohibits any commercial activity and settlement in the area. This park...

Power crisis

May 9, 2017

Incessant loadshedding has returned and so have the memories of 2012 and 2013 when power loadshedding was at its worst. Power shortfall surged to 7,000 megawatts on Sunday resulting in massive power cuts throughout the country. The shortfall went through the rough as mercury rose to 47 and 48 degrees Celsius in parts of Sindh and south Punjab, while major load centres...

Thalassaemia Day

May 8, 2017

8th of May is observed as the International Thalassaemia Day, the aim is to to spread awareness about the genetic disease. Thalassemia is a hereditary disease of the blood caused by genetic defects in the patient’s body which result in production of an abnormal form of hemoglobin, thus causing anemia. Of the three types of Thalassaemia, it is Thalassaemia minor that...

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