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If nothing to hide, let media, activists visit Kashmir, FM asks India

By The Frontier Post | January 5, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says Kashmiris’ right to self-determination has not yet been realised because of unabated repression and state terrorism by India.  In a message on Right to Self-Determination Day, he said that today, Kashmiris around the world are observing the 71st anniversary of the United Nations’ commitment that the Jammu and…

US targeting 52 Iranian sites if Tehran attacks: Trump

By The Frontier Post | January 5, 2020

WASHINGTON DC (AA): U.S. President Donald Trump threatened Saturday to hit Iranian targets for any attacks on Americans or the U.S. in the wake of the killing of top Iranian general by an American airstrike. “Iran has been nothing but problems for many years. Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any…

Missiles hit US high-security enclave, troops’ Iraq base

By The Frontier Post | January 4, 2020

BAGHDAD (AFP) – Two mortar rounds hit the Iraqi capital’s Green Zone Saturday and two rockets slammed into a base housing US troops, security sources said, a day after a deadly American strike. The precision drone strike outside the Baghdad airport on Friday killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani, top Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis…

Destiny of country changes when police perform efficiently: PM Imran

By The Frontier Post | January 4, 2020

F.P. Report MIANWALI: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday formally inaugurated the Model Police Station in Mianwali and said that the destiny of a country changes when the police do its work efficiently. Addressing the ceremony at Mianwali City Police Station, he said that the politics of the police station and the courts has severely…

New air strike on pro-Iran convoy in Iraq ahead of Soleimani funeral

By The Frontier Post | January 4, 2020

BAGHDAD (AFP): A fresh air strike hit pro-Iran fighters in Iraq early Saturday, as fears grew of a proxy war erupting between Washington and Tehran a day after an American drone strike killed a top Iranian general. It came hours ahead of a planned a mourning march for Iranian Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani and…

Karachi mayor apologises to family of boy his son assaulted

By The Frontier Post | January 4, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar on Saturday visited the residence of Hasnain Haider Abbasi – the teenager his son was booked for assaulting – and apologised on behalf of his son. Mahboob Abbasi, who is the victim’s father, told Dawn that Akhtar had made telephonic contact with him after the FIR was lodged…

Global

Trump impeachment trial to begin with rules fight, long days

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP): President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is set to unfold at the Capitol, a contentious proceeding over whether to remove him from office for pressuring Ukraine to investigate his Democratic rivals and obstructing Congress’ ensuing investigation. As the Senate reconvenes with Chief Justice John Roberts presiding, a first test will come midday Tuesday when…

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Policeman, soldier killed in Kashmir gunfight

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

SRINAGAR (AA): A policeman and a soldier were killed in a gunfight with militants in India-administered Kashmir on Tuesday, a police official said. The official, who requested anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media, said the government forces were conducting a cordon-and-search operation in Khrew area of southern Kashmir district of Pulwama after…

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Trump: China tariffs to remain during Phase 2 talks

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

WASHINGTON (AA): U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday reaffirmed that tariffs on China would remain in place during negotiations for a second phase trade deal with Beijing. Delivering opening remarks at the 50th edition of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump called his relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping “extraordinary,” saying relations between…

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Study suggests Chinese virus ‘outbreak may be worse’

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

BEIJING (AA): The outbreak of fatal coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China seems to be spreading fast, suggested a study released on Tuesday. According to the study conducted by the University of Hong Kong’s WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control, an estimated 1,343 had been infected between Jan. 1 and 20 in Wuhan city,…

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Syria: Russian airstrikes kill 12 civilians

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

IDLIB, Syria (AA): Russian warplanes have carried out fresh airstrikes in the de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria, killing at least 12 civilians, a Syrian civil defense group said Tuesday. The victims included nine members of a single-family, six of whom were children, in Kafr Taal in Aleppo province, according to White Helmets. Another child was…

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Russian president Putin to visit Israel, Palestine

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

MOSCOW (AA): Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Palestine on Jan. 23, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday. The Russian leader will travel to both Israel and Palestine on Thursday, Peskov told reporters in Moscow. “In the next two days [Wednesday and Thursday], [Vladimir Putin will make] a regional trip to the Lipetsk region, and…

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Pakistan

NAB to challenge Fawad Hassan Fawad’s bail in SC

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

ISLAMABAD – Following the bail approval of Fawad Hassan Fawad in illegal assets case, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has decided to challenge the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) decision in the Supreme Court. According to sources, the anti-graft watchdog will immediately appeal for the cancellation of Fawad’s bail following the approval of NAB chairman Justice…

Kamyab Jawan Programme: 200,000 to 300,000 youth likely to get concessionary loans under ‘YES’

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Around 200,000 to 300,000 budding entrepreneurs are likely to get benefit of the Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES), a component of the government’s flagship Kamyab Jawan project launched to offer soft loan facility to those having workable business ideas. “Only 15 to 25 per cent of the total applicants may get the concessionary…

Sindh formally recommends Centre three names for new IG

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Monday formally wrote a letter to the Centre for recommending the names of Ghulam Qadir Thebo, Mustaq Meher and Kamran Fazal for the designation of the new Inspector General of Police of the province. The letter was attached with copied of letters written by Punjab…

PHA Director Javed Hamid turns out to be matric-pass

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: Javed Hamid, who has been working as director of the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) Lahore for one-and-a-half years, has turned out to be a matric-pass. In a shocking revelation, it has been found out that Javed Hamid had been appointed on daily wages basis and got promoted to grade 19 owing…

Fawad Chaudhry urges for making consensus on accountability process

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, has urged for making consensus on accountability process among political powers amid positive environment generated after the promulgation of Army Act. Fawad Chaudhry, in his Twitter message, pointed towards the consensus of the government and opposition sides for the appointment of chief election commissioner…

World eying Pakistan as important country for investment: President

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi has said the world is eying Pakistan as an important country for investment. Addressing the all Pakistan Chambers Presidents’ Conclave 2020 in Islamabad on Tuesday, the president said the world leaders consider Pakistan as an emerging power because of its geo strategic location and the human resource dividend.…

Afghanistan

IECC: one week to decide 6,000 appeals

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

KABUL (TOLO News): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) has registered more than 6,200 appeals from campaign teams, with most of them referring to the 300,000 controversial votes, the chairperson of the commission, Zuhra Bayan Shinwari, said on Tuesday. Shinwari told reporters that members of the commission have not made any decisions on the controversial…

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Khost resident claims NDS killed four members of his family

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

KABUL (TOLO News): Razo Khan, a resident of Shah Wali Kot district in the eastern province of Khost, claims that four members of his family were killed in an operation by a unit of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Khost while his brother was wounded. Khan is now in Kabul “to seek justice.”…

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Military tanks on black market sale

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

KABUL (AT News): A parliamentary delegation who has recently visited security situation in the western province of Farah, alleges of the sale of military tanks in black market. Farah is bordering Iran and is one of unsafe provinces in the west with Taliban controlling five districts as the parliament delegation said Tuesday. The insurgents in…

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Karzai praises Bacha Khan for ‘fighting violence, extremism’

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

KABUL (AT News): Former President, Hamid Karzai in a statement on the occasion of independence activist Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan’s (aka Bacha Khan) 32nd death anniversary, praised him for his nonviolent battle against violence and extremism. “Pride of Afghans Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan was a shining star of nonviolent thought, honorable leader and great fighter…

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Avoiding Iran, air traffic over Afghan airspace boosts revenue

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

KABUL (TOLO News): Mohammad Qasim Wafaeezada, head of Afghanistan’s Civil Aviation Authority, said Monday that with the increase in flights crossing the country’s airspace, civil aviation revenue has increased by an average of $100,000 per day. Transit flights through Afghanistan have been on the rise for the past twelve days following the accidental shoot-down of…

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Sattar case should be pursued by Attorney General: Lawyers

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

KABUL (TOLO News): Members of Afghanistan’s Lawyers Union on Tuesday said that an investigation of Amer Abdul Sattar’s killing without the involvement of justice organizations is illegal, and the action is a “violation of the law by President Ghani.” The lawyers said that Amer Sattar’s killing is a “crime” and should be investigated by the…

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Business

FATF meeting: Stocks edge down as negative sentiments prevail among investors

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: The Pakistan Stock Exchange has been retreating amid uncertain speculations by investors as the country’s delegation meets Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Working Group in Beijing for face-to-face talks and rising political noise between the political parties. The benchmark KSE 100-share Index further dropped 390 points or 0.91pc and hit 42,357.13 points…

Wheat flour price hits record Rs75 per kg in different cities of Pakistan

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Wheat flour price could not be controlled by the government amid a raging crisis across the country and has skyrocketed up to Rs75 per kg for the first time ever in several cities while putting tremendous burden on the general public. In several cities, including Peshawar and Hazara, nanbais (bakers) have closed…

Capitalism doing ‘more harm than good’ says global survey

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: A majority of people around the world believe capitalism in its current form is doing more harm than good, a survey found ahead of this week’s Davos meeting of business and political leaders. This year was the first time the “Edelman Trust Barometer,” which for two decades has polled tens of thousands…

Frustration mounting over dual exchange rates in Lebanon

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk BEIRUT: As banks have rationed working with dollars, refrained from exchanging Lebanese pounds into the US currency and vice versa, and decreased cash flow to customers, the Lebanese money changers’ market has recovered and there are now two exchange rates for the dollar. The first is the official rate adopted by banks, and…

Single Saudi women look to Riyadh for opportunity

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk RIYADH: One of the foremost development plans in Saudi Arabia is to increase women’s participation in the labor market. With new reforms being undertaken in Riyadh, the capital is attracting a large number of single women seeking employment opportunities. “The idea of women moving to cities in search of work isn’t new, but…

NAVTTC to introduce Matric-Tech in schools for skilling youth

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: “Technology and innovation being fundamental to economic success in the modern competitive world, it is imperative that we equip our youth with technical skills along with conventional education to prepare them for the job market”, said Dr. Nasir Khan, the Executive Director of National Vocational & Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) while chairing…

Sports

ICC appoints match officials for Pakistan, Bangladesh T20I series

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

KARACHI (Monitoring Desk): Ranjan Madugalle, one of the most respected and senior most member of the Elite Panel of International Cricket Council (ICC) Match Referees, has been appointed by the game’s governing body as match referee for the three T20Is between Pakistan and Bangladesh to be played at the Gaddafi Stadium on 24, 25 and…

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COAS lauds MPCL, AHF for constructing int’l standard astroturf hockey stadium

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

RAWALPINDI (APP): Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday lauded Mari Petroleum Company Limited (MPCL) and Army Heritage Foundation (AHF) for constructing an international standard astroturf hockey stadium at Ayub National Park. He was the chief guest at the inaugural hockey match played between Pakistan Greens and Pakistan Whites here at…

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Haris Rauf aims to get excellence in pace bowling

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

LAHORE (APP): Haris Rauf has had a meteoric rise since he appeared in Lahore Qalandars’ trials in Gujranwala two years ago. The right-arm pacer has since gained admirers wherever he has played. He recently made headlines during his stint in the Big Bash League, while turning out for Melbourne Stars, and used the opportunity to…

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Bangladesh captain wary of ‘hurt’ Pakistan

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

MIRPUR (Monitoring Desk): Despite Pakistan losing their last Twenty20 International (T20I) series at home 3-0 to Sri Lanka last year, the Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah is wary of the Men in Green ahead of the three-match series between the two countries, starting from January 24 in Lahore. While talking to media in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket…

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Imran upsets former U18 Champion Naseem in Snooker

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

ISLAMABAD (APP): Imran Khan of Islamabad upset former U18 World Champion Muhammad Naseem Akhtar in the pre quarter match of the Jubilee Insurance 12th Under21 National Junior Snooker Championship 2020 here at Pakistan Sports Complex on Tuesday. Imran beat Naseem Akhtar of Punjab by 4-1 (61-47, 65-11, 72-63, 17-63, 56-28). In the other Pre quarter…

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Liverpool go 16 points clear with 2-0 win over Man United

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

LIVERPOOL (Agencies): Liverpool came through a high-octane tussle with old rivals Manchester United to win 2-0 at Anfield and move 16 points clear at the top of the table on Sunday, sparking a chorus of “we are going to win the league” from their now expectant fans. Juergen Klopp’s side, chasing their maiden title in…

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Fashion & Movies

Sindh bans Sarmad Khoosat’s upcoming film ‘Zindagi Tamasha’

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: The Sindh Board of Films and Censor on Tuesday banned upcoming Pakistani film “Zindagi Tamasha” three days before it’s release. A notification issued by the board said although it had previously examined and cleared the Sarmad Khoosat’s directorial film, it has now been informed that  it may create unrest within a segment…

De Niro takes shot at Trump as he accepts SAG lifetime award

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk LOS ANGELES: Robert De Niro, considered one of the finest motion picture performers of his generation, was saluted on Sunday with a lifetime achievement award from his acting peers, and used the occasion to take a veiled jab at U.S. President Donald Trump. The two-time Academy Award winner and star of Oscar-nominated mob…

Folk music fading out due to modern tunes: artists

By The Frontier Post | January 20, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: With the rapidly moving world venturing into the vistas of ultramodern civilization, the folk music is dying down as senseless with empty lyrics and music, rather the rock and pop music was shrinking space for the former to inherit the heritage of folklore and ancient culture. There was a time when folk…

Ayissi is first black African at fashion’s top table

By The Frontier Post | January 20, 2020

Monitoring Desk Paris: His father was undefeated boxing champion of Africa, now Imane Ayissi is making history himself by becoming the first sub-Saharan designer to show in the elite Paris haute couture week. Not only is he joining fashion’s creme de la creme, the Cameroonian couturier is shaking up the stereotype of what “African materials”…

James Bond producer rules out female 007

By The Frontier Post | January 18, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: The next James Bond will not be a woman, the movies’ producer said in an interview, as speculation mounts about who could replace Daniel Craig as the legendary 007. Craig, 51, is due to step down after the latest Bond film, “No Time to Die,” which will be released in April. Rumors…

Hollywood insiders speculate Meghan Makle’s return to Hollywood post #Megxit

By The Frontier Post | January 17, 2020

Monitoring Desk LOS ANGELES: Hollywood insiders and experts have taken to observing the terms governing the Duke and Duchess’s decision to split from royal life. It seems as though there have been a number of reasons as to the decision, mainly stemming from rumors of closed deals. However, even if the royal does not turn…

Science & Technology

Asteroid twice the size of Big Ben skims past Earth

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk NASA is closely monitoring an asteroid with an estimated diameter of about 755 feet – larger than the Golden Gate Bridge tower or more than twice the height of London’s Big Ben – that was heading towards Earth and expected to skim past the planet on Monday. Flying towards the planet at a…

WhatsApp is only the second non-Google Android app to hit 5 billion installs

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk There are only a few apps on the Google Play Store to have reached the mythical 5 billion install figure, bar some of the pre-installed Google options. Third-party messaging app WhatsApp is now only the second non-Google app to do so, having amassed the figure over a decade on Android and the Play…

EU industry chief to dismiss fears strict security rules could delay 5G

By The Frontier Post | January 20, 2020

Monitoring Desk PARIS: European industrial policy chief Thierry Breton is set to dismiss claims that relying on European companies to build a 5G network would delay its rollout, weighing in on an increasingly tense debate in Germany over the risk posed by China’s Huawei. In a speech at the DLD conference in Munich later on…

Huawei’s new-generation 5G smartphone launched

By The Frontier Post | January 18, 2020

Monitoring Desk KUWAIT: Chinese technology and smartphone giant Huawei has launched the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G, a new-generation 5G smartphone, in Kuwait. A large crowd of consumers and fans attended the launching ceremony held at a Huawei store inside the Avenues Mall in the Farwaniya Governorate, the largest shopping mall in Kuwait. At the…

‘Invisible computing’ startup unveils smart contact lens

By The Frontier Post | January 17, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: A startup focused on “invisible computing” Thursday unveiled a smart contact lens which delivers an augmented reality display in a user’s field of vision. The Mojo Vision contact lens offers a display with information and notifications, and allows the user to interact by focusing on certain points. The rigid contact lens, which…

KPITB relaunches ‘Safe Women’ App with enhanced features

By The Frontier Post | January 16, 2020

F.P. Report PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) on Wednesday arranged a demonstration of an upgraded ‘Safe Women’ mobile phone application developed for female commuters of Pink Sakura Buses. Following procurement of Pink Sakura buses in Mardan and Abbottabad, the app has been upgraded to allow commuters to connect with their family and friends…

Health

China’s SARS-like virus spreading person-to-person: US

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk MELBOURNE: A pneumonia outbreak in central China has widened with more than 200 people now diagnosed with the new SARS-like virus, as health experts say there’s now evidence that the illness is spreading from person to person. Amid increased searching and testing for the novel virus among people with symptoms like fever and…

Czech Republic reports first H5N8 bird flu case in three years

By The Frontier Post | January 20, 2020

Monitoring Desk PRAGUE: The Czech Republic has its first case of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus in three years after an outbreak was reported on a poultry farm in the country’s central region, the State Veterinary Administration said on Saturday. The veterinary agency said the virus killed half of a flock of 12…

China reports new cases in Wuhan virus outbreak

By The Frontier Post | January 18, 2020

Monitoring Desk BEIJING: Chinese health authorities said on Saturday they had discovered four more cases of pneumonia following an outbreak of what is believed to be a new coronavirus strain in the central city of Wuhan. The four individuals were diagnosed with pneumonia on Thursday and are in stable condition, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission…

China flu outbreak: Mystery Pneumonia illness symptoms, causes

By The Frontier Post | January 18, 2020

Monitoring Desk There’s alarm in central China where a mysterious outbreak of pneumonia has been linked to a new coronavirus — a family of bugs responsible for diseases that range in severity from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, or SARS. Because some of the patients worked or shopped at a seafood market…

Pakistan to launch ‘fightback’ against polio

By The Frontier Post | January 17, 2020

Monitoring Desk ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has scheduled two nationwide immunization campaigns for February and April this year amid its anti-polio efforts, said health officials, which after a long gap started again in December and succeeded to bring down the number of children who missed vaccination from 1.7 million to 228,000. “This is a beginning of a…

Sleep problems in older adults linked to cognitive decline and dementia: Study

By The Frontier Post | January 17, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: People who have trouble falling asleep may be at increased risk of developing cognitive problems or dementia than their counterparts who sleep well, a research review suggests. Researchers examined data on 51 previously published studies that followed middle-aged and older people in North America, Europe and East Asia for at least several…

Travel

Spain’s Tourist arrivals hit record high

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk MADRID: The number of international visitors to Spain hit an all-time high of 83.7 million in 2019 in a seventh straight year of records, Industry and Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said on Monday, adding that she was optimistic about 2020. Tourist arrivals rose 1 percent last year from a year earlier, Maroto told…

Australia fights fire devastation with multimillion tourism industry boost

By The Frontier Post | January 20, 2020

Monitoring Desk SYDNEY: Australia’s government hopes to boost its tourism industry with tens of millions of dollars in a bid to combat the damage to infrastructure and the country’s image caused by devastating bushfires. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who faced criticism for taking a holiday to Hawaii as the wildfire crisis unfolded, announced the stimulus…

From selling boiled eggs to skiing contest, Malam Jabba helping local children

By The Frontier Post | January 18, 2020

Monitoring Desk MALAM JABBA: Until about a year ago, seven-year-old Zubaida Khan was selling boiled eggs to tourists in her native town to support her family, but she is now a professional athlete who is training to participate in some of the top skiing competitions in the world, a senior official at the Malam Jabba…

How American travelers plan their vacation?

By The Frontier Post | January 18, 2020

Monitoring Desk Americans take on average 4.4 trips per year. Now imagine what that number could be if they used all of their vacation days instead of accruing unused PTO. According to U.S. Travel, Americans racked up 768 million days of unused PTO in 2018. National Plan for Vacation Day, on January 28, brings this…

Maldives desperate for funds as islands risk going under

By The Frontier Post | January 18, 2020

Monitoring Desk NEW DELHI: The tropical Maldives may lose entire islands unless it can quickly access cheap financing to fight the impact of climate change, its foreign minister said. The archipelago’s former president Mohamed Nasheed famously held a cabinet meeting underwater to draw attention to submerging land and global warming a decade ago. Yet the…

Croatia’s Tourism Promoted at Austria’s Largest Holiday and Travel Show

By The Frontier Post | January 17, 2020

Monitoring Desk ZAGREB: The 2020 Vienna Ferienmesse tourism fair opened on Thursday with more than 800 exhibitors from over 80 countries including Croatia, which is a favourite destination for Austrian tourists. “Croatia is one of the favourite destinations for Austrians who travel to Croatia several times a year and in their own vehicles,” a press…

Articles

CAA-NRC ripping apart India’s societal fabric

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

Iqbal Khan India’s recent politico-legal actions like National Register of Citizens (NRC), the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Supreme Court’s decision on Babri Masjid, revocation of Article 370 etc. are having telling effects on societal fabric of India. Entire World is watching the behaviour India’s State institutions with regard to a long overdue correction. On domestic…

Does Trump have a game plan?

By The Frontier Post | January 20, 2020

Abdullah Muradoglu All eyes were on U.S. President Donald Trump in June of last year. Mounting tensions between the U.S. and Iran had reached a fever pitch after Iran’s Revolutionary Guards downed two U.S. drones in the Gulf of Oman. Was Trump going to retaliate militarily? This was the million-dollar question back then. In September…

Is India fit for UN Security Council Permanent Seat?

By The Frontier Post | January 19, 2020

Shehla Naz Subsequent to World War II , nations opposed to the Nazi-Fascist axis congregated in San Francisco with an eye to secure next generations from the evil of war and consented to establish the United Nations (UN). Major powers who played major role in the war against the Axis powers i.e. France, UK, US…

Educational challenges in coming decade

By The Frontier Post | January 18, 2020

Lamia Sameen Malik Statistically 32% of primary school age girls are out of school in Pakistan, as compared to 21% of boys of equal age. By grade six, 59 percent of girls are out of school, versus 49 percent of boys. Sadly, only 13 percent of girls are still in school by 9th grade. Both…

Pakistan’s security matrix-challenges incognito

By The Frontier Post | January 18, 2020

Shehla Naz While being a front line country in war against terrorism since 9/11, Pakistan has played a critical in apprehending Al-Qaeda terrorists. Through kinetic measures and intelligence based operations Pakistan security forces cleared the homeland from the scourge of terrorism. For now major terrorist groups in the region are concentrated largely inside Afghanistan enjoying…

The end of impunity

By The Frontier Post | January 17, 2020

Munir Saeed On Dec. 17, 1998, Americans woke up to the New York Times headline “Impeachment vote in House delayed as Clinton launches Iraq airstrike.” Fast forward to Jan. 4, 2020 and CNN quoted a Washington Post report that “Some Democrats were privately worried about sending impeachment articles to senate amid Iran tensions.” Deja vu…

Editorial

Crops focused agriculture policy

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

Over the past five decades successive governments neglected formulation and implementation of major crops focused agriculture policy and relied mostly on announcing faulty kissing packages which did not produce the intended results. The share of agriculture has decreased from 53 percent to 19 percent in the gross domestic product yet it is the top contributory…

Securing regional peace

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Quershi has completed his hectic diplomatic journey in the pursuit of securing regional peace as the situation is fluid due US-Iran tension, war hysteria of ruling BJP Indian leadership and Kashmir lockdown and lack of peace and stability in Afghanistan due to continued war there. In his week long trip, the…

From wheat export to wheat import

By The Frontier Post | January 20, 2020

At last after doing public relation exercise about plenty stock of wheat in the country its shortages have been realised. Prime Minister Imran Khan has, in principle, gave approval for import of 300,000 tonnes of wheat for which 60 percent exemption in regulatory duty shall be given. The federal government is also abolishing the 5…

FATF hanging sword

By The Frontier Post | January 20, 2020

Briefing media in Washington, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Quershi sought the support of United States to get Pakistan off the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) greylist. The meeting of this global monitoring body on money laundering and terrorism financing is scheduled to be held in Beijing next month. It will be followed by a plenary…

UN report, Pakistan’s economy prospects

By The Frontier Post | January 19, 2020

The UN report on South Asian economies titled, World Economic Situation and Prospects, projects a fluctuating growth pattern of Pakistan’s economy in the next few years. It predicts that GDP growth rate of the current fiscal year will be 3.3 percent which will drop to 2.1 percent in the next fiscal year. The report highlights…

Vice Chancellors’ appointment

By The Frontier Post | January 19, 2020

The standard criteria of merit-cum-fitness have been abandoned for the appointment of Vice Chancellors in the public sector universities since the devolution of higher education to provinces in 2010 under 18th Amendment. Political affiliations were a norm for the appointment on this coveted post in the first and last ANP government in 2008-13. The previous…

Arts and Literature

The Age of Hiroshima

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk Authors: Michael D. Gordin and G. John Ikenberry On Aug. 6, 1945, in the waning days of World War II, the US dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The city’s destruction stands as a powerful symbol of nuclear annihilation, but it has also shaped how we think about war…

Race is about politics Jean-Frederic Schaub

By The Frontier Post | January 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk Racial divisions have returned to the forefront of politics in the US and European societies, making it more important than ever to understand race and racism. But do we? In this original and provocative book, acclaimed historian Jean-Frédéric Schaub shows that we don’t— and that we need to rethink the widespread assumption that…

‘Maqsood-e-Kul Hoon Main’ concludes at Alhamra

By The Frontier Post | January 20, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: A three-day long play ‘Maqsood-e-Kul Hoon Main’ based on the philosophy of Allama Iqbal, concluded here at Alhamra Art Centre on Sunday. A large number of people viewed the play. The drama proved to be an important step in the history of theater; from the script, character and acting, it kept the…

‘Everywhere in Saudi Arabia, you see a cultural revolution:’ Ex-French Minister Jack Lang

By The Frontier Post | January 18, 2020

Monitoring Desk PARIS: A major Paris exhibition showcasing the wonders of AlUla, Saudi Arabia’s archaeological treasure house, has been extended following “inspiring” media and visitor interest in the groundbreaking display. The “AUla: Wonder of Arabia” exhibition at the Arab World Institute (IMA) was originally due to run from Oct. 9 to Jan. 19, but has…

64th Children’s Literature Festival to be held in Lahore

By The Frontier Post | January 17, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: The two-day 64th Children’s Literature Festival (CLF) and one-day 7th teacher’s Literature Festival (TLF) will be held on January 21-23, 2020 at the Children Library Complex (CLC), Lahore. CLF was first launched at Lahore in November 2011 at the same venue. The CLF is a flagship program of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi (ITA) founded by…

Mohenjo Daro: Ancient masterpiece of modern urban planning

By The Frontier Post | January 16, 2020

Monitoring Desk MOHENJO DARO: Streets running at right angles to each other, well-structured and elegant administrative, residential and industrial units, waste containers, and a covered drainage system are what modern urban planning should offer. It did, but 5,000 years ago. Welcome to Mohenjo Daro. The ancient cosmopolitan city on the banks of the Indus River…