Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat appointed as Vice Chief of the Naval Staff
Vice Admiral Kaleem Shaukat has been appointed as Vice Chief of the Naval Staff . President of Pakistan Mamnoon...
Netflix renews ´Stranger Things´ for third season
“Stranger Things” fans, rejoice: more adventures in the Upside Down are on the way. Netflix said Friday it had...
Lebanon will only survive if Hezbollah disarms: Saudi minister
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Friday that Lebanon had been “hijacked” by Hezbollah and could only flourish if...
Argentina beat Switzerland
Angel di Maria strikes late in extra-time to book quarter-final spot for Alejandro Sabella’s team. Angel di Maria scored a dramatic late winner to break Swiss hearts and send Argentina through to the quarter-finals. The game, which was dismal on the most part, had finished goalless after normal time,... Read more
Pakistan denies allegations of involvement in Helmand
Pakistan expressed its deep dismay over allegations by Afghan officials regarding armed clashes in Helmand province. In a statement, Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We have seen with deep dismay the allegations by certain Afghan officials seeking to link Pakistan security personnel with the armed clashes in Helmand Province.” “We... Read more
Pakistan Army demands Afghan Govt arrest Fazlullah
DG ISPR Maj Gen. Asim Bajwa on Tuesday demands from the Afghanistan government to take steps for arresting Mullah Fazlullah, chief of the proscribed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). In a briefing to the foreign media, Bajwa held international policies responsible for proliferation of terror. He said indiscriminate military action is... Read more
Sharukh Jatoi’s petition transferred to the trial court
Sindh High Court has transferred the petition filed by Shahrukh Jatoi, the prime convict in Shahzeb Khan’s murder case, to the trial court. Sindh High court has transferred Shahrukh Jatoi’s petition, seeking the countermand of proceedings related to illegal possession of weapons, to the trial court. The inquiry report... Read more
Fleeing militants from Waziristan reach Karachi: report
A number of militants including Taliban commanders from North Waziristan  have reached Karachi to hide after military offensive was launched in the tribal region, according to intelligence sources. Law enforcement agencies have warned that the fugitive militants could launch terrorist attacks in the city with the help of the... Read more
PTI hits out at PML-N over Ramazan Bazaar ‘price hike’
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has said PML-N government’s false promises are exposed as Sunday and Ramazan bazaar “fraud” has been exposed with an increase in prices of commodities from 60pc to 100pc. In a statement issued here on Monday, PTI Punjab President Ejaz Chaudhry said the government was defaulting... Read more
Google will shut down orkut social network on September 30
The Orkut team on Monday said that the social network would shut down on September 30 this year. It also announced that from today, Orkut, which is owned by Google, would stop accepting new users. The social media site, which was once one of the most popular social networking... Read more
Alzheimer’s disease linked to brain hyperactivity
Elevated activity in the hippocampus — the area of the brain that controls learning and memory — is linked with mild cognitive impairment and early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers have now discovered the molecular mechanism that may trigger an enhancement of neuronal activity in Alzheimer’s patients, which subsequently... Read more
Scientists test ‘harpoon’ to clear risky space debris
LONDON: A primitive weapon will now protect earth against hurtling giant asteroids capable of causing mass destruction. Faced with the challenge of capturing tumbling satellites to clear key orbits, the European Space Agency is considering turning to an ancient terrestrial technology: the harpoon. Used since the Stone Age, first... Read more
Now, light-sensitive protein can control brain from outside
In a boost to optogenetics, a technology allowing scientists to control brain activity by shining light on neurons, the first light-sensitive molecule that enables neurons to be silenced non-invasively using a light source outside the skull has been developed. Optogenetics relies on light-sensitive proteins that can suppress or stimulate... Read more
Spotlight: From the rabab strings to stardom
“Khumariyaan is a derivative of the word khumaar (intoxication). The source could be anything — music, spiritualism, wine, love, drugs or even good food. We strive to have the same effect, if you will, with our music,” said the Peshawar-based band Khumariyaan. “And hence the name.” The band has... Read more
Theatrics: Heist of the century
The play Lakhon Mein Teen was staged recently at the Karachi Arts Council. The play is a social satire on human tragedies backed with humour for comic relief. The story unfolds with flashbacks of the mentally disturbed suspects being questioned by a policeman who is the living embodiment of... Read more
Literary notes: Nepalese folk tales and modern Iranian short stories translated into Urdu
Dr Baseera Ambreen teaches Urdu at Punjab University Oriental College, Lahore, and is known for her research work, especially on Allama Iqbal’s Urdu and Persian poetry. She has translated well known works of Nepal and Iran into two Urdu translations. The first one is a collection of Nepalese folk... Read more
Sadqa-e-Fitr fixed at Rs.100 per head
The minimum amount of sadqa-e-fitr or fitrana has been fixed at Rs 100 per head this year, which is paid to the poor and the needy before Eidul Fitr, said Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman, Mufti Muneebur Rehman. Mufti Muneebur Rahman said that according to the wheat price the amount... Read more