Jousting for support, Pakistan’s bid to keep cavalry sport alive
Festooned with garlands and colourful bridles, turbaned riders mounted on horseback in full gallop lower their lances at tiny...
Russia registers nine US media outlets as ‘foreign agents’
Russia´s justice ministry on Tuesday named nine US media outlets including Voice of America as “foreign agents” after President...
Russia faces decision on Winter Olympics ban for doping
The International Olympic Committee meets from Tuesday to decide whether to bar Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics for...
Pakistan’s forex reserves cross $15 billion
The total liquid foreign exchange reserves held by the country stood at US $15,212.7 million on January 2, 2015. Giving the break-up of the foreign exchange reserves position, a statement of State Bank of Pakistan said that forex reserves held by the State Bank of Pakistan stood at US... Read more
Pakistan condemns Charlie Hebdo killings
Pakistan on Thursday condemned an attack on a French magazine that has outraged many Muslims for its irreverent cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed (P.B.U.H),” despite its own tough laws forbidding blasphemy. Masked gunmen burst into the offices of the Paris headquarters of Charlie Hebdo magazine on Wednesday morning, killing... Read more
Hubble space Telescope recaptures the “Pillars of Creation”
In celebration of its upcoming 25th anniversary in April, the Hubble Space Telescope has returned to the site of what may be its most famous image, the wispy columns of the Eagle Nebula, and produced a stunning new picture. “The Pillars of Creation,” located 6,500 light-years away in area... Read more
Local Al Qaeda commander amongst seven killed in Karachi
Police earlier today claimed to have killed seven militants, including a local Al Qaeda commander, during an encounter in Karachi. Officials said the law-enforcers conducted an intelligence-driven raid in Madina Colony of Sohrab Goth locality during which terrorists opened fire on the police party. SSP Malir, Rao Anwar, said... Read more
Imran Khan weds Reham Khan
Rumours died down today when chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), retired-cricketer-turned-political demagogue Imran Khan, finally tied the knot with Reham Khan at a simple ceremony in Islamabad today. Nikah khawan Mufti Saeed arrived at Khan’s Bani Gala residence to solemnize the nikah. Khan is kept his nikah and valima... Read more
Gene that turns kids into troubled adults isolated
Researchers have identified a gene variant that may serve as a marker for kids who are among society’s most vulnerable, paving the way for personalized treatments for such children. The findings are a step towards understanding the biology of what makes a child particularly sensitive to positive and negative... Read more
Sri Lankan Elections: too Close to call
Sri Lanka went to the polls today  in its tightest election in decades, with its strongman president battling for survival after accusations of corruption and a failure to bring about national reconciliation. Mahinda Rajapakse appeared assured of victory when he called snap polls in November, seeking an unprecedented third... Read more
Vigils across Europe in protest against barbaric attack in France
 Cities and towns across Europe staged vigils late yesterday night in solidarity with the French people after a horrific armed rampage against a satirical paper left at least 12 dead and many injured. Hundreds of people, called together just hours before on social media, turned out in capitals including... Read more
“Salute”: Movie on Aitzaz Hasan Shaheed launched
Veteran director Shehzad Rafique is said to launch his latest directorial venture, Salute, in mid-2015, which will be based on Aitzaz Hasan – the brave teenager from Hangu who embraced a suicide bomber on January 6, 2014, saving the lives of 300 of his schoolmates. The director held a... Read more
Iconic Rahat Kazmi teaches basic Urdu to NAPA students
Rahat Kazmi may have been known for his iconic portrayal of characters in television dramas, such as Dhoop Kinare and Parchaiyan, but these days, his role as a teacher in real life is what poses a challenge to him. The problem is fairly simple but significant. The freshmen at... Read more
Slow going for India in reply to Australia’s 572 in 4th test match
India scrapped their way to 122 for two at lunch on the third day of the fourth test against Australia today, adding just 51 runs to their first innings tally at the cost of Rohit Sharma’s wicket. The tourists, 2-0 down in the four-match series and resuming on 71-1,... Read more
K-Electric reduces tariff
The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) reduced  the K-Electric tariff by Rs1.64 per unit under monthly fuel adjustment for November. It said the month when the new tariff would take effect would be announced through a notification. It also notified lower K-Electric tariff for July, August and September.... Read more
28 year Fiza Farhan makes it to 30 under 30 of Forbes magazine
Distinguished US magazine Forbes has included 28-year-old Fiza Farhan, co-founder of the Buksh Foundation, in its list of 30 under 30 social entrepreneurs for 2015. Buksh Foundation, operating in Pakistan since 2009, is a microfinance institution that brings clean energy projects to poor and rural areas of the country.... Read more
Wheat production declines: Rice yield increases
Despite tall claims about better agriculture productivity, the country’s main crop wheat has shown a declining trend in per acre yield during the last four years. The State Bank’s latest Statistical Bulletin showed the per acre yield achieved in 2010 could not be achieved again in the next three... Read more