Iran’s Mahan Air to launch Tehran-Lahore flights from Dec 18
Iran’s Mahan Air has announced two weekly flights between Tehran and Lahore from December 18. According to Iranian state...
Modric latest La Liga player to be accused of tax fraud
Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has been accused by Spanish prosecutors of tax fraud of up to 870,728 euros...
North Korea tests most advanced missile yet; US mainland in range
North Korea test fired its most advanced intercontinental ballistic yet on Wednesday, putting the US mainland within range and...
Thousands march in Karachi against French Magazine
Thousands of people marched through Karachi earlier today in the largest protest yet against French magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing blasphemous caricature. The march through the streets of Karachi is the biggest in a series of demonstrations against the magazine. An intelligence official overseeing the rally told the media... Read more
Rs. 20 coin commemorative coin to be introduced by SBP
The State Bank of Pakistan will issue Rs.20 commemorative coin from January 31 to mark “Pakistan-China Year of Friendly Exchange 2015”. In a press release the SBP said that the coin would be issued in pursuance of the Federal Government Notification dated January 8, 2015. The coin weighs 10... Read more
Saudi Border guards get ‘shoot at sight’ orders
Saudi border guards have been given orders to shoot infiltrators on sight after three troopers were killed on the Iraqi frontier earlier this month, a spokesman said earlier this week. The orders apply to guards patrolling the southern border with Yemen as well as the northern frontier with Iraq,... Read more
Boko Haram takes responsibility for mass murder in Nigeria
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has claimed responsibility for the mass killings in the Northeast Nigerian town of Baga and has threatened more violence. The acknowledgement from the leader of Nigeria’s Islamic extremists comes in a video posted on YouTube Tuesday, the same day International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou... Read more
Retreating IS terrorists leave behind harvest of death
The IS(IL) terror outfit often leaves deadly bombs in seemingly innocuous articles such as  massage belt, a PlayStation controller, a gold ring The terrorists leave behind bombs, and as Iraqi Kurdish forces regain ground, they and the civilians returning to their homes face the threat of these unexploded bombs... Read more
Yemen president tries to stave off coup
Yemen’s President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi won the support of Gulf neighbours yesterday and readied for talks with Shia militia who had attacked his residence, raising fears of a coup. The powerful militia, known as Huthis, seized almost full control of the capital Sanaa in September and have fought pitched... Read more
Bill Gates: Spotlight on Pakistan for Polio elimination
Former CEO of Microsoft and famous multi-billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates predicts the end of polio and three other diseases from the world in the next 15 years. “It’ll be 2018 or within one or two years of that,” Gates said in an interview yesterday adding that it will be... Read more
“IS may gain ground in South Asian region
The steady fragmentation of the  Taliban, and doubts over whether its elusive leader is even alive, are driving a growing number of militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan towards the self proclaimed “Islamic State” (IS) for inspiration. Security and intelligence sources in the region believe there are no operational links... Read more
Javed Akhtar praises Pakistani music: Slams vulgar Indian Songs
Noted Indian film lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar has lambasted  vulgarity in new movie songs and urged the Jaipur Literature Festival to take up the issue vociferously,  according to the official Indian News Agency. Press Trust of India said. “There is so much vulgarity today. When you can protest... Read more
SRK and Kajol to pair up again??
 Bollywood is awash in rumours that screen legends Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol may appear together in Rohit Shetty’s  next venture. Arguably, one of the most famous screen couple of all time, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol are known for their sizzling on-screen chemistry. The  were last seen in... Read more
KSE Watch: Bull run continues
The index continued its bull run as it ended yet another day on a positive note. While late profit-taking trimmed gains somewhat, the bourse still managed an increase of 208 points as volumes clocked in over 350 million shares. At close yesterday, the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) benchmark 100-share... Read more
PTA to hire consultants for selling mobile broad band frequencies
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is in the process of hiring consultants to sell licences for one frequency slot in 1,800 Megahertz (MHz) band and another in 850 MHz. These are the same frequencies that remained unsold in the April 2014 spectrum auction of next generation mobile services (NGMS). “In... Read more
Agri credit disbursement up to Rs219.5b in first half 14-15
 Agricultural credit disbursement increased to Rs219.5 billion in the first half 2014-15, which constitutes 44% of the overall annual target of Rs500 billion. The State Bank of Pakistan stated yesterday that the agricultural credit disbursement in July-December was 38% higher than the disbursement of Rs159.4 billion made during the... Read more
Gene that increasing lifespans of flies by 50 to 60%
Scientists have managed to prolong the lifespan of flies by up to 60% after activating a gene which destroys unhealthy cells, an advance which may help develop new anti-aging treatments for humans. Researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland, led by Eduardo Moreno, have developed a new method... Read more