Monday, 25 March 2019

Asia

Opera on Benazir Bhutto’s life to open in Pittsburgh next year

NEW YORK: A noted American company is producing an opera on the life and legacy of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister of Pakistan who was assassinated in 2007. Created by eminent Emirati-American composer Mohammed Fairouz, and award-winning Pakistani author Mohammed Hanif, the opera titled Bhutto will premier in ...

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British-Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie wins London Hellenic Prize

LONDON: The British-Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie has been awarded 2017’s £10,000 London Hellenic Prize , given to the best book inspired by or relating to Greece, for Home Fire. Shamsie claimed the award at a ceremony in the Great Hall of Kings College London although the winner was announced on October ...

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Lanka’s top military chief detained

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s military chief was remanded by court after weeks evading arrest over the alleged cover-up of the abduction and murder of 11 young men during the island’s civil war. Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne is the highest-ranking military officer ever held by a court over alleged crimes from Sri Lanka’s ...

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World powers meet in Geneva on Afghan reforms, peace prospects

KABUL: Afghan leaders and international diplomats meet in Geneva to evaluate whether strategies and aid offered to Afghanistan are helping resolve the quagmire created by the 17-year war, paving way for the withdrawal of foreign troops. The two-day conference on Afghanistan, jointly hosted by the Afghan government and the United ...

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Blast kills 22 near China chemical factory in Zhangjiakou

BEIJING: An explosion and fire near a chemical factory left at least 22 people dead and 22 others injured on Wednesday in a northern China city that will host the 2022 Winter Olympics, authorities said. The charred and smoking remains of trucks and cars were scattered on a road as ...

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Pakistan, India agree to build Kartarpur corridor

ISLAMABAD/NEW DELHI: Pakistan and India Thursday took a huge step towards peace by announcing to open the Kartarpur corridor for visa-free entry to the Indian Sikh yatrees (pilgrims). Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Prime Minister Imran Khan will lay foundation stone of Kartarpur corridor on November 28. He said ...

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Afghan Taliban not serious about peace, says govt chief

KABUL: The Taliban in Afghanistan have not yet shown any sign they are serious about ending their 17-year insurgency despite US efforts to push a fresh peace process, the country´s de facto prime minister told AFP. Abdullah Abdullah, who serves as “chief executive” of the unity government in Kabul, struck ...

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New machine aims to end India’s sewer death shame

NEW DELHI: Hundreds of “manual scavengers” die each year cleaning out sewers in cities across India but a machine unveiled for World Toilet Day could help to end that tragic record. Thousands of mostly low-caste Indians are employed in one of the world’s dirtiest jobs unclogging human waste from underground ...

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Construction of dams imperative for Pakistan: CJP

LONDON: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has said that construction of dams is imperative for Pakistan. Talking to Pakistan-born members of British Parliament in London, he said funds are required to construct Diamer Bhasha Dam and overseas Pakistanis want to donate in the dam fund. He said ...

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