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Pentagon confirms 34 soldiers diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after Iran strike

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: The Pentagon said Friday that 34 of its army men had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury following strikes by Iran on a base in Iraq earlier this month. US President Donald Trump and other top officials initially said Iran’s attack had not killed or injured any US service members. Pentagon spokesman…

UK softens travel advisory due to ‘improved security situation’ in Pakistan

By The Frontier Post | January 24, 2020

ISLAMABAD: (Monitoring Desk): The United Kingdom has softened its travel advice to its citizens to reflect the improved security situation in Pakistan. “Today’s announcement is the result of a comprehensive review of UK travel advice for Pakistan, based on a wide-ranging assessment of the country’s security situation,” read a statement issued by the UK Foreign…

Govt rejects Transparency International report on corruption

By The Frontier Post | January 24, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Friday told that the incumbent government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has rejected Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2019. While addressing a press conference in Islamabad, the special assistant termed the report that revealed corruption has soared…

COAS visits Haripur, inaugurates GSR testing laboratories

By The Frontier Post | January 24, 2020

F.P. Report RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday visited National Radio Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) at Haripur, ISPR said in a statement. During the visit, Army chief inaugurated state of the art Electronic Warfare (EW) and Ground Surveillance Radar (GSR) testing laboratories. Army chief lauded the role and unrelenting efforts…

Pakistan welcomes relaxed travel advisory for Britons

By The Frontier Post | January 24, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Islamabad has warmly welcomed the United Kingdom government’s move of relaxing its travel advisory for British nationals due to improved security situation in Pakistan. “Today’s announcement is the result of a comprehensive review of UK travel advice for Pakistan, based on a wide-ranging assessment of the country’s security situation,” read a statement…

Malik’s half-century helps Pakistan win first T20 against Bangladesh

By The Frontier Post | January 24, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: Pakistan, aided by an anchor role half century (58) by veteran batsman Shoaib Malik, beat Bangladesh by five wickets in the first T20 international to take 1-0 lead in the three match series here on Friday at the Gaddafi Stadium. Bangladesh elected to bat after winning the toss posted 141 for 5…

Global

Gunfight in Kashmir kills 3 militants

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

SRINAGAR (AA): At least three militants were killed in a gunfight with Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir, the army and police said Saturday. Vijay Kumar, a senior police officer, told reporters that the gunfight broke out during a search operation in Ariparigam village of Pulwama district, a militancy stronghold in southern Kashmir. He said…

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India fails to get Republic Day protest banned in London

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

LONDON (Monitoring Desk): India has failed to get the Republic Day protest banned in London on 26 January by a group of Kashmiris and Sikhs coming together to demand freedom from India. The protest on Sunday is being orgaised by Tehreek-e -Kashmir UK and World Sikh Parliament outside Indian High Commission at noon. After the…

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Artillery shells kill 2 Rohingya women in Myanmar

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

YANGON, Myanmar (AA): At least two Rohingya women were killed after artillery shells hit a village in the Myanmar’s western Rakhine state on Friday, according to media reports and a lawmaker. Narinjara, a local news service, reported that two Rohingya women, 18 and 28, were killed and eight villagers injured when the shells landed in…

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Malaysia, Pakistan condole with quake-hit Turkey

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

KUALA LUMPUR/ ISLAMABAD (AA): Malaysia and Pakistan on Saturday extended condolences to Turkey over the loss of lives caused by a powerful earthquake on Friday evening. “I am deeply saddened to hear about the earthquake that struck Turkey, resulting in the loss of lives and injuries, and damage to buildings,” said Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister…

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Iran nuclear deal meeting postponed until February

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

BRUSSELS (AA): Parties to the Iran nuclear deal will meet in February because more expert-level discussions are necessary, EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell announced Friday. The European members of the pact – the United Kingdom, Germany, and France, also known as E3 – triggered the dispute resolution mechanism Jan. 14 after Iran decided to…

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Two cases of coronavirus reported in France

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

PARIS (AA): The first two confirmed cases of the deadly coronavirus have been detected in France, Health Minister Agnès Buzyn said Friday. One has been confirmed in Paris and one in Bordeaux. Both patients are currently in the hospital. The patients had recently traveled from China, the site of what the World Health Organization (WHO)…

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Pakistan

Party Funding Case: PM Imran challenges IHC decision in Supreme Court

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has challenged the Islamabad High Court decision with regard to the PTI membership of Akbar S. Babar in the Supreme Court, on Saturday. The prime minister has challenged the IHC decision as the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The petition in the apex court said that Akbar S.…

Met dept predicts fresh spell of rain, snowfall in Gilgit-Baltistan

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

F.P. Report SKARDU: Fresh spell of rain and snowfall in Gilgit-Baltistan is expected to continue till Monday. Snowfall recorded in Skardu, Astore, Kalam, Bagrote and Gupis during past 24 hours. The lowest minimum temperature in Pakistan reported in Skardu on Saturday (today) with minus 20°Celsius, Pakistan Meteorological Department said. According to reports, in upper areas…

Pakistan eye to seal three-match T20I series against Bangladesh today

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: After winning the first Twenty20 International (T20I) by five wickets, Pakistan are eyeing to seal the three-match series against Bangladesh by winning the second contest on Saturday (today) at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore (GSL). The game is scheduled to begin at 02:00 PM. Spectators in large numbers are expected to witness the…

President Alvi formally appoints Sikandar Sultan Raja as CEC

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi on Friday formally appointed former bureaucrat Sikandar Sultan Raja as the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) for five years. A notification issued by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs said President Alvi made the appointments under Article 213 and 215 of the Constitution. In a separate notification, the president also appointed…

‘Epaper’

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

Senators express concern over Alice Wells statement

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan Friday assured Senate that electricity supplies to the snow affected areas would be restored at the earliest. He was responding to Senator Siraj ul Haq who earlier told the house that electricity supplies were disrupted, roads were blocked and medicines were not available…

Afghanistan

Afghan politicians meet in Kabul to discuss peace amid Doha talks

By The Frontier Post | January 26, 2020

KABUL (TOLO News): Prominent political figures on Saturday gathered in Kabul to discuss the participation of all the country’s political factions in the peace process. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Executive Abdullah said that no one should strive to obstruct the peace process for his personal agenda and should instead work on creating a consensus…

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More aid needed, not less, after peace deal: World Bank’s Kerali

By The Frontier Post | January 26, 2020

KABUL (TOLO News):World Bank’s Country Director for Afghanistan Henry Kerali on Saturday said that Afghanistan will still need funds from the international community even if there is a peace deal in the country. Speaking to TOLOnews, Mr. Kerali said that the bank has been working to secure international financial aid for Afghanistan during the peace…

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Operation on Qaisari’s house was illegal: Probe team

By The Frontier Post | January 26, 2020

KABUL (Tolo News): Members of the fact-finding team investigating the operation by Afghan security forces on the house of Nizamuddin Qaisari in Balkh announced that the operation was illegal. In December 2019 Qaisari’s house in Mazar-e-Sharif city was besieged and assaulted by Afghan security forces, which led to the killing of seven of Qaisari’s guards…

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IECC criticized for delayed rulings on appeals

By The Frontier Post | January 26, 2020

KABUL (Tolo News): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) said that another twelve days will be needed to assess the appeals filed by the campaign teams. These appeals were filed against the initial decisions made by the IECC branch offices in the provinces. This comes as the deadline for the assessments of the appeals ends…

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Govt monitoring passengers at airports for Coronavirus

By The Frontier Post | January 26, 2020

KABUL (Tolo News): The Ministry of Public Health has taken “monitoring measures” in the country’s airports to prevent the outbreak of a new lethal virus that so far has killed at least 41 people in China. An outbreak of “coronavirus” began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. So far it has infected more than…

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Logar activist Mahmoudi flees country: Lawyer

By The Frontier Post | January 26, 2020

KABUL (Tolo News): Mohammad Mussa Mahmoudi, the head of Logar’s civil society who last year released a report of sexual abuse of over 390 children and youth in Logar province, has fled the country over security threats. Mahmoudi has left Afghanistan for a “temporary period due to security threats,” his defense lawyers said . Last…

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Business

IWCCI hails govt over agri sector recovery efforts

By The Frontier Post | January 26, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI) on Saturday lauded the initiatives of the government to revive the ailing agriculture sector which is the backbone of the economy. Supporting rural population will settle food security issue. It also hailed the decision of the Prime Minister Imran Khan to provide relief…

FPCCI, PCDMA agree on joint struggle

By The Frontier Post | January 26, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Anjum Nisar, President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), has agreed on joint efforts with the Pakistan Chemicals and Dyes Merchants Association (PCDMA) to resolve the problems facing commercial importers on a priority basis. while meeting with the delegation led by PCDMA Chairman and former Director Karachi…

Fiat Chrysler asks US court to toss out GM racketeering claims

By The Frontier Post | January 26, 2020

NEW YORK (Reuters): Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCHA.MI) on Friday urged a federal judge to throw out a General Motors Co’s (GM.N) lawsuit accusing Fiat Chrysler of racketeering and bribing officials of the United Auto Workers union to put GM at a multibillion dollar labor cost disadvantage. Fiat Chrysler’s motion to dismiss GM’s civil racketeering…

Owners of DC Solar that caused loss for Buffett plead guilty

By The Frontier Post | January 26, 2020

NEW YORK (Reuters): The husband-and-wife owners of DC Solar, a California solar company that caused Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N) to take a $377 million charge last year, pleaded guilty on Friday to involvement in an estimated $912 million Ponzi scheme. Jeff Carpoff, 49, pleaded guilty to money laundering and conspiracy to commit wire…

Gold prices reach Rs 90,300 per tola

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Gold prices in local market increased by Rs150 and traded at Rs90,300/tola, according to the All Sindh Saraf Jewellers Association. Similarly, the rate of 10 grams gold moved up by Rs 128 to Rs77,418. In the international market, bullion rates rose by $5 to $1,559/ounce. Jewellers claimed prices in the local market…

RDIF chief praises Saudi reforms, says Bezos hacking story is ‘Fake News’

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

Monitoring Desk DAVOS: One of Saudi Arabia’s biggest investment partners has reassured the global community about doing business in the Kingdom and ridiculed the Jeff Bezos accusations of phone hacking. Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), told…

Sports

Babar, Hafeez shine as Pakistan clinch T20I series against Bangladesh

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

LAHORE (Monitoring Desk): It might not matter this sort of game is worlds removed from anything Pakistan will have thrown at them in the upcoming T20 World. The conditions will be different, the pressure higher, the tension sharper. They will be content to draw comfort from snapping back into the team who put these performances…

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Pakistan eye to seal three-match T20I series against Bangladesh today

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: After winning the first Twenty20 International (T20I) by five wickets, Pakistan are eyeing to seal the three-match series against Bangladesh by winning the second contest on Saturday (today) at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore (GSL). The game is scheduled to begin at 02:00 PM. Spectators in large numbers are expected to witness the…

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Melbourne Stars call Qalandar’s Dilbar Hussain to replace Haris Rauf in BBL

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

Monitoring Desk SYDNEY: Product Lahore Qalandars’ player development programme Dilbar Hussain on Friday was named in the Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Melbourne Stars. Dilbar has been picked as replacement of Haris Rauf, who made waves during his stint with the team before being called by Pakistan selectors to represent the national team against Bangladesh,…

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Williams, Osaka out, Federer survives as surprises rock Australian Open

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

MELBOURNE (Agencies): Serena Williams crashed out, 15-year-old Coco Gauff stunned Naomi Osaka and Roger Federer survived a five-set thriller as the form book went flying out of the window at the Australian Open on Friday. Men’s title-holder Novak Djokovic eased into the last 16 but elsewhere there were surprises all over Melbourne Park with Williams…

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Liverpool charge towards title with win at Wolves

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

WOLVERHAMPTON (Agencies): Runaway leaders Liverpool extended their Premier League advantage to 16 points with a hard-fought 2-1 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Thursday thanks to goals from Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino. Henderson’s opener in the eighth minute, which came off his shoulder from a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner, quietened a raucous crowd inside a mist-shrouded…

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Ahmed Baig takes lead on 2nd day of CAS Open Golf Championship

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: The sparkling performance of Ahmed Baig brought him on top of the score board at the end of second day in the 39th Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) Open Golf Championship being played at Airmen Golf Club PAF Korangi Creek. Thanks to 7 outstanding birdies he finished the day with 5…

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Fashion & Movies

Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston likely to be appeared together at Oscars ceremony

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

Monitoring Desk LOS ANGELES: Hollywood’s dashing star Brad Pitt has left behind all the big names as he continues  the winning streak on the awards circuit for his supporting turn in  his recent hit ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’.  Pitt, who has been under spotlight for his appearances with ex-wife Jennifer Aniston at several…

Actress Meera plans to join politics

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: Film Actress Meera says due to the absence of a good team her indented to construct a hospital still remains undone. While talking to journalists at the Art Council of Pakistan, Karachi Meera said she’s hopeful for the future of the Pakistan film industry as good films are being produced and also…

Indian TV actress Sejal Sharma commits suicide

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

Monitoring Desk MUMBAI: Indian TV actor Sejal Sharma has allegedly committed suicide, Indian media reported early on Saturday morning. The actor was best known for her character of Simmi Khosla in Indian TV drama Dil Toh Happy Hai Ji. The reason behind Sejal’s suicide is not yet confirmed. According to Indian police, Sejal, whose family…

Taylor Swift’s new song ‘Only The Young’ ready to rule fans’ heart

By The Frontier Post | January 24, 2020

Monitoring Desk NEW YORK: Taylor Swift, a US pop superstar, has recorded the latest track for her upcoming Netflix documentary, ‘Miss Americana’. The song ‘Only The Young’, which was co-written and co-produced with Joel Little for the “Lover” album, is set to hit the streaming service on January 31. “Miss Americana” is a Lana Wilson-directed…

Oscars 2020 confirms Olivia Colman, Rami Malek, Regina, Mahershala Ali as presenters

By The Frontier Post | January 23, 2020

Monitoring Desk LOS ANGELES: The Oscars has booked its first four presenters for its upcoming 92nd annual Academy Awards ceremony and they’re all last year’s winners, will be giving the show some sheen. As per its tradition the Academy invites back its last year’s A-listers stars to pass the baton to new winners. This year,…

Gippy Grewal wants to work with Mehwish Hayat

By The Frontier Post | January 23, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: Indian actor-singer Gippy Grewal has expressed wish to work with Pakistani actress Mehwish Hayat. In a statement, the actor said ‘Punjab Nahi Jaongi’ is his favourite film and hoped to meet Mehwish Hayat in Pakistan. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is my favourite singer, he told. Gippy further thanked Pakistanis for their hospitality…

Science & Technology

Facebook bringing its dark mode app for Android phones

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

Monitoring Desk We’ve known for some time that Facebook is working on bringing a dark mode its mobile app, and there have already been tests that meant some people gained early access to the option. Now dark mode is rolling out to a large pool of users. If you’re tired of being blinded by your…

The oldest crater on Earth was found in Australia

By The Frontier Post | January 24, 2020

Monitoring Desk MELBOURNE: When we gaze out into our solar system and observe its several planets and many moons, one thing tends to be true of just about all of them: They have lots and lots of impact craters. Each of those scars on a planet or moon’s surface tells a story, and while Earth’s…

China’s 500-Meter FAST Radio Telescope becomes fully operational

By The Frontier Post | January 24, 2020

Monitoring Desk The Five-hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope, or FAST for short, is finally up and running, according to China’s official media source Xinhua. The telescope is the largest filled-aperture radio telescope in the world, and is strategically placed to take advantage of the Dawodang depression, a naturally occurring basin in southwest China. The idea…

Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups

By The Frontier Post | January 22, 2020

Monitoring Desk SAN FRANCISCO: Apple Inc (AAPL.O) dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The tech giant’s reversal, about two years ago, has not previously been reported.…

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…

Health

Walnuts may be good for the gut and help promote heart health

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

Monitoring Desk Walnuts may not just be a tasty snack, they may also promote good-for-your-gut bacteria. New research suggests that these “good” bacteria could be contributing to the heart-health benefits of walnuts. In a randomized, controlled trial, researchers found that eating walnuts daily as part of a healthy diet was associated with increases in certain…

5 ways to support a co-worker with a chronic illness

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

Monitoring Desk A new survey from Cancer and Careers found that 88 percent of people have concerns about their ability to support a co-worker with a serious medical condition. And 89 percent believe management could have created and fostered a more supportive work environment for colleagues with chronic illness. Experts say companies can improve support…

China deploys army medics to overwhelmed virus epicentre

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

Monitoring Desk WUHAN: The Chinese army deployed medical specialists on Saturday to the epicentre of a spiralling viral outbreak that has already killed 41 people and spread around the world, as millions spent their normally festive Lunar New Year holiday under lockdown. The country’s most important celebration has been all-but cancelled for people in a…

Anti-polio drive to kick off in 15 districts: EOC

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

F.P. Report PESHAWAR: A three days anti-polio drive will be kicked off in 15 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from January 27, 2020 wherein more than 0.4 million children will be vaccinated against polio. This was decided in a special meeting held here Friday at Emergency Operations Center Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with coordinator EOC Abdul Basit in…

Gilead for use of Ebola drug as China virus treatment

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: Gilead Sciences Inc said it was assessing whether its experimental Ebola treatment could be used against the new coronavirus that has sickened hundreds of people in China and led to at least 18 deaths. “Gilead is in active discussions with researchers and clinicians in the United States and China regarding the ongoing…

WHO says coronavirus outbreak not a ‘global emergency’

By The Frontier Post | January 24, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: After detailed deliberations on the new coronavirus virus on Thursday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) appreciated the measures taken by the Chinese government and announced that “it has not yet become a global health emergency”. The respiratory virus has claimed 18 lives since emerging from a seafood and animal market in the…

Travel

Numbers of travelers heading to Australia decreased dramatically due to wildfires

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

Monitoring Desk SYDNEY: The raging wildfires in Australia will cause the country to lose billions of dollars in revenues from tourism. The number of travelers booking stays in Australia has dropped from between 10% to 20% since the fires started in September. Lost Billions This fall will represent a shortfall of around $4.5 billion, according…

US bars issuing visas to pregnant women in a bid to control ‘birth tourism’

By The Frontier Post | January 24, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump opened a new front in his battle against immigration on Thursday, barring the issuing of visas to pregnant women seeking to enter the United States for so-called “birth tourism.” In announcing the move, which takes effect on Friday, the White House said foreigners were using the visas “to secure…

Virus-related tourism ban could hurt North Korea’s economy

By The Frontier Post | January 24, 2020

Monitoring Desk SEOUL: North Korea has temporarily banned foreign tourists in response to the outbreak of a dangerous new virus in neighboring China. Depending on how long the ban lasts, it could hurt North Korea’s economy, which though heavily sanctioned, has received a boost by a recent influx of Chinese tourists. Starting Wednesday, North Korea…

KP Tourism department being digitized to facilitate tourists: Atif Khan

By The Frontier Post | January 23, 2020

F.P. Report PESHAWAR: Senior Minister for Tourism Khyber PakhtunkwaAtif Khan has that tangible measures were being taken to put administrative working of the tourism department on modern lines to facilitate and attract more tourists towards picturesque tourist places in the province. Chairing a high level meeting in Khyber Pakhtukhwa House, the KP tourism minister said…

State Department to take aim at ‘birth tourism’ in expected change to visa guidelines

By The Frontier Post | January 22, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: An upcoming change to State Department visa guidelines is expected to take aim at birth tourism, the practice of foreign nationals giving birth on US soil to ensure their children become American citizens, according to a State Department official. The State Department official told CNN that the department is amending a regulation…

Eight Indian tourists die in Nepal

By The Frontier Post | January 22, 2020

Monitoring Desk KATHMANDU: Eight Indian tourists including four children died of suspected suffocation in a hotel in Nepal on Tuesday, police said, after trying to keep warm by using a gas heater during the night. The victims were staying in Daman, a hill resort south of Kathmandu which is known for its panoramic views of…

Articles

Breakthrough in sight in Afghan peace talks

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

Rustam Shah Mohmand There are credible reports of the Taliban agreeing to a short cease-fire as soon as an agreement with the US is concluded. Since the draft of the agreement is almost finalized with the consent of both sides, it appears an accord will be signed perhaps by the end of the month to…

Trump’s peace plan is one thing most Israelis will agree on

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

Eli Lake Few things can bring together Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the leader of Israel’s main opposition party, Benny Gantz. President Donald Trump’s long-awaited peace plan is one of them. Netanyahu and Gantz, whose parties will face one another for the third time in a year in March’s elections, will be arriving in…

To secure peace and preserve Afghan political system, Ghani has to go

By The Frontier Post | January 24, 2020

Arif Rafiq Efforts to secure a durable political settlement to the Afghanistan war coincide and conflict with an uncertain political transition in the country. The United States and the Taliban are once again close to signing a preliminary peace agreement that could pave the way for an end to the 18-year war. According to one…

Hide and Seek

By The Frontier Post | January 23, 2020

Muhammad Bilal Sethi The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Shah Farman seems to be playing hide and seek with the masses in the province. The said leader has totally ignored the led from the day he has been in chair. Apart from missing tens of convocations, he has also mishandled several important cases of the higher educational…

It’s time to end ‘Honor’ killing

By The Frontier Post | January 22, 2020

Lamia Sameen Malik “O beware my Lord of Jealousy…” as Lago utters these words it sets off a chain of events that leads to Othello murdering Desdemona. Our world is full of Lago’s variants. Some do it for jealousy, others pride, and many just to find ‘acceptance’ in other people’s eyes. Honor killing is a…

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…

Editorial

Scientists use Physics to explain why US elections are broken (but are they just centrists still bitter that Trump beat Clinton?)

By The Frontier Post | January 26, 2020

Peter Andrews A pair of Stanford scientists have used physics to explain why American presidential elections since 1970 reflect a society barely holding itself together. Innovative science or study into the biases of the researchers themselves? The paper, which appeared last week in the journal Nature Physics, is by Yaneer Bar-Yam, president of the New…

KP literacy index

By The Frontier Post | January 26, 2020

World literacy census report reveals that in males’ literacy rate Khyber Pukhtunkhwa is ahead of other federating units of the country but it lags behind Punjab and other provinces in overall literacy ratio. It is because of the gender gap in school education that the province ranks fourth after Punjab and Sindh in female literacy.…

Iraq has lots of protesters, and a government on autopilot

By The Frontier Post | January 26, 2020

Bobby Ghosh How many people responded today to Moqtada al-Sadr’s call for demonstrations against the US. military presence in Iraq? Did they, or did they not, come out in the “millions” he wanted? What is certain is that the crowds in Baghdad were substantial, and highly disciplined — in contrast to the mobs gathered by…

US Space Force can’t be taken lightly

By The Frontier Post | January 26, 2020

Yang Chengjun The creation of the US Space Force as the sixth branch of the US armed forces has caused concerns around the world. US President Donald Trump signed into law in late 2019 the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, which approved $40 million for Space Force operations and maintenance. It is…

Turkey forces Greece, G Cyprus over deal in east Mediterranean

By The Frontier Post | January 26, 2020

Serkan Demirtas The signing of a memorandum of understanding between Turkey and Libya on the demarcation of maritime jurisdiction zones in eastern Mediterranean was a game-changer of the long-standing standoff between Turkey and other littoral countries, particularly Greece and Greek Cyprus. Apart from condemning the Turkish-Libyan move, they argued the deal was illegal according to…

Piecemeal approach

By The Frontier Post | January 26, 2020

Contrary to the high expectations of business community and independent economists, PTI government could not succeed to give workable short term and long term policies in the domain of economy, be it industrial policy, trade policy or agriculture policy. Trade policy for boosting exports and discouraging unnecessary imports does not revolve around one or two…

Arts and Literature

“Kill Reply All” by Victoria Turk

By The Frontier Post | January 25, 2020

Monitoring Desk Victoria Turk’s Kill Reply All “is one of the more amusing digital-etiquette books you’ll read,” says a review in The New York Times. “Simply put, social media has created a new universe of ways we can be mean to one another. So digital good manners are a great kindness, whether they apply to…

World’s biggest literature festival kicks off in India

By The Frontier Post | January 24, 2020

Monitoring Desk JAIPUR: The 13th edition of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) started on Thursday. Known as the “greatest literary show on earth,” the five-day event brings to one venue more than 500 speakers of 15 Indian and 35 foreign languages, and over 30 nationalities. Among the festival’s participants are Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize…

A 3-year-old Malaysian boy has just become the youngest member of Mensa UK, the largest international high IQ society

By The Frontier Post | January 22, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: A 3-year-old Malaysian boy living in the UK has become the youngest member to join Mensa UK, the largest and oldest international high IQ society in the world, Mensa officials said. Muhammad Haryz Nadzim was invited to join Mensa after meeting with a psychologist and scoring 142 on the Stanford-Binet IQ test,…

LAC to organize ‘Folk Music Festival’ from Jan 28

By The Frontier Post | January 22, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: Lahore Arts Council (LAC) will organize a two-day folk music competition titled “Folk Music Festival” to promote folk music from January 28 at Alhamra Art Center. According to spokesperson here on Tuesday, candidates between the ages of 15 to 30 could register themselves for participating in the competition till January 27. Audition…

Anti-polio theatre enthralls students of UoP

By The Frontier Post | January 22, 2020

F.P. Report Peshawar: Students enjoy and learnt a great deal about polio eradication government initiatives on national level through a theatre and video documentary display on Tuesday at Pashtun Cultural museum. “Society needs to take cognisance of this menace as it involves our children physical , cognitive , learning and lifelong aspirations “ the writer…

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…