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Religious scholars agree on conditional congregational prayers, Taraweeh in Ramazan

By The Frontier Post | April 18, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: A consultative meeting of religious scholars chaired by President Arif Alvi in Islamabad today has agreed to conditionally allow prayer congregations and Taraweeh during the holy month of Ramazan. The twenty point strategy based on precautionary measures was formulated in consensus with the religious scholars and the provincial governments including Azad Kashmir…

Sindh govt submits report to SC in coronavirus suo motu case

By The Frontier Post | April 18, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: The Sindh government submitted a report on Saturday to the Supreme Court of Pakistan in relation to the suo motu case on the government measures regarding the coronavirus crisis. In the report, the provincial government said that there are only 144 ventilators for coronavirus patients in the province. There are 383 working…

UK announces £2.67m financial support to Pakistan

By The Frontier Post | April 18, 2020

F.P. Report LONDON: The United Kingdom has announced financial support worth 2.67 million pounds to Pakistan in combating Coronavirus pandemic. Announcing the support in video message today (Saturday), British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Dr Christian Turner said the support is aimed at providing medical assistance to the seriously ill and build stronger systems to detect…

Fazl says will offer prayers at home during Ramazan as protective measure against coronavirus

By The Frontier Post | April 18, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazl ur Rehman said on Saturday that he will offer Taraweeh prayers at home during the holy month of Ramazan and practice social distancing. “I will take precautions by offering prayers, including Taraweeh prayers at home,” he said, during his interview with journalist Saleem Safi on Geo…

CM Sindh announces complete lockdown of areas reporting coronavirus cases

By The Frontier Post | April 18, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Sindh government has decided to completely close the areas of Karachi from where, coronavirus cases are being reported in huge numbers. As per details, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said decided to completely seal the coronavirus hotspot areas in Karachi, in a new strategy to deal with the deadly virus. Shah…

PIA to restore flight operations to repatriate stranded Pakistanis in UK

By The Frontier Post | April 18, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has been allowed to partially restore its flight operations for the United Kingdom (UK) in order to repatriate stranded Pakistanis, on Friday. The aviation authority granted permission to the national flag-carrier to operate some special flights to the UK for bringing back nationals. The special flights will be…

Global

‘We are not guided by politics’: LA mayor dismisses Trump administration’s lockdown warning

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AFP): The mayor of Los Angeles Friday dismissed a Trump administration warning that the city’s continued lockdown due to coronavirus could be illegal, saying he would not be “pushed by politics.” Eric Garcetti, the Democratic leader of the United States’ second-largest city, was sent a letter earlier Friday by federal authorities that said…

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Rouhani says Iran to retaliate over any US ‘trouble’ for Venezuela-bound tankers

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

DUBAI (Reuters): Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned on Saturday of retaliatory measures against the United States if Washington caused problems for tankers carrying Iranian fuel to Venezuela, the semi-official news agency Mehr reported. “If our tankers in the Caribbean or anywhere in the world face trouble caused by the Americans, they (the US) will also…

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UK charges 5 with murder of Muslim woman in shooting

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

LONDON (AA): Three more men were charged on Friday night with the murder of Aya Hachem, a Muslim woman shot dead in broad daylight in Blackburn, England on Sunday. Lancashire Police said Uthman Satia, 28, Judy Chapman, 26, and Kashif Manzoor, 24, were charged for 19-year-old Hachem’s murder. The police announced earlier on Friday that…

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Islamic countries to discuss Israel’s annexation plan

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

ANKARA (AA): The member states of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) agreed to gather for an extraordinary meeting to discuss Israel’s plans to annex the parts of West Bank, diplomatic sources said on Saturday. The meeting decision was taken with the initiative of Turkey, and the telephone diplomacy of Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, said the…

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Air traffic to resume in Kashmir after 2 months

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

SRINAGAR (AA): After two-month hiatus due to coronavirus, the passenger air traffic in the Indian-administered Kashmir is set to resume from Monday, a civil aviation official said. Santosh Dhoke, director of Airports Authority of India (AAI) Srinagar, told Anadolu Agency that as many as six airlines will serve as of Monday with minimum 13 flights…

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Spain encouraging visitors from abroad starting in July

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

OVIEDO, Spain (AA): Spain will be not just welcoming, but encouraging international tourism starting in July, the prime minister said on Saturday. “Tourists, as of July, Spain will be expecting you,” Pedro Sanchez told a weekly televised press conference. “Foreign visitors can now start planning their holidays to Spain.” Spain receives 80 million foreign visitors…

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Pakistan

Eid-ul-Fitr to be celebrated on May 24, says Fawad Chaudhry

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has said that according to his ministry, Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated tomorrow (May 24) as the new moon has been born. Addressing a press conference, Fawad Chaudhry said that religious festivals should be the cause of unity but meeting of Ruet-e-Hilal committee has always…

PIA Plane Crash: Punjab Forensic Science Agency teams arrive in Karachi

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Forensic teams from the Punjab Forensic Science Agency arrived in Karachi on Saturday to collect DNA samples from the victims of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-8303, which had crashed a day earlier. A total of ninety-seven people lost their lives in the tragic accident. The plane had been seconds away from…

Shawwal moon sighting: Ruet e Hilal Committee to meet today

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: The Ruet e Hilal Committee session being held on May 23 (today) to decide about sighting of the Shawwal moon, on Saturday. The meeting in Karachi, will be chaired by the moon sighting body’s chairman Mufti Muneeb ur Rehman today. Earlier, Ministry of Religious Affairs had asked the Meteorological Office to refrain…

President summons NA session on June 5

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has summoned the session of the National Assembly on Friday, June 5, 2020 at 4 pm in the Parliament House. According to NA Secretariat, the president has summoned the session in exercise of powers conferred by article 54 (1) of the constitution. This session will…

Pakistan receives latest RT-PCR from IAEA

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) Friday said its efforts against the global pandemic (COVID-19) has started yielding results as the country received a latest Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) machine from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).The support from the Vienna-based IAEA would augment Pakistan’s testing capacity for the COVID-19.…

From Putin to Modi, world leaders, missions condole deaths in crash

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The leaders from across the world and foreign missions of various countries in Pakistan Friday condoled over the death of dozens of people after a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)’s passenger plane crash in Karachi. A Lahore-Karachi bound PIA flight PK8303 carrying 99 passengers and eight crew members crashed in densely populated area…

Afghanistan

Reconciliation council inactive, say sources

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

KABUL (TOLO News): According to sources, one week after the signing of the political agreement between President Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the High Council for National Reconciliation–led by Abdullah–has still not begun its activities, a move that critics say will harm the peace efforts. Sources told TOLOnews that Abdullah Abdullah, head of the…

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Civil society ‘sidelined’ in Covid-19 fight: Watchdog

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

KABUL (TOLO News): Civil society institutions have been pushed to the sidelines in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, officials of the Anti-corruption and Governance Committee said. The committee members said that the role of civil society institutions shouldn’t be a symbolic role in overseeing the fight against the pandemic They said the committee was…

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Afghan forces ‘ready to crush any hostile move’ on Eid days: MoI

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

KABUL (TOLO News): Afghan forces have been put on “red alert” to “crush” any threat and provide security to the people across the country during the Eid days, the Afghan Ministry of Interior said on Saturday. Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Aryan said that in the past three months, police opened over 3,000 criminal cases, and,…

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Pak-Afghan transit affairs to resume – MCIA

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

KABUL (Ariana News): The transit problems via Pakistan will soon be resolved, and exports will begin through Torkham and Spin Boldak, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Afghanistan reported. The MCIA says it has been able to reach an agreement with the Pakistani to open the Spin Boldak and Torkham crossings for six days…

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782 New COVID-19 cases in Afghanistan, highest so far

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

KABUL (TOLO News): The Ministry of Public Health on Saturday said 782 new positive cases of COVID-19 were registered over the past 24 hours, bringing the total positive cases to 9,998. The number of total known active cases in Afghanistan is 8,742, said the MoPH. According to the Health Ministry, 11 people reportedly lost their…

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Ulema: Eid-ul-Fiter prayers must be practiced as per pertinent guidelines

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

KABUL (Ariana News): The Ulema call on people to practice the Eid-ul-Fiter prayers in line with the guidelines given by the ministries of Hajj and Religious Affairs and Public Health. In a resolution, the Ulema (religious scholars) asked the imams to shorten the Eid prayer sermons and focus their agenda on ending the war, bringing…

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Business

US strikes at a Huawei prize: chip juggernaut HiSilicon

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Monitoring Desk SHANGHAI: The latest US government action against China’s Huawei takes direct aim at the company’s HiSilicon chip division—a business that in a few short years has become central to China’s ambitions in semiconductor technology but will now lose access to tools that are central to its success. That could make it the most…

China to enact first civil code as investment slows

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

BEIJING (Agencies): China’s parliament is poised to put in place its first civil code, a wide-ranging legislative package that includes strengthening protection of property rights in a Communist Party-ruled country, whose embrace of private ownership has long been awkward. The civil code, in the works since 2014, will become law at a time when China…

Are oil prices over the worst of the crisis?

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: World crude prices have staged a modest recovery from last month’s dizzying collapse, prompting analysts to wonder whether the worst of the 2020 oil crisis is over. The commodity tanked for the first time into negative territory in April, plagued by demand-destroying coronavirus, chronic oversupply and a Saudi-Russian price war. West Texas…

Nissan considering 20,000 job cuts

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Monitoring Desk TOKYO: Nissan Motor Co (7201.T) is considering cutting 20,000 jobs from its global workforce, focusing on Europe and developing countries, Kyodo news reported on Friday, as the Japanese automaker struggles to recover from plunging car sales. The possible cuts come as Nissan prepares to announce its updated mid-term strategy next week. Profits at…

Retail sales crash in April

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: British retail sales plummeted by a record amount in April as many stores closed amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that the amount of goods sold fell by 18.1% last month. Clothing sales also halved as many High Street shops were shut under the lockdown measures introduced…

HABIBMETRO, Visa enhance collaboration for global cashless solutions

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: HABIBMETRO, a fast growing and digitally inclined bank in Pakistan, and Visa, a global leader in digital payments, announced a new strategic initiative to provide innovative, secure and reliable payment services to enhance the user experience of HABIBMETRO customers. HABIBMETRO is committed to redefining its customer journey through technology. Under this new…

Sports

BCCI won’t push for World Cup postponement

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

NEW DELHI (Agencies): India’s cricket board will not push for the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia to be postponed but would consider staging the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the October/November slot if it becomes available, a senior BCCI official has told Reuters. This year’s IPL, which is worth almost $530 million to the BCCI,…

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‘Men’s depth stronger than for a decade’

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

CANBERRA (Agencies): With a wave of fast-maturing young players ready to challenge the established greats of the game for Grand Slam honours, Marin Cilic says men’s tennis will be stronger than it has been for a decade when the coronavirus shutdown ends. While Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and RafaNadal have won the last 13 majors…

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Henderson has felt ‘safe’ since return

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

LONDON (Agencies): Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insists he has felt “very safe” since his club returned to training amid the coronavirus crisis this week. Jurgen Klopp’s side began socially-distanced training in small groups on Wednesday as the Premier League steps up its bid to resume the season in June. Although all players and staff at…

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England Test star Woakes glad of training ‘normality’

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Birmingham (Agencies): England paceman Chris Woakes is glad to be suffering the “normality” of familiar aches and pains following his first bowling net practice since the coronavirus lockdown. Warwickshire’s Woakes was back at his Edgbaston home ground in Birmingham on Thursday for an hour-long stint after being chosen for an individual session. Batsmen and wicketkeepers…

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Pakistan to have an edge over the England: Saqlain

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistani spinner Saqlain Mushtaq believes Pakistan would have an edge over the English team if the matches were played at the South of England. “Cricket must happen and Pakistan should go to England for the series with all the precautionary and safety measures as part of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said…

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Smith calls for Ganguly to be next ICC chairman

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

NEW DELHI (Agencies): South African director of cricket Graeme Smith on Thursday made a strong call for India’s Sourav Ganguly to be the next chairman of the International Cricket Council. Smith said he believed Ganguly, a fellow former Test captain and current Indian board president, was the right person to lead the game at a…

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Fashion & Movies

Actress Lori Loughlin to plead guilty in college admissions scandal

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Monitoring Desk NEW YORK: American actress Lori Loughlin is set to plead guilty and accept prison time over her role in a sprawling college admissions scandal, US prosecutors said earlier. The star of the 1980s-90s sitcom “Full House” along with her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, were among 50 people indicted in an elaborate scam to…

Popcorn, palm trees and face masks: Cannes rolls out drive-in cinema

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Monitoring Desk CANNES: The Riviera resort of Cannes should have been playing host to the world’s biggest names in film. Instead, with its annual film festival postponed and the red carpet rolled up, locals made do with a drive-in cinema in a beachfront car park. As dusk fell, the audience settled down in their convertible…

Director Anees Bazmee completes 25 years in Bollywood

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Monitoring Desk MUMBAI: Anees Bazmee is one director who has entertained us with his quirky comedies. Right from No Entry, Ready to Singh Is Kinng, the director has had us in splits with his story telling. He has even given gritty thrillers like Deewangee and worked with some of the biggest superstars in the industry.…

Saudi creatives prosper online during lockdown

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: Around the world, art galleries, museums and fashion houses turn to digital channels to keep events and exhibitions going during lockdown. So too are local ventures in Saudi Arabia, and one source of art in particular is finding its place in a quarantined world — resulting in increased recognition for the Kingdom’s…

Covid-19: Celebs praise doctors, other heroes in rendition of ‘Yeh Watan Tumhara Hai’

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Prominent celebrities of Pakistan showbiz industry has paid a tribute to the doctors, paramedical staff, security officers and other heroes who are making sure we can stay safe during the pandemic of coronavirus. According to details, Shany (Naqash) Haider created a new composition for iconic track ‘Yeh Watan Hamara Hai’ to praise…

Ertugrul Ghazi cast thanks Pakistanis for love, wishes to soon meet them

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Cast of Turkish drama ‘Ertugrul Ghazi’ has thanked Pakistanis for their love and praise and expressed wish to soon meet them. According to details, Engin Altan who played lead Ertugrul thanked Pakistani fans for watching the drama and hoped to visit soon. Another actor from the cast Cengiz Coskun who played Turgut…

Science & Technology

NASA gives go-ahead for first crewed SpaceX flight on May 27

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: NASA gave the green light on Friday to next week’s launch of two astronauts aboard a SpaceX vessel — the first crewed space flight from US soil in nine years and a crucial step towards ending American dependence on Russian rockets. Top officials at the US space agency and Elon Musk’s company…

Combating coronavirus: Finally, Apple & Google offer software for pandemic apps

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

Monitoring Desk CALIFORNIA: Apple and Google on Wednesday released long-awaited smartphone technology to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus. The companies said 22 countries and several US states are already planning to build voluntary phone apps using their software. It relies on Bluetooth wireless technology to detect when someone…

PUBG likely to be banned in Pakistan

By The Frontier Post | May 21, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: The fate of Players Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has faded in Pakistan as the high court had directed the concerned authorities to ban the popular online game following its negative impacts on the children The directives had been issued by a division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) headed by Justice Atir…

Scientists warn unstable mountain slope in Alaska poses landslide and tsunami risk

By The Frontier Post | May 20, 2020

Monitoring Desk A group of 14 scientists (11 from the U.S., two from Canada and one from Germany) has posted a letter on the DocumentCloud server warning of the imminent danger posed by an Alaskan mountain slope that has become unstable. It lies beyond the leading edge of the Barry Glacier. The glacier has been…

Chinese scientists believe new drug can stop pandemic ‘without vaccine’

By The Frontier Post | May 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk BEIJING: A Chinese laboratory has been developing a drug it believes has the power to bring the coronavirus pandemic to a halt. The outbreak first emerged in China late last year before spreading across the world, prompting an international race to find treatments and vaccines. A drug being tested by scientists at China’s…

US successfully launches unmanned reusable drone for secretive space mission

By The Frontier Post | May 18, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: The US Air Force successfully launches its high-tech drone X-37B, placing the reusable vehicle into orbit for its sixth secretive mission in space. The drone, which resembles a smaller version of the manned space shuttles retired by the US space program in 2011, was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida, the Air…

Health

Record coronavirus infections, deaths hit Latin America

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Monitoring Desk RIO DE JANEIRO: A surging coronavirus is ravaging parts of Latin America, setting records for cases and deaths Friday in some countries in the world’s most unequal region even as the pandemic’s march slows in much of Europe, Asia and the United States. Latin America’s two largest nations — Mexico and Brazil —…

More young people dying of coronavirus in Brazil than other countries

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

Monitoring Desk BRASILIA: Brazil has risen to the third most affected country in the world from the novel coronavirus, as it reported more than 20,000 deaths on Friday. However, more young people are dying here than in any other country in the world. The South American giant of 210 million people is the latest flashpoint…

UK’s COVID-19 tracking system under fire

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: Britain’s system for tracing those with the novel coronavirus was under fire on Thursday as it grappled with the development of a tracking app and health workers warned the government that unless there was clarity it could suffer a second deadly wave. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday a “world-beating” programme…

Brazil to use this drug to treat COVID-19

By The Frontier Post | May 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk SAO PAULO:  Brazil’s Health Ministry on Wednesday issued new guidelines clearing the way for the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat patients with COVID-19, days after a second health minister in a row quit under pressure from President Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro had said on Tuesday the Interim Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello, an active duty…

Potato protein may help maintain women muscle: Study

By The Frontier Post | May 20, 2020

Monitoring Desk ONTARIO: Researchers from McMaster University have found that the potato, primarily known as a starchy vegetable, can be a source of high-quality protein that helps to maintain muscle. The findings, reported in the journal Nutrients, highlight the potential benefits of what is considered a non-traditional source of protein, particularly as dietary trends change…

Where we are with Covid19 Pandemic?

By The Frontier Post | May 19, 2020

Rabia Khan More than a month has passed since citizens throughout Pakistan were placed under lockdown in light of the COVID19 Pandemic that has since affected countries worldwide. The recently discovered coronavirus disease, which was first identified in Wuhan, China has spread globally shaking 190 countries resulting in almost 3 million cases of which 200,000…

Travel

VisitEngland to take tourism week digital

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: VisitEngland has announced that its annual English Tourism Week, designed to highlight the economic importance and value of tourism to local economies across the country, is going virtual. The event is a celebration of the tourism industry, a week dedicated to showcasing the tourism offering of the country. For the 2020 event,…

Greece to reopen tourism season from 15 June, says PM

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

Monitoring Desk ATHENS: The Greek tourist season will kick off next month, with international charter flights to popular locations resuming in July, the prime minster says. “The tourism period begins on 15 June, when seasonal hotels can reopen,” Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a televised address on Wednesday. “Let us make this summer the epilogue of…

Murree to remain closed for tourists during Eid holidays

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

F.P. Report RAWALPINDI: The entry of tourists would be banned in Murree during Eid-ul-Fitr holidays in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. According to Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi Capt. ® Anwar ul Haq, all the tourist spots and hotels in Murree would remain closed during Eid ul-Fitr holidays as part of precautionary measures against COVID-19. The DC…

Safe Eid staycations in the UAE

By The Frontier Post | May 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: If you have been repeatedly pinching yourself to wake up from a bad dream, you are not alone. In the midst of the all-consuming coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the world has been forced to reconcile with a new order. After several stages of grief for what was, and disbelief for what lies…

Italy reopens cafes as Spain prepares for return of tourists

By The Frontier Post | May 20, 2020

Monitoring Desk ROME: Italians enjoyed their first meal out for two months on Monday, as the country eased its lockdown restrictions, with bars, restaurants and cafes back in business and St Peter’s basilica in the Vatican open for visitors. After a gruelling lockdown period during the coronavirus pandemic, Italians were once again able to sip…

KP govt not opening tourism industry right now

By The Frontier Post | May 20, 2020

F.P. Report PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has neither taken a decision nor it is under its consideration to reopen the tourism industry in the prevailing coronavirus emergency situation in the province, said a senior official. A communique quoting Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Secretary Tourism Khushal Khan as saying that the Tourism Department was closely monitoring various…

Articles

Will Europe face race riots in post-coronavirus period?

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Irfan Raja Europe has survived several epidemics and will hopefully get through the coronavirus too, just like the rest of the world. But many say that the post-coronavirus world will dramatically change. The question is how will it change? Will there be increasing poverty? Will there be more closure of businesses? Will there be increasing…

COVID19 a Glimpse of Century and our Ignorance

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Dr. Asim Farooq Some tragedies and incidents change the interests of man. If one recalls history, few incidents in last century changed priorities of world nations and policymakers. For instance, world war first cautioned humanity that the world can’t afford absolute anarchy and we had to go for such institutions which discourage time and again…

Reassessing economic priorities

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Dr. Muhammad Shahid Economy of Pakistan shows signs of contraction and registered a negative growth for the first time since 1952. There are two main reasons. First, economic reforms and the stabilization policies of the current ruling PTI government negatively affected the health of Pakistan’s economy. The second reason is the crisis caused by the…

Trump’s weakness is bad for democracy

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

Jonathan Bernstein Weak presidents are not safe for democracy. Bright Line Watch, a project of political scientists worried about the erosion of democratic institutions, has found increasing concern by experts about the state of US democracy since 2017. That’s despite the well-documented case that Donald Trump has been an unusually weak president. He often defers…

Iran oddly silent on Iraqi PM’s anti-militia pledge

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

Hussain Abdul-Hussain Mustafa al-Kadhimi has assumed the office of prime minister of Iraq with no objections from Iran. This is puzzling. One possible reason might be Iran’s need for cash, which is now so desperate that Tehran has asked the International Monetary Fund for a loan of US$5 billion. Of the countries that Iran controls,…

Suing China over Covid-19 would be frivolous and immoral

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

Enamul Hassan Ever since the beginning of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan late last December, China has simultaneously been fighting a war on two fronts – against the virus and Western propaganda. China has shown tremendous success in fighting the coronavirus. But it is still beset by a large scale propaganda war…

Editorial

Skewed policy for PMDC registration

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

After the mushroom growth of private medical colleges in the country, the policy of PMDC registration for foreign medical graduates was changed in 2012 through an Act of Parliament. Under the new policy PMDC works as a tool to target the medical graduates, holding MBBS degrees from reputed institutions of medical sciences in China, Russia…

Boosting bilateral trade

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Government has decided to keep Torkham Border open round-the-clock six days a week to boost bilateral trade with Afghanistan. All goods bearing trucks shall be allowed to pass subject to observing the standard operating procedures, pertaining to the prevailing novel coronavirus pandemic. Increase in the quantum of bilateral trade through land routes with Afghanistan and…

US threats to withdraw from WHO are unrealistic

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

On May 18, US President Donald Trump revealed in a tweet that he had written a letter addressed to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). In the letter, Trump claimed that “if the WHO does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary…

Alice Wells on Pakistan’s debt

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

The outgoing US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Alice Wells has expressed concern over the debt unsustainability issue of Pakistan, particularly referring to the expensive Chinese bilateral loans. Addressing a farewell media briefing, the top diplomat urged China either to waive off or renegotiate the terms and conditions of $62 billion…

Capacity issues

By The Frontier Post | May 21, 2020

The share of provinces in the distribution of tax revenue from the federal divisible pool was increased from 49 percent to 57.5 percent under the 7th National Finance Commission (NFC) Award of 2010. On the contrary, governments of small federating units did not succeed in expanding the capacity of national building departments to ensure judicious…

Diversifying exports

By The Frontier Post | May 21, 2020

According to Prime Minister’s Advisor on Commerce Abdual Razak Dawood, government has priortised diversification of both composition and destination of exports under “Make in Pakistan Policy,” including more value added items in the quantum of merchandise. For this purpose a comprehensive programme of expanding the domestic industrial base shall be implemented, when coronavirus pandemic subsides.…

Arts and Literature

Modeling Populations of Adaptive Individuals

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Authors: Steven F. Railsback and Bret C. Harvey Ecologists now recognize that the dynamics of populations, communities, and ecosystems are strongly affected by adaptive individual behaviors. Yet until now, we have lacked effective and flexible methods for modeling such dynamics. Traditional ecological models become impractical with the inclusion of behavior, and the optimization approaches of…

A Russian artist inspired by Arabic philosophy

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

Monitoring Desk MOSCOW: Clad in black, Valentin Korzhov is working on a cluster of sculptures in his studio near Moscow. Both a warehouse and creative crucible, the space oozes an ordered chaos. During break, Korzhov offers us coffee and spends the next 45 minutes talking about his favourite topic – philosophy. “I’m interested in metaphysics…

The Secret Formula

By The Frontier Post | May 21, 2020

Author: Fabio Toscano The Secret Formula tells the story of two Renaissance mathematicians whose jealousies, intrigues, and contentious debates led to the discovery of a formula for the solution of the cubic equation. Niccolò Tartaglia was a talented and ambitious teacher who possessed a secret formula—the key to unlocking a seemingly unsolvable, 2,000-year-old mathematical problem.…

The Outsiders: Refugees in Europe since 1492

By The Frontier Post | May 20, 2020

Author: Philipp Ther European history has been permeated with refugees. The Outsiders chronicles every major refugee movement since 1492, when the Catholic rulers of Spain set in motion the first mass flight and expulsion in modern European history. Philipp Ther provides needed perspective on today’s “refugee crisis,” demonstrating how Europe has taken in far greater…

Islamic art from museums around the world

By The Frontier Post | May 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: ‘Islamic art’ is a broad term, encompassing delicate sacred folios, stately architectural structures, calligraphy, and paintings — and practiced beyond the geographical borders of Islamic lands — reaching the Far East and Europe — sometimes by non-Muslim artisans. Islamic art, both religious and secular, has proven popular through the ages with many,…

Celebrated calligraphy artist eL Seed releases coloring book amid pandemic

By The Frontier Post | May 18, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: Coloring books have gained popularity among adults – and children alike – in recent years for their ability to entertain while acting as a low-tech antidote to the stress of our increasingly digital lives. Now, as people stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic, many are looking for ways to practice mindfulness and…