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Iran asks Riyadh to wake up to realities on the ground

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

TEHRAN (Agencies): The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman has rejected recent anti-Iran claims by the Saudi-led coalition waging a war on Yemen, saying the military alliance cannot make up for its failures through playing a blame game and pointing the finger at others. Referring to the claims made by “the coalition of aggressors” in Yemen as…

Pompeo hints US could ease sanctions on Iran due to coronavirus

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: The United States may consider easing sanctions on Iran and other countries due to the coronavirus pandemic, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hinted at a briefing to reporters in Washington on Tuesday. Asked if Washington might reconsider its position amid the pandemic, Pompeo replied: “Well, of course, we evaluate all of…

India’s far-right links Covid-19 outbreak to a Muslim congregation

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

NEW DELHI (Agencies): An Islamic missionary group in India’s capital New Delhi is facing a torrent of right-wing abuse after accusations that its recent congregation became the main carrier of the coronavirus. Many far-right groups were trending #CoronaJihad on Tuesday and pro-government news channels demanded action against Nizamuddin Markaz, a key institution for Muslim missionaries…

Govt extends lockdown period till April 14

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The government decided on Wednesday that the period for restrictions, already imposed to prevent spread of Coronavirus in the country, has been extended for two weeks up to April 14. “All units of the country including federal government, and governments of all four provinces, Gigit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir have jointly decided…

No prisoner to be released in wake of coronavirus without due process: CJP

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmad Wednesday took a strict view on the release of prisoners amidst the coronavirus outbreak, saying any measure in that regard would be taken according to the law. He made these remarks while heading a five-member larger bench comprising on Justic Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Mazhar…

Govt to equip front line health-workers with protective gear: PM

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

F.P. Report RAWALPINDI: Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday assured the doctors and paramedics, who were on the front line in the fight against the coronavirus and other severe health challenges, to provide protective material for their safety in vulnerable environment. Addressing doctors and healthcare staff here at the Cantonment General Hospital (CGH), the prime minister…

Global

Russian plane heads to US with aid supplies

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: A Russian military plane carrying medical equipment has departed for the United States, the defense ministry in Moscow said Wednesday, as the Kremlin flexes its soft power amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Antonov-124, “with medical masks and medical equipment on board,” left for the US overnight, a statement said, without providing further…

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Coronavirus crisis is ‘like a war:’ IMF

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

WASHINGTON (Agencies): The coronavirus pandemic crisis “feels like a war, and in many ways it is,” the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a blog post released on Wednesday. The coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, has increased its spread rapidly across the world. There are nearly 900,000 infections worldwide, with over 42,000 dead. Borders have…

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India’s far-right links Covid-19 outbreak to a Muslim congregation

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

NEW DELHI (Agencies): An Islamic missionary group in India’s capital New Delhi is facing a torrent of right-wing abuse after accusations that its recent congregation became the main carrier of the coronavirus. Many far-right groups were trending #CoronaJihad on Tuesday and pro-government news channels demanded action against Nizamuddin Markaz, a key institution for Muslim missionaries…

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Postcards from Wuhan: Residents tell world to stay strong

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Monitoring Desk WUHAN: Life in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus first emerged, is slowly returning to normal as the government relaxes a more than two-month-old lockdown that cut the city off from the world and kept most of its 11 million residents at home. Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, was once the…

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Putin takes coronavirus precautions

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Monitoring Desk MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin is taking precautions to protect himself against coronavirus, the Kremlin said on Wednesday, as Moscow authorities launched a smartphone app designed to track people who have been ordered to stay home because of the virus. Putin will hold a government meeting later on Wednesday by video conference, the Kremlin…

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Amid Europe’s lockdowns, no safety net for millions in underground economy

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Monitoring Desk ROME/ATHENS: Bricklayer Salvatore La Barbera is worried that in a matter of days his family of four will run out of food and, with Italy locked down by coronavirus, there is no way he can earn money to buy more. “Working in the black market is impossible, because the police ask why you…

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Pakistan

Emergency declared in capital’s hospitals

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The health ministry on Wednesday directed the administrations of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Polyclinic, Federal General Hospital and CDA’s Capital Hospital to keep the doctors and paramedics ready for handling the situation arising out of COVID-19 outbreak. The health emergency was declared to deal with the threats posed by the…

IHC reserves verdict on petition filed to address public issues during lockdown

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday reserved its verdict over maintainability of a plea filed for redressal of issues being faced by citizens due to lockdown in the wake of coronavirus. The verdict was reserved by Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Athar Minallah. Advocate Abdul Rehman filed the petition. The…

NAB files reply to petition against Mir Shakil arrest

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has informed the Lahore High Court (LHC) that it did not commit any violation of law in arrest of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman, Editor-in-Chief of Jang Group, in connection with illegal plots exemption case. In its seven-page reply filed before the Lahore High Court (LHC) in  petition moved by…

‘Epaper’

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

IHC issues written orders in PM&DC case

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday ordered the federal government to issue five months salaries to the sacked employees of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC). The IHC’s Justice Mohsin Akhter Kiyani issued the written judgment this day regarding the restoration of PM&DC. The Islamabad High Court (IHC) asked the government…

SC suspends recruitment order of 132 people in Balochistan Minerals Department

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended the Balochistan High Court’s recruitment order of 132 people in Balochistan’s Mineral Department. A two-member bench of the apex court comprising  on Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan heard the Balochistan government appeal against BHC order. During the course of proceedings, the court…

Afghanistan

How are Afghan families dealing with the lockdown?

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Monitoring Desk KABUL: Four days have passed since the Afghan capital Kabul was put on lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. But there are families in the city which have created special projects and ways of working at home during the quarantine. Mohammad Agha Zaki is a researcher in the field of cinema.…

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ICRC calls for action against COVID-19

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Monitoring Desk KABUL: It will be nearly impossible to fight COVID-19 in countries already devastated by conflict unless a concerted response by states and humanitarian organizations is launched immediately, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned. “Plans to prevent and respond to the virus must urgently move forward before it gains a…

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Ministry of Hajj: Amid COVID-19, pray at home

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Monitoring Desk KABUL: The Ministry of Hajj and Islamic Affairs (MoHIA) on Tuesday issued a Fatwa (religious statement) saying that people should hold their prayers at home in the areas where movements are restricted due to the spread of COVID-19. The ministry says the congregational prayers, especially Friday and funeral prayers, have been temporarily halted…

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Govt, Taliban team meet in Kabul

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Monitoring Desk KABUL: The National Security Council of Afghanistan in a tweet said that a technical committee of the Peace Initial Contact Group (PICG) hosted a Taliban technical delegation in Kabul yesterday to “hold in-person discussion on matters related to prisoners release.” “The PICG technical committee and the Taliban delegation made progress on technical matters…

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Pompeo urges Taliban to reduce violence

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Monitoring Desk KABUL: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at a press conference on Tuesday urged the Taliban to reduce violence in Afghanistan. “They (Taliban) need to reduce violence…They have made real commitments about the level of violence, the nature of what will take place, what they will do as we proceed towards the path…

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8 killed in Helmand blast

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Monitoring Desk HELMAND: At least eight civilians were killed and two others were wounded in a roadside mine blast in Helmand province on Wednesday, provincial police said. The incident happened in Nahr-e-Saraj district of the province after a vehicle struck a roadside mine, said Zaman Hamdard, a spokesman for the provincial police chief. “Women and…

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Business

UBL declared Pak’s best digital bank by Asiamoney

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: UBL has been declared Pakistan’s Best Digital Bank for 2020 by Asiamoney, an associate of Euromoney. UBL, considered as one of the most progressive and innovative banks of Pakistan is the fastest growing digital bank in the country. The Bank has a dedicated digital design lab to accelerate its digital transformation strategy.…

NFLP-Y launching its e-learning portal

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan in collaboration with National Institute of Banking & Finance (NIBAF) is implementing National Financial Literacy Program for Youth (NFLP-Y) to impart essential financial education to Pakistani youth and school going children for strengthening of their money management skills and enhance their understanding of financial matters. National Financial Literacy…

Dollar gains 13 paisas in interbank

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The exchange rate of Pakistani rupee against US dollar witnessed a decrease of 13 paisas in interbank on Wednesday and traded at Rs 166.83 against Rs 166.70 on last trading day, State Bank of Pakistan reported. However, according to Forex Association of Pakistan, the buying and selling rates of Dollar in open…

‘Entire world paying price for considering corona a Chinese virus’

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Senior Vice Chairman of the Businessmen Panel of FPCCI, President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF) and All Karachi Industrial Alliance, and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain on Wednesday said the whole world is paying the price for considering coronavirus a Chinese virus whose impact will remain limited to that economic…

UBG seeks special relief package for small traders

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

F.P. Report PESHAWAR: The United Business Group (UBG) senior leader, and former senator, Ilyas Ahmad Bilour has demanded of the government to immediate announce a special relief package for small traders and shopkeepers whose businesses have adversely affected due closure of markets, commercial and business hubs in wake of ongoing lockdown as precautionary steps to…

LCCI President, PM’s Advisor discuss export issues, uplift plan

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

LAHORE (APP): Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh on Wednesday discussed the plan for export uplift with Prime Minister’s Advisor on Commerce, Textile, Industry, Production and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood through a teleconference on Wednesday. The PM Advisor said that government was committed to cope with challenges being faced by…

Sports

UEFA again postpones Euro 2020 playoffs

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

LONDON (Agencies): UEFA has postponed the Euro 2020 playoffs for the second time because of the coronavirus pandemic. The games were originally scheduled for March 26-31 and have now lost their June 4-9 dates. The playoffs will decide the last four places in the 24-nation lineup for the postponed European Championship. The decision was made…

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Man Utd’s transformation with ‘Portuguese magnifico’

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Monitoring Desk MANCHESTER: When Bruno Fernandes lifted his finger to his lips to ‘shush’ Pep Guardiola at Old Trafford, he became an instant hero for Manchester United supporters. The Portuguese midfielder has made an immediate impact both on and off the pitch for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, who are unbeaten since his arrival from Sporting…

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NFL team owners vote to extend play-offs from 2020 season

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Monitoring Desk NEW YORK : NFL team owners have voted to add two extra teams to the play-offs, starting from the 2020 season. Both the AFC and NFC will add a seventh team for the post-season, but only the top seed in each conference will get a first-round bye instead of the top two. The…

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PCA stall on ECB’s request for players’ 20% pay cut

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: England’s centrally contracted players appear – at this stage – to have declined the offer to accept a temporary pay cut as part of the sport’s efforts to combat the challenges set by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tom Harrison, the ECB chief executive, wrote to Tony Irish, his counterpart at the Professional Cricketers’…

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Premier League clubs in ‘moral vacuum’ and players should sacrifice: politicians

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: Premier League clubs are living in a “moral vacuum” and players should be first to sacrifice salaries during the coronavirus pandemic, say politicians. Julian Knight, the chair of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport committee, has condemned the actions of some Premier League clubs, who have furloughed non-playing staff. Tottenham, Newcastle…

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Misbah bats for full World Test Championship

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has called for a “fair and equal” resolution to the World Test Championship when cricket finally resumes even if it means extending the tournament, warning that a shortened competition would fail to give a “true picture” of the standings. With cricket, like nearly all major sports and activities,…

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Fashion & Movies

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson reflect on good fortune after surviving coronavirus

By The Frontier Post | March 31, 2020

Monitoring Desk LOS ANGELES: Tom Hanks was in Australia when he and wife Rita Wilson, both 63, came down with coronavirus Top Hollywood actors Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson are back home in Los Angeles after two weeks in hospital and self-isolation in Australia where they contracted the coronavirus. “Hey, Folks… We’re home now…

From the Middle East to Europe, fashion houses join the fight against COVID-19

By The Frontier Post | March 30, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: Since the outbreak of coronavirus at the end of 2019, international and regional companies, including Prada, Gucci and Sarah’s Bag, have all joined the fight against the infectious disease. Ana Khouri The Brazilian-Lebanese jeweler decided to create a sapphire version of her signature Mirian ring and donate 100% of the proceeds to…

Jennifer’s nuptial ceremony with Brad was not attended by her mother

By The Frontier Post | March 30, 2020

Monitoring Desk LOS ANGELES: Jennifer Aniston has achieved excellence in her showbiz career. The actress is enjoying a dreamy life with her ever-shining beauty. She has plenty to be thankful for, but her personal history is more complex than it seems. Hollywood’s gorgeous and sought after actresses, in her memoir, revealed that she went through…

The Zay Initiative: The region’s first ‘fashion-history archive’

By The Frontier Post | March 28, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: There is no question that what we wear tells a story: By understanding the history of our regional dress, we also gain an appreciation of our cultural heritage. That’s something Dubai-based author and founder of The Zay Initiative, Dr. Reem Tariq El-Mutwalli, has long recognized. She has been involved in art and…

Bob Dylan drops first original music in nearly a decade

By The Frontier Post | March 28, 2020

Monitoring Desk NEW YORK: Bob Dylan surprised fans overnight into Friday by releasing his first original music in eight years, a 17-minute ballad about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Backed by delicate piano, strings and muted drums, “Murder Most Foul” retells the shooting of the US president while describing the evolution of 1960s counterculture.…

Fox News slammed for talking hair, nails during pandemic

By The Frontier Post | March 27, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: A Fox News host sparked a firestorm of outrage Thursday by voicing concern over how women are going to get their hair and nails done during the coronavirus pandemic. Ainsley Earhardt was absolutely clear that she was talking about trivial everyday worries rather than the life-or-death issues which are of much larger…

Science & Technology

NFLP-Y launching its e-learning portal

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan in collaboration with National Institute of Banking & Finance (NIBAF) is implementing National Financial Literacy Program for Youth (NFLP-Y) to impart essential financial education to Pakistani youth and school going children for strengthening of their money management skills and enhance their understanding of financial matters. National Financial Literacy…

A popular, Low-Tech way to pass the time in quarantine: Puzzles

By The Frontier Post | March 31, 2020

Monitoring Desk Millions of people are preoccupying themselves in coronavirus isolation with  various forms of technology, from Disney+ to DoorDash and FaceTime to Fortnite. But after a long day of distance learning or working from home, there’s only so many glowing pixels we can endure. That could explain why an old-school trade is seeing an…

Musk’s SpaceX wins NASA award to supply planned lunar space station

By The Frontier Post | March 30, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: NASA on Friday picked a new space capsule from Elon Musk’s SpaceX to ferry cargo and supplies to the agency’s planned lunar space station, a crucial building block to its plans to build a permanent post on the moon and mount future missions to Mars. SpaceX will get a portion of a…

Huawei unveils new photography-focused smartphones online

By The Frontier Post | March 27, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: China’s Huawei Technologies unveiled its new flagship photography-focused P40 smartphones on Wednesday in an online presentation after the coronavirus scuppered the event it had planned. Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, showed three smartphones in an online broadcast: the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+, which have triple, quad…

Turn off the microwave to boost wifi signals

By The Frontier Post | March 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: People should avoid using the microwave at the same time as they are making video calls, watching HD videos or doing something important online because the ovens can slow wifi signals, Britain’s media regulator Ofcom said on Wednesday. The tip was included in advice on improving broadband performance during the coronavirus pandemic,…

Telenor spreads awareness against COVID-19 pandemic

By The Frontier Post | March 26, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Telenor Pakistan has yet again proved its role in being a socially responsible organization by spreading awareness of the preventive measures against this pandemic. Telenor Pakistan, being one of the leading Telecom operators in the country, has always been a front-runner in providing innovative solutions…

Health

Emergency declared in capital’s hospitals

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The health ministry on Wednesday directed the administrations of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Polyclinic, Federal General Hospital and CDA’s Capital Hospital to keep the doctors and paramedics ready for handling the situation arising out of COVID-19 outbreak. The health emergency was declared to deal with the threats posed by the…

COVID-19 inflection point for Pakistan: An online discussion on possible futures with or without COVID-19

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The COVID-19 has put the entire world into an incubation, where players have been pushed to adopt digital platforms for doing business. Social distancing and lockdowns have forced into remote work (WFH) and pushed people into digital meetings. There is a surge in data consumption and new opportunities in the digital sphere.…

Stay Home, Stay Safe for the sake of humanity

By The Frontier Post | April 1, 2020

Ali Sheikh It is neither about any particular political party, a peculiar province, city nor a country but about the survival of human race.Surfing through the social media, since the outbreak of the corona virus pandemic, I have noticed that a certain number of individuals are not sparing even little time to criticise the performance…

Coronavirus pandemic makes us realize importance of water

By The Frontier Post | March 31, 2020

Wadood Jan Do you ever wonder that why do we often keep staring at flowing water! Or even wonder that why do we love to listen to the tune of flowing or dripping water! Every time when a friend or children playing with water throw some sprinkles towards you and soon as the water touches…

Fear on front lines as hospital staff face threats

By The Frontier Post | March 31, 2020

Monitoring Desk MANILA: Janitor Ritchie Estabillo was on his way to work when he was confronted by five men who poured bleach over his face, one of a growing number of hospital staff suffering abuse in the Philippines amid panic over coronavirus infections. His employer said Estabillo had been checked over and was unharmed but…

Age is not the only risk for severe coronavirus disease

By The Frontier Post | March 30, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: Older people remain most at risk of dying as the new coronavirus continues its rampage around the globe, but they’re far from the only ones vulnerable. One of many mysteries: Men seem to be faring worse than women. And as cases skyrocket in the U.S. and Europe, it’s becoming more clear that…

Travel

Double-decker passenger plane to fly to Pakistan

By The Frontier Post | July 6, 2018

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: People travelling from Dubai to Pakistan and back will soon experience what it’s like to fly aboard Emirates’ A380 aircraft, the world’s largest commercial passenger plane. According to UAE-based newspaper Gulf News, the UAE-based carrier announced that it will operate a one-off A380 flight to Islamabad next week. The first Emirates double-decker…

Emirates introduces VR seats for the first time in planes

By The Frontier Post | July 5, 2018

Monitoring Desk Dubai: Being able to check in online and choose seats prior to departure is a great way to travel. It doesn’t just take away the hassle of standing in long queues at the airports, it also helps ensure that one gets the aisle, window or whatever seat they prefer. Now, imagine actually seeing…

Emirates to start daily Edinburgh–Dubai service

By The Frontier Post | July 4, 2018

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: Emirates plans to link the Scottish city of Edinburgh with Dubai, UAE from early October. The new flight will become the third daily service between Scotland and Dubai as Emirates already links the UAE and Scotland twice a day. Hubert Frach, divisional senior vice president, Emirates, elaborated, “We are increasing our capacity…

Flight attendant lifestyle can increase risk of developing cancer

By The Frontier Post | June 28, 2018

Monitoring Desk People who work on U.S. flight crews have higher rates of certain types of cancer, according to a new study out of Harvard. Not only are flight crews more likely to be diagnosed with cancer, the longer they work in the field, the higher the risk of developing it becomes, researchers from the…

Most and least expensive cities of World

By The Frontier Post | June 27, 2018

Monitoring Desk Four of the five most expensive cities in the world in which to live are in Asia, according to a new ranking of the cost of living. Hong Kong topped the 24th annual survey by Mercer, reclaiming the title of world’s dearest city from the oil-rich capital of Angola, Luanda, which ranked highest last…

New Istanbul airport ‘trademark project’

By The Frontier Post | June 23, 2018

Monitoring Desk ANKARA: Istanbul’s new mega airport is a “trademark project” of Turkey, Minister of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ahmet Arslan said Friday. Talking to Anadolu Agency’s Editors Desk in capital Ankara, Arslan said: “It is a prestigious project. It is true. At the same time it is a trademark project for Turkey. At…

Articles

My Italian Covid-19 experience

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Francesca Mannocchi Reporting in conflict zones was no preparation for the calamity that has hit Italy in the form of a pandemic. I have been working for years as a journalist in conflict zones, in the Middle East and North Africa. And for years, I have been following the destiny of millions of people migrating…

We may be underestimating the coronavirus death toll

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Ferdinando Giugliano The Covid-19 epidemic is a fight with an invisible enemy. What’s also worrying is that we just don’t know how bad the disease really is. Many people wonder whether we’re overestimating its deadliness, since countries find it impossible to test those with few or no symptoms. The case fatality rate is the ratio…

The expert behind the Covid-19 shutdown was wrong on CJD and foot-and-mouth, and is probably wrong again now. But he’s not alone

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Rob Lyons It may beggar belief that the UK government took the advice of a professor who’s mes-sed up before. But let’s not forget that it’s our le-aders who chose to implement the measures causing long-term harm to our economy and society. In the UK government’s daily press conference on Covid-19 on Sunday, the deputy…

The coronavirus reveals another virus: white privilege

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Rokhaya Diallo Those with passport privilege are finding out what it feels like to have limited freedom of movement. “Senegal halts air traffic from several countries including France, Italy, Spain and Belgium” I had to read that headline twice before realising that it was indeed happening. Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, an African nation has…

What will 6 months of Covid-19 do to our society? Only certain thing is we’ll be in a state… and the state will be in control

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Norman Lewis Predicting the future is always notoriously difficult. The unprecedented response to the Covid-19 crisis means most bets are off on what may happen, apart from reinforcing the idea there is no alternative to state intervention. Albert Einstein famously quipped that he never thought about the future because it came soon enough. He might…

‘We’ are going to stay at home, Turkey is not!

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Nedret Ersanel There is important work to do. We have to follow through with them while simultaneously fighting the virus. One such situation took place on Friday last week. Syrian President Bashar Assad and UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed held a telephone call. This was a first since 2011, when the Syrian crisis first…

Editorial

AG, the name of misery

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

Accountant General Office Peshawar is popular among the provincial government employees for the non-professional attitude and brutal mannerism, especially victimization of teachers of Elementary and Secondary Education Department. The competent authority of Education Department submit the requisite Performa along with other relevant documents and supporting papers for the release of salaries upon the renewal of…

Low cost power generation

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

The World Bank has sanctioned an additional concessionary loan of $700 million for low cost electricity generation from renewable sources to provide it at affordable tariff to millions of consumers of different categories, the most feasible option that did not figure on the top in energy policy of previous governments. The additional financing will help…

PM Imran Khan, an apostle of humanity

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

While chairing meeting of the of federal cabinet, Prime Minister Imran Khan gave directives for accommodating Afghan Refugees in the distribution of relief goods to internally displaced citizens of Pakistan. Inclusion of Afghan Refugees in the Prime Minister’s relief package of Rs.200 billion is indicative of his commitment to convert Pakistan into a welfare state…

US, UK politicians can’t twist virus public opinion

By The Frontier Post | April 1, 2020

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continued to accuse China on Monday. With the push from Washington, some British officials have also begun complaining about so-called China’s disinformation campaign. In the meantime, queries on China have increased in Western media outlets’ reports. But this cannot represent the entire public opinion in the West. Criticism…

PM’s strategy against COVID-19

By The Frontier Post | April 1, 2020

Prime Minister Imran Khan has once again did not approve total lockdown across the country as its fallouts outweighed merits regarding containing the spread of coronavirus infections. The number of infected cases has risen 1876 as new test positive persons have been reported from all four provinces, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir. But it is…

Wandering wheat shortage

By The Frontier Post | March 31, 2020

Advisor to Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Chief Minister, Ajmal Wazir has brushed aside the possibility of wheat flour shortages. He said that 190,000 tonnes of wheat stock is available in the provincial government warehouses and supply of wheat flour from Punjab is smoothly going on. He said that the availed stock is sufficient to cater to requirement…

Arts and Literature

Art out of control

By The Frontier Post | March 31, 2020

Monitoring Desk It’s interesting how, as an author, I’m often at the mercy of my characters. On some occasions, they speak to me all night making me restless and keeping me awake. On a few others, they’re at a cold war with me, and no amount of pleading helps. Recently, I shared this thought with…

Calligraphy artist Wissam Shawkat seeks to break the mold after mastering classic styles

By The Frontier Post | March 30, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: “If you continue practicing calligraphy in its traditional scripts, that’s a limitation by itself,” Iraqi artist Wissam Shawkat told Arab News while explaining the need to master the craft and then innovate to push Arabic calligraphy into the future. “I mean I am not against learning traditional scripts. I’ve been doing calligraphy…

The Cat: A Natural and Cultural History by Sarah Brown

By The Frontier Post | March 28, 2020

Monitoring Desk Of all the domesticated species, cats have enjoyed the most complex relationship with people — one that still leads to arguments about whether you can truly call the cat asleep by your fire “tame.” The Cat is a comprehensive, richly illustrated exploration of the natural and cultural history of this much-loved pet. Chapters…

Healing as art: Marina Fokidis discusses Art Dubai’s online performance program

By The Frontier Post | March 27, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: In these strange times, where it feels to many as if we have suddenly assumed the role of characters in a sci-fi film, fighting off an unknown assailant whose attacks are highly unpredictable and deadly, most would agree that we need to conjure up other modes of power. While the art world…

Art Dubai Residents: Nigerian artist Tonia Nneji wants women to know they aren’t alone

By The Frontier Post | March 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: Nigerian visual artist, photographer, art blogger and graffiti artist Tonia Nneji was one of six talents invited to take part in the Art Dubai Residents program, which will no longer exhibit physically due to the coronavirus pandemic. Color plays a central role in Nneji’s practice — a tool she embraces to imbue…

A new future for art fairs? Highlights from Art Dubai’s first digital program

By The Frontier Post | March 25, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: Back in February as the rapid spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) threatened the global art calendar, Art Basel Hong Kong was the first to go. Day by day, the art world watched as fair by fair was either postponed or cancelled. Frieze New York, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Milan’s Salonedel Mobile, Art…