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150 pilgrims enter Pakistan as authorities reopen border with Iran

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

F.P. Report QUETTA: Pakistan on Friday temporarily reopened its border with the neighbouring Iran allowing pilgrims to cross into Pakistan after strict screening at Taftan border in Balochistan. Around 150 stranded pilgrims were shifted to Pakistan House in Taftan and will be allowed to go home after screening. According to Balochistan government, there is no…

Govt appoints Mushtaq Mahar as new Sindh IGP

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Federal government on Friday appointed Mushtaq Mahar as the new Inspector General of Police Sindh (IGP). Sources said that the federal cabinet had approved a summary for the appointment of Mushtaq Mahar as Sindh IGP through circulation. The Establishment Division has issued a notification in this regard. The government has handed over…

Govt offering financial support in different sectors: PM

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan says the government is offering subsidy and financial support in different sectors to provide relief to the weaker segments of the society. He was chairing a review meeting of the impact of the government’s subsidy in different sectors for provision of relief to low-income and weaker segments of…

US-Taliban agreement to benefit Pakistan, Afghanistan and entire region: FM

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

DOHA (Monitoring Desk): Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Friday that the signing of the US-Taliban agreement will mutually benefit the entire region, particularly Pakistan and Afghanistan. FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi will attend the signing of the US-Taliban peace deal in Doha on February 29. The foreign minister said that it is hoped that…

Punjab University clash leaves 4 students, 10 guards injured

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: A clash among two rival groups in Punjab University on Friday left 14 people injured, which included 10 guards. The clash broke out between the two groups in the university’s Department of Gender Studies. Punjab University Registrar said that harsh words were exchanged between the two groups in the morning but the…

Facebook, Twitter, Google threaten to suspend services in Pakistan after new social media regulations

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

ISLAMABAD (Monitoring Desk): The Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) comprising global digital media giants have banded together against the government’s newly-introduced social media rules, threatening to suspend services if the laws were not amended. In a scathing letter written to Prime Minister Imran Khan, the AIC — which includes Facebook, Twitter, Google, Apple, Amazon, Airbnb, Line, LinkedIn, and…

Global

Death toll from anti-Muslim violence in New Delhi rises to 42

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

NEW DELHI (Web Desk): The death toll from five days of anti-Muslim violence in Indian capital has risen to 42, making it the worst religious rioting Delhi has seen in more than three decades. Sporadic violence hit parts of Delhi overnight as gangs roamed streets littered with the debris of days of sectarian riots. Over…

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Iran’s coronavirus death toll rises to 34

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

TEHRAN (AA): The death toll from coronavirus in Iran climbed to 34 on Friday, while the number of cases rose to 388. The country’s Health Ministry said another eight people died from the coronavirus on Friday, while 143 new cases were confirmed. The average age of infected people was 50, while those who died were…

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Afghan government team to meet Taliban

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

KABUL (AA): As the U.S. and Taliban are set to clinch a peace deal in Qatar on Saturday, the tricky phase of parleys between various Afghan groups to place a credible governance mechanism in Kabul also appears challenging. The Afghan government has formed an initial direct contact group to hold talks with the Taliban, a…

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Erdogan, Putin agree to meet face to face: Turkish official

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

ANKARA (AA): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in their phone conversation agreed to meet face to face soon, Turkey’s communications director said on Friday. Fahrettin Altun had a meeting with media representatives in Ankara on latest developments after Thursday night’s attacks on Turkish soldiers by Assad regime forces in…

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UN urges more support for Turkey on Syrian refugees

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

GENEVA (AA): The UN on Friday urged the international community to step up support for Turkey in managing and hosting Syrian refugees. Babar Baloch, a spokesman for the UN Refugee Agency, at a news briefing in Geneva said: “We have been appealing to neighboring countries including Turkey to broaden admission for people who are on…

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Russia to send warships to Syria, blames Ankara for death of Turkish soldiers

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

Monitoring Desk MOSCOW: Russia on Friday said it was sending two warships armed with cruise missiles to waters off the Syrian coast and blamed Ankara for the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in Syria’s Idlib region the previous day. The killing of the Turkish soldiers on Thursday and the wounding of 32 others, announced by…

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Pakistan

EU to provide €13 million to Pakistan under PFMS Programme

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The European Union agreed to provide €13 million to Pakistan improve its macro-fiscal policies and budget preparations, said an announcement issued on Friday. The agreement was signed in Islamabad in the presence of Minister for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar and the money will be provided under EU’s Public Financial Management Support (PFMS)…

PML-N’s Ahsan Iqbal to appear before NAB in Narowal sports complex case today

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister and senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Ahsan Iqbal will appear before the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) probe team today (Friday) in a case related to alleged corruption and irregularities in Narowal Sports City project. Sources said that Ahsan Iqbal will appear before the anti-corruption watchdog’s Rawalpindi chapter’s office…

Coronavirus fear: PIA bans Umrah pilgrims’ travel till March 15

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Thursday has also issued a new notification for Umrah pilgrims after Saudi government imposed a temporary ban on pilgrims to avoid spreading coronavirus. PIA has also imposed a ban on its Umrah pilgrims travelers till March 15. The tourist-visa holders will also be denied to travel to…

Hyderabad: Two more suspected cases of coronavirus reported

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

F.P. Report HYDERABAD: Two more suspected cases of coronavirus have been reported in Hyderabad where a woman and a man were shifted to isolation ward of Civil Hospital on Thursday night. Both patients had returned from Iran a few days ago. According to details, Shafi Bibi had returned 10 days ago while Muhammad Zafar returned…

Human rights committee seeks briefing on missing persons

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

Abdullah Malik ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly standing committee on human rights on Thursday lamented on Ministry of Human rights having no proper data of the provinces on those missing or forcefully disappeared. The committee was chaired by Bilawal Bhutoo where ministry of human rights briefed the committee on missing persons in Baluchistan. The HR ministry…

Pakistan’s economy is on ventilator, says Siraj ul Haq

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

F.P. Report TIMERGARA: Jamaat-i-Islami chief senator Siraj ul Haq on Thursday said the country economy was on the ventilator and masses had lost trust in the government due to the IMF policies. Addressing a prize distribution function after a ‘Seerat un Nabi’ quiz competition at Timergara rest house the JI chief alleged that Corona virus…

Afghanistan

Afghan government team to meet Taliban

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

KABUL (AA): As the U.S. and Taliban are set to clinch a peace deal in Qatar on Saturday, the tricky phase of parleys between various Afghan groups to place a credible governance mechanism in Kabul also appears challenging. The Afghan government has formed an initial direct contact group to hold talks with the Taliban, a…

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12 cases of Coronavirus registered in Herat

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

Monitoring Desk HERAT: At least 12 suspected coronavirus cases were registered in western Herat province in the past two days, local health officials said on Thursday. Herat’s health department officials said that the test samples of the suspected cases were sent to Kabul province for testing. “All suspected people have returned from Iran,” said Mohammad…

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Rapid mask-production begins

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

Monitoring Desk HERAT: Following the spread of the coronavirus in Herat province, and the rise in the price of masks and other hygiene supplies, a mask-production plant has begun operating in Herat’s industrial city. The factory claims to have a production capacity exceeding 60,000 masks daily. The Ministry of Public Health says the masks produced…

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Saleh’s aides defend his decision

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

KABUL (Agencies): A President Ghani’s running mate Amrullah Saleh’s decision to sue nearly 40 people for ranting and posting malicious comments on social media has set off a storm of criticism that it is an appalling violation of the right to freedom of speech and social media activities. Civil rights activists and media watchdog agencies…

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US confirms position on elections amid deepening tensions

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

KABUL (Agencies): The State Department released a statement emphasizing on handling of concerns regarding Afghan presidential elections in accordance with the ‘constitutional and legal procedures’. The Department of State in a statement said it ‘notes the announcement on February 18, 2020 by the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan on the results of the presidential election…

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Kabul killings highlight rising drug addiction in Afghanistan

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

Monitoring Desk KABUL: For the residents of Qalai Muslim, a small mountainside community on the edges of the capital city of Kabul, the evening of February 15 began like any other. As the sun set and the cold winter air filled the mud and brick homes that line the neighbourhood’s unpaved roads, the residents closed…

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Business

EU to provide €13 million to Pakistan under PFMS Programme

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The European Union agreed to provide €13 million to Pakistan improve its macro-fiscal policies and budget preparations, said an announcement issued on Friday. The agreement was signed in Islamabad in the presence of Minister for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar and the money will be provided under EU’s Public Financial Management Support (PFMS)…

Global stocks set for worst week since 2008 as virus fears grip markets

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

Monitoring Desk TOKYO: Global share markets were headed for the worst week since the depths of the 2008 financial crisis as investors ditched risky assets on fears the coronavirus would become a pandemic and derail economic growth. Asian stocks tracked another overnight plunge in Wall Street’s benchmarks on Friday with the markets in China, Japan…

Silkbank sign ink with British Airways

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Silkbank Limited, having a substantive market share of Credit Cards, signed an agreement with the world’s favorite airline – British Airways where Mr. Shahram Raza Bakhtiari (Director Retail Banking), Mr. Hamid M Mirza (Head of Marketing Services and PR), Mr. Naveed Mushtaq (Head of Credit Cards) & Mr. Nouman Butt (Head of…

Synergy Dentsu wins two APNS awards

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Synergy Group, an affiliate of Dentsu Aegis Network, is a leading integrated marketing communications group having achieved a series of awards and accolades during its 20 years of operation. The group has extended its winning streak with two more awards at the 24th All Pakistan Newspapers Society Awards. The President of Pakistan,…

NICVD establishes Chest Pain Unit at Cantt General Hospital

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

Sher Afzal KARACHI: National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) in collaboration with the Government of Sindh has inaugurated its 16th “Chest Pain Unit” at Cantonment General Hospital, Karachi to facilitate patients with chest pain with easy access and free of cost services. Executive Director of National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Professor Nadeem Qamar formally inaugurated…

PPL supports SIUT, The Kidney Centre

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) donated Rs. 10 million to Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) and Rs. 5 million to The Kidney Centre (TKC) for provision of quality healthcare to deserving populations as part of its long-term and diverse Corporate Social Responsibility Programme. MD and CEO PPL Moin Raza Khan presented…

Sports

India beat New Zealand to enter semis

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

Monitoring Desk MELBOURNE: India survived a late scare to edge past New Zealand by three runs in a thrilling finish to secure their place in the semi-finals of the Women’s T20 World Cup. India reached 133-8, with Shafali Verma, 16, again impressing with 46. Amelia Kerr’s magnificent 34 from 24 balls then gave New Zealand…

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Zalmi keep on facilitating fans

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

F.P. Report Peshawar: The fans of Peshawar Zalmi team would now get VIP match ticket, Daewoo return ticket, Zalmi shirt and McDonald’s meal in a package of two thousand rupees. The Peshawar Zalmi Daewoo fans buses will leave for Peshawar and Lahore Qalandars match today (Friday) at 2pm. The special package can be obtained from…

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Intermittent rain likely to disturb PSL matches in Rawalpindi

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

F.P. Report RAWALPINDI: Intermittent rain continued in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi since last night and likely to disturb the Pakistan Super League (PSL 5) Pindi fixtures, on Friday. The Met Office has forecast a spell of rainfall with Wind or thunderstorm from Friday to Saturday in the country including Rawalpindi and Islamabad.…

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Ireland v Italy Six Nations games off

By The Frontier Post | February 27, 2020

Dublin (Agencies): Ireland’s men’s and women’s Six Nations games against Italy in Dublin on 7 and 8 March have been postponed because of coronavirus. Irish Health Minister Simon Harris said on Tuesday the men’s game should be postponed and met with the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) on Wednesday. Eleven towns in northern Italy are…

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CAS confirm Man City appeal against Euro ban

By The Frontier Post | February 27, 2020

LONDON (Agencies): Manchester City’s appeal against their two-year European ban for breaches of financial regulations has been officially registered by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, CAS announced on Wednesday. The Premier League club, who were also fined 30 million euros ($32.5 million) by European football’s governing body UEFA earlier this month, had immediately contested…

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Ex-skipper Du Plessis out of South Africa ODI squad

By The Frontier Post | February 27, 2020

Johannesburg (Agencies): Former captain Faf du Plessis will not play for South Africa in a three-match one-day international series against Australia but remains part of the country’s future plans, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Wednesday. Du Plessis, who stepped down from the captaincy in all forms of the game earlier this month, is being…

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Fashion & Movies

South Korea boy band BTS cancels April Seoul concert on coronavirus concerns

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

Monitoring Desk SEOUL: South Korean boy band BTS canceled its scheduled April concert in Seoul, amid growing concerns of the new coronavirus outbreak, its music label, Big Hit Entertainment, said on Friday. “The current global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has made it impossible at this time to predict the scale of the outbreak during the dates…

Saudi designer Arwa Al-Banawi collaborates with KFC

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: Fashion’s fixation with food is no secret. In recent years, we’ve seen a number of brands cook up edible-themed accessories, including McDonalds cups crafted into shoulder bags from Moschino and lait de coco clutches by Chanel. Meanwhile, other designers took it a step further by joining forces with popular eateries, such as…

Johnny Depp appears in court for libel case against abusive wife Amber Heard

By The Frontier Post | February 27, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: Hollywood star Johnny Depp made a surprise appearance at England’s High Court on Wednesday for a hearing in his libel case against The Sun newspaper. The Pirates of the Caribbean   actor is suing the tabloid and its executive editor Dan Wootton over a 2018 article which accused him of abusing former wife…

Hira Mani celebrates her 30th birthday

By The Frontier Post | February 27, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Hira Mani celebrated her 30th birthday on Wednesday night with husband Salman Saqib Sheikh aka Mani. She took to Instagram to share endearing photos from her midnight celebration. The actress, who recently starred in ARY Digital’s hit drama Meray Paas Tum Ho, is all smiles in the photo she posted and look…

Arab world’s who’s who jet to Paris for Fashion Week

By The Frontier Post | February 27, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: The final destination on the Fall 2020 fashion month trail is the French capital, where a number of regional it girls have been spotted this week. Lebanese bloggers Karen Wazen and Nathalie Fanj are among the influencers currently taking Paris Fashion Week by storm. The fashion stars, who have amassed more than…

Actor Humayun Saeed thanks fans for love, prayers

By The Frontier Post | February 27, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Humayun Saeed, the leading actor of Pakistan showbiz industry, has extended gratitude to his fans for giving him so much love. Sharing a video of his warm welcome in Multan, theMerePaas Tum Ho actor wrote, “Thank you Punjab (Multan) for so much love.” He further said, “Mein jokuchbhihoonaap sab kiduaonaurpyarkiwajah say hoon.…

Science & Technology

Facebook to publicly track political sponsored content after Bloomberg’s paid memes

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

Monitoring Desk SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc (FB.O) will provide a way for people to track political sponsored content on Facebook and Instagram ahead of the U.S. presidential election, it said on Thursday. The move comes after U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s campaign started paying popular meme accounts on Facebook-owned Instagram to post content as…

New discovery reveals a parasite that needs no oxygen to live

By The Frontier Post | February 27, 2020

Monitoring Desk Science has long thought that multicellular life needed oxygen to survive. It turns out that assumption was wrong as a new DNA information on a parasite has been discovered about a parasite described as jellyfish-like. The parasite lacks the mitochondrial genome and is the first known multicellular organism to lack that genome. Lacking…

‘realme’ unveiled Quad Camera Battery King

By The Frontier Post | February 27, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: Pakistani youth’s most favorite brand realme has been launching a number of smartphones from past one year keeping with its lineup for the New Year, the Chinese smartphone brand has launched its first smartphone lineup of the year, the realme 5i and realme C3 has been launched in company’s first ever campus…

Internet giants fight spread of coronavirus untruths

By The Frontier Post | February 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: As the new coronavirus spreads globally, the online battle to keep misinformation about the disease is also stepping up. Google, Facebook and other platforms are struggling to keep ahead of scammers, trolls, and others with ill intent who routinely use major tragedies or disasters as opportunities to swindle or manipulate people. “The…

Scientists gather to study risk from microplastic pollution

By The Frontier Post | February 25, 2020

Monitoring Desk PORTLAND, Ore: Tiny bits of broken-down plastic smaller than a fraction of a grain of rice are turning up everywhere in oceans, from the water to the guts of fish and the faeces of sea otters and giant killer whales. Yet little is known about the effects of these “microplastics” — onsea creatures…

IHC issues notices to IT ministry to justify new social media regulations

By The Frontier Post | February 24, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday issued notices to the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MoITT) and other respondents to submit their response in a case questioning the legitimacy of new social media regulations i.e. the Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules, 2020. However, the court rejected the request to…

Health

Six new cases of coronavirus surface in UAE, tally rises to 19

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

Monitoring Desk ABU DHABI: Six new cases of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) have been detected in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), taking the total number of people diagnosed with the disease in the country to 19, Gulf News reported. The newly infected persons came from Iran before the suspension of flights from Iran, the Ministry of…

Different foods are linked to different types of strokes: Study

By The Frontier Post | February 27, 2020

Monitoring Desk Previous studies have found how sleep and exercise can affect consumers’ risk of stroke, but a new study conducted by the European Society of Cardiology explored what role consumers’ diets played in their stroke risk. The researchers learned that different types of foods could increase the risk for different types of strokes, and…

Varying your same-old routine is good for your brain: study

By The Frontier Post | February 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk There’s a reason we stick to routines. They provide structure, consistency, and a sense of comfort, especially when life gets crazy-busy. In fact, they often develop inevitably and organically as a byproduct of life’s never-ending demands: work, school, family obligations, meetings, bills, housework, exercise routines, downtime—repeat forever and ever. Sometimes the hamster wheel…

American health authorities expect coronavirus spread on US soil

By The Frontier Post | February 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: American health authorities said Tuesday they ultimately expect the novel coronavirus to spread in the United States and are urging local governments, businesses, and schools to develop plans like canceling mass gatherings or switching to teleworking. The comments mark a significant escalation in the level of threat being conveyed to the US…

Having an optimistic partner may stave off dementia: Study

By The Frontier Post | February 25, 2020

Monitoring Desk MICHIGAN: New US research has found that having an optimistic partner could help you live a healthier life. Carried out by researchers from Michigan State University and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the new study looked at nearly 4,457 retired heterosexual couples over the age of 50 who had their…

Afghanistan confirms first coronavirus patient

By The Frontier Post | February 24, 2020

Monitoring Desk KABUL: Afghanistan’s minister of public health said on Monday the country had identified its first case of coronavirus. Ferozuddin Feroz, the minister of public health, told a press conference in Kabul one of three suspected cases had been confirmed in the Western province of Herat. He announced a state of emergency in the…

Travel

Saudi Arabia stops issuing visas to tourists from countries worst affected by coronavirus

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

Monitoring Desk RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Tourism announced on Friday that it has temporarily stopped issuing tourist visas to people in certain countries particularly badly hit by the coronavirus outbreak. The affected nations are China, Italy, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Kazakhstan. The decision applies both to electronic visas obtained online and traditional visas…

Indonesian tourism suffers estimated US$500 million in losses due to Chinese virus outbreak

By The Frontier Post | February 27, 2020

Monitoring Desk JAKARTA: Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister LuhutPandjaitan has said the outbreak of a novel coronavirus around the globe has affected Indonesian tourism, with estimated losses of around US$500 million. “(According to) data from Bank Indonesia, (our) tourism has lost US$500 million in a month,” he told the press on Tuesday as quoted…

France braces for tourism hit as virus keeps Chinese at home

By The Frontier Post | February 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk PARIS: The new coronavirus outbreak is depriving Paris hotels, restaurants and retailers of big-spending Chinese visitors, the latest challenge for a French tourism industry facing headwinds from homegrown protests and Brexit, officials said Monday. “For now, airline forecasts suggest a 60 percent drop in Chinese visitors for February, March and April compared with…

Travel giant Expedia to cut 3,000 jobs: Report

By The Frontier Post | February 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: Online travel giant Expedia will cut 3,000 jobs worldwide after what the company called a “disappointing” performance in 2019, US media reported Monday. The firm, which operates its flagship travel site as well as Hotels.com, Hotwire, Travelocity, Cheaptickets, Egencia and CarRentals.com, said the decision was made after determining it had been “pursuing…

Venice Tourism stops Carnival sending visitors home

By The Frontier Post | February 25, 2020

Monitoring Desk MILAN: Italians and visitors getting ready to attend the rest of the Venice Carnival or the Milan Fashion week will have a surprise when they wake up Monday morning. As reported on eTurboNews yesterday, both cities and Italy are on high alert fearing a spread of Coronavirus. The Carnival of Venice is an…

EU says not yet planning travel curbs over virus

By The Frontier Post | February 25, 2020

Monitoring Desk BRUSSELS: The European Commission said on Monday the European Union was not yet considering suspending travel within the border-free Schengen area after an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy, but it was preparing contingency plans. Four people have died in northern Italy of the disease and around 150 cases have been reported since Friday,…

Articles

Trump’s ‘totally prepared’ coronavirus pledge will be put to the test

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

Max Nisen During a press briefing Wednesday evening on the coronavirus outbreak, President Donald Trump claimed the US is “totally prepared” to respond to a disease that is spreading to new countries seemingly every day. That’s a bold assertion that will be tested immediately, and it may come back to haunt the administration. Indeed, the…

A war against Palestinian refugees’ education

By The Frontier Post | February 27, 2020

Najla M. Shahwan The so-called Jerusalem Municipal Council approved recently a plan that targets schools run by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in the mostly Arab neighborhood of Shuafat in East Jerusalem as well as the town of Anata, located 4 kilometers (2.4 miles) northeast of…

Trump declares war against ‘Deep State’!

By The Frontier Post | February 26, 2020

Abdullah Muradoglu President Donald Trump’s appointment of US Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, as the Deputy Director to the “National Intelligence Directorate” in charge of overseeing 17 intelligence agencies has fueled debate about the “Deep State” in the country. There was speculation about such a move in late 2019, when news broke out that Trump…

Kashmir a Bone in Modi’s Throat

By The Frontier Post | February 25, 2020

Iqbal Khan To please or to, say, fool Prime Minister NarendraModi, Google Maps show Kashmir as part of India – as long as one views it from within the borders of India – but for people outside the country, the outlines of the region are shown in dotted lines, thus acknowledging Kashmir as a “disputed”…

OPEC emperor Saudi Arabia has fallen for Russia’s tricks

By The Frontier Post | February 24, 2020

Julian Lee As the Covid-19 virus hit demand for oil, OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia wanted an urgent meeting among the cartel’s members and their international partners in order to bring in deeper and longer output cuts. Russia didn’t, and now the emergency gathering of the 23-nation coalition known as OPEC+ won’t happen. This is only…

Suspected shisha bar gunman published racist manifesto

By The Frontier Post | February 22, 2020

Monitoring Desk HANAU: A man suspected of shooting dead nine people in shisha bars in a German town before killing himself and his mother had posted a manifesto online including conspiracy theories and deeply racist views, prosecutors said. The presumed attacker – a 43-year-old German man identified as Tobias R. – was found dead close…

Editorial

Reforming FBR

By The Frontier Post | November 12, 2018

Media reports about the failure of FBR to achieve the downwardly revised estimates of revenue collection reveal that the Prime Minister has hinted either to reform this tax collection body or abolish it to create a new organisation. The performance of Custom Department of the FBR is not that bad, however, the Inland Revenue Services…

Narrowing trade gap

By The Frontier Post | November 11, 2018

The current account deficit—the most worrying macroeconomic imbalance—marginally contracted to $ 11.8 billion in the first four months of the current fiscal year on the back of almost flat growth in imports for the fourth consecutive month, while pace of increase in exports remained steady despite numerous rounds of currency depreciations. The $ 11.8 billion…

IMF concerns

By The Frontier Post | November 10, 2018

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has shown concerns over the implications of energy contracts made under CPEC. The IMF main concern was that in case Central Power Purchasing Agency guaranteed limited default on its payment of power produces who would be picking the cost. Pakistan briefed the fund’s team over on energy and infrastructure projects…

Alice Wells visit

By The Frontier Post | November 9, 2018

Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the US Bureau for South and Central Asian Affairs held talks with federal ministers for foreign affairs and finance. The two sides discussed peace process for Afghanistan and bilateral matters. Foreign Minister Shah Nahmood Quershi said that renewal of Pakistan-US ties is underway and the two…

Finance Minister’s optimism

By The Frontier Post | November 8, 2018

Briefing the media about the outcome of Prime Minister’s concluded visit to China, the Finance Mister Asad Umar claimed that Pakistan has overcome an “immediate balance of payment crisis.”He did not divulge the details how the crisis of external balance is averted. However, he did say that Saudi Arabia is supporting Pakistan with $ 6…

National Savings scam

By The Frontier Post | November 7, 2018

A major fraud has been detected in the National Savings—a public sector corporation of Rs. 360 billion—in which insiders have reportedly siphoned off around Rs. 200 million, breaking the trust of more than seven million small-to-medium level individual savers who selflessly contribute in the economic development of the country. The fraud came to light at…

Arts and Literature

Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand

By The Frontier Post | February 28, 2020

Monitoring Desk With more than 400 extraordinary color photographs and richly informative text, Reptiles and Amphibians of New Zealand is the definitive field guide to all of the country’s tuatara, geckos, skinks, frogs, marine turtles, and marine snakes. From the ancient tuatara, the sole surviving member of its order, to the world’s largest collection of…

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

By The Frontier Post | February 27, 2020

Monitoring Desk Daniel James Brown’s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first…

A window to Egyptian art

By The Frontier Post | February 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: Located in the heart of the UAE, The Room Place in Jumeirah, Dubai is a store that exclusively sells traditional crafts made by Egyptian artisans. The shop partners with Fair Trade, a social enterprise in Egypt that works with 2,300 artisans in about 17 villages and is divided into 75 crafts, to…

3- Day International Watercolor Biennale to start from Feb 26

By The Frontier Post | February 25, 2020

F.P. Report HYDERABAD:The 3rd International Watercolor Biennale “Pearls of Peace Season-III” to start at Mehran University’s Centre of Excellence in Arts and Design, (CEAD), Jamshoro on Wednesday. The artists from U. S. A, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Brazil, Iran, Canada, Argentine, Slovakia and Pakistan will participate in the Biennale. The exhibition will include the display of…

Middle Eastern designers shine at Nomad

By The Frontier Post | February 22, 2020

Monitoring Desk ST. MORTIZ: Nestled among the snow-tipped mountain tops of St. Moritz in Switzerland is the ChesaPlanta mansion, a former farmhouse more than 200 years old — a classic work of late baroque architecture. From February 6 to 9, it was home to Nomad, a travelling showcase of collectible design organized by curators Nicolas…

Theatrical performance highlights violence against women

By The Frontier Post | February 22, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The Rafi Peer Theatre organized a series of theatrical performances in different cities to highlight various forms of intolerance and violence, especially against women, and how different segments of the society can contribute towards ending the menace. The theatrical performance titled ‘Ab Nahi’ was showcased at Fatima Jinnah Woman University, Islamabad, Quaid-e-Azam…