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Kashmir issue no more a bilateral but international HR issue: Debbie

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The British lawmakers, whom India denied a visit to Kashmir, stated on Wednesday that situation in the Occupied Valley had turned into a serious human rights issue, demanding all states under the United Nations Charter to notice and act. Lawmakers Debbie Abrahams and Imran Hussain in a press conference along with Foreign…

FM Qureshi urges UK Parliament Group to brief UN on situation in IOJ&K

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday said that normal life remains paralyzed due to restrictions since August last year in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing a press conference along with Chairperson All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir in UK Parliament Debbie Abrahams in Islamabad, he urged the UK Parliament Group…

Bilawal asks PM Imran Khan to tear IMF agreement

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Wednesday said that he and his political party will not sit idly by as Pakistanis are dealing with rising inflation. Talking to the media persons in Islamabad today, the PPP chairman said that the opposition party demands that the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran…

Just solution of J&K dispute essential for peace: Imran Khan

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said Pakistan believes that a just and lasting solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is essential for peace, security and stability in South Asia. He said this while talking to a cross-party delegation of UK Parliamentarians, led by Chair of All-Parties Parliamentary Kashmir Group Debbie Abrahams…

PSL trophy unveiled at National Stadium

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Squash Legend Jahangir Khan on Wednesday said that it was an honor for him entering the National Stadium while holding the Pakistan Super League (PSL) trophy. Addressing a presser after participating in the trophy unveiling ceremony organized by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) at the National Stadium, he said it was an extraordinary…

Sindh govt issues ‘Soya Dust Allergy’ health advisory

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Sindh Health Department on Wednesday issued preventive advisory about ‘soya dust allergy’ incidents reported in Keamari and its surroundings areas of Karachi city. Allergy to soy, a product of soybeans, is a common food allergy. Often, soya allergy starts in infancy with reaction to soy-based infant formula. Although most children outgrow soy…

Global

Turkish operation in Idlib, NW Syria ‘a matter of time’

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

ANKARA (AA): Turkey launching a cross-border operation into Idlib, northwestern Syria, is just “a matter of time,” the Turkish president said on Wednesday. “As with all [previous] operations, we say ‘we could suddenly come one night.’ In other words, an Idlib operation is a matter of time,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his party’s parliamentary group…

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Libyan gov’t suspends UN-sponsored talks with Haftar

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

TRIPOLI (AA): The UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) on Wednesday suspended all UN-brokered talks with renegade commander Khalifa Haftar. In a statement to Libya Al-Ahrar T.V. channel, Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the presidential council of the GNA, announced suspension of all military, political and economic negotiations. This came hours after the council announced the…

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Iran confirms first two deaths from coronavirus

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

TEHRAN (AA): Iran on Wednesday confirmed the deaths of two people from coronavirus in the country. In a Twitter post, Kianoush Jahanpour, Iran’s Health Ministry spokesman, said that two people died in the northern Qom province. Earlier, Jahanpour had confirmed two cases of coronavirus in the country, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency. A…

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Sick Kashmiris face the brunt of India’s communications blackout

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk SRINAGAR: India’s communications lockdown on Kashmir has ensured a lack of information coming out of the valley, but the brunt of it is being borne by the doctors and patients as they struggle to get the necessary medical help. Sanaullah Dar was due to undergo surgery to remove a tumour in his bladder.…

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Trump commutes corrupt former politician’s sentence

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Tuesday commuted the sentence of a former Illinois governor jailed for corruption, as well as pardoning a New York City police chief imprisoned for tax fraud. Pardons were also handed out to Edward DeBartolo Jr, a former owner of the San Francisco 49ers football team, and Michael Milken,…

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Death toll from coronavirus climbs to 2,000 in China

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk BEIJING: The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak surged to 2,000 on Wednesday, as Chinese and international health officials warned against excessive measures to contain the epidemic. More than 74,000 people have now been infected by the virus in China, with hundreds more cases in some 25 countries. The situation remains serious…

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Pakistan

PAC seeks a briefing from FBR on tax collection

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

Abdullah Malik ISLAMABAD: Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Rana Tanvir Hussain Wednesday directed Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and Governor State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to brief the committee on tax collection and interest rates. While briefing the PAC on annual finance accounts of government of Pakistan, the audit officials informed that they prepared…

20 million fuel corruption scam hits Neelum Jhelum Hydro project

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The billion worth Neelum Jhelum Hydro Power Project (NJHPP) where various administrative and financial scams surfaced in near past now hits by another financial scam of twenty million rupees in fuel corruption the inquiry committee concluded its investigations a member of the committee share with The Frontier Post wish not to be…

PHC suspends KP govt’s decision increasing retirement age from 60 to 63

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

F.P. Report PESHAWAR: A division bench of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) headed by Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth and Justice Naeem Anwar on Wednesday suspended the decision of KP government increasing retirement age of government employees from 60 to 63. The bench announced a short judgment after conclusion of arguments by council for defence…

Encroachment on KCR land to be removed within 30 days: Rashid

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed Wednesday said that his ministry, in line with the directives issued by the Supreme Court, with the help of Sindh government will remove encroachment and vacate Railways land to be used for Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project within next 30 days. Addressing a press conference here…

Muslims enjoy religious freedom in Australia: Samina

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Director of Centre for Muslim States and Societies at University of Western Australia, Perth, Professor Samina Yasmeen (AM), has said that Muslims enjoy religious liberty in Australia. She chaired a forum titled “Muslim Identities in Australia” organized by Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) with the support of Australian High Commission, Islamabad.…

CM directs functionalization of Provincial Tourism Authority

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

F.P. Report PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan Wednesday directed the functionalization of Provincial Tourism Authority within one month time. He was chairing a meeting of the tourism department at Chief Minister Secretariat, Peshawar and directed that for the completion of all codal formalities by the end of the ongoing month for finalization of…

Afghanistan

An insight into wavering stance of so-called Emperor of Balkh amid controversial elections

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

Monitoring Desk KABUL: Ata Mohammad Noor, one of the most prominent leaders of Jamiat-e Islami, who was once considered as the emperor of Balkh province, welcomed the re-election of Mohammad Ashraf Ghani as the President of Afghanistan. Endorsing the turnout of the voters in elections, which was apparently far low than expected, Noor said in…

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Cancer, Coronavirus treatment centers inaugurated in Balkh

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

Monitoring Desk BALKH: Ferozuddin Feroz, the Afghan minister of public health, attended opening ceremonies at two health centers in the northern province of Balkh. One will treat cancer patients and the other is equipped to handle possible coronavirus cases. Officials said that 20,000 people in Afghanistan suffer from different types of cancer, and between 10,000…

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Afghan artist brushes aside disability to open arts centre

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

Monitoring Desk KABUL: Unable to use her hands, arms, or legs, Afghan artist Robaba Mohammadi has defied unlikely odds in a country that routinely discriminates against women and disabled people. Denied access to school, as a child she taught herself to paint by holding a brush in her mouth, clenching it between her teeth to…

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Old bank notes problem in daily trading

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk KABUL: A number of Kabul residents complained about the circulation of old banknotes in daily market trading. The Da Afghanistan bank (central bank) says that out of 158 billion afghanis circulating in the country, twenty billion afghanis are small banknotes. “All banknotes are old, but 10 and 20 banknotes are very old,” said…

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Badakhshan crossing from poppy cultivation to a prospering jewelry production market

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk BADAKHSHAN: Regardless of major mineral reserves, Badakhshan is one of the most needful areas in the world. Lapis lazuli has been mined in the Sar-e-Sang mines, located in the Kuran – Munjan District of Badakhshan for over 6,000 years. Goldsmiths is a historical industry in the northern Badakhshan province of Afghanistan which was…

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11 civilians killed in Herat drone strike: Residents

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk HERAT: A group of Herat residents on Tuesday claimed that “at least eleven civilians were killed” in a drone strike in Kashk-e-Kohna district in the western province. Massouda Karokhi, an MP from Herat, also confirmed the incident and the casualties. According to the residents, “eight children” were among those killed in the “drone…

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Business

Stock market stages rally in early trading hours over reports of positive outcome of FATF meeting

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: After a considerable declining trend in the previous weeks, reports of positive outcome from the FATF meetings in Paris for Pakistan restored some of investors’ confidence in the stock market in the early trading hours on Wednesday. The benchmark KSE 100-Share Index reached 40,505.27 points after gaining 329.92 points or 0.82pc as…

Uber decides to shut down its office

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk LOS ANGELES: Uber Technologies is closing its office in downtown Los Angeles, where the ride-hailing company employs customer support staff, to focus on its bigger locations. The move was reported earlier on Tuesday by the LA Times newspaper, which also added that the step will result in the elimination of about 80 jobs.…

Asian markets fall as virus hits earnings, growth

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk HONG KONG: Asian markets tumbled Tuesday after Apple warned the new coronavirus had hit output and demand in China, fuelling fears over the wider impact of the epidemic on corporate earnings and economic growth. Investors looked past a positive lead from European bourses to focus on the spiralling fallout from the virus that…

German shares lose 0.83 per cent

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk BERLIN: German stocks were off to a shaky start on Tuesday, with the benchmark DAX index decreasing by 114.95 points, or 0.83 percent, opening at 13,668.94 points. All of Germany’s 30 largest listed companies were trading at a minus at the start of trading. Germany’s largest bank Deutsche Bank decreased by 0.04 percent,…

BankIslami bags 3 accolades at 9th CST Summit and Awards 2020

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: BankIslami, one of the chief technologically advanced banks of Pakistan with more than 330 branches in over 114 cities, won three prestigious awards at the 9th CSR Summit & Award 2020 ceremony held recently. The three categories included Green/Environmental Stewardship, Sustainability Initiative and Social Impact. BankIslami is a strong advocate of eco-friendly…

MoU sign between PSQCA and TSE to boost trade

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) and Turkish Standards Institution (TSE) signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) during visit of high level Turkish delegation led by Mr. Tayyip Erdogan, President of Republic of Turkey in Pakistan. Dr. Abdul Aleem Memon, Director General, PSQCA and his Turkish counterpart Prof. Dr. Adem SAHIN,…

Sports

PSL trophy unveiled at National Stadium

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Squash Legend Jahangir Khan on Wednesday said that it was an honor for him entering the National Stadium while holding the Pakistan Super League (PSL) trophy. Addressing a presser after participating in the trophy unveiling ceremony organized by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) at the National Stadium, he said it was an extraordinary…

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Strict security arrangements put in place for PSL matches

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Strict security arrangements have been put in place as all eyes are towards the fifth season of the 2020 Pakistan Super League that begins on Thursday. Police and Rangers have been deployed inside and around the National Stadium in Karachi. The pitch has been given a final touch and the outfield has…

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Naya Nazimabad Hosts Send Off Lunch for Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: To celebrate Pakistan Super League seas 5 being played in Pakistan, Naya Nazimabad hosted a send-off lunch in honour of the PSL Teams Karachi Kings’ and Quetta Gladiators. The ceremony was attended by Governor Sindh, Imran Ismail; Provincial Minister; Saeed Ghani; Mayor Karachi, Waseem Akhtar; Commissioner Karachi, Iftikhar Shallwani; along with top…

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PSL’s fifth edition to carry prize money of $1million

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: The fifth edition of HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 will carry a total prize purse of US$1million. The winners of the March 22 final under Gaddafi Stadium lights will collect a cheque of U$500,000 along with a glittering and brand new trophy, while the runner-up will receive a cheque of US$200,000. In…

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Gifts of Peshawar Chappal presented to foreigner players of Peshawar Zalmi

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Islamabad United’s success against Peshawar Zalmi in practice match. Both the matches presented great opportunity to practice, Kamran Akmal Peshawar Zalmi has created a marvelous hype in Karachi before the start of PSL. Star players Darren Sammy and Carlos Brathwaite did meet and greet with the fans. Fans chanted Darren Sammy’s name…

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MCC players, officials visit Lahore Fort

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: The visiting Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) players and officials visited the historic 17th century Lahore Fort, here on Tuesday. The foreign cricketers, led by MCC President Captain Kumar Sangakara, expressed their awe of the grandeur of the architecture and the rich history of the Fort. The visitors were briefed about various periods…

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Fashion & Movies

Angelina Malik sharing the solis festival story

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Solis Festival happened on 15th February 2020, but instead of enjoying it, people had to face injuries, harassment, and death. The festival was wasted by some people with fake entry tickets. Fake ticket holders overflowed the crowd that the VIP stage collapsed and fell. The audience was harassed, molested, and were scared…

Fawad Khan singing the New Anthem Song of PSL-5

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: PSL 2020 is about to start, and fans are excited to support their favorite teams. The PSL anthem song is full of patriotism and love for cricket. The song creates hype among listeners and makes them more energetic. Tayyar Hain was going to be the anthem song of PSL 5, but unfortunately,…

Indian label Two Point Two makes catwalk debut at LFW

By The Frontier Post | February 18, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: “Two Point Two is a genderless, anti-conformist, all-inclusive brand. We don’t cater to any particular gender or any particular size,” declared designer Anvita Sharma at London Fashion Week’s Fashion Scout. Some might say packing all that into a dress is a pretty big challenge, but this is something she clearly believes in.…

Adidas’ latest campaign shot in Saudi Arabia

By The Frontier Post | February 18, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of its iconic superstar sneakers, Adidas Originals decided to shoot its latest “Change is a Team Sport” campaign in Saudi Arabia. Featuring four talented women hailing from the Kingdom, the campaign images were photographed against the striking backdrop of the AlUla heritage site. For the campaign,…

350 artists to perform at PSL opening ceremony

By The Frontier Post | February 17, 2020

LAHORE (APP): As many as 350 artists will perform in the opening ceremony of the HBL PSL 2020, which will be held on February 20 at Karachi’s National Stadium. The metropolitan city is expected to be set alight as artists from different music genres – Sufi, pop, rock, bhangra and folk – will come together…

Unchained melody: Traditional music revived as security improves

By The Frontier Post | February 17, 2020

Monitoring Desk PESHAWAR: For years the distinctive twang of Pashtun music was drowned out by rattling gunfire and deafening explosions in Pakistan’s northwest. But, as security improves, a centuries-old tribal tradition is staging a comeback. Performances that once took place in secret are returning. Shops selling instruments are open and thriving again, while local broadcasters…

Science & Technology

Govt decides to review proposed rules to regulate social media platforms

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan presided over an important meeting to review the proposed rules to regulate social media platforms. The meeting was attended by the officials from the Ministry of Information, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Law, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and other relevant authorities. Speaking on the occasion, PM Imran Khan…

Germany to introduce new measures to control online hate speech

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk BERLIN: Germany is set to introduce new measures to toughen online speech laws and tighten the screws on social networks as far-right extremist groups and torrents of threats against politicians grow in the country. Ministers in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government are expected to wave through a new package of measures on Wednesday, days…

Mother ‘reunites’ mother with dead daughter in virtual reality show

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk SEOUL: A tearful reunion between a mother and her dead daughter via advanced virtual reality for a South Korean television has become an online hit, triggering fierce debate about voyeurism and exploitation. The footage began with the girl — who died of leukaemia in 2016 — emerging from behind a pile of wood…

SpaceX launches 60 internet satellites into orbit

By The Frontier Post | February 18, 2020

ANKARA (AA): U.S. rocket and spacecraft company SpaceX has launched 60 Starlink internet satellites to orbit on Monday. The company confirmed on Twitter the successful deployment of the satellites, noting that the deployment marked 80th successful flight of Falcon 9 – a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport…

Open University researchers testing ‘Moon dust’ for water

By The Frontier Post | February 18, 2020

Monitoring Desk “Moon dust” could be a vital source of fuel, building material and even drinking water for astronauts, according to the Open University. Researchers in Milton Keynes are investigating ways humans can “live off the land” when they set foot on the moon. The team is basing its study on lunar soil collected by…

Five steps to restore WhatsApp messages on new mobile phone and number

By The Frontier Post | February 17, 2020

Monitoring Desk People usually find it difficult to restore or migrate the history of WhatsApp messages on new mobile phone and a new number after changing their handsets. These five steps given below will make it easy for the users to restore chat histories in WhatsApp: Step 1: Tap on Settings > Chats > Chat…

Health

Gut bacteria could be linked to personality

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: “There has been growing research linking the gut microbiome to the brain and behaviour, known as the microbiome-gut-brain axis,” said Dr. Katerina Johnson, who conducted her Ph.D. in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford in the U.K. “Most research has been conducted in animals, whilst studies in humans…

Study finds lifting weights helps you live longer

By The Frontier Post | February 18, 2020

Monitoring Desk It’s well-know that an active lifestyle and balanced diet will help you live a healthier and longer life, but it seems that strength training, specifically, is the key to living longer. According to a new study conducted by Penn State College of Medicine, lifting weights when aged 65 years or older can really…

Anti-polio drive kicks off across the country

By The Frontier Post | February 17, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The nation-wide anti-polio campaign kicked-off today to vaccinate 39.6 million children under the age of five years against the disease, reported Radio Pakistan.  According to an official of the National Emergency Operations Centre, over 265,000 frontline polio workers are taking part in the campaign. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health…

Study suggests even light activity reduces risk of depression in young people

By The Frontier Post | February 15, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: Adolescents who sit for much of the day have a greater risk of depression by the time they reach adulthood, a UK study has found. Growing numbers of young people with depression and increased time spent sedentary could be two linked trends, researchers at University College London (UCL) believe. They found that…

Provincial government vows to eradicate polio

By The Frontier Post | February 15, 2020

F.P. Report PESHAWAR: Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dr Kazim Niaz, Minister for Finance & Health Taimur Saleem Jhagra and Minister for Information Technology Kamran Bangash inaugurated Feb round of anti-polio drive here on Friday in separate activities, reiterating strong will of the government for polio eradication and wiping out the menace that continues to hit…

Can flat head syndrome in babies be avoided?

By The Frontier Post | February 14, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: Warnings about the risk of sudden infant death syndrome have increased, which has added to mothers’ concern and made them more likely to lay their babies down to sleep on their backs, in keeping with medical advice. But do you worry, like many mothers, that the back of your infant’s head will…

Travel

Kyoto unveils ’empty tourism’ campaign amid coronavirus outbreak

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk TOKYO: Kyoto is usually packed with tourists from all over the world. But as the coronavirus outbreak keeps visitors away from the historic streets of Japan’s former capital, a group of shopkeepers has launched an “empty tourism” campaign to lure them back. Merchants from five shopping streets in Kyoto’s Arashiyama neighborhood — a…

COVID-19 outbreak: Japan may lose $1.29 billion in tourism revenue

By The Frontier Post | February 18, 2020

Monitoring Desk TORONTO: Japan could lose $1.29 billion in tourism revenue in the January-March period due to international flight restrictions stemming from the new coronavirus outbreak, according to an estimate by a U.N. agency. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) attributed the estimate to reductions in Chinese air travelers, with the Chinese city of Wuhan…

Flight of fancy? Aviation industry tries to go green

By The Frontier Post | February 17, 2020

Monitoring Desk Singapore: From an emissions-reducing model jet that looks like something from a sci-fi movie to electric aircraft and sustainable fuel, the aviation industry is ramping up efforts to go green as consumer pressure grows. In an era when teen climate activist Greta Thunberg opts to travel on an eco-friendly boat and “flight-shaming” is…

Fraport to speed passengers through two Brazilian airports

By The Frontier Post | February 15, 2020

Monitoring Desk RIO de JANEIRO: Fraport Brasil has installed SITA’s passenger processing technology at the two airports it manages in Brazil, Fortaleza Airport (FOR) and Porto Alegre Airport (POA). New self-service gates provide passengers with automated entry to the security checking area with a simple scan of their boarding pass. This will reduce queues and…

Malaysian states to consider pivot towards domestic tourism amid COVID-19 outbreak

By The Frontier Post | February 14, 2020

Monitoring Desk KUALA LUMPUR: With the Chinese government issuing a lockdown for more than 30 cities, some Malaysian states reliant on Chinese tourist dollars are looking at alternative markets. Mr Abdul Rashid Asari, the Selangor state executive councillor overseeing tourism told CNA that the state would be focusing on domestic tourism for now. This is…

China virus shakes Asian tourism

By The Frontier Post | February 13, 2020

Monitoring Desk BANGKOK: As a driver of one of Thailand’s renowned “tuktuk” motorized rickshaws, AmonchaiLaodoungdee is used to busy days ferrying tourists around Bangkok, but on Tuesday he waited for four hours at a shopping mall without a single customer. Since word of the new coronavirus spread from China last month, he’s seen his daily…

Articles

Trump is real threat to West, not Huawei

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

George Koo House Speaker Nancy Pelosi flew to Munich to join the Trump Administration in piling on Huawei, China’s largest telecommunication company. She told the international audience that Huawei’s 5G undermines national security, threatens human rights and democratic values and takes away economic independence. Madam Fu Ying, China’s former vice minister of foreign affairs, who…

Arabs should welcome a future with less oil wealth

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

Amr Adly A new report from the International Monetary Fund warns that, by 2034, declining oil demand could gnaw away the $2 trillion in financial wealth amassed by the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Unless they act quickly to reform their hydrocarbon-dependent economies, these countries, which collectively account for a fifth of the world’s…

Reduction in Violence Agreement

By The Frontier Post | February 18, 2020

Iqbal Khan The United States has secured a seven-day ‘reduction in violence’ truce with Taliban to help seek a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan, Secretary of Defence Mark Esper said on February 14. Concurrently, a Taliban official said that the group would begin a “reduction of violence” on the following day. The New York Times has…

Trump’s Afghanization policy

By The Frontier Post | February 17, 2020

Abdullah Muradoglu At the Munich Security conference, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. The US’s special representative to Afghanistan Zalmey Khalilzad also made an appearance at the meeting. According to reports, the ongoing peace negotiations between the U.S. and Taliban are expected to…

Is the GCC still fit for purpose?

By The Frontier Post | February 16, 2020

Yasser M. Dhouib With Saudi Arabia and the UAE increasingly using the GCC for their own ends, other Gulf countries are considering going a separate way. The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), comprising Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, and Oman is not serving its purpose – alternatives are being pursued.…

Is Islamophobia on the rise in the UK?

By The Frontier Post | February 15, 2020

Abdul Rahman Al-Hussein In the shadows of the Brexit vote and a new movement toward nationalism, the U.K. has seen a significant increase in the number of hate crimes against Muslims in the past few years. Muslim women, in particular, bore the brunt of the recent hate crimes and many have resorted to wearing caps…

Editorial

Anti-smuggling strategy

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the authorities concerned to evolve and implement a comprehensive and results oriented strategy to effectively curb the menace of smuggling that  creates shortage of eatables in the country and illegal entry of foreign goods accruing colossal losses to the economy in duties and taxes collection. FBR and authorities of…

Guterres on Indian Muslims rights

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

In an exclusive interview with a private TV Channel, United Nations Secretary General Anonio Guterres has expressed deep concern over the enforcement of largely anti-Muslim Citizen Amendment Act ( CAA) of 2019 in India. The law is certainly impinging on the constitutional rights and social status of largest Muslim minority living there. The draconian law…

Quetta suicide blast

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

A suicide bomber blew himself close to a rally of Ulema Council Baluchistan near Press Club in Quetta, martyring 8 people including three security personnel, while 19 others were injured. The suicide bomber walking on foot tried to enter the rally but he was stopped by the police providing security to the rally. (adsbygoogle =…

Addressing a complicated issue

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

At last realization has come about big damage that irrationally high gas and electricity tariff s are inflicting on the economy. The thermal power generation agreements of second and last PPP governments and thermal power ones of last PML-N government were of shady nature, making the electricity tariff high for all categories of consumers. The…

Food security

By The Frontier Post | February 18, 2020

The wide spread attacks on standing crops in the provinces of Punjab and Sindh by Locust Storms will have certainly damaged the output of cereals and other crops. The country is already confronted with food shortages, necessitating the import of wheat and sugar. The losses caused to wheat crop will be quite substantiation and supply…

Much awaited peace deal

By The Frontier Post | February 18, 2020

Media reports indicate that much awaited peace deal between the United States and the Taliban will be signed soon. Signing of peace agreement will pave the way for ending 18 years long war in Afghanistan and bring stability to the war ravaged country, if intra-Afghan dialogue process starts and culminate in broad-based political settlement acceptable…

Arts and Literature

Afghan artist brushes aside disability to open arts centre

By The Frontier Post | February 20, 2020

Monitoring Desk KABUL: Unable to use her hands, arms, or legs, Afghan artist Robaba Mohammadi has defied unlikely odds in a country that routinely discriminates against women and disabled people. Denied access to school, as a child she taught herself to paint by holding a brush in her mouth, clenching it between her teeth to…

Spanish artists’ dreams of Arabia revealed

By The Frontier Post | February 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk MALAGA: When we think of Orientalism — the much-studied and, now, often-derided artistic genre through which colonial-era artists created fantasized imagery of the faraway lands of the East — French titans Eugène Delacroix and Jean-Léon Gérôme’s odalisques, slave markets and hamams usually come to mind. However, an exhibition at the Carmen Thyssen Museum…

You’re Not Listening by Kate Murphy

By The Frontier Post | February 18, 2020

Monitoring Desk At work, we are taught to lead the conversation. On social media, we shape our personal narratives. At parties, we talk over one another. So do our politicians. We are not listening. And no one is listening to us. Despite living in a world where technology allows constant digital communication and opportunities to…

How calligraphy became an integral part of Arab identity

By The Frontier Post | February 15, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: The Iraqi calligrapher WissamShawkat is sitting quietly at a cafe in Dubai, patiently explaining the intricacies of Arabic calligraphy. “In Latin the letters are separated,” he says. “In Arabic the word is connected, so that creates a lot of ligatures and adds a layer of beauty to the script. One of the…

The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak

By The Frontier Post | February 14, 2020

Monitoring Desk “The Forty Rules of Love,” written by Elif Shafak, is truly a life-changing book. I have found myself quoting and referencing it in daily life. The central theme of the book is Sufism and preaching the religion of love. The main character, Shams of Tabriz, is a wandering dervish, while Rumi is a…

Successful Aging by Daniel J. Levitin

By The Frontier Post | February 13, 2020

Monitoring Desk Successful Aging inspires a powerful new approach to how readers think about our final decades, and it will revolutionize the way we plan for old age as individuals, family members, and citizens within a society where the average life expectancy continues to rise. Daniel Levitin looks at the science behind what we all…