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Pakistan shoots down 8th spying quadcopter sent from India: ISPR

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

F.P. Report RAWALPINDI: Pakistan has shot down the eighth spying quadcopter sent from India across the Line of Control (LoC), the military’s media wing said in a statement issued Friday. “Pakistan Army troops shot down an Indian spying quadcopter in Khanjar Sector along LOC,” Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Babar Iftikhar said. “The…

Pakistan can defeat corona virus if people strictly follow SOPs: PM

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan says Pakistan stands at a juncture where we can defeat the corona virus if people strictly follow the SOPs. Addressing volunteers of Corona Relief Tiger Force in Islamabad today, he said one million youth have registered under the force so far. He said 175,000 volunteers provided assistance in…

Pakistan urges int’l community to take immediate cognizance of HR situation in occupied Kashmir

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has urged the international community including the United Nations to take immediate cognizance of the gravity of human rights situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir and hold India accountable for its crimes against the Kashmiri people. In a Press Release issued today, Foreign Office said the world community must also play its…

Tax filers increased from 1.6 mln to 2.6 mln in one year: Senate informed

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Senate was informed today that the number of tax filers has increased from1.6 million to 2.6 million in a period of one year as a result of steps taken by the present government. Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar told the house during question hour that our tax collection also witnessed…

Pakistani surgeon dies fighting coronavirus in Saudi Arabia

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

RIYADH (Monitoring Desk) Saudi Arabia on Friday mourned the death of a Pakistani surgeon who succumbed to the novel coronavirus after developing health complications, according to a report of Arab News. Dr Naeem Chaudhry was the first doctor to have lost his life in the kingdom as a result of Covid-19. He worked in the…

Seven children drown in River Indus near Thatta

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

F.P. Report HYDERABAD: Seven children drowned in the Indus River in Thatta district on Friday, turning the wedding celebrations their families were attending into mourning. According to eyewitnesses, the children, all aged between six to nine years, had been swimming in the water in Daim Marri village, Jhirk. Thatta SSP Dr Imran stated that the…

Global

Trump says jobs data shows ‘greatest comeback in American history’

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

WASHINGTON DC (Reuters): President Donald Trump on Friday celebrated a stunning US employment report that showed more than 2.5 million jobs were added last month during the thick of the coronavirus pandemic, and predicted the battered economy will recover all of its lost jobs by next year. “Today is probably, if you think of it,…

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UN says Libya cease-fire talks have begun

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

GENEVA (AA): The UN said Friday that cease-fire talks in Libya began on June 3, with the UN support mission and Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar’s forces operating in the east of Libya. At a twice-weekly press conference, UN Information Services Director Alessandra Vellucci answered a question from Anadolu Agency about the talks. Citing the UN…

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US forces conduct airstrikes on Taliban in Afghanistan

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

KABUL (Reuters): American forces conducted two airstrikes on Taliban fighters to foil the militant group’s plan to launch attacks on Afghan security forces, a US military spokesperson said on Friday, in a move that could hurt the peace process. The airstrikes, conducted in two different provinces, were the first since the start of the Eid…

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Progress in Brexit talks ‘limited’: UK chief negotiator

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

LONDON (AA): The UK’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost said Friday that progress in Brexit talks with the EU was “limited” but the tone was nevertheless “positive”. “Progress remains limited but our talks have been positive in tone. Negotiations will continue and we remain committed to a successful outcome,” he said. Frost added: “We are…

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Turkish president hails military’s record of success

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

SANLIURFA (AA): Turkey’s president on Friday hailed the military’s successful cross-border operations as well as serving as advisors abroad, saying the country’s position in NATO would grow stronger. Speaking by phone to top commanders serving abroad and along the border as Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and senior officials were doing inspections, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said…

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India: No need for federal agency to probe Muslim group

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

NEW DELHI (AA): India’s government said on Friday there is no need for separate probe by a federal agency into a gathering of a Muslim religious group in March, which has been blamed for the coronavirus outbreak in the country. The Tablighi Jamaat has recently faced public vilification in India, as the country’s initial coronavirus…

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Pakistan

Eradication of corruption is voice of the nation: Chairman NAB

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal has said that eradication of corruption from the country is the voice of the entire nation. He said that corruption is the root which sprouts all evil. According to details, Chairman NAB is committed to eradicating corruption from the country. At present, 1229…

MQM MPA Shahana Ashar tests positive for coronavirus

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) member of Sindh Assembly, Shahana Ashar on Friday has been tested positive for coronavirus. According to details, the MPA has gone into quarantine for 14 days. On the other hand, Pakistan has confirmed 68 more deaths from novel coronavirus in one day as the nationwide tally of fatalities…

Next budget to be in deficit, no new taxes planned: KP Finance Minister

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

F.P. Report PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Finance Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra has said that this time, the provincial budget will be in deficit but no new tax will be imposed on the public. Addressing a press conference in Peshawar along with Information Adviser Ajmal Wazir, he said that the province has suffered a loss of Rs…

Sindh Governor Imran Ismail donates blood plasma for coronavirus patients

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Sindh Governor Imran Ismail on Friday donated his blood plasma for the treatment of patients suffering from the deadly coronavirus. Professor Dr Tahir Shamsi, a hematologist and transplant physician at the National Institute of Blood Diseases & Bone Marrow Transplantation (NIBD & BMT), oversaw the donation plasma process. Ismail had earlier announced…

Private airline’s plane escapes accident at Lahore airport

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: An aircraft of a private airline escaped dangerous accident after taking off from Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport due to the flocks of birds. The captain of a private airline’s Karachi-bound plane managed to escape the aircraft from being hit by a flock of birds after taking flight from the Lahore airport’s…

Punjab govt to distribute free textbooks in schools for new academic session

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The Punjab government will distribute free textbooks to public sector schools from Monday for the commencement of the new academic session of 2020-21, Punjab Minister for School Education Murad Raas announced on Friday. A notification has been released by the Punjab School Education Department which stated that free textbooks will be distributed…

Afghanistan

DIAG collects 700 weapons in the east in 2017

By The Frontier Post | December 29, 2017

Monitoring Desk JALALABAD: Nangarhar police submitted 132 weapons they had confiscated during operations and clashes with militants to the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) program officials. Governor Gulab Mangal said police had recovered 132 weapons of different kinds during operations over the past six months and encounters. The weapons handed over DIAG officials in…

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Wolesi Jirga OKs draft law

By The Frontier Post | December 29, 2017

Monitoring Desk KABUL: The Wolesi Jirga approved a presidential legislative decree regarding a draft law on development of livestock and investment in the sector. Haji Mohammad Hashim Faryabi, deputy head of the National Economic and Commission, told the lower house that the 149th presidential legislative decree regarding the draft law of livestock management and development…

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HIA prisoners to be released

By The Frontier Post | December 29, 2017

Monitoring Desk KABUL: Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) on Thursday said 90 HIA prisoners would be released soon from the Bagram and Pul-i-Charkhi prisons. Releasing HIA prisoners was part of a landmark peace deal between the government and the HIA signed in September. Fazel Ghani Haqmal, HIA spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the government had…

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Landmine martyrs six children

By The Frontier Post | December 29, 2017

Monitoring Desk MAZAR-E-SHARIF: A landmine allegedly planted by anti-government gunmen killed at least six children in northern Balkh province, police said Thursday. “The mine emplaced by opponents detonated on children, martyring our six children,” said Sher Jan Durrani, spokesman of Balkh police. He told media persons that the incident took place in Daulatabad, adding the…

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‘Terrorists not to be allowed to use state’s soil against China’

By The Frontier Post | December 29, 2017

Monitoring Desk KABUL: Afghan Minister of Defense Tariq Shah Bahrami has assured Chinese officials that his country would not allow any terror outfit, especial the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), to use its soil against China. Bahrami who is on official visit to China met Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Chang Wanquan and 1st…

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Four border cops killed

By The Frontier Post | December 29, 2017

Monitoring Desk JALALABAD: Four border police personnel were killed in an armed attack in Bati Kot district in Nangarhar province on Thursday. The armed opponents attacked a vehicle in Ambar Khani area in the limits of Bati Kot district, leaving four border police personnel dead, Nangarhar governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khugiyani said. The cops were traveling…

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Business

Finance ministry warns budget deficit will increase to 9.34% due to ongoing pandemic

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Finance has informed the Senate that the coronavirus pandemic can result in an estimated 3mn people being unemployed and the poverty rate to surge to 33.5%. In a written reply submitted to the upper house on Friday, the finance ministry warned that the budget deficit will increase to 9.34%…

GM plans electric van for business users

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

Monitoring Desk DETROIT: General Motors Co is developing an electric van aimed at business users, joining a growing list of carmakers planning EVs for the same segment which includes customers such as Amazon.com Inc and United Parcel Service Inc, five people familiar with the plans told Reuters. That multibillion-dollar strategy could enable GM, Ford Motor…

AALO to boost US flights

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: American Airlines Group Inc said Thursday it will boost its US flight schedule next month over dramatic reductions since the coronavirus pandemic, planning to fly more than 55% of its July 2019 domestic capacity. The largest US airline will also boost its international flights schedule next month, flying nearly 20% of its…

Engro commits Rs.40m to SKMCH&RC to enhance COVID-19 testing capacity

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE/KARACHI: As part of the PKR 1 billion Hussain Dawood Pledge, Engro Foundation – the social investment arm of Engro Corporation – has provided an additional PKR 40 million to extend its partnership with Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre for expansion of COVID-19 testing capacity in Southern Punjab. In the…

Rupee recovers 66 paisas against dollar in interbank

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The exchange rate of Pakistani rupee recovered 66 paisas against US dollar in the interbank on Thursday to close at Rs 163.66 compared to the last closing of Rs 164.32. However, according to Forex Association of Pakistan, the buying and selling rates of Dollar in open market were recorded at Rs 163…

Gold price remains stable at 97,700/tola

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The per tola price of 24 karat gold remained stable at Rs 97,700 on Thursday, Karachi Sarafa Association reported. Likewise, the price of 10 gram gold also witnessed no change in prices and was traded at Rs83,762. The price of silver witnessed no change in price and was traded at Rs1050 whereas…

Sports

Suarez says playing without fans will feel ‘peculiar’

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

Barcelona (Agencies): Barcelona forward Luis Suarez is in line to return from a long injury lay-off when La Liga resumes next week behind closed doors in the heat of the Spanish summer after a three-month coronavirus shutdown. Suarez, 33, was sidelined for four months in January after undergoing surgery on his right knee but could…

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Shoaib Akhtar in consultation with lawyer to respond to FIA notice

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Former Pakistan pacer ShoaibAkhtar Thursday confirmed that he has received notice from FIA, Lahore and he would be submitting his response after consultation with his lawyer. PCB legal advisor TafazzulRizvi has threatened ShoaibAkhtar that he take him to the court after the former pace legend lambasted the legal advisor in a Youtube…

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Spinners have chance to shine during saliva ban: Kumble

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

NEW DELHI (Agencies): Cricket chief Anil Kumble hopes a ban on using saliva to shine the ball after the coronavirus shutdown could see a resurgence of spin bowling in Test cricket. The International Cricket Council is expected to order a temporary ban next week on using spit as a shining agent, as part of measures…

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Quality of bowling in PSL, better than IPL: Wasim Akram

By The Frontier Post | June 4, 2020

ISLAMABAD (APP): Sultan of Swing Wasim Akram believes Pakistan Super League was the second biggest tournament in the World of Twenty20, saying the quality of bowling in (PSL) was much better than Indian Premier League (IPL). “PSL was the second biggest tournament in the World of T20 after IPL. But to compare PSL with Indian…

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Premier League clubs agree to five substitutions rule change

By The Frontier Post | June 4, 2020

LONDON (Agencies): Managers will be able to make up to five substitutions for the remainder of the 2019/20 Premier League season after clubs agreed to the temporary rule change at a meeting on Thursday. FIFA proposed the solution last month to “protect player welfare” with a large number of matches packed into a few weeks…

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Aisam says domestic tennis events can resume

By The Frontier Post | June 4, 2020

KARACHI (PPI): Pakistan’s tennis ace Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi says international tennis events will take time to resume but domestic tennis events can start while following certain SOPs relevant to the game. Aisam feels that tennis activities would take three to four months to resume but it can be started domestically while following SOPs. “Only a player…

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Fashion & Movies

Brad Pitt’s heartfelt words about Jennifer Aniston before he began affair with Angelina Jolie

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

Monitoring Desk LOS ANGELES:  Brad Pitt was full of praise for his then wife Jennifer Aniston in a couple of candid interviews before he started his affair with Angelina Jolie. The ‘Fight Club’ star was riding high with ‘Friends’ alum at that time as they lived up to their title as the ‘golden couple’ of…

‘Friends’ star Mary Pat Gleason passes away

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

Monitoring Desk LOS ANGELES: Actress Mary Pat Gleason, best known for starring in ‘A Cinderella Story’ and ‘Friends’, has breathed her last  at the age of 70 after a battle with cancer. Her friend Ron Fassler, who starred in ‘Watchmen’, broke the news of her death on social media on Wednesday evening and asked fans…

Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra support Black Lives Matter movement

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: Nick Jonas, who has been very vocal on social media, took to Twitter to share his words on the prevailing situation in the United States following the death of George Floyd. Nick and Priyanka have come out to support the Black Lives Matter movement, and making donations to social justice organizations. “Pri…

Katie Price emotionally reunites with her terminally ill mum Amy

By The Frontier Post | June 4, 2020

Monitoring Desk LOS ANGELES: Katie Price, who spent several weeks apart from her mum due to coronavirus pandemic, has finally reunited with her terminally ill mother Amy. The Reality TV star had spent 10 weeks apart from her mum as she was observing social distancing due to coronavirus pandemic. The former glamour model’s mother Amy…

Pop Goddess Cher lauds PM Imran, others for freedom of Kaavan

By The Frontier Post | June 4, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: Goddess of Pop, Cher has termed freedom of a lonely elephant named Kaavan by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) as ‘one of the greatest moments’ of her life. The US singer took to social-networking website and wrote, “We have just heard from Pakistan High Court that Kaavan is free,” adding a string…

This fashion designer is making hijabs for Covid-19 frontline workers

By The Frontier Post | June 3, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: Hijab-wearing healthcare workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic have taken to washing their headscarves more frequently and after every use to maintain sanitation. Some women are even disposing of their hijabs after in between every shift to help mitigate the spread of germs, and are thus facing a shortage. This…

Science & Technology

Self-driving cars could only prevent a third of U.S. crashes: study

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: Self-driving cars, long touted by developers as a way to eliminate road deaths, could likely only prevent a third of all U.S. road crashes, an analysis of traffic accidents released on Thursday has found. The study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a research group financed by U.S. insurers, found…

Zoom earnings soar as video meets become pandemic norm

By The Frontier Post | June 4, 2020

Monitoring Desk SAN FRANCISCO: Zoom on Tuesday reported that its earnings soared as its video-meeting service became a popular way to work or socialize while hunkered down due to the pandemic. Zoom said it made a profit of $27 million on revenue that leapt 169 percent to slightly more than $328 million in the first…

Cabinet approves first ever Mobile Device Manufacturing Policy

By The Frontier Post | June 3, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The Federal Cabinet on Tuesday approved the first ever Mobile Device Manufacturing Policy (MDMP) pursuant to a summary moved by Ministry of Industries and Production. The policy prepared by the Engineering Development Board (EDB), a techno-economic arm of Ministry of Industries and Production through extensive consultation with relevant public and private sector…

Students reject online classes in varsities

By The Frontier Post | June 2, 2020

F.P. Report PESHAWAR: Rejecting the initiation of online classes in varsities, the office bearers of Pakhtun Students Federation (PkSF) have lambasted the provincial government and urged it to stop the process as it will deprive thousands of students from education due to unavailability of internet service. Speaking at a news conference at Peshawar press club,…

Tribal youth creates software for school documentation

By The Frontier Post | June 1, 2020

Ahmad Nabi LANDI KOTAL: The first year student has created a special database for documentation of school for fulfilling necessities of the educational institutions. Shah Saud Khan s/o Baktullah, resident of Landi Kotal and student of 1st year of Computer Science in Imperial College System, Peshawar said that since his childhood he was interested in…

Moscow bemused at US space ‘hysteria’

By The Frontier Post | June 1, 2020

Monitoring Desk MOSCOW: Moscow space officials on Sunday said they were puzzled by “hysteria” around the successful SpaceX flight as Elon Musk taunted Russia and US President Donald Trump vowed to beat it to Mars. On Saturday, SpaceX made history by becoming the world’s first commercial company to send humans into orbit, leading Russia to…

Health

Vaccines group raises $567 million to buy COVID-19 vaccines for poor

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: The Gavi accines alliance said on Thursday it had raised $567 million towards an initial goal of $2 billion from international donors for an Advanced Market Commitment to buy future COVID-19 vaccines for poor countries. The deal would help secure enough COVID-19 vaccine doses – when the shots have been developed –…

UNODC launches virtual advocacy campaign on COVID-19

By The Frontier Post | June 4, 2020

F.P Report ISLAMABAD: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) launched a Virtual Advocacy Campaign (VAC) on COVID-19 mitigation measures in collaboration with the Criminal Justice Institutions in Pakistan. The campaign was curated through a webinar on ‘Shaping Prisons’ response through preparedness’ in collaboration with the provincial Prisons Departments from across the country.…

Ten persons die in KP from coronavirus

By The Frontier Post | June 4, 2020

F.P. Report PESHAWAR: According to the National Institute of Health Islamabad around ten people died from COVID19 in the last 24 hours in KP. According to the health department KP around 500 people have so far died from coronavirus in the province. The report said that overall around 11,373 people have so far affected from…

Punjab faces shortage of life-saving injections for coronavirus patients

By The Frontier Post | June 3, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: Life of terminally ill coronavirus patients in Punjab is in huge danger due to the shortage of lifesaving injection for critically ill coronavirus patients and is in limited stock in both private and public hospitals of Punjab. According to details, in Punjab Lahore and Rawalpindi have become a hot bed for coronavirus…

Dairy-rich diet could lower risks of diabetes and high blood pressure

By The Frontier Post | June 3, 2020

Monitoring Desk Eating at least two daily servings of dairy is linked to lower risks of diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as the cluster of factors that heighten cardiovascular disease risk (metabolic syndrome), finds a large international study published online in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. The observed associations were strongest for…

India approves antiviral drug to treat COVID-19 patients

By The Frontier Post | June 2, 2020

Monitoring Desk BENGALURU: India’s government said on Tuesday it has approved Gilead Sciences Inc’s antiviral drug remdesivir for emergency use in treating COVID-19 patients. Remdesivir is the first drug to show improvement in COVID-19 patients in formal clinical trials. It was granted emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last month and…

Travel

World slowly starts travelling again, says UN

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

Monitoring Desk After months of lockdowns, countries are cautiously starting to ease travel restrictions put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19, according to research published Monday by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, stressed “the need for vigilance, responsibility and international cooperation as the world slowly opens up again.” In the…

No early return for UK tourists, says Spain

By The Frontier Post | June 4, 2020

Monitoring Desk BARCELONA: Spain’s tourism minister has cast doubt on the prospect of an early return by UK holidaymakers to Spanish beaches. María Reyes Maroto said British coronavirus figures “still have to improve” before Spain could receive tourists from the UK. Last week, the Spanish government said foreign visitors would no longer have to undergo…

Saudi Arabia to reopen AlUla cultural and heritage site for tourist in October

By The Frontier Post | June 3, 2020

Monitoring Desk JEDDAH: When you’re already a quarter-of-a-million years old, a few months out of action because of a coronavirus pandemic is no more than a blip in time. It is therefore safe to say that when visitors return to AlUla, the culture and heritage destination in northwest Saudi Arabia, not a lot will have…

Travel restrictions: Why is UK quarantine at odds with Europe, asks global air travel alliance

By The Frontier Post | June 2, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: Opposition to the Government’s travel quarantine plans is growing ahead of its introduction next week, with a senior member of IATA, the global air travel body, asking why the UK’s strategy is at odds with the rest of Europe. Rafael Schvartzman, regional vice president of Europe for IATA, said the holiday opportunities…

Germany only one of Greece’s big tourist markets on list of approved flights

By The Frontier Post | June 1, 2020

Monitoring Desk ATHENS: Greece announced on Friday that it would be opening its borders to tourists from 29 countries on June 15, although Germany is the only country from the list of the five key markets for Greece’s tourism sector, as the UK, Italy, France and the US continue to have high rates of coronavirus…

Which European countries are open for summer tourism?

By The Frontier Post | May 30, 2020

Germany Some border crossings with neighbors Austria, Switzerland, and France began to open on May 16 under tightly controlled conditions, with June 15 set as the date to fully relax borders and restrictions on inter-EU travel. Germany also lifted its strict border controls with Luxembourg on the same day. A similar deal with Denmark has…

Articles

The superman of the West fails to curb outbreak

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

Muhammet Ali Guler There is no one single definition of a failed state. However, there are certain paradigms that lead to the collapse of a state, and these paradigms include an uptick in crimes, violence, panic and poverty. These paradigm shifts may come from either internal or external factors and sometimes from both. In the…

Peaceful coexistence: How the Ottomans ruled Jerusalem

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

Zekeriya Kursun I am obliged to write this column due to a report published in Israeli media a few days ago. According to the report, new meetings have been launched between Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Jordan about the future of Jerusalem. Considering the situation that has emerged in recent years…

HK and US: A tale of two protest movements

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

George Koo Last summer when peaceful protest in Hong Kong morphed into violence and protesters turned into rioters setting metro and police stations on fire, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, gushed that it was a beautiful landscape, a fight for democracy and freedom. Now that beautiful sight has been exported…

Has Pakistan’s nuclear weapons really made it invincible?

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

Dr. David R. Leffler On the 22nd anniversary of Pakistan’s successful nuclear tests, Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif is quoted as saying: “May 28 would always be remembered as a day when Pakistan’s defence was made invincible” (“Nawaz eulogised for ‘making Pakistan nuclear power’”, Dawn, May 29, 2020). Invincibility is a laudable goal…

A super power in chaos

By The Frontier Post | June 4, 2020

Chandra Muzaffar The event in Minneapolis could not have happened at a worse time for the US elites. While violence perpetrated against black Americans by white police officers has happened a number of times before, its occurrence right in the midst of a huge health emergency and a related economic disaster that has robbed 30…

BoJo’s decision to throw Huawei 5G deal on the scrapheap shows UK poodle still obeys its US master

By The Frontier Post | June 4, 2020

Damian Wilson The British prime minister’s hasty U-turn on a deal with China’s Huawei will cost tech firms and the taxpayer a fortune, and means Donald Trump has got his way again. When Boris Johnson announced earlier this year Huawei had been given the green light to supply the UK with non-core equipment for its…

Editorial

Solarisation projects

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

Khyber Pukhtunkhwa government has decided to install solar energy systems at 8000 schools, 187 basic health units (BHUs) and 4000 mosques under “Access to Clean Energy Programme.” Contracts for the implementation of projects under this programme have awarded to construction firms. Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide financial assistance of Rs.4.4 billion for solarisation of…

PSM employees’ golden handshake

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet in its meeting on Wednesday, chaired by Advisor on Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, approved final and full “human resource rationalization plan” for Pakistan Steels Mill (PSM). For this purpose Ministry of Industries had sent a revised summary seeking layoff of all 9350 employees of this state enterprise,…

Wheat shortages in KPK

By The Frontier Post | June 4, 2020

Wheat shortages in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa is a recurring phenomenon as every year the problem emerges due to its greater dependence on purchase of the commodity from Punjab and supplies by the federal government from the stock of Pakistan Agriculture Services corporation. The hoarding mafia takes the advantage of disruption in supply from Punjab and federal…

Virtual parliamentary session

By The Frontier Post | June 4, 2020

Federal Minster for Science and Technology, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Chaudhry has pleaded for convening the virtual budget session of the parliament. Earlier, when the government had suggested calling such type of parliamentary session to discuss the outbreak of coronavirus and reach a political consensus on how to tackle this natural calamity, the opposition leaders rejected…

Focus on hydel power generation

By The Frontier Post | June 3, 2020

Focus has now been shifted on inexpensive hydel power generation from expensive thermal one to achieve optimal energy mix. A tripartite agreement has been finalised between the government of Azad Kashmir, Three Gorges Corporation of China and Private Power Infrastructure Board for the construction of 1,124 Kohala hydropower project on the River Neelum under the…

Desperate situation, extraordinary measures

By The Frontier Post | June 3, 2020

Prime Minister Imran Khan wants allocation of more financial resources for the containment measures of coronavirus, which has not only further depressed the national economy reeling under acute stagflation over the years but also caused swift downturn of global economy. He has directed the Advisor on Finance Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh to avoid harsh taxation…

Arts and Literature

Democratic Federalism

By The Frontier Post | June 5, 2020

Authors: Robert Inman and Daniel L. Rubinfeld Around the world, federalism has emerged as the system of choice for nascent republics and established nations alike. In this book, leading scholars and governmental advisers Robert Inman and Daniel Rubinfeld consider the most promising forms of federal governance and the most effective path to enacting federal policies.…

Unsolved Problems in Ecology

By The Frontier Post | June 4, 2020

Authors: Andrew Dobson, David Tilman and Robert Holt Unsolved Problems in Ecology brings together many of the world’s leading ecologists to discuss the most fundamental research questions confronting the field today. This diverse and thought-provoking collection of essays spans virtually all of the key subfields of the discipline, from behavioral and evolutionary ecology to population…

The UAE’s Jameel Arts Centre reopens amid lockdown restrictions

By The Frontier Post | June 3, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: Dubai’s contemporary art institution Jameel Arts Centre will reopen its doors to visitors on June 3. Guests are asked to book a two-hour slot in advance of their visit to help monitor the capacity and abide to social distancing within the centre. In accordance with UAE regulations, visitors and staff are required…

Saudi Arabia to host first Art Biennale in 2021

By The Frontier Post | June 2, 2020

Monitoring Desk RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, has announced the establishment of Al-Diriyah Biennale Foundation for Contemporary Art. The biennale will alternate in terms of theme, with an exhibition of contemporary art for the first edition set for 2021, and an Islamic art exhibition in 2022. The minister…

Saudi Arabia with a rich history and home to archeological treasures

By The Frontier Post | June 1, 2020

Monitoring Desk RIYADH: Modern-day Saudi Arabia is home to several archeological treasures, evidence that this part of the world was once the cradle of ancient civilizations. Several cities that once thrived in this area lay in ruins away from people’s attention and, until a few decades ago, this part of the world was considered to…

Quantitative Management of Bond Portfolios

By The Frontier Post | May 30, 2020

Authors: Lev Dynkin, Anthony Gould, Jay Hyman, Vadim Konstantinovsky and Bruce Phelps The practice of institutional bond portfolio management has changed markedly since the late 1980s in response to new financial instruments, investment methodologies, and improved analytics. Investors are looking for a more disciplined, quantitative approach to asset management. Here, 5 top authorities from a…