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‘Nation’s protection from virus PM’s top priority’

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan Friday said the nation’s protection and safety from the coronavirus pandemic was the first priority of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Addressing a joint media briefing along with Dire-ctor General of Inter-Serv-ices Public Relations about the NCOC, the SAPM said…

NCOC assists key leadership for informed decision making to contain COVID-19: ISPR

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Director General Inter Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major General  Babar Iftikhar Friday said National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) is assisting the key leadership of the country to take informed decisions based on the objectives of timely projection and intervention. Addressing a joint press briefing with Special Assistant to the Prime…

PM: BJP speaks about Kashmiris same as Nazis did to Jews

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said the RSS inspired leadership of India’s ruling BJP spoke about Kashmiris the way similar to Nazis did to Jews. The prime minister in a tweet said such treatment was being meted out even in the 21st century towards the 200 million Muslims of Kashmir. He…

World Bank approves $200mln for Pakistan

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: World Bank has signed a financing agreement worth 200 million dollars with government of Pakistan for Covid19 pandemic response. Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar witnessed the signing ceremony in Islamabad on Friday. “$200 million will support Pakistan’s preparedness and emergency response in the health sector and include social protection and…

PM says no compromise on availability of essential food items

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday stressed on the need of prioritizing efforts and enforcing decisions of the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) for COVID-19 through regular and timely meetings under the leadership of Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umer. He reiterated that there must be no compromise on the availability of…

‘India violating int’l laws by invoking controversial laws’

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday said as the entire world took steps to counter the pandemic of Coronavirus, India on the other hand remained focus on hitting at Kashmiris by violating the international laws and resolutions of UN Security Council. In his statement on the recent ‘Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization…

Global

The pandemic opens up a huge rift in Europe

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

BRUSSELS (Agencies): The financially well-off members such as Germany and the Netherlands are hesitating to help Italy, Spain and France, where thousands have been killed by Covid-19. The Covid-19 pandemic that has killed thousands across Europe, mostly in economically distressed Italy, Spain and France, has put to test the solidarity of the European Union like…

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US Navy fires carrier captain who sought help for virus-stricken ship

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: The captain of a US Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus on his ship was fired by Navy leaders who said he created a panic by sending his memo pleading for help to too many people. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said the ship’s commander, Capt. Brett Crozier,…

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WHO, IMF: Saving lives ‘prerequisite’

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

Monitoring Desk GENEVA: The WHO and IMF chiefs insisted Friday that saving lives was a “prerequisite” to saving livelihoods in the coronavirus pandemic — a crisis they called “one of humanity’s darkest hours”. WHO director-general Tedros and International Monetary Fund managing director Kristalina said getting the COVID-19 virus under control first was necessary to revive…

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Singapore closes workplaces, schools as virus cases jump

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

Monitoring Desk SINGAPORE: Singapore will close schools and most workplaces for a month as part of stricter measures to curb a recent jump in coronavirus infections, it said on Friday, an announcement that sent locals racing to supermarkets to stock up on staples. The city-state has won international praise for its two-month long battle against…

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US sounds alarm on virus in Japan, Tokyo pushes for state of emergency

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

Monitoring Desk TOKYO: The US government on Friday sounded alarm about the surge in coronavirus cases in Japan, adding to a chorus of prominent domestic voices – including the governor of Tokyo – who have called for decisive action to avoid an explosive outbreak. Amid growing clamour for tighter curbs on people’s movements to stem…

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Medical aid marooned as Africa shuts borders

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

Monitoring Desk DAKAR/BANGUI: Medical charity Alima planned to open an emergency operating theatre this week in Burkina Faso, but the project has stalled because the country closed its borders before a surgeon and anesthetist could fly in, its director told Reuters. In Central African Republic, health officials say a measles vaccination campaign may be cancelled…

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Pakistan

Pakistan Navy seizes narcotics

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Pakistan Navy in an offshore intelligence based joint operation with Pakistan Customs Intelligence seized approximately 100 Kg Crystal Meth at Ibrahim Hyderi near Bin Qasim area of Karachi. The drug valued at approximately Rs 1.6 Billion was handed over to Pakistan Customs Intelligence for further legal formalities, a Pakistan Navy press release…

Another scam hits DMA, record missing

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

Abdullah Malik ISLAMABAD: In a fresh move another mega corruption scam hits the Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) directorate the District Municipal Authority (DMA) as official record of millions of rupees corruption missing while the top bosses of the city were not aware about the whereabouts of the files spotlighting alleged corruption in various projects. According…

PM announces package for construction industry

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday announced the opening of construction sector from April 14 to help the country’s daily wagers and laborers, affected by continued lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak, to earn their livelihoods. Talking to media-persons, he said the government’s decision taken in coordination with the provinces, was also aimed at…

KP govt directed to complete recruitment process of employees in six months

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) Friday directed the Khyber Pakht-unkhwa government to complete recruitment process of employees in six months. A two-member bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan heard the case. During the course of proceedings, the court directed the provincial government to recruit…

FM Qureshi calls Indonesian counterpart

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephonic conversation with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Lestari Priansari Marsudi and exchanged views over global efforts to prevent spread of the Coronavirus. Qureshi, on behalf of Pakistan and its people, expressed grief over loss of precious human lives in Indonesia due to global pandemic. He…

AGP submits proposals regarding UTPs release

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) on Friday proposed to the Supreme Court to release the under trial prisoners (UTPs) accused of minor crimes in view of contagious coronavirus outbreak in the country. AGP Khalid Javed Khan has submitted a written proposal to the Supreme Court of Pakistan, whose five-judge larger bench…

Afghanistan

Ghani proposes Abdullah leads peace process

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

Monitoring Desk KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani has publicly proposed that the leadership of the peace council be taken on by his political opponent Abdullah Abdullah, who disputed the recent election results and has announced a parallel government. The two sides could not reach an agreement when US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Kabul last…

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Ghani assigns new duties to First VP Saleh

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

Monitoring Desk KABUL: President Ghani in a decree defined new authorities of First Vice President Amrullah Saleh, assigning him to head the distribution of land to migrants and IDPs, and head of coordination between the government, the UN, NGOs and civil society. A copy of the decree seen by TOLOnews reads that Saleh will report…

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US reacts to Ghani’s move regarding ‘grave weakening’ of MoF

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

Monitoring Desk KABUL: The State Department strongly reacted to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s move regarding the dismemberment of the Ministry of Finance as the US Institute of Peace (USIP) had earlier warned that the move would harm the country’s development and jeopardize the sustainability of peace if an agreement is reached with the Taliban. “Troubling…

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President allocates funds to central zone provinces

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

KABUL (Agencies): President Ashraf Ghani held a virtual meeting with the governors of Kabul, Parwan, Kapisa and Maidan Wardak, where they could share their measures, challenges and recommendation on fighting the spread of coronavirus. The governors articulated their measures such as public awareness programs by seeking help from religious clerics, media and community volunteers; isolation…

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Prices spike as virus fears trigger panic buying

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

KABUL (Agencies): An inevitable impact of the coronavirus pandemic has hit Kabul’s fragile economy, triggering a spike in prices of essential commodities as people are panic-buying amid fears of the virus outbreak. Fearing risks of Kabul’s possible quarantine, people have thronged the markets to buy necessities. This has triggered hoarding and price hike. Kabul Food…

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COVID-19: Afghan refugees in Pakistan seek world’s help

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

Aamir Latif KARACHI: Nestled on the northern outskirts of Pakistan’s most populous city of Karachi is a dusty, sprawling locality with limited access to healthcare and basic sanitation which is home to nearly 250,000 Afghan refugees who were forced from their country by a lingering conflict. Piles of garbage, sewage gushing from choked gutters and…

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Business

ICCI for separate amnesty schemes

By The Frontier Post | January 28, 2018

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry has lauded the announcement of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi that government intended to offer an amnesty scheme for foreign Pakistanis to enable them to declare their hidden foreign assets and  bring back foreign exchange into the country. However, ICCI stressed that government should offer separate…

Trade bodies, FBR discuss budget proposals

By The Frontier Post | January 28, 2018

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Office-bearers and representatives of various trade associations met Federal Minister for Revenue, Haroon Akhtar Khan here at FBR House to discuss with him various proposals aimed at further facilitating the business community and boosting government revenues. Those who met the Minister included office-bearers and representatives from the Pakistan Tyres and Tubes Manufacturers…

China’s smart phone growth on the decline

By The Frontier Post | January 28, 2018

BEIJING (BBC): China’s smartphone market has fallen for the first time, with annual shipments down by 4% in 2017, according to data from research firm Canalys. The decline ends eight years’ growth in the world’s largest mobile phone market. Smartphone brands Huawei, Oppo and Vivo continue to dominate the Chinese handset market. Despite the overall…

Intel, healthcare shares boost lift Wall St. to record

By The Frontier Post | January 28, 2018

NEW YORK (Reuters): The latest round of strong earnings reports, including from Intel and AbbVie, along with continued weakness in the dollar lifted each of the major Wall Street indexes to closing records on Friday. The three main indexes notched their best four-week run since 2016. Intel’s (INTC.O) shares surged as high as $50.15, their…

SBP raises interest rates after keeping it 5.57 for two-year

By The Frontier Post | January 26, 2018

Naimat Khan KARACHI : The State Bank of Pakistan on Friday raised the policy rate by 25 bps to 6.00 after keeping it 5.75 percent for nearly two years. KARACHI: Monetary Policy Committee of the State Bank of Pakistan had reduced the policy rate by 25 basis points from 6 percent to 5.75 percent –…

Nepra reduces power rates

By The Frontier Post | January 26, 2018

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has agreed on slashing per unit power cost by Rs. 2.99. According to a Nepra spokesman, the prices are being brought down under the fuel adjustments for the month of December. He added that the cost of power generation for December was Rs. 5.11 per unit.…

Sports

Spot-fixers should be hanged: Miandad

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

Monitoring Desk KARACHI: Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad has lashed out at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for forgiving players involved in spot-fixing. While speaking in a YouTube video, Miandad stated that such players should be hanged for bringing their country name into disrepute. “Players who are involved in spot-fixing should be severely punished. These…

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PAF pays homage to squash legend Azam Khan

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: The Directorate of Media Affairs, Pakistan Air Force has recorded a documentary to pay homage to Squash Legend, Azam Khan, who passed away a few days back in a London Hospital. Azam Khan was one of pioneer players who raised Pakistani flag high in the field of squash, according to a statement…

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Cummins hopes IPL, T20 WC can go ahead

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

MELBOURNE (Agencies): Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins expects the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) to be merely delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic and is optimistic the home Twenty20 World Cup will go ahead as scheduled later this year. Cummins is IPL’s most expensive overseas player after the Kolkata Knight Riders acquired him for a…

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Amir Khan denies he is considering retirement – and still wants Pacquiao

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

LONDON (Agenices): Britain’s former two-time world champion Amir Khan says “retirement is not on my radar,” insisting he still has “one or two more” fights left. Some reports on Friday suggested the 33-year-old was considering walking away from the sport. “Obviously with this coronavirus it sends us a bit loopy at times and you say…

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Kenya marathon star Kipsang held for breaking virus curfew

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

BERLIN (Agencies): Kenya’s former world marathon record holder Wilson Kipsang spent the night in jail after being arrested drinking and playing pool with a large group after a nighttime curfew, police said Friday. Kipsang, who claimed the world record during the 2013 Berlin marathon, is a police officer who is currently under provisional suspension from…

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Federer, Williams running out of Grand Slam opportunities

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

MUMBAI (Agencies): The cancellation of Wimbledon this week has not only fanned the possibility of a total tennis wipeout for the rest of the season but may also have put an end to the Grand Slam title chase for both Roger Federer and Serena Williams. Wimbledon was scrapped for the first time since World War…

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Fashion & Movies

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

By The Frontier Post | March 31, 2020

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

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

By The Frontier Post | March 30, 2020

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

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

By The Frontier Post | March 30, 2020

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

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

By The Frontier Post | March 28, 2020

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

Bob Dylan drops first original music in nearly a decade

By The Frontier Post | March 28, 2020

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

Fox News slammed for talking hair, nails during pandemic

By The Frontier Post | March 27, 2020

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

Science & Technology

NFLP-Y launching its e-learning portal

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

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

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

By The Frontier Post | March 31, 2020

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

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

By The Frontier Post | March 30, 2020

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

Huawei unveils new photography-focused smartphones online

By The Frontier Post | March 27, 2020

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

Turn off the microwave to boost wifi signals

By The Frontier Post | March 26, 2020

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

Telenor spreads awareness against COVID-19 pandemic

By The Frontier Post | March 26, 2020

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

Health

Staying home is not a BIG job

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

Wadood Jan No, this is not funny or we cannot afford non serious attitude in the prevalent situation as even after huge efforts of the government and spending immense economy the number of coronavirus infected persons is increasing. Like everyday a half century or more confirmed cases are reported, one can imagine where are we…

Kids are hit by COVID-19 too: WHO

By The Frontier Post | April 3, 2020

Monitoring Desk COPENHAGEN: The World Health Organisation on Thursday reiterated its warning that children can also be affected by the new coronavirus, which has claimed the lives of several young people. “The very notion that ‘COVID-19 only affects older people’ is factually wrong,” the head of the WHO’s European branch, Hans Kluge, told reporters during…

1+2=9: Rules of Mathematics changed

By The Frontier Post | April 3, 2020

Wadood Jan Yawns are not the only infectious things out there besides germs, ‘Giggles can also spread from person to person’. When did you speak general for the last time! Give it an over think and recall when did you tell some jokes, stories or interesting things to your family or when were on call…

Six new cases tested positive in Lower Dir

By The Frontier Post | April 3, 2020

F.P. Report TIMERGARA: Deputy District Health Officer and Focal Person for the Crises Management Cell Dr. Irshad Ali Roghani has confirmed six new positive cases in the district and waiting for another 29 tests sent to lab while 35 others out of total 67 suspected declared as negative. Talking to media men, Dr. Irshad Roghani…

As Spain battles virus, medics’ unions hit out

By The Frontier Post | April 3, 2020

Monitoring Desk MADRID: When Spain’s first case of coronavirus was recorded on Jan. 31 – a German tourist in La Gomera, one of the remote Canary Islands – there seemed little cause for concern. “We believe that Spain will have, at most, not more than a few diagnosed cases,” Fernando Simon, the country’s health emergency…

Emergency declared in capital’s hospitals

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

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

Travel

Spanish hotels become medical bunkhouses in tourism meltdown

By The Frontier Post | March 31, 2020

Monitoring Desk BARCELONA: Before the coronavirus pandemic besieged Europe, Kike Sarasola worried about whether he was building enough hotels to capitalize on the region’s long-running tourism boom. Such concerns have disappeared, along with the tourists. The only guests at three of his six boutique hotels in Madrid are doctors and nurses fighting the deadly disease.…

Olympics delay a blow for virus-hit Tokyo hotels

By The Frontier Post | March 30, 2020

Monitoring Desk Tokyo: The shock postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has dealt a savage blow to Japan’s hotels and tourism industry, already reeling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Many operators have seen bookings decimated by the virus and had been clinging to the hope that the Games would help them claw back…

Global tourism to fall up to 30% due to virus: UNWTO

By The Frontier Post | March 28, 2020

Monitoring Desk MADRID: The number of international tourist arrivals will fall by 20-30 percent in 2020 due to the novel coronavirus, putting millions of jobs at risk, the World Tourism Organization said Friday. This revises sharply lower a forecast made earlier this month of a decline of just 1.0-3.0 percent. The drop in arrivals will…

Stormy year ahead for Japan’s tourism industry as Olympics postpone

By The Frontier Post | March 27, 2020

Monitoring Desk TOKYO: Now that the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are postponed until next year, concerns are growing about whether small and midsize businesses in the tourism and service industries can weather the coronavirus shockwave until the events are held next year, economists and analysts say. With tourist traffic drying up and domestic consumption severely…

Turkish tourism workers exposed to Coronavirus ‘Tsunami’

By The Frontier Post | March 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk ISTANBUL: Hamza Aksoy was supposed to start waiting tables in Turkey’s Mediterranean tourist hub Antalya this month. But the hotel has not returned his calls since the coronavirus hit, leaving him like millions of others out of work with little protection. Turkey, where infections have surged to nearly 1,900 in two weeks, has…

Sealed borders leave migrants stranded in Moscow’s airports

By The Frontier Post | March 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk MOSCOW: For the past six days, Ayomuddin Kamolov has slept on the tiled floor of a Moscow airport, hoping to get a flight to his native Tajikistan. He is one of hundreds of Central Asian migrant workers stranded in the Russian capital’s airports after borders were sealed and flights grounded to contain the…

Articles

Worst case scenario still in play for oil prices

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

Tim Daiss US President Donald Trump tweeted on April 2 that he expects Russia and Saudi Arabia to cut somewhere between 10 and 15 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil production, a hugely impressive figure representing around 10% of global oil production. “Just spoke to my friend MBS (Crown Prince) of Saudi Arabia, who…

Prepare for a brand-new world

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

Ibrahim Karagul It is the coronavirus (COVID-19) that has changed the world order, not the competition between the US and China, the nuclear power competition, the space defense and discovery competition; not the finance system and economic order that work to serve 1 percent of the world population; not those who have control over resources…

Hospitals are losing the coronavirus battle

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

Therese Raphael In the past week, four U.K. doctors have died from Covid-19; the youngest was 55. There will be more to come if the government does not quickly resolve the shortages of personal protective equipment, or PPE, in hospitals and medical centers. The British Medical Association wasn’t being dramatic when it said this week…

Sick West goes viral

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

Finian Cunningham The world is in a sick place. We’re not just talking about the escalating coronavirus pandemic, serious though that is with global deaths doubling over the past week. What is also sick is the way gestures of solidarity are being cynically twisted. Take the arrival of Russian medical aid to the US this…

China could prey on Covid-19 weakened Pentagon

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

Richsrd Javad Heydarian As the Covid-19 pandemic ravages Am-erica, the Pent-agon’s sudden vulnerability to the lethal disease has grounded vessels and provided China a potential historic opening in the Indo-Pacific, one that could result in a seismic shift in the region’s maritime balance of power. Washington has in recent days announced an upsurge in infection…

Experts and models – can they show us their math?

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

Grant Newsham Experts and models. I’ve got nothing against them. It’s merely the worship of them that bothers me. This coronavirus business with its models and experts being held in awe – and American society on the verge of collapse — reminds me of the 2008 financial collapse. I had a front-row seat. In the…

Editorial

Contradictions in health policy

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra, who is also holding the portfolio of Health Department, has asked young doctors to come forward and stand shoulder-to shoulder with the government in its fight against coronavirus, while talking to a delegation of Insaf Doctors Forum, the other day. The bristling contradictions in the health policy of…

Shabaz’s business proposals

By The Frontier Post | April 4, 2020

Supporting government’s strategy of social distancing, leader of the opposition and PML-N President Shabaz Sharif has floated some proposals to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on the health of the economy. Addressing  consultative meeting of industrialists, businessmen and trader via video phone, leader of the opposition emphasised the need for taking measures to keep economic…

Periodic warnings of social distancing by PM

By The Frontier Post | April 3, 2020

Addressing the upgradation ceremony of 500 bed cantonment general hospital in Rawalpindi, Prime Minister Imran Khan once again advised people to follow health advisory and social distancing practices to remain safe from the local transmission of coronavirus. He said although the pandemic is on the upward trajectory, yet fortunately its spread is not as fast…

Anti-native Kashmiris’ domicile law

By The Frontier Post | April 3, 2020

Narendra Modi government of India has issued a notification, aimed at depriving native Kashmiri Muslims of their inherent right of citizenship in the occupied Kashmir. From henceforth, a Kashmiri Muslim will have to prove on a piece of paper that he or she has been living for the past 15 years in the areas for…

AG, the name of misery

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

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

Low cost power generation

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

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

Arts and Literature

Art out of control

By The Frontier Post | March 31, 2020

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

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

By The Frontier Post | March 30, 2020

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

The Cat: A Natural and Cultural History by Sarah Brown

By The Frontier Post | March 28, 2020

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

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

By The Frontier Post | March 27, 2020

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

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

By The Frontier Post | March 26, 2020

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

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

By The Frontier Post | March 25, 2020

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