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India reeling as 5000 more Chinese troops deployed on Ladakh, Sikkim borders

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

F.P. Report BEIJING: India’s dreams of enjoying a wider influence in the region are looking increasingly wishful as China s blunt response to the attempt to change Ladakh’s territory status and the deployment of 5,000 more troops on the Ladakh and Sikkim borders has left Delhi shell-shocked. The ongoing conflict between China and India is…

Transparent investigation to be conducted on plane crash: Ijaz

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ijaz Ahmad Shah has assured that a transparent investigation will be conducted into Karachi plane crash as per the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He made the remarks during his visit to the residence of Late Pilot Sajjad Gul in Lahore where he condoled with the bereaved family and…

No shortage of ventilators, PPE to treat COVID-19 patients: NDMA Chairman

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lieutenant General Muhammad Afzal has said there is no dearth of ventilators and protection equipment to treat COVID-19 patients across Pakistan and everything is under control. Briefing media in Islamabad on Tuesday afternoon, he said at the moment, there are 4,200 ventilators in public and private…

Probe into PIA plane crash incident yet to be finalized: Governor Sindh

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Governor Sindh Imran Ismail on Tuesday said that the federal government would bear expense for construction of homes damaged in the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash incident. “Prime Minister Imran Khan has issued special directives in this regard,” said the governor as he visited the Civil Hospital Burns Ward to inquire…

Afghanistan govt to free 900 more Taliban prisoners

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk KABUL: Afghan authorities plan to release 900 more Taliban prisoners Tuesday, as a rare ceasefire by the insurgents entered its third and last day. The pause in fighting, which came into effect Sunday to mark the holiday of Eid al-Fitr, was for the most part holding out across the country, officials said. The…

PIA to acquire new flight operations control from Turkey

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), after flight PK-8303 crash in Karachi, has decided to acquire new state of the art flight operations control system from Turkey. According to details, the new system, which is also approved from International Civil Aviation, will help in reducing future plane accidents. The new system will upgrade PIA’s…

Global

UK minister resigns over lockdown breach row

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

LONDON (AA): Douglas Ross, a junior minister for Scotland, resigned on Tuesday, becoming the British government’s first casualty of the brewing lockdown breach issue involving Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s top adviser. In his resignation letter, Ross, a member of the ruling Conservative Party, said “a vast majority of people” did not agree with the actions…

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Military helicopter crash-lands in Russia, kills 4 on board

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

MOSCOW (AP): A Russian military helicopter crash-landed on an airfield Tuesday in the far eastern region of Chukotka, killing four people, the military said. The crash involving a Mi-8 helicopter may have been caused by a technical malfunction, the Defense Ministry said. Three crew members and a technician on board died in the crash, according…

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Daesh/ISIS official reportedly killed in eastern Syria

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

BAGHDAD (AA): The leader of the Daesh/ISIS terrorist group in Iraq was killed in an airstrike in eastern Syria, the Iraqi government said on Tuesday. According to a statement by the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Service, Moataz Numan Abdel Nayef Najm al-Jabouri was killed in an airstrike in Syria’s Deir ez-Zour province. It said the airstrike was…

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Iran reopens key shrines as virus cases reach 137,724

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

TEHRAN (AFP): Iran on Monday reopened major shrines across the country, more than two months after they were closed. At Tehran’s Shah Abdol-Azim shrine, worshippers had to wear a mask, walk through a disinfection tunnel and have their temperature checked as they began returning from the early morning, according to AFP reporters. The Imam Reza…

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Russia deployed fighter aircraft to Libya: US Africom

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

MOSCOW (AA): Russia has recently deployed fighter aircraft to Libya to support Russian mercenaries who are battling for warlord Khalifa Haftar, said US military leaders on Tuesday. “U.S. Africa Command assesses that Moscow recently deployed military fighter aircraft to Libya in order to support Russian state-sponsored private military contractors (PMCs) operating on the ground there,”…

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WHO suspends hydroxychloroquine trials for COVID-19

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

GENEVA (AA): The World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday that due to safety concerns, it is temporarily halting a clinical trial of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine for treating coronavirus patients. The announcement follows the publication Friday by the Lancet medical journal of an observational study on hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine and its effects on hospitalized COVID-19…

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Pakistan

DNA tests of plane crash victims to be completed within 10 days: minister

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Sindh Information Minister Nasir Hussain Shah said on Tuesday that the DNA tests of the victims of crashed PIA’s PK-8303 will be completed within 10 days. Nasir Hussain Shah, while addressing a press conference alongside the Sindh minister Saeed Ghani, said that the local administration had timely responded the crash incident as…

Coronavirus kills five more people in Sindh

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: As many as 537 new cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed in Sindh over the past 24 hours, rising the tally of infections to 23,507across the province. In a video statement on the coronavirus situation on Sunday, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said 537 new infections were detected when 2,327…

Eight killed in two different road accidents in Khushab, Pattoki

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: At least, eight people were killed in two different road accidents in Khushab and Pattoki on Tuesday. According to details, four family members of a same family including two women when their car collided with train at railways crossing in Habibabad area of Pattoki. In another accident, four people of a same…

Ajmal Wazir urges recovered COVID-19 patients to donate plasma

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

F.P. Report PESHAWAR: Adviser to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister on Information Ajmal Wazir has appealed coronavirus patients who recovered from the infection to donate blood plasma. Talking to media in Peshawar, he said that Hayatabad Medical complex has already started plasma transfusion trials to treat COVID-19 patients and two doctors have also donated blood plasma.…

Punjab reports 579 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: Punjab reports 579 cases of coronavirus during the past 24-hours, raising the provincial tally to 20,656. The spokesman for the primary and secondary health care department Punjab said that overall 352 people have died from the virus in the province with 15 deaths during the past 24 hours. “We have currently performed…

179 Pakistanis stranded in India to return tomorrow: media report

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

LAHORE (Web Desk): A batch of 179 nine Pakistani citizens stranded in different parts of India owing to coronavirus induced lockdown will return to Pakistan tomorrow (May 27), Indian media reported on Tuesday. The Pakistani nationals who had visited various cities of Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Maharashtra, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh were…

Afghanistan

Afghanistan reports 658 new COVID-19 cases

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

KABUL (TOLO News): The Afghan Ministry of Public Health on Tuesday reported 658 new positive cases of COVID-19 across the country over the past 24 hours, bringing the total cases in Afghanistan to 11,831. 237 were reported in Kabul, 85 in Herat, 77 in Balkh, 59 in Baghlan, 52 in Badghis, 52 in Farah, 29…

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Iranian official in Kabul to discuss drowning of Afghan migrants

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

KABUL (TOLO News): A probe team led by Iran’s deputy Foreign Minister Mohsin Baharwand on Tuesday met with Haneef Atmar, Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister, and the two sides discussed issues around the investigation of the border incident, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. On May 22, the Afghan Foreign Ministry said…

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Balkh Doctors perform first Heart surgery in Province

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

BALKH (TOLO News): In a first for Balkh province, a team of Afghan cardiologists on Monday carried out a successful heart operation at Abu Ali Sina-e-Balkhi Regional and Training Hospital in Mazar-e-Sharif on a 45-year-old cardiac patient who was suffering from a heart perforation. The team of doctors explained they removed the blood that was…

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Afghan Govt lowers customs valuation of Gold

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

KABUL (TOLO News): The High Economic Council has reduced the valuation of gold at customs from $25,000 to $10,000 per 1kg of gold, to help control illegal smuggling and increase national revenues. Afghan jewel sellers have said that the decision will help to control illegal smuggling of gold in the country and improve the gold…

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China welcomes violence reduction, reiterate support to Afghan peace quest

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

KABUL (AT News): The Government of China has welcomed violence reduction between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban group, and reassured its strong support to the ongoing peace efforts to end war in the country. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Zhao Lijian in a press conference on Tuesday said that the Afghan people yearn for…

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Central bank to run campaign promote Afghani in western provinces

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

KABUL (Ariana News): The government has set to launch a campaign over the use of Afghani currency instead of Iranian Rials in domestic transactions in western parts of the country. Sharifullah Shagewal, a spokesman for the central bank of Afghanistan, Da Afghanistan Bank said that the organization has set to boost the use of Afghani…

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Business

FDI increases 126.8% to $2.281 billion in Jul-April 2020: Razak Dawood

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood has said that during first 10 months of current fiscal year (July-April), Pakistan witnessed net Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) of $ 2.281 billion as compared to US$ 1.006 billion in the corresponding period of FY2018-19 (Jul-April) showing an increase of 126.8…

Guyana received $4.9 million in royalties in first quarter: finance ministry

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk GEORGETOWN: Guyana received $4.9 million in royalty payments for oil production at the offshore Stabroek block in the first quarter, the finance ministry said on Monday, a period that included the South American country’s first crude exports. The crude produced by an Exxon Mobil Corp-led consortium at the Stabroek’s Liza field was priced…

‘Renault could disappear’ without £4.5b loan, says French finance minister

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk PARIS: It’s been a rough few years for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and the coronavirus pandemic certainly isn’t making things easier. How bad are things going? According to a report from Reuters, Nissan could eliminate up to 20,000 jobs and Renault could disappear entirely. The two companies are announcing a strategy update on 27…

German court ruling clears the way to settle VW diesel cases

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk FRANKFURT: A German court has ruled that Volkswagen must buy back cars from owners of its diesel cars equipped with software that evaded emissions testing — but consumers must accept the current value of the car based on the mileage they drove since buying it, not the purchase price. Volkswagen said the decision…

Singapore warns of worst economic contraction since independence

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk SINGAPORE: Singapore’s embattled economy could shrink by as much as seven percent this year, which would be the worst reading since independence, with the government saying Tuesday the coronavirus pandemic had throttled the key export sector. The city-state is seen as a bellwether of the global economy and the historic contraction highlights the…

Asia stocks mostly up on lockdown easing

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk HONG KONG: Most Asian markets rose Monday as a further opening up of economies from lockdown offset worries over worsening China-US tensions, while Hong Kong sank again after the city was rocked by protests at the weekend over a controversial proposed security law. While Donald Trump has limited travel from Brazil as the…

Sports

Sharapova out of Birmingham

By The Frontier Post | June 15, 2018

LONDON (Agencies): Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from next week’s WTA grass court event in Birmingham, opting instead to rest ahead of her return to Wimbledon after a three-year absence. The 31-year-old Russian, who was Wimbledon champion in 2004, has not played at the All England Club since 2015, when she made the semi-finals. She was…

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Ponting wants ‘big runs’ from Australia batsmen

By The Frontier Post | June 15, 2018

LONDON (Agencies): Australia batting great Ricky Ponting has said the top-order must deliver “big runs” after the world champions went 1-0 down in a one-day international series away to England. The 2019 World Cup hosts beat Australia by three wickets in the first of a five-match campaign at The Oval on Wednesday. Although England stuttered…

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Salah set for comeback in Egypt’s opener against Uruguay

By The Frontier Post | June 15, 2018

YEKATERINBURG (Agencies): Egypt forward Mohamed Salah has recovered from a shoulder injury and is almost 100 percent certain to play in their World Cup opener against Uruguay, coach Hector Cuper said on Thursday, ending weeks of suspense about the fitness of his most dangerous striker. Cuper went further by predicting on the eve of the…

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Afghanistan fight back as India reach 347-6 in historic Test

By The Frontier Post | June 15, 2018

BENGALURU (Agencies): Afghanistan displayed their stomach for a fight in their maiden test by claiming five wickets in the final session to leave India on 347 for six after the opening day of the one-off contest on Thursday. India´s Shikhar Dhawan and fellow centurion Murali Vijay raised 168 runs for the opening stand to vindicate…

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Indian tea-seller supports Messi

By The Frontier Post | June 15, 2018

KOLKATA (Agencies): A tea-seller in India’s West Bengal expressed his love for football star Lionel Messi by painting his house in the colour of Argentina’s flag. The tea-seller, who is supporting the Lionel Messi led-side in the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia, has painted his three-storey house in the team’s blue and white colors.…

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Russia beat Saudi Arabia by 5-0 in World Cup match

By The Frontier Post | June 14, 2018

Monitoring Desk MOSCOW: In the first match of FIFA Football World Cup 2018 host Russia team thrash Saudi Arabia by 5-0 and won the match. The Russians served up an adrenaline-fuelled performance for an 80,000-capacity Luzhniki crowd which included President Vladimir Putin and the Saudi crown prince. The Saudis, ranked three places above Russia at…

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Fashion & Movies

HBO throws out rulebook with streaming launch

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk LOS ANGELES: Decades before glossy Netflix and Amazon shows began luring Hollywood A-listers to the small screen, cable network HBO helped invent premium television. Now the home of “The Sopranos,” “The Wire” and “Game of Thrones” is scrambling to catch up with its newfound online rivals, launching its own multi-billion-dollar streaming platform —…

PTV to air ‘Ertugrul’ seven days a week

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk ISLAMABAD: Following the growing viewership of historic drama Dirilis: Ertugrul in Pakistan, Prime Minister’s aide on Information Broadcasting and Heritage, Senator Faisal Javed on Monday said that the Pakistan Television Network (PTV) has been directed to air the famed Turkish series seven days a week. Taking to Twitter, Javed said that the national…

Actress Lori Loughlin to plead guilty in college admissions scandal

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Monitoring Desk NEW YORK: American actress Lori Loughlin is set to plead guilty and accept prison time over her role in a sprawling college admissions scandal, US prosecutors said earlier. The star of the 1980s-90s sitcom “Full House” along with her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, were among 50 people indicted in an elaborate scam to…

Popcorn, palm trees and face masks: Cannes rolls out drive-in cinema

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Monitoring Desk CANNES: The Riviera resort of Cannes should have been playing host to the world’s biggest names in film. Instead, with its annual film festival postponed and the red carpet rolled up, locals made do with a drive-in cinema in a beachfront car park. As dusk fell, the audience settled down in their convertible…

Director Anees Bazmee completes 25 years in Bollywood

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Monitoring Desk MUMBAI: Anees Bazmee is one director who has entertained us with his quirky comedies. Right from No Entry, Ready to Singh Is Kinng, the director has had us in splits with his story telling. He has even given gritty thrillers like Deewangee and worked with some of the biggest superstars in the industry.…

Saudi creatives prosper online during lockdown

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: Around the world, art galleries, museums and fashion houses turn to digital channels to keep events and exhibitions going during lockdown. So too are local ventures in Saudi Arabia, and one source of art in particular is finding its place in a quarantined world — resulting in increased recognition for the Kingdom’s…

Science & Technology

Virgin Orbit fails first rocket launch attempt from modified plane

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk CALIFORNIA: Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit company aborted its first attempt to launch a rocket into space from the belly of a 747 airplane on Monday, the company said. In a test of the company’s plan to launch satellites into space, the 70-foot (21.34 m) rocket called LauncherOne was to blast into orbit at…

NASA gives go-ahead for first crewed SpaceX flight on May 27

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: NASA gave the green light on Friday to next week’s launch of two astronauts aboard a SpaceX vessel — the first crewed space flight from US soil in nine years and a crucial step towards ending American dependence on Russian rockets. Top officials at the US space agency and Elon Musk’s company…

Combating coronavirus: Finally, Apple & Google offer software for pandemic apps

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

Monitoring Desk CALIFORNIA: Apple and Google on Wednesday released long-awaited smartphone technology to automatically notify people if they might have been exposed to the coronavirus. The companies said 22 countries and several US states are already planning to build voluntary phone apps using their software. It relies on Bluetooth wireless technology to detect when someone…

PUBG likely to be banned in Pakistan

By The Frontier Post | May 21, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: The fate of Players Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has faded in Pakistan as the high court had directed the concerned authorities to ban the popular online game following its negative impacts on the children The directives had been issued by a division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) headed by Justice Atir…

Scientists warn unstable mountain slope in Alaska poses landslide and tsunami risk

By The Frontier Post | May 20, 2020

Monitoring Desk A group of 14 scientists (11 from the U.S., two from Canada and one from Germany) has posted a letter on the DocumentCloud server warning of the imminent danger posed by an Alaskan mountain slope that has become unstable. It lies beyond the leading edge of the Barry Glacier. The glacier has been…

Chinese scientists believe new drug can stop pandemic ‘without vaccine’

By The Frontier Post | May 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk BEIJING: A Chinese laboratory has been developing a drug it believes has the power to bring the coronavirus pandemic to a halt. The outbreak first emerged in China late last year before spreading across the world, prompting an international race to find treatments and vaccines. A drug being tested by scientists at China’s…

Health

Hydroxychloroquine: WHO pauses trial of drug Trump took as COVID-19 prevention amid safety concerns

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: More than 40,000 healthcare workers from across the world are reportedly taking part in a global trial of two anti-malarial drugs – hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine – to check their effectiveness in preventing the COVID-19 infection, with the first tests having begun in the UK cities of Brighton and Oxford. The World Health…

Record coronavirus infections, deaths hit Latin America

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Monitoring Desk RIO DE JANEIRO: A surging coronavirus is ravaging parts of Latin America, setting records for cases and deaths Friday in some countries in the world’s most unequal region even as the pandemic’s march slows in much of Europe, Asia and the United States. Latin America’s two largest nations — Mexico and Brazil —…

More young people dying of coronavirus in Brazil than other countries

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

Monitoring Desk BRASILIA: Brazil has risen to the third most affected country in the world from the novel coronavirus, as it reported more than 20,000 deaths on Friday. However, more young people are dying here than in any other country in the world. The South American giant of 210 million people is the latest flashpoint…

UK’s COVID-19 tracking system under fire

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: Britain’s system for tracing those with the novel coronavirus was under fire on Thursday as it grappled with the development of a tracking app and health workers warned the government that unless there was clarity it could suffer a second deadly wave. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday a “world-beating” programme…

Brazil to use this drug to treat COVID-19

By The Frontier Post | May 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk SAO PAULO:  Brazil’s Health Ministry on Wednesday issued new guidelines clearing the way for the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat patients with COVID-19, days after a second health minister in a row quit under pressure from President Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro had said on Tuesday the Interim Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello, an active duty…

Potato protein may help maintain women muscle: Study

By The Frontier Post | May 20, 2020

Monitoring Desk ONTARIO: Researchers from McMaster University have found that the potato, primarily known as a starchy vegetable, can be a source of high-quality protein that helps to maintain muscle. The findings, reported in the journal Nutrients, highlight the potential benefits of what is considered a non-traditional source of protein, particularly as dietary trends change…

Travel

LATAM Airlines Files for Bankruptcy in the US

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: According to the airline, it had to scale back its operations by 95 percent amid the collapse in global travel. Per the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Latin American company could face a $15 billion loss in revenue this year. LATAM announced bankruptcy in the United States on Tuesday, stressing, however,…

VisitEngland to take tourism week digital

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: VisitEngland has announced that its annual English Tourism Week, designed to highlight the economic importance and value of tourism to local economies across the country, is going virtual. The event is a celebration of the tourism industry, a week dedicated to showcasing the tourism offering of the country. For the 2020 event,…

Greece to reopen tourism season from 15 June, says PM

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

Monitoring Desk ATHENS: The Greek tourist season will kick off next month, with international charter flights to popular locations resuming in July, the prime minster says. “The tourism period begins on 15 June, when seasonal hotels can reopen,” Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a televised address on Wednesday. “Let us make this summer the epilogue of…

Murree to remain closed for tourists during Eid holidays

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

F.P. Report RAWALPINDI: The entry of tourists would be banned in Murree during Eid-ul-Fitr holidays in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. According to Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi Capt. ® Anwar ul Haq, all the tourist spots and hotels in Murree would remain closed during Eid ul-Fitr holidays as part of precautionary measures against COVID-19. The DC…

Safe Eid staycations in the UAE

By The Frontier Post | May 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: If you have been repeatedly pinching yourself to wake up from a bad dream, you are not alone. In the midst of the all-consuming coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the world has been forced to reconcile with a new order. After several stages of grief for what was, and disbelief for what lies…

Italy reopens cafes as Spain prepares for return of tourists

By The Frontier Post | May 20, 2020

Monitoring Desk ROME: Italians enjoyed their first meal out for two months on Monday, as the country eased its lockdown restrictions, with bars, restaurants and cafes back in business and St Peter’s basilica in the Vatican open for visitors. After a gruelling lockdown period during the coronavirus pandemic, Italians were once again able to sip…

Articles

Will Europe face race riots in post-coronavirus period?

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Irfan Raja Europe has survived several epidemics and will hopefully get through the coronavirus too, just like the rest of the world. But many say that the post-coronavirus world will dramatically change. The question is how will it change? Will there be increasing poverty? Will there be more closure of businesses? Will there be increasing…

COVID19 a Glimpse of Century and our Ignorance

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Dr. Asim Farooq Some tragedies and incidents change the interests of man. If one recalls history, few incidents in last century changed priorities of world nations and policymakers. For instance, world war first cautioned humanity that the world can’t afford absolute anarchy and we had to go for such institutions which discourage time and again…

Reassessing economic priorities

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Dr. Muhammad Shahid Economy of Pakistan shows signs of contraction and registered a negative growth for the first time since 1952. There are two main reasons. First, economic reforms and the stabilization policies of the current ruling PTI government negatively affected the health of Pakistan’s economy. The second reason is the crisis caused by the…

Trump’s weakness is bad for democracy

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

Jonathan Bernstein Weak presidents are not safe for democracy. Bright Line Watch, a project of political scientists worried about the erosion of democratic institutions, has found increasing concern by experts about the state of US democracy since 2017. That’s despite the well-documented case that Donald Trump has been an unusually weak president. He often defers…

Iran oddly silent on Iraqi PM’s anti-militia pledge

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

Hussain Abdul-Hussain Mustafa al-Kadhimi has assumed the office of prime minister of Iraq with no objections from Iran. This is puzzling. One possible reason might be Iran’s need for cash, which is now so desperate that Tehran has asked the International Monetary Fund for a loan of US$5 billion. Of the countries that Iran controls,…

Suing China over Covid-19 would be frivolous and immoral

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

Enamul Hassan Ever since the beginning of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan late last December, China has simultaneously been fighting a war on two fronts – against the virus and Western propaganda. China has shown tremendous success in fighting the coronavirus. But it is still beset by a large scale propaganda war…

Editorial

Skewed policy for PMDC registration

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

After the mushroom growth of private medical colleges in the country, the policy of PMDC registration for foreign medical graduates was changed in 2012 through an Act of Parliament. Under the new policy PMDC works as a tool to target the medical graduates, holding MBBS degrees from reputed institutions of medical sciences in China, Russia…

Boosting bilateral trade

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Government has decided to keep Torkham Border open round-the-clock six days a week to boost bilateral trade with Afghanistan. All goods bearing trucks shall be allowed to pass subject to observing the standard operating procedures, pertaining to the prevailing novel coronavirus pandemic. Increase in the quantum of bilateral trade through land routes with Afghanistan and…

US threats to withdraw from WHO are unrealistic

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

On May 18, US President Donald Trump revealed in a tweet that he had written a letter addressed to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). In the letter, Trump claimed that “if the WHO does not commit to major substantive improvements within the next 30 days, I will make my temporary…

Alice Wells on Pakistan’s debt

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

The outgoing US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Alice Wells has expressed concern over the debt unsustainability issue of Pakistan, particularly referring to the expensive Chinese bilateral loans. Addressing a farewell media briefing, the top diplomat urged China either to waive off or renegotiate the terms and conditions of $62 billion…

Capacity issues

By The Frontier Post | May 21, 2020

The share of provinces in the distribution of tax revenue from the federal divisible pool was increased from 49 percent to 57.5 percent under the 7th National Finance Commission (NFC) Award of 2010. On the contrary, governments of small federating units did not succeed in expanding the capacity of national building departments to ensure judicious…

Diversifying exports

By The Frontier Post | May 21, 2020

According to Prime Minister’s Advisor on Commerce Abdual Razak Dawood, government has priortised diversification of both composition and destination of exports under “Make in Pakistan Policy,” including more value added items in the quantum of merchandise. For this purpose a comprehensive programme of expanding the domestic industrial base shall be implemented, when coronavirus pandemic subsides.…

Arts and Literature

Modeling Populations of Adaptive Individuals

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Authors: Steven F. Railsback and Bret C. Harvey Ecologists now recognize that the dynamics of populations, communities, and ecosystems are strongly affected by adaptive individual behaviors. Yet until now, we have lacked effective and flexible methods for modeling such dynamics. Traditional ecological models become impractical with the inclusion of behavior, and the optimization approaches of…

A Russian artist inspired by Arabic philosophy

By The Frontier Post | May 22, 2020

Monitoring Desk MOSCOW: Clad in black, Valentin Korzhov is working on a cluster of sculptures in his studio near Moscow. Both a warehouse and creative crucible, the space oozes an ordered chaos. During break, Korzhov offers us coffee and spends the next 45 minutes talking about his favourite topic – philosophy. “I’m interested in metaphysics…

The Secret Formula

By The Frontier Post | May 21, 2020

Author: Fabio Toscano The Secret Formula tells the story of two Renaissance mathematicians whose jealousies, intrigues, and contentious debates led to the discovery of a formula for the solution of the cubic equation. Niccolò Tartaglia was a talented and ambitious teacher who possessed a secret formula—the key to unlocking a seemingly unsolvable, 2,000-year-old mathematical problem.…

The Outsiders: Refugees in Europe since 1492

By The Frontier Post | May 20, 2020

Author: Philipp Ther European history has been permeated with refugees. The Outsiders chronicles every major refugee movement since 1492, when the Catholic rulers of Spain set in motion the first mass flight and expulsion in modern European history. Philipp Ther provides needed perspective on today’s “refugee crisis,” demonstrating how Europe has taken in far greater…

Islamic art from museums around the world

By The Frontier Post | May 19, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: ‘Islamic art’ is a broad term, encompassing delicate sacred folios, stately architectural structures, calligraphy, and paintings — and practiced beyond the geographical borders of Islamic lands — reaching the Far East and Europe — sometimes by non-Muslim artisans. Islamic art, both religious and secular, has proven popular through the ages with many,…

Celebrated calligraphy artist eL Seed releases coloring book amid pandemic

By The Frontier Post | May 18, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: Coloring books have gained popularity among adults – and children alike – in recent years for their ability to entertain while acting as a low-tech antidote to the stress of our increasingly digital lives. Now, as people stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic, many are looking for ways to practice mindfulness and…