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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…

WHO warns of ‘second peak’ in areas where coronavirus declining

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk GENEVA: Countries where coronavirus infections are declining could still face an “immediate second peak” if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organization said on Monday. The world is still in the middle of the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak, WHO emergencies head Dr Mike…

Watchdog warns coronavirus may make children vulnerable to forced labour, underage marriage

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk THE HAGUE: A rights watchdog on Tuesday warned that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will make children more vulnerable to forced labour and underage marriage, adding that it lead to a “disastrous” impact on children’s rights worldwide. The economic shock from lockdowns would also leave governments short of money for children’s health and education,…

Airbus technical team arrives in Karachi to probe PIA plane crash

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

F.P. Report PARIS: The team of renowned plane manufacturing company, Airbus, arrived in Pakistan Tuesday to investigate the recent crash of one of its own manufactured aircraft in Karachi. The team of technical advisers left for Pakistan on board special flight AEB1888 of Airbus A330 from French city, Toulouse. The team members will inspect the…

Coronavirus death toll climbs to 1,197, infected 57,705 in Pakistan

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: Pakistan confirmed 30  more deaths from novel coronavirus in one day as the nationwide tally of fatalities has jumped to 1,197 and positive cases surged to 57,705, on Tuesday. According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 1,356  persons have been tested positive for COVID-19 in 24…

Global

Trump marks Memorial Day during coronavirus pandemic

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: Amid a pandemic on the brink of claiming 100,000 American lives, President Donald Trump made Memorial Day visits to a military cemetery and a historic fort on Monday – and paid homage to service members responding to the coronavirus.  “I stand before you at this noble fortress of American liberty to pay…

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U.S. hopes for in-person G7 summit end of June: White House

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: Any in-person meeting of Group of Seven leaders will take place at the end of June, White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said on Sunday. President Donald Trump in March canceled the G7 meeting scheduled for June 10 as the coronavirus outbreak was spreading around the world and international travel was…

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Russian prosecutors seek 18 years for ex-US marine in spy trial

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk MOSCOW: Russian prosecutors on Monday called for a former US marine charged with spying to be sentenced to 18 years in prison, after a closed-door trial denounced by Washington and his family. Paul Whelan, 50, was detained in Moscow in December 2018 for allegedly receiving state secrets, but he insists he was framed…

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Joe Biden makes first public appearance since March

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States, Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has been running his presidential campaign from home since mid-March. Former US Vice President Joe Biden visited a veterans memorial in Delaware on Monday, making his first public appearance in weeks. Biden and his wife, Jill,…

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Tehran announces the end of ‘Era of US Presence’ in Persian Gulf

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk TEHRAN: The announcement comes as the US ignored Iranian protests against holding live-ammunition drills in the Persian Gulf under the pretext of boosting the security of the region. Deputy commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) General Yadollah Javani has stated that the “era of the US presence” in the Persian Gulf…

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California reopens places of worship, in-store retail businesses

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk CALIFORNIA: California, which has seen some of the most serious restrictions introduced due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, started to gradually reopen its economy in early May. Places of worship and in-store retail shops can reopen in the state of California with some restrictions, the California Department of Public Health…

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Pakistan

Met dept predicts hot weather across Pakistan

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Temperature is expected to rise to 48 degrees in some parts of Sindh as whole country experiences extremely hot weather. It is extremely hot in most of the country, especially in central and southern parts. However dust-storm is expected in South Punjab during evening/night. Meanwhile, the maximum temperature was recorded in Padidan…

SBTA pleads recovered patients to donate plasma

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Sindh Blood Transfusion Authority (SBTA) on Tuesday urged patients who had recovered from coronavirus to step forward and help the doctors by donating their blood plasma. Director SBTA, Naz Jamal, has appealed recovered patients of COVID-19 to extend help in the fight against coronavirus. The official said that plasma therapy helps a…

Locusts deal severe damage crops in Sindh, southern Punjab

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

F.P. Report MULTAN: Locusts attacked and severely damaged cotton, mango and other crops in various cities of Sindh and southern Punjab on Monday, giving rise to fears of more damage in the days to come if appropriate steps are not taken to protect crops from the insects.  The locust attack took place in different areas…

KP chief secretary tests positive for Covid-19

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

F.P. Report PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Secretary Dr Kazim Niaz on Monday has been tested positive for coronavirus. According to details, the chief secretary has gone into quarantine for 14 days. Responding to the news, KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan wished him a speedy recovery. “He [Niaz] has been working day and night against…

Murtaza Wahab rubbishes rumours of imposing curfew in Sindh

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Sindh government has not taken any decision to impose a curfew across the province, said Syed Murtaza Wahab on Monday. The advisor to the chief minister and Sindh government spokesperson rubbished rumours on social media that the provincial government had decided to impose a curfew in a bid to contain the coronavirus…

10 more succumbs to COVID-19 in KP

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

F.P. Report PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa recorded 10 more COVID-19 deaths on Monday as the number of total persons died from the virus reached 408. According to a spokesperson of KP health department, a total of 175 new cases of coronavirus were reported during the last 24 hours, making the total count of the infected people…

Afghanistan

Afghans want ceasefire to continue beyond Eid

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk KABUL: The announcement of the three-day ceasefire has raised hopes among Afghans who say it should continue in order to begin the intra-Afghan negotiations and move the peace process forward. An Eid ceasefire was also called in June 2018. People interviewed by TOLOnews said they are tired of war and they have cannot…

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U.S. reacts to President Ghani’s announcement for the release of 2000 Taliban prisoners

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: Washington reacted to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s announcement for the release of 2,000 Taliban prisoners, reciprocating the declaration of ceasefire during Eid Days. “Last night I and Dr. Abdullah received a call from Sec Mike Pompeo. He thanked the Afghan government for initiating the brave process of releasing up to 2,000 Taliban…

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Ghani responds to Taliban’s gesture of goodwill, vows to release 2000 prisoners

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani responded to the gesture of goodwill by Taliban group and vowed to release 2,000 Taliban prisoners. The Office of the President, ARG Palace, in a statement said President Ghani convened a meeting in ARG Palace late on Sunday to discuss the release of Taliban prisoners in return to…

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Afghan govt frees Taliban prisoners as truce holds for second day

By The Frontier Post | May 25, 2020

KABUL (AP): Afghan authorities released 100 Taliban prisoners Monday as part of the government’s response to a surprise, three-day ceasefire the insurgents called to mark the Eid al-Fitr festival. The pause in fighting, only the second of its kind in Afghanistan’s nearly 19-year-old war, appeared to be holding on day two after the government welcomed…

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Reconciliation council inactive, say sources

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

KABUL (TOLO News): According to sources, one week after the signing of the political agreement between President Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the High Council for National Reconciliation–led by Abdullah–has still not begun its activities, a move that critics say will harm the peace efforts. Sources told TOLOnews that Abdullah Abdullah, head of the…

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Civil society ‘sidelined’ in Covid-19 fight: Watchdog

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

KABUL (TOLO News): Civil society institutions have been pushed to the sidelines in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, officials of the Anti-corruption and Governance Committee said. The committee members said that the role of civil society institutions shouldn’t be a symbolic role in overseeing the fight against the pandemic They said the committee was…

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Business

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…

US strikes at a Huawei prize: chip juggernaut HiSilicon

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

Monitoring Desk SHANGHAI: The latest US government action against China’s Huawei takes direct aim at the company’s HiSilicon chip division—a business that in a few short years has become central to China’s ambitions in semiconductor technology but will now lose access to tools that are central to its success. That could make it the most…

Sports

Saliva ban may make cricket ‘boring’: Starc

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk SYDNEY:  Australian paceman Mitchell Starc warned Tuesday that cricket risks becoming “pretty boring” if ball-tampering rules are not relaxed in response to a coronavirus-linked ban on using saliva to shine the ball. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is set to implement the ban in June after receiving medical advice that spit poses a…

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Premier League to vote on return of contact training

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

F.P. Report LONDON: Premier League clubs will vote on proposals for a return to contact training on Wednesday as the English top-flight seeks to take another step closer to resuming the season next month. New UK government guidelines issued on Sunday allow for the return of “close contact” training, including tackling, to help players step…

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Sri Lanka cricket star held on drug charge

By The Frontier Post | May 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk COLOMBO Sri Lankan police have detained international cricketer Shehan Madushanka on a charge of possessing heroin, officials said Monday. Madushanka, 25, who took a hat-trick of wickets on his international debut in 2018, was remanded in custody for two weeks by a magistrate. He was carrying just over two grams of heroin when…

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BCCI won’t push for World Cup postponement

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

NEW DELHI (Agencies): India’s cricket board will not push for the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia to be postponed but would consider staging the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the October/November slot if it becomes available, a senior BCCI official has told Reuters. This year’s IPL, which is worth almost $530 million to the BCCI,…

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‘Men’s depth stronger than for a decade’

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

CANBERRA (Agencies): With a wave of fast-maturing young players ready to challenge the established greats of the game for Grand Slam honours, Marin Cilic says men’s tennis will be stronger than it has been for a decade when the coronavirus shutdown ends. While Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and RafaNadal have won the last 13 majors…

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Henderson has felt ‘safe’ since return

By The Frontier Post | May 23, 2020

LONDON (Agencies): Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insists he has felt “very safe” since his club returned to training amid the coronavirus crisis this week. Jurgen Klopp’s side began socially-distanced training in small groups on Wednesday as the Premier League steps up its bid to resume the season in June. Although all players and staff 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

‘World to lose $6 trillion due to cyberattacks by 2020’

By The Frontier Post | March 27, 2019

ANKARA (AA): Companies and households all around the world may incur losses worth $6 trillion due to cyberattacks by 2020, said head of Turkey’s Mobile Service Provider Businessmen’s Association (MOBILSIAD). The world lost $3 trillion due to cyberattacks in 2015 and these financial losses are predicted to reach $3.5 trillion last year, Prof. Kerem Alkin…

Samsung introduces Galaxy S10 ultimate edition

By The Frontier Post | March 26, 2019

Gordon Kelly WASHINGTON: I have argued against buying Samsung’s Galaxy S10 range due to significant software and hardware problems (1,2,3,4,5). And now Samsung has revealed a radical new model which may leave existing Galaxy S10 owners regretting their purchase… Picked up by SamMobile, Samsung has confirmed a sooner-than-expected release date for the ‘Galaxy S10 5G’…

WhatsApp launches new feature to detect fake news

By The Frontier Post | March 25, 2019

Monitoring Desk ISLAMABAD: WhatsApp keeps on launching new features and this is the only reason that it is the widely used platforms having millions of subscribers. However, some features are launched for good global reasons as just recently WhatsApp has launched Message forward feature that will help people to detect whether the message is spam…

Instagram new feature allows you to change username

By The Frontier Post | March 23, 2019

Monitoring Desk ISLAMABAD: Choosing a perfect name for your Instagram is as tricky as any other thing. Many people find it too much difficult to opt for the best name on Instagram. Now there is good news for people who are bored with the old name and want to try the new one. Instagram is…

The idea technology leads to unemployment is wrong

By The Frontier Post | March 23, 2019

BURSA, Turkey (AA): The idea that technology will cause unemployment is mistaken, according to the chairwoman of Hepsiburada, Turkey’s leading e-commerce platform. “The definition of unemployment should be changed. What we now call unemployment in the future could be a new job,” Hanzade Dogan Boyner told the 8th Uludag Economy Summit in Bursa, northwestern Turkey,…

Apple introduces AirPods with various new features

By The Frontier Post | March 22, 2019

Monitoring Desk CALIFORNIA: Apple announced the long waited AirPods second generation with a handful new features that takes the earbuds market expectation a level up. AirPods feature Siri control through their voice commands. “Hey Siri” feature enables user to activate Siri without tapping the AirPods. It provides hands-free feature like alternating the volume, selecting the…

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…