Monitoring Desk

  • Islamabad - Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman announced on Sunday that the Shawwal moon had been sighted and Eidul Fitr would be celebrated on Monday, June 26, 2017 in the country, private TV channels reported. “Several testimonies have been received from across ...

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  • Lahore - Eidul Fitr will be celebrated in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and several countries in Gulf and Europe today (Sunday) as the Shawwal moon was sighted on Saturday. The Saudi royal court announced that the first day of Shawwal would fall on Sunday, according to local media ...

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  • Washington -  The Trump administration on Friday moved to eliminate the State Department unit responsible for dealing with Afghanistan and Pakistan — transferring its duties to a regional bureau whose leadership ranks have been decimated, reported US media. The development came with less ...

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  • Lahore - Pakistan Army on Thursday handed over four Indian nationals, who had inadvertently crossed into the country, to the Indian security forces. The four Indians had crossed from Wagah and Narowal borders sometime ago. They were arrested and handed over to police for investigation. "The Rangers ...

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  • Beijing - The Chinese Foreign Ministry defended the country’s all-weather ally, Pakistan, amidst reports that the US is exploring hardening its approach toward Pakistan. China on Thursday asked the US to respect Pakistan’s sovereignty and backed its all-weather ally for being on the ...

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  • London:-  Breast implants make it trickier to run tests that can help spot a possible heart attack, a cardiologist has said. Dr Sok-Sithikun Bun, from Monaco, did a small trial, with 48 women, and found electrocardiogram (ECG) tests, which measure the electrical activity of the heart, were ...

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  • Bangkok - The authorities in Germany say the King of Thailand was unhurt when two teenage boys shot at him in the dark with an air pistol. King Maha Vajiralongkorn - who spends much of his time in Germany - was cycling late at night with his entourage near Munich airport. The boys - aged 13 and 14 ...

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  • Vienna-Human trials of a cholesterol-lowering vaccine to help prevent heart disease are under way after successful studies in mice. Researchers at the Medical University of Vienna are testing the safety of their experimental treatment in 72 volunteers. The jab is designed to stop fatty deposits ...

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  • KUALA LUMPUR-A baby elephant has been discovered dead on a Malaysian highway after it was apparently killed by a vehicle. State park officials who found the carcass said such incidents “do not happen very often”. Environmentalists said increasing habitat destruction has forced wild ...

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  • CALIFORNIA-A 50-year-old plan to recycle old rockets in orbit by turning them into manned space stations is being revived by Nasa. The agency has signed $10 million (£7.8 million) contract to investigate turning used rocket tanks into space labs with support for a functioning crew. The idea ...

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  • London-Scientists have developed a blood test that could pick out which men with advanced prostate cancer would benefit from a new drug treatment. The test detects cancer DNA in the blood, helping doctors check whether precision drugs are working. Cancer Research UK said the test could ...

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  • BAMAKO - Islamic extremists who stormed a resort area in Mali popular with foreigners killed five people, including a Portuguese soldier who had been serving in the European Union mission to stabilize this West African country wracked by mounting extremism, authorities said Monday. The death toll ...

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  • London - Coconut oil is as unhealthy as beef dripping and butter, say US heart experts. It is packed with saturated fat which can raise “bad” cholesterol, says the American Heart Association in updated advice. Coconut oil is commonly sold as a health food and some claim the fat in it ...

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  • Bradford-Each year, over a million missing persons cases are reported in the US and UK, leaving families desperately searching for their loved ones. In the hope of boosting this search, researchers have developed a new and more accurate method of ageing facial images. They have tested their new ...

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  • LondoN - The federal government has expressed its concern over the activities of proscribed outfit, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), in Sindh, reported BBC on Wednesday. National Counter-Terrorism Authority (Nacta), through a letter, has informed the Sindh home department about its concerns. The ...

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  • KABUL:- There is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan that is forcing record numbers of people from their homes, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday, during an unannounced visit to the war-torn country. Guterres' first visit as secretary general comes ...

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  • Ferozepur-In an embarrassing turn of events, an Indian army soldier who was supposed to give a presentation during a military gathering ended up playing a pornographic video on his official laptop. The Border Security Force (BSF) officer was supposed to give a presentation on training at Ferozepur ...

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  • Washington - The US ambassador to Qatar said Tuesday she is resigning her post in Doha amid the worst diplomatic crisis involving Washington’s Persian Gulf allies in years. “This month, I end my 3 years as US Ambassador to #Qatar. It has been the greatest honour of my life and ...

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  • Washington-Alien life could be discovered within the next two decades – but, these lifeforms will be far from intelligent beings, one expert claims. According to astronomer Chris Impey, scientists are likely on the verge of detecting microbes on a planet beyond our own, with nearby candidates ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - In a deliberate tweet on Tuesday Defence Minister Khawaja Asif called member of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Firdous Ashiq Awan a ‘newly-acquired dumper’ and maintained his ‘tractor trolley remarks’ about Shireen Mazari. According to a private TV channel, ...

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  • Brasilia-Two men have been arrested and charged with torture in south-eastern Brazil accused of tattooing “I’m a thief” on the forehead of a teenager, police say. The suspects said the 17-year-old boy had tried to steal a bike, which he denies. His family says he has mental health ...

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  • San Francisco - A US appeals court has upheld a decision blocking President Trump's revised "travel ban" on people from six mainly Muslim nations. A lower court had issued the injunction on the grounds that the ban was discriminatory after a challenge by the state of Hawaii, BBC reported on ...

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  • TEXAS - Two young sisters have died in Texas after their mother allegedly left them in a car for 15 hours in temperatures of up to 32C (90F), BBC reported. Amanda Hawkins, 19, left the girls, aged one and two, in the car at 21:00 on Tuesday (03:00 GMT Wednesday) to visit friends nearby, police ...

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  • LONDON - As many as 30 candidates of Pakistani origin are contesting the June 8 elections in the United Kingdom, BBC reported on Thursday. According to lists released by different political parties, the Labour Party has given more tickets to Pakistani-origin men and women than any other party. The ...

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  • Washington:-  After more than a year of speculation, Tesla has finally teased a look at its highly-anticipated Model Y crossover. At the Tesla Shareholders Meeting, Elon Musk unveiled a sneak-peek image of the company’s upcoming SUV – albeit bathed almost entirely in shadow. While ...

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  • NEW YORK (BBC): Nations responsible for much of the world’s ocean plastic pollution have promised to start cleaning up their act. At a UN oceans summit, delegates from China, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines said they would work to keep plastics out of the seas. Some of the promises ...

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  • BALAGHAT - At least 25 workers have been killed in a massive explosion at a fireworks factory in India’s central state of Madhya Pradesh. Firefighters took several hours to put out the blaze that engulfed the factory in Balaghat district on Wednesday evening. “A huge explosion took ...

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  • NAYA GAON, MADHYA PRADESH - The farmer movement in Madhya Pradesh moved into high political gear on Thursday as Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and other senior party leaders were detained by police when they tried to make their way to Mandsaur, ground zero of the protests. Police moved in to ...

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  • New Delhi -  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif exchanged pleasantries with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at a reception in the Kazakh capital on Thursday night amid escalating tensions between their two countries over a range of issues, reported Indian media. Nawaz and Modi exchanged ...

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  •  NEW DELHI -  Indian Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, in an interaction with ANI news agency, said that the Indian army is well prepared to face external, as well as internal threats to the country. General Bipin Rawat said, "Indian army is fully ready for a two-and-a-half front ...

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