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Palestine demands international protection at UN from Israel

Palestine urged the international community on Monday to provide protection in the wake of recent Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip that left 46 Palestinians dead. The Palestinian envoy to the UN told the UN Security Council that it was an ''unprovoked and unjustified'' aggression. ''It’s real reason is barely veiled: the upcoming…

Alert issued as UK heat wave gathers pace

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a heat-health alert across the UK after the beginning of its second heat wave. The alert will be in place from Tuesday afternoon until Aug. 13 at 6:00 p.m. local time across all regions of England and some regions in Wales and Scotland. “Temperatures will feel very warm again this week,…

China’s continued live-fire drills around Taiwan focus on ‘blockade’

China continued its exceptional military exercises around self-ruled Taiwan on Tuesday as part of its "countermeasures" against the island nation of 24 million people, which hosted US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for less than 24 hours last week. The People’s Liberation Army's (PLA) Eastern Theater Command said its forces from naval and air force…

US announces major new $1bn military aid package for Ukraine

The US announced on Monday a major new military aid package of $1​​​​​​​ billion for Ukraine, including additional ammunition for long-range multiple-rocket systems being used by Kyiv to destroy critical Russian infrastructure in areas occupied by the Kremlin's forces. The Pentagon did not specify how many rounds of the touted High Mobility…

From Nehruvian principles to Modi

November 2018 marked the process of politicisation of the Kashmir issue when the BJP government under the political approach instructed by the far-right Machiavellian leader Modi, India imposed governor rule by undermining section 53 of J&K’s constitution and hence, dissolving the state’s assembly on the premise of the political divide. Next…

Serving the people

Every political leader makes tall claims about serving the people yet nothing changes on the ground. Growing up in the good times we were taught that performance speaks for itself. It was the age of purity; food was eaten fresh, mostly pure and organic. There was a popular saying, “Desi Ghee is never advertised”. As the first-born free generation…

A scapegoat called Taiwan

As if the trade war between China and the US under the banner of the China containment policy and the prevailing tensions in the South China Sea were not bothersome enough for the world to get apprehensive about a cold war turning into a possible military nightmare. As if the Ukraine war was not worrisome enough for the world that another wargaming…

Past in Perspective

The most important thing is to snack on things that are filled with real food and nourishing ingredients that will leave you feeling energised and happy. –Ella Woodward Throughout human history, the frequency and content of meals has varied. People would consume leftovers or light foods that required little to no prep in the past but after the…

Improving Gun Control

The attack on an off-duty policeman in Karachi over the weekend is indicative of the state’s failure to monopolise the use of violence. The shocking incident saw a police constable in civilian clothes brutally beaten due to a mild disagreement over seating arrangements. The problem here is not that a policeman was attacked; if anything, it shows…

Political Funding

The Free and Fair Election Network’s (Fafen) call to the parliament to make electoral reforms surrounding the issue of uncontrolled and unaccounted-for funding of electoral campaigns needs to be seriously considered by both the upper and lower houses. In the current Elections Act 2017, there is no clear definition of what constitutes electoral…

Condemning India

The third anniversary of the illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir was commemorated by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) through a statement urging the reenactment of Article 370—giving the region its special status—along with respecting and adhering to the human rights charter. As expected, such a show of support irked India which…

Tax on deemed income

The matter regarding deemed income from property is pending before the Lahore High Court. Since this issue is sub-judice, therefore it would be appropriate for the Ministry of Finance to issue instructions to allow tax payers to file their tax returns without paying this tax, which may be collected subsequently if the court rules in favour of…

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