British govt didn’t advise against Pakistan tour: Christian Turner

Newswire Islamabad: The British High Commission did not advise against England cricket’s tour of Pakistan next month on security grounds, the top British diplomat in Pakistan said this week. In a video message, British High Commissioner Christian Turner said the BHC had supported the tour and “our travel advice for Pakistan has not changed.” He […]

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Kate Middleton, Prince William attend her brother James Middleton’s wedding

Washington: Prince William and Kate Middleton jetted to France recently for the intimate wedding of her brother James Middleton to his French love, Alizee Thevenet. According to Fox News, the royals of Cambridge with their three young children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, were all on hand to witness James and Thevenet finally […]

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UK to continue supporting Afghanistan: Dominic Raab

Newswire Islamabad: Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom Dominic Raab said this week that beyond the matter of recognizing the Taliban government in Afghanistan, his country would continue to extend humanitarian assistance to its people.Addressing a joint press conference along with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the British […]

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Dominic Raab: Pakistan is a vital UK partner on Afghanistan

Islamabad: UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab this week visited Pakistan to discuss how the two countries can work closely together on the situation in Afghanistan.He held meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Chief of Army Staff General Bajwa. Discussions focused on securing a safe passage for those leaving Afghanistan, […]

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Pakistan’s leading companies contributing to 8-10% in exports make bold commitments to net zero emissions

Islamabad: A coalition for Pakistan’s private sector has been launched by the Pakistan Environment Trust, where leading companies have shown their climate stewardship to deliver net zero greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) at the corporate level – 10 companies across textile and FMCG sectors are the first to commit to this goal. The commitment to net […]

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British Chevening scholarship awarded to 42 Pakistani scholars

Newswire Islamabad: The British High Commission organised a virtual pre-departure event this week for Pakistani scholars who have been awarded the Chevening scholarship 2021-22.This year, 42 Pakistani scholars have been selected through a rigorous recruitment process and will soon proceed to the UK to study a one year master’s programme, funded by the UK Government’s […]

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PM Boris Johnson holds telephonic talks with Imran Khan

Newswire London: Prime Minister Brois Jonhnson this week spoke to Pakistani Prime Minister Khan about the situation in Afghanistan. The Prime Minister stressed his commitment to work with international partners to avoid a humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan and the wider region.The Prime Minister underlined that any recognition of the new government in Afghanistan to happen […]

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Person on no-fly list flown to UK from Afghanistan ‘no longer of interest’

Newswire London: An individual on a “no-fly” list has been flown from Afghanistan to the United Kingdom on a British military plane as part of evacuation efforts from Kabul airport, but is no longer considered a risk, the government said. The unidentified individual was flown into Birmingham in central England, Sky News had earlier reported, […]

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Major UK science funder to require grantees to make papers immediately free to all

Cathleen O’Grady London: The United Kingdom currently has one of the highest rates of open-access publication in the world, with many researchers posting their research papers on websites that make them publicly available for free. But the country’s leading funding agency announced a new policy that will push open access even further by mandating that […]

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Princess Eugenie shares some pictures from inside prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s former home

Kayleigh Roberts London: Since moving into Frogmore Cottage in November 2020, Princess Eugenie has shared a few pictures and videos on Instagram that offer a glimpse into the royal residence.Frogmore Cottage is still Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s official U.K. residence, but the couple has been letting Eugenie stay there with her husband, Jack Brooksbank, […]

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England, Scotland and Wales exempt some countries from travel quarantine — but Canada isn’t one of them

Newswire London: The governments of the United Kingdom, Scotland and Wales announced today that travellers to the three countries who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the European Union or United States will be exempt from mandatory quarantine upon arrival — but fully vaccinated travellers from Canada will still have to undergo quarantine.The change goes […]

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UK donates 415,000 doses of AstraZeneca to Malaysia

Mazwin Nik Anis Putrajaya: Malaysia has received another vaccine contribution, this time from the United Kingdom donating 415,000 doses of the UK-manufactured AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines. Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said Malaysia welcomes the announcement made by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs Secretary of State Dominic Raab on the matter.The contribution, he […]

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UNOPS provided electricity for 135,000 school children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Newswire Peshawar: UNOPS Pakistan installed solar power plants in 1,240 schools in the seven southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in cooperation with the Elementary and Secondary Education Department of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and co-funded by the Saudi Fund for Development and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. The project created a conducive learning […]

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UK housing boom may derail post-Brexit trade dreams

London: History suggests Britain’s house price surge could threaten hopes of post-Brexit export-powered growth, if finance minister Rishi Sunak uses the housing market to fuel the economy like his predecessors did.Stoked by his tax break on property purchases and a pandemic-driven rush for larger houses as more people work from home, house prices are rising […]

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UK offers genomic sequencing capacity and capability to Pakistan

Newswire Islamabad: The UK government this week announced a new package of genomic sequencing support to help Pakistan’s fight against new variants of Covid-19. Through the New Variant Assessment Platform (NVAP) programme Pakistan will be able to draw on UK expertise and support to detect quickly new, and potentially more dangerous, variants of Covid-19. The […]

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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: How the country is going to celebrate 70 years of The Queen’s reign

London: Central London will come to life with colour, street theatre and dance in honour of the monarch’s long reign in what has been described as “something of a reopening ceremony for the United Kingdom”.Organisers said the event, with a budget of between £10 and £15 million and involving participants from across the UK and […]

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Pakistan, UK pledge to boost cooperation to finalise treaties

Newswire Islamabad: UK’s Minister of State for South Asia and Commonwealth and Development Office, Lord Tariq Ahmad called on Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed this week and discussed matters related to promoting relations between the two countries.They also discussed matters of British Pakistanis, enhancing people to people contact and the cooperation in the field […]

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Qureshi for Pak-UK close collaboration in promoting inter-faith dialogue

Islamabad: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi this week underscored the importance of promoting inter-faith dialogue and combating defamation of religions. He stressed that Pakistan and UK should collaborate closely in that regard. The Foreign Minister expressed these views as he received British Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth, Lord Tariq Mahmood Ahmad […]

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UK companies keen for doing business with Punjab

Newswire London: Referring to the vast business opportunities, Pakistan and UK have emphasized on the importance of further developing relations in the investment and trade sectors.These views were expressed during a webinar organized by the Punjab Board of Investment & Trade in collaboration with UK Pakistan Business Council to explore investment and business opportunities in […]

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UK regulator reviewing AstraZeneca’s $39 bln Alexion buyout

Newswire London: Britain’s competition regulator is reviewing AstraZeneca’s (AZN.L) planned $39 billion takeover of U.S.-based Alexion (ALXN.O) on whether it could reduce competition in Britain or other markets. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said on Tuesday it was inviting comments from any interested party on the deal to help its assessment, a routine […]

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UK set to loosen rules for gene-edited crops and animals

Erik Stokstad When Boris Johnson became prime minister of the United Kingdom in 2019, he pledged to “liberate the U.K.’s extraordinary bioscience sector from anti–genetic modification rules.” The country had to hew to strict European biotech regulations until it finalized its divorce from the European Union in January. Next month, the government is widely expected […]

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UK-funded initiative to help SMEs

Newswire Islamabad: A new initiative that will enable small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Pakistan to effectively engage in international markets was launched this week.This UK-funded initiative will help enhance Pakistan’s trade diversification and integration into global value chains. The International Trade Centre (ITC) will implement the Revenue mobilization, Investment and Trade Programme (ReMIT) programme. […]

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CDS UK lauds Pakistan’s sincere efforts for regional peace, Afghan peace process

Rawalpindi: Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) United Kingdom General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter this week appreciated Pakistan’s sincere efforts for peace and stability in the region, especially the Afghan peace process.The CDS UK said this during a meeting with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Afghan cpital Kabul, an Inter Services […]

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