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China mainland ready for Taiwan reunification

Liu Xuanzun Beijing: The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) this week continued military exercises and training activities surrounding the island of Taiwan, marking an extension from the previously announced schedule. Drills like these will not stop and are expected to become routine until reunification, as the Chinese mainland shows its determination to push forward the […]

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Conflict resolution critical for peace in South Asia: Bilawal Bhutto

Staff Writer Phnom Penh: Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said this week that a peaceful resolution of long-standing disputes in the South Asian region was critical for sustainable peace and prosperity of people. Speaking at the 29th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) summit here, he said: “We also believe that, while focusing on the Ukrainian conflict, […]

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Nancy Pelosi’s visit ‘unwarranted’ provocation: Mushahid Hussain

Gwadar Pro Islamabad: Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chairman of the Defense Committee of the Senate of Pakistan, this week termed the visit of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the Taiwan region “an unnecessary and unwarranted provocation”. He made these remarks during a webinar organized by the Pakistan-China Institute and Academy of Contemporary China […]

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Pakistan reaffirms strong commitment to ‘One-China’ policy

Gwadar Pro Islamabad: Pakistan this week reaffirmed its strong commitment to ‘One-China’ Policy and firmly supports China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. “Pakistan is deeply concerned over the evolving situation in the Taiwan Strait, which has serious implications for regional peace and stability,” said the Pakistani Foreign Ministry in a statement issued here. “The world is […]

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China-Pakistan to expand air routes, personnel exchanges in orderly manner

Newswire Beijing: China is willing to restore and expand air routes and personnel exchanges with Pakistan in an orderly manner, a senior Chinese official said. Last week, talking to Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Chin’s State Councilor and Foreign […]

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Prince Charles says Jamaican contribution to UK is ‘immeasurable’

Newswire London: Prince Charles showered praises over Jamaicans for their contribution to the United Kingdom on the occasion of the country’s Diamond Jubilee. The Prince of Wales expressed that the Jamaican diaspora “remains a vibrant, well-loved and respected part of our society.” Weighing on the British relationship with Jamaica, Charles said that it has been […]

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Japan’s beautiful ryokans are lying empty as the country still keeps tourists out over Covid fears

Michael Fitzpatrick Tokyo: Gazing disconsolately at a £6,000 Japanese cedar bathtub is the svelte figure of kimono-clad general manager Taisuke Yajima. He is wilting slightly in the soupy Kyoto summer. The wooden tub, golden and fragrant, is empty save for a shallow lozenge of water. All around is the scent of cedar and rose incense […]

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Japan: Hiroshima marks 77th anniversary of the first atomic bomb attack

Newswire Tokyo: Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, a native of Hiroshima, attended the commemoration dedicated to the victims of the 1945 atomic bombing. The attack claimed more than 140,000 lives. In Peace Park in central Hiroshima, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was among leaders gathered to mark the precise moment that the United States dropped the […]

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Sherry Rehman distributes cheques among flood affectees

Staff Writer Karachi: Federal Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman said this week that for the first time the federal government was working on ground for the relief of flood affected people in provinces. Addressing a cheque distribution ceremony among flood affected people of Sindh at Commissioner Karachi office, she said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif […]

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ECP’s verdict against PTI’s prohibited funding being implemented as per law: Marriyum

Staff Writer Islamabad: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said this week that implementation on the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) verdict in the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf’s (PTI) prohibited funding case was underway. “The decision in the PTI’s foreign funding case has been given, which is being implemented as per law,” she said in a […]

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CM Punjab approves ‘ehsaas ration subsidy program’

Lahore: Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Pervaiz Illahi has given his approval to establish the ‘Ehsaas ration subsidy program’ which will provide deserving people with Rs1500 per/month. According to details, the CM Punjab approved the establishment of the “Ehsaas Ration Subsidy Program” to provide poor people with subsidized flour, pulses, cooking oil, and other essential food […]

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Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri participates in Pakistani Youth Talent Awards

Canberra: Pakistani High Commissioner to Australia Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri this week participated in the Pakistani Youth Talent Awards. “Absolute delight to present “Pakistani Youth Talent Awards”. Our youth is our future,” he tweeted after the event. He referred to the Pakistani sportspersons’ achievements in the Commonwealth games. Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri expressed satisfaction that Pakistani youth […]

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Sajid Hussain Turi promises to resolve dual nationality issue of Pakistanis living in Spain

Staff Writer Islamabad: Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Sajid Hussain Turi this week promised to resolve dual nationality issue of Pakistanis living in Spain. In a meeting with Information Secretary PPP Europe Abdul Razza Sadiq – who is also a prominent member of the ruling Spanish Socialist Party – the minister […]

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Ambassador Andreas Ferrarese welcomes rapid increase in Pakistani exports to Italy

Staff Writer Islamabad: Italy’s Ambassador to Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese this week welcomed the rapid increase in Pakistani exports to Italy. Speaking to Covert, the envoy said that Italy was facilitating Pakistani exports as Rome wanted to enhance trade ties with Islamabad. “This is a good development. The trade ties are getting a boost. I wish […]

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Hayley Matthews, West Indies’ star all-rounder

The International Cricket Council has announced the first five players selected as 100% Cricket Superstars ahead of a historic month for women’s cricket, culminating in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Sophie Ecclestone (England), Amelia Kerr (New Zealand), Hayley Matthews (West Indies), Shafali Verma (India) and Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa) are the first crop of what […]

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Aboard the metaverse, business should not lose touch with reality

Anja Engen The metaverse, a $1 trillion annual revenue opportunity, has increasingly attracted businesses seeking to boost growth in virtual spaces. Despite not having an official definition, several businesses have already established their metaverse headquarters. As more companies start operating in these shared virtual environments, several of our daily activities will occur online. For example, […]

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Women in Pakistan leading economic and political arena: Ambassador Andreas Ferrarese

Staff Writer Islamabad: Italy’s Ambassador to Pakistan Andreas Ferrarese said this week that women in Pakistan were leading the economic and political arena. In a recent event, the envoy stressed the need to increase such activities in the future so that women could move towards greater economic empowerment. He argued that women’s economic and social […]

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US helping Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in health, education sectors: Ambassador Donald Blome

Peshawar: US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome said this week that the US, in collaboration with the federal government, was helping Khyber Pakhtunkhwa improve health and educational facilities, strengthen the rule of law, develop agriculture sector and ensure women’s empowerment and economic development. “Through a donation of $130 million from American people, the US government […]

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Kremlin warns US against ‘provocative’ moves toward China

Moscow: The Kremlin this week offered strong support to China amid the tensions over Taiwan, warning the United States against any “provocative” moves that could exacerbate the situation. Chinese President Xi Jinping warned against meddling in China’s dealings with Taiwan during a phone call Thursday with US President Joe Biden, Speaking in a call with […]

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China ready to continue to provide help to local social development of Pakistan: Zhao Lijian

Gwadar Pro Beijing: “China is ready to continue to do its utmost to provide help to local social development and livelihood improvement”, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said this week in a regular press conference in response to a question regarding Balochistan receiving a new relief package from China against heavy rains. “I have […]

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Army chief discusses defence cooperation, CPEC with Chinese envoy

Gwadar Pro Rawalpindi: Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong this week met Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa at GHQ in Rawalpindi. According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), matters of mutual interest, defense collaboration, progress on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and regional security were discussed in […]

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Chinese, Pakistani FMs discuss bilateral ties, issues of mutual interests

Xinhua Tashkent: Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met here this week with Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on the sidelines of the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), discussing bilateral relations and issues of mutual interests. Noting that China and Pakistan are true friends […]

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Govt believes in freedom of expression, says Marriyum

Staff Writer Islamabad: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said this week that the incumbent government fully believes in the fundamental, democratic and constitutional right of freedom of expression. Talking to a delegation of newly elected office bearers of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), she said optimum measures were being taken for the […]

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Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri celebrates Pakistan’s success

Canberra: Pakistani High Commissioner to Australia Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri this week celebrated Pakistan’s success as a Gandharan sculpture, smuggled from Peshawar, was discovered in Australia. An exhibition will be held displaying the Head of Bodhisattva in Pakistan’s High Commission of Australia on August 22, after which the sculpture will be returned to Pakistan, the envoy […]

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Ambassador Lis Rosenholm visits NUST, interacts with faculty, students

Staff Writer Islamabad: The Ambassador of Denmark to Pakistan, Lis Rosenholm visited National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST), Pakistan this week. The dignitary had a detailed meeting with Rector NUST Engineer Javed Mahmood Bukhari and senior management of the university. Matters of mutual interest, particularly forging meaningful partnerships between NUST and Danish institutions, came […]

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