Chief Editor: Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

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EXCLUSIVE: GREF comes into being to counter anti-CPEC moves

Pakistan, China together with Iran and Russia establish think- tank; Turkey and Afghanistan may also be included at later stage; GREF meant to protect economic interests of member countries

By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

ISLAMABAD, DEC 21 (DNA)-  Pakistan and China together with Iran and Russia have conceived a joint strategy to effectively counter particularly the Indian moves against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) for which Golden Ring Economic Forum (GREF) has been established.The bloc that would mainly focus on economic challenges being faced by the member countries, is likely to reduce especially Pakistani’s economic dependence on other countries, including the United States of America.

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PHF names five foreign players for ‘Hall of Fame’

LAHORE (DNA) : Pakistan Hockey Federation on Monday announced the names of five foreign hockey players for their induction in the ‘Hall of Fame’ during the tour of World Hockey XI. The World XI will be touring Pakistan to play a two match series against Pakistan with the first match on January 19 at Karachi and the second on January 21 at Lahore. In a remarkable gesture, Pakistan Hockey Federation has arranged a Hall of Fame induction ceremony which will be held in Karachi, said a spokesman of the PHF here.

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British MPs to vote on landmark Brexit bill

LONDON (DNA) – British MPs will vote Wednesday on a key Brexit bill whose turbulent passage through parliament has dealt damaging defeats to Prime Minister Theresa May, and which still faces stiff opposition in the upper house. The House of Commons is expected to pass the bill, which will incorporate thousands of pieces of EU legislation into the British statute books and repeal the legislation enshrining Britain’s EU membership. Eleven members of May’s Conservative party joined with opposition lawmakers last month to approve an amendment making sure that parliament will have a “meaningful vote” on the final Brexit deal.

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Populists target vaccine decree ahead of Italy polls

ROME, JAN 17 (DNA) – Two Italian populist parties running in March elections are promising to scrap a compulsory vaccination law, a hot-button issue after a measles outbreak claimed four lives last year. Under the decree, which sparked heated public debate when it took effect six months ago, children cannot enrol in a creche or kindergarten unless they have been vaccinated against measles as well as nine other diseases. Parents of unvaccinated children aged between six and 16 face fines of up to 500 euros ($610).

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Pakistan’s IT Industry Boom

Recently, an article in Outlook India with headlines “Noida to Islamabad” has created lot of positive sound in the digital world regarding Pakistan’s emerging potential in the field of information technology. This article suggested with evidence that IT Jobs were beginning to move from India to Pakistan. The story emanated from a western origin IT company’s action of laying off 125 employees from India and hiring the same numbers from Pakistan the very next day.

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Autobiography of renowned broadcaster Aga Nasir launched posthumously

ISLAMABAD, JAN 14 (DNA) – Autobiography of renowned broadcaster Aga Nasir was launched on Sunday. His book “Agha say Agha Nasir Tak “ was his last book which he has been authored before his death last year .The book was completed by his family after his demise. Agha say Agha Nasir tak walks its readers and treat them in every chapter and every leaf they turn. His childhood cover his school years, his friends, his parents ad string family bounds which he was very proud of. How he joined Radio Pakistan.

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Karachi: Chinese national involved in ATM scandal arrested

KARACHI (DNA) – Security forces on Sunday arrested a Chinese national involved in ATM scandal from Karachi’s Defence area. According to details, the officials conducted raid in different areas and detained Chinese national. They also recovered ATM cards, devices and Rs6 lac from him. The security personnel told that as many as three accomplices of the suspect managed to flee the scene. Earlier, four culprits involved in ATM fraud were apprehended in an operation carried out by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in Rawalpindi while fake debit cards and machine tools were retrieved from their possession.

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UK plans to eliminate avoidable plastic waste by 2042

LONDON, JAN 11 (DNA) – Britain plans to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste within 25 years, Prime Minister Theresa May will announce Thursday as part of long-term plans for the environment. The government wants supermarkets to introduce plastic-free aisles and intends to inject new funding into plastics innovation, she will say in a speech outlining proposals. Meanwhile, changes to the tax system and charges on single-use plastic items such as takeaway containers will also be considered, according to May´s Downing Street office, which released a preview of her remarks.