Chief Editor: Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

AUG 2017

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Dubai Bakery makes expensive Dangal-themed cake

DUBAI, AUG 16 (DNA) – On the occasion of India’s Independence Day, Broadway Bakery in Dubai made one of the world’s most costly cakes with Bollywood star Aamir Khan’s movie Dangal theme. According to the bakery, a team of six cake artists and head chef nearly four weeks (about 1,200 man-hours) worked to make the cake worth Rs 25 lac on the request of a client. The cake features Aamir Khan as wrestler and coach Mahavir Singh Phogat and his two on-screen daughters Geeta and Babita Phogat.

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Flourishing economy: Investors took $2.10 bn abroad in terms of profit

LAHORE, AUG 16 (DNA)- Economic stats continue to flourish with improvement in law and order situation as foreign investors have taken whooping $2.10 billion abroad from Pakistan in terms of profit in the fiscal year (FY) 2016-17. Similar stats stood at $1.91 billion for the FY 2015-16. According to details available, Pakistan received $2.41 billion of direct foreign and public investment in the previous fiscal year.

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India, China troops in high-altitude clash

SRINAGAR, AUG 16 (DNA) – Indian and Chinese troops clashed briefly on a disputed area of land in the Himalayas, officials said Wednesday, exacerbating tensions during a months-long stand-off between the two armies. Chinese troops threw stones at Indian soldiers near Pangong Lake, a major tourist attraction in the picturesque mountain region of Ladakh on Tuesday, an Indian defence official said. He said Chinese soldiers had twice tried to enter the Indian territory but had been pushed back.

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Death Toll in Nepal Floods Climb to 91, 38 Still Missing

The death toll in rain- triggered floods and landslides in Nepal has climbed to 91 with 38 persons still missing and over six million people affected by natural calamity. Nepal Ministry of Home Affairs said 2,847 houses were completely damaged in the disaster, My Republica reported. “A committee was formed under the coordination of Home Minister Janardan Sharma to tally details of the loss. The chief secretary and secretaries of 12 ministries are members of the committee,” Ram Krishna Subedi, spokesperson of the Home Ministry, was quoted by the report.

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The EU may make it easier for Britain to sign a post-Brexit China trade deal

BEIJING, AUG 15 (DNA) – The European Union’s plan to make it harder for China to acquire European companies could make it easier for Britain to forge a trade deal with Beijing after Brexit. That’s one scenario following a “hard Brexit,” in which the UK retains few, if any, special links to the EU. This would free the UK from the bloc’s rules and restrictions, like the one that requires trade deals to be negotiated by Brussels on behalf of member states. Considering Britain’s desire to sign its own trade deals to bolster its economy post-Brexit, it could emphasize its differences to the EU as part of the negotiations.

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Anupam Kher to play Manmohan Singh in ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’

MUMBAI, AUG 15 (DNA) – Bollywood actor Anupam Kher to play former Indian Prime Minister (PM) Manmohan Singh in his upcoming movie based on Sanjay Baru’s controversial book. The actor said that his role in ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ is very crucial and that he will fully try to do justice with it. Anupam said, “It’s too early to talk about it. We have not even finalised the script. They (the makers) wanted to announce the film, so we just worked on that. The shooting is in late December.”

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Pakistan Embassy marks 70th Independence Day in Ankara

ANKARA, AUG 14 (DNA) – The Pakistan Embassy in Ankara marked the country’s 70th year of independence on Monday. The ceremony began with hoisting of the national flag, followed by reading of a message from Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain. Syed Ali Asad Gilani, Charge D’affaires of Pakistan in Turkey, said: “We continue to see the individual strengths of Pakistan and Turkey, as our mutual strengths.” Gilani added that Turkey stands shoulder to shoulder with its Pakistani brothers.