Chief Editor: Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

MAR – 2018



Herman de Croo, Minister of State of Belgium, honored in Dakhla

DAKHLA, MAR 18 (DNA) – In the framework of the Crans Montana Forum on Africa & South-South Cooperation, the Board of Management and the President of the Crans Montana Forum honored Mr. Herman de Croo, Minister of State of the Kingdom of Belgium, in recognition of 25 years of friendship and support for the Forum’s activities. Mr. de Croo was a Speaker of the Session dedicated to Migration flows management held in Dakhla.


Sri Lanka lifts nationwide state of emergency

COLOMBO, MAR 18 (DNA) – Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena said on Sunday he had lifted a nationwide state of emergency imposed on March 6 after Buddhist-Muslim clashes.“Upon assessing the public safety situation, I instructed to revoke the State of Emergency from midnight yesterday,” Sirisena said on his Twitter feed. He declared a state of emergency to rein in the spread of communal violence after Buddhists and Muslims clashed in the Indian Ocean island’s central district of Kandy.

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US to slash nicotine in cigarettes in a ‘historic move’

WASHINGTON, MAR 17 (DNA) – US regulators Thursday opened the door to slashing the amount of nicotine in cigarettes in order to make them less addictive, a move that could mean millions fewer smokers in the years to come. The US Food and Drug Administration said it is seeking public input and will begin “to explore a product standard to lower nicotine in cigarettes to minimally or non-addictive levels.”


Pakistan to boycott WTO meeting in India

ISLAMABAD, MAR 17 (DNA) – Pakistan has decided not to attend a World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting hosted by India next week, highlighting growing tensions caused by the ongoing diplomatic standoff. An official of the Ministry of Commerce confirmed to the Express Tribune that the decision to boycott the informal meeting has been made at the highest level.


Pakistan’s external debt to climb to $103b by June 2019: IMF report

ISLAMABAD, MAR 16 (DNA) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has assessed Pakistan’s gross external financing needs at a record $27 billion for the next fiscal year, but warned that arranging the financing at favourable rates will now be a challenge due to risks to the country’s debt sustainability.

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PSL-3 final tickets lead to long queues, website crash

LAHORE, MAR 15 (DNA) – Ticket sales of third edition of the Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) final scheduled to take place in Karachi went online on Thursday and fans flocked to the outlets to get their hands on them. Tickets are available at the 25 TCS branches in Karachi and online through Yayvo. Ticket sales on Yayvo started at 12am, soon after which the website crashed due to the amount of traffic on it.

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Conference: Govt to present electricity policy to CCI next month

ISLAMABAD, MAR 15 (DNA) – Participants of an energy conference on Wednesday underlined the need for cashing in on the opportunities arising in Pakistan’s growing off-grid solar power industry in order to address critical energy shortages. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, joined forces with Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company (PMIC) and the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) to host the conference and highlight the opportunities in the off-grid solar industry to bridge the energy deficit.