Chief Editor: Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

AUG 2017

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ISLAMABAD, AUG 22: President FPCCI, Zubair Tufail addressing the business community during a seminar, on Tuesday.=DNA PHOTO

FPCCI demands Rs3 per unit reduction in power tariff for export sector

ISLAMABAD, AUG 22 (DNA) – Former Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan Dr. Ishrat Hussain has said that exports play a very important role in keeping the economy stable therefore this sector should be facilitated. Reasons behind dwindled exports include cost and availability of energy, want of skilled labour and lack of interest in imparting training to the staff on the part of export industries, he said. Dr. Ishrat Hussain who has also served as Advisor to the government said this while speaking at a seminar regarding export competitiveness in the FPCCI. 

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The lost Tajiks of Pakistan

DUSHANBE, AUG 22 (DNA) – The medieval Mumlikat-e-Gibar of northeastern Afghanistan and the northern areas of Pakistan was established as a Muslim Tajik sultanate in about 1190 AD, being ruled in tandem by two brothers. Sultan Bahram and Sultan Pakhal (or Fahkal) Gibari were the scions of an earlier local Tajik princely dynasty of Zoroastrian converts, ruling the famous Pech Valley area in Kunar (Afghanistan). Hence their family name Gibari which was taken from “Gabr”, a term used derogatively by early Arabs for unconverted Zoroastrians. The brothers were sons of Sultan Kehjaman, son of Sultan Hindu of Pech.

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Turkey felicitates Shahid Abbasi on assuming office of PM

ISLAMABAD, Aug 21 (DNA): Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan S. Babur Girgin Monday delivered a letter of felicitation to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi from the Turkish President, on assuming his office. The Turkish Ambassador expressed the hope that upward trajectory of Pakistan-Turkey relations would continue its pace and would result into greater cooperation and collaboration between the two countries. The Turkish Ambassador also felicitated Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on his behalf and of his government, during the call on at the PM Office.

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Gov’t releases Rs.53.615 billion for development projects

ISLAMABAD, AUG 21 (DNA) – The government has so far released Rs53.615 billion under its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the fiscal year 2017-18 for various ongoing and new schemes against their total allocations of Rs.1001 billion. The released funds include Rs5083.980 million for federal ministries and Rs14420 million for special areas, according to data of Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform. Out of these allocations, Rs2600 million have been released for Communication Division (other than National Highway Authority) for which the government has earmarked Rs13660 million under PSDP 2017-18.

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Comedy legend Jerry Lewis dies at 91

WASHINGTON, AUG 21 (DNA) – Veteran Hollywood comedian Jerry Lewis, who died Sunday aged 91, perfected a goofy brand of slapstick that endeared him to millions over the course of a career spanning six decades. One of the most popular American entertainers of the 1950s and  60s, Lewis made his name as the clown behind such quirky comedies as “The Nutty Professor” but also won acclaim as a writer, actor and philanthropist. The comedy legend, who at the peak of his popularity was among the world s biggest movie draws, died at his home in Las Vegas early Sunday morning.

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Muslim national council to help ’embed Islam in a 21st-century British context’

LONDON, AUG 21 (DNA) – Britain’s Muslim clerics are going to set up their first national council in which the most senior imams are to issue progressive religious rulings in order to “embed Islam in a 21st-century British context.” Qari Asim, one of the prominent imams in Britain, said the authority will promote an interpretation of Islam in line with British values. Asim, who is the chief imam of Makkah mosque in Leeds, said British Muslims needed an authoritative and credible voice that could speak out on the issues as diverse as terrorism, organ donation and Islamophobia.

ISLAMABAD, AUG 20: Aziz Boolani, CEO of Serena Hotels along Air Marshal Asad Abdur Rehman Lodhi and others attend premiere of the documentary ‘Dancing with Snow’ hosted by Ski Federation Pakistan.=DNA PHOTO

Premiere of documentary ‘Dancing with Snow’ held in Serena

ISLAMABAD, AUG 20 (DNA) – The Pakistan Air Force Ski Federation hosted a premiere of the documentary ‘Dancing with Snow’ in collaboration with Serena Hotels. The 15-minute film promotes skiing on the exceptional slopes of Pakistan and the event was attended by local and foreign dignitaries and enthusiasts of winter sports. The Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Asad Abdur Rehman Lodhi, was the Chief Guest on the occasion and took the opportunity to highlight the wonders of Northern Pakistan which is home to 5 of the world’s 14 highest peaks.