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A win for European Union in French election  


Whether it is the winds of fortune or poor sailing of his opponents, Emmanuel Macron is the new French president. Surprisingly, Macron did quite well in the second round and defeated Le Pen with a clear margin. Although his win was evident right from the very beginning of the election campaign, however, the margin with which he defeated his rival unequivocally speaks volumes for the disapproval of Le Pen’s ideas of France’s pulling out of the European Union.

Political turmoil in Europe By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Panama and Dawn leaks By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

The Supreme Court on April 20 finally announced the much anticipated verdict in Panama case after keeping it reserved for 57 days. The verdict has not closed the matter though as the majority has partially reserved its judgement at least until a thorough investigation by a Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which will present its report in 60 days. After the pronouncement of the decision, the PML N leaders and their supporters celebrated to their hearts fill their “victory”, and the Prime Minister House celebrations were even of greater fanfare and fireworks!  Perhaps PML-N leaders and supporters had every reason to celebrate this decision because it saved them from disqualification of the prime minister.


Poverty alleviation – why are we Failingby Ms. Sabahat Ali


There is no standard definition of who is poor and who is not, although we look at the living conditions of the people to get an idea of their situation. Typically, it is when someone experiences a fundamental deprivation in wellbeing. Poverty is a multi-faceted phenomenon manifesting itself in a vicious circle; low saving and investment results in low income, poor education, lack of health facilities, unequal distribution of wealth and poor infra-structure. The goal for human development is to increase human capabilities and the level of choices. This will results in a benign and better environment in which humans are given sovereignty and respect. 

Political turmoil in Europe By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Political turmoil in Europe By Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

Europe is passing through turbulent times these days mainly because of general elections in many EU states and partly because the UK has finally invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty thereby triggering the Brexit. Scotland parliament, in an unprecedented move, announced to hold second referendum for independence from UK – a move the British government would like to resist tooth and nail.

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Pakistan’s “firsts” in Japan By Imtiaz Gul

Japan represents a fantastic blend of tradition and modernity, social patience and technological speed, professional work alcoholism and adorable cultural mannerism. Often, these attributes, coupled with politeness of tone, softness of demeanour and cleanliness of the surroundings, leave you baffled. While it is home to the world’s best technologies, it has carried on its cultural values that date back thousands of years. Self-respect, dignity, and deference to others are some of the hallmarks of this society. Japanese people grow up picking up the subtleties of this unique seemingly complicated culture as they go through life, respecting the invisible and varied societal rules. In Japan, multiple religions coexist, where people are born Shinto, get married Christian and die Buddhist. At the same time, manners and customs are an important part of many facets of Japanese life.

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Financial irregularities in Brazil embassy reported

Diplomatic Reporter/DNA

 ISLAMABAD:  Gross financial irregularities have been reported in the Brazilian embassy in various disciplines to the tune of millions of rupees.

 A special audit team from Brazil was here to investigate the matter. The audit team during the course of investigations found gross financial bungling committed during the previous tenure

According to details, the irregularities were allegedly committed by a Brazilian accounts officer, who prepared fake invoices and receipts on behalf of various Pakistan vendors. Details further reveal, during the previous tenure a lot of printing and development work was done in which huge amount of money was reportedly embezzled.



United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres while making his first address to the Security Council after taking office called on the Security Council to take more action to prevent conflicts rather than just responding to them as he vowed to strengthen the world body’s mediation capacity. Guterres said, “People are paying too high a price,” adding, “we need a whole new approach.”