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ISLAMABAD, OCT 21: High Commissioner of Canada Perry John Carlderwood seapking 
during a function held to celebrate 35 years parternershp of Aga Khan Network and Govt
of Canada partership in Pakistan. DNA PHOTO

AKDN welcomes Canada’s efforts for improving people’s life in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, OCT 21 (DNA) – Since the early 1980s, the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Government of Canada have worked together to help people in Pakistan improve their quality of life. From the earliest investments in irrigation and drinking water infrastructure, roads and bridges, to massive improvements in literacy and education attainment, especially by women, to today’s expansion of an eHealth system that is revolutionizing the way patients can access care and health professionals can learn in remote areas, the AKDN-Canada partnership has left its mark across Pakistan, from Gilgil-Baltistan all the way to Karachi.

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Record tampering case: Zafar Hijazi’s indictment deferred till 27th

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Friday deferred the indictment of former Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) chairman Zafar Hijazi in a record tampering case once again. During Friday’s hearing, special judge Irum Niazi had to frame charges against Hijazi in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills record tampering case, but the hearing was adjourned until October 27 due to the absence of the prosecutor. The accountability court on October 4 had deferred the indictment of Hijazi in Chaudhry Sugar Mills record tampering case till October 20 due to the absence of the prosecutor.

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US drones strikes did not target Pakistani territory, claims Khawaja Asif

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Tuesday claimed that the recent US drone attacks targeted Pak-Afghan border area and did not happen inside Pakistan’s territory. Asif, said that since the Pak-Afghan “border is not as well-defined as our eastern border”, therefore, no one can be certain about which country was attacked. Five people were killed earlier today in the fourth drone strike along the Pak-Afghan border near Kurram Agency since Monday, the local political administration had said.

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Senior separatists detained as Madrid piles pressure on Catalonia

MADRID, OCT 17 (DNA) –  A Spanish court has ordered two powerful Catalan separatists to be detained, threatening a further escalation of the political crisis on Tuesday as both sides refuse to budge in their high-stakes standoff over the region’s independence bid. Protests broke out in Catalonia’s capital Barcelona on Monday as news spread that Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez were being kept behind bars on sedition charges. The pair are the leaders of pro-independence citizens’ groups Omnium Cultural and the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) respectively, both of which count tens of thousands of members and have emerged as key players in the Catalonia crisis.

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Japan zoo mourns death of love-struck penguin

TOKYO, OCT 14 (DNA) – An elderly penguin who shot to fame in Japan after falling in love with a cardboard cut-out of a cartoon character has died, at the ripe old age of 21. Officials at Tobu zoo in Saitama, north of Tokyo, said Grape passed away after a brief illness with the object of his desire right by his side. He would have been around 80 in human years. Earlier this year, the Humboldt penguin became smitten with a cut-out of Hululu — a character from the Japanese anime “Kemono Friends” — after being dumped by his former mate, a female called Midori. A love-sick Grape found solace in Hululu and would stare at her for hours on end.

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India, Mauritius to restart FTA talks soon

India and Mauritius are set to revive talks for a free trade agreement (FTA), following a revision of the bilateral tax treaty last year that gave India the right to impose the capital gains tax on investments routed through the island nation. More than economic significance, the trade talks are of strategic importance to strengthen New Delhi’s presence in the Indian Ocean region to counter China’s mega investment plans through its one-belt-one-road (OBOR) initiative.

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Import of mobile phones hikes by 40% in first two months of FY

ISLAMABAD, OCT 12 (DNA) : The imports of mobile phones into the country increased by 39.57 percent during the first two months of current fiscal year when compared to the imports of the corresponding period of last year. Mobile phones worth $129.329 million were imported into the country during July-August (2017-18) compared to the imports of $92.707 million during July-August (2016-17), according to the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). The overall imports of telecoms sector increased by 35.30 percent by going up from $170.667 last year to $230.920 million during the current fiscal year, the data revealed.