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Swiss reject quick exit from nuclear power

ZURICH: Swiss voted in a referendum on Sunday to reject a speedy exit from the nation’s five nuclear power plants, as concerns over losing energy independence outweighed safety worries raised by the measure’s proponents. Nearly 55 per cent of voters turned down the initiative, with 45 per cent favouring it …

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Balochistan’s irrigation dilemma

Balochistan’s irrigation system is in bad shape. Centuries-old traditional irrigation systems, including Karez, have become dysfunctional owing to depleting groundwater resources. The province’s mega irrigation infrastructure — especially the dams damaged by the floods of 2010 — is still in shambles. Thus, there is a serious threat to the lives …

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Bajwa has no social media account: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff-designate Gen Qamar Bajwa does not have any social media account, according to the director general of the Inter Services Public Relations. All Facebook, Twitter and other social media identities and accounts in his name were fake, he said in a tweet on Sunday. “Gen Qamar …

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11 ministers added to Punjab cabinet

LAHORE: Eleven ministers were in­­ducted into the Punjab cabinet on Sunday. According to an order issued by Governor Rafique Rajwana, the ministers are: Jehangir Khanzada, Naghma Mushtaq, Amanatullah Khan Shadikhel, Khawaja Salman Rafique, Sheikh Allauddin, Muhammad Manshaullah Butt, Mehr Ijaz Ahmed Achlana, Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Muhammad Naeem Akhtar Khan …

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Polio eradication work progressing well, meeting told

QUETTA: Technical Advisory Group (TAG) chairperson Dr Jean Marc Olive says that efforts being made by the Balochistan government to wipe out poliovirus from the province are bearing fruit. Speaking at a meeting held at the Balochistan Polio Emergency Operation Centre on Sunday, he said the province had shown remarkable …

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Bilawal yet to choose constituency

ISLAMABAD: Although Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has made up his mind to contest by-election for a National Assembly seat, he has yet to decide about the constituency and timing for making formal announcement of the decision. Sources told Dawn that the party leadership had left it to …

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New army chief brings no change in policy: Asif

ISLAMABAD: There will be no immediate shift in Pakistan’s military policy under the new army chief, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said. Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa will replace retiring Army Chief Raheel Sharif when his three-year term ends on Tuesday. Talking to Geo TV, Khawaja Asif said: “The military policy will …

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Govt apathy to terror-hit tribal areas deplored

ISLAMABAD: Terrorism-stricken parts of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) require special attention of the government for their development but they appear to be the least priority of the authorities concerned. Fata people were initially tormented by terrorism and now by a step-motherly attitude of the government. This is the …

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DSP traffic shot dead in Karachi

A senior traffic police officer was shot dead while his driver hurt in suspected targeted attack in Gulistan-e-Jauhar area on Sunday evening, according to DSP Sharae Faisal Ali Anwar Soomro. DSP Faiz Ali Shigri was travelling in a chauffeur-driven official vehicle when armed pillion riders attacked him when the vehicle …

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Ahmadi man gunned down in suspected sectarian attack in Karachi

KARACHI: A member of Ahmadi community was shot dead in suspected sectarian attack in Gulzar-i-Hijri area on Sunday evening, according to Sachal police and the community official. They added that as Shaikh Sajid Mehmood, 55, came out from his home in Kaneez Fatima Society off Superhighway, four suspects riding on …

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