Thursday , 29 June 2017

Bangkok bans its street food

BANGKOK: Authorities in Thailand’s capital are banishing its world-famous street-food vendors as part of a clean-up drive by the military government, outraging foodies and threatening the livelihoods of the road-side cooks. Thailand’s street-food hawkers whip up tasty delights, from noodles and fried rice to oyster omelettes, in the blink of …

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Australia toughens up citizenship test

SYDNEY: Canberra on Thursday unveiled plans to put “Australian values” at the heart of tougher requirements to gain citizenship, days after scrapping a visa programme for temporary foreign workers. The moves came against a background of growing populist pressure and a resurgence of the anti-immigration One Nation party led by …

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US welcomes Saudi effort to ‘checkmate’ Iran

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of Defence James Mattis has welcomed Saudi-led efforts to ‘checkmate’ Iran’s growing influence in the Middle East and adjacent regions. In a transcript released by the Department of Defence in Washington on Thursday, Mr Mattis said that the move to form an alliance of Arab and other …

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Fillon, Melenchon level as French presidential election nears

PARIS: Hard-left presidential challenger Jean-Luc Melenchon and conservative Francois Fillon were neck-and-neck behind the frontrunners in an opinion poll on Thursday, as candidates made last-ditch appeals to undecided voters. Voters will cast their ballots on Sunday in the first round of what has transformed into the most unpredictable French election …

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Supreme Court quashes criminal case against Dhoni

NEW DELHI: Indian Supreme Court on Thursday quashed a criminal case against Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a case related to hurting religious sentiments. The case was related to Dhoni being portrayed as Lord Vishnu on the cover of a magazine. The top court observed that there was no deliberate or …

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Blow to Pakistan as Hasan ruled out of first Test

LAHORE: Already struggling in the bowling department, Pakistan suffered a big blow on Thursday when upcoming paceman Hasan Ali was ruled out of the first Test against West Indies due to injury. The first Test of the three-match series is scheduled to begin in Kingston, Jamaica on Friday. A press …

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FCA discusses cost of agri production

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Committee on Agriculture (FCA) in a meeting on Thursday discussed the imposition of general sales tax (GST) and duties on agricultural inputs, terming these as key factors resulting in increasing the cost of production. FCA discussed the duty structure on inputs and measures that would help the …

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Regulator to fine Discos for denying tariff relief

ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) is expected to impose a penalty on distribution companies of ex-Wapda for delaying relief in fuel-based tariff to consumers for two months when it takes up the case of Rs2.40 and Rs2.20 per unit cut in tariff next week. A Nepra official …

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KSE index surges by 1,140 points on SC ruling

KARACHI: The Supreme Court’s verdict in the Panama Papers case breathed new life into the stock market on Thursday as investors’ worst fears — prime minister’s disqualification — didn’t come true. After slight hesitation, Pakistan Stock Exchange’s benchmark 100-share index got off to a storming start on Thursday, extending the …

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Crossing at Pak-Afghan border reopened

WANA: The border crossing in the Angoor Adda area of South Waziristan Agency, which straddles the Pak-Afghan border, was reopened on Thursday after remaining closed for more than four months. The crossing was closed after Pakistani and Afghan troops exchanged fire following a dispute over construction of a gate close …

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