The World Last Week
Updated 24 August 2019
Iran announces successful
test of ‘new missile’ amid rising Gulf tensions
Tehran successfully test-fired a new missile, according to the leader of the
elite Revolutionary Guards. The launch comes as Tehran seeks to deter
military escalation with the United States in the Persian Gulf.
Online begging is
new trend in Pakistani youth. A female Pakistani immigrant student from
Ontario university got the best present from her favourite pop star; the
chance to continue her education.
What is 'blobology'
and how is it transforming biology? Spectacularly detailed videos from
an advanced microscope are sparking a biology "revolution", scientists say.
Parents fail to free brothers accused of killing sister.
Qandeel Baloch's parents told the court they forgave Waseem and Aslam
Shaheen, who are on trial for the apparent honour killing. Ms Baloch, 26,
was strangled in July 2016, in a murder that shocked Pakistan and the wider
Who was Qandeel Baloch?
Ms Baloch has been dubbed the Kim Kardashian of Pakistan. She had hundreds
of thousands of followers on social media, and was reportedly one of the top
10 most searched Pakistani personalities in the year before she died.
confirms Benazir Bhutto biopic in the works. “Benazir is a true hero of
mine, a real powerful woman and a inspiration for many millions around the
world. Would be a privilege and honour to play her on screen and bring her
wonderful journey, her inspirational story to the world!”, says Hayat.
Taylor Swift says
she'll re-record her earlier songs in wake of Scooter Braun deal It
wouldn’t be the first time an artist has done this to end a rights issue.
Kashmir: Pakistan to seek
International Court of Justice ruling
The move comes after India revoked the special autonomous status of the part
of Kashmir that it administers.
‘definitely a nuclear flashpoint,’ Pakistan Armed Forces spokesman warns.
“Kashmir is definitely a nuclear flashpoint,”
Major General Asif Ghafoor, chief spokesperson of the Pakistan Armed Forces,
Ireland?’ BBC accused of hypocrisy over ‘Indian-occupied Kashmir’
The BBC is facing accusations of “hypocrisy” for describing Kashmir as
“Indian occupied,” with people asking why it doesn’t apply similar
descriptions to Northern Ireland.
Hashim Amla: South Africa batsman retires from international cricket .
He is the only South
Africa batsman to score a Test triple hundred - 311 not out against England
‘sorry’ for sharing user data with advertisers without permission. What’s
Twitter admitted that it had recently “found issues” which meant that
users’ settings choices “may not have worked as intended” and
personal data was consequently shared with advertisers. But since it was
kind enough to apologize, it looks like Twitter thinks it should all just be
water under the bridge.
The Indian government on Monday
issued a presidential order to scrap the constitutionally mandated special
status of Kashmir, the country's only Muslim-majority region. Five things to know about
Indian Kashmir's changed status
India test-fires ‘quick
reaction’ air defense system as tensions soar with Pakistan India has
test-fired its state-of-the-art Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missile (QRSAM).
The new air defense system has been tested amid the recent flare-up between
New Delhi and Islamabad over Kashmir.
A fresh round of
U.S.-Taliban peace talks will start in Qatar's capital Doha. A peace
agreement could be expected at the end of the eighth round of talks and
would enable foreign forces to be withdrawn from the war-torn country. Eighth round of U.S.
Taliban peace talks to start in Doha.
every club where he plays, he inspires me’ – Indian cricket megastar Kohli
Hailing from such a cricket-obsessed nation, Kohli enjoys adulation to rival
that received by Juventus and Portugal striker Ronaldo
The Saudi crown prince extended the
invitation during a telephonic conversation between the two leaders. Crown prince invites PM
Imran to visit Saudi Arabia.
Dutch law banning
face-covering apparel in public places comes into force A new Dutch law
has come into force that bans face-covering clothes on public transport, in
government buildings and at health and education institutions.
The premier made the remarks while addressing an event around the
National Minority Day hosted at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad. Those who
convert others by force do not understand Islamic history, PM says
Arab parties unite
to ‘bring down Netanyahu’ in Israel’s September elections Israel’s Arab
political parties have formed an alliance to fight in the September
Pakistan's embassy in Kabul
announced on Sunday that it will resume routine consular services from
Monday after Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Idress Zaman assured that a gang
of conmen operating in the premises will be "immediately busted". Pakistan to restore
visa services for Afghan nationals
The government of
Pakistan has raised $500 million through an Islamic syndicated loan provided
by a consortium of 12 banks, it said in a statement on Sunday.
Pakistan raises $500
million through Islamic syndicated loan
The Pakistan Cricket Board has
decided in principle to relieve Sarfaraz Ahmed of Test captaincy, Geo News
reported on Sunday. PCB decides to relieve
Sarfaraz Ahmed of Test captaincy
Australia to police
tech giants' algorithms
Australian regulators plan to launch the world's first office dedicated to
scrutinising algorithms used by tech giants such as Facebook and Google.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday
called Prime Minister Imran Khan and discussed bilateral relations and
developments in the region. Imran, Erdogan discuss
Making the trip:
India confirms Davis Cup team WILL travel to Pakistan for historic clash
Indian tennis team will make its first trip to Pakistan in 55 years as the
nation's Davis Cup tennis team gets set to make an historic trip to their
neighboring country, it was confirmed on Sunday.
‘This is the
endgame’: Instagram users vent after site culls meme-posting accounts
Instagram has suspended scores of popular ‘meme’ accounts that collectively
have tens of millions of followers, during a mass purge of the platform. The
move was met with shock and anger by users.
Boko Haram started out as an Islamist
group railing against corrupt officials in northeast Nigeria but its
decade-long insurgency has now devastated the region. Boko Haram: from Islamist
sect to armed insurgency
Karan Johar hosts
grand party for Bollywood bigwigs, Shah Rukh Khan, Zoya Akhtar, Ayan Mukerji
spotted. Filmmaker Karan Johar on Friday hosted a party for Bollywood
bigwigs, which saw everyone from his friend and actor Shah Rukh Khan to
several studio heads in attendance.
Cup win will do wonders for the country. Inshallah." Adil
Rashid has just spent over an hour greeting jubilant supporters at Masjid
Umar, his local mosque in his home city of Bradford
Washington on Friday
approved $125 million worth of support for Pakistan's F-16 warplanes, and
also $670 worth of support for India's C-17 transport planes. US approves sales to
support Pakistan's F-16s, India's C-17s
Why Trump is
flattering Pakistan — and threatening to annihilate Afghanistan. Trump
is focused on a pullout from Afghanistan, and he is convinced that if he
flatters Pakistan, it will make it possible for the United States to exit
The restoration of military aid might also
pave the way for release of pending CSF bills ranging up to $9 billion. Pakistan may get $ 9
billion funds from US.
bilateral nuclear disarmament in South Asia.
In a stunning statement, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he
would be willing to give up his nation’s nuclear weapons if its rival India
vowed to do the same.
personality Mohsin Abbas Haider, who has been accused of domestic violence
and cheating wife Fatima Sohail, reacted to all the allegations against him
in a press conference held on Sunday in Lahore. Mohsin Abbas
reacts to wife's serious allegations
Pakistani soldier killed
by ‘unprovoked’ cross-border fire from India – Islamabad The Pakistani
Army accused India of shelling its outposts along the Line of Control (LoC)
and said one of its soldiers died during the exchange of fire. New Delhi
says its forces retaliated after Pakistani troops attacked first.
Facts About the
Apollo 11 Moon Landing for Its 50th Anniversary On July 16, 1969, Apollo
11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins launched from
Florida’s Kennedy Space Center with the goal of becoming the first people in
history to walk on the Moon. Four days later, on July 20, 1969, the manned
mission achieved that historic goal when Neil Armstrong took his famous “one
small step” onto the lunar surface.
Three Muslims lynched on
pretext of stealing cow
A mob in eastern India has beaten to death three men suspected of trying to
steal cattle, police say.
Muslim ‘triple talaq’
divorce bill sparks fierce debate in India.
The party of Indian PM Narendra Modi faced tough opposition as it made
another attempt to push through a bill that would criminalize divorcing a
woman by saying the word ‘talaq’ three times.
Cricket World Cup: Five batsmen to watch
Cricketers and pundits have predicted that the World Cup in England and
Wales will be a high-scoring affair.
Why England are favourites for the Cricket World Cup
"Hosts England go into the World Cup as favourites" - just how many times
have you heard that sentence, or something very similar, in the past few
U.S. regulators have
approved the most expensive medicine ever, for a rare disorder that destroys
a baby's muscle control and kills nearly all of those with the most common
type of the disease within a couple of years. At $2M, priciest ever
medicine treats fatal genetic disease
Google deals Huawei
major blow by cutting Android licence Google
is set to revoke access to its Android mobile operating system from Huawei,
dealing the Chinese company a major blow in accordance with US sanctions.
at the Kekra-1 site near Karachi has found no reserves of oil and gas,
according to an official of the Petroleum Division. No oil, gas
reserves found at Kekra-1: Petroleum Division
Irfan Pathan becomes
1st Indian to be part of CPL
Irfan Pathan created history after becoming the first Indian cricketer to be
included in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) players' draft.
historical high of Rs148 The value of the US dollar against the rupee
touched another all-time high for the second consecutive day, reaching
approximately Rs148 in the interbank market.
PIA loses continue
Minister for Aviation Division Ghulam Sarwar Khan on Friday informed the
Senate that Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) losses have surged to Rs
Bhutan has continually
been ranked as the happiest country in all of Asia.
Bhutan had the second fastest growing GDP in the world, at the same time as
maintaining their environment and cultural identity
Jaish-e-Mohammed leader listed as terrorist by UN
The UN has designated the leader of a militant group behind a deadly bomb
attack that brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war as a terrorist.
Pakistan plans to
take control of a network of over 30,000 madrasas as part of a drive to
"mainstream" the Islamic schools by bringing them under state control, the
military's spokesman said. Pakistan plans to
bring 30,000 madrasas under government control
A number of officials in the finance
ministry and some top members of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI)
believe that reasons behind the removal of Asad Umar as finance minister
were “political” rather than economic policies. Political
reasons behind Asad’s ouster
US places visa
sanctions on Pakistan The
United States has placed Pakistan in the list of countries facing sanctions
within the framework of a law under which countries refusing to take back
deportees and visa over-stayers will be denied American visas.
No sedentary screen time for babies, WHO says
Babies and toddlers should not be left to passively watch TV or other
screens, according to new
. World Health
Putin mulls easing Russian passport rules for whole Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is considering extending a scheme
that makes it easier for Ukrainians to obtain Russian citizenship.
According to a statement by the Met Office, a heatwave
alert has been issued for the Karachi metropolis between May 1st and 3rd. The Met Office issues a heat wave alert for
With the 2019 Cricket
World Cup a little over a month away, cricket publication PM Imran, Wasim Akram
headline Cricinfo's all-time World Cup XI ESPNcricinfo
conducted a staff survey to find out its consensus all-time World Cup XI.
Pakistan's airspace for transit flights till tomorrow
Transit flights will be diverted in Pakistan as the Civil Aviation Authority
(CAA) has announced on Friday to close Pakistan’s airspace till tomorrow.
Kohistani: another whistle blower killed in Pakistan.
Kohistani, was shot dead on Wednesday evening in the densely populated area
of Sarban Chowk at around 8:10pm by unidentified gunmen who managed to flee
LOC calm, fresh
crackdown on Kashmiris starts
The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also come down hard
on separatist groups operating in Kashmir, including by banning the
Jamaat-e-Islami party, two of whose clerics were detained in raids on
During a press conference here Friday, Musharraf hinted at making relations
with Israel to counter India. This leaves an impression that military is not
in mood to work for peace with India even in distant future.
Build relations with Israel to counter India: Musharraf
reduces visit visa fees for Pakistanis. Indian nationals favoured by
Saudia as Pakistanis still have to pay SR 355 as compared to SR 305 for
Lahore High Court orders judicial inquiry into Sahiwal incident. The ordered were given
by LHC Chief Justice Sardar Shamim during hearing on petitions seeking
Ratings on Monday lowered Pakistan's sovereign credit rating one notch to
'B-' from 'B', citing diminished growth prospects and elevated external and
fiscal stresses. S&P cuts Pakistan's
credit rating to 'B-' from 'B'; keeps stable outlook
Pakistan has objected to the disciplinary action against Sarfraz over racist
PCB chief questions why ICC punished
Sarfraz despite reconciliation over racist remarks.
Aasia Bibi free to
go wherever she wants, says information minister A day after the Supreme
Court rejected a review petition against Aasia Bibi’s acquittal in a
blasphemy case, the government on Wednesday said she was free to go wherever
The arrest of Meng Wanzhou,
who faces US fraud charges related to sanctions-breaking dealings with Iran,
has infuriated Beijing, threatening to disrupt a trade war truce between
China and the United States.
China summons US
ambassador over Huawei arrest
announces countrywide strike.
The All Pakistan Bar Councils Inter-Provincial Committee has announced the
holding of a countrywide strike on Dec 17 to support the demand of the
Punjab Bar Council for the establishment of the Lahore High Court benches in
five more cities of the province.
Chinese Troops Land
in Pakistan. A special forces
contingent of the People Liberation Army of China Saturday arrived in
Pakistan to participate in the joint military exercise 'Warrior-VI 2018'
. US 'ready to restart negotiations' with
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is ready to restart negotiations
with Pyongyang, with the aim of denuclearising North Korea "by 2021".
Good News for CSS
A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui conducted
hearing of the petition and issued notices to the Secretaries Ministry of
Defense, Establishment Division and Federal Public Service Commission (FPC).
Koreas Talk Peace The recent
summit held between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean
Chairman Kim Jong Un appears to have done all. ( Jahangir
World Time June 2018)
A new start or rerun in Korean Peninsula The
highly choreographed meeting was performed by the two lead actors almost
exactly as scripted. But many impromptu moments
of congeniality, which drew laughs from the audience as well as from the
actors themselves, highlighted the two sides’ eagerness to make the summit a
success. ( Jahangir
World Time June 2018)