Friday, February 3, 2023

Pakistan's forex reserves barely enough to provide import cover for 18.5 days
Islamabad | Friday, 2023 4:15:09 AM IST
The foreign exchange reserves held by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) have plunged to precarious levels as the cash-strapped nation desperately seeks to revive the stalled bailout programme of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), local media reported. ... read..

Pakistan facing balance of payments crisis
Islamabad | Friday, 2023 2:45:09 AM IST
Faced with a shortage of US dollars, Pakistan only has enough foreign currency in its reserves to pay for three weeks of imports, according to a media report. ... read..

US says what China offered to SL for debt restructuring is not enough
Colombo | Thursday, 2023 2:15:09 AM IST
Commenting on Sri Lanka's debt restructuring process, visiting US Under-Secretary for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, complained on Wednesday that while India has made strong commitments for the cash-strapped island nation to unlock the International ... read..

15th Constitutional amendment has strengthened democracy: Sheikh Hasina
Dhaka | Wednesday, 2023 4:45:09 AM IST
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Tuesday that the 15th amendment to the Constitution has strengthened the country's democracy and empowered people to choose public representatives without anyone grabbing of power illegally. ... read..

Pakistan's Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan short on food, fuel & finance
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2023 3:15:09 AM IST
In a contrast that may seem cruel, Pakistans snow-bound north is feeling the heat of shortages -- of food, fuel and finance -- and frustration among the people of the tourist paradise is causing angry protests. ... read..

Pak PM, Army chief reach Peshawar for emergency meeting after deadly blast
Peshawar | Tuesday, 2023 4:15:10 AM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir reached Peshawar on Monday following a deadly suicide attack at a mosque in the Police Lines area, media reports said. ... read..

Police targeted in Peshawar mosque attack; toll mounts to 47
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2023 2:45:09 AM IST
At least 47 people have been killed in a bomb blast that apparently targeted policemen offering Zuhr prayers at a mosque in Peshawar's Police Lines area, according to a media report. ... read..

Supreme Irony! Pak can't feed its own people but wants Kashmir
New Delhi | Sunday, 2023 3:45:09 AM IST
A country that wanted to snatch Jammu and Kashmir from India has plunged into a deep economic crisis. The Pakistani rupee has fallen to an all-time low, medicine stocks are at the verge of getting exhausted, prices of wheat have skyrocketed and cash reser ... read..

Pakistan's power crisis lingers, paralyses economic activities
Islamabad | Saturday, 2023 3:45:09 AM IST
As fuel shortages have become a chronic problem in Pakistan, the overburdened electrical system collapses very often, just as it happened on January 23 resulting in a rolling wave of blackouts that began in Balochistan and Sindh provinces, but quickly spr ... read..

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka to slash costs for I-Day celebrations
Colombo | Friday, 2023 4:45:09 AM IST
Amid criticism by political opponents and activists, Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday directed to slash the cost of the 75th Independence Day celebrations (February 4), primarily due to the severe economic crisis facing the island nati ... read..

Pak to recover plots from influential people as austerity measures
Islamabad | Friday, 2023 1:15:09 AM IST
Pakistans National Austerity Committee (NAC) has suggested that multiple plots of land be reclaimed from individuals in positions of power and influence, such as civil and military bureaucrats, judges, and other members of society, media reports said. ... read..

Pakistan has become a banana republic: Imran Khan
Lahore | Thursday, 2023 4:45:09 AM IST
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday took a jibe at the country's Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), Sikandar Sultan Raja, following the arrest of senior PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry, saying that Pakistan has become a banana republ ... read..

Pakistan deploys US-trained snipers against dacoits in Sindh
Karachi | Thursday, 2023 4:45:09 AM IST
The police in Pakistans Sindh, currently engaged in an armed operation against dacoits hiding in the riverine areas of the province, have summoned 10 snipers who had been trained by American snipers, as they look to step up the efforts to purge the dacoit ... read..

India, Pakistan came 'too close' to nuclear conflagration: Pompeo (2nd Ld)
New York | Thursday, 2023 3:15:09 AM IST
India and Pakistan came "too close" to a nuclear conflagration during the 2019 confrontation with both sides believing the other was preparing to deploy nuclear weapons, according to former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. ... read..

India, Pakistan came 'too close' to nuclear conflagration: Pompeo (Lead)
New York | Thursday, 2023 1:45:09 AM IST
India and Pakistan came "too close" to a nuclear conflagration during the 2019 confrontation with both sides believing the other was preparing to deploy nuclear weapons, according to former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. ... read..

Pakistan hikes interest rate to 17%, highest since Oct 1997
Karachi | Tuesday, 2023 1:15:09 AM IST
In line with market expectations, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Monday jacked up the benchmark interest rate by 100 basis points to 17 per cent the highest since October 1997, reports said. ... read..

Pakistani girl illegally staying in Bengaluru arrested
Bengaluru | Monday, 2023 1:45:09 AM IST
A 19-year-old Pakistani girl, who allegedly forged her identity to stay illegally in India, has been arrested in Bengaluru, police said on Sunday. ... read..

Heroin-carrying hexacopter drone shot down in Punjab
Chandigarh | Monday, 2023 1:45:09 AM IST
In a joint operation with the Border Security Force (BSF), Punjab Police shot down a sophisticated hexacopter drone, loaded with 5 kg heroin, during a search operation launched along the border with Pakistan in Amritsar district on the intervening night o ... read..

Seven killed, over 50 injured as van, school bus collide in SL
Colombo | Saturday, 2023 4:15:09 AM IST
Seven people were killed and over 50 others, including school children, were injured when a bus collided with a van in the Central hills of Sri Lanka on Friday. ... read..

US covertly sponsoring IS, says Russia
Moscow | Saturday, 2023 3:45:09 AM IST
The US has been reaching out to armed groups that oppose the Taliban and secretly giving money to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), as per Russia's Presidential envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, media reports said. ... read..

Imran blames ex-Army chief for manufacturing economic crisis
Lahore | Saturday, 2023 1:15:09 AM IST
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Friday blamed former Pakistan Army chief General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa for the enormous economic and political challenges facing the country, claiming that the crises started brewing the day his gov ... read..

Time for PoJK to reunite with India?
New Delhi | Friday, 2023 3:15:09 AM IST
In October last year, India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that India's northward development journey had just begun and would end only when "we... reached the remaining parts of (POK) Gilgit-Baltistan", illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947. ... read..

Hardliners adamant to push Pakistan towards bankruptcy, make Sharif retract his peace offer
Islamabad | Friday, 2023 2:45:09 AM IST
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's assertion that Pakistan has "learnt its lessons" and wants to live in peace has not gone well with the parallel power systems in his country. ... read..

Jaishankar arrives in Colombo, as India assures IMF of strong support to crisis-hit SL
Colombo | Friday, 2023 1:15:09 AM IST
India's External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar, arrived here on Thursday amid written assurance given to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) of India's strong support for Sri Lanka's debt restructuring process. ... read..

Former SCBA president shot dead inside Peshawar High Court
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2023 1:45:09 AM IST
In a shocking incident of targeted killing, former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and senior lawyer Latif Afridi was shot dead inside the Peshawar High Court (PHC) bar room. ... read..

BSF thwarts Pakistani drone's arms drop attempt in Punjab
New Delhi | Monday, 2023 2:15:08 AM IST
The Border Security Force (BSF) has foiled another Pakistani attempt to smuggle drugs and weapons to India, by shooting down a drone in Punjab's border region, officials said on Sunday. ... read..

Shehbaz Sharif will have to take trust vote: Imran Khan
Lahore | Sunday, 2023 4:45:09 AM IST
In what appears to be a tit-for-tat move, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Saturday that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will have to take a trust vote, media reports said. ... read..

Calling on friendly countries for more loans embarrassing: Shehbaz Sharif
Lahore | Sunday, 2023 4:15:09 AM IST
Expressing regret over his calls for funds to friendly countries, Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Saturday that it really embarrassed him to ask for further loans, media reports said. ... read..

Thirteen including medical students arrested for peddling drugs in Mangaluru: Police
| January 13, 2023 1:33:50 AM IST
Mangaluru (Karnataka) [India], January 13 (ANI) Thirteen alleged drug peddlers including medical and dental students have been arrested here, police said on Thursday. ... read..

Union MoS Home reviews India-Myanmar border security, fencing work
Imphal | Wednesday, 2023 1:45:08 AM IST
Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai reviewed the prevailing security situation, operational preparedness, and ongoing construction work of the border fence along the 400-km-long India-Myanmar border in Manipur, officials said on Tuesday. ... read..

India modernising Sri Lanka's railway line to enhance mobility
Colombo | Tuesday, 2023 2:45:09 AM IST
India has launched modernisation of the 130km-long Northern railway line as part of the $1 billion project to upgrade Sri Lanka's over century-old railway line. ... read..

Pakistan pushes narco-terror strategy in Kashmir Valley
Srinagar | Tuesday, 2023 2:15:09 AM IST
Pakistan's ISI's C Wing is constantly changing its strategy on Kashmir. ... read..

Gen Bajwa, some other generals involved in ousting PTI govt, claims former minister
Islamabad | Sunday, 2023 2:45:09 AM IST
PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry has claimed that "some army generals", as well as then army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, were actively involved in removing the PTI government, media reports said. ... read..

BSF seized drugs valued at Rs 58.35cr, held 59 Rohingyas in 2022
Agartala | Wednesday, 2023 2:15:09 AM IST
The Border Security Force (BSF) has seized various drugs, gold and other contraband valued at Rs 58.35 crore and apprehended 370 people including 59 Rohingyas and 150 Bangladeshi nationals in different operations in 2022, officials said on Tuesday. ... read..

Imran Khan told General Bajwa that he had been a playboy
Lahore | Tuesday, 2023 2:15:09 AM IST
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said he once told then Army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa that he had been a playboy in the past, media reports said. ... read..

Ex-Pak Army officer claims Pakistani actresses used as 'honey traps' by country's establishment
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2023 1:15:11 AM IST
A retired Pakistani military officer and YouTuber has alleged that some actresses were used as 'honey traps' by the country's powerful establishment, according to media report. ... read..

BSF caught 22 Pakistani fishermen, seized heroin in Guj in 2022
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2023 1:15:10 AM IST
The Border Security Force's (BSF) Gujarat Frontier achieved great success in thwarting infiltration and drug smuggling in 2022, arresting 22 Pakistani fishermen on the international border in the state and seizing heroin, valued at Rs 320 crore, in differ ... read..

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