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Boris Johnson defends Brexit plan and ‘row’ silence

London:      Boris Johnson has admitted he would need EU co-operation to avoid a hard Irish border or crippling tariffs on trade in the event of no deal. In an exclusive interview with the BBC, the favourite to be next prime minister said: “It’s not just up to us.” But he said he did “not believe for a moment” …

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Malaysia air pollution: Schools shut after illness hits children

Kuala Lumpur:      More than 400 schools in the Malaysian state of Johor are closed after 75 students experienced breathing difficulties and vomiting. Schools in the industrial area of Pasir Gudang have been shut until Thursday as authorities investigate the latest air pollution incident to hit the state. In March about 4,000 people – mostly children – fell ill …

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Foreign Minister meets NATO Secretary General in Brussels

Brussels : ( Rasheed Ahmed)     Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi met Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels today. The two sides reviewed the status of bilateral cooperation, and exchanged views on the regional political and security situation. The meeting was also attended by the Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller. Briefing on Pakistan’s efforts towards …

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Erdogan’s party suffers blow after Istanbul re-run poll defeat

Ankara:      Turkey’s ruling AK Party has lost control of Istanbul after a re-run of the city’s mayoral election, delivering a stinging blow to President Erdogan. With nearly all ballots counted, main opposition party candidate Ekrem Imamoglu had a lead of 775,000 votes, a huge increase on the margin of 13,000 he achieved in the earlier election. That victory …

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U.S. attempts to contain China are doomed to fail: Russian Communist Party leader

By Yin Xinyu, Zhang Xiaodong, People’s Daily, BEIJING:    U.S. attempts to contain China are doomed to fail, said Gennady Zyuganov, Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation in an interview with People’s Daily. Some U.S. politicians are just used to stifling their competitors, and are trying to sabotage Chinese economy by a variety …

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China, DPRK to pass traditional friendship from generation to generation

By Mang Jiuchen, People’s Daily, BEIJING:    The East Pyongyang No. 1 Middle School located in Tongdaewon-guyok of downtown Pyongyang is well-known throughout the DPRK. Inside the brand new teaching building, a billboard calling for students to always be ready for the country is hung in the corridor together with an honor roll. It’s set to encourage and motive students …

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The AJK legislative assembly resumed debate on budget 2019-20

MUZAFFARABAD:(Parliament Times) Minister for civil defense Ahmed Raza Qadri, Minister for Food Syed Shaukat Ali Shah, Minister for Jails Ch. Muhammad Ishaq, Minister for Sports Ch. Muhammad Saeed, Deputy Speaker Sardar Amir Altaf, Minister for Agriculture Ch. Masood Khalid and MLA Aleem Shah expressed their views on the next budget. Ahmed Raza Qadri said when PML-N government came into power …

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Report on International Religious Freedom released

Washington:       The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom released. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. The U.S. Department of State submits the reports in accordance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998. The Department of …

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Pakistan Navy ship Aslat visits Salalah, Oman

Islamabad:    Pakistan Navy Ship ASLAT with embarked AL-43 helicopter, visited Port Salalah of Oman as part of overseas deployment for Regional Maritime Security Patrols (West) in North Arabian Sea. Deployment of PNS ASLAT is primarily focused on ensuring safety and security of international shipping in these waters. PNS ASLAT is front line warship of Pakistan Navy Fleet  fourth ship …

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