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World’s worst hotel is surely somewhere in Asia

Frequent travellers in Asia (i.e., this columnist and his readers) are outraged that staff at the Hans Brinker Hotel of Amsterdam are now marketing their hostelry as “the world’s worst hotel”. How dare they? Hotels in Asia are WAY worse. Look at the facts. The Hans Brinker is running a cutesy campaign admitting that it […]

US bans Pakistani minister for bounty on filmmaker’s head

Islamabad:  The United States has banned a Pakistani minister from visiting the country over his announcement of a bounty on the head of the maker of an anti-Islam movie. Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmad Bilour announced in September that he would give a $100,000 award to anyone who killed the maker of “Innocence of Muslims” […]

Pakistan clears visa accord, India welcomes it

New Delhi/Islamabad:  A day after Pakistan’s cabinet approved a liberalised visa agreement with India, India Thursday said it will activate diplomatic channels with Islamabad to implement the arrangement at the earliest. The accord, which was signed during the visit of then External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna to Islamabad, eases curbs on issuing visas to traders, […]

Pakistan rejects Indian home minister’s remarks on infiltration

Islamabad: Pakistan Tuesday dismissed as “baseless and unfounded” remarks by Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde that Islamabad is “helping terrorists” to enter Indian territory. Pakistan angrily rejected Shinde’s remarks Monday that India has information that Pakistan is helping terrorists to infiltrate and asked the Indian minister to share information with Pakistan, reported Xinhua citing local media […]

Grossman holds talks with Khar, Kayani

Islamabad:  Visiting US special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman has met Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to discuss the progress made in their joint counter-terrorism efforts. A wide range of issues of mutual concern, including counter-terrorism, were discussed, the Pakistani official APP news agency reported. […]

Bangladesh president’s son named new BCB chief

Dhaka:  Bangladeshi president’s son Nazmul Hasan Papon has been made the new chief of that South Asian country’s cricket authority. National Sports Council (NSC) chairman Ahad Ali Sarkar made the appointment Wednesday as the incumbent president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) A.H.M. Mustafa Kamal has recently been nominated as the International Cricket Council (ICC) […]

Bounty on Taliban spokesman pointless: Daily

Islamabad:  The bounty of Rs.100 million for the capture of Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan is a pointless exercise, said a Pakistani daily, noting that it was strange that “no thought had apparently been given to locating him until the attack on Malala Yousafzai”. “We seem to have fallen into the habit of closing the […]

Pakistani daily fumes at child marriage

Islamabad:  Poverty and patriarchy in Pakistan “conspire to deprive girls of their childhood”, a leading daily said Monday while dwelling on the emotional trauma of child marriage as well as the long-term physical repercussions that can be debilitating or even fatal. More often than not, said an editorial in the Dawn, being born a girl […]

Pakistani anti-polio official’s son ‘abducted’

Islamabad: A 12-year-old son of a woman official, working with the polio virus eradication programme in Pakistan, has reportedly been “abducted” after he went out to the market and never returned home. The three-day nationwide polio vaccination campaign is set to begin Oct 15, and officials in the port city of Karachi have threatened to […]

First phase of Imaran’s anti-drone rally peaceful

Islamabad:  The first phase of an anti-drone rally in Pakistan organised by Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has ended peacefully. Imran Khan, who is leading a convoy of hundreds of vehicles, has vowed to reach South Waziristan, where the rally would culminate, Xinhua reported. Saturday’s peace rally kicked off from cities such as Islamabad, Lahore […]

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