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Meghan Markle, Harry’s wax figures relocated

Days before Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s visit to the UK, their wax figures have been relocated. According to Reuters, Harry and Meghan’s wax figures re-joined the British royal family at Madame Tussauds London. Waxwork models of Harry and Meghan were previously shifted to join other celebrities at the attraction’s …

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ECP regains full strength

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) finally regained its full strength on Monday, following the long-awaited appointment of two of its members after a delay of almost one year. President Dr Arif Alvi appointed Babar Hassan Bharwana and Justice (retd) Ikramullah Khan as members of the ECP from Punjab …

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Punjab likely to impose Rs5/litre excise duty on ethanol

LAHORE:The Punjab government is considering to impose Rs5 per litre excise duty of ethanol in the province which will generate over Rs20 billion to the provincial exchequer. The sources in the Punjab government disclosed that the idea was under consideration for exploring the new avenues for tax generation with objectives …

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Private Haj pilgrims to pay airfares in dollars

KARACHI: For the first time in the country’s history, the national flag carrier — Pakistan International Airline (PIA) — will charge airfares in dollars from Haj pilgrims flying on a private scheme. The airfares for the pilgrims from Southern region and Northern region are likely to remain in the range …

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EU envoy indicates GSP plus extension

KARACHI: Chargé d’Affaires of the EU Delegation to Pakistan Thomas Seiler has indicated that Generalised System of Preference (GSP+) beyond 2023 is possible for Pakistan as the government has ensured the European Union that all efforts to show compliance with the high requirements would be made. He was speaking at …

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Ministerial body formed to take stock of enforced disappearances

ISLAMABAD: The federal government Monday formed a seven-member committee for the “deliberation of a policy” related to enforced disappearances in the country after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) asked for an explanation on how disappearances “became state policy”. According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Interior, the committee …

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Protesters at ‘Azadi March’ were armed, admits Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Despite making continuous claims of holding a peaceful march towards the federal capital, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan admitted that the protesters coming with him during the “Azadi March” were carrying weapons with them. Speaking at an interview with a private TV channel about …

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PM Shehbaz Sharif orders release of Rs50bn to Chinese IPPs

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Monday directed the authorities concerned to immediately release Rs50 billion to Chinese Independent Power Producers (IPPs) as the first instalment out of outstanding dues of Rs340 billion. The PM chaired a meeting here and approved the immediate payment. With failure in opening up a revolving …

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