Brazil’s president blames NGOs for Amazon fire

SAO PAULO: Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday accused non-governmental organisations of setting wildfires in the Amazon rainforest to damage his government’s image after he cut their funding.... Read more »

Current account deficit contracts 73pc in July

KARACHI: The current account deficit (CAD) shrank by a massive 73 per cent in the first month of this fiscal year, reported the State Bank of Pakistan on Tuesday.... Read more »

Trade deficit contracts 29pc in July

ISLAMABAD: The government’s battle against bloated trade deficit is bearing fruits as it shrank by 29 per cent in the first month of this fiscal year, driven largely by... Read more »

OIC asks India to immediately lift Kashmir curfew

ISLAMABAD: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has asked India to immediately lift the 12-day curfew in occupied Kashmir that has paralysed life across the valley. Foreign Minister Shah... Read more »

Activists describe life under lockdown in occupied Kashmir as grim

NEW DELHI: On the eve of India’s independence day, a team of activists and scholars released a report that paints a bleak picture of India-held Kashmir, challenging government accounts... Read more »

No phone calls, no groceries: held Kashmir on edge under lockdown

SRINAGAR: Tens of thousands of government forces in riot gear patrol India-held Kashmir. Streets lined with shuttered shops are deserted, steel barricades and razor wire cutting off neighbourhoods. An... Read more »

India’s parliament outlaws instant divorce for Muslims

NEW DELHI: Indian lawmakers on Tuesday approved a bill to end the Muslim practice of instant divorce two years after the Supreme Court ruled that it violated the constitutional... Read more »

Nothing for the National Assembly to boast about in its first parliamentary year

ISLAMABAD: With the National As­­sem­­bly set to begin, which can be the last session of the first parliamentary year on Monday (today), there is nothing to boast about its... Read more »

Govt set to revive WB-proposed gas reforms amid resistance from provinces

ISLAMABAD: The government has revived the World Bank-supported gas sector reforms left unfinished by former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi amid resistance from provinces. The proposed reforms envisage dismantling... Read more »

Sajid Javid named UK treasury chief

LONDON: Boris Johnson appointed Sajid Javid Britain’s new treasury chief, one of the most senior jobs in cabinet, soon after taking oath as prime minister on Wednesday. Javid will... Read more »