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Alibaba Singles’ Day smashes $25bn sales record

SHANGHAI (Web Desk) Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd smashed the 2017 record for its Singles’ Day sales event on Sunday, surpassing 168 billion yuan ($24.15 billion) sales in under 16 hours and closing the day at 213bn yuan ($30bn). Singles’ Day, also called “Double 11” is the world’s biggest …

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Peshawar bus project budget to be revised soon

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) is set to approve a Rs66.4 billion revised plan for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in Peshawar this week. The revised plan of the BRT is being sent to Ecnec on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan …

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‘Silly mistake’ by Pakistan gifts India 10 runs in World T20 win

Dubai (Web Desk) Pakistan’s batters gifted India 10 penalty runs by consistently running on the pitch as they succumbed to a seven-wicket defeat by their rivals in the Women’s World Twenty20 on Sunday. Underdogs Pakistan posted a challenging total of 133-7 in Guyana thanks to fifties from Bismah Maroof and …

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Targeted killing of Hazaras

Akhlaq Ullah Tarar IT’S very hard to find a single household of the Hazara community in Quetta that has not been victimised by targeted killing. It is a caged community, owing to their sect, in a state of captivity for the past 20 years. It is curious that a peace-loving, …

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Khaleda Zia’s party to challenge Hasina in election

DHAKA (Web Desk) Bangladesh’s main opposition party announced on Sunday it would not boycott next month’s general election and would challenge Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the polls, despite its leader being in jail. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party said it would contest the December 23 election but has expressed fears it …

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10 security personnel, 15 civilians killed in Afghan fighting

KABUL (Web Desk) 15 Afghan civilians and 10 commandos sent to reinforce Shia militia forces fighting the Taliban in the central province of Ghazni were killed on Sunday, officials said, as a days-long battle with threatening ethnic overtones continued. The fighting in Jaghori district, an area inhabited mainly by Shia ethnic …

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Netanyahu defends Qatari cash infusion for Gaza

JERUSALEM (Web Desk) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has defended allowing Qatar to transfer millions of dollars to Hamas-run Gaza despite criticism from within his own government over the move aimed at restoring calm after months of unrest. The Israeli-authorised money transfer appeared to be part of talks that would see …

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Sri Lanka parties challenge president in court

Colombo (Web Desk) Sri Lanka’s main parties on Monday challenged in the highest court the president’s sacking of parliament, a move which has escalated a political crisis and deepened international alarm. President Maithripala Sirisena late on Friday called snap elections for January 5 and dismissed parliament, two weeks after sacking …

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2 minors die from ‘food poisoning’ in Karachi; CM, governor take notice

Karachi (Web Desk) Two minor brothers died on Sunday afternoon from ‘food poisoning’ after which the authorities sealed a restaurant in the metropolis, said Karachi Police. SSP South Pir Muhammed Shah said the victims’ mother was also hospitalised and was under treatment. “Two minor brothers namely Ahmad, one and half …

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