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In Trumps America, neighbors stand with Muslims

In the third week of the first Ramadan of the Donald Trump presidency, seven Muslim families gathered for an iftar dinner to conclude the day’s fast at a spacious home in a recently developed suburb of Easton, Pennsylvania. Men and women congregated in separate rooms. Children with iPhones and fidget spinners ran down a hallway and through the kitchen, where …

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An insight into American society

An insight into American society

America’s cultural divide runs deep. While rural and urban Americans share some economic challenges, they frequently diverge on questions of culture and values. On few issues are they more at odds than immigration. The political divide between rural and urban America is more cultural than it is economic, rooted in rural residents’ deep misgivings about the nation’s rapidly changing demographics, …

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French president Macron wants to make his country next technology hub

Newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron wants to make his country the next technology hub and has launched a new technology visa programme to lure in international talent. Speaking at the Viva Tech conference in Paris, the French president outlined how his government aimed to cut down on regulations that would make it easier for foreign talent to work and support …

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Terror strikes London again!

Corbyn to attend prayers at Finsbury Park mosque Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is also the MP for the area, said he will be attending prayers at the Finsbury Park mosque later today. In a statement he said: “I am shocked by this horrific and cruel attack in Finsbury Park, which is being treated as an act of terror. “I …

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Economic disaster looms over Pakistan

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Friday that the macroeconomic stability gains the country had achieved in the past four years have started to erode and could pose risks to its positive economic outlook. The global lender released a communiqué – two days after its executive board concluded Article-IV consultations with Pakistan – depicting a gloomy future outlook for …

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U.S. investors see lack of incentives in federal budget

American investors have expressed concerns over the lack of initiatives in the 2017-18 budget to broaden the tax net and simplify procedural requirements for existing taxpayers. In order to spur investment in plant and machinery, American investors were looking for some taxation relief measures, such as the reduction of turnover tax from one per cent to 0.5pc. However, this was …

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Revision of trade policy on the cards

The Ministry of Commerce has decided to revise the Strategic Trade Policy Framework (STPF) as exports continue to fall. The decision was taken on Thursday in a meeting headed by Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir. A source privy to the meeting told Dawn that a new policy will be evolved in six months. The three-year STPF was approved by the government …

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Can PM Nawaz actually be an ordinary citizen in JIT probe?

The ruling party on Thursday claimed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appeared before the joint investigation team as an ‘ordinary citizen’, but the facts state the opposite. “History has been made today. [The] prime minister has arrived without any protocol, riding his personal vehicle. He comes here like an ordinary citizen,” PM’s Special Assistant Asif Kirmani told the media upon …

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Debt and default looms over Indian telecom industry

India’s top seven telecommunications companies saw their total debt burden rise 20 percent in financial year 2016-17. From Rs 3,02,321 crore in the previous year to Rs 3,59,940 crore. Vodafone India Ltd. was the only one among the seven which saw a 22 percent fall in its total debt after parent Vodafone Plc. infused equity worth Rs 47,700 crore to …

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PM Sharif appears before JIT for Panama case

PM Sharif appears before JIT for Panama case

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will appear today before a Supreme Court-appointed team probing the Panamagate graft case, an unprecedented development that will make him the first sitting premier to depose before such a panel. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) chief Wajid Zia had summoned the prime minister to appear before the six-member probe team today with all documents relevant …

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