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Flash floods kill 5 as torrential rains hit Australia's east coast PERTH: Flash floods killed five people in south-east Queensland when their cars were swept away following a rain storm on Australia's east coast, police said on Saturday.The dead included three men, one woman and a eight-year-old boy, while more than 30 other people were rescued from cars stranded on flooded roads in and around Caboolture, 44 kilometres (27 miles) north of Brisbane."The tragedy is that people are still taking risks in order to try and get through," Queensland police inspector Lee Jeffries told local media. More than 360 mm (14 inches) of rain fell when the storm hit on Friday evening, most of it falling in a three hour period.The Bureau of Meteorology said that the low pressure system was contracting as it moved south into northern New South Wales early on Saturday but forecast damaging winds, heavy rainfall and large swells for the mid north coast and Central Hunter ...

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Ensuring peace across Pakistan government's top priority: PM PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Friday said it was the government's top priority to ensure the establishment of peace in the country as it was vital to make progress, prosperity and development in real terms."We are striving for the establishment of peace across the country, as it would bring about prosperity, attract investment, and help check poverty, unemployment and illiteracy," he said while addressing at a ceremony to distribute cheques among the families of ...

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Dar chairs meeting to review implementation of budget initiatives ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar Friday presided over a meeting here to review implementation status of the budget initiatives 2014-15.The minister was informed that most of the 33 initiatives had been fully implemented while progress of various degrees had been achieved on some.Some of the initiatives included formation of Tax Reforms Commission (which is finalizing its report), reduction in markup rates of Exports Re-finance Facility (ERF), reduction in markup rates of Long-Term Finance ...

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Imam-e-Kaa'ba leads Friday prayers at Faisal Mosque ISLAMABAD: Imam-e-Kaaba Dr Shaikh Khalid Al Ghamidi led Friday prayers at Faisal Mosque and offered special prayer for the peace and prosperity of Pakistan and the entire Muslim Ummah.President Mamnoon Hussain, federal ministers Sardar Muhammad Yousaf and Peer Ameen ul Hassant, parliamentarians and diplomats of Islamic countries were amongst the thousands of faithful, who offered Friday prayers at Faisal Mosque.Addressing the mammoth gathering, Sheikh Khalid Al Ghamidi said Islam was the world's best religion which ...

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World Bank approves $50 million to train youth in Punjab WASHINGTON: The World Bank has approved US $ 50 million to improve skills training programmes in priority growth sectors in Punjab as part of a project aiming to improve the quality, labour market relevance and access to the training programmes with a focus on the employability of graduate trainees. The Bank said Punjab Skills Development Project would benefit individuals in the labor force who wish to gain job specific skills and training in order to ...