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CEO of French oil giant Total killed in Moscow plane crash MOSCOW: The CEO of French oil company Total, Christophe de Margerie died in a plane crash at a Moscow airport after his private jet struck a snow plough on takeoff.Total confirmed the death of the 63-year-old early on Tuesday. "The Total Group confirms with great and profound sadness that its CEO Christophe de Margerie died last night shortly after 10pm (Paris time) in an air crash at Vnukovo airport in Moscow following a collision with a snow removing machine," Total said in a statement.Just hours earlier De Margerie had met Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at his country residence outside Moscow to discuss foreign investment in Russia, Vedomosti business daily reported.The Vnukovo airport said in a statement that the Falcon Dassault business aviation jet crashed as it prepared to take off for Paris with one passenger and three crew on board."During run-up at 11:57 pm, there was a collision with ...

Peace, stability in Afghanistan prerequisite for economic development in region: Sartaj ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Monday said peace and stability in Afghanistan were prerequisite for realization of the agenda of economic development and higher standards of living for the people of region.Addressing the concluding session of second two-day Trilateral China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Dialogue, organized by Pakistan-China Institute here, he said the task to ensure peace and stability in the region was very difficult due to numerous challenges, including extremism, ...

MQM stages token walkout to protest 'negative' remarks of PPP leadership ISLAMABAD: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Monday staged a token walk out from the National Assembly to protest "negative attitude" of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leadership. Speaking on a point of order in the House, MQM's parliamentary leader Abdul Rashid Godil said had democracy been given a chance to flourish in the country, East Pakistan would not have been separated.He asked the PPP leadership to tender apology for levelling allegations against the MQM. He ...

LNG to arrive in Pakistan within next three months: NA informed ISLAMABAD: Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Monday informed the National Assembly that the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) would arrive in Pakistan within next three months. Replying to the questions in National Assembly, the minister said the previous government had tried their level best to install an LNG terminal in the country but failed to do so. The minister said under the policy, compressed natuiral gas (CNG) dealers would be allowed to ...

Hashmi still in political arena to strengthen democracy: Saad MULTAN: Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq on Monday declared veteran politician Javed Hashmi as 'prisoner of conscience' and defeat in one election cannot end his political career.Talking to the newsmen after meeting with Javed Hashmi here at his residence, Saad Rafiq said that the fast bowler says that political career of Javed Hashmi was over. But I want to tell him that one election defeat cannot end political career of a brave and ...

Qadir urges India to resolve Kashmir issue through dialogue ISLAMABAD: Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Abdul Qadir Baloch has asked India to resolve the Kashmir issue through negotiation as war is no solution to any problem.He said the South Asian region needs economic prosperity for which both countries should resolve their issues amicably.The Minister said Pakistan is fully capable of defending its borders, Radio Pakistan reported on Monday.He said the people of Occupied Kashmir should get their right to self- determination in ...


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