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Few thousand people cannot hold hostage public mandate: PM LAHORE: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Saturday said few thousand people, gathered before the Parliament House, could hold hostage the mandate, given by millions of people to the government.He said "Few thousand people have gathered in Islamabad and are asking the government, with the mandate by millions of people, to wind up, dissolve assemblies and hold fresh elections. Is not it a step against democracy", he said talking to private news Dunya News.The Prime Minister visited the residence of renowned journalist Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Shami to condole the demise of his sister.He said "In a resolution, the opposition and the allied parties have committed not to tolerate any step against the democracy."He expressed the optimism that this tumultuous situation would end up within few days.The Prime Minister said the government had accepted all demands of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, related to the reforms and also requested the Supreme Court to constitute a commission ...

Poroshenko wants 'appropriate response' from EU over Russian forces KIEV: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko appealed to the European Union to give an "appropriate response" over Russian forces being brought into Ukraine, his spokesman said in a Twitter post.Referring to meetings in Brussels between Poroshenko and EU leaders on Saturday, the spokesman said: "Poroshenko expressed the hope that the leaders of EU members will give an appropriate response to the act of aggression towards Ukraine."The bringing of Russian forces onto Ukrainian territory requires an appropriate ...

Maldives media raise nearly $2mn for Gaza victims COLOMBO: Media outlets in the Maldives have raised nearly $2 million to help Gaza residents affected by massive destruction caused in the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas, a fundraising organiser said Saturday."About 10 media institutions, including on-line and print, came together to raise this money," spokesman Ahmed Zahir said by telephone from Male, the capital of the Muslim archipelago.Maldives, a high-end holiday destination in the Indian Ocean, has expressed solidarity with Gaza, whose economy ...

WB approves grant to help combat malnutrition in Sindh, Balochistan ISLAMABAD: The World Bank has approved US$47.95 million to help Pakistan improve nutrition status of children under two years of age, and pregnant and lactating women in targeted areas.The project initially focuses on Sindh and Balochistan provinces.It is aimed at enhancing national coverage through coordination of support between Pakistan's development partners, said a press release issued here Saturday.The World Bank's financial support consists of a credit from the International Development Association (IDA) of US$36.24 million ...

Ukrainian cargo plane with 7 on board crashes in Algeria ALGIERS: A Ukrainian cargo plane with seven people on board crashed in Algeria's far south on Saturday, an Algerian transport ministry official said.The Antonov-12 cargo plane en route to Equatorial Guinea crashed at 0240 local time after taking off from Tamanrasset airport, the official said, adding that three burned bodies were found at the crash site.Copyright Reuters, 2014

Russia wants humanitarian aid 'bridge' into Ukraine: report MOSCOW: A senior military official said Saturday that Russia wants a "humanitarian bridge" to ferry multiple aid shipments into war-torn areas of eastern Ukraine.Russian authorities, social organisations and businesses "are thinking of organising not one humanitarian convoy, which we have already sent, but a second, third, tenth," Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov told the state RIA-Novosti news agency in an interview."In general, we would like for there to be a normal humanitarian bridge between" Russia ...


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