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Martyred Naik Muhammad Imtiaz laid to rest FAISALABAD: Naik Muhammad Imtiaz, who embraced martyrdom due to firing of Indian forces at the Line of Control (LoC) last night, was laid to rest, here late Thursday night. Muhammad Imtiaz, a resident of Hajvairi Town Faisalabad, had joined Pak Army about 14 years ago and was promoted to the rank of Naik. He was performing his duties at the Line of Control (LoC) where he embraced martyrdom due to firing of Indian forces last night. His body was brought to Faisalabad where his Namaz-e-Janaza was offered at the ground of Government Islamia College Sargodha Road. Mufti Muhammad Rizwan of Jamia Qadriyya led the funeral prayers in which MPA Tahir Jameel, MPA Khalid Saeed, DG Rangers Umar Farooq Barki, officers of army and police and local notables participated. After funeral prayers, Naik Muhammad Imtiaz's body was laid to rest in Amartsarian graveyard. He was youngest one among his eight brothers ...

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Five children die in orphanage fire in Mirpurkhas MIRPURKHAS: Five children died as a fire broke out at an orphanage in Liaquat Town here on Thursday, police said. Deputy Commissioner Mirpurkhas Mehdi Shah confirmed that five children died in the fire incident at Bait-ul-Mal's orphanage "Sweet Homes". Rescuers reached the incident site and rescued other children. Firefighters also arrived at the orphanage to put out the blaze. According to District Officer Bait-ul-Mal the cause of the fire was electric short-circuit. DIG Mirpurkhas, Javed ...

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African economic growth to dip to 1.6pc this year: World Bank ABIDJAN: Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is likely to slip to 1.6 percent this year, from 3 percent in 2015, due to continuing woes in the continent's largest economies South Africa and Nigeria, a World Bank report said on Thursday. Growth will pick up slightly to 2.9 percent next year, according to "Africa's Pulse", the Bank's twice-yearly analysis of economic trends, which was unveiled in Ivory Coast's commercial capital Abidjan. African economies are expected to ...

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Amnesty accuses Sudan of using chemical weapons in Darfur UNITED NATIONS: Sudan's government has carried out at least 30 likely chemical weapons attacks in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur since January using what two experts concluded was a probable blister agent, Amnesty International said on Thursday. The rights group estimated that up to 250 people may have died as a result of exposure to the chemical weapons agents. The most recent attack occurred on Sept. 9 and Amnesty said its investigation was based ...

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Euro zone inflation gauge, bond yields diverge after central bank moves LONDON: Financial markets appear to see a rebound in inflation on the horizon even as bond yields fall, leaving investors asking whether this shows years of easy money are finally working or is just a pricing anomaly linked to the latest central bank policy twist. The trigger for this rare break in what has been a lockstep link between nominal bond yields and gauges of inflation expectations was last week's Bank of Japan meeting, which ...