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Twitter 'source of all evil': top Saudi cleric RIYADH: The microblogging site Twitter popular among both men and women in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia is nothing more than "a source of lies" and evil, the kingdom's top Muslim cleric said."If it were used correctly, it could be of real benefit, but unfortunately it's exploited for trivial matters," Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh said on his "Fatwa" television show broadcast late Monday.Twitter is "the source of all evil and devastation", the mufti said."People are rushing to it thinking it's a source of credible information but it's a source of lies and falsehood."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

Hong Kong government hopeful for more talks with protesters HONG KONG: Hong Kong's government held its first talks Tuesday with pro-democracy protest leaders after three weeks of mass rallies and roadblocks which have posed a challenge to Beijing, and said it hopes for more discussions.The embattled leader of the semi-autonomous Chinese city extended a potential olive branch to protesters hours before the talks began, saying he was open to creating a more democratic committee to help choose his successor.Government negotiators responded positively to the ...
MNAs demand dual voting right for minorities, enhancement of reserve seats ISLAMABAD: The legislators Tuesday demanded the allocation of division wise seats for minority representatives and grant of dual vote to them as in practice in several countries.The Bill was moved by Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur, Dr Azra Fazl Pechuho, Ghous Bakhsh Khan Mehr, Abdul Waseem Sanjay Parvani, Mehmood Khan Achakazai, Imran Zafar Leghari, Umer Ayub Khan, Dr Nafeesa Shah, Syed Kazim Ali Shah, Sheikh Salahuddin and Muhammad Raza Hayat Hiraj.Speaking in ...
No increase in power tariff for consumers ISLAMABAD: In line with the directions of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the government has decided not to burden the electricity consumers with new tariff for the year 2013-14 as determined by NEPRA and maintains it at the level of current tariff.The average national tariff for the year 2013-14 as determined by National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) is Rs 13.81/ unit while the current average national tariff is Rs 11.52/unit.It may be recalled that ...
Sartaj Aziz calls for unity on vital national issues ISLAMABAD: Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has urged greater national unity to effectively tackle challenges being faced by the country, including the situation on the Line of Control and relations with India."The whole nation will have to be united and tell India that we will never accept Indian supremacy or hegemony; will never forget the rights of Kashmiris; and will protect our vital interests," Sartaj Aziz said in a PTV programme ...
No increase in electricity bills: Abid Sher Ali ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali said there will be no increase in electricity bills rather the government will have to bear additional burden through fuel adjustments.Talking to PTV News, he said the PML-N government is people friendly and has not increased the tariff by 29 paisa per unit rather it was bearing the impact of 30 paisa per unit through fuel adjustments.According to official sources, no net increase was ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
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