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13 suspected TTP militants killed in Sohrab Goth KARACHI: Police on Monday claimed to have killed 13 suspected militants of banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) during an encounter in Sohrab Goth.SSP Ali Mohammad said that a rangers and police party conducted joint search operation at Super Market area in Sohrab Goth. SSP Rao Anwar said that armed TTP militants opened fire on police after which they returned fire in Sohrab Goth.Rescue sources said the bodies of 13 suspected militants were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hosptial for medico-legal formalities. The names of killed militants could not be released to media. The police also claimed to have recovered weapons, hand grenades, explosive material and police uniform from those killed.During the operation, all inter and exit routes of the area were sealed off. The operation created panic in the areas. Copyright PPI (Pakistan Press International), 2014 ...

Pakistan to witness Winter Solstice today The winter solstice on December 22 marks the shortest day of the year. A solstice occurs twice a year, when the sun’s position in the sky, as viewed from Earth, reaches its farthest points north and south from the celestial equator.According to the Meteorological department, on December 22 with sunrise at 07:12 a.m. and sunset on 17:48 p.m. the day will be 10:35:42 long. December Solstice (Winter Solstice) is on Monday, 22 December 2014 in ...
Japan govt vows to 'steadily reduce' new JGB issue in FY2015/16 TOKYO: Japan's government said on Monday it would "steadily reduce" new government bond issuance for the next fiscal year from that planned for the current year ending in March 2015 in a bid to curb runaway public debt. In a draft budget outline submitted to the top economic council, Tokyo also pledged to "do its utmost" to meet its goal of halving the country's primary budget deficit in the next fiscal year.The outline, to be ...
South Korea cuts forecasts but sees improvement in 2015 on oil, stimulus SEJONG: South Korea cut its bullish growth forecasts for both this year and next, but does see conditions perking up in 2015 as government stimulus measures and falling crude oil prices animate domestic consumption. The Ministry of Strategy and Finance forecast on Monday the economy will grow by 3.4 percent this year, down from 3.7 percent projected in July, with private investment and sentiment turning out weaker than the government had expected. It also downgraded ...
Japan condemns Sony hacking, says sharing information with Washington TOKYO: Japan strongly condemns the cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that the United States has blamed on North Korea, Japan's government spokesman said. "Japan is maintaining close contact with the United States and supporting their handling of this case," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a regular news conference, adding that Tokyo is sharing information with Washington. Suga did not answer when asked if Japan is convinced North Korea was behind the cyber attack, but ...
Seeing the doctor, overseas: medical tourism booms in Asia KUALA LUMPUR: The lines snaking into Bangladesh's overwhelmed hospitals are often so long, says Nusrat Hussein Kiwan, that they extend into the street outside -- too many patients seeking too few quality doctors.So, through a Google search, the wife of a Bangladeshi construction executive chose a Malaysian hospital for her heart bypass surgery."It's peaceful here, and my doctors are good," Kiwan, 65, said during a post-op check-up at a Kuala Lumpur private hospital, looking full ...


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