Print - 2019-12-28
Law aimed at blunting the painful edge of NAB on its way

Law aimed at blunting the painful edge of NAB on its way

The government is all set to promulgate amended National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Ordinance, 2019 with a view to insulating bureaucracy and businessmen from the fear of NAB investigation.
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Economic challenges: PM says won't stop criticizing previous governments

Economic challenges: PM says won't stop criticizing previous governments

Highlighting the importance of traders and investors in turning Pakistan into an economically strong and welfare state as envisioned by the country's founding fathers, Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday said the government would extend all possible faciliti
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
12 killed as plane crashes in Kazakhstan but many survive

12 killed as plane crashes in Kazakhstan but many survive

Twelve people died when a plane carrying 100 passengers and crew crashed shortly after takeoff in Kazakhstan on Friday and collided with a house, but many onboard survived without serious injury.
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
China fines Toyota 87.6 million yuan over Lexus price-fixing

China fines Toyota 87.6 million yuan over Lexus price-fixing

China's market regulator on Friday has fined Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor 87.6 million yuan ($12.5 million) for price-fixing on its premium Lexus cars in eastern Jiangsu province, according to a document on its website. The decision comes as China steps
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Ehsaas Kifalat stipend increased to Rs 5,500

Ehsaas Kifalat stipend increased to Rs 5,500

Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection and Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Dr. Sania Nishtar Thursday announced that the government has increased the quarterly cash grant for 4.3 million
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
China calls for restraint over clash in Kashmir region

China calls for restraint over clash in Kashmir region

China called on India and Pakistan to maintain restraint and avoid taking actions that could escalate tensions, a foreign ministry spokesperson said on Friday. Spokesperson Geng Shuang made the remarks when asked to comment on media reports that a clash b
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Bank holiday

Bank holiday

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) will remain closed for public dealing on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, which will be observed as 'Bank Holiday'. All banks / DFIs / MFBs shall, therefore, remain closed for public dealing on the above date. However, all empl
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Hundreds join final Gaza-Israel border protests for three months

Hundreds join final Gaza-Israel border protests for three months

Hundreds of Palestinians took part in protests along the Gaza-Israel border Friday, the last of the Hamas-backed demonstrations until March. Amid heavy rain and wind, the rallies had the lowest turnout in months, with tensions far lower than in previous w
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Quake strikes near Iran nuclear power plant

Quake strikes near Iran nuclear power plant

An earthquake struck Iran on Friday less than 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the country's only nuclear power plant, monitors said. There were no immediate reports of any casualties or damage. The US Geological Survey said the 5.1 magnitude quake struck 44
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Public Offering Regulations, 2017: SECP unveils certain amendments

Public Offering Regulations, 2017: SECP unveils certain amendments

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has issued certain amendments to the Public Offering Regulations, 2017 to promote capital formation by facilitating issuers, reducing the cost of an IPO and safeguarding the interest of general pub
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Winter vacations: Musharraf's application returned

Winter vacations: Musharraf's application returned

The Lahore High Court registrar's office on Friday returned an application of former president Gen Pervez Musharraf (retd) against his conviction in the high treason case as the relevant full bench was not available during winter vacations.
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
BMP's Anjum Nisar elected FPCCI president

BMP's Anjum Nisar elected FPCCI president

After six years, the candidate of Businessmen Panel (BMP), Anjum Nisar won the seat of President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) for the year 2020.
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Pak-Saudi relationship
Letters

Pak-Saudi relationship

That Saudi Arabia is a country that helps at a difficult time is a fact. According to media reports, Saudi foreign minister Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud has conveyed the 'firm' commitment of Saudi leadership to further deepening of "fraternal ties and multi-
Updated 28 Dec, 2019 05:15am
Fury grows after protest deaths in Indian Muslim neighbourhood
Articles

Fury grows after protest deaths in Indian Muslim neighbourhood

Zaheer Ahmed had just returned home from work in northern India last Friday afternoon and stepped out for a smoke before lunch. Minutes later, he was dead, shot in the head. His death, and the killing by gunfire of four other Muslim men the same afternoon
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Nissan orders big spending cuts
Articles

Nissan orders big spending cuts

Japan's Nissan Motor Co has told its managers to slash non-essential spending as the automaker grapples with slumping car sales and tumbling profits, three company sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Don't grow?
Articles

Don't grow?

If there is one global ranking that Pakistan will surely top hands down, than it is the one for most potatoes in a year; due credit to an anonymous chap on Tweeter, and to understand what the ranking is all about, translate potato into Urdu.
Updated 28 Dec, 2019 05:12am
Ex post facto accountability
Articles

Ex post facto accountability

In times, when a major feud between two contestants was settled through a sword fight, if one of them fell down in the fight with the sword dislodged, the opponent would patiently wait for the fallen one to pick up the sword ready to fight back. This is c
Updated 28 Dec, 2019 05:08am
'A season of bail'?

'A season of bail'?

Minister of State for Narcotics Control, Shehryar Afridi, obviously had not done his homework when he claimed to have purported video evidence of PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah getting caught red-handed on July 1 by ANF personnel carrying 15 kg of heroine in
Updated 30 Dec, 2019 06:42am
Streamlining BISP database

Streamlining BISP database

Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) was lauded within the country and among international financial institutions for sustenance of the very poor who were, otherwise, unable to meet their basic requirements and keep their bodies and souls together. How
Updated 30 Dec, 2019 06:42am
First batch of dual seat JF-17 aircraft rolls out at PAC Kamra

First batch of dual seat JF-17 aircraft rolls out at PAC Kamra

Pakistan Aeronautical Complex, Kamra achieved yet another remarkable milestone when first batch of 08 dual seat JF-17 aircraft rolled out from Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra on Friday. To mark this momentous occasion, a grand ceremony was held
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
NIH notifies 81 polio cases in KP

NIH notifies 81 polio cases in KP

The National Institute of Health Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday notified two more polio cases from Tank and Bannu Districts taking the total case count to 81 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2019. According to the details, one wild polio virus has been isolated fro
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Usman Mukhtar named SCO's digital ambassador

Usman Mukhtar named SCO's digital ambassador

Special Communications Organization (SCO), a telecom operator in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, has named actor, director and model Usman Mukhtar as its digital ambassador. Usman Mukhtar will be engaged in various media activities to endorse S
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Pakistan offers scholarships to Afghan students

Pakistan offers scholarships to Afghan students

Pakistan is offering scholarships to 1,000 Afghan students as part of its Allama Iqbal Scholarship Programme. The event for the scholarship programme was attended by Pakistani envoy to Kabul Zahid Nasrullah Khan. The grant is being given by Pakistan's Hig
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Young people can play pivotal role in stabilising economy: Hammad

Young people can play pivotal role in stabilising economy: Hammad

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar on Friday said that young people can play a pivotal role in stabilizing economy by contributing to peace and stability in the country. This he stated while addressing the concluding ceremony of a function
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Credit for Jalalpur canal project goes to PTI government: CM

Credit for Jalalpur canal project goes to PTI government: CM

Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has said that credit goes to the PTI government for launching the Rs32.70 billion Jalalpur Canal project. "The fate of the people will be changed with the completion of this project which would also ensure progres
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
OLX, Bank Alfalah ink MoU
Money & Banking

OLX, Bank Alfalah ink MoU

OLX, Pakistan's leading online market portal, has announced a strategic partnership with Bank Alfalah with the aim to promote financing with the integration of a financing widget on OLX. In this connection, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed b
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Three illegal gateway exchanges busted

Three illegal gateway exchanges busted

In its continuous efforts to curtail grey telephone trafficking, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) carried out a successful raid in coordination with Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in Mansehra, said a press release issued here on Friday. The
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Gold prices up by Rs 350 per tola

Gold prices up by Rs 350 per tola

Gold was sold on Friday for Rs 88150 per tola with Rs 350 up on the local market, traders said. The yellow metal also posted an increase of Rs 300 per 10 grams to Rs 75574 while its international value was cited as $ 1510 an ounce with $ 10 up. Silver was
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
PN conducts live weapon firing in North Arabian Sea

PN conducts live weapon firing in North Arabian Sea

In an impressive display of firepower, Pakistan Navy demonstrated its combat readiness through live firing of missiles from surface, subsurface and air platforms in North Arabian Sea. Moreover, Short Range Air Defense System firing was also demonstrated.
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
ICMAP, NBFIs & MAP sign MoU

ICMAP, NBFIs & MAP sign MoU

The Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMA Pakistan) and the NBFIs & Mobaraba Association of Pakistan have joined hands to collaborate and promote industry-academia linkages.
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Minister reviews cane crushing season's arrangements

Minister reviews cane crushing season's arrangements

Punjab Minister for Food Samiullah Chaudhry has directed the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) and Deputy Directors (Food) of every district to visit sugar mills in their respective areas and ensure necessary meeting of the crushing of cane.
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Thar Foundation organises science festival

Thar Foundation organises science festival

Continuing the mission to make quality education accessible for all, the Thar Foundation in collaboration with Pakistan Space Science Education Centre organised a science festival in New Senhri Dars, Jeewan Das campus, some 70 kilometres away from Mithi.
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
DG Transit Trade visits LCCI

DG Transit Trade visits LCCI

Director General of Transit Trade Dr Sarfraz Ahmad on Friday visited the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and briefed the members about the Directorate's function. Dr Sarfraz Ahmad said that since the inter-provincial trade belongs to the fe
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
PML-Q unveils environmental policy

PML-Q unveils environmental policy

The Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) here on Friday unveiled its environmental policy titled 'Clean, Transparent and Green Punjab' to meet environmental challenges facing Pakistan and Punjab.
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Judge video scandal case: PML-N leader Tarar appears before FIA

Judge video scandal case: PML-N leader Tarar appears before FIA

Deputy Secretary General Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Ataullah Tarar on Friday appeared before the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) team here at its regional office in a probe involving accountability court judge Arshad Malik video scandal.
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Recruitments in PPSC made on merit: Basharat

Recruitments in PPSC made on merit: Basharat

Punjab law minister Raja Basharat said on Friday that all the recruitments in public service commission were made on merit. It is the only institute where people were get jobs on merit. He expressed these views while opening the discussion on the annual r
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Mercury may drop to 2 degree Celsius in Lahore next week

Mercury may drop to 2 degree Celsius in Lahore next week

Met Office has predicted that the mercury may drop to 2 degree Celsius next week, saying that the foggy weather would continue for next two weeks. It may be noted that the fog and chilled weather has already gripped the city and cold weather has been inte
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
PCJCCI chief for adopting eco-farming model of China

PCJCCI chief for adopting eco-farming model of China

Pakistan China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI) President Zarak Khan has urged the government to adopt Eco-farming model of China for increasing agricultural yields to avert the growing food crisis.
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
PTEA hails significant drop in trade deficit
Cotton & Textile

PTEA hails significant drop in trade deficit

Pakistan Textile Exporters Association has appreciated 33 percent significant drop in trade deficit, however urged for measures to steam up industrialization and boost exports as growth in exports has remained tepid during July-November period.
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Year 2019 turns out to be historic for hydropower, water sectors
Energy

Year 2019 turns out to be historic for hydropower, water sectors

The year 2019 turned out to be a historic one for development of water and hydropower resources in Pakistan, as record generation of hydel electricity was supplied to the National Grid during the year, besides initiating construction work on Mohmand Dam i
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
De-politicising interest rates - I
Articles

De-politicising interest rates - I

The latest meeting of SBP policy rate committee, also known as Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) in November once again decided to hold the policy rate at 13.25%, inspite of political and non-political (gurus, media and trade lobbies) pressure on SBP to low
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Shahbaz pays tribute to Benazir

Shahbaz pays tribute to Benazir

President of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Shehbaz Sharif on Friday paid tribute to former prime minister and PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto on her death anniversary. "Remembering Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto on her death anniversary. She was an icon, a
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Panel for probing HOTA's unauthorised expenses

Panel for probing HOTA's unauthorised expenses

A parliamentary panel Friday directed the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination to conduct an inquiry into the unauthorized expenditures worth Rs 59 million by Human Organ Transplant Authority (HOTA) and share the details with
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Gas crisis assumes alarming proportions
Energy

Gas crisis assumes alarming proportions

A crisis-like situation in the gas sector re-emerged in various parts of the country as a large number of factories in Sindh and Punjab are forced to suspend production while domestic consumers complained of facing difficulty in cooking food or heating wa
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Cleanliness of city starts after a gap of nearly 10 days: CDA

Cleanliness of city starts after a gap of nearly 10 days: CDA

Removal of garbage dumps and cleanliness of the city has been started after a break of nearly 10 days, as the sanitary workers were staging protests in favor of their demands. Pace of working of sanitation staff is gradually picking up and backlog is bein
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
India deliberately heightening tension: Qureshi

India deliberately heightening tension: Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that India is deliberately heightening tension on the Line of Control (LoC) to divert attention from the internal chaos in India created by Modi government.
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
'Impeachment' of judges: Senate body seeks briefing from law ministry

'Impeachment' of judges: Senate body seeks briefing from law ministry

In a significant move, the Senate Special Committee on Law Reforms has sought a detailed briefing from the Ministry of Law and Justice on parliamentary legislation to introduce a constitutional amendment for the impeachment of judges of the superior judic
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
CLICK project: SSWMB to be transformed into fully functional body

CLICK project: SSWMB to be transformed into fully functional body

Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSWMB) will be transformed into a fully functional body under Competitive and Livable City of Karachi (CLICK) project. Apart from the other aspects, CLICK project also focuses SWMBB. CLICK project is being carried out b
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
More than 235,000 flee intense bombing in NW Syria

More than 235,000 flee intense bombing in NW Syria

Civilians on Friday packed a road leading out of northwest Syria, where two weeks of heightened regime and Russian bombardment has displaced 235,000 people. Pick-up trucks carrying mattresses, clothes and house-hold appliances ferried entire families out
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
India ejects second European 'for protesting'

India ejects second European 'for protesting'

A Norwegian tourist on Friday said authorities had ordered her to leave India after taking part in protests against a new citizenship law, becoming the second European to be ejected over the demonstrations. Janne-Mette Johansson, 71, told AFP that police
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
France summons Iran ambassador over 'intolerable' detention of academics

France summons Iran ambassador over 'intolerable' detention of academics

France's foreign ministry on Friday said it had summoned the Iranian ambassador over the "intolerable" detention of two French academics, expressing "grave concern" that one was now on hunger strike. The envoy "was reminded of France's demand that Fariba
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
IS claims execution of 11 Christians in Nigeria

IS claims execution of 11 Christians in Nigeria

Jihadists aligned to the Islamic State group have released a video claiming to show the execution of 11 Christians in restive northeast Nigeria. The footage posted online late Thursday by IS-linked propaganda arm Amaq showed 11 blindfolded men being shot
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
FBI investigates Briton, others for Epstein links

FBI investigates Briton, others for Epstein links

The FBI is investigating British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell and several other people linked to US financier Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, according to two law enforcement sources familiar with the in
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Russia says first hypersonic missiles enter service

Russia says first hypersonic missiles enter service

Russia's defence minister told President Vladimir Putin on Friday the first Avangard hypersonic missiles had been put into service, in a move hailed as a major coup for Moscow. Analysts say Russia is the first country to put into combat service interconti
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Uruguay seizes record amount of cocaine

Uruguay seizes record amount of cocaine

Uruguayan authorities have opened an investigation into a record cocaine seizure described as "the biggest blow to drug-trafficking in the country's history," the navy said on Friday. The navy seized four soy-flour containers packed with bags of cocaine a
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Iran, China, Russia start joint naval drills

Iran, China, Russia start joint naval drills

Iran, China and Russia started four days of joint naval drills in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman on Friday, the commander of Iran's flotilla announced. The exercise comes at a time of heightened tensions since the United States withdrew from a land
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
South Africa's rand powers to new five-month high
Money & Banking

South Africa's rand powers to new five-month high

South Africa's rand rose to a new five-month high on Friday as investors globally looked to take on risk, targeting emerging markets for their higher yields. At 1515 GMT, the rand was 0.69% firmer at 14.0440 per dollar, pulling back slightly after breachi
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Dollar near two-week high against yen
Money & Banking

Dollar near two-week high against yen

The dollar rose to a near two-week high against the Japanese yen on Thursday as optimism around easing trade tensions between the United States and China sapped demand for safe-haven currencies, even as the holiday-thinned trading limited large moves in t
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Russian rouble strengthens again, MOEX near record high
Money & Banking

Russian rouble strengthens again, MOEX near record high

The Russian rouble gained in light trade on Friday, heading towards its strongest levels since 2018, while the benchmark MOEX stock index was near an all-time high as oil prices rose. At 0811 GMT, the rouble was 0.4% stronger against the dollar at 61.96,
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Most units firm on US-China trade deal optimism
Money & Banking

Most units firm on US-China trade deal optimism

Most Asian currencies strengthened on Friday but moved in a tight range, as hopes of the United States and China signing an interim trade deal early next year boosted investor sentiment in holiday thinned trade. China said on Thursday that Beijing and Was
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Trade optimism supports dollar versus yen, boosts Aussie
Money & Banking

Trade optimism supports dollar versus yen, boosts Aussie

The dollar hovered near a six-month high versus the Japanese yen while the Australian dollar climbed to its strongest since July on Friday, buoyed by easing Sino-US trade tensions. The optimism around prospects for a Phase 1 trade deal reduced demand for
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Latam currencies eyes another week of gains
Money & Banking

Latam currencies eyes another week of gains

The Chilean peso led rising Latin American currencies on Friday, as copper prices scaled to near eight-month highs and investors remained optimistic about a trade deal between the United States and China being signed soon.
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Russia challenges WADA doping ban
Other

Russia challenges WADA doping ban

Russia on Friday formally contested a four-year ban from major sporting events over doping violations that President Vladimir Putin has condemned as "unjust," the head of its RUSADA anti-doping agency said. "In accordance with established procedure, today
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Team Eighteen clinches Ibex Cup Season III title
Football

Team Eighteen clinches Ibex Cup Season III title

Team Eighteen recorded a convincing 3-0 victory against Young Stars in the summit clash of Ibex Cup Season III, which concluded at Zaraaj Football Ground in Islamabad followed by a glittering closing ceremony.
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Qualifying rounds of Saadia Khan Skiing Cup held
Other

Qualifying rounds of Saadia Khan Skiing Cup held

The qualifying rounds of Saadia Khan and Children Ski Cup culminated successfully at Naltar Ski Resort on Friday. A large number of ski enthusiasts and locals witnessed the thrilling and spectacular competitions. Prominent national skiers from all over th
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Ex-South Korea coach Shin to take over struggling Indonesia
Football

Ex-South Korea coach Shin to take over struggling Indonesia

Former South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong has been tapped to take over Indonesia's struggling national team, the country's football association said on Friday. Shin, who led South Korea at last year's World Cup in Russia - where they famously ousted defendin
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Recession, robots and rockets: another roaring 20s for world markets?

Recession, robots and rockets: another roaring 20s for world markets?

Helicopter cash, climate crises, smart cities and the space economy - investors have all those possibilities ahead as they enter the third decade of the 21st century. They go into the new decade with a spring in their step, after watching world stocks add
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
As poverty deepens, Lebanon protesters step in to help

As poverty deepens, Lebanon protesters step in to help

With volunteer kitchens, makeshift clinics and donation centres, Lebanon's protesters are helping their compatriots survive the worst economic crisis since the civil war by offering services many can no longer afford. "Our goal is to create a state of soc
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Turkey unveils first fully homemade car in $3.7 billion bet on electric
Global Business Economy

Turkey unveils first fully homemade car in $3.7 billion bet on electric

Turkey unveiled its first fully domestically-produced car on Friday, saying it aimed to eventually produce up to 175,000 a year of the electric vehicle in a project expected to cost 22 billion lira ($3.7 billion) over 13 years.
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Portuguese airport workers strike over pay, threaten further action in 2020
Global Business Economy

Portuguese airport workers strike over pay, threaten further action in 2020

Workers for Portuguese airport handling company Portway started a three-day strike at Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Funchal airports on Friday over the company's refusal to unfreeze salaries after three-years of no pay increases. Around 85% of Portway workers a
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
Nigeria inks major LNG expansion with oil majors
Energy

Nigeria inks major LNG expansion with oil majors

Nigeria signed a major gas expansion deal on Friday, a much-needed collaboration with oil majors that Nigeria LNG said would boost its liquefied natural gas output by more than 30%. The agreement marks a moment of amity with international oil majors, even
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
EU chief doubts securing post-Brexit trade deal in 2020
Global Business Economy

EU chief doubts securing post-Brexit trade deal in 2020

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen has expressed "serious concern" over whether the bloc could conclude a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain within the 2020 deadline. Britain is due to leave the European Union on January 31, but will remain i
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am
China launches powerful rocket in boost for 2020 Mars mission

China launches powerful rocket in boost for 2020 Mars mission

China Friday launched one of the world's most powerful rockets in a major step forward for its planned mission to Mars in 2020. The heavy lift Long March 5 rocket carrying a Shijian 20 test satellite payload blasted off from the Wenchang launch site on th
Published 28 Dec, 2019 12:00am