UAE imposes airport tax on passengers

UAE imposes airport tax on passengers

DUBAI: The emirate of Dubai, whose airport is the world’s busiest for international passengers, announced on Wednesday it was introducing a tax on travellers to help finance expansion, as Gulf governments grapple with plummeting revenues. The 35-dirham ($9.50) fee will apply to all passengers, including those transitting in Dubai, on all flights from June 30, according to a statement carried by WAM state news agency. It is the first time Dubai has announced a passenger tax, which is imposed in many airports worldwide. More than 78 million passengers passed through…

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5 pressing questions Batman vs Superman totally fails to answer

batman vs superman

Forgive me for being demanding, but when you put two superheroes in a film – one being the near indestructible Superman and the other being tech-savvy, ahead-of-his-time Batman – planet saving should be an easier job. I mean, the X-men and Avengers managed mostly okay. Not so in the latest from DC Comics. The film pits Batman against Superman – which is fine, it’s a battle that piqued the curiosity of thousands of fans and sold all the tickets. However, while the two are engaged in a series of one-upping…

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Sitar maestro Ustad Imdad Husain bows out

ustad imdad hussain

KARACHI: The gentle, unassuming, quiet, always smiling, and one of the most able and sincere teachers of sitar music, Ustad Imdad Husain, passed away on Monday after a brief illness. Imdad Husain was born in Delhi in 1936. His family belonged to the famous Dehli Tabla Gharana. He received his early training from his father, Ustad Ahmadi Khan, who played sarangi. When his father died in 1946, he learnt from his cousin Sardar Husain Hashimi and, later, from his uncle, the legendary sarangi player, Ustad Zahoori Khan. After his first…

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Three shot dead in the ‘name of honour’

three shot dead

DERA MURAD JAMALI: Two women and a man were shot dead in what police claimed to be cases of honour killing on Wednesday. The murders were carried out in two unrelated incidents in Nasirabad and Kachhi districts of Balochistan. In the first incident, the suspect, Abdul Rasheed, shot dead his wife, Shehnaz Bibi, near Uch area of Dera Murad Jamali in Nasirabad district. “She sustained multiple bullet injuries and died on the spot,” a police officer said, adding that the suspect fled from the scene after the incident. “It is…

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Obama calls Nawaz, offers cooperation in wake of Lahore attack

obama calls nawaz sharif

ISLAMABAD: US President Barack Obama telephoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday and expressed grief over the loss of precious human lives in Lahore blast earlier this week, Radio Pakistan Reported. The US president assured every possible cooperation to Pakistan in eliminating the menace of terrorism. “Pakistan has made significant progress in war against terrorism under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif,” Obama was quoted as saying. Obama expressed hope that Pakistan will succeed in its war against terrorism. He was of the view that the goal of terrorists is to “weaken…

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Ogra recommends increase in prices of petroleum products

increase petrolum products price in pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Based on existing high tax rates, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) recommended on Wednesday up to 13 per cent increase in the prices of all petroleum products for April. In a summary sent to the government, Ogra reported increase in the international oil prices this month that needed to be passed on to consumers if the taxes were not reduced. The crude prices in the Middle East, the source of the country’s oil imports, increased by about $5 per barrel to $41 in the later part of…

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Solid cooperation with Pakistan on N-security, says US

solid coperation with Pakistan

WASHINGTON: The United States has “a very solid cooperation” on nuclear security with Pakistan and plans to continue this collaboration, says US Under-Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller. Ms Gottemoeller, who leads the US interagency policy process on non-proliferation, also said that Pakistan now “has quite a mature capability” of defending its nuclear weapons and installations. Briefing the media on the fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit, which is being held in Washington on March 31 and April 1, Ms Gottemoeller and other senior US…

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Search operations extended to small towns of Punjab

search operation in Punjab By Pakistan Army

LAHORE: Security agencies, with the help of Punjab police, extended search operations from main districts to small towns of the province on Wednesday and detained 190 suspects for interrogation out of the 7,618 picked up over the past two days. Sources said 58 search operations were conducted jointly by the army, Rangers and other agencies on intelligence-based information whereas Punjab police conducted 104 operations. A Punjab police spokesman said 61 suspects were arrested from Faisalabad, 39 from Lahore, 33 from Gujra­nwala, 37 from Sargodha, 24 from Bahawalpur, 21 from Dera…

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No evidence yet against Masood Azhar, JIT says in India

pathankot team want to access in pakistan

NEW DELHI: Pakistan’s Joint Investigating Team (JIT) investigating the Pathankot airbase attack in India has told Indian interlocutors that it is yet to find evidence to link Maulana Masood Azhar to the terror outrage, The Hindu reported on Wednesday. The Indian Express said that Indian investigators had asked the JIT for the Jaish-e-Mohammed chief’s voice samples, indicating he was the prime suspect in the January 2 armed attack at the Indian Air Force base. According to The Hindu, the JIT was still verifying whether the JeM founder — who was…

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Red Zone sit-in by pro-Qadri demonstrators ends after successful negotiations

red zone sit

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday evening announced the end of the sit-in at Islamabad’s D-Chowk by pro-Mumtaz Qadri protesters, following successful negotiations between the government and protesters. Nisar also denied media reports that a deal had been struck, saying the demonstrators left “of their own accord”. “In the future, no political or religious gatherings and demonstrations will be allowed at D-Chowk. This is a very sensitive area and we can not allow groups of people to hold the government hostage.” Nisar added that changes will be…

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