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Russia, Pakistan sign MoU on gas pipeline from Iran

Russia and Pakistan signed a memorandum of understanding on implementing a project to build an underwater gas pipeline from Iran to Pakistan and India, the Russian Energy Ministry said in a statement Thursday.  

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Poisoning Lahore

Every winter, Lahoris are used to thick fog descending upon the city, and on certain days, drastically reducing visibility and their mobility. In the last few years, however, the annual winter fog has morphed into something more aptly described as smog. Additionally, a smoky haze can now be found hanging over the city even during the summer months. One can now notice Lahoris emulating citizens of other heavily polluted cities, like New Delhi or Beijing, by wearing flimsy masks, which do little to filter the toxic air.  

Letter to the prince of somewhere

Originally, this was to be a piece on parliament, which is supreme and which must try to accommodate all points of view. But then speaker Ayaz Sadiq intervened with his gag order. He said ‘no Panama’. He said the subject was sub judice. He was quite abrasive in his tone. That must have left the old believers to deal with insurmountable doubts. What to write about then?

General's first gambit

It has taken almost two weeks for Pakistan’s newly appointed army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, to affect his first major reshuffle of senior generals, filling key slots that had fallen vacant, where he would like to have trusted aides of his own choice. This would indicate he was forced to proceed cautiously, given the manner of his elevation to the top post on November 28, 2016, superseding at least two other eligible contenders from the rather top-heavy cohort of the 62nd PMA Long Course — Lt. General Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmed, Corps Commander, 2 Corps, Multan, and Lt. General Javed Iqbal Ramday, till lately Corps Commander, 31 Corps, Bahawalpur.

Back in the saddle

Is Nawaz Sharif’s autumn of despair over? The Panamagate inquiry seems to have hit a snag after the judges decided not to give up their ‘hard-earned’ winter break with a new chief justice due to take charge during the vacation. The transition in the army leadership and major overhauling in the top brass has brought some respite to the embattled government.  
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Nuclear energy is vital to meet climate-change challenge, says India

India has declared that nuclear energy is vital for meeting the challenge of climate change and suggested supporting efforts to promote its public acceptance amid growing opposition to nuclear power and plans by some countries to phase out their atomic generation plants.  

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Bhutan slips on Ease of Business; foreign workers blocked

As Bhutan’s ranking on ease of doing business slipped eight places to 81, foreign workers from four professions will not qualify to get work permits in Bhutan starting this month, accordin...

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