FORMER PAKISTAN PM IMRAN KHAN URGES IMF TO CALL ELECTION AUDIT

Sat 24 February 2024: Pakistan’s jailed former prime minister Imran Khan will write to the IMF urging it to call for an independent audit of the country’s controversial Feb. 8 national elections before it continues talks with Islamabad, his lawyer said on Thursday. Pakistan averted default last summer thanks to a short term International Monetary […]

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OVER 286,000 AFFLICTED WITH RESPIRATORY DISEASES SINCE WINTER ACROSS AFGHANISTAN: WHO

Sat 24 February 2024: The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that since the beginning of 2024, more than 286,000 individuals have been afflicted with respiratory diseases across Afghanistan, among whom 668 have lost their lives. On Saturday, the organization reported hundreds of deaths and infections due to respiratory illnesses across the country, coinciding with […]

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CAN A ‘MUSLIM’ LION, ‘HINDU’ LIONESS LIVE TOGETHER? AN INDIAN ZOO DILEMMA

Sat 24 February 2024: The Calcutta High Court this week told the government of the eastern Indian state of West Bengal to consider renaming two lions in a zoo-cum-animal reserve after a Hindu nationalist organisation called Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) found their names rather catty. Starting on Tuesday, the court heard the plea requesting a change of name […]

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PAKISTANI PARTIES RALLY AGAINST TOP JUDGE ON BLASPHEMY ACCUSATIONS

Fri 23 February 2024: Hundreds of supporters from Pakistani Islamic parties rallied to protest against what they say were blasphemous remarks by the country’s chief justice. The protest call, by various religious and political groups led by Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) whose rallying cry is “death to blasphemers”, said on Friday that remarks by Chief Justice […]

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SUICIDE RATE IN SOUTH KOREA IS THE HIGHEST AMONG MAJOR ADVANCED NATIONS

  Citizens are passing by the ‘SOS Life Phone’ installed on Mapo Bridge in Yeouido, Seoul. Fri 23 February 2024: Based on the most recent data, South Korea has the highest suicide rate among the main advanced nations, with around 13,000 suicides in 2022. The suicide rate among the major developed nations decreased slightly in […]

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OVER 100 INDIANS RECRUITED AS ARMY HELPERS IN RUSSIA: REPORT

Fri 23 February 2024:  The Russian Army recruited around 100 Indians at its Moscow recruitment centre over the past year, according to an official who works for the Russian Ministry of Defence, the Hindu reported. While speaking on the condition of anonymity, the official said these recruits were informed about the associated risks before signing contracts for […]

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INDIAN GOVERNMENT ORDERS X TO BLOCK ‘SPECIFIC’ ACCOUNTS AMID FARMER PROTEST

Thu 22 February 2024: Social media platform X has removed a number of accounts and posts in response to an order from the Indian government. These posts and accounts are allegedly connected to recent farmer protests demanding higher prices for their crops. The site, which was once known as Twitter, stated on Thursday that it […]

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SOUTH KOREA SUFFERS A PATIENT CARE CRISIS AS THOUSANDS OF DOCTORS RESIGN

Wed 21 February 2024: Hitting patient care, thousands of trainee medics Tuesday resigned from duty in South Korea to protest the government’s move to increase the number of medical student seats. However, President Yoon Suk Yeol called on the protesting doctors to “not hold people’s lives and health hostage.” Some 6,415 trainee doctors at 100 […]

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X FACES RESTRICTIONS IN PAKISTAN AMID PROTESTS OVER ALLEGED VOTE MANIPULATION CONTROVERSY

Wed 21 February 2024: Islamabad, Pakistan: Social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, continues to remain inaccessible to users in Pakistan after internet watchdog groups started to report outages on Saturday. NetBlocks, an organisation that monitors accessibility issues on the internet, On February 17 confirmed that a “national-scale disruption” has hit X in Pakistan in […]

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UN TO EXPLORE APPOINTMENT OF ENVOY TO ENGAGE TALIBAN WITH INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY

Tue 20 February 2024: The UN Secretary-General is to begin consultations on the appointment of a UN envoy to coordinate engagement between Afghanistan’s Taliban government and the international community, he said on Monday. Antonio Guterres told a press conference that Taliban representatives did not accept an invitation to a meeting of international envoys to Afghanistan […]

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