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General/Politics:

  • Moody’s warns Pakistan against growing govt debt:
    ISLAMABAD: Moody’s Investors Service has predicted that Pakistan’s external debt will grow to $79 billion by June this year, higher than initial estimates suggested, and the country’s weak fiscal strength will weigh in on its ability to afford the ever growing debt burden (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-05-09/lahore/11479/84128)
  • Chaman clash: govt asked to demand ‘written apology’ from Afghan govt:
    ISLAMABAD: Condemning the unprovoked firing by Afghan forces on a census team near border in Balochistan, a legislative body of the Upper House of Parliament on Monday asked the government to seek ‘written apology’ from Afghanistan over the incident (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-05-09/lahore/11479/84126)
  • ‘No scam’ shows govt resolve against corruption: PM:
    ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the government was committed to rooting out corruption and that was the reason there was no scam engulfing the mega projects completed during the tenure of the incumbent government (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-05-09/page-1/detail-6)
  • PPP moves NA for debate on border tension:
    ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has submitted an adjournment motion in the National Assembly Secretariat seeking a debate on the unremitting Pak-Afghan tension along the border, which has recently resulted in the loss of precious lives and property (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-05-09/page-2/detail-7)

Law & Order:

  • Police claim to have arrested suspected robber:
    KARACHI: Shah Faisal Colony police have claimed to have arrested a suspect for robbing the house of his own close friend (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-05-09/lahore/11480/84271)
  • Border management vital to curb terror: FO:
    ISLAMABAD – Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria has said Pak-Afghan border was internationally recognised border and its management was vital to control terrorism (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-05-09/page-2/detail-5)

Economy:

  • Stocks cash in on ‘stable’ economy:
    KARACHI/Lahore – The stock exchange hit all-time high on Monday, the day Moody’s Investors Service appreciated Pakistan’s stable economic outlook but warned against soaring foreign debt (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-05-09/page-1/detail-2)
  • SECP catches social media stock guru red handed:
    ISLAMABAD – In the wake of a sophisticated surveillance operation and a detailed investigation, Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has been able to unearth and act against a financial cybercrime (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-05-09/page-8/detail-5)
  • Dar sees GDP growth at 5%, inflation rate at 4% this year:
    YOKOHAMA: Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar has said that the gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate is expected to be above five percent during the current fiscal year, with inflation slashed to single digit at around 4 percent – the lowest in 47 years (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-05-09/lahore/11491/84198)
  • Opinion/Editorial:
  • Unpacking Macron’s win in France:
    Sanity took a sigh of relief on Sunday as the globalist Emmanuel Macron won the French presidential election, with a staggering 65 percent of votes, against the populist Marine Le Pen (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-05-09/lahore/11498/84229)
  • Nawaz is not the only target of Dawn Leaks:
    That gentlemen want to hold the civilian government on a tight leash — come what may — is an open secret in Islamabad. And if we go by the latest ‘coup d’étweet’ — as a commentator has described it — made in the backdrop of so-called Dawn Leaks, there is no gainsaying the fact that the urge is not time-bound or era-specific. It has been the norm for decades and current democratic era is no exception ( http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-05-09/lahore/11498/84230)
  • Pakistan’s diplomatic malfunction:
    In two separate statements yesterday, officials from Pakistan’s neighbouring states respectively called out Islamabad’s ‘lies’ over cross-border death toll, and threatened to strike inside the territory to take out jihadists’ safe havens. Neither of these statements came from India (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-05-09/page-6/detail-5)
    Sport:
  • Mission improbable for Atletico and Monaco:
    PARIS: Atletico Madrid and Monaco will attempt to overturn daunting first-leg deficits in the Champions League semi-finals this week and publicly they insist they can pull off the improbable. Atletico coach Diego Simeone went as far as to say that coming back from 3-0 down to holders Real Madrid in their derby at home would be “impossible” for other teams – but not his. “I’ve told the players it is very difficult, that we are facing the best team in the world, who score goals in every game, but that it is possible,” the Argentine said after Atletico guaranteed a top-four finish in La Liga with a 1-0 win over Eibar on Saturday. “I am convinced of it. If I wasn’t I wouldn’t say it. If we are united and understand that it is a semi-final at home, we have a chance.” Cristiano Ronaldo, who was rested at the weekend, and his Real team-mates can expect a fiery reception at the Vicente Calderon on what promises to be an emotional occasion (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-05-09/lahore/11485/84137)
  • Things get Messi for Iranian lookalike:
    TEHRAN: Iranian student Reza Parastesh looks so much like his sporting hero Lionel Messi that it almost landed him in jail for disrupting public order this week. So many people came out to take selfies with Parastesh in the western city of Hamedan over the weekend that police rushed him into a station and impounded his car to stop the chaos and clear traffic. The resemblance is so uncanny that Eurosport UK reportedly used his photo by accident on Twitter recently when talking about the real Messi (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-05-09/lahore/11485/84141)
  • Kim edges out Ariya 1-up to win LPGA Match Play title:
    MEXICO CITY – South Korea’s 12th-ranked Kim Sei-Young edged Thailand’s third-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn 1-up in Sunday’s final to win the Lorena Ochoa Match Play title and capture her sixth career LPGA triumph (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-05-09/page-16/detail-5)
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