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  • General/Politics:
  • Army chief ‘stands by democracy’, says Imran:
    ISLAMABAD: A day after an hour-long meeting with Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan Saturday declined to divulge details of his meeting but he did say that the General “stands by democracy.”( http://epaper.brecorder.com/2017/04/02/1-page/864111-news.html)
  • Nawaz orders steps to attract investment:
    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday told administrative heads of divisions, attached departments and autonomous bodies to facilitate domestic and foreign investment; and the setting up of and running businesses in Pakistan. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-02/lahore/10702/77019)
  • PTI rejects recent hike in petroleum prices: ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has rejected the recent increase in the prices of petroleum products. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-02/lahore/10704/77043)
  • PPP slams govt for failing to provide relief to masses:
    ISLAMABAD – Pakistan People’s Party has grilled the government for failing to provide relief to the masses. The rulers on one hand are continuously increasing fuel prices while on the other have failed to contain load-shedding which in certain areas is as high as 18 hours, said PPP Senator Saeed Ghani on Saturday. He said that all claims made by Nawaz government have been proved false as people are suffering from up to 18 hours of load-shedding (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-04-02/page-2/detail-1)
  • Law & Order:
  • NAB court issues arrest warrants of ex-PM:
    LAHORE – An accountability court on Saturday issued arrest warrant of former prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf over his alleged role in illegal appointments in Gujranwala Electric Power Company. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-04-02/page-2/detail-4)
    Economy:
  • Uncertainty prevails at PSX on much-awaited Panama case verdict:
    KARACHI: The benchmark index trended downward during the outgoing week, shedding 815 points or 1.7 percent to close at 48,166 points. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-02/lahore/10716/76942)
  • Rupee stands firm versus dollar”: KARACHI: The greenback remained flat in value against the domestic unit in the interbank and shed strength in open market on the back of central bank’s decision to provide funds for imports payments. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-02/lahore/10716/76941)
  • Opinion/Editorial:
  • Walk the talk:
    Something unprecedented happened in Pakistan this Holi. Cutting across religious barriers, its prime minister delivered a ground-breaking speech to its Hindu minority. He called out the radical brand of Islam; giving a message anchored in fundamental human rights in accordance with the federal constitution. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-02/lahore/10707/76887)
  • Politics and conflicts of interest:
    In the latest twist in the ongoing saga of the Donald Trump presidency Michael Flynn, the retired three-star general who was briefly appointed National Security Advisor before being removed from office after he was found to have lied about meeting the Russian ambassador to the United States, has reportedly offered present to himself before the House Intelligence Committee and disclose all he knows about Trump’s connection to Russia in exchange for immunity from any potential prosecution. Trump’s Russia woes, which seem to be intensifying with the launch of inquiries into potential collusion between his election campaign and the Russian government, are only exacerbated by the additional ethics-related concerns that continue to shadow his presidency; earlier this week, (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-04-02/page-6/detail-5)
  • Pathology of languages:
    It is divinely ordained that languages were created so that human groups could be identified. It has been after decades of travelling to places where ‘no urban Pakistani has been before’ and breaking bread with people living there that I have really begun to get a rudimentary insight into what can be termed as the ‘pathology of a language’. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-04-02/page-6/detail-4)
    Sports:
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    Federer denies Kyrgios, will battle Nadal for Miami Open crown:
    MIAMI: Roger Federer beat Australia’s Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (11/9), 6-7 (9/11), 7-6 (7/5) in a thriller on Friday to set up a mouth-watering Miami Open final against Rafael Nadal. Federer and Kyrgios produced an extraordinary range of shots in an enthralling, fiercely intense semi-final that kept a capacity crowd at Key Biscayne on the edge of their seats for the entire three hours and ten minutes of action. When Federer won the third tie-break a furious Kyrgios hammered his racket into the ground three times as the frustration of a remarkable near-miss came flooding out. The Australian’s big serve, touching 140 mph at times, delivered 14 aces, but Kyrgios also hit some spectacular winners and played his part in a series of stirring rallies. But Federer was a match for most that came his way and was able to avenge his loss to Kyrgios from two years ago in Madrid also in a match which was decided by three tie-breaks. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-02/lahore/10710/76952)
  • Four players to participate in Asian Squash C’ship:
    ISLAMABAD-Four Pakistani players along with coach and manager would depart to Chennai, India on 24th of this month to participate in the 19th Asian Individual Squash Championship 2017, to be held at Chennai (India) from 26 to 30th of this month. (http://nation.com.pk/E-Paper/Lahore/2017-04-02/page-16/detail-2)
  • National bridge team leaves for Dubai today:
    LAHORE: Defending champions Pakistan’s strong 18-member national bridge contingent comprising women, seniors and open teams will be featuring in the 19th edition of Bridge Federation of Asia and Middle East (BFAME) scheduled to be held in Dubai from April 3 to 11. The national squad will leave for Dubai on Sunday (today). These bridge players earned this honour after emerging successful in the national bridge trials that were held over five days in February this year. To support this overseas trip of the bridge champions, Lahore Gymkhana Chairman Kamran Lashari and Convenor Card Room Khawaja Imran Zubair have lent support to these skilled bridge players and offered them patronage of their parent club to represent the country at the international level and bring international honours. (http://dailytimes.com.pk/e-paper/2017-04-02/lahore/10711/76959)
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