DINA for the issue of September 06, 2014

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INTERNET NEWS ALERT

September 6, 2014 | Ziqa’ad 10, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Stalemate persists, but negotiators keep hopes alive

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: The government and the protesting Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) held another round of talks – aimed at ending the prevailing political impasse – on Friday. Both sides termed the negotiations ‘fruitful’ and resolved to meet again on Saturday.
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Karachi Stocks down 90.74 points :
KARACHI, September 05 : At the close of trading, the KSE-100 index was 29513.56,down 90.74 points.
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KARACHI, September 05: The Pakistani Rupee was traded at 101.50 to the US Dollar in the open market.

Confusion remains over Chinese president’s visit

Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD: China said on Friday that it was still discussing President Xi Jinping’s visit to Islamabad with Pakistani authorities after the Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security told a National Assembly committee that the visit planned for this month had been postponed because of crippling anti-government protests in the federal capital.

The confusion over the visit emerged on Thursday when Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal claimed that the trip had been cancelled.

No respite from rain; 85 more die

Intikhab Hanif

LAHORE: The monsoon low pressure over India generating torrential rain unleashed its full face of fury on Punjab, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday, leaving another 85 people dead.

Forty people were killed in Punjab, 11 in Gilgit-Baltistan, seven in KP and 27 in Azad Kashmir in rain-related incidents.

PM urges interior minister to keep his cool

Amir Wasim

ISLAMABAD: In a last ditch effort to maintain cooperation between the ruling party and the main opposition PPP, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is looking to end the animosity between Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, which has marred parliamen­tary proceedings over the past few days.

Following Friday’s procee­dings in the house that saw opposition members taking the interior minister to task over his incendiary role in the ongoing crisis, the prime minister held a marathon three-hour meeting with Chaudhry Nisar.

Parliament unity in disarray over Chaudhry Nisar row

Raja Asghar

ISLAMABAD: A much-touted unity of parliament against a siege by protesters threatening Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government was thrown into disarray on Friday by a row over some unsavoury comments of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan against PPP Senator Aitzaz Ahsan. The party demanded that the minister apologise or be sacked.

Mr Sharif apologised to both Mr Ahsan, the Leader of Opposition in the Senate, and Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly, on the fourth day of a joint sitting of the two houses for overnight comments of his cabinet’s senior-most member, but a defiant minister, known for a stiff neck, did not.

Australia, India sign civil nuclear accord

AFP

NEW DELHI: Conservative leaders Tony Abbott and Narendra Modi sealed a long-awaited nuclear energy deal on Friday, paving the way for Australia to sell uranium to India, crippled by power shortages and blackouts.

The two prime ministers hailed the deal as “a concrete symbol” of strengthening trade and strategic ties following their talks in the Indian capital.

US forms new coalition to fight IS

Anwar Iqbal

WASHINGTON: The United States and its allies have formed a new coalition to fight militants of the Islamic State, the White House said on Friday.

The coalition will launch a joint military and political campaign against the militants, which could serve as a model for combating extremists around the world.

Negotiations between govt, PAT remain suspended

The Newspaper’s Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Dialogue between the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and the government remained suspended for the second consecutive day on Friday.

“It has been two days and we haven’t heard from the government about the acceptance of our demands,” a member of the PAT negotiating team said on Friday.

Pakistan to take part in tsunami simulation exercise

The Newspaper’s Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is among the 24 countries of the Indian Ocean region which will participate in a large-scale simulation exercise aimed at testing the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System.

The exercise, to be carried out on Sept 9 and 10 under the auspices of Unesco, will come 10 years after the strongest tsunami in living memory, that of 2004 which killed over 230,000 people and displaced more than one million people.

Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels reach truce

AFP

MINSK: Ukraine and pro-Russia rebels signed a ceasefire on Friday in their five-month conflict.

“A preliminary protocol to the ceasefire agreement has been signed in Minsk. This protocol should enter into force on Friday,” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wrote on his official Twitter account.

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