Dina for the issue of September 19, 2014

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INTERNET NEWS ALERT

September 19, 2014 | Ziqa’ad 23, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Jirga floats proposals to end impasse

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: Opposition parliamentarians busy in facilitating talks to end the political stalemate between the government and the protesting Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and Pakistan Awami Tehreek floated on Thursday their own proposals, apparently in a bid to publicly urge the contesting sides to reach an agreement.
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Karachi Stocks down 42.41 points:
KARACHI, September 18 : At the close of trading, the KSE-100 index was 30094.
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KARACHI, September 18: The Pakistani Rupee was traded at 102.65 the US Dollar in the open market.

Dean of KU’s Islamic Studies shot dead

Agencies

KARACHI: Unidentified gunmen shot dead here on Thursday the dean of Karachi University’s faculty of Islamic Studies.

Two gunmen riding a motorcycle fired on the car taking Dr Muhammad Shakeel Auj to a function at an Iranian cultural centre in the city, police said.

UK fate on knife’s edge as Scots vote

Agencies

EDINBURGH: Scotland voted on Thursday on whether to stay within the United Kingdom or end the 307-year-old union with England and become an independent nation in a finely balanced referendum with far-reaching consequences.

From remote highlands and islands to the tough city estates of Glasgow, people were almost equally divided over a vote watched closely by Britain’s allies, investors and restive regions at home and abroad.

Dar rules out easy access to billions in Swiss banks

Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Thursday ruled out possibility of the recovery of billions of dollars stashed in Swiss banks any time soon.

The minister said this in reply to a journalist’s question that whether a memorandum of understanding on taxation signed with the United Kingdom could lead to availability of information on wealth of Pakistanis in the UK.

23 militants killed in North Waziristan

Bureau Report

PESHAWAR: At least 23 suspected militants were killed in the North Waziristan Agency as military planes continued their attacks in the troubled region on the second consecutive day on Thursday. According to an Inter-Services Public Relations press release, militant hideouts were bombed in Zerom and Ismail Khel areas of Dattakhel subdivision. It said that 23 suspected militants were killed in the air strike.

About 90 suspects have been killed in air strikes since Tuesday, according to official claims. Forty militants were killed in North Waziristan on Wednesday and 25 in Tirah Valley of Khyber Agency on Tuesday.

Sharif gets some last pledges, and digs, in parliament

Raja Asghar

ISLAMABAD: Even in his absence from an apparently weary parliament session on Thursday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif got a message from an opposition lawmaker that “we will not let you be deposed”.

And a leading senator of ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N said he had never seen a better leader than Mr Sharif.

Indus in low flood at Guddu

Dawn Report

KHAIRPUR: The Indus water did not hit any of the embankments in katcha areas of four talukas of Khairpur district ā€” Khairpur, Kingri, Gambat and Sobhodero ā€” till late on Thursday night.

APP quoted the Flood Forecasting Division as saying that Indus River was moving ahead with low flood at Guddu barrage, where the inflow was 309,373 cusecs and outflow 283,500 cusecs. The flow in the river at Sukkur was recorded at 190,000 cusecs.

Risking lives in a foreign land

Mirza Khurram Shahzad

The graveyard is located close to the head office of Khan Research Laboratories, where Pakistan developed its nuclear bomb.

This is also close to Islamabad’s Benazir Bhutto International Airport, transiting thousands of impoverished Pakistanis to the Gulf states in search of a good price for their sweat and blood.

Modi-Xi summit rides out border incident

The Newspaper’s Correspondent

NEW DELHI: It doesn’t matter what colour the cat as long as it catches mice. The late Chinese strongman Deng Xiaoping’s astute aphorism has guided Beijing’s foreign policy for decades and it was in evidence in New Delhi on Thursday where Chinese President Xi Jinping held his first formal talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The two leaders had met earlier during the BRICS summit in Brazil where they struck a rapport.

Six polio cases confirmed

Ikram Junaidi

ISLAMABAD: The Polio Virology Laboratory at the National Institute of Health confirmed another six polio cases on Thursday, raising the number of cases reported this year to 164.

A 13-month-old girl, of Mera Aka Khel in Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency, has been reported to have contracted the virus.

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