DINA for the issue of September 23, 2014

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INTERNET NEWS ALERT

September 23, 2014 | Ziqa’ad 27, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

Recruitment ban for federal jobs lifted

Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD: Amid the prevailing political unrest, the federal cabinet moved to pacify the general public on Monday, deciding to lift a ban on government jobs, disburse Rs25,000 to each family affected by floods before Eidul Azha and provide temporary relief to power consumers over-billed last month.
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KARACHI, September 22 : At the close of trading, the KSE-100 index was 29993.
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KARACHI, September 22: The Pakistani Rupee was traded at 102.75 the US Dollar in the open market.

Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar new ISI chief

Baqir Sajjad Syed

ISLAMABAD: The government appointed on Monday Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar as next chief of the powerful Inter-Services Intelli­gence (ISI). He will take charge when his predecessor Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam retires on Nov 7.

“Lt Gen Rizwan will move to directorate general of ISI,” said a brief ISPR statement on the appointment of the new spy chief.

23 killed in air attacks on militant hideouts

Bureau Report

PESHAWAR: Twenty-three suspected militants were killed when military planes bombed their hideouts near Afghan border in North Waziristan Agency on Monday, Inter-Services Public Relations said.

The air strike was carried out at Bangidar in tehsil Ghulam Khan and several hideouts were bombed, said the ISPR statement.

PTI suspends Hashmi

Khawar Ghumman

ISLAMABAD: The Pakis­tan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) formally charged its president Makhdoom Javed Hashmi on Monday with violating the party’s constitution and sought his personal appearance before its disciplinary committee on Sept 29.

“This is to notify that in view of your repeated statements regarding the PTI, the chairman has suspended you in accordance with the constitution of the party,” PTI General Secretary Jahangir Khan Tareen said in a letter sent to Mr Hashmi at his home address in Multan Cantonment.

ECP blames ROs for election mess

Iftikhar A. Khan

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has tacitly held returning officers (ROs) responsible for the mess created in various constituencies in the general elections held last year.

According to a post-election report issued by the ECP, the officers taken from the lower judiciary amended the polling scheme during the last few days before the general elections, causing confusion among polling staff, voters and other stakeholders. They also changed polling staff at the last minute, replacing trained staff with inexperienced personnel.

Footprints: The City of Gastronomy

Saher Baloch

I AM in the ‘royal city’, Chengdu, which according to my local guide, June Zhao, a bright 24-year-old woman, is new and at the same time ancient. “This is because merely 20 years ago, it was a village,” she says. Once ruled by the Qing dynasty, the last of China’s imperial dynasties, this 2,600-year-old royal city was where the traders merchandised silk and rice.

But for foreigners and foodies, Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, is now famously known as the food capital. In 2010 it was named the Unesco city of gastronomy and was acknowledged for being the birthplace of many culinary traditions.

Afghan president-elect Ashraf Ghani promises unity

AFP

KABUL: Afghanistan’s president-elect promised to end political strife and corruption in a speech on Monday, his first since signing a power-sharing agreement with his rival aimed at bringing months of turmoil to a close.

“Afghanistan’s stability is most important for us,” former finance minister Ashraf Ghani said in his address at the presidential palace. “Let’s build up this nation and put the past behind us.”

IS calls for attacks on US, French citizens

Reuters

BAGHDAD: The Islamic State militant group urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the US, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy it.

A spokesman for the IS, formerly called the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS), said according to the SITE monitoring website’s English transcript of an audio recording in Arabic that the intervention by the US-led coalition would be the “final campaign of the crusaders”.

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