Archive for April, 2014

Pakistan lost 1500 lives to terrorism in 2013

Pakistan lost 1500 lives to terrorism in 2013: Taking counterterror steps: US Report

WASHINGTON, April 30 (APP): Pakistan remained a major victim of terrorism last year, losing 1500 lives by mid-December, as the country took a series of steps to confront various terrorist groups, a new U.S. report reviewing state of terrorism worldwide revealed Wednesday.


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Israeli settlers storm Al-Aqsa Mosque, Pakistan condemns

AMALLAH/NEW YORK – About 60 Israeli extremist settlers on Wednesday broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque, yards away from the Al-Magarbah Gate in Jerusalem, under the protection of Israeli soldiers and policemen, a Jordanian news service reported on Wednesday.

During a debate in the UN Security Council on situation in the Middle East, Pakistan’s permanent representative to United Nations Masood Khan condemned storming of Al-Aqsa mosque compounded by Israeli extremists.

He said debate in the Israeli Knesset on annexing Al-Haram Al-Sharif and provocative actions like disruption of Easter celebrations undermine peace, heighten tensions and further destabilize the region. Masood termed the occupation of Palestinian lands by the Israeli forces illegal.

Bahrain’s Representatives Council also expressed its rejection and strong condemnation of the Israeli desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque and attempt to transfer its administrative sovereignty to Israel. The council denounced Israel’s desecration of Islamic sanctities and the discriminatory practices of the extremist groups.

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Microsoft’s Xbox One console to go on sale in China in September


SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft Corp will begin selling its Xbox One video game console in China in September through its partnership with Chinese Internet TV company BesTV New Media Co, the company said on Tuesday.

The partners will also kickstart a program to help developers create, publish and sell Xbox One games in China and other markets where the console is sold, Microsoft said in a statement.

In September last year, Microsoft and BesTV, a subsidiary of Shanghai Media Group, formed a joint venture and invested $237 million in “family games and related services.”

Last week, Shanghai’s government said console makers such as Microsoft, Sony Corp and Nintendo Co will be able to manufacture and sell consoles in China through “foreign-invested enterprises” in Shanghai’s free trade zone.

China had banned game consoles in 2000, citing their negative effect on the mental health of its youth. It temporarily lifted the ban in January.

Pirated and smuggled consoles have been available in China during the ban, but they sold poorly as Chinese gamers predominantly play PC and mobile games.

Microsoft has sold more than 5 million Xbox One video game consoles to retailers since its launch in November.


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Some relief: Petroleum prices slashed by Rs4.51

ISLAMABAD: Government decided to cut petroleum prices by up to Rs4.51 per litre in line with the reduction in global oil prices and a strengthening rupee effective from May 1, 2014.

Prime minister Nawaz Sharif approved a summary moved by Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) recommending that petrol prices should be decreased by Rs0.34 per litre, high speed diesel (HSD) by Rs4.51, kerosene oil (SKO) by Rs3.08, light diesel oil (LDO) by Rs0.93 and high octane blended component (HOBC) by Rs1.94 per litre.

According to an official, price of HSD, widely used in heavy transport vehicles and the agriculture sector, has been reduced by Rs4.51 litre. The move is expected to have a major impact on prices of commodities and provide relief to the farmers.

The new price of HSD will be Rs109.34, down from its current price of Rs113.85 per litre.

Unlike HSD, petrol would witness only a minor change of Rs0.34 per litre. Its rate will change from Rs108.31 to Rs107.97.

The new price of kerosene would be Rs98.07 compared to its current price of Rs101.15, registering a decline of Rs3.08 per litre.

Similarly HOBC price is being reduced to Rs131.14 and light diesel oil to Rs94.13.

According to a statement, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, currently in London, discussed the cumulative reduction in POL prices over the past three months. They noted that economic policies, stabilisation of the rupees and increase in foreign exchange reserves have stimulated the recent reduction in POL prices.

Since March, petrol prices have been reduced by Rs4.71, diesel prices by Rs7.41, and kerosene oil by Rs8.69.

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