Economy

  Visa-free travel to UK for Emiratis

ABU DHABI: Emiratis will be able to visit the UK without a visa from early next year.   The new electronic visa waiver will be free, and can be obtained up to 48 hours before departure.   It will be available online and replaces the existing time...

  Dollar mixed in Asia after strong US jobs report

TOKYO: The dollar was mixed in Asia Monday after a solid US jobs report for November boosted the chances of an early pullback on the Federal Reserve´s stimulus programme. The greenback fetched 103.01 yen in Tokyo morning trade, from 102.85 yen ...

  Oil prices climb in Asian trade

SINGAPORE: Oil prices rose in Asian trade Monday as robust US jobs data boosted hopes for stronger energy demand in the world´s biggest economy.   New York´s main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for January delivery, was up 23 cents at $9...

  SNGPL chokes gas supply to Punjab industry

ISLAMABAD: The top management of Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) has closed the gas supply to CNG, industrial sector, captive power plants (CPPs) and independent power plants (IPPs) for an indefinite period in the Punjab.   Sources in...

  Oil up in Asian trade

SINGAPORE: Oil prices rebounded in Asian trade Tuesday, with strong US economic data lifting investor sentiment, analysts said. New York´s main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for January delivery, was up 10 cents at $97.44 a barrel in m...

  Asian markets mostly up after US jobs data

HONG KONG: Asian markets mostly rose on Monday and the dollar edged higher against the yen as Wall Street rallied in response to a surprisingly sharp fall in the US jobless rate.   Japanese shares enjoyed healthy gains despite the government´s d...

  Gas supply suspended to CNG sector for indefinite period in Punjab

ISLAMABAD: The Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Company Limited (SNGPL) has decided to suspend gas supply to industries and the Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations in Punjab for an indefinite period. The decision in this regard has been taken in vi...

  US household wealth reaches high of $77 trillion

WASHINGTON: A surging stock market and a steady recovery in home prices drove Americans' wealth to a record last summer.   The nation's wealth rose 2.6 percent from July through September to $77.3 trillion, the Federal Reserve said Monday. Househo...

  OGRA chairman takes notice of Punjab petrol pumps strike

ISLAMABAD: Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) Chairman has taken notice of “artificial shortages” of petrol and strike being observed by the fuel pumps in Punjab.   The petrol pump owners in Punjab continued to observe strike on second day, ...

  World Bank says Mideast water accord signed

WASHINGTON: The World Bank says senior Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian officials have signed an agreement to share scarce water resources in the Mideast region that includes use of desalinated sea water.   Ministers responsible for water in t...

  SC delivers verdict on POL price increase

ISLAMABAD : The Supreme Court of Pakistan delivered its verdict in the petroleum, CNG and electricity price increase case, directing the Oil & Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to ascertain prices of petroleum products in line with the international...

  Adam Sandler tops Forbes' list of most-overpaid actors

NEW YORK CITY: American comedian Adam Sandler topped Forbes' list of Hollywood's most-overpaid actors, commanding a high up-front fee while delivering middling returns, the magazine said on Monday.   Sandler, 47, the star of recent comedies "Jack...

  Accountability court summons Asif Zardari

RAWALPINDI: The Accountability Court has summoned former president Asif Ali Zardari, media reported. The accountability court judge Muhamamd Bashir was hearing five NAB references against former president Zardari here on Monday. Farooq H Naek...

  Nandipur Power Project to generate electricity next year: Shahbaz

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that one terminal of Nandipur Power Project will start generating electricity by April-May next year as work was underway on the project day in and day out.   He said that national economy wi...

  Dubai authorities foil bid to smuggle 208 ton Naswar

DUBAI: Authorities have foiled a bid to smuggle a huge quantity of Nasar during a raid at Jable Ali Airport. According to reports, 208 ton Naswar was hidden in a container in 375 bags. The custom officials were interrogating staff of the contain...

  WTO hails 'historic' first global trade agreement

NUSA DUA: Commerce ministers capped days of hard negotiations Saturday by approving a WTO agreement on international commerce they hailed as a "historic" boost for the trade body. The agreement still falls far short of the World Trade Organization...

  PM Nawaz criticizes ZAB nationalization policy

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday criticized Pakistan People's Party founder and former premier Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto for his policy of nationalization, which he said damaged Pakistan.   "Had there been no nationalization policy, P...

  Landmark WTO trade deal approved by commerce ministers

NUSA DUA: Commerce ministers on Saturday approved a trade deal they hailed as an historic achievement securing a new lease on life for the World Trade Organization. "It is so agreed," Indonesian trade minister Gita Wirjawan told delegates at a...

  Karachi Stock Exchange at yet another all-time high

KARACHI: Continued institutional support catapulted Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) to cross the psychological barrier of 25,000 points on Friday.   The benchmark KSE-100 Index closed at yet another high of 24,870.55 points after gaining 69.86 point...

  London: Two more arrested in money laundering case

LONDON: Two more people were arrested in connection with the money laundering case by the Metropolitan Police.   According to the Metropolitan Police, two houses were raided in west London on Thursday at 5:00 AM. Two people age 70 and 40 were arre...


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Feature / Analysis

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