Economy

  Dollar weakens in Asia, eyes on Fed meeting

TOKYO: The dollar weakened in Asia Thursday as attention turns to a US Federal Reserve policy meeting while traders grow hopeful of a diplomatic solution to the Syria crisis.   The greenback fetched 99.50 yen in Tokyo midday trade, down from 99.9...

  New rules stall Pakistan gold imports after ban lifted

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is unlikely to resume gold imports soon even though the government has lifted an outright ban imposed during August, as the new rules for buyers are too restrictive, the jewellery industry said on Thursday.   Pakistan stopped...

  Speculations of a hawkish SBP stance take toll on KSE

KARACHI: Speculations that State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) will tighten the monetary policy in its upcoming meeting, the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) ended flat here on Thursday.   The benchmark KSE 100-Index shed 0.04 percent or 9.47 points to clos...

  American University of Afghanistan Announces New Kabul Business Accelerator

Friends of the American University in Afghanistan awarded grant from U.S. Task Force for Business and Sustainability Operations to help Afghan entrepreneurs The Friends of the American University of Afghanistan announced today that it has been...

  MoEW Signs Electricity Contract with Gammon India

The Afghanistan Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW) on Sunday signed a contract with an Indian company, Gammon India, to transfer 20KW electricity from Mazar-e-Sharif to Marmul and Khulm districts in northern Balkh province. Gammon has been co...

  Interview: Afghanistan to benefit from China's Central Asia policy, analyst says

KABUL: China's new Central Asia policy "to build a Silk Road economic belt to boost cooperation" would benefit the whole region including Afghanistan, an Afghan analyst said on Saturday. "Since Afghanistan is located in Central Asia and a neigh...

  Asian stocks mostly higher as Syria fears subside

HONG KONG: Asian markets rose in early trade on Wednesday, with a rally on Wall Street and an upbeat global economic outlook compounded by receding fears of a US-led strike on Syria.   However, profit-taking capped gains after the previous two da...

  Oil prices down as Obama seeks to delay Syria vote

SINGAPORE: Oil prices fell further in Asian trade Wednesday after US President Barack Obama asked Congress to delay a vote on US military action in Syria, analysts said.   New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate for delivery in October...

  IDB to extend $850mn project assistance to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: A five-member delegation led by Mr.Birama Boubacar Sidibe, Vice President (operations) Islamic Development Bank (IDB) called on Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar at his office. Mr Birama said that Pakistan is an important m...

  Cement stocks lead rally at Karachi Stock Exchange

KARACHI: The cement stocks as well as hopes of dovish monetary policy continued to stoke the rally at Karachi Stock Exchange here on Tuesday.   The KSE-100 Index closed at 22,992.17 mark after rising 0.67 percent or 153.33 points.   Rising regio...

  Asian stocks extend gains, boosted by Syria hopes

HONG KONG: Asian markets extended gains on Tuesday, with investors buoyed by a string of upbeat global economic data as well as signs that a US-led strike on Syria could be averted.   Buying sentiment was also boosted by a rally on Wall Street, w...

  Oil dips as fears of Syria strike ease

SINGAPORE: Oil prices dipped in Asian trade Tuesday as fears of a possible US-led strike on Syria eased, with the United States appearing open to a Russia plan for Damascus to give up its chemical weapons. New York's main contract, West Texas I...

  Sindh CNG stations closed for 24 hours

KARACHI: CNG stations would remain closed across Sindh during the next 24 hours as part of gas load management plan, media reported Tuesday morning.   According to schedule, the CNG stations were closed Tuesday (today)at 8:00 am across Sindh. Th...

  Engro Foods, Lucky Cement keep KSE afloat

KARACHI: Led by Engro Foods and Lucky Cement, Karachi Stock Exchange closed higher on Monday to finish at 22,838.84 points.   By the time the closing bell rang, the benchmark 100-share index was up by 0.32 percent, or 72.97 points.   Analysts sai...

  Journalists on smuggling boat intercepted off Australia

SYDNEY: Two journalists were found on a people-smuggling boat intercepted off northern Australia, officials said Monday, with reports they had spent three days at sea and were badly sunburnt. The pair, one Dutch and one United States national, ...

  Pakistan economy to get a boost by IMF program: Moody's

WASHINGTON: Loan granted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the economic reforms under the program will help bring stability in the country’s economy, International Financial Rating Agency Moody’s report said. The handout issued by t...

  ‘Industrial units to face gas shortage in winter’

KARACHI: Industrial units in Sindh will face two-day gas closure in a week in the coming winter, said Managing Director Sui Southern Gas Company Zaheer Siddiqui on Monday.   He said that the authorities feared more gas shortage as compared to la...

  Bolivia to launch lithium-ion battery plant

LA PAZ: Bolivia will launch South America's first plant producing lithium-ion batteries next year using Chinese technology, authorities said Sunday.   "We are talking about a launch in April or May when we will be producing lithium-ion batteries...

  Oil prices mixed in Asian trade

SINGAPORE: Oil prices were mixed in Asian trade Monday as investors await further developments on a possible US-led military strike against Syria. New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for delivery in October, was down 22 cen...

  Delay in MFN to India against Pakistan’s interests: Farida Rashid‏

MFN to result in productive economic relations: IWCCI Delay in reforms, tough decision to waste IMF loan No justification for upward revision in policy rate Islamabad: The Islamabad Women's Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI) on Sunday sai...


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Feature / Analysis

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Opinion

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    WASHINGTON: Until now, fighting the Afghan war has been an American pr...

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  • ‘The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014’ by Carlotta Gall

    In 2012, I rode in a white Toyota Corolla past upscale villas and cafe...

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