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An excise inspector was killed when a remote-controlled bomb detonated in the Ghaniur Rehman Qala area of Peshawar on Saturday. The attack took place within the jurisdiction of Daudzai Police Station. Police said that the bomb had been planted near the front gate of Haji Khaista Mir’s house. The bomb went off when he opened the gate in the morning, killing him on the spot. “It was a remote controlled device of 6kg intensity which was planted near the main gate of the building. When Khaista, who was an excise

Mere hours after Facebook Messenger for Windows leaked, Facebook has released the official desktop client. Facebook contacted me and said the official Messenger for Windows download link is available from fbcdn_dragon-a.akamaihd.net. Facebook would not confirm the version number with me (update: I figured out it’s version 2.0.4373.0), but given that the application updates automatically, I think Menlo Park made a decision to officially release it instead of trying to combat the leak. Smart move. This means that the screenshots I put together earlier today still apply: Facebook Messenger for Windows

The University of Swat (UoS) students have to face difficulty after graduation as the university has still not introduced a master’s programme after four years of its inception. After they graduate, the students are compelled to seek admission in other universities of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, which is often a pricey option. As a result, many students drop out because they cannot afford to pursue higher studies in these out-of-station universities. “It’s ironic that the provincial government makes promises of providing funds, but the university has failed to facilitate the students,” said Kashif

A female health workers group has demanded the restoration of 17 lady health workers and a supervisor who were sacked for their help in tracing al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. The group has also threatened to boycott the upcoming polio vaccination campaign in the province if the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government did not accept their demands. The 18 workers were part of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation and had assisted Dr Shakil Afridi, a surgeon from Khyber Agency, in running a fake polio campaign at the behest of the Central

Qatar has the third-largest reserves of natural gas in the world, and it has invested heavily in infrastructure to liquefy and export it, as well as to diversify its economy. The only Islamic nuclear power Pakistan is ranked 19th in 21 richest Islamic countries per capita in the world. 21 richest Islamic countries are: Qatar: $79,000 Brunei: $51,600 UAE: $49,600 Kuwait: $48,900 Bahrain: $40,300 Oman: $25,600 Saudi Arabia: $24,200 Malaysia: $14,700 Turkey: $12,300 Iran: $10,600 Tunisia: $9,400 Algeria: $7,300 Egypt: $6,200 Jordan: $5,400 Syria: $4,800 Indonesia: $4,200 Iraq: $3,800 Yemen: $2,700 Pakistan:

Hopes for a revision in religious and history textbooks in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have been quashed after the provincial government retracted on its plan to introduce educational reforms, following scathing criticism from religious parties. Chairman of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Textbook Board Dr Fazal Rahim Marwat confirmed that plans for educational reforms have been shelved. In an effort to overcome religious extremism, the K-P government had planned to reform the syllabus by removing material insinuating hate against non-Muslims in text books.  But the Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam warned the provincial government and urged it

A map of the proposed Tanawal district in Hazara division, along with a unanimous resolution by former nazims and notables of the area endorsing its creation, was sent to the provincial government on Wednesday. The map was prepared by revenue officials and former local government representatives. Former nazims, naib nazims and notables from 27 union councils of Abbottabad, Mansehra and Haripur, signed the resolution, five-time member national assembly from Mansehra, Nawabzada Salauddin Saeed. He explained that the proposed seventh district of Hazara would include union councils from Mansehra, Abbottabad and

At least six people were killed and three injured when a remote control bomb exploded near a passenger van, in sub-division of Jamrud, Khyber Agency, said officials. The Assistant Political Agent (APA) Muhammad Jamil told that the explosion took place in Khakiabad locality. “It was a remote controlled Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which was planted on the road and it exploded when the vehicle drove over it,” said Jamil, while confirming that the casualties. Eyewitnesses said that the explosion left a crater at the road where the explosion took place.

Djuice has announced the launch of Apportunity-2012 ‘APP Mein Kitna Hai Dum!’, a competition for Pakistani students and software developers to create mobile phone applications (apps). Djuice said that the the aim for competition is to promote apps development in Pakistan on platforms such as Apple iOS, Google Android and Nokia’s Symbian among others. The launch of the competition was announced at a bloggers meet-up in Karachi which was attended by representatives from Telenor Pakistan and Djuice including Ahmed Nadeem Pasha, Telenor Pakistan’s Regional Director South-1 region. Usman Javaid, Director

Amid the World Health Organisation fears that Bara tehsil of Khyber Agency could transmit polio to other areas for having the virus in high circulation, another case of the crippling childhood ailment has been detected in the restive tribal area. The case is reported after a break of almost four weeks. WHO officials say thousands of Bara children, who have migrated to Jalozai Camp due to the military crackdown on militants, are at the risk of being crippled by polio. On Tuesday, National Institute of Health, Islamabad confirmed one type-1

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