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Govt asks Ogra not to hike gas rates

ISLAMABAD: In a move that may lead to a tricky legal situation for the regulator, the petroleum and natural resources ministry on Monday asked the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) not to invoke a binding law to notify an increase in gas prices. “The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources is informing Ogra to maintain gas prices at the ... Read More »

Nurses to protest outside Dungarvan hospital this afternoon

Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) will hold a lunchtime protest from 1.30-3pm today at Dungarvan Community Hospital, Waterford. The action is aimed at highlighting what the organisation says is a shortage of nurses at this 146 bedded care of the older person facility. This will be followed by the commencement of a work to rule at ... Read More »

Hong Kong pro-independence lawmakers disqualified from office

Hong Kong’s high court has ruled that two pro-independence lawmakers are disqualified from taking their seats in the Legislative Council. Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching refused to pledge allegiance to China when being sworn in last month. Last week, Beijing pre-empted the ruling by saying that those who did not take the oath properly could not take office. Thousands protested, ... Read More »

British banker Rurik Jutting found guilty of grisly double murder

Hong Kong (CNN)A British banker plumbed “the very depths of depravity” during his brutal murders of two Indonesian women, a Hong Kong judge said on Tuesday, describing him as the “archetypal sexual predator.” “He described himself as evil and a monster and neither description is adequate to bring home the true horror of what he did to that woman,” Judge ... Read More »

Lawmakers call for review of security pact with US

KABUL (Pajhwok): Several Wolesi Jirga members on Monday claimed the government had failed to ensured security, calling for a review of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States. Speaker Abdur Rauf Ibrahimi expressed concern over the worsening security situation, saying ensuring security for the nation was an integral part of the government’s core responsibilities. However, he regretted the ... Read More »

Higher-spending visitors help boost Singapore’s tourism numbers in first 6 months of 2016

SINGAPORE – Singapore is increasingly attracting higher-spending visitors who helped boost tourism receipts in the first half of 2016, said the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) on Tuesday (Nov 8). From January to June, international visitor arrivals grew 13 per cent, compared to the same period in 2015, to hit 8.2 million, figures released by STB showed. Visitors spent $11.6 billion, ... Read More »

11% rise in international visitor arrivals to Singapore in Q2: STB

SINGAPORE: Four million international visitors came to Singapore in the second quarter of 2016 – up 11 per cent compared to the same time period last year, according to the latest Tourism Sector Performance report by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). Tourists also shelled out more during this period, according to the report, released on Tuesday (Nov 8). Tourism receipts ... Read More »

Parliament: 2017 presidential election will be reserved for Malay candidates, says PM Lee

SINGAPORE – The next presidential election, due in 2017, will be reserved for candidates from the Malay community. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, announcing this in Parliament on Tuesday (Nov 8), said: “That means if a qualified Malay candidate steps up to run, Singapore will have a Malay president again… this would be our first after more than 46 years, ... Read More »

Finally, Mollywood enters 100-crore club

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Pulimurugan, directed by Vysakh has become the first Malayalam film to collect Rs 100 crore. Mohanlal, who plays the eponymous hero in the film centred on man-animal conflict thanked the viewers and the crew as the film crossed 100 crores in his Facebook post. The film has broken the record set by another Mohanlal-starrer, ‘Drishyam’, which had grossed over ... Read More »

Pakistan Supreme Court issues notice to PM Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan SC has issued notice to Nawaz Sharif in the ‘Panama Papers’ leaks case. According to report, three of Sharif’s four children’s name figure in Panama Papers. Imran Khan’s party has threatened an ‘Occupy Islamabad’ sit-in on November 2. A file photo of Nawaz Sharif.A file photo of Nawaz Sharif. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to Prime ... Read More »