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Saudi women can now travel without a male guardian’s approval

In a landmark decision, Saudi Arabia has allowed women to travel without seeking male guardian’s permission. Under Saudi guardianship system, adult women were rendered as legal minors and their “guardians” — husband, father and male relatives — were allowed to exercise arbitrary authority over them. “A passport will be granted to any Saudi national who submits an application,” said a government ruling.

Daughter of truck driver from Chakwal scores highest marks in 173 years

Noshaba Zafar, the daughter of a truck driver, has scored the highest marks in Punjab University’s history of 173 years. Noshaba, who hails from district Chakwal’s tehsil Talagang, is a BSc student from VIP Girls Degree College – an affiliate of Punjab University and has become the first student ever to score 714 marks out of 800 in BA/BSc Examination.

Saudi Crown Prince personally invites PM to visit Saudi Arabia

During a telephonic conversation, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmanbin Abdulaziz has invited Prime Minister Imran Khan to visit the kingdom on his way back from New York where he would be attending the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session. During the conversation, the premier said that it was Pakistan’s top priority to develop relations with Saudi Arabia. 

In accordance with ICJ’s decision, Pakistan offers consular access to Jadhav

Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal has revealed that Pakistan has formally approached the Indian government with an offer to grant consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav. The Indian spy was sentenced by Pakistan on charges of esionage and terrorism but after the decision made by International Court of Justice (ICJ) last month, Jadhav is now being granted consular access. Read also: World

PM’s trip to US cost Rs.11mn as opposed to Sharif’s 88mn, Zardari’s 120mn

The official expenses of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s maiden three-day trip to United States have been released by the federal government. PM Imran’s visit cost almost Rs11 million to the national exchequer, which comes down to $67,180. In comparison, according to the government’s claim, former premier Nawaz Sharif had doled out $549,854 during his 2015 trip to US whereas PPP Supremo Asif Zardari spent $752,682.

Chairman Senate survives no-confidence by Opposition

The opposition remains shocked as its no-trust resolution to de-seat incumbent Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani failed. Out of the 100 senators who cast their vote, 50 were cast in favour of the de-seating resolution, 5 votes were rejected while 45 votes were cast in Sanjrani’s favour. The ruling party and its allies have 36 senators, meaning that 9 opposition senators voted for Sanjrani. There were also 3 abstentions.

Mahira Khan snaps back, says will stay till she can play grandmother

Mahira Khan has finally broken her silence over Firdous Jamal’s ageist remarks about her, saying she will stay in the industry till she can play grandmother. In an interview with a local newspaper, Mahira said that she has already played the character of a mother in Humsafar and would be more than happy to play it again. “I plan on staying in the industry till I’m playing a grandmother and even a great grandmother” she threw in with a sassy smile.

Indian Air Force launches air-combat game featuring Abhinandan lookalike

Indian Air Force launched an air-combat mobile game featuring a character resembling to wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was shot down and captured by Pakistan earlier this year. The Android and iOS based mobile game ‘Indian Air Force: A Cut Above’ will let players fly different aircraft and complete various missions. Abhinandan’s character has been used to promote the game.

Eidul Azha holidays announced by Ministry of Interior

The government has announced a four-day holiday on accounts of Eidul Azha and Independence Day. According to the Interior Ministry notification issued on Wednesday, August 12 to 15 (Monday to Thursday) have been declared public holidays. Last month, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry had announced this year’s dates for Eidul Azha and the beginning of the month of Muharram, based on scientific evidence.

Ali Tareen clarifies Multan Sultans’ franchise fee issue via Tweet

Pakistan Super League (PSL)’s franchise Multan Sultans’ owner Ali Tareen has clarified on the issue regarding team’s annual franchise fee. Tareen said that the team was bought close to the start of HBL PSL4, which is why the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) asked them to pay a portion of the franchise fee upfront and the remainder after the tournament.