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A tobacco cigarette

Pakistan govt move to impose ‘sin tax’ on cigarettes, sugary beverages draws flak

Here’s what’s happening across the border: World Bank says India-Pakistan trade has potential to reach $37 billion, and Bill Gates appreciates Imran Khan's polio eradication efforts. 
Najam Sethi

Najam Sethi, man for all Pak seasons, back in new ‘bird’ avatar

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Human rights minister angry as niqab-wearing girl not allowed entry in Lahore school; Pak Air Force hit by developing cyber attack.
Khadim Hussain Rizvi

Hardline cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi’s Twitter account suspended

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Human rights minister Shireen Mazari condemns govt’s appeasement of ‘non-state actors’; Pakistan, China reinforce cooperation on CPEC.
Islamabad woman threatening police

‘Dekhti hun kiska baap rokta hai,’ Pakistan woman shouts at police

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Minister Shireen Mazari in tweet feud over Coke Studio cover of classic, and China denies CPEC responsible for Pakistan’s economic woes.
Shireen Mazari

Islamabad varsity says only men can smoke on campus, draws flak from human rights minister

Here's what's happening across the border: Celebrations as Sharifs are released from jail; country discusses issues of Uighur Muslims with China for the first time.
Shireen Mazari

Pak minister criticises Dutch contest on Prophet, mum on blasphemy at home

Pakistan government can now track overseas Pakistani account and Sharif’s mother defends her son.

OnCamera

Actor Vyjayanthimala

Every Bollywood reincarnation story must tip its hat to Bimal Roy’s Madhumati

Of the many things that Bimal Roy’s Madhumati got right, Pran’s antagonistic turn was one.
space laws

When it comes to space activities in India, are no laws better than bad laws?

The government had put the draft Space Activities Bill in the public domain, inviting suggestions. The bill was never introduced in this Lok Sabha. 

Defence

Convoys to Kashmir can’t be stopped even if aircraft are available, top CRPF officers say

CRPF officer says nearly 4,000 personnel needed to be moved from Jammu to Srinagar due to a backlog caused by weather. Not all could’ve gone by aircraft.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.