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The Age of Media Transformation

The media in general, especially the broadcasting industry has been moving rapidly in the last few decades from the times of War when the whole family gathered around a wireless radio to hear the latest news, or having access to a limited number of books and newspapers. Few years later there was TV but limited number of channels and programs, again not having any choice but to watch whatever the broadcaster ...

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Kabul Urges Islamabad to Enforce Transit Trade Agreement

KABUL: Hoping that Pakistan will remove hurdles in implementation of transit trade agreement between the two countries, Afghanistan on Sunday said they wanted close relations with Pakistan so that trade and economic relations could be promoted between the two neighbouring countries. Janan Musazai, spokesman for Afghan foreign ministry, told weekly press conference that Afghanistan wanted full implementation ...

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HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook price revealed, has a 14-inch HD display

A price for the HP Pavilion 14 Chromebook running on Google’s desktop OS has been revealed. The notebook is the most expensive choice in the current range which comprises of devices from Acer and Samsung. While the laptops from the latter 2 manufacturers house an 11.6-inch display, the Pavilion 14 Chromebook stands tall with a larger screen size of 14 inches, making it the first of its kind. The screen empl ...

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Syrian Opposition Chief Says Offers Assad Peaceful Exit

Damascus - Syrian opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government on Monday to start talks for its departure from power and save the country from greater ruin after almost two years of bloodshed. Seeking to step up pressure on Assad to respond to his offer of talks - which dismayed some in his own opposition coalition, Alkhatib said he would be ready to meet the president ...

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Peace Settlement over Next Six Months: Karzai, Zardari

KABUL - Following talks hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron in Britain, President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari on Monday said they would work to reach a peace deal within six months, throwing their weight behind moves for the Taliban to open an office in Doha. With no Taliban representative at the tripartite talks, the two leaders also urged the rebels to join the reconc ...

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Karzai Due in Oslo to Sign Strategic Deal

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai, currently engaged in a trilateral summit in London, is scheduled to arrive in Oslo on Monday for a two-day visit to sign a strategic partnership agreement with the Norwegian leadership. Karzai will be meeting the King of Norway, Harald V, the President of the Parliament, in Norway called the Storting, consists of the president and the five vice presidents and Prime Minister J ...

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Presence in Afghanistan Would Be Modest: Pentagon

WASHINGTON - Ruling out a zero option, the top Pentagon leadership on Sunday said that the US would have a “modest” presence in Afghanistan after 2014, the exact numbers of which they are still discussing. “I've never heard anyone suggest -- no one has ever suggested zero to me. And I think that the ultimate number will be based on the mission and how deeply we want to be involved with their continued devel ...

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Karzai Issues Decree on Govt Expenses

Kabul - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has issued a decree to control expenses within government departments, requesting they put off purchases of deluxe and expensive equipment and where possible to use domestic products. "All the ministries and government offices are required to economise the expenses of stationary, oil materials, repairs, and other expenditures, to avoid any unnecessary expense and above- ...

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Jackson moving up, but Messi is still No1

Lionel Messi is now a full 26 points clear at the top of the ESM Golden Shoe rankings, with Cristiano Ronaldo emerging as his main rival for the title of Europe's top domestic goalscorer, and FC Porto's Jackson Martínez joining  a clutch of top strikers in third place. Four goals against CA Osasuna and a weekend penalty against Valencia CF, taking his Liga scoring streak to 12 games, mean Messi remains on t ...

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London Summit and Glimpse of Hope for Peace

The US and NATO forces are preparing to exit Afghanistan as the war is still raging and there is no prospect for a peace deal with Taliban in near future. The government of Afghanistan is struggling to find a way for talking with the Taliban and other insurgent groups over initiation of peace dialogue which ends the bloody chapter of more than a decade of war in the country. Afghan, British and Pakistani le ...

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Spain upsets Europe’s recovery

European shares edged up but the euro fell and German bonds trimmed their losses today as a resurgence of worries about Europe undermined positive sentiment stemming from stronger U.S. and Chinese economic data. However, the rising confidence in the global economic recovery underpinned oil and copper, although prices moved in narrow ranges at the start of a week which sees policy meeting by several major ce ...

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Mali campaign: French jets hit rebel bases near Kidal

French warplanes have bombed rebel bases and depots in remote parts of northern Mali to try to cut off supply routes, France's foreign minister says. Laurent Fabius told France Inter radio that the rebels would not be able to stay long without fresh supplies. Thirty jets struck on Sunday around Tessalit amid fears the rebels could re-group in the mountainous region. In Paris, US Vice-President Joe Biden bac ...

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Kabul Bank Special Court to Deliver Verdict Next Week

Kabul – The special court on the Kabul Bank crisis will deliver its verdict at a public hearing next week, the head of the court said Sunday. The final verdict will ultimately be delivered by the Supreme Court at a later date. "The inspection of the cases of the all the accused will be finished by the end of this week, and if there are no other contraventions within the cases, the [special court's] final ve ...

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Afghan, Pakistani and British Leaders Meet in London

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai join British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari at a dinner at Chequers in Buckinghamshire, southeast England, on Sunday, ahead of a key summit on Afghanistan. The trilateral summit on Sunday and Monday is part of the UK's efforts to help strengthen Afghanistan-Pakistan relations and to discuss the prevention of a Taliban resurgence whe ...

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Only Afghan Govt. Qualified for Direct Taliban Talks: MOFA

Kabul - No group apart from the government of Afghanistan and its appointed High Peace Council is competent for negotiations directly with the Taliban, Afghanistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sunday, explaining that it alone will do so while maintaining the country's and the people's best interests. "No one except the government and the High Peace Council has the competency for direct talks to the Ta ...

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Mourinho: Granada deserved win

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho offered no excuses after his team slumped to a 1-0 La Liga loss at relegation-threatened Granada last night. Cristiano Ronaldo's first-half own goal ensured new Granada boss Lucas Alcaraz enjoyed a dream first game in charge with a stunning win against the champions at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes. And Mourinho, whose side remained 15 points behind leaders Barcelona, was gr ...

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Breaking Foreign Fetters, But How?

President Hamid Karzai has left for London on Saturday to attend the tripartite meeting aimed at carving out ways and means for the Afghan end game and also to patch up the strained ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan—the two neighboring countries. The summit is sponsored by the United Kingdom where the presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan would discuss peace process and cooperation between the two coun ...

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Handle with Care!

Like it shows in a movie, parents have started treating their children like race horses. They want that their children should be showing brilliant performance in all the different fields of life. In the classroom, they should secure the top position or get the highest grades, in sports ground, they should be the best athlete, they should be the best debater or speller of the school, they should be the best ...

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IMF: Fragile and timid recovery in 2013

Davos, Switzerland. The global economy faces fewer headwinds in 2013 compared with last year and will likely grow a modest 3.5 per cent, participants at the 43rd World Economic Annual Meeting were told here last week. But Ms Christine Lagarde, managing director, International Monetary Fund (IMF), described the recovery as “fragile and timid” because the Eurozone is prone to political crisis and slow decisio ...

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Is scientific genius extinct?

Modern-day science has little room for the likes of Galileo, who first used the telescope to study the sky, or Charles Darwin, who put forward the theory of evolution, argues a psychologist and expert in scientific genius. Dean Keith Simonton of the University of California, Davis, says that just like the ill-fated dodo, scientific geniuses like these men have gone extinct. "Future advances are likely to bu ...

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