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Saudi launches ‘smart Hajj’ initiative
MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia has launched a “smart Hajj” initiative, with apps to help pilgrims with everything from travel plans to medical care. Asefny, for example, is an app launched by Saudi Arabia’s Red Crescent to help pilgrims request emergency medical attention. Authorities are able to locate those in need through the app. The Saudi Hajj ministry also runs the Manasikana app, which provides translation for pilgrims who do not
   
Imran Khan elected PM
ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan has been elected as the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan defeating Shahbaz Sharif in an open ballot in the National Assembly on Friday. Khan secured 176 votes while Sharif bagged 96 ballots. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Jamaat-e-Islami abstained. Their MPs remained present on the floor but did not take part in the voting. They withdrew their support to Sharif two days back. The PPP insisted that the
 
 
India bids adieu to Vajpayee
NEW DELHI: India on Friday bid adieu to one of its most respected leaders, Atal Behari Vajpayee, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 93. As national leaders and his close ones clad in white clothes stood in solemnity by the pyre and amid chants of Vedic hymns, the poet-prime minister’s foster daughter Namita Kaul Bhattacharya lit the pyre at Smrithi Sthal, in a break from the tradition of a male family member performing
   
S.Arabia contributes $100m to anti-Daesh global fight
RIYADH: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in its continued commitment to serve as stabilising force in the region, has contributed $100 million for Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh-supported stabilisation projects in areas liberated from Daesh in northeast Syria, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Friday. According to SPA, this is the largest Coalition contribution to date for these liberated areas, and follows the pledge made by
 
 
Pak expats to vote in bypoll
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday permitted Pakistanis residing abroad to cast their vote in the upcoming by-elections to be held on Oct.14. “Many congratulations to overseas Pakistanis,” said Chief Justice (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, noting that it would be the first time that the Pakistani expats will be voting in the polls. If the pilot project of overseas Pakistanis voting in the by-elections ends successfully, it will
   
Avoid fireworks, warn AD Police
ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi Police has warned residents against the risks of fireworks during Eid Al Adha and urged parents to be vigilant and to supervise their children to prevent them from playing with fireworks. The police said the fireworks pose dangers, not only to the children playing with them but also to the people and property around them. “There are plenty of sad and tragic stories related to fireworks. Some people ended up
 
 
Noir nuances
Lori Roy comfortably moves into the realm of Southern Gothic with her fourth novel (and the first set in contemporary times). Roy cloaks “The Disappearing” with a chilling atmosphere resplendent with an abandoned scary place, hidden graveyards and sudden disappearances. There’s even a hint of a boogeyman casting his shadow over the area. Roy’s affinity for haunting, lyrical prose that elevates the noir elements continues in

 IN A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN 
Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam, who passed away in Sharjah on Thursday at 66, was a national symbol who played a key role in the formation of the United Arab Emirates. He was Minister for Education and Justice Minister in the Cabinet of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Dr Abdullah as Chairman of Dar Al Khaleej revolutionised the dynamics of the media in the UAE.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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