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Uranus’ ‘traffic jams’ could solve its weak radiation belts mystery

Scientists may have solved a persisting mystery surrounding the ice giant Uranus and its weak radiation belts. The belts’ weakness is possibly connected to the planet’s curiously tilted and lopsided magnetic field. Moreover, the field could be causing “traffic jams” for particles whipping around the world, reported Space. Far before Voyager 2 left the solar system in 2018, the mystery dates back to the probe’s visit to Uranus in January 1986. Interestingly, Uranus’s magnetic field was found to be asymmetric and tilted roughly 60° away from its spin axis by the…

Biden calls himself ‘most qualified’ person to take on Trump in presidential election

WASHINGTON: In a major development, US President Joe Biden defiantly insisted Thursday that he will run for another term and win, as a series of verbal gaffes while leading a major summit threw a harsh new spotlight on his fitness. The 81-year-old president sought to show himself in command as he led the NATO summit in Washington two weeks after a disastrous debate performance raised fears among Democrats that he may lose to Donald Trump. But Biden mistakenly introduced Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky as his Russian foe Vladimir Putin before…

ANP’s Nisar Khan ‘wins’ Bajaur by-poll

In a major development, Awami National Party’s (ANP) candidate Nisar Khan emerged victorious in the PK-22 by-election in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) Bajaur district after securing 11,926 votes, according to unofficial and unconfirmed results released on late Thursday night. As per the unofficial results, independent candidate Najeebullah Khan came in second with 10,622 votes, followed by Jamaat-e-Islami’s (JI) Abid Khan, who bagged 10,593 votes in by-election. In Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-ruled KP, Sunni Ittehad Council’s (SIC) Rahatullah Khan was at fourth place with 7,146 votes. It is pertinent to mention here that the…

What will Pakistan team’s selection committee look like in future?

KARACHI: In continuation of the ongoing shuffle within the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the team’s management, the board has laid out new formula for the future of the national side’s selection committee, sources told Geo News on Wednesday. The sources say that the selection panel will now feature white-ball and red-ball coaches along with the relevant captain of the relevant format and will also include former cricketers Mohammad Yousuf, and Asad Shafiq. The revamped formula for the selection committee comes in light of the repercussions of the Green Shirts’ dismal performance and early…

Clooney, Democrats urge Biden to drop re-election bid

WASHINGTON: In a major development, US President Joe Biden was left reeling Wednesday when actor and leading Democratic supporter George Clooney urged him to drop his reelection bid, while party heavyweight Nancy Pelosi declined to back his candidacy. As the 81-year-old tried to show his leadership credentials at a NATO summit in Washington, domestic pressure mounted on Biden to quit following his disastrous debate performance against Republican challenger Donald Trump. Biden has been trying to stem a growing tide of Democrats saying that he cannot win in November, but Clooney’s…

HRCP blasts ‘unconstitutional’ order allowing phone tapping

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has lambasted the government over allowing the country’s top spy agency to tap calls of citizens, terming it unconstitutional. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the commission said it was “deeply concerned” by the recent “unconstitutional notification” issued by the federal government granting officers of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) freedom to intercept and trace the calls of nationals. Through a notification on Monday, the government approved permission for the intelligence agency to intercept and trace calls and messages, in the apprehension of an…

June 2024 recorded as hottest globally, beating 2023 high

PARIS: Last month was the hottest June on record across the globe, the EU’s climate monitor said on Monday, capping half a year of wild and destructive weather from floods to heatwaves. Every month since June 2023 has eclipsed its own temperature record in a 13-month streak of unprecedented global heat, the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) said. “This is more than a statistical oddity and it highlights a large and continuing shift in our climate,” said the service director, Carlo Buontempo.

IMF conditions: Govt planning to tax agriculture income, says Zardari

LAHORE: President Asif Ali Zardari has called for adopting a holistic approach and prudent financial policies to put the country on the path to development. He said different sectors of the economy, especially the agricultural sector, needed to be developed along modern lines. The government is planning to tax agricultural income as per the International Monetary Fund conditions, however, the provincial governments would be leading the initiative to tax large landholding farmers in accordance with their profitability and expenditures. The president gave these remarks while addressing the Professor Waris Mir…