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Pakistan earthquake leaves 19 dead and 300 injured

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Islamabad, 24 Sep: A strong earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale jolted Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 19 people and injuring over 300, officials said.

The quake was so strong that it could be felt even in the northern parts of India, including capital New Delhi.

The tremors lasted 8-10 seconds, but were felt strongly across Pakistan, including major cities of Islamabad, Peshawar, Rawalpindi and Lahore, Dawn News reported.

According to United States Geological Survey , the quake struck after 4 p.m. (Pakistan time), which sent the people racing out of buildings and offices in cities across the country.

A report mentioned that the epicentre of the earthquake was in Mirpur, near PoK-Punjab province border. The quake’s intensity was felt maximum in Mirpur (PoK), an official said, adding 19 people, including three children, have been killed in the area.

Mirpur Divisional Commissioner Chaudhry Muhammad Tayyab said of the over 300 injured, the condition of 35 is critical.

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PM Imran Khan inaugurates Kartarpur Corridor

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Kartarpur, 9 Nov : Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday inaugurated the much-awaited Kartarpur Corridor in Punjab province, paving the way for thousands of Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit the highly revered Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara.

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‘India sent $755 mn more in exports to US due to trade war’

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United Nations, 6 Nov : India sent $755 million more in exports to the US during the first half of this year as a result of the trade war waged by President Donald Trump against China, according to the trade arm of the UN.

Trade diversion effects for India were smaller compared some other countries, “but still substantial”, a research paper from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said.

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McDonald’s CEO fired over relationship with employee

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San Francisco, 4 Nov : Fast food giant McDonald’s has fired its CEO Steve Easterbrook after its board of directors found that he “demonstrated poor judgment” in a consensual relationship with an unidentified employee, the media has reported.

McDonald’s Corporation on Sunday announced that its Board of Directors has named Chris Kempczinski, most recently President, McDonald’s USA, as President and CEO, effective immediately. Kempczinski has also been elected to the McDonald’s Board of Directors.

“Kempczinski succeeds Steve Easterbrook, who has separated from the company following the board’s determination that he violated company policy and demonstrated poor judgment involving a recent consensual relationship with an employee,” the fast food giant said in a statement.

According to MarketWatch, Easterbrook sent an e-mail with a memo to employees acknowledging the relationship and said it was a mistake, Efe news agency reported. “Given the values of the company, I agree with the board that it is time for me to move on,” he said in the letter.

McDonald’s said it voted to approve Easterbrook’s departure last Friday after conducting a thorough analysis of the situation, and his compensation details will be known on Monday after the submission of documents to federal authorities.

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