Trump effect? US National Intelligence Director James Clapper resigns

Dawood Rehman 01:59 PM | 18 Nov, 2016
Trump effect? US National Intelligence Director James Clapper resigns
WASHINGTON - James Clapper, director of US National Intelligence, has resigned ahead of presidential transition next year.

Clapper, 75, submitted a letter of resignation to President Barack Obama on Wednesday night and made the announcement public during his opening statements before the House Intelligence Committee yesterday.

"[I] submitted my letter of resignation last night, which felt pretty good," he said. "I have 64 days left and I'd have a pretty hard time with my wife going past that."

His last day will be Jan. 20, the day of the presidential inauguration, the UPI reports.

As national intelligence director, Clapper has authority over agencies that include the Central Intelligence Agency, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Clapper's resignation comes as President-elect Donald Trump takes steps forward to implement his administration's national security plans.

Several officials named as possible replacements include Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the chairman of the Intelligence Committee and a member of Trump's transition team, and former Rep. Pete Hoesktra, R-Mich., who served on the Intelligence Committee.

Shortly after Clapper made his resignation public, Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., and Angus King, I-Maine, urged Trump to choose a replacement quickly.

"A successful [director of national intelligence] makes the intelligence community more efficient, more collaborative, limits redundancies and advances seamless information sharing across our intelligence agencies," they wrote in a letter to Trump.

Clapper, appointed by Obama in 2010, is the nation's fourth director of national intelligence, a position created in the years following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

He had previously served during the administrations of George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush as the under secretary of defense for intelligence and the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, respectively.

Dawood Rehman
Dawood Rehman

The writer is a member of the staff.


Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on March 21, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on March 21, 2023 (Tuesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.15 286.15
Euro EUR 298.5 301.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 340.5 344
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.25 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 75.2 76
Australian Dollar AUD 187 189.4
Bahrain Dinar BHD 749.54 757.54
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.5 209.5
China Yuan CNY 40.91 41.31
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.9 36.25
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 2.06 2.11
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 916.88 925.88
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.85 63.45
New Zealand Dollar NZD 176.66 178.6
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.33 26.63
Omani Riyal OMR 732.14 740.14
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.42 78.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.5 209.5
Swedish Korona SEK 26.5 26.8
Swiss Franc CHF 305.25 307.78
Thai Bhat THB 8.26 8.41

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – 21 March 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 204,700 on Tuesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs175,500.  

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,849.  

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Karachi PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Islamabad PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Peshawar PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Quetta PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Sialkot PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Attock PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Gujranwala PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Jehlum PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Multan PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Bahawalpur PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Gujrat PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Nawabshah PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Chakwal PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Hyderabad PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Nowshehra PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Sargodha PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Faisalabad PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390
Mirpur PKR 204,700 PKR 2,390


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