In order to support Pakistan’s slowing economy, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $1 billion immediate support loan. The quick dispersing Special Policy-Based Loan is part of a comprehensive multi-donor economic reform program led by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to stabilize Pakistan’s economy after a major deterioration in its fiscal and financial position in mid-2018.
Of the money recovered from tycoon Malik Riaz’s family by the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA), 140 million pounds have been transferred to Supreme Court. The government of Pakistan has now requested the top court for transfer of the money to national exchequer. Remaining 50m pounds would be received later when a property of 1 Hyde Park [owned by Malik Riaz would be sold.
Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) remains the only public sector university that has been offering free education to prisoners since the 1990s. AIOU provides free admission forms to the prisoners who want to enroll in the program. During their jail time, prisoners are exempted from registration, admission, tuition, examination, and degree fee. AIOU has been offering education to prisoners from Matric to Bachelors levels since 2016.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have signed an agreement for Hajj 2020, which will allow as many as 200,000 Pakistanis to perform the religious duty next year. The new agreement has seen an increase in Pakistan’s quota from the previous 184,210 to 200,000. The Saudi government has agreed to increase facilities for Pakistani pilgrims, including the expansion of Road to Makkah project to other Pakistani cities, provision of quality food, transport, and residential facilities under this agreement.
Vast range of makeup products including beauty blenders, mascaras and lip glosses are contaminated with potentially life threatening superbugs, according to several researchers. Such contaminated products are usually used beyond their expiry dates, producing bacteria which can cause illnesses ranging from skin infections to blood poisonin, according to the study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology.
Th federal government is planning to reform the Central Superior Services (CSS) examination process. The government has decided to slash the upper age limit for CSS examination by 2 years decreasing it from 30 to 28 years. Moreover,the special quota for candidates hailing from underdeveloped parts of the country in will be eliminated judging all candidates equally by using percentile system.
Arwa Afridi of Pakistan Railways, with Fatima Fertilizer Company Limited’s support, has won 2 gold medals at the 2nd World Alpagut Championship. The martial arts tournament was held in Baku, Azerbaijan with 600 participants from 24 different countries of different categories. 9 fighters participated from Pakistan, including 2 female and 7 male athletes. Pakistan stood 4th in the overall ranking table.
Fatima Pinto, international football star from Portugal, wrote a heartfelt post on Instagram for Pakistan’s first female footballer from Chitral, Karishma Ali. Pinto, in her post highlights the struggle Karishma and girls in Chitral had to go through in order to practice the sport, mentioning that some had to walk 4 hours just to reach the first day of camp.
With weekend and vacations coming up, below are this week’s nine most popular original shows on Netflix and other streaming services, based on “demand expressions,” a globally standardized TV demand measurement unit:
Turkey’s own Game of Thrones, a fiction series called Dirilis: Ertugrul’ will soon be aired on Pakistan’s state television, PTV, in Urdu dubbing. Prime Minister Imran Khan had recommended all Pakistanis to watch the drama serial which is based on history of the Muslim Oghuz Turks. All five seasons of the show will be dubbed and aired next year.