Author: Zahra Nadeem

Pakistan to set up first artificial intelligence centre for Rs1b

The government of Pakistan is going to create Pakistan’s first artificial intelligence centre with China’s help for Rs1 billion in a bid to set up technology zones across the country.  This is part of its Rs6.26 billion plan to digitise the country. Parliament is also going to be digitised. The IT ministry plans to use technology to record attendance, votes and quorum. This will cost Rs8 million.

Mobile accessory prices soar in Pakistan as coronavirus grips China

Mobile accessory prices soar in Pakistan as markets depend on Chinese imports are running out of supplies due to coronavirus fears. This includes mobile phone hardware, accessories and spare electronic parts. According to an importer, they have reached a historic low in the stock of supplies. The market has responded to the dwindling supplies by raising prices. LCD screens for mobile phones that cost between Rs900 and Rs1,000 now cost Rs1,800. 

Supreme Court tells Arshad Malik to choose between PAF, PIA

The Supreme Court has told Air Marshal Arshad Mehmood Malik to choose between the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and PIA. He cannot hold two posts at once, said the bench, which declared his appointment as chief of the national airlines illegal. The court said PIA needs a permanent CEO that will make it into an international standard airline. It should be providing better services to passengers, it said.

Anwar Mansoor Khan resigns as attorney-general of Pakistan

Attorney-General Anwar Mansoor Khan resigned in a surprise move on Thursday after the Pakistan Bar Council demanded he do so. He was the chairman of the PBC by virtue of his post as attorney-general. I didn’t t want to leave them behind, he said. He added that he decided to resign last night. His resignation letter has been sent to the president.

Umar Akmal banned from PSL 2020

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has suspended hard-hitting middle-order batsman, Umar Akmal, just before the start of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020. Umar was suspended for violating the players’ code of conduct during a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Lahore, earlier this month while inside sources say that he has been suspended under PCB’s anti-corruption code.

As Keamari oil terminals close, petrol pumps start to shut down

Petrol pumps in various areas of the metropolis have started to shut down after authorities closed oil terminals in Keamari. Oil terminals closed after aeroallergen from soybean dust reportedly caused at least 14 deaths and affected hundreds more. Petrol pumps in Saddar and on Shahrah-e-Faisal and Karsaz have already closed down while throngs of cars rushed to join queues outside those that were still open.

Pakistani weightlifter wins another gold at an international competition

Pakistani weightlifter, Rabia Shahzad has won gold at the Glasgow Open Classic Weightlifting Championship 2020. Rabia Shahzad, aged 21, studies at IBA Karachi and trains independently without depending on any sort of support from the Pakistan Weightlifting Federation. Last year, Rabia Shahzad, clinched the gold medal at the Hampshire Weightlifting Championship held in the United Kingdom.

Three 2014 Wagah Border attackers sentenced to death

A special Lahore anti-terrorism court sentenced three men to death for the 2014 suicide attack at the Wagah Border. The court announced the verdict on Wednesday. It found three men, Haseebullah, Saeed Jhan and Hussain, guilty and sentenced them to death five times. It also imposed a 300-year imprisonment and life imprisonments on the men. They have also been ordered to pay a Rs10 million fine.

Pakistan army successfully test fires Ra’ad 2 cruise missile

Pakistan Army has successfully test-fired the air-launched cruise missile ‘Ra’ad-II,’ according to a statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Ra’ad 2 is an air to surface and underwater cruise missile, capable of delivering various warheads up to a range of 600 kilometers, according to military media wing. The training launch was part of a field training exercise of Army Strategic Forces Command for rehearsing the operational readiness procedures during day and night. 

President Alvi receives official request for Darren Sammy’s Pakistani citizenship

Peshawar Zalmi Chairman, Javed Afridi, has requested President, Arif Alvi, to grant Darren Sammy honorary citizenship of Pakistan. Javed did this in a formal request to the President, giving him the reason that Sammy was not only the first player to step ahead in bringing PSL to Pakistan, but he also loves the country from the core of his heart.