Author: Zahra Nadeem

Vaping related health issues on the rise in Pakistan

The consumption of electronic cigarettes is rising around the world with more and more people switching to vaping from regular cigarettes leading to rise in health hazards. Ironically, many youngsters believe that vaping is safe as it does not contain tar and nicotine but according to Pakistani experts it is more life threatening than regular cigarettes and causes mouth ulcers and throat infection that can turn cancerous any minute

Pakistan signs multi-million dollar deal to export pine nuts to China

Pakistan is going to start exporting pine nuts to China soon. A Chinese snack company, Bestore, has inked a deal worth 300 million yuan ($42 million) with Pakistani pine nut company Halo foods. According to Yang Yinfen, CEO and president of Bestore, hand peeled pine nuts are one of the most expensive nut products for Bestore now as both demand and output has grown rapidly. 

Swvl to collaborate with Sindh government

Dubai based ride hailing service Swvl recently announced its plans to collaborate with the Sindh government to set up mass transit systems within the province, starting with Karachi, the company said in a statement. The company said Swvl and Sindh government have explored multiple avenues to improve the transportation landscape of Sindh, and will be entering into a public-private partnership to provide high quality, cutting-edge mass transit solutions.

Australian company develops a cure for cancer

Australian scientists are claiming to have created a cowpox style virus in an effort to cure cancer, which is able to kill every type of cancer in a Petri dish and also shrunken tumors in mice. The treatment is developed at Imugene, an Australian biotech company and is called CF33. Scientists are hopeful to test the virus on various cancer patients but are still uncertain about results.

Swvl to Expand to Bangladesh & the Philippines

Swvl, a mobile application that lets users reserve bus tickets online, aims to start operation in the Philippines, Indonesia and Bangladesh by late next year. The company runs buses along fixed routes and allows users to book seats and pay for them through its app. It competes with current ride hailing companies as it is 30 to 40 percent less expensive than using a car. 

Man dies after a phone explodes during charging

A man in India has died after his mobile phone exploded next to him while charging.  According to the police, the deceased, identified as ‘Kuna Pradhan’ hailed from Ranpur. He left his phone to charge overnight and it exploded around 5 am. Kuna received severe injuries, including third-degree burns. He was shifted to a nearby hospital and died in a few hours.

Government to launch Youth Empowerment Card soon

The government is going to introduce a Youth Empowerment Card, according to inside sources. The holders of this card will enjoy subsidies on civic services such as travel, passport fee, and CNIC along with that the needy will also get Rs. 4000 to Rs. 5000 per month from the government. NADRA will provide the data for the qualifying youth across the country.

Indian cotton exporters want to trade with Pakistan again

Indian cotton exporters are looking forward to resuming trade with Pakistan after halting it after India’s decision to revoke the disputed status of Indian occupied Kashmir. India exported 500,000 bales of cotton to Pakistan last year and is expecting to sell 1.5-2 million bales this year. As the quality of cotton produced in Pakistan has decreased, Pakistan is seeing a 35-percent fall in cotton production this year becoming a net importer of cotton from a cotton exporting country. 

Russia is planning to disconnect itself from the internet

Russia along with its major internet providers is set to disconnect from the internet as part of the “sovereign internet” law that came into effect recently. This is due to the long-planned internet bill  proposed by the Russian Parliament in 2018 that recently got approved. All internet service providers will be controlled by a single telecom entity called Roskomnadzor and will block all access to internet content that the Russian government deems a threat.

Istanbul airport gets the ‘Airport of the Year’ award

Istanbul Airport has won the first-ever “Readers Choice: Airport of the Year” award by International Airport Review (IAR).The International Airport Review awards focus to acknowledge excellence within the aviation industry. The readers were given an opportunity to vote for the best airport from a list of 10 airports considering delays, connectivity, cleanliness, staff behaviour etc. for the first time ever