Author: Zahra Nadeem

Largest book store in Pakistan closing down

Saeed Book Bank, largest book store in Pakistan after struggling with heavy taxes and a decline in printed book sales is on the verge of collapse. Book readers have expressed dismay at the news, with twitter users highlighting the significance of book stores for future generations. Rise in prices of imported books due to the down-gradation of trade ties with India is one of the reasons for the expected closure of the bookstore. 

Ideas to replace police check posts, winner gets 2 million

Fawad Chaudhry, Federal Minister for Science and Technology called for people to come up with distinctive and futuristic ideas and solutions to replace Police checkpoints. The deadline for the competition is 3 weeks. As crossing checkpoints and waiting in queues become a hassle for the citizens, it is a great opportunity for the technology lovers to find a way to replace it.

Pakistan appreciates Turkey’s positive role in Syria

 Prime Minister Imran Khan appreciated Turkey’s operation for “peaceful resolution of the Syrian situation”. PM told Erdogan over a telephone conversation that Pakistan is fully aware of the threats faced by Turkey and is hopeful that Turkey’s efforts for peaceful Syria are successful. He also assured Pakistan’s full support and solidarity for this operation. 

Priyanka Chopra would love to play James Bond

Priyanka Chopra, The Sky is Pink star mentioned she would love to play the role of female James bond. During an interview with Britain’s metro newspaper,  the 37-year old confidently nominated herself to be stepping into Daniel Craig’s shoes. She also added that she’s always been keen on playing this role but she can’t put herself into the race but would definitely love to see a female Bond in her lifetime. 

Keanu Reeves won’t be only lead actor in Matrix 4

Keanu Reeves will not be ‘The One’ to lead The Matrix 4, Aquaman‘s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will be doing the role.  Black Mirror actor at the forefront, along with franchise legends Reeves (Neo) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity) will be starred in the most awaited continuation of the series. The Matrix  is a thought-provoking sci-fi that was released in 1999 and revolutionised action cinema. 

Mexican mayor tied to truck, dragged through street in protest

Mexican mayor Escandon dragged through the town in southern Mexico from the back of a pickup truck by the angry farmers in protest. The mayor was dragged several meters down the street before police stepped in and freed him. Escandon inculpated the farmers of trying to coerce him.  The attackers were demanding more public resources, including direct cash transfers, for their rural community according to the State prosecutor. 

Punjab Government Increases Fines to Dissuade Traffic Violations

Punjab Cabinet approved measures to increase fines for car drivers in a bid to dissuade traffic violations in the province.  Fines for motorbike drivers have been increased to Rs. 300 from Rs. 200 whereas for car drivers from Rs. 500 to Rs. 700. According to the Provincial Minister Aslam Iqbal the raise in fines for traffic rules violation will not only help ensure better traffic management but will also create more caution. 

Electric bikes to be assembled in Punjab by local companies

Two motorbike manufacturers are working together in Sahiwal, Punjab to manufacture electric motorbikes in Pakistan. Electric bikes which has almost become a need for the middle-class motorbike riders due to a rise in fuel prices were introduced earlier by many companies but didn’t win any public attention as they were very costly.

Turkey launches military operation against the Kurds in Syria

Turkish President announced military operation against US-backed Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria three days after Trump administration unexpectedly announced withdrawal of US troops stationed in the region. The Turkish leader discussed the operations’s goal that was to neutralise terror threats against Turkey and preservation of Syria’s territorial integrity which will lead to establishment of safe zone.