Author: Zahra Nadeem

Coldplay pays tribute to the late Amjad Sabri on their new album

Latest album by Coldplay, Everyday Life features the late and great qawwal Amjad Sabri. In an interview, frontman Chris Martin described ‘Church’,’ the second song on the album features two other singers.  There’s this guy who was a Pakistani singer, called Amjad Sabri who was sadly murdered and then there’s their friend Norah, a guy from Jerusalem. 

NAB moves to freeze Shehbaz’s immovable assets in Pakistan

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore issued orders to freeze immovable properties in Pakistan belonging to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif and his sons – Hamza and Suleman. The reason behind was an investigation pertaining to accumulating assets beyond means of income and money laundering. The order cites an investigation against accused Shehbaz Sharif, his sons and others for offence(s) of corruption and corrupt practices. 

Govt announces refund for pilgrims who performed hajj recently

The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) government is going to make a second refund to the pilgrims who performed Hajj under the recent government scheme. As per details, the government has decided to distribute Rs. 800 million, saved from hajj expenses, among 53,000 Hajj pilgrims. The refund is being made from the savings on train fares and accommodation. 

Pakistan to develop its own LNG shipping facility

The government has decided to develop an indigenous LNG shipping facility, by building the operational capacity of Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC) in the next few years. As the import of LNG has been on the rise since the past couple of years to meet the local demand,, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs asked PNSC to make a joint-venture setup in the coming months with the private shipping service. 

Higher quality Euro-IV petrol is finally coming to Pakistan

The government is looking to import Euro IV emission standard fuel in a bid to curb air pollution caused by vehicular emission. According to Prime Minister Imran Khan, the country will shift to the Euro V emission standard by the end of 2020. A three year deadline will be given to the oil refineries to enhance the quality of fuel after which they will be closed down for not meeting the set directives. 

Indian army’s attempt at competing with Shaheen missile ends in another failure

Indian military faced massive embarrassment after their third nuclear-capable missile test ended in failure. The country’s army fired Agni-III missile which crashed into the sea in Odisha as missile deviated from its flight path and the mission team had to terminate it, according to the army sources. Experts believe that the failure could be due to the metallurgical defects.

Tekken legend Knee visits Pakistan and praises local talent

Knee, the South Korean Superstar, arrived in Pakistan on Nov 28th to practice for the Tekken World Tour Finals 2019. Knee appreciated Pakistani talent and expressed his desire to visit again. During his stay, the Tekken Legend got to enjoy Pakistan’s hospitality and practised during the 3 day sessions in which knee played 41 sets against the strong local talent and ended up winning 38 of them.

Arwa Afridi wins 2 gold medals at World Alpagut Championship

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.

NADRA proposes chip on CNIC to mark organ donors

The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has proposed that a chip be installed on computerized national identity cards which will tell whether or not the CNIC holder wants to donate their organs. The proposal was made during the Senate Standing Committee on Law and Justice which met with Senator Javed Abbasi, discussed “The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2018”. 

Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves cross $15.5 Billion

According to the weekly report of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), foreign exchange reserves of Pakistan crossed $15.5 billion mark that are at the highest since June 2019. As per the report, the total foreign reserves of State Bank have recorded an increase of $240 million and stand at $8,682.3 million. While the commercial banks have a total of $6,895.4 million of foreign reserves.