Author: Zahra Nadeem

Imran Khan issues orders for building 40-acre Software City in Islamabad

Prime Minister Imran Khan has reportedly ordered the establishment of a massive 40-acre software city in the country’s capital, Islamabad. In a meeting held with high-profile officials from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Khan discussed various ways to strengthen country’s IT sector and shared his vision to boost the nation’s IT exports to $10 billion over the long term. 

Mahira ranks 18 in world’s most beautiful women list

Actor Mahira Khan secures 18th spot in the world’s 20 most beautiful women list, according to women’s fashion and wellness website StyleCraze. Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi held the top spot while Bella Hadid came in second and Depike Padukone secured the third position. The website said that Khan was one of Pakistan’s most popular and highest-paid actors.

FATF Paris meeting to decide Pakistan’s grey list fate

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will meet in Paris for five days to decide on Pakistan’s grey list fate, staring on February 16. In October 2019, the FATF had decided to keep Pakistan on its grey list till February, giving it time to implement the FATF’s 27-point action plan. Pakistan is on its grey list because of deficiencies in the country’s Anti-Money Laundering and Countering of Terrorist Financing regulations. 

Sale of illegal cigarettes continues unabated in Pakistan

The sale of illegal cigarettes in the country has increased significantly since the imposition of the Federal Excise Duty (FED), according to a quarterly report released by the State Bank of Pakistan. The output of the official cigarette industry declined by 35.5% due to the increase in FED as it pushed the consumers towards cheaper alternatives in the form of counterfeits and cigarettes smuggled from abroad. 

LHC to hear Maryam Nawaz’s ECL plea on 18th

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday fixed Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Vice President Maryam Nawaz’s plea seeking her removal from the Exit Control List (ECL) for hearing on February 18. A two-member bench of the LHC headed by Justice Ali Baqar Najafi will hear the plea. Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh will be the other member of the bench.

NAB summons Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on February 13

NAB has summoned PPP head Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Thursday (February 13) in the Joint Venture Opal 225 case. The bureau’s Rawalpindi branch has asked him to bring all Zardari Group records from 2008 to 2019. He has also been asked for a list of the company’s board of directors. NAB says an on-paper company was used to pull out Rs1.22 billion from fake accounts.

British Airways sets flight record with help from Storm Ciara

British Airways has set the fastest subsonic transatlantic flight record after a little help from Storm Ciara. The New York to London journey was completed in four hours and 56 minutes, 80 minutes faster than the estimated travel time. The plane, a Boeing 747-436, reached speeds of 1,327 km/h as it rode a jet stream accelerated by Storm Ciara. 

Instagram influencer accuses Shadab of threatening her

An Instagram influencer has taken to social media to accuse Shadab Khan of threatening to leak her nudes. The influencer, Ashreena Safia, posted a message on Instagram along with several screenshots from various applications such as Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp. Safia has attached a few pictures of herself with Shadab, but the conversations seem to be missing context considering that some of the content has been blacked out by Safia.

PM Khan to announce Rs. 15 billion relief package to counter inflation

Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to introduce another Rs. 15 billion relief package to counter the uncontrolled inflation in the country. It was decided during a meeting that Rs. 15 billion will be used to provide an uninterrupted supply of household commodities to utility stores across the country. Along with that, the district and city administrations will be mobilized to keep a check on the prices of grocery items to curb price manipulation. 

Bill Gates is buying the world’s most expensive hydrogen-powered yacht

One of the richest men on earth, Bill Gates has ordered the first-ever hydrogen fuel cell-based yacht, the Sinot’s Aqua. The “Superyacht” costs $644 million, and is powered by two 1MW motors fuelled by supercooled hydrogen tanks. It has a 17-knot top speed (19.6MPH), it is capable of cross-ocean travel due to its 3,750-mile range.