Actor Faisal Qureshi blessed with baby boy

Faisal Qureshi has been blessed with a baby boy, according to an announcement made by the actor himself. Taking to Instagram, along with a picture of the born baby, the actor and TV host wrote, “Welcome master FARMAAN QURAISHI aka #FQ and need your prayers and love he is new in the world”. 

WhatsApp down? Users across UAE and abroad report issues

WhatsApp users across UAE and abroad reported issues with the messaging app. Users are unable to send multimedia files or voice messages on the popular app. Multiple complaints were logged about the outage on Sunday afternoon on a website DownDetector.com that is used by internet users worldwide to report issues using apps or websites. 

Prince Harry and Meghan to give up royal titles

Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will give up their titles and stop receiving public funds following their decision to give up front-line royal duties. The palace said that the Sussexes will not use their HRH titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family, adding that the couple have agreed to repay some past expenses.

More than 80 soldiers killed in Yemen missile, drone attack

More than 80 Yemeni soldiers have been killed and scores injured in a missile and drone attack blamed on Huthi rebels in central Yemen. The Huthis attacked a mosque in a military camp in the central province of Marib. The drone and missile strike came a day after coalition-backed government forces launched a large-scale operation against the Huthis in the Nihm region, north of Sanaa.

Govt to allow duty-free wheat imports as flour prices soar

The government will lift the duty on importing wheat in order to control soaring flour prices in the country, according to PTI leader Jahangir Khan Tareen. He further added that the price will drop once the wheat enters the market. Prime Minister Imran Khan tasked Tareen and National Food Security and Research Minister Khusro Bakhtiar with resolving the issue.

Ayeza Khan nominated for best actress at international award show

Ayeza Khan has been nominated for Best Actress at the prestigious Pakistan International Screen Awards 2020 for her performance in Meray Paas Tum Ho. Khan’s latest drama Meray Paas Tum Ho set new records in Pakistani television history. It has been touted as one of the most popular shows in Pakistan today. Khan has been nominated alongside Hina Altaf, Moomal Shaikh, Sajal Aly, Saba Qamar, Sana Javed, Sarah Khan and Sanam Baloch. 

Arrest warrants issued for anchorperson Mubashir Luqman

An additional district and sessions judge of Islamabad issued non-bailable warrants of arrest for TV anchorperson Mubashir Luqman. A criminal complaint was filed against him by Anwar Aziz, father of ex-minister Daniyal Aziz, for allegedly using slanderous language.In a broadcast, Luqman passed certain remarks against the personal life of Aziz in 2016 and in response, Aziz filed a criminal complaint against anchorperson seeking action against him under the Pakistan Penal Code.

Meray Paas Tum Ho finale sells Rs1.5m in advance tickets

Advance bookings for the last episode of the Humayun Saeed and Ayeza Khan starrer Meray Paas Tum Ho have hit a record high of 1.5million in sales. The drama is scheduled to be screened at cinemas and TV sets across the country on January 25 (Saturday). The highest number of sales was from Cinepax.

A street fruit vendor’s daughter won a gold medal

A  fruit vendor’s daughter, Noor ul Sabah hailing from Faislabad has won a gold medal for her excellent academic performance. Noor’s father Abdul Ghafoor is a fruit vendor and said that his daughter is a bright student and he helped her as much as he could. Noor added that her parents have faced a lot of hardships yet still they helped her in completing her education. 

Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim refuses to visit Pakistan

Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has announced that he will not be joining his team on its tour to Pakistan due to his family’s concerns over security. He personally believes that Pakistan is a great place to play cricket but his family does not want him to go, the reason why he turned down the the offer to play in this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL).