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Clerics and science ministry to work together to end Pakistani ‘moon sighting’ controversy

The Pakistani science ministry and a newly-appointed chairman of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, have agreed for the first time to work together and end the decades long ‘moon sighting’ controversy. Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad, the new chief of the moon sighting committee, said his committee would collaborate with the ministries of religion and science to gather scientific evidence to take a final decision.

Staff at Guddu thermal plant suspended after nationwide blackout

Seven staff at one of Pakistan’s biggest power plants have been suspended after a technical fault sparked a massive grid breakdown at the weekend, plunging the entire country into darkness. The employees at Guddu thermal power plant in Sindh province were suspended “on account of the negligence of duty”. The suspended staff included a manager and six junior employees.

Lahore listed on New York Time’s ‘52 places to love in 2021’ list

Lahore, the city of gardens, once an intellectual center of the Indian subcontinent and now considered the cultural heart of Pakistan, has been included in a list of ‘52 places to love in 2021’ by the international newspaper, The New York Times. The Times asked readers to “tell us about spots that have delighted, inspired and comforted them in a dark year.”


Business & Tech

WhatsApp update forces users to share data with Facebook for continued usage of app

WhatsApp users are receiving an in-app notice regarding the service’s new terms and privacy policy. Among the updates, the messaging service has updated its terms regarding the data of users. These changes will go into effect on February 8th, and users will have no choice but to accept these changes if they wish to continue using WhatsApp.

60-foot Gundam Robot in Japan has now entered testing mode

An upcoming amusement park Gundam Factory Yokohama in Japan has created an 18-meter (60-foot) life-sized replica of the RX-78 mecha (crewed) Gundam robot from various anime TV series and manga. Back in July, the robot took its first tentative steps along the road to being fully functional. During that test it appears no weight was put on the legs of the robot, which has now been rectified in a new test.

Pakistan’s AlKaram Textile gets 6-Year export order for US brand Gap Inc.

Renowned American brand Gap Inc. has signed a license for home textiles with Pakistan’s AlKaram Textile Limited for a period of six years. The company has signed a license with Gap Inc. for all of North America and Mexico for six years. The company will be Pakistan’s first home textile company to enter the brand licensing space in international markets.


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Clerics and science ministry to work together to end Pakistani ‘moon sighting’ controversy

The Pakistani science ministry and a newly-appointed chairman of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, have agreed for the first time to work together and end the decades long ‘moon sighting’ controversy. Maulana Abdul Khabir Azad, the new chief of the moon sighting committee, said his committee would collaborate with the ministries of religion and science to gather scientific evidence to take a final decision.

Staff at Guddu thermal plant suspended after nationwide blackout

Seven staff at one of Pakistan’s biggest power plants have been suspended after a technical fault sparked a massive grid breakdown at the weekend, plunging the entire country into darkness. The employees at Guddu thermal power plant in Sindh province were suspended “on account of the negligence of duty”. The suspended staff included a manager and six junior employees.

Lahore listed on New York Time’s ‘52 places to love in 2021’ list

Lahore, the city of gardens, once an intellectual center of the Indian subcontinent and now considered the cultural heart of Pakistan, has been included in a list of ‘52 places to love in 2021’ by the international newspaper, The New York Times. The Times asked readers to “tell us about spots that have delighted, inspired and comforted them in a dark year.”

Hazara University in K-P bans tight jeans on male, female students and staffers

The Hazara University located in Manshera has issued a new dress code for the students, faculty and administration staff working there. Female students and staffers have been asked to wear an abaya, scarf and shalwar kameez instead of skinny jeans, tights and t-shirts. Excessive makeup, jewels and carrying large hand bags has also been forbidden.

Café in Lahore sealed after ‘dead rat’ shawarma video goes viral

A viral video on social media has shocked all of Lahore, after a family shared footage of a shawarma sandwich which was served with a dead rat’s meat inside it. Saleh Saleem posted on Facebook that his 10-year-old niece was about to consume the Middle Eastern dish at a local eatery but looked on in horror after finding the meat of the rodent inside.

PDM leaders will be offered tea and snacks if they come to Rawalpindi: DG ISPR

Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) leaders will be offered tea and snacks if they decide to stage a long march towards Rawalpindi, Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar, director general of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has announced. DG ISPR’s comments were in response to Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s indication that the opposition could turn the direction of its anti-government movement towards the army leadership.


Sports

‘Mentally tortured’ Mohammad Amir bids farewell to international cricket

After making claims of being ‘mentally tortured’, Pakistan left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir has announced his retirement from international cricket.  The 28-year-old said that he cannot continue to play under such circumstances. He lamented that his decision to retire from red-ball cricket was presented in the wrong context and it was linked to my participation in T20 leagues.

Pakistan receives a “final warning” from New Zealand after 6 members of cricket squad test COVID-19 positive

Six members of the Pakistan cricket squad, which is currently on a tour to New Zealand, have tested positive for the coronavirus. The team also received a “final warning” for flouting quarantine rules. New Zealand health authorities revoked the players’ ability to train while in isolation, making clear they would not tolerate risky behaviour in a country that has largely eradicated the virus.

Entertainment

‘The Simpsons’ apparently predicted the Capitol Hill riots in 1996

On Wednesday, Donald Trump’s angry supporters wreaked havoc at the Capitol Hill, and the shocking incident was predicted by ‘The Simpson’ in 1996. As absurd it may sound, the animated series has predicted a great deal of events over the past. This time, an unearthed 1996 episode of the show titled The Day the Violence Died, features an angry mob inciting violence at the Capitol Hill.

PTA blocks trailer of “sacrilegious” movie depicting life of Prophet’s daughter

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has approached several social media platforms to block the trailer of film Lady of Heaven. The film is about an Iraqi child who finds himself in a new home after losing his mother. His grandmother narrates the historical story of Lady Fatima (AS) and how her suffering as first victim of terrorism spun out of control into the 21st century.