National & World

Hunger will cause more deaths than COVID-19 itself: International body Oxfam

Poverty and hunger resulting from the novel coronavirus crisis can lead to more deaths than the disease itself, Oxfam warned. According to an Oxfam report, The Hunger Virus, Covid-19 is “deepening the hunger crisis in the world’s hunger hotspots” like Venezuela and South Sudan. Additionally, the health crisis is giving birth to new “epicentres of hunger” across the world.

After EU, US revokes permission for PIA to operate special direct flights

Pakistan International Airline’s (PIA) recovery from its downward spiral since the revelation of dubious licences seems difficult, as the United States also revokes privileges. The US transport authority has revoked the permission granted to PIA to operate a number of special direct flights to the US. PIA spokesperson Abdullah Khan confirmed that the airline had been notified of the withdrawal via email. 

Pakistan’s testing capacity being utilised less than 42%, reveals NHSRC data

For the 18th consecutive day, testing in Pakistan has registered a reduction after hitting a record-high on June 19, according to the data of the ministry of national health services regulation and coordination. The ministry, which provides daily statistics, noted that on July 7 Pakistan carried out 21,951 tests across the country, which is only 30% of its total testing


Business & Tech

Profiteering in times of a pandemic: Masks with school logos to be introduced

As educational institutions and schools prepare to reopen, a new method to profit from the pandemic is now being observed. Several public and private institutes have now introduced masks with school logos, which are expected to be a part of the uniform. Many suggested the masks would only give a consistent look in the school costumes.

Waqar Zaka to challenge PUBG ban in Sindh High Court

Host Waqar Zaka has said that he will be filing a petition in the Sindh High Court to lift the ban on PUBG. In the latest video on his YouTube channel, Zaka said the move has been made by those who want to “prevent the youth of Pakistan from excelling in e-sports” and also do not want Pakistan to excel in e-commerce. 

Freelancers lose access to millions of dollars after Payoneer freezes cards

Freelancers in Pakistan and around the world are unable to access their money from their prepaid Payoneer card, after a recent 1.9 billion euros  Wirecard scandal in the UK. Wirecard is a subsidiary of the German company Wirecard AG that filed for insolvency on Thursday. All Payoneer Prepaid Mastercard cards are affected considering they are issued by Wirecard UK.


Latest News

Ahmad Shah becomes Pakistan’s youngest Gold play button receiver

Child celebrity Ahmad Shah, has become the youngest Pakistani to have his own Gold and Silver play button, which you get when you have a million subscribers on YouTube. Ahmad, who is only five years old, gets views by the hundreds of thousands on his videos, with his most viewed video having over eight million views. 

Hunger will cause more deaths than COVID-19 itself: International body Oxfam

Poverty and hunger resulting from the novel coronavirus crisis can lead to more deaths than the disease itself, Oxfam warned. According to an Oxfam report, The Hunger Virus, Covid-19 is “deepening the hunger crisis in the world’s hunger hotspots” like Venezuela and South Sudan. Additionally, the health crisis is giving birth to new “epicentres of hunger” across the world.

After EU, US revokes permission for PIA to operate special direct flights

Pakistan International Airline’s (PIA) recovery from its downward spiral since the revelation of dubious licences seems difficult, as the United States also revokes privileges. The US transport authority has revoked the permission granted to PIA to operate a number of special direct flights to the US. PIA spokesperson Abdullah Khan confirmed that the airline had been notified of the withdrawal via email. 

No more trolling! Esra Bilgiç, famed Ertugrul star turns off comments on bikini post

Turkish actress Esra Bilgic has decided to turn off her comments for one of her snaps in a bikini, after having enough of moral policing by Pakistani trolls. Since the popularity of her show “Dirilis: Ertugrul”, Esra has repeatedly been trolled for her Western choice of clothes. Many viewers were not able to separate the star’s on-screen persona from her personal life.

Pakistan’s testing capacity being utilised less than 42%, reveals NHSRC data

For the 18th consecutive day, testing in Pakistan has registered a reduction after hitting a record-high on June 19, according to the data of the ministry of national health services regulation and coordination. The ministry, which provides daily statistics, noted that on July 7 Pakistan carried out 21,951 tests across the country, which is only 30% of its total testing

Woman booked for slapping a traffic warden gets bail

A sessions court in Lahore has granted bail to the woman who was booked for slapping and misbehaving with a traffic warden after he stopped her for parking her car in a no-parking area. Gulberg police had registered an FIR against 29-year-old Raesa Masood on the traffic warden’s complaint. The court directed Raesa to deposit a surety bond of Rs50,000 to secure bail. 


Sports

Halime Sultan could be the next brand ambassador for a PSL team

Turkish series Dirilis Ertugrul’s popularity in Pakistan has reached unmatched levels and heightened admiration for Halime Sultan could be leading her to Pakistan Super League (PSL). In a Tweet, Esra Bilgic AKA Halime Sultan, hinted that she might be joining Peshawar Zalmi as a brand ambassador. Earlier the owner of the franchise, Javed Afridi, had also hinted the same on Twitter. 

Hafeez contradicts PCB, produces negative COVID-19 test report

All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has tested negative for Covid-19, a day after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said he along with seven other players have contracted the disease. In a Tweet, Hafeez clarified that a subsequent examination at a private laboratory in Lahore had cleared him. He added that his family had also tested negative and attached a picture of his medical report.

Entertainment

Ahmad Shah becomes Pakistan’s youngest Gold play button receiver

Child celebrity Ahmad Shah, has become the youngest Pakistani to have his own Gold and Silver play button, which you get when you have a million subscribers on YouTube. Ahmad, who is only five years old, gets views by the hundreds of thousands on his videos, with his most viewed video having over eight million views. 

No more trolling! Esra Bilgiç, famed Ertugrul star turns off comments on bikini post

Turkish actress Esra Bilgic has decided to turn off her comments for one of her snaps in a bikini, after having enough of moral policing by Pakistani trolls. Since the popularity of her show “Dirilis: Ertugrul”, Esra has repeatedly been trolled for her Western choice of clothes. Many viewers were not able to separate the star’s on-screen persona from her personal life.