National & World

Pakistani project to help residents in disaster-prone areas wins big internationally

A project that combines satellite images, mapping technologies and the local knowledge of villagers to help build climate-proof settlements in disaster-prone areas of Pakistan has won an international award. More than 1 million people have benefited from the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) Pakistan project, which was a gold prize winner at the World Habitat Awards.

PM Imran announces monthly stipend for two million special persons in the country

 Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that around two million families would benefit from the government’s new Ehsaas Kafaalat Policy aimed at extending financial support to special persons. As the world observed the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the PM said on Twitter that under the new programme, the special persons would be eligible for a monthly stipend of Rs2000. 

Two Pakistani companies make it to Forbes ‘Asia’s Best Under A Billion 2020’ list

Two Pakistani companies have made it to the most coveted Forbes ‘Asia’s Best Under A Billion 2020’ list. Information technology company Systems Limited Pakistan (SLP) along with local textile giant Feroze1888 Mills Ltd have made it to this year’s list. The annual list recognises 200 top-performing small and mid-sized companies in the Asia-Pacific region with sales under $1 billion. 


Business & Tech

Two Pakistani companies make it to Forbes ‘Asia’s Best Under A Billion 2020’ list

Two Pakistani companies have made it to the most coveted Forbes ‘Asia’s Best Under A Billion 2020’ list. Information technology company Systems Limited Pakistan (SLP) along with local textile giant Feroze1888 Mills Ltd have made it to this year’s list. The annual list recognises 200 top-performing small and mid-sized companies in the Asia-Pacific region with sales under $1 billion. 

A remote-controlled car race on the lunar surface is due to take place in 2021

A remotely-controlled car race will now be held on the Moon in 2021, reports New Atlas. Moon Mark, a multimedia and education content company in collaboration with Intuitive Machines, the global leader in commercial space and airborne systems are pulling in some extraordinary resources to plan the race. The two racecars will be partially designed by high school kids, and McLaren P1 designer Frank Stephenson.

Internet giants threaten to leave Pakistan under the new social media rules

Leading tech companies may be unable to operate in Pakistan under the country’s new social media rules, Asia Internet Coalition (AIC) said in a statement. The rules notified by the government, require social media companies to block access to unlawful online content within 24 hours — or in emergency cases, within six hours — after being reported by a government authority.


Latest News

Ready for a pollution-free Sunday in Islamabad? Sign up for the ‘Cycling Sunday’ on Nov 1st

Cycling has long been considered a great way to enhance health and fitness. Other than being a sport, cycling as a leisure activity helps keep the environment pollution-free and body fit. In order to promote myriad benefits of leisurely cycling, National Incubation Center, Urban Innovation Pvt. Ltd. and Learner’s Republic have planned a cycling event in the federal capital. 

Pakistani project to help residents in disaster-prone areas wins big internationally

A project that combines satellite images, mapping technologies and the local knowledge of villagers to help build climate-proof settlements in disaster-prone areas of Pakistan has won an international award. More than 1 million people have benefited from the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) Pakistan project, which was a gold prize winner at the World Habitat Awards.

PM Imran announces monthly stipend for two million special persons in the country

 Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that around two million families would benefit from the government’s new Ehsaas Kafaalat Policy aimed at extending financial support to special persons. As the world observed the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the PM said on Twitter that under the new programme, the special persons would be eligible for a monthly stipend of Rs2000. 

Two Pakistani companies make it to Forbes ‘Asia’s Best Under A Billion 2020’ list

Two Pakistani companies have made it to the most coveted Forbes ‘Asia’s Best Under A Billion 2020’ list. Information technology company Systems Limited Pakistan (SLP) along with local textile giant Feroze1888 Mills Ltd have made it to this year’s list. The annual list recognises 200 top-performing small and mid-sized companies in the Asia-Pacific region with sales under $1 billion. 

Pakistan Army cadet conferred with Best Foreign National Military Cadet award in Australia

A Pakistan Army cadet has been conferred with the Best Foreign National Military Cadet award at the Royal Military College (RMC), Duntroon, Australia, DG ISPR announced in a Tweet. Muhammad Haris Mairaj of 141 Long Course has been declared the overall best foreign national military cadet at the passing out parade at the RMC Duntroon.

Home-based ‘invisible’ workers, mostly women, officially register as workers in Sindh

Sindh has become the first province in Pakistan, to enact a law to award employment rights to an estimated informal workforce of 3 million people. In 2018 Sindh passed the Home-Based Workers Act, making Pakistan the only country in south Asia where home workers were recognised as official labourers. It is believed that 12 million people across Pakistan are home-based workers, of which 80% are women.

Pakistani doctor who died of COVID-19 on frontline conferred ‘martyrdom’ by UAE

 United Arab Emirates-based Pakistani doctor, who contracted the coronavirus while treating blue collar workers at a small clinic in Abu Dhabi and died of COVID-19 on May 15, was recognized as a martyr and national hero by the Gulf state. Dr. Usman, who belonged to Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir, worked for a private health care group for 11 years but lost his job in 2019.


Sports

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.

Gilgit-Baltistan Girls Football League: Giving young girls in remotest areas opportunity to flex their muscles

In the conservative region of Gilgit-Baltistan, the Shimshal village is home of opportunities for talented young girls from remotest areas, who love sports and want to showcase their skills. Gilgit-Baltistan Girls Football League, found by two teenage college going Shimshali sisters Sumaira Inayat and Karishma Inayat, is a football league for senior school girls, of ages between 12-16 of the region

Entertainment

Sarmad Khoosat’s, Zindagi Tamasha becomes Pakistan’s official entry to Oscars

Zindagi Tamasha, a film by Sarmad Khoosat has been chosen by Pakistan Academy Selection Committee as Pakistan’s official entry to the 93rd Academy Awards. The film will be submitted for Oscar consideration in the ‘International Feature Film Award’ category by the Pakistan Committee. The presentation show for the 93rd Academy Awards scheduled to take place on 25th April 2021.

Hijabi model Halima Aden quits fashion shows over religious beliefs

The model Halima Aden has said she is quitting runway shows because working in fashion has forced her to compromise her religious beliefs. Aden, who was hailed as a trailblazer for being one of the first models to wear a hijab, posted a series of images on social media that illustrated the times she had lost touch with who she is.