National & World

Faysal Bank’s new dress code requires female employees to wear hijab and ‘loose clothing’

Faysal Bank Pakistan recently introduced a new dress code policy which requires the female staff of the organization to wear hijaab and loose clothing. The order issued by the bank’s head office received a lot of flak over social media for being ‘discriminatory’ and ‘sexist’. However, the bank believes that modest dresses should be worn as ‘it is a cultural requirement.’

Pakistani author wins prestigious ‘Brain of the Year’ award in Britain

Renowned author, thought leader and columnist Arif Anis has won the “Brain of the Year 2020” award by Britain’s Brain Trust. Arif Anis has been awarded for co-founding the ‘One Million Meals’ initiative in April this year to feed National Health Services (NHS) doctors, nurses, paramedics and key workers on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Pakistan’s top varsity cancels seminar by Ahmadi economist after ‘threats from extremists’

The Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi has cancelled a scheduled online seminar that was to feature celebrated economist Dr Atif Mian, allegedly due to pressure by “extremists”. Dr Atif R. Mian’s lecture scheduled on November 5, 2020, was cancelled after he university administration was facing from extremists. Atif Mian is a Princeton University economist, but rejected by Pakistan due to his Ahmadi faith.


Business & Tech

After 13 years, Pakistani medical professionals head to Kuwait

Pakistan is sending 600 medical professionals to Kuwait, and a first batch of 221 doctors, nurses and technicians is all set to fly out on Thursday after a gap on 13 years. A second group of 200 medical professionals will also fly to Kuwait in the coming months, under an agreement signed between the two countries in July this year.

Pakistani fisherman fight the mighty Chinese for food in country’s deep-sea fishing waters

While a new fishing policy is expected, local fisherman fear they will be left with no food as 12 Chinese deep-sea trawlers docked at the port of Karachi last month. Pakistani fishermen fear government’s plan to allow Chinese companies to carry out deep-sea fishing in territorial waters could threaten survival of at least three million people who depend on the sea for livelihood.

TikTok to invest half-million dollars for training of content producers in Pakistan

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Monday revealed that Tik Tok will invest half-million dollars for the training of content producers, after the app was blocked for immoral content. PTA also revealed that Tik Tok has blocked 4 million videos during the last three months and suspended 25000 accounts. This was revealed before the Senate standing committee on Information and Technology.


Latest News

Two sisters from Gujrat undergo sex-reassignment surgery at PIMS

Two of nine sisters from Gujrat were turned boys after going through sex reassignment procedure at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in Islamabad. Sex-change is considered a taboo in Pakistan, however, on the appearance of natural signs of the opposite gender, doctors do perform such procedures. The girls, aged 13 and 15, were brought from Gujrat due to their unusual physical constitution.

Award-winning Pakistani filmmaker honored in Singapore for highlighting women causes

Award-winning Pakistani filmmaker, Shehzad Hameed Ahmad was recently honoured by United Women Singapore for championing the cause of gender equality through his films. In an online ceremony, Singapore-based Ahmad was awarded the Gender Equality Impact Changemaker (Male Individual) award. Over the last 10 years, Shehzad has done considerable work highlighting women causes and creating awareness for gender equality.

Faysal Bank’s new dress code requires female employees to wear hijab and ‘loose clothing’

Faysal Bank Pakistan recently introduced a new dress code policy which requires the female staff of the organization to wear hijaab and loose clothing. The order issued by the bank’s head office received a lot of flak over social media for being ‘discriminatory’ and ‘sexist’. However, the bank believes that modest dresses should be worn as ‘it is a cultural requirement.’

Pakistan decides to launch first over-the-top (OTT) TV, a local version of Netflix

The Pakistan Tehreek –e-Insaaf (PTI) led federal government has decided to launch the country’s first over-the-top (OTT) TV, the local version of Netflix. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain  revealed in a Tweet that the technology part is complete and have asked Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to prepare a guideline on content.

Pakistani author wins prestigious ‘Brain of the Year’ award in Britain

Renowned author, thought leader and columnist Arif Anis has won the “Brain of the Year 2020” award by Britain’s Brain Trust. Arif Anis has been awarded for co-founding the ‘One Million Meals’ initiative in April this year to feed National Health Services (NHS) doctors, nurses, paramedics and key workers on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Pakistan’s top varsity cancels seminar by Ahmadi economist after ‘threats from extremists’

The Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi has cancelled a scheduled online seminar that was to feature celebrated economist Dr Atif Mian, allegedly due to pressure by “extremists”. Dr Atif R. Mian’s lecture scheduled on November 5, 2020, was cancelled after he university administration was facing from extremists. Atif Mian is a Princeton University economist, but rejected by Pakistan due to his Ahmadi faith.


Sports

Bullied at school for his height, 7ft 6ins tall Pakistani training to become world’s tallest cricketer

Mudassir Gujjar, 21-year-old and 7ft 6ins tall, is training to become the tallest cricketer in the world. Gujjar, who was bullied at school after growing to more than 6ft by the age of ten, hopes to overtake Mohammad Irfan as the tallest bowler to play international cricket. Gujjar has already been picked up by his local cricket team the Lahore Qalandars .

PSL franchises move court against PCB seeking change in current financial model

Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises have moved the Lahore High Court (LHC) against the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), seeking alteration in the current financial model of the league. The PSL teams decided to lodge the case after reportedly suffering huge losses since the inception of the league due to the ‘faulty’ financial model. Franchises complained that they suffer massive losses due to the event.

Entertainment

Award-winning Pakistani filmmaker honored in Singapore for highlighting women causes

Award-winning Pakistani filmmaker, Shehzad Hameed Ahmad was recently honoured by United Women Singapore for championing the cause of gender equality through his films. In an online ceremony, Singapore-based Ahmad was awarded the Gender Equality Impact Changemaker (Male Individual) award. Over the last 10 years, Shehzad has done considerable work highlighting women causes and creating awareness for gender equality.

Pakistan decides to launch first over-the-top (OTT) TV, a local version of Netflix

The Pakistan Tehreek –e-Insaaf (PTI) led federal government has decided to launch the country’s first over-the-top (OTT) TV, the local version of Netflix. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain  revealed in a Tweet that the technology part is complete and have asked Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to prepare a guideline on content.