PM Imran Khan has approved a plan to increase taxes, introduce a health tax of Rs 10 per pack and remove the third slab of FED on the cigarette manufacturing industry, in the upcoming budget for 2019-20, in a bid to to enhance revenue collection and discourage the use of cigarettes. He also decided to end Tax-free cigarette facility for important government offices.
A man killed his HIV-positive wife in the Shikarpur district of Sindh, after accusing her of having extramarital affair. The 32-year-old mother of four was strangled with a rope and then hunted on the tree outside the home, the police reported. Shikarpur district neighbours Larkana district were HIV epidemic recently took place. The police have taken the suspect under custody.
The PCB in a statement issued on Wednesday strongly refuted “fictitious” media reports that suggest the board has decided to part ways with chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and coach Mickey Arthur. PCB in their statement have stated that the future of the chief selector, coach and the player support personnel will be reviewed following the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Firdous Ashiq Awan recently informed that PM Imran Khan has proposed death penalty be fixed for all those involved in child abuse cases. Showing concern over rise in incidents of child abuse, PM addressed in detail the ministries of human rights, law, and interior, and gave them the responsibility of examining and analysing the existing juvenile laws concerning child abuse.
Fawad Ch. believes that Huawei, China’s biggest smartphone and technology manufacturer, has almost launched 5G technology in Pakistan. In a recent press conference, while talking to media about the benefits of 5G technology and its revolutionary impact, he said, “when 5G tech will arrive, not arrive but it’s almost launched by Huawei in Pakistan, they are building the basics”.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided not to renew chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and head coach Mickey Arthur’s contracts, which ends with the conclusion of World Cup in mid-July. Former captain Aamir Sohail is already being considered as the chief selector in place of Inzamam, while it yet to be decided if a foreigner or a local player will replace Arthur.
Apple announced an updated version of the iPod touch with an A10 Fusion chip, same processor used in iPhone 7, along with a new 256GB storage option. This is the first update to iPod since July 2015, and aside from those two changes, Apple is leaving the rest of the iPod touch alone. New iPod has the same bezelled 4-inch display, home button, and cameras.
HBO’s new show Chernobyl has become the highest rated show in history of IMDB with an average rating of 9.7 (66,000 votes). The show, produced with Sky in the UK, is a harrowing and gripping account of the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine, and will only be a five episodes mini-series depicting a catastrophic April 1986 explosion at a Soviet nuclear power plant.
Financial Times has reported that Bytedance, TikTok’s parent company, is planning to develop its own smartphone to increase user acquisition channel via pre-installed smartphone application. TechCrunch reports that there seems to be an urgency from Bytedance to find more user acquisition channels as the company has failed to hit its revenue target last year amid slowing ad spending in China.
Chacha Cricket, Chaudhry Abdul Jalil, will be honoured with the Global Sports Fan award in the United Kingdom during the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England. The 70-year-old, usually seen supporting the Pakistani team while branding the national flag and wearing green clothes, will be awarded on June 14 in Manchester for his 50-years of cricket fandom.