The latest ad campaign from Ikea in the UAE called the “Ikea Real Life” recreates some iconic TV living rooms. The campaign took two months to bring together, with furniture pieces enhanced by 3D digital software. The Ikea team worked closely with the creatives for months to create famous living rooms of The Simpsons, Friends and Stranger Things.
Pakistani currency dramatically recovered a significant Rs1.42 to Rs148.21 to the US dollar in the inter-bank market following the recent massive hike by central bank in the key interest rate, taking it to 12.25%, made the rupee attractive. Banks have made record investment of PKR 3.1 trillion in three-month treasury-bills in the first auction of government securities after the rate hike.
Arrest warrants have been issued for former president Asif Ali Zardari in an inquiry pertaining to a money laundering case. Chairman NAB Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal approved the arrest warrants for the former president. The arrest warrants are part of the record in the accountability court and Islamabad High Court. The PPP leader has interim bail in the case till June 10.
Chinese tech giant, Huawei, in a low-key ceremony, has launched first open 5G services development center at Junggu district of Seoul, South Korea. Huawei plans to invest $5 Million in this open 5G lab that will allow them build a 5G ecosystem through cooperation with a number of South Korean ICT companies and small-and-medium enterprises. The company kept other details discreet.
Tara Sharifi, an 11-year-old Iranian student at Aylesbury High School UK, recently took the Mensa IQ test and scored 162 points, which is well above the genius benchmark of 140 points. With this score she has beaten Einstein, a theoretical physicist who is considered as one of the two pillars of modern physics, and the famous cosmologist Professor Stephen Hawking by two points.
Boney Kapoor, the late sri devi’s husband, has confirmed that he’s planning a Mr India reboot. The film-maker has expressed that after the death of wife and superstar Sridevi last year, he has more reason to remake the 1987 cult classic. He is also open to bringing original director and cast back for the reboot.
Indian PM Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) web portal of Delhi wing has been hacked. The hackers replaced several pages of the website with recipes of Beef dishes, accompanied with the message: Hacked by ‘Shadow_V1P3R’. The navigation bar has been edited to replace word BJP with the word BEEF. “About BJP” is now “About Beef” on the website.
At the Future of Asia forum in Tokyo, Malaysia’s PM Mohamad Mahathir proposed that East Asia should consider a common regional trading currency based on gold to promote commerce and stability, and free the region from relying on dollar transactions. He emphasised that this currency would be used for regional trade only and would not replace domestic currencies.
Bloomberg news have reported that US -listed, Chinese e-commerce leader, Alibaba Group is exploring a potential second listing in Hong Kong, as early as the second half of 2019, that could raise $20 billion as Beijing seeks to encourage its tech titans to list closer to home. This listing is intended to help Alibaba “diversify funding channels and boost liquidity.”
At least 90 people have been injured after Indian occupying forces opened fire on a crowd protesting against the ‘cordon and search’ operation in Tazipora area of Kulgam district in the Indian-occupied Kashmir. Indian troops fired bullets, pellets and teargas shells on the crowd, critically injuring over six dozens of them. Many of the injured had been admitted to the Kulgam hospital.