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Despite efforts to reform, Pakistani passport still ranks fourth worst globally

Despite the government’s efforts to reform status of the Pakistani passport, Henley Passport Index has ranked the country’s passport as fourth weakest in the world, behind only war-torn Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. The index assesses the travel documents based on how many countries citizens can access without a visa, as well as, using information from the International Air Transport Association.

Federal govt defers approval of Hyderabad-Sukkur motorway project

The federal government has deferred approval of Rs192 billion worth of Hyderabad-Sukkur motorway project due to proposed changes in its financing model. The project now seeks Rs76 billion from the budget compared to the original plan of constructing the road with private sector funding. The project was initially expected to be completed at a cost of Rs165 billion, which has now increased to Rs191.5 billion.

Lahore declared Pakistan’s first polio-free city

In a major achievement against the crippling virus, Lahore has become the first polio-free city in the country. The fifth environmental sample taken from the city for the poliovirus has tested negative. Earlier four environmental samples for the virus had tested negative. Lahore Deputy Commissioner paid rich tribute to the doctors, polio workers, and the parents for making the city polio-free.

Remittances to Pakistan touch $2bn for 10th consecutive month, with Saudi Arabia, UAE as largest contributors

Pakistan saw an increase of 26% in remittances, with a record run of above $2 billion in remittances for the 10th consecutive month in March, the State Bank of Pakistan said Monday. Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE) continued to maintain the top spots as key contributors of remittances to Pakistan for the fiscal year 2021, central bank data showed.

Cricketer Fawad Alam wishes to work with Mahira, Mehwish and Maya as he makes acting debut

Cricket all-rounder Fawad Alam just made his acting debut with web series for Urduflix titled Khudkash Muhabbat. The poster highlighting the cricketer’s role in the series is currently receiving mixed reactions all over social media. The 35-year-old cricketer, however is confident of his skills and wishes to work with Pakistani stars Mahira Khan, Mehwish Hayat and Maya Ali. While speaking

Actress Meera discharged from US mental hospital after Captain Naveed pays $50,000 bail

Pakistani actress Meera has reportedly been discharged from the mental hospital in United States after Captain Naveed paid $50,000 for her ‘bail’. It is learnt that the actress was advised to continue her mental treatment in her home country, as she was ordered to leave America within 48 hours. Her mother had broken the news that the actress has been forced into a psychiatric facility in New York.

Elon Musk’s company releases video of monkey playing video games with its mind

Billionaire inventor Elon Musk has revealed a shocking new footage that purportedly shows a monkey playing a video game “with his mind,” thanks to a cutting-edge brain implant known as a Neuralink. The device effectively translates brain signals into instructions for a machine — a science fiction-level achievement that could effectively turn a user into a cyborg.

Pakistan might be world’s 23rd biggest economy by 2040: US intelligence report

Pakistan is set to become the world’s 23rd biggest economy by 2040 based on its predicted gross domestic product (GDP) rank which currently sits at 39th position, according to a United States intelligence report. The assessment was included in this year’s Global Trends report by US National Intelligence Council (NIC). The NIC is issued every four years.

Pakistani startup raises pre-seed funding of $320,000 to launch app for exam preparation

Edkasa, a Lahore-based education technology startup has managed to raise pre-seed funding of $320,000 to help launch a new mobile application for exam preparation. The new app will leverage and make use of Edkasa’s existing userbase of 55,000 students and more than 40 schools throughout Pakistan which currently avail its services, according to a statement from the startup.

PTI’s Maleeka Bokhari selected as World Economic Forum (WEF) ‘Young Global Leader’ for five years

PTI lawmaker and Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Justice Barrister Maleeka Bokhari has been selected as the World Economic Forum (WEF) ‘Young Global Leader’ for five years. Bokhari is the only representative from Pakistan, chosen as a Young Global Leader this year. She currently serves as Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Law and Justice in Pakistan and is responsible for legislative business in parliament.