Dubai-based mobile app Lock&Stock, which works to curb “digital addiction” among students, is all set to launch its operations in Pakistan on September 15, 2020. The app, founded in 2017 in the United Arab Emirates, rewards students for not using their phones while studying, working out and spending time with friends and family, among other activities. The Lock&Stock app works by locking up other apps in your phone while you use it.
Airlines are looking for new revenue streams as they burn through cash while fleets are largely grounded and people stay at home due to the worst ever global crisis. A recovery is expected to take years and cost carriers billions of dollars more. Here’s a look at what airlines are peddling as they try to make up for the hit from Covid-19.
The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) has been declared Asia’s best-performing market by New York-based global markets research firm, marketcurrentswealthnet.com. In its report published Tuesday, the firm also declared the PSX the world’s fourth best-performing market, a development local economists view as a signal that the country’s otherwise contracting economy is recovering.
Virgin Atlantic Airways has announced plans for three new routes to Pakistan in December, as the struggling British airline continues its fight for survival during the Covid-19 downturn. Flights from London Heathrow to Lahore and Islamabad will be operated four and three times a week respectively, while Islamabad will also be served four times weekly from Manchester.
Leading smartphone manufacturer Samsung is considering setting up an assembly plant in the country, said Minister for Industries and Productions Hammad Azhar. Azhar tweeted that following implementation of the Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS), Smartphone production in Pakistan is increasing. He further said that Samsung Pakistan appreciated the government’s DIRBS implementation and Mobile [Device Manufacturing] policies.
The Standard & Poor’s (S&P) rating agency has affirmed Pakistan’s ‘B-’ long-term and ‘B’ short-term sovereign rating while maintaining ‘stable’ long-term outlook. The New York-based rating agency also affirmed ‘B-’ long-term issue rating on Pakistan’s senior unsecured debt and sukuk trust certificates. It said the country’s rating remains constrained by a narrow tax base and domestic and external security risks, which continue to be high.
German fashion house Hugo Boss, has placed its first ever sportswear manufacturing order in Pakistan with Sialkot-based Rajco Industries for t-shirts for the German national soccer team. Earlier this week, Pakistan’s adviser on commerce Abdul Razak Dawood announced the Hugo Boss deal in a Twitter post, but did not reveal the name of the Pakistani company that had booked the order.
As educational institutions and schools prepare to reopen, a new method to profit from the pandemic is now being observed. Several public and private institutes have now introduced masks with school logos, which are expected to be a part of the uniform. Many suggested the masks would only give a consistent look in the school costumes.
The federal government on Friday hiked price of petrol by Rs25.58 to Rs100.10 per litre for the month of July 2020. The government had provided relief to during the COVID-19 pandemic almost two months ago, when petrol prices were significantly reduced. The price of diesel has gone up to Rs101.46 per litre from the existing Rs80.15, relfecting an increase of Rs21.31.
Etihad Airways has announced its decision to suspend its flight operations from Pakistan, a day after passengers who had travelled to Hong Kong by Emirates positive for Covid-19. Flight operations of Etihad airways are expected to remain suspended till July 1. Two other airlines from UAE, Emirates and Fly Dubai, have already suspended flight operations for outbound passenger from Pakistan temporarily.