Author: Amna Riaz

Pakistan has achieved a significant milestone in space exploration with the successful deployment of iCube Qamar. Led by the Institute of Space Technology (IST), this endeavor marks a pivotal moment in Pakistan’s space. Dr. Khurshid, a key member of the IST team, hailed the deployment as a monumental success. This satellite, now in orbit, poised to revolutionize our understanding of lunar surfaces. Launched aboard China’s Chang’e-6 from Hainan, China, on May 3rd, iCube Qamar primed to capture high-resolution images of targeted lunar areas. Dr. Khurram revealed satellite’s mission duration, circling the moon for three to six months. With this mission,…

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Google is making a significant investment in Google boosts AI in Pakistan through a series of initiatives. This includes offering 45,000 scholarships for Google Career Certificates in 2024, empowering the country’s workforce with in-demand AI skills. Recognizing Pakistan’s thriving freelance sector, Google has also launched two new programs. The first, in partnership with the Pakistan Freelancers Association (PAFLA), provides up to 50,000 freelancers with access to training on crucial soft skills like personal branding and communication. This will enhance the competitiveness of Pakistan’s Google AI in Pakistan talent pool in the global market. The second program, “Career Kamyabi,” focuses on…

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Pakistan faces a new challenge as the IMF proposes taxing pensioners as part of a bailout package negotiation. This move, aimed at raising additional revenue, could significantly impact the country’s already struggling fixed-income population. The IMF’s proposal involves withdrawing income tax exemptions currently enjoyed by pensioners, both civilian and military. This would generate an estimated Rs22-25 billion annually for the government. Additionally, the global lender recommends taxing pensions and gratuities, including those received from private schemes and government commutation options. Taxing pensioners has raised concerns about the burden it places on vulnerable citizens already facing high inflation. Pensioners, along with…

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The ongoing wheat crisis in Pakistan is starting to have ripple effects across the agricultural sector, with cotton sowing delays. This development has rung alarm bells in the country’s vital textile industry, which heavily relies on domestically produced cotton. The primary reason for the delay is the unexpected drop in temperatures during February and March. This disrupted the usual wheat harvest schedule, pushing back the time when fields become available for planting the next crop – in this case, cotton. However, the impact of the wheat crisis goes beyond simple timing. Due to difficulties selling wheat at the government-mandated price…

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Sher Afzal Marwat, a prominent figure in PTI party, has been ousted from key party committees. PTI leader Omar Ayub announced it. This decision comes in the wake of Marwat’s recent remarks regarding Saudi Arabia.  PTI removes Sher Afzal Marwat from key committees both core and political committees confirmed by Ayub, who emphasized Khan’s directive in response to Marwat’s controversial statements. Marwat’s criticism of senior party members and his alleged exclusion from the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) sparked controversy within PTI ranks. He accused Shibli Faraz, the Senate opposition leader, of influencing Imran Khan’s decision-making process regarding his…

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A potential thaw in relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia emerged this week with Iran expressing its willingness on peaceful nuclear cooperation. This comes amidst the backdrop of the 1st International Conference on Nuclear Science and Technology held in Isfahan, Iran. Mohammad Eslami, chairman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), met with Abdullah bin Saud Al-Anazi, the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Iran. During their discussions, Eslami highlighted the mutual benefits of developing peaceful nuclear technology. He emphasized Iran’s experience in the field and expressed a readiness to share expertise, particularly with regional countries like Saudi Arabia. Eslami pointed…

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Pakistan’s agricultural sector is poised for a significant transformation with the launch of the Pakistan-China Joint Lab for Artificial Intelligence and Smart Agriculture at the University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF). This collaborative effort between the two nations marks a major step towards smart agriculture lab launched.  Smart Agriculture is a technology-driven approach to farming that promises to enhance productivity, reduce costs, and empower farmers. The inauguration ceremony, led by UAF Vice Chancellor Dr. Iqrar Ahmad Khan and Dr. Wu Jun, CEO of CAS Cogniser. This signifies a commitment to utilizing cutting-edge advancements in data science, drone technology, and other smart…

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Russian President Vladimir Putin sworn in as fifth time the leader of Russia, taking the oath in a solemn ceremony held at the Andreyevsky Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace. With his hand placed firmly on Russia’s constitution, Putin pledged to uphold his duties for another six years as president. Amidst the backdrop of several Western nations choosing to boycott the ceremony, citing concerns over the fairness of the election process, Putin, now 71 years old, delivered a resolute speech emphasizing unity and collective determination in the face of challenges. In his address, Putin conveyed unwavering confidence in the nation’s…

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Pakistan’s martial arts scene witnessed a momentous triumph at the recent Asian Jiu-Jitsu U-18 Championship held in Abu Dhabi (May 3rd-8th, 2024). The nation’s five-member team, showcasing exceptional skill and determination, secured a phenomenal haul of one gold and two bronze medals, etching their names in the history books. The highlight of the championship was the U-18 Duo Classic event, where the dynamic duo of Muhammad Yusuf Ali and Umar Yasin emerged victorious, defeating Kazakhstan in a nail-biting final match and clinching the coveted gold medal for Pakistan. This victory marks a historic first for Pakistan in the Asian Jujitsu…

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The concept of a library conjures images of bookshelves overflowing with stories. But Denmark’s Human Library is a unique initiative that takes this concept a step further. Here, visitors can “borrow” a person instead of a book, engaging in 30-minute conversations to gain a deeper understanding of life experiences different from their own. The Human Library concept, now present in over 80 countries, fosters empathy and dismantles societal barriers through open and honest dialogue. Visitors, acting as “readers,” can choose to interact with a wide range of “human books” – individuals who share stories and experiences often considered taboo in…

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