Author: Amna Riaz

Saudi Arabia is pioneering the use of flying taxis and drones for Hajj, aiming to revolutionize the pilgrimage experience for millions of Muslims worldwide. This innovative initiative reflects the kingdom’s commitment to leveraging technology to ensure a smoother, more comfortable journey for pilgrims. Enhancing the Hajj Experience with Flying Taxis and Drones Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Transport and Logistic Services, Saleh al-Jasser, announced the testing of flying taxis and drones for Hajj during the upcoming season. This experiment underscores the kingdom’s dedication to exploring new technologies that benefit pilgrims. This may have the potential to streamline transportation within Makkah, particularly…

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In March of this year, Palestine Drinks, a Swedish-founded company, unveiled its flagship product, Palestine Cola. This alternative to Coca-Cola and Pepsi has surged in popularity.  As consumers worldwide boycott the American beverage giants due to perceived ties with Israel. With sales soaring to around four million cans in just under two months, Palestine Drinks is now preparing for a global expansion. The driving force behind this product is the Hassoun brothers, Hussein, Mohammed, and Ahmad, entrepreneurs of Palestinian descent based in Malmo. Motivated by a desire to offer consumers an alternative to the major US brands. They swiftly gained…

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The future of farming is here, and it involves AI driverless tractors. Pioneering farmer Will Mumford from Cambridgeshire, UK, is among the first to utilize these autonomous vehicles for cultivating soil and planting seeds. AI Driverless Tractors: Revolutionizing Agriculture Mumford highlights the numerous benefits of robot technology. These machines boast extended operation times of up to 30 hours compared to traditional tractors. Additionally, their lighter weight minimizes soil compaction, promoting better soil health and potentially boosting crop yields. While this AI technology offer exciting advancements, affordability remains a hurdle. Currently costing between £180,000 and £320,000, widespread adoption requires significant price…

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Punjab has taken a significant leap towards bridging the digital divide in education with the launch of a new satellite internet in schools initiative. The project was inaugurated by Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz at DPS Model Town in Lahore. This innovative program aims to equip thousands of schools across Punjab with this technology. This collaboration, facilitated by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), involves One Web, ADM Holding, and the Punjab government. The initiative underscores the government’s commitment to digital integration in education. Chief Minister Nawaz, while interacting with students at the DPS Digital Lab, emphasized the importance of the…

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Ireland’s T20I captain, Paul Stirling, highlighted that Pakistan’s pitches are flattest following Ireland’s historic triumph over Pakistan in the inaugural T20I at Clontarf Cricket Club. Stirling expressed his satisfaction with the pitch conditions, attributing Pakistan’s typical preference for flat surfaces. Despite Pakistan’s formidable target of 183 runs, Ireland clinched victory with a single ball to spare in the final over. Stirling elaborated on his decision to allow Pakistan to bat first after winning the toss, emphasizing Ireland’s strategic advantage. He stated, “We’re delighted with the outcome. Commencing the summer on a positive note was imperative for us, and today’s performance…

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Texas resident Alfred “Al” Blaschke has defied the odds once again, reclaiming his title as the world’s oldest skydiver. At a remarkable 106 years and 327 days old, Al successfully completed a tandem skydive, surpassing the previous record by over three years. Al’s passion for skydiving began on his 100th birthday when he took his first jump. Three years later, in 2020, he celebrated his twin grandsons’ college graduations by leaping from a plane at 14,000 feet, setting the oldest skydiver record at the time. However, the record-breaking title wasn’t meant to last. In 2022, a Swedish woman named Rut…

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The dream of free e-bikes for students in Punjab has hit a roadblock. The Lahore High Court (LHC) has temporarily halted the distribution program, citing concerns about safety and a lack of proper planning. Justice Shahid Karim of the LHC raised questions about the government’s new bikes initiative during a hearing on reducing smog in Punjab. He expressed concerns about reckless behavior like one-wheeling and the potential for students to congregate around girls’ colleges with easy access to e-bikes. The court has directed the government to develop a more comprehensive policy before resuming distribution. This policy should address safety concerns…

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Attention gamers! Dubai is calling with an exciting opportunity – the all-new Dubai Gaming Visa. This innovative program is designed to attract talented individuals to the city’s burgeoning gaming industry. The Dubai Gaming Visa offers a path to long-term residency through the Creative and Talented Accreditation Certificate. This initiative aligns with Dubai’s ambitious “Program for Gaming 2033,” aiming to create 30,000 jobs and significantly boost the city’s GDP. Dubai Gaming Visa: How to Apply The application process for this program is streamlined and convenient. Applicants can submit their applications directly through the official website. They must be at least 25…

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Pakistan’s steel industry receives a boost with the extension of anti-dumping duty on steel imports from China. The National Tariff Commission (NTC) announced a five-year continuation of the 19.15% duty on Chinese steel rebar imports, effective from October 17th, 2022. This decision aims to protect domestic steel producers from unfair competition caused by steel import from China. The duty applies to steel rebars, which are crucial raw materials used in construction projects. Previously, in 2017, the NTC imposed the initial anti-dumping duty on steel for five years after local manufacturers, Amreli Steels, Agha Steels, and Abbas Engineering, raised concerns about…

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The Pakistani government is taking a stricter approach towards non-filers, those who haven’t filed their income tax returns. This includes imposing non-filers pay tax on mobile phone top-ups and bundles. Starting May 15th (subject to implementation), non-filers will face a non-filers tax on mobile charges in the form of a 2.5% additional tax and withholding tax. This move aims to incentivize tax filing and increase government revenue. The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is also considering levy  potentially taxing every mobile and data recharge. The data of non-filers has already been shared with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to facilitate…

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