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IT boom: Tech giants announced $25 million investment

KARACHI: Texpo and Cannon Technologies– two tech companies with combined experience of 50 years – have announced an investment of million in Pakistan over the next five years. Revealing the investment plans on Monday at a local hotel, representatives of the two companies said that this investment will bring major changes in the information technology (IT) sector of Pakistan, as over ...

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Government targets to complete auction by February 2014

ISLAMABAD: After formal approval by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif the government has forwarded the policy directive for auction of next-generation technology spectrum to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) while instructing the regulator to remain vigilant on collusive bidding. The IT Ministry believes the auction process can be concluded by February 2014. To encourage new entrants in the market and ensure level ...

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Fatal accident: Judge’s wife shot by son

LAHORE:  A 10-year-old boy fatally shot his mother on Monday. Police said additional District and Sessions Judge Arif Mahmood Niazi’s son was taken into custody soon after the incident. A 12-bore gun was seized from from the judge’s house in Johar Town. The mother, Asia Bibi, 35, was taken to Jinnah Hospital where she died. Speaking anonymously, a police official ...

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Raising concerns : ‘Illegal cattle markets pose threat to citizens’ health’

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court has admitted a petition seeking a ban on the establishment of illegal cattle markets in the city for hearing. The bench headed by Justice Munib Akhtar directed the office to fix the plea on October 10 for passing an order. Rana Faizul Hasan, a representative of the United Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, had taken the ...

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Israelis mourn Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Mourners gather in Jerusalem for the funeral of influential rabbi and founder of Israel’s Shas party Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who has died aged 93.

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Right royal fun at the Palace

“I cannot tell you how excited I am that later today we will be playing football on my grandmother’s lawn. One warning, though: if anyone breaks a window, you can answer to her.”

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Telenor stresses affordable process of registering mobile accounts

KARACHI: The number of mobile accounts still remains relatively low in the country despite great strides that branchless banking has made in recent years. According to a survey quoted by the central bank in its latest branchless banking newsletter, while 5% Pakistani households have a mobile money user, only 0.3% of households have registered mobile money accounts. This stark difference shows ...

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Punjab Service Tribunal: Four members removed

LAHORE:  The Punjab government has terminated the contracts of four Punjab Service Tribunal (PST) members in compliance with a Supreme Court order from March 25, The Express Tribune has learnt. Kareem Bakhsh Abid, Tariq Ayub Chaudhry, Abdul Majeed Chaudhry and Shafiq Hussain Bokhari, who were appointed to the tribunal after they retired as civil servants, have had their contracts terminated. ...

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Code of ethics: Govt bans collection of hides

KARACHI:  The provincial government has imposed a ban on collecting the hides of sacrificial animals during Eidul Azha and a strict action would be taken against violators, according to a code of conduct issued on Monday. The provincial government has issued a code of conduct for collection of hides of sacrificial animals on the three days of Eidul Azha after ...

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Hunt denies Burnham cover-up claim

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt insists he did not imply that his Labour shadow, Andy Burnham, had personally covered up evidence of poor care.

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Baghdad car bombs kill at least 28

A series of car bombs ripped through parts of Baghdad Monday evening, killing at least 21 people in the latest deadly incident in violence-torn Iraq, police said.

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Market Watch: Stock market dips amid remarkably low volumes

KARACHI: The stock market continued to slip further as investors preferred to stay cautious, leading to depressed trade volumes. The Karachi Stock Exchange’s (KSE) benchmark 100-share index fell 1% or 221.11 points to end at 21,864.85 points. “Pakistan equities slipped further to close below 22,000 on thin volumes, the likes of which have not been seen since August last year. Lack ...

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Look how they shine for you!: Realistic simulation of sky, solar system thrill students

KARACHI:  Students were exposed to an exhilarating experience when they were allowed to see a sky full of stars and planets and study their mysterious movements without any binoculars or telescope. To raise awareness about space technology, the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) had arranged ‘Sky Simulation’ shows and lectures during the World Space Week (WSW) 2013 at ...

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Argentine president to have surgery

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner will undergo surgery on Tuesday to treat bleeding on her brain, doctors say.

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