June 29, 2021

Two assailants stab Pakistani migrant in Canada and slash his beard in a hate crime

What happened: A few weeks following the murder of a Muslim family in Ontario, a Muslim migrant of Pakistani origin was attacked by two unidentified assailants in the city of Saskatoon. What else: Local media reported that Muhammad Kashif, 32, was harassed and stabbed on Friday by two attackers while returning home in the evening. […]

June 24, 2021

The new COVID-19 “Delta Plus” variant with increased transmission and vaccine resistance

What happened: There are now more than 40 cases of new COVID-19 Delta Plus variant in India. Indian authorities warn that this a “variant of concern”. It is also known as the AY.1 variant. Details: According to India’s Health Ministry, this variant spreads more easily and affects lungs. The Delta variant was responsible for the […]

June 24, 2021

Kim Jong Un gives grooming and parenting commands to North Korean women

What happened: Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader of North Korea, in a broadcast at an auditorium gave some commands to the hundreds of North Korean women seated there. With little choice in a totalitarian state, the women have to obey these commands. The commands were made in fear of “foreign influence” in North Korea. […]

June 24, 2021

Uyghurs and other minorities face “forced -labour” in solar-grade polysilicon factories in China

What happened: Ads for the top producer of metallurgical-grade silicon (MGS), Hoshine Silicon, ask for only applicants who speak Mandarin, have clean political record, and are able to “bear hardships”. According to research, state labour programs recruit residents as a form of forced-labour which applicants can not refuse due to detention and other threats. Muslims […]

June 24, 2021

2 million doses of Sinovac reach Islamabad from China

What happened: A special PIA plane carrying two million doses of Sinovac vaccine from China landed in Islamabad on Wednesday. “This is part of the planned contracted quantity purchased from China. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is spearheading the purchase process of vaccines from the international market under the auspices of the NCOC. These […]

June 24, 2021

National Licensing Examination not acceptable to doctors – Grand Medicos Alliance (GDA) and Young Doctors Association

What happened: Grand Medicos Alliance (GDA) and Young Doctors Association have said at a press conference that doctors will launch a protest against the National Licensing Examination if the government does not cancel the exam. “We have already suffered badly due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In case of fresh protest movement, the doctors and patients […]

June 24, 2021

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s annual report highlights substantial human rights violations

Violations highlighted by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan report: Cases of forced conversions of religious minorities, accusations of blasphemy, crimes against women and children and enforced disappearances were registered, highlighting the plight of minority and vulnerable segments of society. What the report says about government’s COVID-19 response: The initial response by the Pakistani government […]

Taliban leadership has been meeting officials from different countries as it tries to cement its position in Afghanistan. (AP)
June 23, 2021

Indian officials meet Taliban representatives in a “quiet meeting” in Doha

What happened: Indian officials have held discussions with Taliban representatives in order to safeguard Indian investments in Afghanistan. Details: The Indian media reports that this is the first time a senior Qatari official has confirmed that a meeting took place between the two sides. Billions of dollars have been invested in Afghanistan by India to […]

June 23, 2021

New varieties of “sugar-free” mangoes introduced in Pakistan for diabetics

What are “sugar-free” mangoes: These new mangoes, called Sonaro, Glenn, and Keitt in local markets, have only about 4 – 6pc sugar level. Most mangoes like the Sindhri and Chaunsa have 12 – 15pc sugar level. Backstory: Pakistani experts from M H Panhwar Farms introduced the three varieties of sugar-free mangoes ideal for diabetics after […]

June 23, 2021

AstraZeneca vaccine more than 90pc effective against COVID-19 variants first identified in India

What the vaccine offers: The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is found to be more than 90pc effective against hospitalisation from Delta and Kappa variants. Details: The Delta and Kappa variants were first identified in India which have caused more than 180,000 deaths in the vicious second-wave. New deadlier variant: India’s health ministry on Tuesday declared a […]

June 23, 2021

Palestinian and Iranian websites seized by the US in attempts to “counter disinformation”

What happened: US government sources tell Reuters and The Associated Press that US Justice Department and Commerce Department have seized about three dozen websites. Details: The websites seized include Press TV, Al-Alam, Houthi and Palestinian websites. Press TV is Iran state media’s English-language outlet while Al-Alam is the state’s Arabic-language channel. Palestine Today, a Gaza […]

June 23, 2021

The Government of Pakistan seeks explanation from HBO Axios over censorship of PM’s interview

What happened: PM Imran Khan’s comments regarding India’s Hindutva Ideology in the interview by Jonathan Swan of HBO Axios seem to be missing from the aired interview. The Information Ministry has been given the task to take up the matter of censorship with HBO. Backstory: The interview by Jonathan Swan of HBO Axios aired on […]

June 22, 2021

Celebration of Hindu festival Dada Parbriham allowed in Tharparkar amid declining COVID-19 cases

What Happened: The NCOC has allowed the celebration of the Hindu festival Dada Parbriham from 21-24 June in Tharparkar. The decision was taken in light of declining COVID-19 cases across Pakistan and the festival must be held in strict adherence to the SOPs. Details: Pakistan Hindu Council has been allowed to celebrate this festival in […]

June 22, 2021

Like on Instagram, we will now be able to use the “view once” feature on WhatsApp

What happened: According to WABetaInfo, the messaging giant WhatsApp will incorporate the “view once” feature into its application. What this means: You will be able to send and receive images and videos that can only be viewed once. Verification of whether the recipient has opened the media will also be possible. The “view once” feature […]

Inspector General of Police Inam Ghani. — DawnNewsTV/File
June 21, 2021

Police Force to be evaluated on mental health and drug usage

Backstory: In the first phase, senior police officials will be tested for drug use as per the international protocol. Drug testing will be carried out through all levels of police force including traffic police. Punjab Police Chief has also announced frequent psychological profiling of police personnel. Those with mental health issues, including extremist tendencies, will […]

June 21, 2021

Men are not robots and will react to women in “few clothes” as per PM Imran Khan

What Happened: In a recent interview with Axios on HBO, at being questioned about the rise of sexual offenses in Pakistan over the past year, PM Imran Khan answered that “If a woman is wearing a very few clothes, it will have an impact on men unless they are robots,”. This worrisome remark comes days […]

June 21, 2021

“Learning Hubs” empowering the children of sex-workers in Lahore

Zerka Tahir, the woman behind the Sustainable Intervention Drive is providing much-needed educational, health, vocational, recreational and counselling services to empower the children of sex-workers through the Learning Hubs. “We started off with just making our presence felt without threatening them and their way of life, or being judgemental. We wanted to provide them with […]

June 15, 2021

Pakistanis aged 18 or above traveling to Saudi Arabia can get AstraZeneca

Background: Earlier in May, Pakistani health authorities had restricted the use of AstraZeneca for people under the age of 40. Protests erupted across the country urging the government to administer AstraZeneca or Pfizer as Saudi Arabian travel guidelines did not approve of Chinese vaccines. What happened: Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr. […]

June 15, 2021

First-ever drone delivery by Careem

What Happened: The delivery platform Careem flirted with the idea of doing drone deliveries. On Thursday 10th June, they dropped a teaser informing customers that they could potentially be receiving their food orders via drones if they order from the Careem Super app. Careem said the pilot project consisted of deliveries that were extremely limited […]

June 15, 2021

Sindh approves 20% pay increase for govt employees ahead of budget 2021-22

What Happened: Sindh is set to increase the salaries of government employees by 20 percent and set the minimum wage to Rs.25,000 in the province. The advisor to the provincial Chief Minister Murtaza Wahab announced that this was approved by the provincial Cabinet in the pre-budget session. Initially, the Sindh government promised a 15 percent […]

June 15, 2021

Emirates Airline posts first loss in three decades as covid slams travel

What Happened: The Dubai-based airline -Emirates recorded a loss of $5.5 billion for 2020-21 as Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc over the aviation industry. This is the airline’s first documented loss in more than three decades. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman, and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group said that “In 2020-21, Emirates […]

June 15, 2021

Pakistan beat India and Bangladesh in man power export in 2020

What Happened: Pakistan has emerged as the ‘Manpower Export Leader” in South Asia, beating other regional players such as Bangladesh and India. Despite the pandemic, Pakistan has continued to send around 224,705 workers to various countries on multiple job assignments. Compared to the Islamic republic Bangladesh has sent 217,699 and India has sent 94,145 workers […]

June 15, 2021

Man arrested for selling fake Covid-19 vaccine certificates in Karachi

What Happened: The police on Monday arrested a man for selling fake Covid-19 certificates in Karachi. He was arrested after a complaint of those in charge of administrating the Covid-19 vaccine at the Expo centre. According to Aziz Bhatti SHO Pervez Solangi the culprit was a barber that was employed in the IT section of […]

June 15, 2021

Producer in movie ‘They are us’ on Christchurch attacks quits amid backlash

What happened: The Hollywood Reporter said last week that a film called ‘They are us’ was in the works based on the Christchurch mosque attacks where 51 muslims were killed by a white supremacists gunman in March 2019. However, the film would explore the ‘inspirational’ response of New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Arden rather than […]

June 15, 2021

Quetta’s Hanna lake turns into a desert

What happened: Hanna lake a man-made reservoir that usually dries up during the drought season has not experienced rainfall for a long time. Balochistan’s famous tourist point has therefore completely dried out. Dozens of tourists roaming inside the now dessert have expressed their disappointment. For most locals and tourists within the city, Hanna lake was […]

June 15, 2021

FDE decides to promote students of classes 1-8 without exams

What happened: The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) decided to promote students of classes 1-8 without annual examinations. His decision came about amid Covid-19 causing frequent school closures. FDE announced that instead of annual exams for students of classes 1-7, they will be promoted based on formative assessments. Moreover, students of the eighth grade will […]

June 14, 2021

The SBP suggests a framework to assist exporters in selling products in digital marketplaces

What happened: In its plan to modernise Foreign Exchange Regulations the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) suggested changes in its regulatory instructions of exporting goods from Pakistan. The central bank issued a press release on Monday which included a framework for aiding Pakistani exporters to sell their products through international digital marketplaces such as Amazon, […]

June 14, 2021

Youth shot dead by ‘drunk’ cop over a petty issue in Lahore

What happened: Policeman allegedly under the influence shot a youth dead over a trivial issue in the Shahdara area on Sunday. The Police reported that the 18-year-old victim Zain had an exchange of words with Constable Waseem, following which Waseem shot him dead and fled the scene. The boy’s body was moved to the morgue […]

June 14, 2021

Supreme Court rejects plea to stop demolitions in Gujjar Nala

What happened: The Supreme Court with a bench comprising of Mr. Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Mr. Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan and Mr. Justice Qazi Amin has called for a continuation in the operation of the Gujjar ravine (Nala) and Orangi ravine (Nala) in Karachi. The court rejected the appeal of the residents of that area. However, Chief Justice […]

June 14, 2021

Netanyahu pledges to return as a new coalition government is formed

What happened: Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12 years run Israeli Prime Ministership ended on Sunday as a ‘government of change’ was established by nationalist Naftali Bennet. The new government that aims to focus on domestic reforms was voted into the administration by a fragile majority. The response: The longest-serving Prime Minister Netanyahu bid his Farwell amidst the […]

June 14, 2021

Lahore Qalandars criticised over insensitive tweet

What happened: Lahore Qalandars came under fire after posting a tweet making fun of a renowned Shia scholar Zameer Akhtar Naqvi. People have called out the PSL team urging them to remove the post as it disregards the sentiments of Shias all over the country. Media representatives of the team have not yet issued an […]

June 14, 2021

Anti-Palestinian rhetoric by Zara’s head designer causes uproar

What happened: The Spanish apparel retailer, Zara has recently come under fire after its head designer Vanessa Perilman attacked a Palestinian model Qaher on Instagram with an Islamophobic and anti-Palestinian post. Her posts referred to the atrocities happening in Palestine as “bullshit circus media”. She called Palestinian people uneducated and hate full. Moreover, she insinuated […]

June 14, 2021

Balochistan’s Home Minster aims to prioritise maintenance of law and order in the region

What happened: During his visit to Kalat and Khaliqabad areas on Sunday, the Balochistan Home Minister Mir Ziaullah Langove said that the coalition government was working to develop these areas and find solutions to the problems that the people faced. The Home Minister said that the new development projects would be initiated in consultation with […]

June 12, 2021

G7 summit aims to donate 1 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines

What happened: Leaders of the G7 summit had their first in-person talks in nearly two years on Friday. Hosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Carbis Bay. Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States all agreed that a joint approach would be the most effective in countering the global health crisis. They […]

June 12, 2021

Diver swallowed and spat out by a Humpback whale in Massachusetts

What happened: Michael Packard was diving off the coast of Provincetown, Massachusetts when he had a fluke encounter with a humpback whale. He went down 45 feet of water and felt a huge bump, he sensed around in the dark to see where he had ended up. He quickly realised he was in a whale’s […]

June 12, 2021

Forceful conversion of Nayab Gill, attracts EU’s attention

What happened: Nayab Gill the 13 year old daughter of Shahid Masih Gill was the middle child out of three children. Born on October 16, 2007 she was a 9th grade student and worked at a beauty salon. She was converted to Islam by her employer Hussain and his family. This was done secretly and […]

June 12, 2021

Government budgets for anti-rape and sexual harassment funds.

What happened: Among the allocation of the 2021-22 fiscal budget the government allocated Rs.77 million for the protection of women against harassment at the workplace under the rubric of ministries and division. Moreover, in a an attempt to control sexual abuse and perversion crimes, Rs. 100 million were separated to establish an anti-rape fund. This […]

June 12, 2021

BTS meal mania in Indonesia forces Mcdonalds to close over COVID-19 violations

What happened: Multiple McDonald’s outlets were forced to close in Jakarta, Indonesia after an influx of orders for the special ‘BTS MEAL’. The first day the limited meal named after the uber-popular K-Pop boy band was released several orders were made in a frenzy. Most of them were online keeping with Covid-19 restrictions. This resulted […]

June 12, 2021

NCOC to set up vaccination drives in AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

What happened: The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) Chief Asad Umar said on Friday that the Federal government will be setting up large vaccination centres in the Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir regions. According to Umar, this is an imperative step to speed up the vaccination process with the upcoming elections and tourism season. […]

June 12, 2021

Overseas Pakistanis get the right to vote in the National Assembly

What happened: The government announced that it has granted Pakistanis living abroad the right to vote in the National Assembly. This decision was made as part of the Election Act Amendment Bill. Zulfiqar Bukhari the former special assistant to the Prime Minister for overseas Pakistanis confirmed this news and praised Prime minister Imran Khan and his government […]

June 12, 2021

23 killed and several injured as bus carrying pilgrims falls into a ravine in Khuzdar

what happened: At least 23 people were killed and several others injured when a bus driver lost control making a sharp turn on the M8 motorway and fell into a ravine in the Khuzdar district of Balochistan. The passengers were pilgrims returning to Dadu in Sindh from Wadh in Balochistan after attending the annual urs […]

June 12, 2021

Your guide to the 2021-22 Fiscal Budget

What happened: The budget for the fiscal year 2021-22 which rolled out on June 11 has been labeled as pro-growth with an overall focus on increasing expenditures. This is what Shaukat Tarin the Federal Minister of finances promised during his tenure, a revival and improvement in the growth rate of the economy. The budget focuses […]

June 11, 2021

Fire erupts in the media building of Bilawal House

What happened: A fire broke out in the PPP media cell at Bilawal House Karachi on Friday. An accident that began in the garbage near the media cell soon engulfed several offices. Although not official determined it is assumed that the fire was a result of a short circuit. The fire brigade was immediately called […]

June 11, 2021

PIA offers discount on airfares for vaccinated passengers over the age of 50

What happened: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has offered to give vaccinated travellers over the age of 50 a 10% concession in airfare. The discounted fares will come into effect from 10th June and can only be availed on domestic flights. Bigger Picture: This is part of the government’s campaign to administer the Covid-19 vaccine quickly […]

June 11, 2021

FC soldier martyred in operation in Kharan

What happened?: In the course of an operation based on intelligence, Pakistani security forces killed two terrorists in the Kharan District of Balochistan. During which a soldier of the Frontier Corps Balochistan Sepoy Fidaur-ur-Rehman was also martyred. The Inter-Services Public relations (ISPR) in a statement discussed that they had recovered a significant number of arms […]

June 11, 2021

Pakistan to export rice to Russia

Background: The import of Pakistani rice was banned by the Russian Federation in May 2019 based on phytosanitary measures after they detected Khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium) in a rice shipment shipped from Pakistan. What happened?: Russia on Friday lifted the ban on the import of rice from Pakistan, the Ministry of Food Security said that […]

June 11, 2021

NCA student speaks out about art theft

What happened: Art theft in Pakistan is more common than we realise. In recent news, a visual artist from Iran, based in Lahore spoke out about how her work was blatantly plagiarised. Maryam Baniasadi’ alleged that the miniature painting series she started while studying at the National College of Art in 2015, were copied by […]

June 11, 2021

Punjab government to block SIM cards of people refusing vaccines

What happened: This decision is part of the other precautionary measures that the provincial government has taken to curb the spread of Covid-19. This step was discussed in a high-level meeting chaired by Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid. It came after the drastic measure taken by the Sindh government to cut the salaries of government […]

June 10, 2021

Firdous Ashiq Awan and Mandokhel’s heated exchange goes viral

What happened: Special assistant to the Punjab Chief Minister Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan went viral on social media because of her physical altercation with PPP MNA Qadir Khan Mandokhel. The incident took place on an Express-News talk show, Kal Tak, hosted by Javed Chaudhry. The video shows Awan grabbing Mandokhel ’s neck and then slapping him as […]

June 10, 2021

Peaceful protest turns violent in Bahria town Karachi

What happened?: On Sunday a different kind of violence took place in the gated community of Bahria. The Sindh Action Committee (SAC) organised a peaceful protest on the outskirts of Karachi. However, reports state that a mob broke away from the protestors and pushed their way inside. They set fire to two international food franchises, […]

June 10, 2021

ANP claims Mosques in Peshawar are collecting donations for Afghan Taliban

What happened: Consolidating support on a condolence reference in Bacha Khan Markaz, the provincial president of Awami National Party (ANP) Aimal Wali Khan disclosed that donations were being collected by mosques in support of the Afghan Taliban. He urged the government to take swift actions to end the practice and stated that those who advocate in […]

June 10, 2021

Rise in power outages in Lahore amid high temperatures

What happened: Dwellers in certain parts of the city had to put up with power outages amidst the scorching temperatures caused by a nationwide heatwave. On Wednesday the total demand of the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) touched 4500 MW and suffered a more than 800 MW shortfall out of their 3,700 MW supply. To […]

June 10, 2021

Aged Lion at Karachi Zoo dies after a heart attack

What happened: The lion at the Karachi Zoological Garden died after suffering from a heart attack, the post-mortem report showed that the Asiatic lion had the presence of a large amount of fat in the arteries which caused heart failure. The feline was one of the two lions that were illegally brought to Karachi in […]

June 10, 2021

Police officers protecting polio team shot dead in Mardan

What happened: Two police constables Shakir and Syed Raza were shot and killed by unidentified assailants on Wednesday. They were assigned to protect a team of polio vaccination workers in the Mardan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to the DPO, both policemen died on the spot and were shifted to the Mardan District Headquarters hospital for […]

June 10, 2021

Spread of deeply disturbing posts and videos celebrating the London terrorist attacker

Background: A man was accused of mowing down five members of the same family with a black pickup truck in London, Ontario on Sunday. He ended up killing four and seriously injuring a 9-year-old boy. Motivated by religious hatred the devastating event has highlighted how desensitised Canadians are to the vulnerability of Muslims. What happened: […]

June 9, 2021

Ali Sethi and Nicolas Jaar use Faiz’s poetry to pay tribute to Palestinians

Originally written by Faiz in 1979, “Hum dekhenge” has resonated with Pakistanis in different renditions, throughout difficult periods in history. Ali Sethi has become a part of the repetition as he sang the words as an ode to those suffering in Palestine. Sethi recognises Faiz’s inspiration for the poem as coming from his witnessing of […]

June 9, 2021

Pakistan administers its 10 millionth Covid vaccine dose

What happened: A ceremony was held on Wednesday to mark the deliverance of the 10 millionth dose of the covid vaccine in Pakistan. The federal planning minister Asad Umar announced that authorities have aimed to vaccinate 70 million people across the country by the end of this year. More on the administration of the vaccine: […]

June 9, 2021

Canadian donations contribute to Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine

What is JNF?: The Jewish national fund is an organisation that was created by European Jews in 1901. They were tasked with purchasing land in Palestine and transforming the scenery into a European landscape. This land was to be held and used solely by Jewish settlers. The JNF carried their tasks out by establishing parks […]

June 9, 2021

UP government is allegedly forcing Indian Muslims to sell homes for temple security

What happened: The Uttar Pradesh (UP) government led by the Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party has allegedly been planning to remove a dozen houses around the Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur. According to the government, this decision has been taken to deploy more forces and provide a security cover to the 11th-century temple. Several reports have […]

June 8, 2021

India and Pakistan take battle over title of Basmati rice to the EU

What happened: India has applied for an exclusive trademark that would secure the country’s sole ownership of the basmati title and a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status in the European Union. This move set off a dispute between both countries as it affects Pakistan’s position in the export market. Ghulam Murtaza, co-owner of Al-Barkat Rice […]

May 27, 2021

Pakistan Stock Exchange breaks trading volume record with 1563m shares

Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) broke an all-time high record of 1,563 million shares on Wednesday courtesy of World Call Telecom, which realized alone a trading volume of 707 million shares. The fresh record stands far higher than the previous record of 1,125 million trading volume at the local equity. Commenting on the development, Planning and […]

May 26, 2021

Archaeologists recover 7000+ victims of former Spanish dictator Fransisco Franco

Archaeologists have recovered the bodies of victims of former Spanish dictator General Fransisco Franco, who were executed and buried at a cemetery in central Spain. What Happened: A team of forensic archaeologists and anthropologists are working to find, exhume and identify those who were killed under the Franco regime at the cemetery in the town […]

May 26, 2021

Whatsapp blocks accounts of 100+ Palestinian journalists in Gaza

As Israeli aggression mounts in Palestinian territories, messaging app WhatsApp blocks the accounts of dozens of Palestinian journalists. What Happened: A few hours after the ceasefire took effect in the Gaza Strip, a number of Palestinian journalists in the area, including Al Jazeera’s chief correspondent Wael al-Dahdouh and reporter Hisham Zaqqout found they were blocked […]

May 26, 2021

Google selects UET Student for summer coding program

A student from the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, has been nominated by Google to participate in the extremely competitive Google Summer of Code Programme 2021, according to the university’s press release. What Happened: Ghulam Ghous, who is enrolled at the Computer Science Department of the UET, was selected under the project ‘Omni […]

May 26, 2021

Facebook invests in Pakistan for the first time to improve internet connectivity in 8 cities

Partnering with Nayatel, Facebook is investing in Pakistan for the first time to expand internet connectivity across the country. What Happened: Facebook’s investment will allow Nayatel to own, build, maintain, and operate a new fiber network and provide wholesale capacity to mobile operators and ISPs. Facebook will invest in fiber building and support network planning. […]

May 26, 2021

University in Sindh opens Vice-Chancellor applications to males only

The Shaheed Allah Bux Soomro University of Art, Design, and Heritage in Jamshoro recently advertised that they are hiring a Vice-Chancellor for the university, but they specified only male applicants are eligible to apply. The ad was published in a Sindhi newspaper, Hyderabad’s Daily Kawish. What Happened: Activist and Academic Dr. Arfana Mallah, a professor at […]

May 26, 2021

Vaccine registration for 19 and above will open tomorrow

Pakistan will start registering people aged 19 and above for coronavirus vaccination from tomorrow (Thursday), as announced by National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) chief Asad Umar via Twitter, following an NCOC meeting. The Response: People used the announcement of the news to communicate vaccine-related concerns and complications to Umer via Twitter.

May 26, 2021

Ship containing 1,500 tonnes of mercury anchored at Gadani

A ship containing hazardous material, i.e. 1500 tonnes of mercury mixed oil, which was denied entry into India and Bangladesh, has been allowed to enter Pakistani waters despite a danger warning by Interpol. What Happened: On April 22, Interpol had asked the Pakistan Interpol and Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) to not allow the ship into […]

May 26, 2021

Two mango treatment facilities in Sindh approved by Australia for exports

The Australian Department of Water, Agriculture, and Environment has approved two mango processing facilities in Sindh — Mustafa Agriculture Farm, Kotri, and Iftekhar Ahmed & Co, New Sabzi Mandi, Karachi — for export of mangoes from Pakistan. Commerce Advisor Abdul Razak Dawood announced the news via Twitter.  What Happened: So far, only two facilities, Horti […]

May 26, 2021

CBC journalists barred from covering Israel-Palestine for demanding unbiased coverage

Two journalists from Canada’s national broadcaster have been barred from covering the ongoing Israeli apartheid regime in Palestinian territories after signing an open letter calling for fairer and unbiased coverage.  What Happened: An open letter to Canadian newsrooms on covering Israel-Palestine began circulating online on May 14th. The letter, which has now been signed by […]

May 26, 2021

TikTok blocks 8 million videos and 400,000 accounts in Pakistan

The Peshawar High Court was informed that TikTok has blocked around eight million objectionable videos and around 400,000 accounts for uploading those videos in the country. What Happened: Counsel for Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Jehanzeb Mehsud and its director technical told Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid Khan and Justice Syed Arshad Ali that the regulator had increased […]

May 26, 2021

Uyghur Muslims are being used as test subjects for Al emotion-detection software testing

According to BBC, a camera system that uses AI and facial recognition intended to reveal states of emotion is being tested on Uyghurs Muslims in Xinjiang detention camps. What Happened: A software engineer who installed these systems in the police stations within the province spoke to the BBC’s Panorama program under the condition of anonymity […]

May 26, 2021

Pakistani mountaineer Asad Memon to summit North America’s highest peak

Pakistani Mountaineer Asad Memon aims to conquer his fourth summit of the Seven Summit Challenge after first embarking on the challenge two years ago. Next month, Memon will embark on a journey to ascend the highest peak of North America, Denali. What Happened: Memon is ambitious about climbing the 20,130ft Denali, the third most isolated peak on […]

May 26, 2021

Journalist Asad Ali Toor assaulted by unidentified men outside his residence

A journalist and YouTuber, Asad Ali Toor, was brutally beaten up by unidentified assailants outside his residence in Sector F-10 late on Tuesday night. What Happened: According to a police official, some people came outside Mr. Toor’s residence located in an apartment building. These people thrashed Mr. Toor before fleeing the scene. Mr. Toor was […]

May 26, 2021

PIA launches direct flights from Karachi to Skardu to promote tourism

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has started direct flights from Karachi to Skardu to promote tourism in Gilgit-Baltistan. What Happened: It was announced by Gilgit Baltistan Governor Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon in a press release that direct flights from Karachi to Skardu had been launched to encourage tourism in the region and facilitate the local people. […]

May 25, 2021

Pakistan’s first paperless Cabinet meeting conducted on Digital Tablets today

Pakistan’s first paperless Cabinet meeting was conducted today by Prime Minister Imran Khan. Digital Tablets substituted paper, which was previously used in Cabinet meetings. The news was announced by Shabahat Ali Shah, CEO of National IT Board, Pakistan via Twitter. The Response: People have enthusiastically welcomed the technological evolution of Cabinet procedures. The Impact: Replacing […]

May 25, 2021

Supermoon, blood moon, and lunar eclipse all rolled in one will occur tomorrow

The first lunar eclipse of 2021 is going to occur during the early hours of Wednesday, May 26. During this time, the moon will appear slightly reddish-orange for 14 minutes. A lunar eclipse and supermoon will occur at the same time in a celestial event called a ‘Super Flower Blood Moon.’ What Happened: According to scmp. com, tomorrow’s […]

May 25, 2021

Daughter of man fatally shot in court over blasphemy accusation fights for justice

After Tahir Naseem, a 57-year-old school bus driver from Illinois, U.S., was charged with blasphemy and murdered in Pakistan in July 2020, his 21-year old daughter Mashal Naseem is now running an online campaign to raise awareness about her father’s unjust murder. What Happened: Naseem, who had moved from Pakistan to the U.S. as a […]

May 25, 2021

Journalists covering Karachi’s lockdown restrictions subjected to police harassment

Journalists reporting on the new lockdown restrictions imposed by the Sindh government in Karachi were allegedly thrashed by police officers.   What Happened: Fareed Khan, a journalist associated with an international wire agency, was covering the newly implemented lockdown curfew in the city’s Federal B Area when he was allegedly beaten up by police officers, […]

May 25, 2021

Islamabad police launches dedicated unit for women who have faced harassment and abuse

Islamabad police have launched a “Gender Protection Unit” to offer protection to the women of the city by providing them with a platform to report abuse and register complaints against harassment. What Happened: Member of the ICT Police, Amna Baig took to her Twitter to assure women that the lady officers at the newly inaugurated […]

May 25, 2021

Government deports fleeing Uyghur Muslims back to China

An underground railroad run by activist and teacher Umer Muhammad Khan allows Uyghur Muslims to flee the Chinese genocide, however, the Pakistani government is reluctant to give refuge to these people owing to its diplomatic relations with China and the Chinese project CPEC. What Happened: Khan has been helping dozens of families flee the Chinese […]

May 25, 2021

Shahid Afridi ruled out of PSL 2021 due to a back injury

Shahid Afridi has been ruled out of the upcoming matches of the Pakistan Super League scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi due to a back injury. He tweeted that he “experienced pain in his lower back” while training in Karachi and has been advised rest by the doctor. What Next: Afridi will be replaced […]

May 25, 2021

18-year old Muslim vegetable seller beaten to death by Unnao police

Faisal Hussain, an 18-year-old vegetable seller was allegedly beaten to death by personnel of the Unnao Police. He was the sole breadwinner of the family and had been working as a vegetable seller since he was 12-years old. What Happened: On Friday, Hussain was picked up by police from his shop at the Sabzi Mandi […]

May 25, 2021

Vigilantes assault Muslim man carrying buffalo meat after demanding 50,000 rupees in Uttar Pradesh

Vigilantes attacked and physically assaulted a Muslim man carrying buffalo meat in an Indian state, however, NDTV reported that apart from filing a case against the vigilantes, the police also filed a case against the victim. What Happened: It was reported that Mohammed Shakir was beaten up on Sunday afternoon in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad district by a […]

May 25, 2021

Illinois man sues Springfield police for drug testing his daughter’s ashes

Dartavius Barnes, an Illinois man is suing the city of Springfield, claiming that police unlawfully took an urn with his daughter’s ashes, desecrated them by performing a drug test on them, and pronounced they tested positive for meth on April 6th, 2020. What Happened: Mr. Barnes filed the lawsuit against the city and officers involved […]

May 25, 2021

A five-women group strives to preserve Sufi music in Occupied Kashmir

A group of Kashmiri women is trying to save the dwindling musical genre of Sufiyan Musiqi in the north Indian region of Jammu and Kashmir. What Happened: About five years ago,  22-year old Irfana Yousaf Beigh caught interest in Sufiyana music from her classical musician father Mohammad Yousuf,  in the small village of  Ganastan in […]

May 25, 2021

Pakistan develops local coronavirus vaccine ‘PakVac’ with Chinese assistance

Pakistan has locally completed the development of a coronavirus vaccine with the assistance of Chinese experts after raw materials for the vaccine were transported to Islamabad last month. What Happened: The announcement was made by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr. Faisal Sultan via to Twitter as he congratulated the […]

May 24, 2021

Mary Queen of Scots rosary beads stolen from Arundel Castle in a £1m raid

According to reports, a set of gold rosary beads carried by Mary Queen of Scots at her execution in 1587 has been stolen along with coronation cups worth more than £1m during a raid on Arundel Castle. Although the rosary is of little intrinsic value as metal, as an heirloom of the Howard family and […]

May 24, 2021

Daraz has partnered with Femprow to elevate 2000+ women entrepreneurs in Pakistan

Daraz and Nadia Patel Gangjee’s social enterprise, Femprow, have come together to assist the newly registered female sellers in establishing their shops on the platform and therefore, boost the growth of their businesses in terms of sales and reach with the help of Daraz’ monthly userbase of 6,000,000. What Happened: Ammar Hassan, CMO, Daraz, and Nadia […]

May 24, 2021

While India recovers from Tauktae, a new cyclone ‘Yaas’ has brewed up in the Bay of Bengal

As India strives to recover from the aftermath of cyclone Tauktae, a new cyclone in the Bay of Bengal may be on its way to wreak havoc on the Indian landscape once again. What Happened: A deep depression in the Bay of Bengal transformed into a cyclone. According to Pakistan Meteorological Department, the cyclone has […]

May 24, 2021

KPK to launch the Rehmatul-lil-Alameen Scholarship worth more than 3.25 billion annually for Madrassa students

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has announced its decision to launch a scholarship program for the students of religious seminaries. The program will be called the Rehmatul Lil Alameen Scholarship Programme. What Happened: In a meeting of the Auqaf & Religious Affairs Department with Chief Minister (CM) Mahmood Khan, the CM urged the concerned officials to […]

May 24, 2021

Maryam Mujtaba is the first woman from Azad Kashmir to become a commercial pilot

What Happened: After joining the International Airlines (PIA) back in 2011 as a cadet pilot, and completing her training from academies in Rawalpindi and America, Maryan Mujtaba is the first woman from Azad Kashmir to become a commercial pilot, as recognized by the President of AJK Sardar Masood Khan.   Maryam was recently promoted as […]

May 24, 2021

TPRI launches new private airline in the north of Pakistan to boost tourism

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has licensed the Tourism Promotion and Regional Integration (TPRI) to launch a private airline, North Air to elevate tourism in the northern areas of the country. What Happened: According to the details issued by CAA, North Air will conduct flight operations in Gilgit, Skardu, Chitral, and Gwadar. The routes on […]

May 24, 2021

More than 150 women doctors from Pakistan are helping Palestinian patients in Gaza via eDoctor

Israel’s ruthless aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank in Palestine has critically injured many, and the bombing has also devastated medical infrastructure, increasing the load on existing medical facilities which themselves are running on scarce resources. Hence women doctors from Pakistan and over a dozen countries joined hands with their counterparts […]

May 24, 2021

Bangladesh omits ‘except Israel’ from passport

Bangladesh has announced that its passports will no longer bear the text “valid for all countries of the world except Israel.” What Happened: According to reports, recently issued e-passports state “This passport is valid for all countries for the world” and no longer have the additional two words “Except Israel,” as was the case in […]

May 24, 2021

Scientists are using reintroduction programs to bring extinct animals back into the wild

A series of reintroduction programs that began in the 1970s has allowed scientists to being various back various animals that had gone extinct in the wild. North Carolina’s red wolves, the Eurasian beaver, and Przewalski’s horse had gone extinct in the wild and were returned to the wilderness as a result of successful reintroduction programs. […]

May 24, 2021

British-Pakistani woman named England’s first hijab-wearing boxing coach and ‘Hometown Hero’ for Commonwealth Games

What Happened: British-Pakistani woman Haseeba Abdullah is England’s first hijab-wearing boxing coach and has now been named as a “Hometown Hero” for the Commonwealth Games scheduled to take place next year in Birmingham. The Context: Haseeba is a boxing coach at Windmill Boxing Gym in Smethwick. She had been ambitious about boxing from a very young age […]

May 24, 2021

1500 posts to be filled by transpersons as LG&CD department fixes 2% employment quota for them

Transpersons will now be given official jobs as the Local Government and Community Development (LG&CD) department has decided to fix their two percent employment quota in several vacant posts in the local governments, councils such as Metropolitan / Municipal Corporations, Union Councils, etc, the Walled City of Lahore Authority, and the Local Government Board. What […]

May 24, 2021

Pakistan wins the World No Tobacco Day 2021 Award for being the first country to declare smoke-free parks

The World Health Organisation (WHO) regional office for the eastern Mediterranean has announced the World No Tobacco Day 2021 Award for Pakistan for its effective anti-tobacco campaign. According to the former technical head of the Health Ministry’s Tobacco Control Cell (TCC) and Focal Person for WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), Dr. Ziauddin Islam, […]

May 24, 2021

Pakistani Company ranks among the top 5 Amazon sellers with annual sales of $360 million a year

What Happened: According to Startup Pakistan, Jabran Niaz’s company Utopia Deals, which has an online presence across 5 continents and 11 countries selling more than 20 million products worth $360 million a year, has been ranked among the top 5 sellers on Amazon. About the Company: Niaz’s Utopia Deals offers products for home interior use like […]

May 24, 2021

The number of wealthy families controlling Pakistan’s stock market has jumped from 22 to 31

What Happened: According to a report published by the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), the number of wealthy families controlling Pakistan’s economy and politics has jumped to 31 from 22 since independence. These families also dominate Pakistan’s stock market. The report was written by Nadeem Ul Haque, Vice-Chancellor, PIDE, and Amin Husain, Doktorand, Uppsala […]

May 24, 2021

Frontier Corps open fire on mob attackers in Kurram, wounding eight people

Skirmishes between protesters and the Frontier Corps personnel left eight people injured in Sadda town of Kurram tribal district on Saturday. What Happened: According to officials, a mob attacked the offices of the district administration in the town, located some 20 kilometers east of Parachinar, the district headquarters of Kurram. The protesters pelted the office […]

May 24, 2021

Four killed in an operation to recover kidnapped victims in Shikarpur

Two policemen, a private guard of an SHO, and a private photographer working with police were killed in an anti-bandit operation while attempting to recover kidnapped victims in the Garhi Tegho area of Shikarpur district on Sunday. Seven other policemen, including two SHOs, were also injured in the confrontation between the police and the bandits. […]

May 22, 2021

Pakistanis unleash a Twitter war on British Journalist Mehdi Hasan after he called FM Qureshi’s remarks ‘anti-Semitic’

What Happened: After Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureishi said Israel has ‘deep pockets,’ and that ‘they control the media,’ during a CNN interview that aired yesterday, the anchor Bianna Golodrya accused him of being anti-Semitic. Many Pakistanis, including the Minister of Human Rights Shireen Mazari, took to Twitter to call out the hypocrisy of […]

May 22, 2021

Shia and Sunni Clerics apologize after challenging each other to a ‘Mubahila’

The Shia and Sunni clerics in Gilgit Baltistan who had challenged each other to a ‘Mubahila’, a religious debate, on the condition that the loser of the argument must jump into the fire, have apologized to each other. Maulana Qazi Nisar Ahmad from Ahl-e-Sunnat issued an apology to Agha Rahat Hussain Al-Husseini from the Shia […]

May 22, 2021

Wildfire between Burner and Swabi extinguished after a 15-hour long struggle

According to Rescue 1122 officials, a fire that had broken out in the mountainous region between the Swabi and Buner districts has finally been put out by firefighters after 15 hours of struggle. What Happened: While the cause of the fire was not known, it was an alarming situation as not only a significant area […]

May 22, 2021

Bomb attack kills three leaders of Jamiat Ulema-Islam (N) at Palestine Rally in Chaman

A bomb attack in the border town of Chaman, Qila Abdullah Districts killed seven people, including three leaders of the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Nazar­yati). JUI-N’s naib emir Maulana Abdul Qadir Luni, the party’s religious leader, was the target of the attackers and suffered injuries in the bombing. 17 other people were also injured. What Happened: The […]

May 22, 2021

Two Haval SUVs, H6 and Jolion, simultaneously launched in Pakistan

Car aficionados in Pakistan have been sent into a frenzy as Sazgar Engineering Works Limited (SEWL) recently decided to simultaneously introduce two new SUVs, the Haval H6 and the Haval Jolion in the country. What Happened: Haval is a subsidiary of a large Chinese automotive group called Great Wall Motors (GWM). The brand particularly specializes […]

May 22, 2021

A new era begins in Pakistani E-Commerce: Pakistan added to Amazon’s Sellers’ list

What Happened: In a landmark development, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile, and Investment Abdul Razzaq Dawood has announced Pakistan’s inclusion in the sellers’ list of the e-commerce giant Amazon. The Advisor tweeted a message by The commerce adviser from Amazon International Seller Services Vice President Eric Broussard to break the good news. […]

May 22, 2021

Smoke from crop residue burning causes vehicle collision on Lahore-Islamabad motorway

What Happened: Reduced visibility caused by burning of agricultural waste resulted in a chain vehicle collision near Kala Shah Kaku on the Lahore to Islamabad motorway. Several people were injured and more than three dozen cars were involved in the collision. According to eyewitnesses said a driver was forced to brake suddenly as dense clouds […]

May 22, 2021

Four masked men caught breaking into Nawaz Sharif’s house at Stanhope Place

What Happened: A group of four unidentified men, their faces covered with masks, attempted to force themselves into the office of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Stanhope Place in London on Thursday. They tried to enter the premises on the pretext that they had an appointment with Sharif, and upon being told by the […]

May 22, 2021

More than 20,000 children fall sick in Karachi as heatwave intensifies

Amid scorching heat and Cyclone Tauktae, the number of pediatric emergencies in Sinch skyrocketed. What Happened: A total of 22,000 children were reportedly received at the Childlife Foundation’s emergency facilities from Orangi Town, Nazimabad, Korangi, Lyari, and Liaquatabad in Sindh and Balochistan from May 10-18. Most of these children were diagnosed with diarrhea (gastroenteritis), viral […]

May 22, 2021

“Israel has deep pockets,” FM Qureshi accused of anti-Semitism

Having arrived in New York to attend the UNGA emergency meeting convened to resolve the humanitarian crisis in Palestine and bring an end to 11 days of Israeli aerial bombardment, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi was interviewed by CNN and accused of making an anti-Semitic remark by the anchor. What Happened: The interview was […]

May 21, 2021

“Butter” by BTS smashes Youtube Premiere Record with 3.89m viewers

After the much-anticipated video of BTS’ “Butter” was released on Youtube today, it immediately took the world by a storm as it smashed the Youtube Premiere Record with an estimated 3.89 million concurrent views. What Happened: The teaser of the song was dropped earlier this week, and even got a stamp of approval from one […]

May 21, 2021

“We Should Shake Hands With Israel,” Mubashar Luqman on i24News in Tel Aviv, 2020

Pakistan is one of the 28 UN member states that do not recognize Israel. The Pakistani passport bears the inscription, “This passport is valid for all countries except Israel,” banning Pakistanis from traveling to the belligerent state that routinely commits war crimes against Palestine. In the past, the U.S., India, and Saudi Arabia have pressurized […]

May 21, 2021

Israel agrees to a ceasefire after 11 days of bombing Palestine

After the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) carried out heinous and ravaging aerial bombardment of Gaza, killing 232 Palestinians, including 65 children, it has finally agreed to a cease-fire with Hamas. What Happened: The terms of the truce were brokered by Egypt. The Security Cabinet convened today and on unanimous acceptance of all security elements, the […]

May 21, 2021

Conspiracy theories and religious beliefs; Swatis resist the Covid vaccine

As cases of coronavirus rise in Swat, Swatis grow increasingly reluctant to get vaccinated.

May 21, 2021

Covid vaccines for citizens above 30 to open tomorrow

Vaccines open for citizens aged 30 and above from tomorrow in Pakistan.

May 21, 2021

Pair of endangered Persian leopards spotted in Balochistan

Balochistan is home to a multitude of endangered species; markhor, rare mountain goat species, 106 species of birds, 18 species of mammals, and 125 different species of plants inhabit the region. Now, a rare pair of Persian leopards were spotted at Quetta’s Chiltan National Park, according to Chief Conservator Wildlife Balochistan Sharifuddin Baloch said Thursday. […]

May 21, 2021

‘Black Fungus’ epidemic in India: 1500 cases reported

Indian states declare a “black fungus” epidemic as cases surge in Covid-recovered patients.

May 20, 2021

Tribal dispute over land in Quetta results in 7 deaths

What Happened: In the Barkhan area of Quetta, the Jhang and Gajani tribes locked horns over a land dispute in the Haji Kot area. At least seven people were killed and three others injured when two tribes clashed on Wednesday evening during a bullet exchange that lasted 2 hours. Law enforcement personnel and police were […]

May 20, 2021

Swat: Teenage boy accidentally kills himself while filming a suicide TikTok video

What Happened: Hamidullah, a 19-year-old TikTok star who was a resident of Maaband Shah Derai in Swat, shot and killed himself accidentally while filming a video for his TikTok account in Kabal tehsil yesterday. Kabal police confirmed that the incident occurred during the filming of a TikTok video. Hamidullah was filming a video showing a […]

May 20, 2021

Bus accident in Rohri, Sindh; 13 killed, 30 injured

What Happened: A bus accident occurred in Kalar Goth, Rohri, during the early hours of today. At least 13 people were killed and over 30 were injured. According to Sukkur Deputy Commissioner Rana Adeel, the passenger bus, which was traveling from Multan to Karachi, overturned due to speeding. Reportedly, the bus overturned after its tie-rod […]

May 20, 2021

“Is this how Muslims will liberate a Muslim country?” journalist criticizes the attire of women on Palestine Protest

A protest was held at Liberty Chowk, Lahore at 4 pm yesterday to show solidarity with the oppressed Palestinians and condemn the Israeli apartheid regime. Many people animatedly joined the protest chanting slogans of “Free Palestine,” and carrying placards to express their sorrow at the Palestinian lives lost under the settler-colonial and ethnic cleansing policies […]

May 20, 2021

PCB approved to complete the PSL 2021 edition in Abu Dhabi

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been approved by the UAE authorities to complete the remaining 20 matches in Abu Dhabi. In a statement, PCB announced that it will now conduct an online meeting with the six franchise owners later in the day to update them about the progress made as well as to finalise […]

May 20, 2021

Ethiopia’s ethnic cleansing: 60,000 killed, more than 100,000 displaced

Six months after Ethiopian Prime Minister launched a military offensive against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, ethnic cleansing and genocide continue to rage in Western Tigray.

May 20, 2021

First pictures of the Red Planet received from the Chinese Mars probe

Four days after China landed a spacecraft on Mars; it has released the first photographs and videos of the Red Planet captured by its Mars Probe. What Happened: The first photograph, a black and white image, was taken by an obstacle avoidance camera installed in front of the Mars rover, the China National Space Administration […]

May 20, 2021

Man loses dream bookstore in Gaza

The Israeli apartheid regime launches an airstrike that obliterates the dream bookstore of a man in Gaza which he had built by staying hungry for days.

May 20, 2021

This is the funniest response to Zartaj Gul’s #IStandWithImranKhan tweet

In response to Jahangir Tareen’s like-minded group of lawyers in the National and Punjab Assembly, PTI leaders have started the #IStandWithImranKhan trend on Twitter. In response, Laleen Sukhera tweets she stands with Colin Firth.

May 20, 2021

Brood X Cicadas resurface after 17-year periodical

The Brood X cicadas begin to emerge in the U.S. after a 17-year long periodical hiatus.

May 20, 2021

Dead Animals found in Chinese ‘Mystery Boxes’

A raid conducted by Animal rights group Love Home reveals dead puppies and kittens in Chinese ‘mystery boxes.’

May 20, 2021

Shia-Sunni Debate: Loser to be burned to death

Shia and Sunni clerics in Gilgit-Baltistan have challenged each other to Mubahila (debate) on recent sectarian disputes. The loser of the debate is expected to jump into fire as a punishment for religious treachery.

May 19, 2021

Kashmiri artist jailed over Palestinian mural

A graffiti artist, who painted a mural as an expression of solidarity with the Palestinians during a protest in Kashmir, was arrested by the Kashmiri police.

May 19, 2021

Climate Change threatens Hunza with fear of glacial lake outburst

Water discharge in the Shisper Glacial Lake in Hunza increases at an alarming rate and threatens the downstream locality of Hasanabad.

May 19, 2021

Man and Woman honour-killed in Mansehra

Husband kills wife and her alleged lover in the name of honour in Khawajgan, Mansehra.

May 19, 2021

Estranged PTI leader Jahangir Tareen forms a like-minded group

In response to the FIRs filed against him on the charges of fraud and money-laundering, Jahangir Tareen forms a group of supporters in the National Assembly.

May 19, 2021

Undeclared PTI Bank Accounts Have Surfaced Again

More hidden PTI bank accounts revealed as the perusal of the party’s financial accounts continues.

May 19, 2021

2017 census results are out; Pakistani population at 207.68m

The 6th Population and Housing Census 2017 shows Pakistan’s population at 207.68 million, with an annual growth rate of 2.4 per cent.

May 19, 2021

K2-Base Camp gets high-speed internet to boost tourism

High-speed Internet connectivity and phone coverage enabled in the K2-Base Camp.

May 19, 2021

Skyscraper inexplicably wobbles in China

A 20-year old plaza in the Chinese city of Shenzhen sways inexplicably, causing panic and frenzy amongst the shoppers in the vicinity.

May 19, 2021

Climate Change is demolishing the world’s oldest animal painting in Indonesia

Changing climate patterns wreak havoc on world’s oldest animal painting in an Indonesian cave.

May 19, 2021

Bodies washed up on Indian Riverbanks indicate a massive discrepancy in India’s Covid-19 death toll

Indian Riverbanks are strewn with decaying bodies that indicate India’s death toll during the deadly second wave may be higher than recorded.

May 19, 2021

A TikTok video made by a 17-year old girl exposes the pervasive rape culture in Malaysian schools

17-year old girl from Malaysia makes a TikTok video to expose the gross rape culture in Malaysian schools.

May 19, 2021

FM Shah Mehmood Qureshi heads to New York for emergency UN General Assembly meeting on Palestine

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and three other foreign ministers head to New York for an emergency Un General Assembly session on the Palestinian humanitarian crisis.

May 18, 2021

Zara Noor Abbas sparks Twitter debate on Eid celebration in the midst of the Israeli Apartheid

Actor Zara Noor Abbas calls out people for sharing celebratory Eid pictures instead of raising awareness about the Palestinian crisis.

May 18, 2021

Oldest Prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, a 73-year old Pakistani Approved for Release

Saifullah Paracha, a 73-year old Pakistani held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison for more than 16 years, is finally cleared for release.

May 18, 2021

Mob attacked Islamabad police in an attempt to lynch blasphemy suspect

The Golra Sharif police station in Islamabad was attacked by a mob on Monday night in search of a man accused of blasphemy.

May 17, 2021

Bitcoin sees record drop as Tesla makes move to sell $1.5 Billion stock

Bitcoin (BTC) has seen a significant decrease in value following Twitter comments by Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, implying that Tesla is all set to sell or has sold its BTC stock due to environmental concerns. The currency saw a record drop, closing in on $43,874 on Sunday. Musk’s disclosure early February that Tesla had […]

May 17, 2021

Turkey proposes Joint-Military “protection force” to aid Palestine at OIC meeting

Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu proposed a Muslim protection task force to aid Palestine in its protection against Israel. Following the recent escalations in Jerusalem and the Gaza strip due to Israeli aggression, an emergency meeting of The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was called to discuss safety mechanisms for the Palestinians at the West Bank and […]

May 15, 2021

Indian youtube channel livestreams Eid photos of Pakistani women and ‘rates’ them, passing lewd comments

The internet and social media aren’t always safe for women, be it unwanted messages, unsolicited pictures or outright harassment. This latest incident is just one event of many and was first called out by a Twitter user who goes by ‘K’ to protect her identity. What happened: A video titled, ‘Pakistani Girls Review’ was live-streamed […]

May 14, 2021

4 Men in Egypt Allegedly Raped an 18 year old Girl but The Government is Letting Them Free

The Egyptian Government have ordered the release of four men accused in the 2014 rape case of a teen girl in Cairo.

May 12, 2021

India’s Sikh temples are opening free Oxygen Drive-throughs as country continues to grapple with COVID-19

Sikh temples, also known as gurdwaras, usually serve free food to the public for goodwill. With the Coronavirus crisis quickly exacerbating, however, these temples are now offering free oxygen to passing vehicles via hundreds of frontline volunteers. Following the fatal Covid-19 wave in India, Oxygen supply has deteriorated significantly, while hospitals suffer from an outburst […]

May 12, 2021

Israel bombing of Gaza escalates leading to mass evacuation

Israel forces continue bombardment over several areas near the Gaza strip for the 3rd day, heightening tensions to extremity, report sources. The current air raid is the most intense of all air strikes aimed at Gaza since 2014. Recent bombings have lead to evacuation of Gaza by Palestinians, who face a near death situation in […]

May 12, 2021

Senator Bernie Sanders condemns Israeli right wing attacks, US involvement in Jerusalem

US senator Bernie Sanders on Tuesday called out the far right extremist attacks by Israel’s forces in Jerusalem and Gaza. Sanders criticized the actions, calling them an unrequired escalation to the Israel-Palestine crisis. Recent spiraling and aggressive fueling of the crisis emerged as a result of the Friday attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque by the Israeli […]

May 12, 2021

North Waziristan announces Eid on Wednesday, FIR lodged

In a historic development on Tuesday night, North Waziristan reportedly sighted the Shawaal moon, declaring Eid Ul Fitr on Wednesday morning. This is the first declaration of moon sighting 48 hours before the expected appearance on the Ruet App, as announced by former Minister of Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry. The North Waziristan police lodged […]

May 12, 2021

No talks with India until it revokes August 5 action- PM Imran Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan, during a live question/ answer session with the masses on Monday evening stated that Pakistan will not take a step in strengthening ties with India unless New Delhi ends its August 5 decision on the Illegal occupancy of Jammu and Kashmir. Khan went on to criticize the western media while answering […]

May 11, 2021

“Malala Dollarzai”- Twitter slams Malala over neutral comments on East-Jerusalem attacks

Twitter users bashed Malala Yousufzai, following her heavily centered, diplomatic comments on the Israel Attack on Jerusalem. Malala tweeted regarding the recent escalation in the region, following an attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday by Israeli police, leaving hundreds wounded and dozens dead, as reported by Palestinian authorities. What did Malala say? Replying to a […]

May 11, 2021

Tesla may soon accept Dogecoin for payments, hints Elon

Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla tweeted on Tuesday, asking his followers whether Tesla should accept Dogecoin as a payment method. This tweet follows multiple similar instances, where Elon has spoken about the cryptocurrency, leading to an immediate boost in its stock price. What is Dogecoin? Block Chain technology opened up the […]

India
May 11, 2021

India’s COVID crises threaten the global supply chains

In recent days, India has seen a devastating surge in the COVID crisis. Hundreds of thousands of new cases are reported every day, and economists are rethinking their forecasts for double-digit growth this year. This is especially a problem for India that was plunged into recession last year for the first time in nearly a […]

Prime Minister Imran Khan
May 11, 2021

Prime Minister Imran Khan will engage with the public via telephone calls today

Prime Minister Imran Khan will take phone calls from the public at 1:30 PM today. People can contact him on the telephone number 051-9224900. The telephone conversations will be broadcasted live via television, radio, and digital media platforms. The Prime Minister has previously engaged with the public via phone calls on February 01 and April […]

Palestinian
May 10, 2021

Peaceful Palestinian protestors were met with aggression from Israeli soldiers in Sheikh Jarrah

What is happening in Sheikh Jarrah: In the past couple of days, social media has been flooded with posts in solidarity with Sheikh Jarrah. Palestinian families residing in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah are facing eviction from their homes. According to International Law, East Jerusalem legally belongs to Palestinian territories. Israeli authorities, […]

May 10, 2021

“Wake Up Muslim Ummah” trends as clashes continue in Jerusalem

“Wake Up Muslim Ummah” remained on top trending on Twitter just hours after clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians continued for the third day. According to Palestinian medics, 90 civilians were wounded by rubber bullets and stun grenades used by the Israeli officers. How did it start? Clashes began following an operation initiated by the […]

May 8, 2021

Pakistan finally receives AstraZeneca vaccine through COVAX program

Arrival of shipment: Pakistan has received its first shipment of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from the COVAX facility on Saturday morning, according to the NCOC. The consignment contains 1,238,400 doses of the Oxford vaccine, and will be followed by around 1,236,000 more doses in the coming days. The arrival of these vaccines was lauded as it […]

May 8, 2021

CM Sindh removes AC, SHO, over Bahria Town Violence

The Violence: Clashes erupted yesterday around noon time when Bahria Town Karachi administration was back with the intention of continuing their encroachment efforts in order to gain land in the villages around the town of Gadap. Bahria Town Administration accompanied by Sindh Police engaged in violent skirmishes with unarmed local villagers, as construction equipment tried […]

May 8, 2021

India just approved an anti-COVID oral drug

Drug Controller General India: The DCGI has approved emergency use of anti covid drug labelled ‘2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG)’ as an adjunct therapy for use in moderate to severe cases.  “Being a generic molecule and analogue of glucose, it can be easily produced and made available in plenty,” said the DCGI in a statement. The drug has […]

May 8, 2021

Israel attacks worshippers at Al-Aqsa as violence continues in Jerusalem

The issue: Israeli courts have ruled that the land owned in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of Jerusalem is owned by Israelis, which has led to demands of 4 Palestenian families’ evictions by the Israelis. Violent clashes erupted a few weeks ago in East Jerusalem, where illegal arrests of so various Palestenian citizens have taken place. […]

May 8, 2021

First batch of locally processed CanSino vaccine to be available in less than a month

First Batch: Minister for Planning & Development Asad Umar has revealed that the first batch of the CanSino vaccine for local processing has arrived at NIH Islamabad. This will be the first that packaging, filling, and processing of any COVID-19 vaccine is being done in Pakistan. This process is intended to produce around 3 million […]

May 7, 2021

Bahria Town Karachi encroachment resumes with violence

Sindh government goes back on their word: After footage of the Bahria Town evictions went viral last week, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari ordered a halt on these activities after public outrage. The Sindh government also assured the public that demolitions and encroachment of the villages will stop. However, just a week later, Bahria Town […]

May 7, 2021

Big segment from Chinese rocket expected to fall back on Earth

The Rocket: The Chinese Rocket, Long March 5 was launched last week as part of the program for the Chinese Space Station. Parts of the rocket were expected to be the future living space for the Space Station. Re-entry to orbit: It is uncommon for rockets to reach the necessary velocity to re-enter the orbit, […]

May 7, 2021

European powers tell Israel to stop settlement expansion in Jerusalem

UN speak: The United Nations have told Israel to stop any further expansion and forced evictions in East Jerusalem. They have stated that any further action in this regard by Israel will be termed as war crimes. UN rights spokesperson said ‘We call on Israel to immediately stop all forced evictions’ on Friday. Rupert Colville […]

May 7, 2021

PM Khan to leave for 3 day visit to Saudi Arabia to improve strained ties

The visit: PM Imran Khan will leave for a 3 day visit today (May 7-9) to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Prime Minister is visiting on the invitation of the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, after rumors of talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia surfaced last week.  COAS: The Chief Of Army Staff General […]

May 7, 2021

Traders threaten to oppose lockdown with violence

Current Lockdown ruling: Punjab is expected to go into a complete lockdown from tomorrow (May 8) until May 16 in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 during the Eid holidays. The NCOC has said that police, rangers and armed forces personnel will be deployed to major parts of the city to restrict movement as […]

May 7, 2021

CTD to launch crackdown against banned TLP’s financers

Counter Terrorism Department Punjab: The CDC Punjab is set to take action against the banned outfit TLP’s numerous financers across the country.  The TLP was banned on April 15th after violent crashes across the country during nationwide protests by the outfit. The party was banned by the Interior Ministry under the anti terrorism ordinance.  The […]

May 7, 2021

LUMS student suffers fatal heart attack; batch mates reflect on mounting academic pressure

What happened: Following the death of a LUMS sophomore student due to a cardiac arrest, many students from the institution took to social media to discuss the mounting academic stress they are experiencing as Pakistan witnesses it’s third Covid-19 wave. While the deceased’s family and friends have denied that the student was facing any academic […]

May 6, 2021

Pangolin population critically endangered due to illegal hunting in Pakistan

Islamabad Zoo: A media awareness session with the title of ‘Scale and Scope of Illegal Trade of Endangered Indian Pangolin, Ecological and Economic Benefits and Conservation Efforts in Pakistan’ was held at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, organised by the World Wildlife Federation. The event was attended by many prominent personalities, including Information Senator Faisal […]

May 6, 2021

Excitement as UCL set for ‘all English’ final

Chelsea go through: The second leg of the semi final between Chelsea FC and Real Madrid commenced last night at Stamford Bridge in London. From the get-go Chelsea looked energetic and looked to have the intent to go through against the star studded Real Madrid. Timo Werner’s early goal in the 28th minute diminished any […]

May 6, 2021

Experts say wave 3 imminent, as India sees highest single-day COVID-19 deaths

New records: India saw its highest single-day death toll due to COVID-19 yesterday, as 3,971 people succumbed to the virus nationwide. It also saw cases rise up to 412,095, which is the highest single day spike yet.  The government forecast model had predicted this peak in the second week on Wednesday, and their calculations were […]

May 6, 2021

Model Eshal Fayyaz talks about sexual abuse at the hands of her step-father

Interview with Nida Yasir: The actress/model was present in Nida Yasir’s show Shan-e-suhoor where they were having candid conversations about life, the industry and beginnings. At this show, talking about her family history, Eshal opened up about the abuse she has gone through in her childhood, where her former step-father tried to rape her.  View […]

May 6, 2021

Amazon finally adds Pakistan to its approved seller list

The announcement: The US e-commerce giant Amazon has finally decided to add Pakistan to its approved sellers list, announced Adviser to Prime Minister of Pakistan for Commerce and Investment Abdul Razzak Dawood. Razak said this was a monumental feat for Pakistani youth, women entrepreneurs and SMEs. He said that efforts to achieve this have been […]

May 6, 2021

US supports waiving patents on COVID-19 vaccines, paving the road to easier access for poorer countries

What Happened: U.S President Joe Biden has shown his support in waiving intellectual property rights on COVID-19 vaccines, after being pressured by over a 60 countries and Democrat officials.  India and South Africa: India and South Africa led around 60 countries that were demanding the removal or ‘waiver’ of vaccine patents for the last six […]

May 5, 2021

Single-day vaccinations cross 200,000 nationwide

Federal Minister: The Minister for Planning and Development, Asad Umar shared a tweet early morning stating that the nation wide vaccinations for yesterday crossed the 200,000 mark. He also said that the rate of registration for the vaccination had also seen an uptick. He shared that the total number of registrations for the vaccine in […]

May 5, 2021

Four FC personnel martyred in Zhob terrorist attack

The Incident: Four FC soldiers were martyred, while six others were injured during a fencing activity on the Pak-Afghan border in the Manzakai Sector, District Zhob, Balochistan. According to ISPR, the soldiers responded to an ambush by terrorists along the Pak-Afghan border. The names of the four martyred soldiers are : Havaldar Noor Zaman, Sepoy […]

May 5, 2021

COVID scare at G7 meeting as Indian delegates test positive

What happened: The Indian delegation at the G7 conference in the UK is self isolating, after it was revealed that two members of the delegation had tested positive. The meeting was titled as ‘COVID secure talks’ before the full G7 summit takes place in the UK next month. India at G7: Even though India is […]

May 5, 2021

Pakistani women cricketers to get 12 months maternity leave in new parental support policy

PCB’s policy: The PCB has launched a new policy where both men and women cricketers can be granted paid leave upon the birth of their child. Women cricketers can get a leave of 12 months, while male cricketers can be granted paid leave of upto 30 days. This policy is effective immediately, and will start […]

May 5, 2021

British woman shot dead in Lahore for rejecting marriage advances, two arrested

What Happened: A British woman who moved to Pakistan around two months ago was found shot, and found dead at her home in Lahore.  Mayra Zulfiqar reportedly moved to Lahore 2 months prior after completing her studies at Middlesex University. She had skipped the trip back to the UK to avoid the quarantine fee, according […]

May 5, 2021

Shireen Mazari says there are no evictions ’caused by pandemic’ in Pakistan, criticized heavily

UN: A tweet by the UN Special Rapporteur on rights to housing stated that they were shocked to see the number of evictions because of the pandemic around the world. They said this could be seen everywhere from Brazil to Pakistan to the Bahamas in a vague comparison, and how this must be stopped. They […]

May 5, 2021

The end of the U.S war in Afghanistan begins with violence

The situation in Kandahar: Fierce fighting erupted in the Helmand province between government forces and the Taliban as the U.S forces began their first day of pull out from Afghanistan.  Around 1,000 families had to flee their homes in the province as fighting escalated at the checkpoints where U.S forces handed over control to local […]

May 4, 2021

Franchises urge PCB to shift remainder of PSL to UAE fearing COVID-19 spread

COVID-19 in Pakistan: There has been a resurgence of the third wave of COVID-19 throughout the country over the past month. Numbers of deaths and infections have constantly increased and new variants have been spotted. This has led to a number of partial lockdowns in the country.  Franchises request: A formal letter has been written […]

May 4, 2021

COVID-19 SOP compliance up to 64% nationwide

The Broadcast: Federal Minister for Information and Technology spoke to the media today evening and embarked on the conditions and the following of SOPs around the country. He stated that 68% of the country was now following SOPs instead of the previous rate of 34%. He thanked the media for their role in spreading awareness […]

May 4, 2021

Pakistan asks OIC to help counter Islamophobia, says no compromise on blasphemy laws

What Happened: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran khan took note of the EU parliament reviewing Pakistan’s GSP+ status and preferential treatment granted to Pakistan. PM Khan took disappointed at these developments and said that he would hold negotiations with the EU to unlink the trade ties and the blasphemy laws.  The federal government has decided not […]

May 4, 2021

Angry mob of Muslim nurses take over church, threaten Christian colleagues

The Footage: A thread was posted by journalist Bilal Farooqi on Twitter, where footage was attached from a Lahori hospital. At first, a mob of angry nurses can be seen marching to the make-shift church with slogans. Upon reaching the church, another video emerges of them sitting inside and reciting ‘naats’. Background: The make-shift church […]

May 4, 2021

In similar fashion to PSL, IPL suspended after surge of COVID-19 cases

Rising COVID cases: Yesterday, it was reported that two teams returned confirmed COVID-19 positive cases among players and staff. Two players and three staff members from two teams returned COVID-19 positive cases forcing yesterday’s match to be postponed. Chennai Super Kings went into a week-long quarantine to contain the situation. Today, two players from the […]

May 4, 2021

Rahim Pardesi accused of plagiarism by Lahore based rapper Iqbal

The two songs: Lahore based underground rapper Iqbal released a song titled ‘Sab Maya Hai’ on the 20th of November 2020. Recently, a song by the name of ‘Bulla’  for the Bulla official web series was uploaded on the channel of influencer and Youtuber Rahim Pardesi. The beat being used on the song is the […]

May 4, 2021

Eid holidays announced from May 10 to 15 along with Covid-19 restrictions

The interior ministry has announced Eidul Fitr holidays in the country from May 10 to 15 on National Command and Operation’s recommendation. Last week, the NCOC announced a ‘Stay home, stay safe’ strategy from May 8 to May 16 to control the movement of people as the country sees its third coronavirus wave. NCOC’s statement: […]

May 3, 2021

MTJ fashion brand clarifies rumor on RS 550 ‘naara’

What happened: Upon the launch of MTJ’s flagship store in Karachi last week, a lot of criticism and a lot of applause was exchanged. All this hype about the celebrity cleric launching his fashion brand was obviously bound to attract some rumours. One of these rumors was that the brand was selling a drawstring or […]

May 3, 2021

Pakistani youngsters share ‘Coming Of Age’ stories on Twitter

What Happened: Since the discourse on the themes of contemporary Pakistani English language novels began on Twitter a few days ago, Pakistani youngsters have been sharing their own ‘coming of age’ stories on Twitter in the hope that similar experiences would be written or picturized about in modern Pakistani art. Pakistani English Literature Bingo: This […]

May 3, 2021

Pakistan to start local production of CanSino vaccine

Dr Faisal: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Dr. Faisal Sultan has stated that the government’s efforts to procure vaccines are in full swing, and currently the capacity is around 30 million doses. Donations vs Procurement: Dr. Faisal has stated that 19 million vaccine doses will arrive in the country by June, and the government […]

May 3, 2021

COVID-19 ravages India, breaches IPL bio-secure bubble

COVID in India: As the daily tally of nation-wide cases crosses 400,000, India struggles to keep up with the relief efforts. Currently over 15+ countries have joined in efforts to provide India with oxygen supplies, medicine, kits, and oxygen generation plans to pull them out of the second wave. Numbers of people have are dying […]

May 3, 2021

Imran Khan makes surprise visit to areas of capital ‘without protocol’

What Happened: Prime Minister Imran Khan visited different vicinities in the capital without protocol on Sunday. He visited G-11 Markaz and talked to vendors asking them about how the business was. Furthemore he also visited the sewerage plant in I9 and the Korang cricket ground. The honourable premier did all of this without any visible […]

May 3, 2021

Firdous Ashiq humiliates AC Sialkot over Ramadan bazaar conditions in public

What Happened: Special Assistant to the Chief Minister, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan conducted a routine visit to a government-set Ramadan Bazaar in her constituency of Sialkot. Upon inspection of the stalls, the Minister found the quality of the items to be as she describes ‘third class’.  The interaction: Upon being confronted at the state of […]

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