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Pakistan dominates ICC’s top 10 tweets from 2017:

Pakistan cricket has drastically improved in 2017; from the revival of cricket in Pakistan to lifting the ICC Champions Trophy after overwhelming India in the final. The efforts of national team were again admired by International Cricket Council (ICC) when they recalled their favorite moments of 2017 on 31st December.

GE wind turbines are underperforming in Pakistan:

Some major problems were discovered in General Electric’s flagship 9HA turbines in Pakistan, leaving a lot to be desired when they finally became operational in the country last year. The 9HA is an air-cooled turbine. It was also hailed by Guinness World Records last year for its record-breaking efficiency, after it was used for the first time commercially in France last year.

SECP orders PSX to ensure proper number of directors:

The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has directed Pakistan Stock Exchange Limited (PSX) to fix the number of directors and hold elections for shareholder directors in accordance with the Companies Act 2017. SECP’s directive has been issued to ensure good governance and for the true representation of shareholders on the PSX board.

Masterpass qr brings you secure, quick and discounted cash payments:

Harnessing the power of mobile technology, Masterpass QR is a new payment solution that allows you to pay for goods and services using your mobile phone at merchant outlets. Masterpass QR is secure, smart, and easy, providing a cost-effective alternative to cash payments.

Attornet General of Pakistan consulted for controversy around SCO license:

Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has sought the Attorney General of Pakistan’s opinion on the matter pertaining to the Special Communication Organization (SCO). This was after the Law and Justice Division declared that in light of Competition Act 2010, SCO had the right to be awarded a license for operating across the country.

Philip Morris Pakistan sets new tobacco export record in 2017:

Philip Morris (Pakistan) Limited (PMPKL) has set a new record for Pakistan’s tobacco sector by exporting around 7.3 million kilograms of tobacco in 2017, an increase of more than 400% versus the previous year, made possible by focusing on sustainable tobacco production and cost competitiveness.

Game plan opens first office in Lahore as Pakistani sports industry grows:

With Cricket on top, the Pakistani sports industry has been booming lately with great talent and memorable moments. The very talent has received international exposure and investors from across the globe are expected to move in to innovate the Pakistani sport sector. One such establishment, Game Plan, sees potential and aims to expand the industry to drive it forward.

Sindh bank and Summit bank merger approved by cabinet:

The merger between Sindh central and Summit bank has been approved. As per earlier reports, Summit Bank closed its operations on December 29 as part of its merger with Sindh Bank, as per State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) rules. The merger could, reportedly, make Sindh Bank the largest in all provinces. One banker predicted that it would have 500 branches across the country. With assets of Rs 300 million, the market value of Sindh Bank would amount to Rs 30 billion.

PPL to continue production from Sui mining lease for 6 more months:

Pakistan Petroleum Limited announced that it will continue the production of Sui Mining Lease for the coming six months. According to a notice to the bourse, PPL informed all the relevant stakeholders that the Government of Pakistan has allowed the company to continue production from the Sui Mining Lease for a period of six months with effect from 1st of December 2017. The company would have to renew or give up the lease on the said field by May 31, 2018.

SBP allows trade with China in Yuan:

State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has allowed traders of Pakistan and China to trade different goods and services through Chinese currency, Yuan. Both public and private sector enterprises (i.e. both Pakistanis and Chinese) are free to choose CNY for bilateral trade and investment activities.

Trump’s tweet gets a unified response from Pakistan government:

Pakistan has firmly and officially responded to Donald Trump’s threatening tweet by summoning the US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale. Pakistanis demanded an explanation from the ambassador for Trump’s misleading and opposite-to-the-facts tweet.

Dewan motors gets brownfield status:

Dewan Motors and Dewan Dachan Motors will be marked as a Brownfield site by the Ministry of Industries and Production. Reportedly, the Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi’s special intervention and the Auto Industry’s concordant decision lead to this settlement.

Two applications received for chairman’s vacant slot at PTA:

A former chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and a sitting Member Telecom of the Ministry of Information Technology are the front-runners for the chairmanship slot of the PTA. Well placed sources revealed that former Chairman PTA Ismail Shah and incumbent Member Telecom in IT Ministry Mudassir Hussain have applied against the vacant post recently advertised by the Cabinet Division.

 

INTERNATIONAL

Hundreds of mobile games are reportedly spying on your tv watching habits:

If you are always paranoid about your privacy, this news won’t sound very pleasing to you. A software from Alphonso keeps track of your TV watching activity and as much as 250 games of Play Store are using it. The games featuring the questionable software are also up for download on Apple’s App Store.

Telegram adds features and themes in major update:

As 2018 dawns across the globe, Telegram has shaped a few very impressive additions in its newly released update for the Android app in a bid to refine the user experience. The new version (4.7) for Android now supports multiple accounts.

Germany starts enforcing hate speech law:

Germany is set to start enforcing a law that demands social media sites move quickly to remove hate speech, fake news and illegal material. Sites that do not remove “obviously illegal” posts could face fines of up to 50m euro (£44.3m). The law gives the networks 24 hours to act after they have been told about law-breaking material.

The man who can’t face the internet:

Earlier this month, Facebook announced it would be using facial recognition to let users know every time a photo of them had been uploaded to the site. Such a feature would be extremely useful to one man – public-relations professional Jonathan Hirshon, who has managed to stay anonymous on the social network for the past 20 years.

Police shoot man dead after alleged call of duty ‘swatting’ hoax:

A man has been arrested after an alleged “swatting” prank call led to police shooting dead a 28-year-old man. Andrew Finch was shot at his front door on 28 December in Wichita, Kansas. Police surrounded the home after receiving a hoax emergency call from a man claiming to have shot dead his father and taken his family hostage.

AI chief demis hassabis made CBE:

British artificial intelligence researcher Demis Hassabis has been recognised on the New Year Honours list. Mr Hassabis is chief executive of DeepMind, which has developed software that can beat human experts at the complex board game Go. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for “services to science and technology”.

Contact made with ‘missing’ Angolan satellite:

Russian scientists have restored communications with a satellite days after they lost contact with it. Launched on 26 December, Angosat-1 will boost mobile and net communications in Angola as well as broadcast radio and TV shows.

Youtube app removed from amazon fire tv kit early:

The YouTube app has been removed from Amazon’s Fire TV devices four days earlier than expected, as a dispute between Amazon and Google continues. Fire TV devices now encourage people to use the YouTube website in a web browser instead. Google had warned it would remove the YouTube app from Fire TV devices on 1 January.

US says romanians hacked Washington DC police cameras:

US prosecutors have charged two Romanians with hacking Washington DC police computers linked to surveillance cameras just days before President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The pair are being held in Romania, having been arrested at Bucharest Otopeni airport on 15 December.

Outrage over youtuber’s Japan dead man video:

An American YouTube star has prompted a barrage of criticism after he posted a video which showed the body of an apparent suicide victim in Japan. The video showed Logan Paul and friends at the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mount Fuji, known to be a frequent site of suicides.

Ripple becomes second most valuable crypto-coin:

A crypto-currency called Ripple has become the second most valuable virtual cash system. Over the weekend the value of the digital currency hit more than $100bn (£74bn) according to some market monitors.

Gaming addiction classified as disorder by WHO:

Gaming addiction is to be listed as a mental health condition for the first time by the World Health Organisation. Its 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD) will include the condition “gaming disorder”.

Pokemon go game set to launch in China:

Pokemon Go maker Niantic has announced plans to launch its monster-catching game in China. The firm told the Financial Times it would bring the augmented reality game to China after striking a partnership deal with a local company NetEase.

LeEco chairman Jia Yueting defies demand to return to China:

The billionaire co-founder of struggling Chinese technology giant LeEco has defied a demand from regulators to return to the country. Jia Yueting had been given until the end of 2017 to come back to China from the US and deal with mounting debts.

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