Day: December 10, 2015

No danger of nuclear leaks from K2, K3

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article image ALI RAZA KHI: The nuclear plants planned to be built near Karachi are according to the latest designs, with radiation control devices installed and that there would be no danger of nuclear leaks from the plants. Dr. Ansar Parvez, former chairperson Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission and advisor to the National Command Authority and PAEC, said this during a detailed presentation on the K2 and K3 nuclear power plants that are going to be built with the assistance of China. The…Read More

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YouTube accessible despite regular ban

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: After a ban of almost three years, video sharing website Youtube is now accessible in many parts of the country despite ban on the website. The cities where the site is operational include Karachi, Islamabad and Rawalpindi. YouTube has been blocked in Pakistan since September, 2012, when the website management turned down the Pakistani government’s request to block the blasphemous video Innocence of Muslims’ for local viewership. However, the Pakistan…Read More

Broadband users to undergo biometric verification

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Customers will have to verify their identity through thumb impressions to confirm that the Computerized National Identity Card they are using for activation of their internet connection is legitimate, original and it belongs to them. This initiative has been taken after the completion of a biometric registration process for all the country’s SIM-card users. A customer has to present their CNIC at Customer Service Centres of Internet Service Providers before making…Read More

Provinces tax collection on telecom sector irks minister

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: State Minister for IT Anusha Rehman has expressed annoyance over the provinces' interference regarding collection of taxes on telecom sector. She raised the issue at the Senate's Standing Committee on ITandT which recently met here with Shahi Syed in the chair. Expressing its concerns over the taxation measures, the committee also decided for legal interpretation in this regard and also sought legal help to resolve the issue. Anusha said that collection of taxes…Read More

Pre-paid cell phone users robbed of Rs40b over WHT

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The pre-paid mobile phone users were robbed of by Rs. 40 billion, when 14 percent withholding tax was automatically deducted from every card recharge they made last year. The Federal Board of Revenue received Rs. 43 billion on account of withholding tax during 2014-15. Only 0.9 million out of 120 million total users deposited tax return claims and got back what they paid in advance. The remaining amount of more than Rs.40 billion was automatically confiscated by the…Read More

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Pak-China e-corridor planned for greater connectivity

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: Pakistan and China have agreed to develop an e-corridor to establish greater connectivity in the region, keeping in view the importance of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The decision was agreed upon when a high-level Chinese delegation led by China Investment Promotion Centre Chairman Yan Lijin recently called on State Minister for ITandT Anusha Rehman in Islamabad. On the occasion, the minister apprised that Pakistan's IT*T sector has a lot of potential…Read More

NA passes bill to set up Pak Halal Authority

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The National Assembly has passed a bill to establish the Pakistan Halal Authority. This authority would help promote Halal food products trade and capture Pakistan’s share in the trillions of dollars international Halal food business. The Pakistan Halal Authority Bill envisions purposes of imports and exports with foreign countries and inter-provincial trade and commerce in all such articles and processes, which are described or represented as being Halal. The…Read More

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