YouTube accessible despite regular ban

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

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Telecom licences auctions facing regular delay

STAFF REPORT ISB: The government is yet to start the process of holding the second round sale of 3G/4G licenses as planned in the budget 2014-2015, depriving the national kitty from Rs 56 billion.

The government had not announced the process of holding the auction of 3G/4G licenses despite passing of almost three quarters (July-March) of the ongoing fiscal year.

The incumbent government in the budget 2014-2015 had kept Rs 56 billion in non-tax revenue in the budget, which was

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IT ministry being run sans any regular chief

STAFF REPORT IBD: Though the Ministry of Information Technology is regularly facing a tough time in terms of non-seriousness on the part of the relevant authorities, however, they most recently come to the realization that the ministry is being run with acting heads as there is no regular appointments.The parliamentary committee, which met here last week with Barjees Tahir in the chair, felt that the IT Ministry is not doing its assignments as majority of the senior officials of the IT ministry

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