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Imran Khan’s Telethon Raises 5 Billion PKR For Flood Affectees
PTI chairman Imran Khan Monday held an international telethon for flood affectees in the country and during three hours long telethon, the former prime minister collected Rs5bn. According to Senator Faisal Javed Khan, who moderated the event, the former prime minister collected over Rs5 billion in donations in a three-hour long flood telethon.
ADC Nowshera Ms Qurat Al-Ain Wazir & Her Team’s Proactiveness Saves Lives
Nowshera remained safe during a very high flood and high casualties were avoided due to the efforts of the DC, ADC Nowshera Miss Qurat Al-Ain Wazir & their team. Ms Wazir’s proactiveness avoided a massive loss. She did whatsoever was possible in her power to evacuate the residents of nearby communities of Kabul River. She went on a door to door with Law enforcement officials, and also went to many mosques for public announcements. Her extraordinary commitment to her duty saved many lives.
Samaritan Balach Noshirwani To Be Nominated For Presidential Award
Balach Noshirwani,a young man from Quetta, was in the news recently for sacrificing his life to save the life of a child who fell into a well. Hehas been nominated for the Presidential Award by Chairman Senate Sadiq Sanjrani. The Chairman Senate also made telephonic contact with Shehryar Noshirwani, the brother of the martyred youth Balach Noshirwani and paid his respects to the martyr.
Australia Returns Stolen Gandhara Sculpture To Pakistan
After discovering that the Gandhara Sculpture was obtained through illegal means, the Australian government returned the artefact to Pakistan’s High Commissioner for Australia Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri following an exhibition. The Australian National Gallery had purchased the sculpture from an Indian, New York-based private art collector, Subash Chandra Kapoor, according to Pakistan’s High Commissioner for Australia. The artefact is believed to date back to the third and fourth centuries, It was acquired by the Australian gallery in 2006 at a staggering price of $275,000. It is now believed to be worth $500,000.
“It was later discovered that Chandra Kapoor had been running an illegal art business,” High Commissioner Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri had told news outlets. “He was involved in all sorts of illegal activities, including smuggling and excavation of artefacts.” The value has risen well over half a million dollars, the high commissioner had said last month.
Muslims Will Now Be Able To Pay For Umrah & Hajj In Installments
Great news for Muslims in Saudia Arabia, as pilgrims will now be able to pay for their Hajj and Umrah costs in installments, announced the Haj and Umrah Ministry of Saudi Arabia. In efforts to make the holy pilgrimage available for all, the ministry has introduced the payments in installments for those who wish to perform Umrah or Hajj. However, this offer is now open for Saudi Pilgrims only, with plans to be opened for International pilgrims as well.
China Affected By World’s Severest Recorded Heatwave
Scientists say China’s heatwave is the most severe ever recorded in the world, with record-breaking heat drying up rivers and affecting daily life, farming and industry. People in large parts of China have been experiencing two months of extreme heat. According to various news outlets, hundreds of places have reported temperatures of more than 40°C (104°F), and many records have been broken.
It is the longest and hottest heatwave in China since national records began in 1961. According to weather historian Maximiliano Herrera, who monitors extreme temperatures around the world, it is the most severe heatwave recorded anywhere. “This combines the most extreme intensity with the most extreme length with an incredibly huge area all at the same time,” he says. “There is nothing in world climatic history which is even minimally comparable to what is happening in China.”
Senegals’ Plastic Man Raises Awareness About The Country’s Plastic Pollution Crisis
Dressed in hundreds of plastic bags, Modou Fall, known as ‘the plastic man’, is walking around Senegal on foot to raise awareness of the country’s plastic pollution crisis and demand the government takes action. The Senegalese government has banned the production and use of plastic bags in order to protect the environment. The decision was announced in April but it has not yet been implemented and plastic bags are still everywhere.
Hockey’s Golden Boy Manzoor Hussain Junior Passes Away At 65
Manzoor Hussain Junior was born on October 28, 1958, in Sialkot, Pakistan. He first made his presence felt with Pakistan junior team and later became an integral part of Pakistan’s most fearsome forward line in the late 70s and early 80s. Manzoor Junior played in a forward position as a striker between 1975 and 1984 and was capped 175 times with 86 goals to his credit. He was also the last captain under which Pakistan won the last hockey gold in the Olympics and also managed the Pakistan hockey team in 1994 which won the last gold medal for the country in the World Cup.
Dubbed ‘The Golden Boy’, he was given the President’s Award for Pride of Performance for being the player who won the highest number of gold medals for Pakistan. According to various news sources, on 30th August the former hockey icon suffered a heart attack and was taken to hospital in Lahore where he breathed his last after doctors put three stents to save his life, said his son Faisal Manzoor. The 65-year-old former stalwart of Pakistan hockey is survived by a widow, three sons and a daughter.
PCB To Donate Gate Earnings From First England T20I To The Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund
PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja has asked all cricket fans to buy tickets for the first T20I match against England. He urged fans to buy the tickets in large numbers. He stated that the cricket board has already sent trucks full of food, medicines, and other commodities to flood-affected areas and will continue to assist people and rescue teams in any way they can.
Chairman PCB stands firmly with the affectees and all those involved in the flood relief and rescue operations. “As a responsible and caring organization, the PCB has always stood with its fans and public in tough, challenging, and testing times. In this regard, we have decided to donate gate proceeds from the first T20I against England, next month to the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund,” said PCB Ramiz Raja.
Pakistan’s First E-Sports Team Wins International Competition & Makes Gloabal News Headlines
GameBird’s official team, House of Blood, becomes the first Pakistani team to win the Free Fire international esports title at the Free Fire Invitational Showdown 2022 against Nepal. House of Blood is the official partner of GameBird – Telenor Pakistan’s official esports platform. The team has previously won FFCS (Free Fire Champion Series 2020) powered by Telenor Pakistan, Free Fire Eternal Battle Season 1, and the FFPLIII (Free Fire Pakistan League) partnered with GameBird. They recently represented Pakistan in one of the biggest esports leagues in the world – the Free Fire World Series 2022 – in Singapore.
India Wins First Match Of Asia Cup 2022 Against Pakistan By 5 Wickets
on Sunday 29th August Hardik Pandya starred with bat and ball to lead India to a five-wicket win over Pakistan in a last-over T20 thriller in the Asia Cup on Sunday at the Dubai Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates. It was the 10th time the sides met in a T20 International, with India having won seven of the nine previous meetings. Pakistan missed the services of their star fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi, who is out of the tournament with a shoulder injury. Afridi watched from the stands as his team was unable to repeat their success from last year’s clash against India where he starred with three wickets. Both teams will play their remaining group match against Hong Kong later this week.
Dr Tahir Ghani Is Intel’s Inventor Of The Year 2022
Tahir Ghani, the Intel senior fellow and director of process pathfinding in Intel’s Technology Development Group, is being honoured as Intel’s 2022 Inventor of the Year. In his 28-year career at Intel, Tahir has filed more than 1,000 patents and led teams responsible for some of the most revolutionary changes in transistors. Innovations from his teams include strained silicon, High-K metal gate, FinFet transistors and, most recently, RibbonFET transistors.
“For his nearly 30-year career, Tahir has role-modelled this relentless commitment to technology innovation in pursuit of Moore’s Law,” says Sanjay Natarajan, Intel senior vice president and co-GM of Logic Technology Development. “His contribution to semiconductor technology is enormous, and I am proud to call him one of the industry’s greatest inventors.”
Awais Shafique’s AI Starup Acquired By META
Young Pakistani Entrepreneur, Awais Shafique’s AI startup, Presize.ai has been acquired by Meta (formerly Facebook). He will be the project manager and will lead his company part in Meta (Facebook). Presize.ai creates the most accurate body scanning software by fusing the most recent advancements in Computer Vision and Deep Learning. It is a software for size recommendations for fashion and e-commerce users. Presize.ai enables online buyers to turn around once in front of their smartphone camera while wearing regular clothing (you can wear jeans and a t-shirt while doing it), and automatically get their best fitting apparel scale recommended.
Google Startup Accelerator Launches In Pakistan
Google has announced the launching of the seventh edition of its Google for Startups Accelerator (GFSA) for Southeast Asia (SEA) and Pakistan, where it will enrol up to 15 seed and series A startups, particularly in fintech, health tech, retail and e-commerce, and SME-focused B2B solutions. The three-month program would help startups solve their specific challenges by providing the best of Google resources: Google mentors, a network of new contacts to help them on their journeys, and the most cutting-edge technology, Google said. Through the launch, startups will receive customised mentorship from Google’s global mentor network, access to Google’s artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud, Android, and web experts, as well as training in fields such as product design, business strategy, customer acquisition, and leadership development.
Since Google’s first GFSA launch in 2016, it has supported over 90 startups, who have then gone on to raise over $5.4 billion in funding and created more than 1,600 jobs across Southeast Asia and Pakistan. A notable alumnus is DeafTalk from Pakistan, which participated in GFSA 2020 and has provided accessibility solutions for deaf people, including online sign language interpretation, audio-video translation and sign language training.
Meera Performs In New York To Raise Funds For Flood Affectees
Lollywood icon Meera recently took to Instagram to urge Muslims across the world to join hands for this noble cause and help fellow Pakistanis in such hard times. “Today I performed in New York to raise money for the flood victims. My sincere request to Muslims everywhere is as follows: ‘Please let’s join hands and work towards this jointly. Let’s just open our hearts and homes to the families of flood victims. Together we can accomplish anything. Let’s not belittle those that ask for assistance. Together We Can”.
Ahad Raza Mir Will No Longer Star In Resident Evil On Netflix
Netflix has cancelled the second season of Resident Evil, the action horror series loosely based on the popular video game franchisently which recently starred Pakistani actor Ahad Raza Mir. According to reports, the decision was taken after the series’ July 14 release, did not have a particularly strong showing on Netflix’s Top 10. Resident Evil debuted at No. 2 with an OK 72.7 million hours viewed. But It did not deliver the big Week 2 bump one would like to see for a new series as word of mouth spreads, raking in 73.3M hours viewed in its second week for a No. 3 finish before dropping precipitously and falling out of the Top 10 after only three weeks.