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Lahore High Court moved for ban on TikTok app


August 6, 2019

LAHORE: A lawyer has approached the Lahore High Court seeking a ban on TikTok, an Android-based social media video application, in Pakistan for being a source of vulgarity and pornography. “TikTok is a great mischief of modern times. It is destroying the youth and promoting immoral activities,” states Advocate Nadeem Sarwar in his petition. The Federal Ministry of Law, Pakistan …

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Pakistani writer’s Instagram project bags social media journalism award in New Delhi


August 6, 2019

Everyday Pakistan, an Instagram project that seeks to defy the stereotypes about Pakistan through pictures, was declared a winner in the Citizen Media and Journalism category at the Social Media for Empowerment 2019 awardsin New Delhi on Friday. Anas Saleem, a freelance writer from Faisalabad, is the brains behind the Everyday Pakistan project, which was launched in February, 2018. According …

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Facebook expands its women entrepreneurship programme in Pakistan


August 6, 2019

Facebook on Saturday announced the expansion of its “SheMeansBusiness programme” in Pakistan, in partnership with the Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lahore Division, said a press release. The programme is aimed at providing women entrepreneurs with the tools, training and resources that can help them secure funding and grow their businesses. “The flexibility offered by digital technologies is enabling …

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Scientists announce 3D heart-printing breakthrough


August 6, 2019

WASHINGTON: US scientists have successfully built functional heart parts out of collagen using a 3D bioprinter, a breakthrough they say could one day create entire organs. Their technique, which was described in the journal Science on Thursday, replicates the body’s own complex biological scaffolds that provide the structure and biochemical signaling organs need to function. “What we were able to …

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Facebook removes profile frame targeting Ahmadiyya community


August 6, 2019

Facebook said on Wednesday it has removed a profile frame targeting Pakistan’s Ahmadiyya community as the media giant continues to grapple with the proliferation of hate speech on the social network. Profile frames are filters Facebook users can add to their pictures that often promote a cause, celebrate a holiday, or commemorate an event or tragedy. The frame withdrawn by …

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‘We’re scared, but we still need to buy things’ Houston shoppers react to El Paso shooting


August 6, 2019

Blanca Santos clutched her 2-year-old daughter, Emma, tightly as the Houston mother took her 9-year-old son, Welfren, back-to-school shopping at a local Walmart. With a mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart that killed 22 shoppers on Saturday fresh in her mind, Santos, 35, thought twice about going back-to-school shopping on Monday morning. But she ventured out to a northwest …

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Brazil gang leader dresses up as daughter in jail escape bid


August 6, 2019

A Brazilian gang leader tried to escape from prison by dressing up as his daughter when she visited him behind bars and walking out the penitentiary’s main door in her place, authorities said Sunday. But prison officials said the nervousness displayed by Clauvino da Silva, also known as “Shorty,” as he tried to leave the prison dressed as a woman …

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Sales of bulletproof backpacks skyrocket in wake of mass shootings


August 6, 2019

This weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, has apparently sent a chill through many parents preparing to send their children back to school in the next few weeks. Roman Zrazhevskiy with Austin-based ReadyToGoSurvival.com said his company saw a large spike in orders for bulletproof backpacks over the weekend. “Our baseline is 100 units a month,” Zrazhevskiy told Chron.com …

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Meat thief on the run after trucker found dead, cargo missing


August 6, 2019

A trucker trying to deliver a load of frozen meat from Laredo to Houston was found dead in his cab Saturday – and his shipment was nowhere to be found. Houston police officers were called out to 175 McCarty Road around 1 p.m. Saturday and found the 48-year-old truck driver dead in his cab, in an “advanced state of decomposition,” …

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From the ‘Hit Man’ to the ‘Candy Man’: Infamous Houston crimes that happened in August


August 6, 2019

Houston, unsurprisingly, is chalked full of crime headlines. Chron.com compiled a list of infamous Houston Chronicle crime headlines from month of August, dating back to 1970 – including when hit man Charles V. Harrelson pleaded not guilty to killing carpet executive Alan Berg (Harrelson was eventually found not guilty). Others include a cold case that left three women dead, that …

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