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Solar Orbiter launches on mission to reveal Sun´s secrets


February 10, 2020

MIAMI: The US-European Solar Orbiter probe launched on Sunday night from Florida on a voyage to deepen our understanding of the Sun and how it shapes the space weather that impacts technology back on Earth. The mission, a collaboration between ESA (the European Space Agency) and NASA, successfully blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral at 11:03 …

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Do Chinese phone brands credibly challenge Google?


February 10, 2020

Chinas top handset makers are answering Washingtons unintended call, and that could hurt Google Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi and Vivo, have joined together to build a shared platform to rival the Play store, Reuters reported earlier this month. It could threaten some 5 per cent of the topline at the $1 trillion parent Alphabet, and the de-facto US dominance of Android. …

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China virus deaths jump to 902: official


February 10, 2020

BEIJING: The number of deaths from China´s new coronavirus epidemic jumped to 902 on Monday after the hardest-hit province of Hubei reported 91 new fatalities. In its daily update, Hubei´s health commission also confirmed another 2,618 new cases in the central province, where the outbreak emerged in December. There are now more than 39,800 confirmed cases across China, based on …

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PPP voices concern over financial crisis in public varsities


February 10, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has expressed serious concern over the financial crunch being faced by the public sector universities due to reduction in the budget of higher education by the government. In a statement issued by the party on Sunday, the PPP chairman “condemned” huge cuts in the higher education budget compelling the public sector universities …

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Ex-CM wants greater role of Baloch people in CPEC projects


February 10, 2020

GWADAR: Former chief minister of Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch believes that federal and provincial governments should prioritise the inclusion of Balochistan’s local communities in all projects being executed under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “Their interests and identities need to be protected through legislation for economically sustainable and socially acceptable development,” he said, according to a press release. Addressing …

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Nepra advises producers to install solar-wind hybrid plants


February 10, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has advised the wind power producers (WPPs) to explore the possibility of utilising their sites and available land to set up solar-wind hybrid power projects with an eye on augmented capacity and to make their product economical. This has been proposed by the regulator to the existing WPPs facing their load curtailments …

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Power policy proposes cost recovery at every stage


February 10, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The government has finalised National Electricity Policy 2020 that seeks ‘balanced development’ of power generation, transmission and distribution through full cost recoveries at every stage and to gradually bring an end to use of all imported fuels. The draft policy that would pass through the next meeting of the Council of Common Interests for approval also envisages that “the …

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China’s quarter-1 smartphone sales may halve due to coronavirus, say analysts


February 10, 2020

China’s smartphone sales may plunge by as much as 50 per cent in the first quarter, as many retail shops have closed for an extended period and production has yet to fully resume due to the fast spread of a new coronavirus, according to research reports. The virus outbreak, which has killed more than 900 people and roiled China’s manufacturing …

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US barely beat Latvia after Serena loses in singles


February 10, 2020

LONDON: The United States survived a fright from little Latvia on Saturday before winning 3-2 in a Fed Cup qualifier as Serena Williams suffered her first career singles loss in the team event. The United States seemed poised to advance to the finals after taking a 2-0 lead on Friday as Williams and Sophia Kenin won their respective singles matches …

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England survive late collapse to draw SA ODI series


February 10, 2020

JOHANNESBURG: World champions England survived a late collapse to square the series when they beat South Africa by two wickets in the third and final One-day International at the Wanderers on Sunday. England were cruising to victory at 232 for four after leg-spinner Adil Rashid and his fellow slow bowlers restricted South Africa to 256 for seven after they were …

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