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Nice start to the weekend


March 7, 2020

Expect another chilly night across North Texas. But Saturday will warm back into the mid 60s, despite an increase in high clouds. Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend, so don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour Saturday night. Dry weather will last through most of the weekend with highs in the 60s again on Sunday. But rain showers …

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Facebook CountTwitter Share Pakistan needs to harness the potential of its women to become stronger: Sadaffe Abid


March 7, 2020

adaffe Abid wears many hats. As the founder of CIRCLE, a women empowerment and inclusion enterprise, an advocate of digital inclusion for women, and a businesswoman inspiring many to follow in her footsteps. The day I am interviewing her in her quiet office on a leafy Karachi street, she has acquired yet another milestone: a successful third outing of She Loves Tech in Beijing, …

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WhatsApp rolls out dark mode: Here’s how you enable it on your phones


March 7, 2020

  Facebook owned Whatsapp officially released the ‘Dark Mode’ for Android and IOS platforms which will reduce eye strain in low light environments. In a blog post WhatsApp said: “When designing dark mode we spent time researching and experimenting with a focus on two particular areas” readability and information hierarchy. “Readability: When choosing colors, we wanted to minimize eye fatigue …

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SpaceX launches station supplies, nails 50th rocket landing


March 7, 2020

SpaceX successfully launched another load of station supplies for NASA late Friday night and nailed its fiftieth rocket landing. The Falcon rocket blasted off with 1,950 kilogrammes of equipment and experiments for the International Space Station. Just minutes later, the spent first-stage booster made a dramatic midnight landing back at Cape Canaveral, its return accompanied by sonic booms. “And the …

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Slight decrease in inflation recorded


March 7, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Weekly inflation for the combined income group dropped by 0.32 per cent for the week ending on March 5 as compared to the previous week, mainly due to decline in prices of perishable products. The weekly inflation, measured through the Sensitive Price Index (SPI), decreased by 1.16pc last week. According to data issued by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics …

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Those hit by coronavirus should not go bankrupt: IMF


March 7, 2020

WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged governments on Friday to protect their people from the economic impact of the global health crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. “Those who are hit the hardest should not go bankrupt and lose their livelihood through no fault of their own,” said IMF guidelines released in Washington. “A family-operated restaurant in a …

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Pakistan wins GSP-Plus extension


March 7, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Inter­national Trade (INTA) Com­mittee of EU Parliament has extended the Genera­lised System of Preferences-Plus (GSP-Plus) status for Pakistan, enabling the country to continue to enjoy preferential duties on exports for the next two years. While the GSP-Plus facility has been available to Pakistan since January 2014, its continuation is an award for Islamabad’s progress in enacting new laws …

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Up to 1.57pc GDP losses feared in case of virus outbreak


March 7, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s economy can suffer a maximum of 1.57pc gross domestic product (GDP) losses on account of agriculture, business and trade, tourism and health in case of an outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, according to an assessment by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). However, the impact of the prevailing outbreak on the country’s economy is estimated …

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China exports plunge due to coronavirus epidemic


March 7, 2020

China’s exports plummeted in the first two months of this year on the back of a coronavirus epidemic that forced businesses to suspend operations, disrupting the world’s supply chains. Exports fell 17.2 per cent, the biggest drop since February 2019 during the trade war with the United States, and imports dropped 4pc, according to official data released Saturday. A Bloomberg …

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Tokyo 2020 organisers downsize arrival ceremony for Olympic torch


March 7, 2020

TOKYO: Some 340 Japanese children will be unable to participate in the Olympic torch ceremonies for the handover in Greece and arrival in Japan due to precautions being taken against the spread of the coronavirus, Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori said on Friday. Mori, a former prime minister who heads the Tokyo 2020 organising committee, again rebuffed speculation that the …

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