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Don’t worry! PTA says Pakistan has ‘sufficient internet capacity’ for COVID-19 lockdown


March 27, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) on Thursday said the country had “sufficient internet capacity” for the COVID-19 lockdown after internet usage rose 15% over a week people mostly stayed at home. The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) said “a net increase of around 15% in internet usage was witnessed since last week” — based on data from the telecom operators …

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Doctors, IT professionals among 3,000 volunteers registered in Sindh in a week


March 27, 2020

KARACHI: The Sindh government has inducted some 3,000 volunteers — more than 30 among them are doctors and over 300 IT professionals — in less than a week on its appeal to fight the growing number of coronavirus cases, receiving “tremendous response” mainly from the people of Karachi, which forced the authorities to call off the induction till the next …

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Internet use sees sharp spike


March 27, 2020

KARACHI: As millions remain indoors due to varying lockdowns across Pakistan, the internet usage in the country has increased by 15 per cent in a week. In a press release issued on Thursday, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) said the increase was observed due to a spike in online activities by educational institutions and businesses, as well as a ‘work-from-home …

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ECC approves grants for equipment purchase


March 27, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet on Thursday approved four supplementary grants, including Rs5 billion for the National Disaster Mana­gement Authority (NDMA), to fight the spr­ead of coronavirus in the country on an emergency basis. The ECC meeting, chaired by Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr Hafeez Shaikh, approved three other technical supplementary grants …

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Exporters decry delays in permission to reopen


March 27, 2020

KARACHI: Exporters and manufacturers on Thursday blamed Sindh government for causing unnecessary delays in allowing export-oriented sectors to operate production units during the lockdown in order to clear pending shipments. The provincial government had asked textile and leather garments exporters to fill a proforma seeking details on export orders, staff required to meet production targets, arrangement of health, safety and …

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Jordan has no regrets about staying on for PSL amid virus pandemic


March 27, 2020

LONDON: England all-rounder Chris Jordan has no regrets in staying on for the fifth edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) when majority of the foreign players decided to withdraw from the tournament amid the coronavirus pandemic. Jordan, who represented Karachi Kings in the franchise-based T20 league, said that he felt comfortable in Pakistan as the number of coronavirus cases reported …

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Oil gains as govts pledge support amid coronavirus chaos


March 27, 2020

Oil prices rose on Friday as governments around the world pledged a huge injection of funds and other measures to limit the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, despite fears the outbreak will destroy demand for oil. Brent crude was up 22 cents, or 0.8 per cent, at $26.56 a barrel by 0415 GMT. US crude was up 42 cents, …

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China’s auto industry wastes no time coaxing drivers back to showrooms after lockdown


March 27, 2020

China’s auto industry has gone from zero to sixty in its post-pandemic campaign drive, with manufacturers and dealers quick to woo back lockdown-weary consumers through campaigns as unusual as a makeup-promoting personality touting car leasing. Social media celebrity Lipstick King urged millions of fans on a live-streamed shopping show to sign up to a lease deal for General Motors Co’s …

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ACC moot on Asia Cup T20 put off


March 27, 2020

KARACHI: The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) to postpone its meeting to finalise the possible multiple venues of Asia Cup T20, which is supposed to be hosted by Pakistan. With no chance of India travelling to Pakistan in the prevailing political climate, it was all but certain that tournament will be again held …

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ICC postpones World Cup qualifiers due to coronavirus


March 27, 2020

MUMBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday that all qualifying events for the 2021 Twenty20 World Cup and 50-overs version in 2023 that were scheduled to be held before June 30 have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The flu-like virus has infected more than 470,800 people around the world and killed over 21,200 since appearing in …

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