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Google tightens privacy settings


June 25, 2020

Google has begun auto-deleting new users’ search data and location history on a rolling 18-month basis, CEO Sundar Pichai announced, as the tech giant moves to tighten privacy settings. The tweak was introduced Wednesday and is the latest attempt by a big online firm to boost public trust after hefty fines were levied against Facebook and Google for privacy violations …

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5G: Singapore telcos pick Nokia, Ericsson over Huawei


June 25, 2020

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s biggest wireless network operators have selected Nokia and Ericsson over Huawei Technologies to build the main fifth-generation (5G) networks in the city-state. Singapore has allowed telcos to choose their network vendors provided they meet various requirements, including security. A joint venture between M1 and StarHub awarded one of the city-state’s 5G licences said it had selected Nokia to …

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Type of ultraviolet light kills airborne coronavirus


June 25, 2020

Ceiling fixtures emitting a safe form of ultraviolet light called far-UVC would be very efficient at killing airborne coronaviruses, according to a study by researchers at Columbia University. “A very low exposure to far-UVC light killed well over 99.9% of the exposed virus,” lead researcher Dr. David Brenner told Reuters. The researchers put coronavirus particles into little droplets and floated …

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Govt to ensure uninterrupted supply of oxygen to hospitals: Hammad Azhar


June 25, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar on Thursday said that the Ministry of Industries has held a meeting with major oxygen producers to ensure the supply of oxygen to hospitals on a priority basis. In a Tweet, the minister said that it has been decided in the meeting to ensure the supply/redirect of oxygen to Healthcare on …

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COVID-19 vaccine: Manufacturers with capacity of 4 billion doses identified


June 25, 2020

CHICAGO: An influential foundation, CEPI, focused on preparation and response to epidemics that is backing nine potential coronavirus vaccines has identified manufacturers with capacity to produce four billion doses a year, the group’s top manufacturing expert told Reuters. The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (CEPI)plans to have two or three manufacturing plants for each vaccine, James Robinson, a longtime biopharma …

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Gold rate spiral continues


June 25, 2020

KARACHI: The per tola and 10 gram gold price on Wednesday rose to Rs105,100 and Rs90,106, showing an increase of Rs2,000 and Rs1,715 from Tuesday. Price of gold in international markets saw a jump of $20 per ounce in world price to $1,777. BIPL Securities said gold prices climbed to its highest level in nearly eight years on Wednesday as …

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Finance bill clears Senate


June 25, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The upper house of parliament on Wednesday unanimously adopted recommendations of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance on the Fina­nce Bill 2020, containing the annual budget statement. The chairman of the standing committee, Senator Farooq Hamid Naek, moved the motion in the upper hou­se, saying it has recommended 40 amendments to the Finance Bill 2020 besides 53 general consensus …

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Goods imports enjoy most sales tax exemptions


June 25, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The sales tax exemptions on imports of goods make up Rs255.843 billion or 49.3 per cent of the total exemptions granted in the Fiscal Year 2020, the Federal Board of Reve­nue’s (FBR) internal report showed. The total sales tax exemptions stand at Rs518.814bn. The estimates come from the FBR’s first-ever comprehensive report titled: Tax Expenditure 2020. Under the Sales Tax …

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Sarmaya company may be abandoned


June 25, 2020

ISLAMABAD: After being over two years in power, the government appears cold shouldering its idea of turning around 441 public sector entities through Sarmaya-i-Pakistan Ltd as it finds it an ineffective way forward. A final decision is expected to follow over the next couple of weeks but there was almost convergence of views among key cabinet members on Wednesday at …

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