Facebook Abandons Plans to Build Its Own Internet Drones

JUN 27, 2018 (BE2C2): Facebook announced it would be scrapping plans to develop its own flying Internet drones, an initiative that started four years ago. In a Tuesday blog post, the social network said work on Project Aquila, which was intended to bring Internet access to remote parts of the world by using gigantic drones […]

“Oil Is Now Front And Center Of Conflict In Libya”

Libyan oil production has been hampered by conflicts stemming from civil war that erupted in the wake of Arab Spring movements JUN 27, 2018 (BE2C2): Libya’s National Oil Corp. said it rejected a move by the Libyan National Army to move on exports from the Gulf of Sirte. The move followed militant raids on oil […]

End Of The Road For Expat Drivers, With Emergence Of ‘New Normal’ In Saudi Arabia

JUN 26, 2018 (BE2C2): The recruitment of foreign drivers in Saudi Arabia will decrease by 50 percent over the next 10 years due to the new law allowing women to drive, according to some experts. The ban was lifted on June 24 — the world’s only ban on women driving. It’s part of a series […]

Murad Ali Shah Criticizes Shahbaz Sharif For Making Tall Claims Of Solving Karachi Issues

JUN 26, 2018: The former chief minister Sindh and senior PPP leader, Murad Ali Shah, on Tuesday criticized the former chief minister Punjab and PML-N President, Shahbaz Sharif, for campaigning in Karachi with “tall claims” about what he [Sharif] can do for the metropolis — the country’s largest city with more than 20 million population […]

NAB to Bring Back Nawaz’s Sons, Former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar Through Interpol

JUN 26, 2018: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) decided on Tuesday to bring back deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s sons Hassan and Hussain Nawaz and former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar through Interpol over pending corruption cases against them. Nawaz’s sons, who have been accused by the NAB in corruption reference following the Supreme Court’s verdict […]

Migrant Arrivals Drop 51 Pct; Italian PM Says Migration Threat to EU Border-Free Travel Zone

* Migration threat to EU’s 26-country border-free travel zone, says Italian prime minister. * Arrival figures for refugees and migrants currently 51% down on last year and 81% down on 2016. JUN 26, 2018: The United Nations Migration Agency IOM reports that 40,944 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through the first six months […]

Bahrain to Receive Sixteen F-16s Worth More Than $1 Billion

JUN 25, 2018: Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract for F-16 production for the kingdom of Bahrain. The deal, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $1.124 billion under the terms of a fixed-price-incentive-firm contract that enables Lockheed Martin to provide 16 F-16 V Block 70 aircraft, according to […]

NAB Receives Bomb Threats, Completes Probe Against 179 Mega Corruption Cases

JUN 25, 2018: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman, retired Justice Javed Iqbal, on Monday revealed that the anti-corruption watchdog had received threats that its headquarters would be blown up, DawnNewsTV reported. He said the threats had been received after the bureau initiated investigations in mega corruption scandals, but did not specify a time period. […]

Shahbaz Begins Poll Campaign From Karachi–‘Gotham City’ In Search of ‘Spiderman’

IRSHAD SALIM (JUN 25, 2018): Former Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif arrived in Karachi today on a two-day visit to kick-start Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s (PML-N) election campaign from NA-249 Karachi West-II constituency vowing to be an ‘agent of change’ for the metropolis’ down and under neighborhoods facing basic needs and civic issues […]

Ch. Shujaat: Intl Forces Influenced 2013 Polls, Have Made Inroads in Parties

JUN 25, 2018: Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) President and former Prime Minister Ch. Shujaat Hussain has expressed grave concern over statement of the Secretary Election Commission to the Senate Standing Committee on Interior that international forces want to sabotage 2018 election and he is ready to give in-camera briefing about these dangers. On May 28, […]

Renowned Pak Economist Dr Shahid Hassan Honored With Special Russian Award

JUN 25, 2018: Russia has honored renowned Pakistani economist Dr Shahid Hassan with a special award in recognition of his contribution towards betterment of friendly relations between the two countries. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov conferred the award on Dr Hassan on behalf of his government in a ceremony hosted by the Association of Pakistani […]

Islamist Erdogan Or Secularist Ince, Turkey Will Be Radically a Changed Country

JUN 24, 2018: Turkish voters are going to the polls today for what are seen as the most crucial elections in Turkish modern history as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s gamble on snap elections (18 months earlier) could backfire. The Turkish people feeling the pinch of soaring inflation, a plunging currency and high interest rates will […]

MMA Announces Candidates for Karachi Seats, Plans ‘Biggest Rally’ in City’s History

JUN 24, 2018: Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, a coalition of the religious right, unveiled its list of candidates vying for Karachi-based seats in the national and provincial assemblies elections on July 25. Liaquat Baloch, the secretary-general of MMA, announced the candidates for 21 National Assembly seats and 44 Sindh Assembly seats. Asadullah Bhutto, Maulana Noorul Haq, Hafiz […]

Act Now Or Cry Later, FBR Chief Warns Businesses As Tax Amnesty Deadline Nears

JUN 24, 2018 (BE2C2): The head of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on Saturday warned business community that the government has collected virtually the entire data related to hidden and undeclared assets held inside and outside the country, therefore the tax amnesty scheme gives them an opportunity to whiten such assets on paying tax at […]

Military Spokesperson Launches ‘Positive Image of Pakistan’ Contest On Twitter

JUN 24, 2018: The chief military spokesperson has organized an “activity” on the popular micro-blogging site Twitter calling upon users to post pictures projecting positive image of Pakistan and win prizes. Major General Asif Ghafoor, the director general of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), used his personal, not official, Twitter handle on Saturday to seek submissions. […]

Tahirul Qadri Pulls PAT Out Of Electoral Race Calling ‘Entire System Flawed’

JUN 24, 2018: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri has announced his party will not contest the forthcoming General Election 2018 because “the entire system” was “flawed and could not be called a democracy”. Addressing a press conference in Lahore on Saturday, Qadri stressed the need for making the electoral process transparent and raising […]

100,000 Rally Against Brexit in London, Almost Half Of Britons Want 2nd Referendum

JUN 24, 2018: Ten of thousands of people opposed to Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union marched in London on Saturday, two years after the referendum in favor of Brexit as new poll shows almost half of British people want a second referendum on Brexit. Polling suggests shift in favor of a new public vote, […]

BISP Chief Marvi Memon to Be Shown the Door, Summary Moved By Interim PM

JUN 23, 2018: The caretaker Prime Minister retired Justice Nasirul Mulk has sent a summary to President Mamnoon Hussain for removal of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Marvi Memon as chairperson of the Benazir Income Support Program (BISP). The interim government reportedly took the decision for removal as BISP chief after Memon did not resign […]

Another PML-N Leader Parts Ways With The Party

JUN 23, 2018: PML-N leader and Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation Managing Director Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor Khan announced on Saturday that he is parting ways with the party. Talking to SAMAA TV, Khan said he cannot be a part of a maligning campaign against intel agencies and state institutions. Khan said he had remained loyal to […]

Tax Amnesty Scheme Gets Overwhelming Response, Says FBR

Global tax laws were being changed and soon it would become difficult for Pakistanis to hide their assets overseas: FBR Chairman JUN 23, 2018 (BE2C2 Report): Tax Amnesty Scheme was receiving encouraging results and its success would help resolving the current account deficit and balance of payment issues. This was stated by spokesman for Federal […]