Hybrid cars fail to ease Pakistan’s gas woes

Islamabad, Pakistan:  Pakistan last year announced measures to boost the hybrid car market, hoping they might help wean the country off its costly addiction to imported fuels, but seven months on the plan looks to have stalled. Hybrid vehicles, which use a combination of an electric motor and regular fuel combustion, are touted in many countries as the environmentally friendly future of motoring. But in Pakistan, the government hoped they might also address a more immediate concern — crushing winter gas shortages. Compressed natural gas (CNG) is widely used as fuel by Pakistani motorists as a cheaper alternative to petrol, … Continue reading Hybrid cars fail to ease Pakistan’s gas woes

Pak government in talks with Google to localize YouTube

Islamabad: The Pakistan government is in talks with Google to localize YouTube, a move which could pave the way for the popular video sharing website to be unblocked in the Islamic country. Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunications Anusha Rehman told the Senate Standing Committee on Tuesday that if certain conditions of the Google management are met, YouTube will be accessible as “http://YouTube.com.pk”, a local search engine. The world’s largest videos sharing website was blocked in the country in September 2012 on the orders of then Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. The ban was imposed after YouTube refused … Continue reading Pak government in talks with Google to localize YouTube

Pakistan’s first Cubesat iCUBE-1 launched from Russia

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s first Cubesat satellite, iCUBE-1, was launched on Thursday on-board Dnepr launch vehicle from Yasny launch base in Russia. Built by the Institute of Space Technology (IST), iCUBE-1 was designed and developed at a cost of Rs3-3.5 million. Talking to Dawn.com, Spokesperson IST Raza Butt said that it’s a positive move for technology in Pakistan. “The world is moving towards miniaturisation. The launch cost is significantly low for CubeSats as compared to the bigger satellites. The low cost factor is very attractive for researchers who can test their payloads using these cubesats and then incorporate this technology in their … Continue reading Pakistan’s first Cubesat iCUBE-1 launched from Russia

Zinda Bhaag: ‘If we can do it, everybody can’

KARACHI: Despite not having a massive budget or a well-known local cast, Zinda Bhaag has swept away audiences with its robust depiction of loud and artistic Punjabi culture. With its relatable take on culture, class divides and relationships, the independent film has managed to bag the coveted title of Pakistan’s first Oscar submission in 50 years. The sudden success and hype surround the film brought directors Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi and producer Mazhar Zaidi to meet a curious audience for a small group discussion held at The Second Floor (T2F) on Thursday evening. Although the trio has collaborated on four … Continue reading Zinda Bhaag: ‘If we can do it, everybody can’

Pakistan province orders halt to Skype over security concerns

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani authorities have banned instant messaging and internet telephony services including Skype, Whatsapp and Viber in the province of Sindh for three months for security reasons, a government spokesman said on Thursday. Sindh’s capital is Karachi, a city of 18 million people that is Pakistan’s economic hub, and is plagued by Islamist militant and sectarian violence as well as kidnappings and contract killings. Provincial Information Minister Sharjeel Memon did not spell out how closing down the networks would improve security. But security services say instant messaging and internet telephony are used by militants and other armed groups … Continue reading Pakistan province orders halt to Skype over security concerns