July 22, 2020

Female tent pegger says niqab shouldn’t stop women from following their dreams

Tell us a bit about yourself, who you are, what you’ve done, where you come from. My name is Fatima Adeel. I’m currently studying at FCC Lahore doing my BS in Political Science and International Relations. One of my favourite hobbies is horse riding together with tent pegging.  Can you tell us more about your […]

June 13, 2020

Solar eclipse to be seen in Pakistan on Sunday, June 21st

An annular solar eclipse will be visible to Pakistanis on Sunday, June 21, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department. Annular solar eclipse? A solar eclipse is when the moon covers the sun. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon covers the center of the sun, leaving a “ring of fire” to be seen by spectators. It […]

June 13, 2020

Saudi Arabia considers cancelling Hajj for the first time since the country’s creation

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is considering cancelling the annual pilgrimage of Hajj for the first time since the country’s creation in 1932, according to reports from The Financial Times. In the past, there have only been 40 occasions since the year 630 that the annual pilgrimage did not occur. Why is Saudi Arabia considering […]

June 13, 2020

7 Pakistani universities make it to World’s Top 1000

7 Pakistani universities are included in the world’s top 1000 according to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Rankings 2021. Which Pakistani universities are included? Sitting higher in the rankings than all other Pakistani universities, the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) made it to #355. Following it is the Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences […]

June 13, 2020

4 million people in Yemen, half of them children, could lose access to water if fundraising goal not met 

The United Nations and UNICEF pleaded with international donors and countries to raise more money for Yemen. They warned that 30 of its 41 aid-programs would shut down if additional funds weren’t secured, which would leave more than 4 million people, more than half of them children, without access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene. […]

June 12, 2020

Underground structures believed to have originated in a pre-Moon era found by scientists

Scientists have discovered large and mysterious structures made of material possibly dating back to an era before the Earth had a moon deep underground between the Earth’s liquid outer core and the lower mantle, according to a paper published in the Science magazine on Thursday. What are these structures? Referred to as ultra low velocity zones (ULVZs), […]

June 12, 2020

UN: COVID-19 could create millions of more child laborers

As Pakistan reels from the brutal murder of child laborer Zohra Shah, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) jointly announced that the coroanvirus pandemic could create millions of more child laborers. What else did they say? The organizations noted that the number of child laborers in the world had […]

June 12, 2020

Starbucks forbids employees from wearing Black Lives Matter attire

Starbucks warned its employees in a memo reported by Buzzfeed News that wearing clothing or accessories highlighting the Black Lives Movement was prohibited. Why did Starbucks take this step? A spokesperson from Starbucks argued that, whilst the company was committed to ending systemic racism, the wearing of Black Lives Matter attire could be misunderstood and […]

June 12, 2020

Court issues non-bailable arrest warrant for Nawaz Sharif

An Islamabad accountability court issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on account of his absence from the gift deposit case. The court asked the Foreign Office to implement the warrant by working with the Pakistan Consulate in the United Kingdom. What has he been accused of? Sharif along with ex-president […]

June 11, 2020

Gay Pride and black activists team up in the United States for Pride Month celebrations

Virtual gatherings of Gay Pride groups are adding to the voices of black activists amid the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States. What Gay Pride groups are taking a stand? Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO of LGBTQ group GLAAD, explained that Pride originated as a “riot that was led by two women of color […]

June 11, 2020

JK Rowling reveals she faced domestic and sexual abuse

JK Rowling revealed that she faced domestic and sexual abuse in a personal 3,600 word essay published on her website. Domestic and sexual abuse? The globally acclaimed author of the Harry Potter series said that she was a “domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor” and that she revealed these things not out of a desire […]

June 11, 2020

Zartaj Gul: The climate ministry has benefited from coronavirus

The ministry of state for climate change benefited from the coronavirus, said minister Zartaj Gul. How did the climate ministry benefit? Gul pointed out the improved Air Quality Index (AQI) of Pakistan, which dropped from 117 to 69 in Karachi, from 195 to 51 in Lahore and 194 to 87 in Peshawar. This decrease, she […]

June 10, 2020

Natalia Gul calls out CEO of broadcast channel, corrupt producers, and corporates for refusing to pay

Actor and stand-up comedian Natalia Gul took to her social media to call out former CEO of HNOW TV and current CEO of East River Faizan Syed for allegedly refusing to pay the cast and crew of their sitcom Good Hai Yaar for the last spell of the sitcom, which included work on four episodes. […]

June 10, 2020

University expels student for speaking out against online classes  

Usman Mehmood of the Capital University of Science and Technology in Islamabad was expelled for speaking out against online classes. Why was he expelled? Mehmood and other students gathered around the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to protest the high fees being charged by their universities despite the prevalence of online classes due to the COVID-19 […]

June 10, 2020

Indian cyber company spied on email accounts across the world

Indian-based cyber company BellTroX InfoTech Services helped clients spy on over 10,000 email accounts, reported Reuters. What did the cyber company do? The firm offered its hacking services to clients to spy on email accounts throughout the world. Thousands of messages were sent to email accounts between 2013 and 2020, aiming to trick victims into […]

June 8, 2020

Decade-long treasure-hunt for $1m chest comes to an end

A treasure chest filled with valuables such as gold and jewelry worth over $1 million has been found in the Rocky Mountains of North America.  Who hid the chest?  The chest had been hidden by collector and millionaire Forrest Fenn, who created a treasure hunt for people to find it, over a decade ago. Hundreds […]

June 8, 2020

American billionaires have made half a trillion dollars during COVID-19 pandemic

Reports from the Institute for Policy Studies claim that American billionaires’ wealth has risen by more than $565 billion since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.  Pandemic profiteers?  As millions of Americans lost their jobs, American billionaires’ wealth had already bounced back from the initial stock market crash caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In the […]

June 8, 2020

Coronavirus cases to peak late July, early August, says Imran Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that the government expects the peak of coronavirus cases to come by the end of July or early August. Earlier in May, the government said that it expected the peak of the pandemic to come in late May or early June. What else did he say? Khan went on […]

June 8, 2020

New Zealand lifts restrictions after declaring itself Coronavirus-free

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that New Zealand is to lift all coronavirus restrictions, with the exception of border control, after the country’s health officials declared there were no known and active cases of the virus in the country. The Prime Minister added that she “did a little dance” when she heard the news.  How […]

June 8, 2020

Up to 63% Pakistanis are praying more than usual during the pandemic

A Gilani Research Foundation Survey conducted by Gallup and Gilani Pakistan reveals that up to 63% of Pakistanis may be praying more than normal during the quarantine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. How was the study done? A sample of 1,144 men and women across all four provinces with national representation were asked via telephone […]

June 6, 2020

Here’s how you can save three lives with Indus Hospital from the comfort of your own home

In the midst of global instability caused by COVID-19, the murder of George Floyd and numerous other problems facing humanity, Indus Hospital has arranged for a system through which residents of Karachi, Bahawalpur and Multan can save up to three human lives per person from the comfort of their own home. What is the campaign? […]

June 5, 2020

Kenya to ban single-use plastics in protected areas 

Kenya has announced a complete ban of single-use plastics, such as water bottles and straws, in protected areas such as national parks, beaches and forests. The country’s Minister of Tourism said in a statement, “This ban is again a first to address the catastrophic plastic pollution affecting Kenya and the world, and we hope it […]

June 5, 2020

Ethiopia aims to plant 5 billion trees this year

Ethiopia has announced that it plans to consolidate the government’s Green Legacy initiative, which initially began in 2019, and embark on a plantation project aimed at 5 billion trees. An official statement on social media said that preparations for the availability of the required number of seedlings have been underway since the end of the […]

June 5, 2020

What can we learn from Tank Man in 2020?

31 years ago to the day, tanks rolled down Tiananmen Square in Beijing to shut down student-led demonstrations against government corruption, inflation and restrictions imposed on freedom of speech and democracy. With hundreds to thousands of protesters killed, and wide-scale political repression in its aftermath, the massacre is remembered somberly. But within this tragedy, a […]

June 3, 2020

Facebook removes accounts and pages associated with alleged hate groups

On Tuesday, Facebook announced that they shut down pages and accounts associated with alleged hate groups including American Guard. The group allegedly discussed bringing weapons to protests occurring nationwide against police brutality and racism. The Anti-Defamation League accused the group of having connections to “anti-immigrant extremism, hatred and violence”. Facebook also removed accounts linked to the […]

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