Exploring Pakistan’s Business Footprints in 2021

Exploring Pakistan’s Business Footprints in 2021

Pakistan’s economy has experienced several challenges during the past two years due to the COVID-19 outbreak and stabilization measures. During the pandemic, the government mainly focused on managing recurrent COVID-19 waves, conducting a mass vaccination campaign, and implementing micro-lockdowns across the country. While the COVID-19 outbreak kept the economy below its potential level, Pakistan’s business sector made phenomenal advancements in 2021. Unlike other economies worldwide, Pakistan’s economy revived at a faster pace in the early half of 2021, giving rise to domestic economic activities. The government’s practical decision to reconcile fiscal and monetary policies helped the economy recuperate its pre-COVID-19...

People of Balochistan love to watch cricket: CM 

People of Balochistan love to watch cricket: CM 

Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo has said the people of the province love to play and watch cricket, reported 24NewsHd TV channel.  He was talking at the dinner hosted in honor of the national cricketers on Saturday.  “We have provided an entertainment opportunity to the people of Balochistan and competitions will be held in the future too in other sports including cricket.” The Chief Minister said that holding the match in Quetta is a message that peace has been restored in the province.  “We are grateful to players and PCB officials for giving us the opportunity to hold this...

Indian regulator reassures investors after Adani rout

Indian regulator reassures investors after Adani rout

India’s securities regulator said Saturday that markets were stable and protected from further volatility, following a phenomenal share rout that hit the business empire of tycoon Gautam Adani. The combined market cap of Adani Group’s listed companies has collapsed by around $120 billion — about half of the conglomerate’s value — since US short-seller Hindenburg Research released an explosive report in late January. It accused Adani of accounting fraud and artificially boosting its share prices, calling it a “brazen stock manipulation and accounting fraud scheme” and “the largest con in corporate history”. The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)...

Arsenal title bid rocked by Everton, dismal Liverpool crash again

Arsenal title bid rocked by Everton, dismal Liverpool crash again

Mikel Arteta urged Arsenal to dig deep after a shock 1-0 defeat at Everton dented the Premier League leaders’ title bid, while Liverpool’s troubled season hit a new low with a woeful 3-0 loss at Wolves on Saturday. Arteta’s side were beaten for just the second time in 20 league games this season as James Tarkowski headed Everton’s winner in the 60th minute. The Gunners’ only other league defeat came at Manchester United in September. Arsenal still lead second placed Manchester City by five points, but the champions can close the gap to two points if they win at Tottenham...

Brathwaite, Chanderpaul hit half-centuries for Windies

Brathwaite, Chanderpaul hit half-centuries for Windies

West Indies openers Kraigg Brathwaite and Tagenarine Chanderpaul scored half-centuries before rain ended play early in the first day of the first Test against Zimbabwe on Saturday. Play will begin at 0930 local time (0730 GMT) on the next four days to compensate for the lost time, although there are concerns of further weather interruptions. The tourists were 112-0 off 51 overs in Bulawayo as they sought to extend an unbeaten Test record against the hosts having won seven of the previous 10 and drawn three. “The pitch looked good for batting, but we knew rain would be a factor,”...

Cult Soviet-nostalgia band Russkaja breaks up over safety fears

Cult Soviet-nostalgia band Russkaja breaks up over safety fears

Cult Austrian ska-punk band Russkaja, surfing Soviet nostalgia in Vienna for two decades, announced its break-up Saturday over safety fears following the Ukraine war. Russkaja includes six men and one woman and started in Vienna 18 years ago. The band enjoyed great success in the United States with its blend of “Russian Turbo Polka Metal”. “Presented as pro-Russian despite our condemnation” of the invasion of Ukraine, “our group Russkaja has become a daily target on the Internet”, the seven-member band, which includes a Russian and Ukrainian, said on Facebook. “The Soviet imagery is forever damaged” and “the war in Ukraine...

Scorchers beat Heat to win fifth Big Bash League title

Scorchers beat Heat to win fifth Big Bash League title

Teenager Cooper Connolly’s big hitting at the death and skipper Ashton Turner’s heroic 53 saw Perth Scorchers beat Brisbane Heat to win an unprecedented fifth Twenty20 Big Bash League title on Saturday. Their fireworks propelled them to 178-5 and a nail-biting five-wicket win with four balls left in front of a record 53,886 parochial fans at Perth Stadium after Brisbane put on 175-7. It was a successful title defence by a side who beat the Sydney Sixers in last season’s decider, with Saturday’s win securing a fifth trophy in only the competition’s 12th year. “It’s a surreal feeling. I’ve played...

King Khan Shah Rukh’s savage replies to trolls have internet in fits of laughing

King Khan Shah Rukh’s savage replies to trolls have internet in fits of laughing

B-town’s King Khan Shah Rukh Saturday took to Twitter and interacted with his fans while some trolls thought of having some fun asking offensive questions, little did they know they had savage replies coming their way. The star’s latest project ‘Pathaan’ has since its release been rewriting box office records on a daily basis as it will soon be crossing the Rs4 billion benchmark in the domestic market only. Pathaan is being appreciated everywhere and by everyone who loves or even likes Shah Rukh Khan and also the Hindi film industry. The Siddharth Anand directorial has earned around Rs7.25 billion...

Finance Ministry thwarts FBR officials bid to take share in taxes 

Finance Ministry thwarts FBR officials bid to take share in taxes 

Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has taken notice of the “Common Pool Fund Rules 2023” notification and directed the FBR to put the implementation of the rules on hold, reported 24NewsHD TV channel. The move came after the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) notified new rules on Jan 16 to divert taxes and fees for the distribution of allowances among its officers. The FBR quietly notified IRS Common Pool Fund Rules 2023 without seeking prior approval from the federal cabinet. The rules showed that the IRS Common Pool Fund would be fed by up to 90% of the collection of...

Reason why Meghan Markle ‘turned down’ Oprah Winfrey’s invite revealed by expert

Reason why Meghan Markle ‘turned down’ Oprah Winfrey’s invite revealed by expert

Royal fans have been mocking Meghan Markle and Prince Harry for not being invited to Oprah Winfrey’s 69th birthday. Celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, Priyanka Chopra and several other stars attended the party where Meghan was conspicuous by her absence. A PR expert thinks the Duchess of Sussex may have turned down the invitation over fear of “further public scorn”. Speaking to Daily Express, Mario Almonte, president of Herman & Almonte PR, said widespread reports of a snub may not be the case. “The absence of Prince Harry and Meghan from Oprah’s recent birthday celebration may say more about...

Sasha Walpole, 40, says she is the ‘older woman’ who took Prince Harry’s virginity

Sasha Walpole, 40, says she is the ‘older woman’ who took Prince Harry’s virginity

Sasha Walpole, the “older woman” who took Prince Harry’s virginity, has opened up about her intimate encounter with the Duke of Sussex. Speaking to Daily Mail, the 40-year-old woman recalled how one thing led to another that night. She said the booze-fuelled sex happened in a field behind a busy pub as his security searched for him in a blue Ford Fiesta. Sasha said they had been in the pub that night to celebrate her 19th birthday. She said they Prince Harry also gave her a birthday gift because they were close friends. “We didn’t set out to do it...