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Raksha Bandhan: A thread celebrates brother-sister love

In Pakistan, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated like every other country. Our Hindu friends rejoice in the day securely and contently.  Raksha Bandhan is observed on the full-moon day or Purnima in the Hindu calendar month of Shravan.It is a reminiscing moment when the sister of Lord Krishna tore a piece of cloth and tied it to his bleeding finger; since then, it has become a sacred thread. However, this does not bind a thread only but love and bond between brother and sister. In Karachi, it is celebrated in a…

Road to ‘Digital transformation’ of Pakistan’s power distribution companies (DISCOs)

Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) introduced the Electric Distribution Company (DISCOs) to distribute the electricity in Pakistan. All the DISCOs are responsible for supplying electricity in their respective allocated areas. In Pakistan, electricity crises are rising; in the past, people's complaints were handled on phone calls, resulting in delays in resolving power complaints. Moreover, bills were paid physically over the counter while waiting in long queues. Therefore, to ease…

Jon Batiste crowned Grammys king with five wins including best album

Industry watchers had tipped pop superstars as the likely big winners at Sunday's Grammys -- but jazzman Jon Batiste instead was crowned king, taking home five awards including the prestigious Album of the Year prize. At the star-studded gala, held for the first time in Las Vegas, Silk Sonic -- the 70s revival project of Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak -- won all four of their potential prizes, including both Record and Song of The Year for their single "Leave The Door Open." Olivia Rodrigo didn't win as many awards as…

Zelensky calls Russian troops murderers, outrage grows over ‘war crimes’

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky called Russian troops "murderers, torturers, rapists, looters" on Monday after dozens of bodies were found near Kyiv, triggering global outrage and vows of tough new sanctions on Moscow. Local authorities said they had been forced to dig communal graves to bury the dead accumulating in the streets, including some found with their hands bound behind their backs, in scenes that sent shockwaves through international capitals more than a month into Russia's invasion. Despite Russian…

Pope evokes Malta’s welcome of St Paul in migrant appeal

On the final day of his weekend trip to Malta, the 85-year-old pontiff will also hold open-air mass before visiting a migrant centre that will soon host refugees from the Ukraine war. According to Christian tradition, Paul was shipwrecked on Malta in 60 AD while en route to Rome, and performed several miracles in his three months there. Following in the footsteps of former popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Francis visited the holy grotto in Rabat, lighting a candle and saying a prayer. He recalled how Paul and…

Prince Harry, Meghan ‘nobodies’ without ‘royal rivalry’, warned not to lose ‘magic’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are warned their popularity will not rise if they disassociate themselves with the royal image. Pauline Maclaran, Professor of Marketing and Consumer Research at Royal Holloway says: "I think they need to really top up their associations with royalty. "Because without their royal connections they really are nobodies in the US, which is where they're trying to establish themselves. "I do think their unique selling point to put it in marketing speak is that they have the sort of…

Punjab Assembly session to elect new CM adjourned till April 6

LAHORE: Following the decision of the Deputy Speaker of National Assembly Qasim Suri to adjourn the NA session for an indefinite period, the Punjab Assembly session has also been adjourned till April 6 (Wednesday). The Opposition was hopeful of a PML-N leader Hamza Shahbaz; however, following Prime Minister Imran Khan’s “surprise” regarding assembly dissolution, the announcement regarding the postponement was made. The Punjab Assembly session lasted for nearly six minutes following which the decision was made; however,…

Opposition cannot fight 220m PTI supporters with 22 dissident members: Sheikh Rasheed

ISLAMABAD: The Opposition cannot compete with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s support of 220 million people with 22 dissident members of the PTI, Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed said on Sunday. Speaking to PMC News, outside Parliament House, Rasheed said that the Opposition cannot compete with PM Imran Khan’s popularity. He warned the dissident members that when they will visit their constituencies, they will see the reaction of their voters who are the supporters of the PTI and Imran Khan. The interior minister…

Explainer: What is Article 5 and does it apply to the no-trust move?

At the start of the National Assembly session today, when the lower house was to vote on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan, Law Minister Fawad Chaudhry read out Article 5 of the constitution and accused the Opposition of disloyalty to the state. Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri then quickly disallowed voting on the no-trust motion and adjourned the session indefinitely. Later, the prime minister also announced that he has advised the president to dissolve the national assembly and hold fresh polls.…

Deadlier than COVID-19? This virus cannot be killed by hand sanitiser

A highly contagious virus called Norovirus is resurfacing in the UK and experts warn that a hand sanitiser will not be able to stop its spread, The pmc reported. While the virus usually appears in winter, it was avoided due to COVID restrictions. Germs are now appearing with people free to mingle. Schools are usually seen as the places most affected by the outbreak. It spreads quite fast within homes and families. The UK Health Security Agency has warned citizens against the bug. Lesley Larkin, Surveillance Lead,…

Have advised president to dissolve assemblies, says PM Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: In a surprise move, Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday said that he has advised President Arif Alvi to dissolve all the assemblies. His brief public address was telecast shortly after a crucial National Assembly session that was set to vote on the no-confidence motion against him was abruptly adjourned as the deputy speaker deemed the no-trust vote "unconstitutional". The premier skipped the NA session. Pleased with the NA deputy speaker's ruling, the premier congratulated the nation over the development.…

Chris Rock ‘saved’ Will Smith from being ‘thrown out’ of Oscars?

Oscars producer Will Packer reportedly ‘urged’ security not to throw Will Smith off of the stage because it's not what’ Chris Rock wanted. The producer spoke of the entire incident during an interview with Good Morning America and started off by admitting, “I thought it was part of something that Chris and Will were doing on their own. I thought it was a bit. I wasn’t concerned at all.” Once Rock went ‘completely off script’ on stage and made his Jada Pinkett joke, “I said, ‘Watch this, he’s going to kill’. Because He…

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