December 12, 2019

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Govt. Planning to Build 2 IT Parks soon

The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is planning on building IT (information technology) parks aimed at mainstreaming ICT-based entrepreneurship in order to create job opportunities and to provide aid to the economy. The two parks are going to be established in Peshawar and Abbottabad and the federal government will be helping for this initiative.

The provincial government will aid the project consultancy and the construction will be assisted by the federal government. When the consultancy assignment will be completed then the construction of the digital complex Peshawar will then be approved through PSDP 2019-20 with an allowance of Rs 2.262 billion.

The digital transformation is going to be accelerated in 4 priority areas specifically digital skills, digital access, digital governance and digital economy accordingly in the first digital policy ever.This digital transformation is establishing for the purpose of job creation, inclusive economic growth and connectivity empowerment.

The digital complex in Peshawar aims to bring the IT industry closer together under one roof and also to support the IT business. It is also going to act as a bridge between industry and academia, create job opportunities and enhance the skills of IT graduates. The digital complex is going to be a state-of-the-art multi-story building covering around 300,000 sq. ft.

It can have a level 3 data centre, a large expo centre/auditorium, co-working space, incubation facilities, KP IT University and IT Park. This project is going to be completed in 2 phases. A consultant is going to conduct the Abbottabad’s, IT Park. The plan has been finalized. Only the architectural design and detailed engineering are underway which will be completed any time soon.

December 11, 2019

Pakistan’s government is working to establish an international payment gateway.

Jiddat Web Desk ::Pakistan’s government is working to establish an international payment gateway. The government is working with a foreign payment provider to establish its own payment system that will be pre-integrated with Paypal, Visa, MasterCard, and Alipay.

The government revealed this during a meeting. The meeting was chaired by the Advisor to Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile, Industry and Production & Investment. E-Commerce Policy implementation was discussed. The key stakeholders will be from the public and the private sector. Different problems were focused in the meeting regarding the private sector in e-Commerce.

Senior officers from the National Information Technology Board (NITB) Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA) Habib Bank Limited (HBL) and leading e-Commerce Platforms from the private sector were attendees in the meeting.

As per the adviser, the private sector can be given credit as the growth engine in every economy. The adviser said that the government wants to facilitate the sector by removing all the blockages.

The aim of the policy was to generate employment opportunities and given empowerment to the youth and SMEs. There will be a special focus on female entrepreneurs. They will be connected to the global e-commerce platforms. Ultimately this will lead to the enhancement of exports in Pakistan.

Four important issues that were discussed in the meeting included the progress on establishing a global payment gateway in the country, ease of doing business with reference to the e-commerce industry, taxation on the e-commerce, rescheduling the launch date of the e-commerce policy from 23rd December 2019 to the third week of January 2020.CEO NITB said that his team is working on an appropriate arrangement to engage a foreign country to develop an international payment gateway of Pakistan.

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December 11, 2019

Inactive On WhatsApp :WhatsApp is Automatically Deleting Kashmiris from Groups

Jiddat Web Desk  ::The lockdown of Indian occupied Kashmir by India has been going on for over four months. The autonomy of the region was taken by the Indian government in August. Now Kashmiris are disappearing from WhatsApp. Initially, nobody knew the reason for it. The citizens of the disputed geographical territory are leaving the WhatsApp groups in which they had participated. They are only leaving behind a “[Phone number] left” message.

Four months have passed since the Indian government has shut down the internet services in Kashmir. This has cut off the region from the rest of the world. Due to this, some people felt that Kashmiris who are disappearing from WhatsApp groups have not done it on their own. A Facebook spokesperson said that the disappearances of Kashmiris from WhatsApp are due to the policy of the messaging app regarding inactive accounts.

Dr. Shahnawaz B. Kaloo said, “After 4 months of total communication blackout, @WhatsApp is automatically deleting Kashmiris from groups.#Kashmir.” They wrote, “To maintain security and limit data retention, WhatsApp accounts generally expire after 120 days of inactivity. When that happens, those accounts automatically exit their WhatsApp groups. People will need to be re-added to groups upon regaining access to the Internet and joining WhatsApp again.”

The spokesperson did not reveal as to how many Kashmiris have been affected due to this. The people who have been inactive on WhatsApp for over 120 days would have to re-register on WhatsApp. They would have to recreate their profiles on the platform.

Around 400 million Indians use WhatsApp. Thus, India is one of the largest market for WhatsApp. Online conversations in India are dominated by WhatsApp groups. Thus, as Kashmiri people started disappearing from groups, many people started noticing.

A Twitterati Khalid Shah tweeted, “4 months of inactivity, WhatsApp accounts from Kashmir are getting deleted. Weird to see individuals you haven’t spoken for all these months ‘leave’ WA groups whereas in reality an important part of their digital imprint – images, videos, texts & memories attached – vanishing.”

Mudasir Firdosi, a London-based Kashmiri doctor who is in around 6 WhatsApp groups with friends and family in Kashmir said, “I initially thought that internet services had been restored in Kashmir and maybe these people were just removing themselves from WhatsApp groups on their own. But I quickly realized that’s not the case.” Sabah Hamid tweeted, “Kashmir contacts automatically “exiting” from my WhatsApp groups today. I know they would not have been able to see my messages anyway, but this is heartbreakingly symbolic.”

December 11, 2019

Pakistan is working on having its very own Fifth Generation Stealth Fighter Jet program

Jiddat Web Desk ::Top of the line stealth fighter jets like F-22 Raptors, F35 Lightning II, and Chengdu J-20 is a dream addition to the arsenal of any country. Pakistan hopes to follow the footsteps of highly advanced Air Forces globally. Pakistan is working on having its very own Fifth Generation Stealth Fighter Jet program, under the highly ambitious Project Azm that started back in 2017. The aim of Pakistan is to keep up with the rapid advancements in the defense and avionics industry around the world. In the project, advanced weapon systems and MALE UAVs will be developed as well.

Pakistan Ministry of Defence Production’s (MoDP) yearbook 2017-2018 revealed that the Aviation Research, Innovation, and Development (AvRID) Secretariat has completed the first of four cycles of the conceptual design phase.

“The first configuration that was designed based on the challenging performance requirements of PAF will go through three more cycles within the conceptual design using higher fidelity analysis tools and codes.”

Jane’s Defense Weekly, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan in an interview said that he does not expect the stealth jet to be functional for another decade. The concept of the 5th generation fighter jet initially appeared in tail art form on PAF’s C-130B, participating in RIAT 2019.

This jet will be a successor to F-16A/B Block-15s, Mirage III and Mirage 5 with improved range and payload carrying capacity in comparison to JF-17 Thunder jets and ‘optimized for offensive counter-air (OCA), maritime, and deep-strike platforms’.

According to the Air Staff Requirements (ASR) it is a “twin-engine single-seater, boasting the likes of super-cruise and laser weapons (directed energy weapons).”As per some reports China might also share its Chengdu J-22 technology with Pakistan. However, this is just rumor as of now with no substance.


December 10, 2019

Microsoft to end support for Windows 10 mobile Office apps

Jiddat Web Desk ::Microsoft is killing off the Office apps for Windows 10 .The end is near for Windows 10 Mobile. We definitely realized that specialized support for the mobile operating system would end on December tenth, 2019 (that’s right, that is tomorrow). Presently, we have an official end-of-life date for the Windows 10 Mobile Office applications, as well: January twelfth, 2021. Starting there onwards, the much-cherished programming suite – including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote – won’t get any bug fixes, security updates and general specialized help. The applications will in any case work, Microsoft affirmed, however, you won’t have the option to introduce them on any new gadgets.

“Because of the lack of security updates, we strongly recommend that if you wish to use Office on a phone you transition to the latest Microsoft Office apps on an iOS or Android phone,” Bill Doll, senior product marketing manager for Office apps strategy at Microsoft urged.

The declaration is certifiably not a colossal astonishment. Windows 10 Mobile was a business flop and it’s been a very long time since Microsoft discharged another Lumia cell phone. The stage is gradually being retired and that, definitely, incorporates any Microsoft-made applications. In case despite everything you’re sticking to a Lumia 950, however, you have one more year-or-so to jab around the Office applications and envision what could have been. Actually, we’re prepared to proceed onward and grasp Microsoft’s dual-screen, Android-fueled mobile future. We’ll miss a portion of the stage’s crazier thoughts, similar to Continuum – an idea Samsung is keeping alive – however next to no else. Farewell, old companion.

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December 10, 2019

Nokia Launches Its First Smart TV Partnering Flipkart

Jiddaat Web Desk ::When you hear the word Nokia most people still think of Mobile phone despite Nokia has been long overlooked due to the entries of Chinese Smartphones e.g. Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi however, Nokia is now expanding its brand business by allowing brand name used by other retailers.

Nokia has recently inked a deal with Indian Flipkart, allowing them to use Nokia brand from their TV category. This is something quite passive by Nokia, instead of launching its own brand name in the TV category; Nokia has allowed Flipkart to take it further with their brand name.

Flipkart’s VP of Nokia brand partnerships said, “The company’s understanding of Indian consumers and its market reach capabilities Nokia branded TV would be reachable, affordable and accessible.”It could also be a partnership for pushing Nokia brand through giant Indian E-commerce which is a competitive approach by Nokia to be recognized again like it was before.

The New Nokia 55-inch Ultra HD (4K) LED Smart TV powered by Android comes with 24-watt speakers, the speakers come from JBL by Harman which is another partnership in play. The operating system is based on Android however; it doesn’t mention the Android TV. The TV sports 16:9 display with 60Hz refresh rate, it supports Dolby Vision and HDR10, the device is also equipped with 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports. The TV costs $589 in India which is still an upscale product for the Indian market if you compare it with Chinese products but you get to pay the price of the brand as well. The TV would be available for purchase on December 10 onwards on Flipkart.

December 10, 2019

Meet Sanna Marin ,World’s youngest Prime Minister to take charge of the PM office next week

Jiddat Web Desk ::The 45th Prime Minister of Finland, Antti Rinne and his cabinet resigned on 3rd December after losing the confidence of a coalition party.   The crown of the world’s youngest prime minister will be crowned on the head of Sanna Marin who’s going to take the charge of the Prime Minister’s office of Finland next week.

The Social Democratic Party of Finland picked the thirty-four-year-old transportation minister to the take the charge of prime minister after Antii Rinne quit.As per the details, Marin will become the head of a women-led coalition government in Finland. The government comprises five center-left parties and all of the parties are headed by the women.

Sanna Marin will be the youngest sitting prime minister in the world. It is pertinent to mention here that Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern is 39 and the Prime Minister of Ukraine Oleksiy Honcharuk is 35-year-old.

According to a report published by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Marin brushed away questions about her age when speaking to the media persons and said, “I have never thought about my age or gender, I think of the reasons I got into the politics and those things for which we have won the trust of the electorate.” Sanna Marin will be the third female Prime Minister of Finland. According to the reports by Finnish media, Marin was raised by a single mother and was the first person in her family to go to the university.the 34-year-old is expected to resume office this week and become the world’s youngest Prime Minister. She is also Finland’s youngest PM yet and the third female government leader.

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December 9, 2019

CTP has drafted a traffic plan for the Sri-Lanka test series

Jiddat Web Desk ::The CTP has drafted a traffic plan for the Sri-Lanka test series that is scheduled to be played between Sri Lanka and Pakistan from the 11th of December.As per the plan, the CTO—Muhammad Bin Ashraf has asked the travellers to cooperate with the police personnel performing their duties during the match.

The traffic coming from the federal capital towards Rawalpindi would be diverted to the Expressway. The traffic through the Dhoke Kala Khan, Karal and Khana would be reaching Rawalpindi. The traffic from Rawalpindi would be taking a U-turn in front of the Kidney Centre and would be using the opposite side to enter Islamabad.

The Chief Traffic Officer said that the heavy traffic would be banned strictly.He asked the cricket lovers to park their automobiles on designated locations for avoiding any inconvenience. In the meantime, the Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi—Saif Ullah Dogar has reviewed the security and related arrangements for the upcoming cricket test match that would be played between Pakistan and Sir Lanka.

In a meeting, the commissioner said that foolproof security arrangements for the upcoming cricket test match had been finalized and expressed satisfaction adding that the leniency would not be bared at any cost. The first Test of the 2-match series would be held at the Pindi Cricket Stadium from the 11th to the 15th of December, while the National Stadium Karachi would be hosting the second Test from the 19th till the 23rd of December.Image result for CTP has drafted a traffic plan for the Sri-Lanka test series