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Govt decides to convert major official residences into universities, parks

LAHORE: The government has decided to convert all high level official residences into higher educational institutions, museums, parks and five-star hotels in pursuance of promises made by the Prime Minister Imran Khan. Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood made this announcement during a press briefing here. He informed that the Governor House Lahore, established on 700 Kannals would be used for museum and art gallery while the grounds would be converted into the public parks.…

Amazon opens plant-filled “The Spheres” buildings

SAN FRANCISCO: Internet giant Amazon on Monday opened its plant-packed "The Spheres" buildings in its home city of Seattle. The Spheres are the newest addition to Amazon's "urban campus" in Seattle, and are billed as a workplace "more like a tropical rainforest in the clouds than an office." The structures, which look like giant glass and steel balls, house more than 40,000 plants and include features such as treehouse meeting rooms, a river and waterfalls. "Our goal with The Spheres was to create a unique gathering…

Supreme Court allows multi-storey buildings in Karachi

KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Sunday ruled in favor of construction of up to six-storey buildings in Karachi, ARY News reported. “Neither construction nor booking of more than six-storey building would be allowed in the metropolis,” said Chief Justice Saqib Nisar while hearing the case against ban on multistoried buildings in Karachi. He said the apex court would not allow destruction of the construction industry (by banning construction of multi-storey buildings. Strict action would be taken, if the court…

London tower blocks evacuated as 27 buildings fail fire tests

LONDON: Britain said 27 high-rise apartment blocks had failed fire safety checks carried out after the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze, including several in north London where residents were forced to evacuate amid chaotic scenes late on Friday. British officials have conducted tests on some 600 high-rise buildings across England after fire ravaged the Grenfell social tower block in west London on June 14, killing at least 79 people in the capital's most deadly blaze since World War Two. The Department for Communities said…