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Several UNSC resolutions validate Kashmiris’ right to decide their future: president

ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi on Saturday said the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), through several of its resolutions, had validated the Kashmiris’ right to decide their future through a fair and impartial plebiscite. "October 27 marks one of the darkest chapters of the Jammu & Kashmir history. On this day, seven decades ago, Indian forces landed in Srinagar to occupy, subjugate, oppress and terrorise the innocent people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoK) in blatant violation of international law," he…

Gwadar to be economic, business center in future: chairman senate

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani on Sunday said Gwadar will be economic and business center in future. "This port will put positive impact on the development and prosperity of Pakistan and the region as well," he said while talking to Minister for International Development of China Song Tao in Islamabad. Speaking on the occasion, the Chinese minister said that Beijing gave much importance to its relations with Islamabad. Read More: Cabinet approves MoU for Saudi oil refinery at Gwadar Earlier this…

Google looking to future after 20 years of search

  SAN FRANCISCO: Google celebrated its 20th birthday Monday, marking two decades in which it has grown from simply a better way to explore the internet to a search engine so woven into daily life its name has become a verb. The company was set to mark its 20th anniversary with an event in San Francisco devoted to the future of online search, promising a few surprise announcements. - Starting the engine - Larry Page and Sergey Brin were students at Stanford University -- known for its location near Silicon Valley…

Cryptocurrencies failing as money, but this technology has future – expert

LONDON: Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are failing as a form of money and have shown clear signs of being a financial bubble, but their technology could improve the financial system in future, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Friday. Carney joined a chorus of concern among global policymakers over the rise of digital currencies, saying authorities needed to prevent their use by criminals and new rules were needed to treat them like other assets. Despite the surge in interest in cryptocurrencies, they were…

US to impose sanctions on Russia ‘in the near future’: Treasury Secretary

WASHINGTON:  The United States will impose new sanctions on Russia "in the near future," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday. The warning came as tensions heightened Tuesday between Moscow and Washington over possible punitive actions against Russian President Vladimir Putin's government for meddling in the US presidential election in 2016. President Donald Trump's administration on Monday declined to take new steps against Moscow under a law designed to retaliate for election interference, drawing criticism…

Amazon’s automated grocery store of the future opens Monday

SEATTLE: Amazon.com will open its checkout-free grocery store to the public on Monday after more than a year of testing, the company said, moving forward on an experiment that could dramatically alter brick-and-mortar retail. The Seattle store, known as Amazon Go, relies on cameras and sensors to track what shoppers remove from the shelves, and what they put back. Cash registers and checkout lines become superfluous - customers are billed after leaving the store using credit cards on file. For grocers, the store’s…

A century ago people predicted future like this

In 1900, a German chocolate company predicted lifestyle of inhabitants of 21st century through a series of postcards. It was part of a marketing campaign that Theodore Hildebrand and Son chocolate company slipped colorful cards into chocolate boxes. The cards envisioned people enjoying boundless leisure and comfort after undergoing technological advancement of a century. The predicted range of activities included live broadcasts of plays to cities covered with weather-proof glass roofs and mobile city blocks.…

My future is tied to Wenger’s, says Ozil

LONDON: Mesut Ozil wants Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s future to be cleared up before he commits himself to the club, the Germany playmaker indicated in a newspaper interview published on Sunday. Wenger, Arsenal’s manager for over 20 years, is out of contract at the end of the season and has pledged to make an announcement about his future “very soon”. Ozil is currently stalling over a new contract, with his existing deal due to expire in a year, and suggested he will not make a decision on his future until he knows…

Genetic study may make ancient Incas quinoa a grain of the future

Quinoa, the sacred "mother grain" of the ancient Inca civilization suppressed by Spanish conquistadors, could become an increasingly important food source in the future thanks to genetic secrets revealed in a new study. Scientists on Wednesday said they have mapped the genome of quinoa and identified a gene that could be manipulated to get rid of the grain's natural bitter taste and pave the way for more widespread commercial use. Quinoa (pronounced KIN-wah) already grows well in harsh conditions such as salty and…