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Launch of the Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge in Almost 60 Countries

KARACHI: Following the success of the first Startupper of the Year Challenge, held in 2015 in more than 30 African countries, Total is bringing it back in 2018, this time in almost 60 countries worldwide. The 2018-2019 Startupper of the Year by Total Challenge will support and reward young local entrepreneurs in any business sector with a project or business less than two years old. In each participating country, a local jury comprised of experts from Total, specialists from incubators and accelerators, business leaders…

India, China launch joint project to train Afghan diplomats

NEW DELHI: India and China have launched their first joint programme for Afghanistan to train its diplomats, according to Indian Embassy in Beijing. An understanding to launch a joint programme in Afghanistan was reached during an informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held in April at China’s Wuhan city. As per the understanding, officials of both sides had been asked to identify the project. Training the Afghanistan’s diplomats has been agreed as the first joint…

Sindh to launch Rs101.7m cluster survey program for monitoring human development

KARACHI: The Sindh government has decided to launch a Rs101.752 million Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MISCS) program with the objective to fill in the data gaps for monitoring human development in general and situation of children and women in particular. This was stated by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Friday while talking to Ms Cristina Brugiolo, United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (Unicef) Chief of Field Office, Sindh, at CM House to discuss UN Maternal and Child Nutrition Stunting…

Duchess Meghan joined by her mother for launch of London Grenfell cookbook

LONDON: Meghan Markle, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, was joined by her mother and husband Prince Harry on Thursday for the launch of a charity recipe book to help a community cooking project set up in the wake of London’s Grenfell Tower fire disaster. The duchess’s mother Doria Ragland was a surprise visitor for the launch of the cookbook, which will raise funds for the Hubb Community Project created last summer by survivors of the blaze that killed 71 people after engulfing the 24-storey social housing block in west…

China to launch nationwide inspections of ride-hailing companies

HONG KONG: China will conduct comprehensive inspections on all ride-hailing service companies, the transport ministry said on Friday, after a driver from dominant firm Didi Chuxing murdered a 20-year-old passenger this month. The inspections, starting from Sept. 5, will cover all ride-hailing service platforms nationwide, the ministry said in a statement. Didi said it welcomed the move and would fully cooperate to implement measures for improvement. “We accept the supervision and will do our best to improve our…

World royal fashion designer Joao Rolo soon to launch his collection in Pakistan

Pakistan is fast progressing with the sacrifices of our armed forces and the commendable efforts of proud Pakistanis who are doing their tireless efforts day and night to make this country rise again. This fact is also reflected by world royal fashion designer Joao Rolo's agreeing to soon launch his collection in Pakistan.  The world’s top Portuguese Fashion designer, Rolo, despite of all the negative perception about Pakistan, has decided to launch his unique collection of western costumes with some eastern blend…

Volunteers launch ‘Throw and Grow’ tree plantation campaign in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Volunteers launched a seeds ball campaign titled “Throw and Grow” at Margalla Hills in Islamabad on Sunday to promote culture of planting trees with internationally recognized easy methods in the country. The campaign was launched in collaboration with Islamabad Wildlife Management Board. A seed ball, also known as earth balls or seed bomb, consists of a variety of different seeds rolled within a ball of clay, preferably volcanic pyroclastic red clay. Several additives may be included, such as humus or…

Twitter, Facebook launch tools to track advertising

Twitter on Thursday made it easier for users to identify political campaign ads and know who paid for them, as social media platforms faced the threat of U.S. regulation over the lack of disclosure on such spending. The microblogging site launched ‘Ads Transparency Center’ to allow anyone to view ads that have been put on Twitter, with greater transparency about U.S. federal election campaign ads. The tool follows Twitter’s recently launched political campaign ads policy and a similar move by Facebook Inc, which…

Imran Khan announces to launch countrywide election campaign from Mianwali

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan on Friday announced to launch country-wide election campaign 2018 from Mianwali on Sunday, ARY News reported. "In sha Allah! I will launch election campaign 2018 on Sunday evening from Mianwali hockey stadium," he said in a video statement.  Revealing the purpose behind launching his election campaign from Mianwali, the former Pakistan captain said the residents of Mianwali elected him on the National Assembly seat in 2002. "If the residents of Mianwali…

Singapore Airlines to launch world’s longest flight

JAKARTA: Singapore Airlines said on Wednesday that it will relaunch the world's longest commercial flight in October, a journey of almost 19 hours from the city-state to New York, but it will not be available to economy travellers.  The daily, non-stop journey from Changi to Newark Airport will cover about 16,700 kilometres (10,300 miles) and take about 18 hours 45 minutes, the airline said in a statement. The current record holder is Qatar Airways Flight 921 from Auckland to Doha, which takes 17 hours 40 minutes.…