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Except for one, no evidence of banks data being hacked — SBP clarifies

KARACHI: Rejecting media reports that the data of most banks has been hacked, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Tuesday said that no evidence of banks data being hacked had been reported, except for one, ARY News reported. "There is no evidence to this effect nor has this information been provided to the SBP by any bank or law enforcement agency," it said in a statement. "We would like to emphasize that except for the incident of October 27, 2018 in which reportedly the IT security of one bank was compromised, no…

One of our islands is missing: Japan ‘loses’ a bit of land

Missing: A tiny island in northern Japan. Or so authorities fear, prompting plans for a survey to determine if the outcrop has been washed away, ever-so-slightly shrinking the country's territorial waters. The island, known as Esambe Hanakita Kojima was only officially surveyed and registered by Japan's coastguard in 1987, who couldn't even say exactly how big it was. Until recently, it rose 1.4-metre (four-and-a-half feet) above sea level, and was visible from the very northern tip of Japan's northern Hokkaido island.…

Sindh govt acquires 10 fire engines, one highest available snorkel

KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party leader Murtaza Wahab on Friday said the Sindh government had acquired the highest available snorkel in the world and 10 fire tenders. Appreciating the Sindh government's efforts in this regard, he wrote on his Twitter account, "Another promise fulfilled. Highest available snorkel in the world measuring 104 meters has been acquired by Sindh Govt and will be handed over to the fire department of Karachi." He said 10 more fire tenders would be handed over to the city administrations: three…

One soldier martyred, three hurt in North Waziristan blast

RAWALPINDI: One security forces man has been martyred and three others injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Dan Kilay area of North Waziristan. Media wing of armed forces, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said, the martyred Havildar Ahmed Khan, 38 years old, was resident of District Mianwali. The fallen soldier left behind a widow, a son and two daughters. It said that the incident took place when Pakistan Army's bomb disposal team was on routine search and clearance operation as part of…

Why multiple earthquakes are rattling one Indonesian island

The Indonesian holiday island of Lombok has been hammered by a series of powerful earthquakes in the past three weeks that have killed more than 500 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless. The archipelago nation sits on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire", where tectonic plates collide and many of the world's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. But it is rare for one island to be hit so hard and so often. Here are some questions and answers: What caused a string of earthquakes on Lombok?…

One killed, 15 including four FC personnel injured in Chaman blast

CHAMAN: One person died while 15 others, including four Frontier Corps personnel, got injured in a bomb blast in Chaman on Sunday. In an attempt to sabotage celebrations of independence day, anti-state elements targeted an FC vehicle by planting an explosive remote-controlled device in a motorbike on Mall Road in the city of Balochistan. The blast took place before an office of special branch police. Police and other law enforcement agencies cordoned off the area, while rescue and fire brigade teams reached site of the…

One killed, seven injured in Attock blast

ATTOCK: One person killed and seven others injured in a blast near Dhok Gamaan in Attock on Thursday, ARY News reported. The mine was planted near a government vehicle, security sources said. Law enforcement agencies have cordoned off the blast site as further investigation is underway. Rescue operation was being carried out at the time of filing of this report.

Latvia to expel ‘one or several’ Russian diplomats over spy attack

RIGA, Latvia: Latvia's foreign ministry on Friday said the Baltic state would expel "one or several" Russian diplomats over the nerve agent attack on an ex-spy in the English city of Salisbury. The move comes after Britain, which blames Russia for the poisoning, expelled 23 Russian diplomats they said were spies and pressed EU allies to follow suit despite Moscow's warning against confrontational steps. "In solidarity with the United Kingdom and other European Union countries, Latvia is currently discussing with them…

One Rangers official killed, three others injured in Lyari attack

KARACHI: One Sindh Rangers official was killed and three others were injured in an attack here in Lyari on Tuesday, ARY News reported. Terrorists attacked the Rangers personnel, while they were on a routine patrol in Ali Muhammad Mohalla, Zikri Para, with grenade and automated weapons. One terrorist was also killed in exchange of fire. Read More: Rangers arrest 21 criminals in karachi Subsequent to the incident, additional Rangers and police forces reached the scene and launched a search operation after cordoning off…

Operation Radd ul Fasaad: 26 terrorists nabbed, one killed

RAWALPINDI: The law enforcement agencies have rounded up 26 terrorists and their abettors while one terrorist was killed in operations in different parts of Pakistan as a part of Operation Radd ul Fasaad. Frontier Corps Balochistan conducted intelligence based operations in Ghulam Pring (Killi Kungar) in Mastung and Rojhan Jamali on terrorist hideouts and arrested seven terrorists, while one was killed in exchange of fire, reported media wing of military, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). Huge cache of arms and…