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HEC given deadline to devise uniform education system plan

ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has been directed to finalize its recommendations within a month for a countrywide uniform higher education system in coordination with federal and provincial governments. The Council of Common Interests (CCI) issued directions to the HEC to formulate a strategy for the uplift of educational institutions as well as better coordination between the Center and provinces. The CCI directed the Planning Commission to review the projects of power distribution and transmission…

Railways directed to devise revenue generation plan using land

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday directed Pakistan Railways (PR) to submit a comprehensive plan for launching anti-encroachment drive and future utilisation of railways land for generating revenues within 15 days. He said this while chairing a briefing on Ministry of Railways in Islamabad. Secretary Railways Muhammad Javed Anwar briefed the prime minister in detail about Pakistan Railways and various measures being taken to turn-around the organization into a sustainable and profitable venture. He…

Alibaba’s Jack Ma to unveil succession plan next week, remain chairman

BEIJING: Alibaba’s billionaire co-founder Jack Ma will announce a succession plan on Monday to hand the reins of his sprawling empire to a new generation of leaders but will remain executive chairman for the time being. Ma will announce the plan on his 54th birthday and the handover strategy will stretch over a significant period of time, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) newspaper reported citing a company spokesman. Alibaba declined to comment but pointed toward the SCMP story when asked about Ma’s plans. Ma,…

US tech giants plan to fight India’s data localisation plans

NEW DELHI: US technology giants plan to intensify lobbying efforts against stringent Indian data localisation requirements, which they say will undermine their growth ambitions in India, sources told Reuters. U.S trade groups, representing companies such as Amazon, American Express and Microsoft, have opposed India’s push to store data locally. That push comes amid rising global efforts to protect user data but is one that could hit planned investments by the firms in the Indian market, where the companies currently have…

PTI manifesto, 100-day plan to transform Pakistan, says Fawad Chaudhry

JHELUM: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Spokesman Fawad Chaudhary on Sunday said the PTI manifesto and 100-day plan would transform the country and put it on the path to progress, ARY News reported. “A new era will usher in the country with the government of Imran Khan,” he said while addressing a ceremony in Tehsil Pind Dadan Khan of Jhelum. He said his party would work for the welfare of common men. The PTI spokesman said there were big challenges, but the PTI government would make serious efforts to tackle them.…

PTI begins coalition talks with independents, parties

Imran Khan's party said it has begun talks with independents and small parties to form a coalition government after a resounding triumph in Pakistan's general election. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won 115 seats in Wednesday's ballot, short of the 137 needed for a simple majority. The latest tally, which was updated Saturday afternoon following long delays, showed the outgoing Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party in distant second place with 64 seats. Khan's party has begun reaching out to potential…