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Global smartphones sales soar as 373 million phones shipped in last three months: report

SAN FRANCISCO: The global smartphones market has momentum going into the year-end holiday shopping season, according to preliminary figures released Thursday by International Data Corporation (IDC). An estimated 373.1 million smartphones were shipped worldwide during the third quarter of this year in a 2.7 percent rise from the same period in 2016, IDC said in a statement. While IDC analysts considered the growth low, they saw it as a sign "the industry still has momentum." "Collectively, the industry continues to…

Pakistan sends rice for drought affectees in Sri Lanka

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has on Thursday dispatched a shipment of rice for the drought affected areas of Sri Lanka. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif issued the directive to provide all necessary assistance to the government and people of Sri Lanka in the wake of severe drought in the country. The procedure to dispatch  10,000 metric tonnes of rice through containerised shipments has been initiated. The first shipment would depart from Pakistan on March 30 (today) and will reach Sri Lanka on April 3. Pakistan has already…