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Pakistan Railways to set up customer service call centres

LAHORE: Pakistan Railways (PR) has decided to provide the facility of modernly equipped call centres for its passengers, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Muhammad Javed Anwar announced while chairing a departmental meeting at Railways Headquarters in Lahore on Tuesday. Chairing a departmental meeting at Railways Headquarters, Anwar said that Pakistan Railways wants to provide prompt and in time information to its passengers, which is only possible through modern centres instead of current 117 Railways Inquiry. “Services of…

Coal demand to burn slower over next 5 years: IEA

PARIS: World demand for coal will slow over the next five years as renewables and energy efficiency gain traction, the International Energy Agency predicted Monday. But much of Asia will remain hooked on coal which, while polluting, is also affordable and widely available, the Paris-based body said in a report. "Because of the implications for air quality and carbon emissions, coal has come under fire in recent years, but it is too early to say that this is the end for coal," said Keisuke Sadamori, the director of the…

Apple reveals autonomous vehicle ambitions

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple has revealed it is investing heavily in autonomous vehicles in a letter asking the government to make it easier to develop self-driving cars. The company is "excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation," Apple said in a November 22 letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offering Apple's opinion about draft regulations for the sector. "Apple looks forward to collaborating with NHTSA and other stakeholders so that the significant…

Japan plans supercomputer to leap into technology future

TOKYO: Japan plans to build the world's fastest-known supercomputer in a bid to arm the country's manufacturers with a platform for research that could help them develop and improve driverless cars, robotics and medical diagnostics. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will spend 19.5 billion yen ($173 million) on the previously unreported project, a budget breakdown shows, as part of a government policy to get back Japan's mojo in the world of technology. The country has lost its edge in many electronic fields…

Worker visas face uncertain future under Trump

WASHINGTON: The main US visa program for technology workers could face renewed scrutiny under President-elect Donald Trump and his proposed Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions, a long-time critic of the skilled-worker program. H-1B visas admit 65,000 workers and another 20,000 graduate student workers each year. The tech industry, which has lobbied to expand the program, may now have to fight a rear-guard action to protect it, immigration attorneys and lobbyists said. Trump sent mixed signals on the campaign trail,…

WhatsApp, Yahoo warned over privacy issues

BRUSSELS: European privacy watchdogs warned WhatsApp on Friday over sharing user information with parent company Facebook, and cautioned Yahoo over a 2014 data breach and scanning of customer emails for U.S. intelligence purposes.