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SBP recommends complete ban on cryptocurrencies

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and the federal government have recommended a complete ban on the use of all cryptocurrencies, according to a report submitted to the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday. The SHC has been hearing

Twitch launches tool to catch ban evaders

SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon.com live-streaming site Twitch is launching a tool to detect users who try to access evade bans, a longstanding problem for victims of harassment. The new tool, called Suspicious User Detection, will flag “likely” or “possible” channel ban

Govt gears to crackdown on banned TLP

ISLAMABAD: Law-enforcement agencies have launched a crackdown on the proscribed Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP)  after the federal cabinet unanimously agreed to tackle the outfit firmly. The cabinet members deliberated on the repeated calls for long marches on to Islamabad, grinding the entire

Federal govt bans private moon sighting committees

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Tuesday has banned private committees from seeing the moon across the country. Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Fawad Chaudhry, briefing the media after the meeting of the federal cabinet, that was held with Prime

Sindh bans pillion riding on Chehlum

KARACHI: Pillion riding has been banned in parts of Sindh province including Karachi on account of Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA). According to a notification issued from Sindh home department, the pillion-riding ban will remain enforced in Karachi, Hyderabad,

CM Sindh instructs complete ban on movement in Karachi after 6PM

KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed authorities to impose a complete ban on movement after 6:00PM in Karachi. The chief minister issued directives to Inspector General Police (IG) Sindh and commissioner Karachi during a meeting of

UAE retains ban on flights from India, Pakistan

DUBAI: A United Arab Emirates ban on entry from India, Pakistan, and twelve other countries remains in place, the federal aviation authority said, after Dubai had announced it would ease entry restrictions from those countries. In a Notice to Airmen

Trump joins video platform Rumble after social media ban

WASHINGTON: Former US President Donald Trump joined video platform Rumble as he takes the stage at a campaign-style rally in Ohio, his first such event since the January 6 attack on the US.Capitol. Trump lost his social media megaphone earlier

Can banning TikTok stop vulgarity?

Netizens have once again urged the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to place a ban on TikTok as it is once again spreading vulgarity and misleading Pakistani youth, as per the tweets. It has become normal for the Chinese short-video making

Facebook bans former US president Trump for two years

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook set its ban on former US President Donald Trump for two years, saying he deserved the maximum punishment for violating platform rules over a deadly attack by his supporters on the US Capitol. The two-year ban will

Saudi Arabia maintains ban on passengers from Pakistan, India

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has lifted a ban on travellers arriving from 11 countries that it imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus but will still require quarantine procedures. However, it has maintained the ban on inbound travellers from Pakistan, India,

Amazon extends ban on police use of facial recognition software

SAN FRANCISCO: Amazon said it is extending until further notice a moratorium it imposed last year on police use of its facial recognition software. The company had halted the practice for one year starting in June 2020. Its announcement came

Twitter suspends accounts sharing Trump’s blogposts

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter confirmed that it pulled the plug on several accounts trying to bypass its ban on former president Donald Trump by promoting his blog posts. The ex-president launched a page on his website earlier this week promising comment

Facebook oversight board affirms Trump ban

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook’s independent oversight board has upheld a ban on former US president Donald Trump while ordering further review of the case. Trump responded with a statement slamming bans by the leading social network and other online giants as

TLP files appeal against ban with interior ministry

ISLAMABAD: The Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) has approached the interior ministry seeking review of the government’s decision of banning the party due to violent protests country The ultra-right wing party has submitted an appeal to the ministry to revisit its decision

Iran bans flights from India, Pakistan amid virus surge

TEHRAN: Iran’s civil aviation agency banned all flights to and from India and Pakistan due the dramatic surge in coronavirus cases in the two nations. Iran’s state news agency said the decision taken by the health ministry took effect on

Federal cabinet approves ban on TLP

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet has reportedly approved a summary seeking the imposition of a ban on the ultra right-wing Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) under the anti-terrorism law for the recent spate of violence across the country. A summary of the interior

British MPs write to Boris Johnson over Pakistan ‘Red List’ travel ban

LONDON: Around 50 British parliamentarians have signed a letter addressed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to urgently answer why Pakistan and Bangladesh have been added to the “Red List” countries. The letter has been written by Yasmin Qureshi, a British-Pakistani

PHC lifts ban on TikTok, directs to stop uploading ‘immoral content’

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday  lifted the ban on video streaming application TikTok in Pakistan. A single-member bench headed by PHC Chief Justice Qaiser Rahid directed the government to ensure that “immoral content” is not uploaded on

Sri Lanka to ban burqa, shut down many Islamic seminaries

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will ban the wearing of the burqa and shut more than a thousand Islamic schools, a government minister said, the latest actions affecting the country’s minority Muslim population. Minister for public security Sarath Weerasekera told a news

Pakistan will pay ‘huge’ price for TikTok ban: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry reacted to the decision by the Peshawar High Court’s (PHC) to ban the popular short video sharing app TikTok. He said that court’s decision is another one for which the people

Swiss voters narrowly approve ‘burqa ban’

GENEVA: Swiss voters narrowly backed a ban on full face coverings in public places in a decision branded as discriminatory by opponents. Official results showed that 51.2 percent of voters, and a clear majority of federal Switzerland’s cantons, supported the

YouTube to lift ban on Trump when ‘risk of violence’ falls: CEO

SAN FR ANCISO: Former US president Donald Trump will be allowed back on YouTube but only when the threat of his inciting violence abates, the head of the popular online video sharing platform said. In late January, YouTube suspended Trump’s

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi files legal complaint against US ban

HONG KONG: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Corp said that its legal complaint against the US Department of Defense and the Treasury Department was to protect the company’s interests. The company filed a complaint in a Washington district court on Friday

Trump ban sets ‘dangerous’ precedent, says Twitter chief

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter chief Jack Dorsey backed the messaging platform’s ban of US President Donald Trump, but said it sets a “dangerous” precedent and represents a failure to promote healthy conversation on the social network. “Having to ban an account

Russia may ban Facebook, Twitter, YouTube over ‘censoring content’

YEKATERINBURG: Russia is planning to block giant online platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. First reported by Financial Express, the Russian Parliament has drafted legislation against the US tech giants. Accordingly, the regulators will block Facebook, Twitter, and Google’s YouTube if they

EU safety ban – Will PIA regain its lost glory?

Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar has expressed hope that the ban on the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to operate flights to and from the European countries would be lifted soon. The ban on flight operations have not only tarnished Pakistani’s image

New Zealand maintains ban on Pakistan team’s training

CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand health officials refused to lift a ban on Pakistan’s coronavirus-hit cricket team training during quarantine after the number of infections climbed to ten. The team players were confined to their rooms when the first cases emerged last

UAE visa ban

The UAE has imposed an undeclared ban on issuing visas to countries of 13 Muslim-majority countries including Pakistan. The move is reminiscent of US President Trump’s Muslim ban but has not attracted the attention it requires as it concerns a

Huawei appeals against 5G network ban in Sweden

STOCKHOLM: Huawei has appealed against Sweden’s decision to exclude the Chinese telecom giant from 5G networks. “What happens now is we will send the appeal to the administrative court of Stockholm. After that, they will handle this case,” said a