A special committee formed by the Supreme Court in the case involving the death of Amal Umer caught in police crossfire in Karachi, has recommended that police personnel engaged in patrolling to control street crimes should not carry sub-machine guns (SMGs), rather pistols or handguns. The body was assigned to identify negligence on the part of police and private hospitals in dealing with emergency situations.
The Supreme Court has released its order pertaining to the removal of of PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto as well as Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah from the Exit Control List (ECL), maintaining that evidence against them is insufficient and may need re-examination. The report made by Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in the Rs35 billion ‘fake accounts case’ has been referred to the National Accountability Bureau.

Textile and clothing proceeds recorded an uptick of 0.06 per cent year-on-year to $6.64 billion during 1HFY19. Exports of ready-made garments edged up 0.89pc, knitwear jumped 10.5pc, bedwear 3.23pc whereas towel exports declined 2.03pc and cotton cloth 1.34pc in value.
Britain’s blue chip stocks fell on Wednesday as a stronger pound lured investors toward cheap domestic companies and away from exporters after Theresa May’s heavy Brexit defeat.The prime minister’s historic defeat was seen as reducing the chance of a hard Brexit even as uncertainty ahead of a no confidence vote in May’s government kept reactions muted.
The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has urged the government to address the issue of Gas Infrastructure Development Cess (GIDC) as the gas cess has rendered local industry uncompetitive against cheaper imports from China and far eastern countries. He said the PTI government should get industry on board before deciding on GIDC.  

Year 2019 will see the launch of 5G internet. Amazon has launched human-free retail shopping store and has already made a leap into the health industry. Self-driven cars are likely to become more common. Facebook is expected to face increased lawsuits and see a plunging in shares; and the Harry Potter AR gaming experience is all set to put the gaming world on fire.

Except for in Europe, trials for children’s cancer drugs are rare. Now with new government legislation in place in the United States, drug markets are under obligation to test drug therapies on children, a practice which was earlier seen to be less lucrative. This new protocol will help create more treatment options for affected families that were previously less hopeful.

China has expressed deep dissatisfaction with Trudeau after he spoke out against the death sentence passed on a Canadian man convicted of drug trafficking stressing that the sentence had been applied “arbitrarily” in the case of Robert Lloyd Schellenberg when it was upped from a 15-year prison sentence on appeal.Critics say Beijing is using the case to exert pressure on Ottawa.  

In a now-viral video Akon has urged Pakistani's to donate to the cause of the Diamer-Bhasha dam; “This is a special message to all Pakistanis around the world. According to a United Nations report, water resources in the country will dry up by 2025. So I’m asking all Pakistanis living in the country and overseas to support the Diamer and Bhasha dam. So we can mobilise Pakistan into a better future.”
Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa will be sworn in as the 26th chief justice of Pakistan on Friday (January 18). Over a period of more than 19-and-a-half years, he has decided about 55,000 cases. and is most notably known for adding lyrical flair in his observations and judgments, most recently in the landmark Panama papers that de-seated Nawaz Sharif as the prime minister in 2017.  
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