SEATTLE: Boeing and suppliers set the final number of parts it would need for the 747 jumbo jet program at least a year ago, signaling the end for a plane that democratized global air travel in the 1970s but fell behind modern twin-engine aircraft, industry sources said on Friday. Boeing’s “Queen of the Skies”, the world’s most easily recognized jetliner with its humped fuselage and four engines, marked its 50-year flying anniversary in February 2019, clinging to life thanks to a cargo market boom fueled by online shopping.

KARACHI: The Sindh government allowed the resumption of inter-district transport in the province under Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). According to a notification issued in this regard on Friday, the easing of the ban is conditional on the mandatory implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) in all passenger buses. The notification states that all passengers must maintain a distance of three feet from each other, while also using face masks and hand sanitisers while in the buses, coaches and vans.

Pedestrians and motorists looks as a police vehicle stops outside a shop during patrol to ensure closure of shops as a market curfew begins amid a province-wide lockdown to contain the novel coronavirus in Karachi, Pakistan, April 4, 2020. Geo.tv/Haseem uz Zaman/Files Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday rejected the extension in coronavirus curbs announced yesterday and demanded that the Sindh government revoke it's decision.

It is being hoped that the IMF programme for Pakistan could be revived probably in September 2020-- File photo ISLAMABAD: Even after approval of the budget for 2020-21 from the parliament, an IMF sponsored programme of $6 billion for Pakistan hangs in the balance, for which Islamabad will have to comply with tariff adjustments on electricity and gas as well as undertake reforms to reach a staff level agreement on the completion of the second review.

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Minister for Aviation Division, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, said on Friday that the matter related to the privatisation of national carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will be resolved in accordance with the regulations, ARY News reported. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, while talking to ARY News programme ?Aiteraz Hai?, said that he suggested the federal government to adopt a lawful way to deal with the privatisation process of PIA.

KARACHI: Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has granted permission to a private airline, SereneAir, to operate two chartered flights to Saudi Arabia between Jeddah, Riyadh and Karachi, ARY News reported on Friday. SereneAir has been allowed to operate two chartered flights, one from Jeddah to Karachi and second from Karachi to Riyadh, to transport more than 400 nationals.

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has praised Special Assitant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistan Zulfiqar Bukhari over the decision to increase pensions of registered nationals with Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI), ARY News reported on Thursday. Fawad Chaudhry said in a Twitter message that thousands of labourers will get the benefit of the recent hike in EOBI pensions.

KARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan on Thursday released the details of country’s current finances till June 26, ARY News reported. The premier bank got a total of $2.4 billion dollars in loans and donations which included World Bank’s 730.70 million dollars. Read More: FBR chief hopeful Centre, Sindh will settle tax dispute in a day or two The Asian Development Bank gave a total of $500.3

Shares of Moderna fell 7% on Thursday after medical news site STAT reported a delay in a large trial testing the biotech’s potential coronavirus vaccine as the company makes changes to its study plan. The late-stage trial to test Moderna?s vaccine candidate in 30,000 volunteers was expected to start next week, but there is no clarity on how long the delay will last, the report in STAT said.

Sindh Minister for Excise and Taxation Mukesh Kumar Chawla says that the Sindh government has stopped collection of withholding tax for two days.Photo: Geo.Tv/File KARACHI: A meeting between the Federal Board of revenue (FBR) and Excise Department officials will be held today as disputes over tax collection increase between the Sindh government and the federation.