The staff report released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) last week mentions the repayment of $14.68 billion due for $21.8 billion bilateral and commercial loans that Pakistan owes to China. The report provided some comfort to the supporters of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as well as China itself.

Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment (BEOE) has barred 12 foreign recruiting firms from hiring Pakistani workforce due to non-compliance of employment code, resulting into grave problems for the emigrants. These firms were banned for not ensuring the promised jobs, timely and agreed salaries, besides issuance of fake visas, a top official from BEOE told APP.

Huawei has delayed the launch of its foldable 5G Mate X smartphone by 3 months after US sanctions were slapped on them. The Mate X is a competitor to Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Fold and is expected to be released in September. Originally, Huawei's new phone was supposed to be released in June.

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf-led Punjab government and the Pakistan Peoples' Party led Sindh government are set to present their new respective budgets today in the provincial assemblies. Punjab Minister for Finance Hashim Bakht Jawan will present the budget in the Punjab assembly while Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah will play the role in Sindh.

Prime Minister Imran Khan praised on Wednesday the Pakistan Citizen Portal for resolving a total of 680,000 out of 800,000 complaints registered since the launch of the app. The premier took to his Twitter handle to laud the complaint portal which was created by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) after it came into governance last year.

Google is currently investigating the leak of almost 1,000 conversations recorded by its smart speakers. They claimed the recordings came from their human reviewer who works on improving the device's linguistic abilities. 153 of the recordings were private conversations that the device should not have recorded as they did not contain the phrase "Ok Google".

Unknown gunmen here Tuesday gunned down a retired Patwari in broad daylight at Risalpur and fled the scene. Patwari Jahanzaib Khan, son of Ghulam Sarwar, resident of Mardan Toru was shot dead soon after he came out of his vehicle to purchase vegetables and fruits in Nowshera. He was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his wounds.

The Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) issued shutdown program for Sunday due to necessary repair maintenance and expansion of electricity lines. Some areas will face shutdown from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., while others will face shortage from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Baluchistan Assembly has passed a Rs.19.93 billion supplementary budget for the outgoing financial year. It was passed after the opposition parties staged a walkout for not being allowed to initiate a debate on it. Finance Minister Mir Zahoor Ahmed Buledi presented demands for grants on the supplementary budget 2018-19 on the directions of the deputy speaker.

Former advocate general of Balochistan and president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), Amanullah Kanrani, has said that provincial governments are trying to pave the way for the Tethyan Copper Company (TTC) to get its hand on the Reko Diq mine despite the Supreme Court having declared the mining agreement void. He said that this would conflict with the country’s laws.