The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) provincial inspection team has reported that the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project has resulted in some people receiving kickbacks totalling around Rs7 billion. The report further expressed concerns over the entire project by stating the project was initiated without any comprehensive plan.
Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev resigned on Tuesday after three decades in power. The unexpected resignation appears to be the first step in a choreographed political transition in the country. "As the founder of the independent Kazakh state I see my task now in facilitating the rise of a new generation of leaders," he said in his last address as president.
The Lahore Zoo is to receive 8 lions and ten tigers as a gift from the United Arab Emirates according to Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change, Malik Ameen Aslam. This is going to help solve the problem of inbreeding between the big cats kept at the zoo, thus making future cubs much healthier.
The Washington Post reported that 64 year old philosopher and scholar Javed Bhutto was shot dead in Southeast Washington on Friday morning outside a convenience store at about 11AM. 45 year old Hilman Jordan was taken into police custody and charged with a murder, which was reported to have been done over a neighborly dispute with Bhutto.
Five years after Russias annexation of Crimea, the Russian Central Bank has released a special 5 ruble coin to commemorate Crimea's "reunification" with Russia. Two million of these coins have been minted and they all display the Kerch Strait Bridge. This annexation was criticized and considered illegal by the Western powers.
The World Bank Country Director Patchamuthu Illangovan said on Monday while talking about the Pakistan @100- Sharing the Future 2047 that “With sustained reforms, Pakistan could be a $2 trillion economy when it will turn 100 in the next 28 years." This means Pakistan will become a middle income country with a per capita income of $5702 but it will need to halve its population.
Asim Ijaz Khwaja, a Pakistan-origin economist has been named the faculty director at Harvard's Center for International Development. Khwaja was one of the people that was hired by Imran Khan on the Economic Advisory Council but resigned in protest after the government withdrew the nomination of renowned economist Dr. Atif Mian.
The Indian Police, under direction from the BJP government, has been tasked with taking care of stray cows. The issue of stray cows has become a controversial topic in India, as it has led to extrajudicial killings and the destruction of crops. Dairy farmers are unable to sell unwanted livestock, so the cows are released into the wild.
Avengers Endgame made $169 million on the first day of global release, and box office experts predict that the film will make more than $800 million in the first weekend. The earnings include a $107.5 million debut in China, an $8.4 million launch in South Korea, a $7 million first day in Australia and a $6 million debut in France.
Emerging studies show that air pollution is linked to impaired judgement, mental health problems, poorer academic performance, and higher levels of crime. The findings are extremely alarming as more than half of the world's population now lives in urban areas. In the future, police and crime prevention units may begin to monitor the levels of pollution in their cities.