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‘Let us eat’: Afghan protesters call for release of frozen assets

‘Let us eat’: Afghan protesters call for release of frozen assets

Politics
Hundreds of protesters have marched through the streets of Kabul towards the shuttered United States’ embassy, urging the release of Afghanistan’s frozen assets. Holding banners reading, “Let us eat” and “Give us our frozen money”, the protesters chanted slogans and marched down a central avenue on Tuesday, with the ruling Taliban providing security. International funding to Afghanistan has been suspended and billions of dollars of the country’s assets abroad, mostly in the US, were frozen after the Taliban took control of the country in August. The lack of funding has battered Afghanistan’s already troubled economy, leading to increasing poverty while aid groups warn of a looming humanitarian catastrophe.   State employees, from doctors to teachers and administrati...
Afghanistan: From a UK wedding to the streets of Kabul, in 24 hours

Afghanistan: From a UK wedding to the streets of Kabul, in 24 hours

Politics
Lucy Chatton was at a friend's wedding in the UK this summer when she got a text telling her to prepare to be on a flight the next day. Less than 24 hours later, the 24-year old Lance Corporal was in Kabul, helping thousands of people to escape the Taliban. The militant group had quickly taken back control of Afghanistan when international troops began withdrawing from the country, after a 20-year US presence. It led to chaos at airports as people tried to get out, and Lucy was one of 750 British soldiers sent to the country in August to help. She's been in the Army for five years and describes the call-out as "exciting but nerve-wracking". It was the first time she, and many others from the Parachute Regiment, had been deployed on an oversea...
Covid vaccine should be offered to vulnerable five to 11 year-olds

Covid vaccine should be offered to vulnerable five to 11 year-olds

Health
Vulnerable primary school children should be offered a low-dose Covid vaccine, government vaccine advisers have said. Some older children should also be offered a booster in response to the Omicron variant, they have said. A low-dose version of a Covid vaccine for five to 11-year-olds has just been approved for use in the UK after being deemed safe and effective. But a decision on vaccinating all five to 11-year-olds has not yet been made. The recommendations by the scientific experts have to be officially approved by ministers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - but this is normally a formality. It is not clear when children will actually get these vaccine doses. The priority for the NHS is expected to remain on giv...
Will Pakistan end up on the Black list of FATF?

Will Pakistan end up on the Black list of FATF?

Politics
Placed on grey list in 2018, Financial Action Task Force, once again found Pakistan to be uncompliant with the requirements. If Pakistan fails to achieve all the parameters set out by the task force, it is very likely that the country might be placed in the blacklist very soon along with North Korea and Iran. FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing, and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system. “A precarious price to pay for myopic vision of reign of terror in the region and beyond”   Paris based Financial Action Task Force has found immense amount of illegal money laundering and terror financing under the state patronage flourishing in Pakistan. The deadline to take con...
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during COVID-19

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during COVID-19

LifeStyle
During times of stress and uncertainty, it can be easy to fall into bad habits, neglecting already established healthy routines. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle supports your mind and body, making you better equipped to deal with the difficulties posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Maintaining a healthy immune system is more important than ever. The below provides tips on how to sustain a healthy lifestyle at this time: Eat regularly and adopt a healthy balanced diet Many people underestimate the importance of a good diet, but proper nutrition can help to improve your energy levels and your mental health. Making healthy choices wherever possible, such as eating a variety of fruit and vegetables regularly, will help with your overall nutrition. Although they are te...
How Coca-Cola And PepsiCo Use AI To Bubble Up Innovation

How Coca-Cola And PepsiCo Use AI To Bubble Up Innovation

Business
In its first year of operations, Coca-Cola sold only around 25 bottles of Coke. Today, the company sells approximately 1.9 billion servings of its drinks across over 200 countries. As many as 90 percent of the global population recognises Coca-Cola’s iconic red and white logo. In fact, despite sharing a smaller share of the market, its competitor PepsiCo is still one of the largest companies worldwide. What may not be common knowledge is that both the rivals– Coca-Cola and PepsiCo employ artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to stay at the top of their game. Today, we take a peek into how these beverage companies are employing technologies to remain competitive. Consumer research According to Greg Chambers, Global Director of Digital Innovation at Coca-Cola, “AI is th...
Face Mask Tech Uses Biosensors to Detect COVID-19

Face Mask Tech Uses Biosensors to Detect COVID-19

Technology
COVID-19 has turned the world upside down. While vaccination drives in several countries have gained momentum, the threat of a third wave in some countries, including India, looms large. A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have developed a wearable biosensor technology that can help face masks detect COVID-19 in your breath. The study, "Wearable materials with embedded synthetic biology sensors for biomolecule detection," has been published in the Nature Biotechnology journal. These wearable biosensors have been installed in standard KN95 face masks to identify if the virus was present in a person's breath. And it's quick too. Researchers said that you can activate sen...
Technology Trends in 2021

Technology Trends in 2021

Technology
Technology today is evolving at such a rapid pace, enabling faster change and progress, causing an acceleration of the rate of change, until eventually, it will become exponential. However, it is not only technology trends and top technologies that are evolving, a lot more has changed this year due to the outbreak of COVID-19 making IT professionals realize that their role will not stay the same in the contactless world tomorrow. And an IT professional in 2020-21 will constantly be learning, unlearning, and relearning (out of necessity if not desire). What does this mean for you? It means staying current with new technology trends. And it means keeping your eyes on the future to know which skills you’ll need to know to secure a safe job tomorrow and even learn how to get there. All bows...
Make Money with Mining Cryptocurrency

Make Money with Mining Cryptocurrency

Technology
If you’re a Bitcoin (BTC) mining veteran, sulking over how zillion-dollar, ASIC-based data centers have stolen the spotlight, you’re probably already well into alternative coins. But maybe you’ve scored a cool-new GPU in the Newegg lottery or just happen to have one lying around. Or maybe you’re curious about whether all those hard drives you’ve got in your closet can earn you some cash via Chia. If you’re new to cryptocurrency mining, the good news is that the game isn’t completely over. We’ll cover how you can get started mining (and in the case of Chia, farming) using hardware you may already have, or in theory can buy at retail, and provide our recent real-life experiences earning some hard cash from GPUs, CPUs, and drives. Note that this is definitely not a guide for devotees who a...
Lapis Lazuli: An opportunity to strengthen economic cooperation

Lapis Lazuli: An opportunity to strengthen economic cooperation

Business
Geopolitically and geo-economically, Afghanistan is located in a subtle part of the globe connecting Central Asia to South Asia and to the Middle East. The exceptional location, widely famous as the Heart of Asia provides important economic opportunities for the growth of trade and transit, connection of markets, interactions among large cities, and for the socio-economic development of the region. In recent years, Afghanistan has sought a strategic approach to fulfilling its geopolitical and geo-economic role through creation of mutual interest and regional connectivity. It is expected that this approach will not only strengthen the mutual dependency in the region, but also help in building trust among regional countries and in the long run be effective in solving the political and sec...