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Pakistan’s IT exports increase, touch $635m mark in Q1FY22

This shows growth of 42.67 percent when compared to US $445.080 million earned through provision of services during the corresponding period of fiscal year 2020-21, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) reported.

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Islamabad: Pakistan earned US $635.010 million by providing different information technology (IT) services in various countries during the first quarter of financial year 2021-22 (Q1FY22).

This shows growth of 42.67 percent when compared to US $445.080 million earned through provision of services during the corresponding period of fiscal year 2020-21, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) reported.

During July-September (2021-22), the export of computer services grew by 40.90 percent as it surged from US $348.400 million last fiscal year to US $490.890 million this year.

Among the computer services, the exports of software consultancy services witnessed increase of 52.72 percent, from US $115.534 million to US $176.534 million while the exports of hardware consultancy services also rose by 506.52 percent from, US $0.138 million to US $0.837 million.

The export and import of computer software related services also rose by 42.39 percent, from US $87.575 million to US $124.702 million whereas the exports of repair and maintenance services surge to $0.345 million from $0.145 million.

In addition, the exports of other computer services increased by 30.03 percent going up from US$ 145.008 million to US $188.560 million.

Meanwhile, the export of information services during the period under review increased by 76.32 percent by going up from US $ 0.760 million to US $1.340 million.

Among the information services, the exports of news agency services increased by 134.06 percent, from US $ 0.411 million to US $ 0.962 million whereas the exports of other information services also increased by 8.31 percent, from US $ 0.349 million to US $ 0.378 million.

The export of telecommunication services also witnessed an increase of 48.85 percent as these went up from US $95.920 million to 142.780 million during the year under review, the data revealed.

Among the telecommunication services, the export of call centre services increased by 38.66 percent during the period as its exports increased from US $ 31.751 million to US $44.026 million whereas the export of other telecommunication services also increased by 53.90 percent, from US $64.169 million to US $98.754 million during the period under review, the PBS data revealed.

It is pertinent to mentioned here that the exports of services from the country, witnessed an increase of 23.20 percent during the first quarter of current financial year (2021-22) as compared to the corresponding period of last year, Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) reported on Wednesday.

The exports of services during July-September (2021-22) were recorded at $1572.04 million against the exports of $1275.97 million in July-September (2020-21), showing growth of 23.20 percent.

The imports from the country also rose by 26.54 percent by growing from $1809.08 million last year to $2289.25 million during the period under review.

COURTESY: APP

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Pakistan vs Bangladesh: Match called off due to rain on Day 2 of Dhaka Test

Day three is now scheduled to start at 9:30am local time

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Pakistan vs Bangladesh: Match called off due to rain on Day 2 of Dhaka Test

Dhaka: Day two of the second Test between Pakistan and Bangladesh was eventually called off Sunday following multiple delays and resumptions due to rain in Dhaka.

The play had resumed after lunch, following rain and bad light that saw the morning session in Dhaka cancelled.

However, the play had to be called off for the day due to persistent rain and a wet outfield. Day three is now scheduled to start at 9:30am local time.

Only 57 overs of play were possible on the first day on Saturday, when Pakistan reached 161-2, with skipper Babar Azam unbeaten on 60 alongside Azhar Ali, 36 not out.

Day one of the second Test was halted due to rain and bad light and it was said that the game will be resumed half an hour ahead of the scheduled time. However, the play did not resume after the tea break on Saturday.

Captain Babar Azam struck a fifty to help Pakistan make steady progress against Bangladesh before bad light forced early stumps on Saturday.

The Azam-Ali duo put on 91 runs in their unbroken third-wicket stand after Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam removed both openers in the morning session at a 59-runs score.

Azam led the batting charge hitting seven fours and a six so far, and brought up his 19th Test fifty after rain briefly halted the game.

 

SOURCE: AFP

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23 killed after bus plunges into river

Twenty three people drowned when a bus travelling to a wedding in central Kenya was swept off a bridge into a flooded river.

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Nairobi: In an unfortunate incident, at least 23 people were killed after a bus travelling to a wedding plunged into the Enziu River in the eastern Kitui town.

Twenty three people drowned when a bus travelling to a wedding in central Kenya was swept off a bridge into a flooded river.

Reportedly, 12 people had been rescued, including four children. It remains unclear how many passengers were aboard the bus.

Reports added that all the passengers, were choir members of Mwingi Catholic Church and had been travelling for their male colleague’s wedding when the accident occurred in Kitui County. 

Reports further added that the driver was trying to cross fast-flowing waters passing over the bridge but the force was too strong, sweeping the bus beneath the churning currents. 

“We have this terrible, terrible accident that happened here this morning,” Kitui governor Charity Ngilu told reporters on Saturday. 

“The bodies that have already been retrieved right now are over 23. We have more bodies in the bus,” she said, adding efforts to recover the corpses would resume on Sunday morning.  

Officials, however, have started an investigation into the incident.

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Death toll rises to 13 in Indonesia volcano eruption 

As per details, more than 300 families with children took shelter in badly hit Curah Kerobokan village in Lumajang after their houses were destroyed by volcanic ash and lava.

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Death toll rises to 13 in Indonesia volcano eruption 

Jakarta: The death toll following the eruption of a volcano on Indonesia’s island, Java has risen to 13, with seven people still missing, officials said Sunday.

As per details, more than 300 families with children took shelter in badly hit Curah Kerobokan village in Lumajang after their houses were destroyed by volcanic ash and lava.

Several villages were blanketed with falling ash in Indonesia’s most densely populated island.  

As per Eko Budi Lelono, who heads the geological survey center, a thunderstorm and days of rain, which eroded and collapsed the lava dome atop the 3,676-meter (12,060-foot) Semeru, triggered the eruption.

Videos shared on Saturday by the country’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) showed residents running in panic as towering smoke and ash blanketed some nearby villages in Lumajang district.

As per reports, thick columns of ash have turned several villages to darkness and several hundred people were moved to temporary shelters or left for other safe areas.

Authorities were setting up evacuation tents, but evacuations have been hampered by thick smoke, BNPB chief Suharyanto said.

The eruption took place at about 14:30 local time (07:30 GMT). Local authorities have set up a restricted zone within 5km (3 miles) from the crater.

Airlines have been warned of an ash cloud rising up to 15,000m (50,000 ft).

Mt Semeru was quite an active volcano that regularly spewed ash up to about 4,300m, but Yesterday’s eruption was a pretty intense.

Mt Semeru rises 3 676m above sea level and previously erupted last December, forcing thousands of residents to seek shelter. It is among Indonesia’s nearly 130 active volcanoes.

Moreover, Indonesia is on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where continental plates meet, causing frequent volcanic and seismic activity.

Videos shared by emergency officials and local media showed residents running away as a giant ash cloud rose behind them.

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