Apr 10

3G and 4G licenses in Pakistan will be held on April 23

3G 4G Suprem Court PakistanIslamabad: Chairman Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Ismail Shah told the Supreme Court of Pakistan that auction of 3G and 4G licenses in Pakistan will be held on April 23.

He informed the apex court during the hearing of 3G and 4G auction, headed by Justice Jawaad Khuwaja.

During the hearing, Ismail Shah informed the apex court that the country would earn around rupess 1.3 trillion which would help the deteriorating economy of Pakistan.

The SC adjourned the hearing of 3G and 4G license auction case till April 16.

Aug 24

Youtube back in business, unblocked in Pakistan

Youtube PakistanIslamabad: Popular Video sharing website YouTube has been unblocked in Pakistan after temporary blockage of blasphemous content.

YouTube was banned in 2012 after the publishing of blasphemous movie regarding the life of Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H). According to some sources, the blasphemous content was supposed to remain permanently available.

Earlier speculations were being made as if YouTube will be back to existence or not. Anusha Rehman, minister of IT earlier in a press conference revealed that the video sharing website.

The minister said that the unblocking of YouTube can only be made available after the approval of the government.

According to sources, YouTube has already started working in some cities. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had prepared a method to block the blasphemous material permanently by filtering or removing from all means of media such as internet and cell phones.

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May 05

Verify Your Polling Station Via Mobile SMS 8300 in Pakistan

Check Your Polling stationThe Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has launched a verification service for registered voters.  The service can be used via single Short Message Service (SMS) from any network, eligible voter can easily verify his registration by sending Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) number on 8300 without “-” , i.e digits only.  The reply would be having information like  CNIC No. and Electoral Area name.

Simple send your Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC)  number without t “-” to 8300 to verify your vote eligibility.

1. To verify your registration in voters list.
2. To know address/location of your polling station. ( You have to go your respective polling station to cast your vote on 11th May 2013)

Who should use this service:
1. Pakistani who have registered his/her vote to verify his/her vote.

SIMPLE STEPS To Verify Your Registration and Polling station address in Elections 2013 :
1. Take your mobile phone.
2. Go to write message option.
3. Write your Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) number without t “-” e.g your CNIC is 52268-7865236-5 , so you will write 5226878652365.
4. Send message to 8300.
5. You are all Done.

You will get automated response with Electoral Area name and poling both station address (where you have to go on 11 May, 2013 to cast your vote).

(*Service charges applicable : Rs.2+ tax )

Please Note:

1. Please never POST / SHARE your
– Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC)
– Postal home address
– Mobile Numbers
On public websites/blog or social networking websites ( like Facebook etc) as it not recommended.

2. Visit Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) website http://www.ecp.gov.pk/for updates & for contact details, visit http://www.ecp.gov.pk/Contactus.aspx

3. Voter registration is closed as election Schedule has been announced, Registered voters can check using the above process.

Apr 27

LUMS and Google Launch Technology for People Initiative (TPI)

“A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with the Punjab government to foster culture and promote tourism in the province. Google is committed to helping Pakistan progress,” said Google’s Public Policy and Government Affairs senior analyst William Fitzgerald while launching Technology for People Initiative (TPI) at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).Mapping-Pakistan-LUMS-and-Google-Launch-Technology-for-People-Initiative

Under the umbrella of LUMS Research Initiative on Internet and Society, which was launched last week, the TPI is a joint venture between LUMS and GOogle. According to Fitzgerald, TPI has received Rs. 10 million funding from Google.

LUMS School of Science & Engineering Dean Dr. Sohail Qureshi said he was looking forward to the partnership with LUMS.

VC LUMS, Dr. Adil Najam said, “We want to talk about innovation and how we can make it real for Pakistan. ” He said technology had empowered people by bridging physical distances and connecting them digitally. Dr. Najam said in collaboration with Google, LUMS hoped to connect people and make innovation relevant to society.