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  • Wikipedia founder tackles fake news with Wikitribune

    Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is launching a project aimed at reshaping the news media - and tackling the scourge of misinformation - using the same collaborative principles as the revolutionary online encyclopedia...

    Wikitribune will rely on a broad online community of journalists and readers as fact checkers, a crowdsourcing model pioneered in the “wiki” system behind Wikipedia...

  • Turkey blocks Wikipedia without explanation

    Turkey has blocked online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, the telecommunications watchdog (BTK) said on Saturday, citing a law allowing it to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security...

    an administrative measure has been taken for this website (Wikipedia...

  • Turkey blocks access to Wikipedia over ‘terror’ claims

    Turkey’s Information and Com­munication Tech­nologies Authority (BTK) said it had implemented the ban against Wikipedia...

    Turkish state media said the ban was imposed because Wikipedia had failed to remove content promoting terror and accusing Turkey of cooperation with various terror groups...

  • Traffic to Wikipedia terrorism entries plunged after Snowden revelations, study finds

    SAN FRANCISCO: Internet traffic to Wikipedia pages summarising knowledge about terror groups and their tools plunged nearly 30 per cent after revelations of widespread web monitoring by the US National Security Agency (NSA), suggesting that concerns about government snooping are hurting the ordinary pursuit of information...

    Author Jonathon Penney, a fellow at the University of Toronto’s interdisciplinary Citizen Lab, examined monthly...

  • Wikipedia 'protects' Maryam Nawaz's page after vandalism attempts

    The protection level of the Wikipedia page of Maryam Nawaz Sharif, who was sentenced to seven-year imprisonment by an accountability court on Friday in the Avenfield properties reference, was changed to semi-protected on Saturday following repeated attempts to vandalise the page...

    Wikipedia then moved to change the status of her page to semi-protected because of violations of its 'biographies of living persons policy'...

  • ADB approves technical assistance for Pakistan's energy sector

    ISLAMABAD: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has agreed to assist Pakistan in formulation of a new energy policy for the medium-term covering 2018-23, it was learnt on Wednesday...

    In this regard, ADB has approved ‘knowledge and support’ technical assistance worth $5 million to carry out key energy sector analyses and an assessment of the progress made during 2010-16, the findings of which will provide options for the policy for the...

  • World Bank to help develop Pakistan’s renewable energy sector

    ISLAMABAD: World Bank President Dr Jim Yong Kim on Monday offered technical and financial help in technological improvements in the renewable energy sector...

    He was talking to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar who called on him during the spring meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, said a message received from the Embassy of Pakistan...

  • Iran assures Pakistan of cooperation in developing energy sector

    ISLAMABAD: Iran will help Pakistan in developing energy and infrastructure sectors, said member of Iranian Foreign Policy Committee Muhammad Hassan Asafari on Monday while talking to Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs chairperson Senator Nuzhat Sadiq...

    He said Iran had the readiness to expand ties with Pakistan in all spheres and no foreign hindrance would cause any difficulty in the gas pipeline project...

  • ADB to provide Pakistan $800 million loan for energy sector

    ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed on Thursday a letter of exchange for the establishment of Pakistan National Fund for Disaster Management (PNFDM), a program loan for the sustainable energy sector program and two other projects worth of $800million in the energy sector...

    The loan will be utilised for the execution of “Sustainable Energy Sector Reform Program-Subprogram II”, amounting to...

  • Saudi Arabia interested to invest in alternative energy sector in Pakistan

    A high-level Saudi delegation, in a meeting with Energy Minister Omar Ayub in Islamabad, has shown interest to invest in the alternative energy sector in Pakistan, Radio Pakistan reported on Monday...

    Led by Riyadh’s adviser on energy Ahmad Hamed Al-Ghamdi, the visiting Saudi delegation is expected to sign four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) for oil and mineral sector investment and trade cooperation that would ultimately extend...

  • NAB, Rangers expand probe into energy sector

    ISLAMABAD: A joint investigation team of the National Accountability Bureau and Pakistan Rangers looking into allegations of corruption and irregularities in the energy sector has expanded its probe to at least five companies and institutions and asked the State Bank of Pakistan and local and foreign banks and financial institutions to provide details of bank accounts of 15 people in Karachi...

    The “search of banks accounts” was...

  • Japan to give $43m loan for energy sector reforms

    ISLAMABAD: The Japanese government on Tuesday announced to provide a concessional loan of $43 million (Rs5 billion) to Pakistan for the second phase of energy sector reforms programme...

    The development policy credit for which the agreement was signed is part of the ‘Energy Sector reform Programme’, co-financed by the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and the Japanese government...

  • ADB, AFD to lend $400m for energy sector

    ISLAMABAD: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the French Develop­ment Agency (AFD) have approved loans worth over $400 million to help Pakis­tan improve reliability and sustainability of the energy sector...

    The assistance of $300m from the ADB, which is the third loan under the Sustainable Energy Sector Reform Programme, brings the bank’s overall financing to $1 billion since 2014...

  • Dutch companies interested in energy sector

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will facilitate Dutch companies in making investment in various sectors, said Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Saturday...

    Talking to Dutch Ambassador, Ms Jeanette Seppen, the minister stated that Pakistan offers liberal investment regime to foreign investors...

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