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Pakistani philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi passes away

Pakistani philanthropist, social activist, humanitarian and ascetic Abdul Sattar Edhi passed away after a long battle with kidney disease. He was 88.

He was famously known as Pakistan’s ‘Father Teresa’, Angel of Mercy and was Pakistan’s most respected figure for his humanitarian work.

About Abdul Sattar Edhi

  • Edhi was born in 1928 to a family of memon traders in Bantvain Gujarat (then undivided India). During partition he had migrated to Karachi, Pakistan.
  • In 1951, he started his welfare mission by opening his first home for homeless and sick in the Kharadar area.
  • Edhi Foundation: He was the founder and head of the Edhi Foundation, which is known for its humanitarian work in Pakistan, South Asia and across the World.
  • He ran the foundation successfully for over 6 decades. It provides a range of free humanitarian services including ambulance, children services, hospitals, orphanages, refugee assistance, old-age homes, educational services, morgues, food banks, de-addiction centres, etc.
  • The foundation runs one of the world’s largest ambulance services and has fleet of over 1500 ambulances providing services for the needy.
  • Indian Connection: He was born in undivided India. In October 2015, Indian Government had coordinated with Edhi foundation to bring back Geeta (hearing and speech impaired girl) who had strayed across the border in Pakistan 15 years ago.
  • Autobiography: “Abdul Sattar Edhi, an autobiography: A mirror to the blind”.
  • Awards and Honours: Nishan-e Imtiaz (Pakistan’s highest civilian honour), Pakistan Civil Award, Ramon Magsaysay Award, International Balzan Prize, UNESCO Madanjeet Singh Prize (2007), Gandhi Peace Award (2007) and  London Peace (2011) Award.

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AIIB approves first loans for projects in four countries

The China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved first set of loans totalling US 509 million dollars to finance projects in four countries viz. Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia and Tajikistan.

These loans for the four projects were approved in Board of Directors meeting of AIIB held at its headquarters in Beijing, China.

Projects approved

  • Bangladesh: US 165 million dollars loan for a Power Distribution System Upgrade and Expansion Project.
  • Indonesia: US 216.5 million dollars loan for a National Slum Upgrading Project. It is expected to be co-financed with the World Bank.
  • Pakistan: US 100 million dollars loan for Shorkot-Khanewal Section of National Motorway M-4. It will be co-financed with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).
  • Tajikistan: US 27.5 million dollars loan for the Dushanbe-Uzbekistan Border Road Improvement Project. It will be co-financed with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

These loans will have an interest rate of London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) plus 1.15 % and a repayment period of 25 years with 5 years in grace period. These projects spanning in the energy, transport and urban development sectors will help to bridge the region’s critical infrastructure financing gap. It will also help to strengthen regional connectivity.

For more details: About Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

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Pakistan tops in 2016 Malware Infection Index

Pakistan has topped in the list of 19 countries figuring in the 2016 Malware Infection Index (MII) in the Asia-Pacific region.

The index for the Asia-Pacific region was released by technology giant Microsoft in which India was placed at 8th position.

Key Facts

  • The index identifies the key malware threats in the Asia-Pacific region and ranks markets in Asia-Pacific according to how much they are affected.
  • More than 40% of computers in the 19 countries in Asia-Pacific region are infected against the global average being around 20%.
  • Top 10 Countries: Pakistan (1st), Indonesia (2nd), Bangladesh (3rd), Nepal (4th), Vietnam (5th), Philippines (6th),Cambodia (7th), India (8th), Sri Lanka (9th) and Thailand (10th).
  • The index has also identified the top three most encountered malware in this region. They are Gamarue, a malicious computer worm that is commonly distributed via exploit kits and social engineering.
  • Gamarue was prevalent in the ASEAN region and it was the third most commonly encountered malware family worldwide in 2H 2015.
  • Trojans Skeeyah and These trojans can steal personal information, give hackers access to your PC or download more malware.
  • The findings in the index were based on data from the Microsoft Malware Protection Centre (MMPC) and the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIRv20).

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