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Transition of '.pk' domain completed
Islamabad, July 18: The transition of county code
Top Level Domain (ccTLD) of Pakistan '.pk'has been successfully
completed marking it as the most significant and noteworthy landmark in
the internet history of the county.
A press release issued on
Friday revealed that in this regard, Chairman PTA, Dr Mohammed Yaseen,
visited Lahore office of PKNIC. PKNIC was the present ccTLD operator
for '.pk' domain. The purpose of his visit was to appraise the newly
upgraded '.pk' infrastructure, data centre and customer services
department in Pakistan.
During the visit Chairman PTA noted
that the root server mirroring for '.pk' domain in Pakistan was fully
operational. PKNIC had successfully implemented the root server
mirroring for '.pk' and tested it with all global root servers from
a.root-servers.net to m.root-servers.net.
authoritative mirror M-2.PKNIC.NET.pk (22.214.171.124) would enable
local resolution of '.pk' websites. PKNIC representatives briefed the
Chairman regarding mirroring techniques and provided some testing on
new Domain Name Service (DNS) resolution mechanism of .pk ccTLD. Formal
inauguration of new PKNIC office should be organized in August.
may be mentioned that Chairman PTA had a long association with '.pk'
transition project and had been working vigorously for the successful
transition of '.pk' domain to Pakistan. There had been numerous
attempts since a decade to bring .pk operations to Pakistan; however
during his efforts for '.pk'transition, Chairman PTA strongly perused
and coordinated the whole process resulting in execution of '.pk'local
Speaking on the occasion Chairman PTA said that
'.pk'domain was a national asset for the country and improvement in its
services would boost the local content development; subsequently
encouraging enterprises to host their web content under '.pk'and
ensuring smooth operations of an important internet resource. A
dedicated team at ICT Directorate, PTA under the supervision of
Chairman had been working on this significant project for the
improvement of local internet industry.
appreciated the efforts of PKNIC management especially of Ashar Nisar
and Imran Anwar for this important accomplishment. He also praised the
efforts of PTA ICT Directorate towards the project and commended their
role during the transition project. PKNIC management highly valued the
necessary endorsement of Chairman PTA in this regard. Daily Times
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Moot on Islamic microfinance on July 21
Islamabad: A two-day International Conference on the 'Emerging Concept of Islamic Microfinance,' organised by Helping
Hand for Relief & Development and Riphah Centre of Islamic Business
of Riphah International University, will start on Tuesday (July 21), at
the Best Western Hotel, says a press release.
It is aimed at
exploring emerging concepts for poverty alleviation and economic
empowerment in developing countries through Islamic microfinance.
scholars and field experts from Pakistan and abroad, including USA,
Bangladesh, Indonesia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have consented to
Federal Minister for Privatisation Naveed Qamar is expected to be the chief guest at the event.
scholars and economists such as Dr. Zahid H. Bukhari, currently working
as director, American Muslim Studies Programme at Georgetown
University, Washington (USA); Dr. Muhammad Yusop Damit, rector, Islam
Sultan Sharif Ali University (Brunei Dar-us-Salam), Sarker Muhammad.
Ramzan Ali, secretary, Islamic Aid Bangladesh and Durmus Aydin, Vice
President IHH (Turkey) will present their papers on various aspects of
Islamic microfinance at the conference.
The participants will
deliberate upon related subjects with the objective of consolidating
the thematic and operational issues associated with the emerging
Islamic Micro Financial Instruments and institutions. The News
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Two students released in UK
London: Janus Khan and Sultan Sher, two of the nine detained
Pakistani students facing deportation on the grounds of national
security, were set free on Friday for want of actionable evidence.
Earlier, all the ten students who were originally arrested in early
April this year on suspicion of being involved in plotting terror
activities in the UK had been given a clean chit of health for want of
actionable evidence but were handed over to border authorities for
deportation on grounds of national security.
contested their deportation orders and their bail applications were
filed. Meanwhile, unable to take the heat one of them voluntarily left
for home earlier this month.
The bail applications of the
remaining nine are to be heard on July 27. On July 6, the lawyers of
the detainees were given 'additional' evidence, but, according to one
of them, there was nothing new in it.
Mr Sher's solicitor had
called for an independent inquiry, saying his arrest and detention had
been a "very serious" breach of human rights.
pair will be required to wear electronic tags as the Home Office still
wants to deport them due to visa irregularities.
The Home Office said it was not allowed to detain the men indefinitely.
"The two individuals no longer meet the required criteria for detention
on the grounds of national security. They are currently detained
pending removal, but legally we cannot hold them indefinitely.
"We are therefore putting in place suitable and robust measures to
ensure we are fully aware of their whereabouts as we progress their
cases for removal." Dawn
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