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Transition of '.pk' domain | Islamic microfinance

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.

The new authoritative mirror M-2.PKNIC.NET.pk (203.128.7.123) 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.

It 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 mirroring.

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.

Chairman PTA 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.

Distinguished scholars and field experts from Pakistan and abroad, including USA, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have consented to participate.

Federal Minister for Privatisation Naveed Qamar is expected to be the chief guest at the event.

Renowned 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.

The students 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.

The released 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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