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The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry has appealed to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to have a date extended to file income tax returns. The LCCI President Sheikh Muhammad Arshad in a statement on Tuesday said that the date should be extended by one month to allow the business community to submit their returns.

The Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) announced that Team Pakistan won three Gold Awards and 1 Silver Award at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) 2015 ceremony held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Saturday night. Leading the way with the Gold were the teams from Eyedeus Labs for their new product "Ingrain", Evamp & Sanga for their product Mobile Audio Streaming Service and students from the NUST College of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering for their research project Active and Intelligent Powered Ankle Foot Prosthesis for Trans-tibial Amputees.
The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notices to the parties in response to plea urging for unblocking video-sharing website "YouTube" in Pakistan. Pakistan had blocked You Tube in September 2012, over hosting of a blasphemous movie "Innocence of Muslims" that ignited furious protests around the world.
Reproving one of anti-cultural value of cyber regime in Pakistan on Wednesday, the Supreme Court termed ''girlfriend culture'' as a ''custom of the West''. Rejecting after-arrest bail application filed by an accused Muhammad Munir, apprehended under the charges of blackmailing girls through Facebook, a three-member bench led by Justice Amir Hani Muslim said ''girlfriend culture'' has nothing to do with our values.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa IT Board in collaboration with World Bank, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tourism Corporation and Peshawar 2.0 is going to hold "ArtTech Festival". The two-day festival will be held in Peshawar Museum to be inaugurated by KP senior minister for Information Technology Shahram Khan Tarakai on 20th November (Friday) at 6:00 pm which will last for the next two days.
Special Advisor to Prime Minister on Parliamentary Affairs Barrister Zafarullah Khan said on Tuesday that the draft of cyber law has been finalised and will be presented in the Parliament soon. "Cyber law is important for every individual as well for the state because it relates to security and privacy of people and government departments", said Khan, while addressing the inaugural session of three-day conference on "Towards digital economy in Pakistan: building ICT agenda for sustainable development" organised by Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) in collaboration with Internet Society-Asia Pacific (ISOC-APAC).
Pakistan currently has the lowest internet user density (users per 100 individuals) of 13.8 percent in the region, however due to its geo-strategic location and access to coastlines; it has the potential to become a supply route for the neighbouring landlocked countries for internet and communication services. This was revealed in a study "Unleashing the Potential of the Internet in Central Asia and Beyond: Pakistan in Focus" conducted by the Internet Society (ISOC) in collaboration with Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UNESCAP.


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Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.197 bln
Exports $1.729 bln
Imports $3.926 bln
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