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Regulatory duty to be introduced for unregistered mobile phones

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ISLAMABAD: The government has decided in principle to introduce regulatory duty (RD) with a minor penalty for unregistered used mobile phone sets depending upon the category they belong to, Dawn has learnt. The blocked mobile phone will be unblocked only following the payment of RD along with the penalty at the nearest customs point. Approximately, it has […]

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PTA to block smuggled mobile phones after Oct 20

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ISLAMABAD: In an attempt to curb illegal import of mobile devices, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has started to send messages through Short Messaging Service (SMS) to all mobile subscribers to create public awareness about Device Identification, Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS). Any mobile device that reflects non-compliant status after October 20 would be blocked in accordance […]

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Panel takes up draft bill on cyber terror

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ISLAMABAD: As a parliamentary panel prepares to take up government proposed legislation on cyber terrorism on Thursday (today), IPPs, entrepreneurs and civil society called it an attempt to put a ‘gag’ on freedom of expression and to give the spy agencies unbridled powers. Headed by Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar, the son-in-law of Prime Minister Nawaz […]

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Radio Pakistan woes

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THE recent demand made by Radio Pakistan to levy radio tax on vehicles and mobile phones has started a media debate. Do we need to save Radio Pakistan? In the age of climate change, the neglect of cultures and languages by corporate media and the race for profits, and while keeping the communication and cultural […]

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FBR to not allow import of new phones without IMEIs

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The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) will not allow import of new phones including cellular phones without proper International Mobile Station Equipment Identity (IMEIs). Sources told Business Recorder here on Sunday that the FBR has issued instructions to the Collectors of Customs Model Customs Collectorates regarding Suo moto case No 16 of 2011 (regarding Law […]

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Smart phones making us dumber

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Sir: “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots” — Albert Einstein. Albert Einstein pretty much hit the nail on the head with that one! We can blame, for the most part, technological advancements in the production of mobile phones for the exponential reduction […]

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Internet speed linked to pace of national development

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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI) on Tuesday asked the government to take steps for rapid introduction of digital wisdom and computer-aided intelligence in Pakistan by auctioning 3G licences. Mobile phones are no more a basic communication tool but a device to change lives therefore foreign investors should be invited to set […]

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