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Govt to facilitate commuters with roaming facility on motorways, highways

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  • Institutions are actively working on implementation of plan.
  • Dr Umar Saif says facility being expanded without any charges.
  • Govt taking all possible steps to promote the telecom sector. 

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has announced addressing connectivity woes in a bid to facilitate on-the-move commuters using the motorways and highways by enhancing the national roaming facility, The News reported on Monday.

To ensure the implementation of this plan, relevant institutions are actively working to extend the scope of the national roaming facility.

The plan was announced by Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication (ITT) Dr Umar Saif during his visit to the headquarters of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), where he said the facility was being expanded without any charges.

He said the government was taking all possible steps to promote the telecom sector in the country. PTA Chairman Major General (retd) Hafeezur Rehman, Member Compliance and Enforcement PTA, Dr Khawar Sidique Khokhar, and senior officers of MoITT and PTA were present.

Senior officers briefed the minister about the functions of PTA, regulatory initiatives and the overall performance of the telecom sector. The minister was informed that the PTA had consistently facilitated the thriving telecom industry in Pakistan, providing state-of-the-art telecom, broadband and ICT services. The challenges faced by the sector and the regulator’s ongoing efforts to address them were also discussed.

The minister stressed the importance of taking timely actions to address consumer complaints related to telecom operators. He proposed establishing a mechanism that enhances the PTA’s role in promoting public welfare and social initiatives.

The minister expressed the hope that the establishment of a telecommunication tribunal would expedite the resolution of consumer, telecom operator and PTA matters.

“To connect with the digital world, it is necessary to provide digital facilities to the people,” he said and assured full support of MoITT to PTA for its regulatory initiatives in ensuring the continued growth of the telecom sector of Pakistan.

He appreciated the PTA’s role in uplifting the telecom sector and underscored the importance of investment-friendly policies and enabling regulatory frameworks.

Dr Saif visited the PTA’s National Telecom Security Operations Center (NTSOC) and exchanged views with the officials working with the centre. He appreciated their services and mode of working.

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Users of WhatsApp will soon be able to lock chats on connected devices.

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Additionally, linked devices will now have access to the conversation lock feature. Users of WhatsApp will also soon have the option to tag their contacts in status updates.

Notably, WhatsApp users can link their devices to log in to the same account on different devices. However, several functions, such as conversation locks and status updates, are not accessible on the secondary devices.

Even if they are locked on the main conversations, anybody can still access your private chats on a connected device. WhatsApp is currently working on adding Chat Lock capability to connected devices in order to address this.

The chat lock feature on WhatsApp will soon be available on connected devices.

Prior to this, it was claimed that WhatsApp, which is owned by Meta, was developing new personalisation options for an iOS beta.

According to WABetaInfo, an update tracker portal for the instant messaging network, WhatsApp for iOS users will soon get the option to modify both the conversation bubble’s colour and the app’s primary colour scheme.

A feature that let beta testers choose the primary colour scheme of the WhatsApp iOS app from a selection of five colours was first tested back in January.

The instant messaging app is testing a feature that lets users change the colour of chat bubbles within conversations, though, in a new beta edition.

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Moon train operations are planned by NASA.

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The goal is to construct the first lunar train system, which will enable safe, independent, and effective cargo transportation on the moon, according to robotics specialist Ethan Schaler of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

He went on, “The day-to-day functioning of a sustainable lunar base in the 2030s will depend heavily on a robust, long-lasting robotic transport system.”

The Flexible Levitation on a Track, or FLOAT, is the name of the proposed lunar rail system. According to NASA, the establishment of a railway system on the moon is “critical to the daily operations.”

According to the space agency, the primary objective of FLOAT is to offer transportation services in regions of the moon where astronauts are engaged in activities. To do this, cargoes of lunar soil and other materials will need to be transported to various regions of the moon.

Each robot will be able to transport cargo of various sizes and shapes at a pace of roughly 1 mph (1.61 km/h), according to Dr. Schaler.

Notably, NASA also declared new initiatives last month to create and test new vehicle models intended for moon exploration.

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Pakistan’s lunar mission ‘ICUBE-Q’ reaches the moon orbit.

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Pakistan’s lunar mission (ICUBE-Q) entered orbit around the moon on Wednesday.

Pakistan’s historic lunar mission (ICUBE-Q) launched from Hainan, China, on Friday aboard China’s Chang’E6 spacecraft.

According to the IST, the satellite ICUBE-Q was planned and developed in partnership with China’s Shanghai University SJTU and Pakistan’s national space agency SUPARCO.

The ICUBE-Q orbiter is equipped with two optical cameras to image the lunar surface. ICUBE-Q has now been integrated into the Chang’e6 mission after successfully qualifying and testing it.

Chang’e6 is the sixth lunar exploration mission launched by China.

The launch event was streamed live on the IST website and social media platforms. Chang’6, China’s Lunar Mission, will land on the Moon’s far side to collect surface samples before returning to Earth for further research.

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