Toyota showcases humanoid robot that mirrors user
Japanese auto giant Toyota Wednesday showcased a humanoid robot that can mirror its user’s movements, a product it says...
NBC sacks newsman Matt Lauer over alleged sexual misconduct
NBC said Wednesday it has fired Matt Lauer, a well-known morning news anchor, for what it described as inappropriate...
North Korea fires ICBM, splashes in Sea of Japan: Pentagon
North Korea fired what the US Pentagon said appeared to be an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that landed close...
IK warns “democracy may be in danger”
Imran Khan warned on Saturday that if the government adopted cheap tactics to stop his planned D-Chowk protest tomorrow “then democracy will be in danger.” Addressing a press conference a day before the anti-rigging protest in Islamabad, Khan said that the government has sealed the entire area but PTI... Read more
Hamilton on top while Vettel forced to stop
Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two in Spanish Grand Prix practice on Friday while Red Bull’s world champion Sebastian Vettel was sidelined for most of the two sessions by an electrical problem. Race favourite Hamilton was quickest in both, 0.449 of a second faster than championship-leading team mate Nico... Read more
Militants hold Red Cross workers for 7 hours in east Ukraine
Pro-Russian militants held several Red Cross workers hostage for seven hours in the rebel eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, severely beating one before freeing them in Saturday´s early hours, a local Red Cross official said. A spokesman for the self-styled “Donetsk People´s Republic”, which is holding a referendum on... Read more
Shaikh Rasheed undeterred by death threats
Sheikh Rasheed, president of the Awami Muslim League, vowed earlier today that he along with his supporters will reach D-Chowk tomorrow to take part in the anti-rigging protests. Addressing a press conference held in connection with a letter of the interior ministry in which he was warned about serious... Read more
Grenade attack in Peshawar
A hand grenade attack was reported in Peshawar’s Kohati Chowk area earlier today. The attack took place in a street of a  residential area. No loss of life was reported till the filing of this report. This is a developing story and will be reported accordingly. Read more
Sammy retires; Ramdin takes WI captaincy
West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy announced his retirement from test cricket on Friday after he was replaced as captain by wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin. The 30-year-old Sammy, who played in 38 tests and all but eight of them as skipper, remains the captain of the West Indies Twenty20 team and... Read more
‘Self-healing’ plastic imitates blood clotting
A new plastic that “heals itself” has been designed, meaning your cracked phone screen or broken tennis racquet could mend its own wounds. The polymer automatically patches holes 3cm wide, 100 times bigger than before. Inspired by the human blood clotting system, it contains a network of capillaries that... Read more
Apple to unveil iPhone 6 in August
Apple Inc will unveil the next generation of its popular iPhone series in August, one month earlier than industry watchers were generally expecting, Taiwanese media reported on Friday citing unidentified supply-chain sources. A 4.7-inch screen version of the iPhone 6 will reach stores in August, the Economic Daily News... Read more
U.S. FDA approves ‘Star Wars’ robotic arm for amputees
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a robotic arm for amputees that is named for the “Star Wars” character Luke Skywalker and can perform multiple, simultaneous movements, a huge advance over the metal hook currently in use. The FDA said on Friday it allowed the sale of... Read more
Sharapova comes through in Madrid, injured Serena out
Maria Sharapova fought back to oust China’s Li Na 2-6 7-6(5) 6-3 and claim a place in the last four of the Madrid Open on Friday as top seed and defending champion Serena Williams withdrew with a thigh problem. Russian Sharapova, the eighth seed, showed all her qualities on... Read more
Nadal breezes past Berdych to reach Madrid semis
World number one Rafa Nadal thumped Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-2 on Friday to set up a semi-final against the Madrid Open’s surprise package, unseeded fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista. Defending champion Nadal has not been at his dominant best on his favoured clay this year, losing in the quarter-finals in... Read more
Govt diverts gas to power stations
The government on Friday diverted more than 105 million cubic feet per day (MMCFD) of natural gas from fertiliser plants and compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in an effort to help power plants increase power generation. But CNG station owners were swift to condemn the move, saying their supply... Read more
Car sales increase despite price hike
Sales of locally produced cars inched up by 1.85 per cent in July-April 2013-2014 as compared to same period last year despite increase in car prices. A total of 97,232 units were sold as compared to 95,467 units due to improved sales of Honda Civic by 6pc followed by... Read more
Meezan Bank set to acquire HSBC Pakistan
HSBC has decided to sell its local operations to Meezan Bank. Since the beginning of financial crisis in 2007, many foreign banks have either left or curtailed their business in Pakistan. “Meezan Bank Limited has entered into an agreement with HSBC Bank Middle East Limited (HBME), an indirect wholly... Read more