Archive for the ‘Karachi’ Category

Google Maps Makes An Appearance in Pakistan

Tuesday 7 April 2009

Tech fans have been using their GPS phones for amusement for quite sometime now, and are now a bit bored. But now they can relive their initial excitement again. Google earth recently released street maps of many major cities in Pakistan (Including Multan, Peshawar, Hyderabad, etc) along with all the highways as far as i can tell. Though they are still not available on Google Maps (the website, they are available on mobile) and thus can not be used for route calculations, they are very detailed (listing bus stops, etc) even if a bit inaccurate and incomplete (Names of at least one place wrong and a few new roads missing in Karachi). But as a geek in Karachi, i want to say my `Topi` off to Google for doing this. on a side note i would like to mention that another group (www.naqsha.net) was doing the same thing about a year ago and last i heard were done with Islamabad wit most of Lahore and Karachi complete, they kind of disappeared in the mist. Anyhow, as long as the job gets done, i cant complain.

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Reporters Without Borders says MQM attacked Business Recorder and Aaj TV

Tuesday 15 May 2007

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders blamed the assaults, which hit the private Aaj TV and the Business Recorder (BR) newspaper, on activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). the channel refused to comply with MQM’s request to stop covering the protests, Reporters Without Borders said in a statement. Aaj broadcast live on Saturday as the building housing its studio and the office of the newspaper came under fire, with correspondents seen diving to the floor as bullets smashed their office windows. Employees of the TV channel and newspaper remained trapped in the building for nearly six hours due to heavy fire but security forces did not intervene, the watchdog said. For more information go to http://www.aaj.tv.

Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2007