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The contract worth Rs 2.33 billion has been given to telecom service provider, Ufone, under the Broadband for Sustainable Development project

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January 3, 2017: Universal Service Fund (USF) and Ministry of Information Technology (MOITT) have signed an agreement to provide 3G services to 257 villages of Awaran and Lasbela districts in Balochistan.

The broadband project of Awaran-Lasbela was announced in November 2016. The contract worth Rs 2.33 billion has been given to telecom service provider, Ufone, under the Broadband for Sustainable Development (BSD) project.The Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and MOITT Minister Anusha Rehman were also present at the ceremony.

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The Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said that the government is committed to bringing people of all areas into the country’s financial and digital mainstream. He also promised provision of information technology (IT) in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).

The government has been focusing on developing telecommunication, highways, and railways to ensure proper connectivity, he added, mentioned propakistani.pk report.

Senator Dar pointed out that Multan-Sukkur section of Lahore-Karachi Motorway was commercially not viable but the Government brought it under the ambit of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to implement the project successfully.

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Speaking on the occasion, IT Minister Anusha Rahman said several projects to provide the technology in remote and backward areas of Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), are under implementation.

About 190 villages of Turbat, Gwadar, Ketchh and Panjgur are also being connected under the scheme, she added.

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With a widespread array of an infrastructural network under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), 6,400km optic fibre network digitally linking the entire country has been laid down, the minister said.

Anusha Rahman also briefed about the performance of MOITT and USF in providing telecommunication services to the unserved areas of the Pakistan.

– Prepared by Ruchika Kumari of NewsGram. Twitter: @RuchiUjjaini

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)