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PM to address emergency session of WEF via video link

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will address an emergency meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) today via video link. The meeting will be attended by leaders from around the world to discuss coronavirus pandemic and its effects on world.

COVID-19: WHO to kick off international virtual meeting

GENEVA: The World Health Organisation will kick off its first-ever virtual assembly to discuss the coronavirus crisis today. The World Health Assembly, which has been trimmed from the usual three weeks to just two days i.e. Monday and Tuesday, is

COVID-19 cases in Pakistan surge to 42,000

LAHORE: The confirmed cases of coronavirus in Pakistan have surged past 42,125 after 1,974 new cases emerged in several areas across the country. According to the National Command and Control Center (NCOC), around 30 people succumbed to the disease in

National Assembly session to be held in Islamabad today

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly will meet today to hold a session on the prevailing situation in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. During the last NA session that was held earlier this week, President Dr. Arif Alvi summoned the

PM Imran, COAS telephone NA speaker, wish him speedy recovery 

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa separately telephoned National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser to inquire about his health. According to the NA speaker spokesperson, in a phone call with the PM

Pakistan’s fiscal deficit to surge this year: Dr Abdul Hafeez

ISLAMABAD (REUTERS): Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh has asserted that Pakistan’s fiscal year will surge to nine percent in the ongoing fiscal year. In an interview with an international news agency, Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh

Worldwide coronavirus cases reach 4 million

WASHINGTON: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has reached 4 million today. Around the world, the pandemic has killed more than 276,235 people and infected over 4,013,896. The US has the highest 78,615 deaths, followed by Britain with 31,241,

PM issues second ‘red-letter’ to ministries over not following instructions

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has issued a ‘red letter’ to 16 ministries over non-implementation of federal cabinet decisions. According to details, the red letter is considered to be a final warning and expression of displeasure. It has been issued

Worldwide coronavirus cases set to surpass 4 million

WASHINGTON: New cases of the novel coronavirus that first appeared in China last year are being reported daily around the world. The worldwide tally of novel coronavirus infections rose past 3,917,999.  At least 270,000 people have died from COVID-19, while

COVID-19: CM Punjab urges citizens to follow safety precautions

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has urged the citizens to continue following precautions to counter novel coronavirus, which has affected 8,420 people in Punjab. The chief minister appealed the people to stay in their homes to protect themselves and

Confirmed coronavirus cases reach 22,500 in Pakistan

KARACHI: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases have surged to 22,550 in Pakistan today, while the death toll stands at 526. According to the National Command and Control Center (NCOC), more than 1,049 cases of coronavirus were reported while 40

Special parliamentary session to be held in Islamabad today

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for National Food Security Syed Fakhar Imam will chair a special parliamentary session today to discuss a 5-point agenda via video conference. A special parliamentary committee will gather regarding the summoning of the National Assembly session amid

PCB to help cricketers, officials facing hardships amid coronavirus

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced that it will provide financial help to cricketers, match officials, and ground staff facing hardship amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to a press release issued today (Sunday), the PCB will provide Rs

CM Punjab orders to reimburse doctors’ deducted salaries

LAHORE: Chief Minister of Punjab Usman Buzdar has announced to reimburse the salary of health workers that was deducted earlier as part of a donation.  The chief minister took notice of the health workers’ salary cut in Punjab and directed

Coronavirus cases jump to 15,759 in Pakistan

KARACHI: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases surged to 15,759 in Pakistan on Thursday, while the death toll stands at 346. According to the National Command and Control Center (NCOC), more than 874 cases of coronavirus were reported while 19

USCIRF report affirms India’s violation against Muslims: FM

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that the report of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom has affirmed that India has started an undeclared war against the Muslims in the country. While reacting to the USCIRF report, the

KP tally reaches 89 as another doctor dies due to COVID-19

PESHAWAR: Another doctor has died after contracting coronavirus, raising the infection death toll in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to 89. According to details, Dr. Javaid died due to the disease after battling for his life at the Hayatabad Medical Complex in Hayatabad where he

Govt has zero-tolerance policy on hoarding: Hammad Azhar

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Industries Hammad Azhar On Thursday asserted that the federal government has a zero-tolerance policy on hoarding. Hammad Azhar took to twitter and wrote, “The prices of goods are being monitored.” The prices of goods are being

COVID-19 has badly affected world’s economy: FM Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday said that the COVID-19 has badly affected the economy of the world. In a statement, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said, “This coronavirus pandemic will also increase pressure on our country’s economy as it

Two patients die of COVID-19 in Lahore’s hospital

LAHORE: Another two coronavirus patients have died today at the hospital, bringing the death toll to 58 in Punjab. According to details, 80-year-old male patient and 53 years old female patient were declared dead at the Mayo hospital in Lahore. 

Ruet-e-Hilal Committee session will be held in Karachi today

KARACHI: A meeting of the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will be held in Sindh’s capital today. Chairman of the Committee, Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman will preside over the meeting to decide about the sighting of the moon of Ramzan. The meetings of zonal

SBP reduces policy rate from 11 to 9 percent

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Thursday announced a revised monetary policy and decided to reduce the key interest rate by 200 basis points to nine percent. The central bank’s Monetary Policy Committee announced in a statement that

Govt making every possible effort to provide relief to people: PM

KARACHI: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the federal government was making every possible effort to provide relief to the people during the ongoing lockdown. The prime minister made the remarks during a meeting conducted with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)

Pakistan acknowledges China’s support in battle against coronavirus

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operating Centre (NCOC) today (Tuesday) has acknowledged China’s role in helping Pakistan during coronavirus crisis. In a press release, the NCOC said, “China not only looked after Pakistani students in Wuhan but also provided medical

Two Army pilots martyred as aircraft crashes near Gujrat: ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Two Army pilots were martyred on Monday as their aircraft crashed during on a routine operational training mission near Gujrat. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed the deaths by stating that both pilots, Major Umer (instructor pilot), a resident

Coronavirus: Karachi administration seals two UCs in Gulshan-e-Iqbal

KARACHI: The city administration sealed two Union Councils (UC) in Gulshan-e-Iqbal and declared them a ‘Red-Zone’ today (Monday) due to the rising number of coronavirus cases. In this regard, Deputy Commissioner East issued fresh directives today (Monday) under which UC

CM Sindh to chair meeting today over lockdown extension

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah will chair a meeting today to decide whether the lockdown across the province will be extended or not. The chief minister chaired a meeting on the same issue on Friday but a decision

PM Khan to arrive in Quetta on one-day visit today

QUETTA: Prime Minister Imran Khan will arrive in Quetta on a one-day visit today to hold meetings with Governor Balochistan. Imran Khan along with Governor Balochistan Amanullah Khan Yasinzai will also meet Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan during his visit

Opposition should appreciate PM’s steps for self-accountability: Awan

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information Dr. Firdous Ashiq has said that opposition should appreciate Prime Minister Imran Khan’s steps for self-accountability. In a tweet, Dr. Firdous Ashiq criticised the opposition party by saying that opposition should appreciate

Lockdown should not disrupt food, medicine supply: UN official

The Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Armida Salsiah Alijahbana, has said that the first priority of the Pakistan government should be taking complementary actions to minimise disruptions of lockdown on essential