Tuesday, May 18, 2021


Pak eases Covid restrictions

ISLAMABAD: As the Covid-19 situation remained under control in Pakistan during the Eid al-Fitr holidays with daily new cases showing a declining trend, the country has decided to ease a number of restrictions on transportation and commercial activities.

Shah talks to 4 CMs about preparedness on cyclone Tauktae

NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday chaired a review meeting with the Chief Ministers of Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Union Territory of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli to assess preparedness to deal with the cyclonic storm "Tauktae".

Blocked from cabinet in Senate, Tanden appointed Biden's senior adviser

NEW YORK: Neera Tanden, whose appointment to a cabinet post was blocked in the Senate, has been named a senior adviser to President Joe Biden, according to a Democratic Party leader.

Chinese, Pak FMs hold talks over bilateral ties

BIJING: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that he expects Beijing and Islamabad to take the opportunity of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties to open up a brighter prospect for bilateral relations.

11 dead after van plunges into canal in Pak

LAHORE: At least 11 people were killed after a passenger van plunged into a canal in Pakistan's Punjab province, according to media reports.
The accident took place on Friday evening in Khanqah Dogran area of Sheikhupura district, reports Xinhua news agency.

Ex-KKR pacer Gurney decides to retire from cricket

NEW DELHI: Former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and England left-arm speedster Harry Gurney has decided to retire from cricket following a shoulder injury.

BSF recovers weapons consignment dropped by Pak drone

JAMMU: The Border Security Force (BSF) has recovered a consignment of arms and ammunition sent from Pakistan on a drone in the Samba sector, officials said on Friday.

All India Radio cum DD Tower in Amritsar may never be finished

I am a civil engineer ever curious to observe and study the construction of uncommon types of structures. The first tall structure I observed being built was the 100 meter high steel television tower at village Basarke Gillan in Suburban Amritsar. Meant for government TV, It was the third of its kind in India after Delhi and Mumbai DD towers.

Sikh pilgrims jatha will leave for Pak on june 5

AMRITSAR: A jatha of sikh devotees led by Amarjit Singh and RamPal Singh members SGPC Will leave for Pakistan to observe shaheedi divas of 5th guru of Sikhs Sri Guru Arjan Dev which falls on june 6

Coal plant pollution can cause 8,300 deaths in India

NEW DELHI: Air pollution from planned new coal plants built by companies in which HSBC holds ownership stakes will cause an estimated 18,700 global deaths, close to half in India, from air pollution per year, a new research from the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) said on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia offers intervention in reducing Indo-Pak tensions

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia has said that his country could play an important role in reducing tensions between the two nuclear-powered arch-rivals India and Pakistan.

3 soldiers dead, 5 injured in Pak terror attacks

ISLAMABAD: Three soldiers were killed and five others injured in two separate terrorist attacks in Pakistan's Balochistan province, an army statement said.

Pak ramps up restrictions for Eid al-Fitr

ISLAMABAD: In its efforts to curb the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Pakistani government has ramped up restrictions across the country for the upcoming Eid al-Fitr festival, urging the public to stay at home to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

Pakistan expresses concern over uranium seizure in India

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has expressed serious concern over reports of seizure of uranium from unauthorised persons in India, stating that security of nuclear materials should be a top priority.

Pak Oppn leader stopped from leaving country despite court permission

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Shehbaz Sharif, was stopped from leaving the country despite having court orders to go abroad for medical treatment.

Punjab Police arrests five associates of Gangster Gavi; 1.25kg Heroin, 3 Pistols, 3 Vehicles recovered

CHANDIGARH: Quickly acting on the disclosures of Gangster-cum-Drug Smuggler Gavi during his interrogation, the Punjab Police on Saturday, have managed to bust the entire part of his module active in Punjab with the arrest of his five accomplices. A close aide of wanted gangster Jaipal, Gavi Singh @ Vijay @ Giani was arrested from Sarai Kila Kharsawa district in Jharkhand on April 26, 2021 during a joint operation by the Organised Crime Control Unit (OCCU) of Punjab Police and SAS Nagar Police.

Imran, Saudi Crown Prince Salman commit to ties

ISLAMABAD/JEDDAH: Visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on Saturday have affirmed their commitment to fortify the 'upward trajectory' in bilateral relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in Islamabad said.

Shehbaz Sharif barred from flying to UK

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif has been barred from flying to the UK on Saturday by the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA), a day after the Lahore High Court (LHC) removed his name from the 'blacklist'.

Pak receives 1st consignment of AstraZeneca vax

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Saturday received its first consignment of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine as the country of 220 million scrambles to secure more supplies amid a third wave of the pandemic.

In 7 years, Modi govt bogged by 11,424 LoC ceasefire violations: RTI

MUMBAI: In a glaring indicator of the growing tensions in India's immediate neighbourhood, it has now emerged that there were a whopping 11,424 Ceasefire violations (CFVs) on the border under the seven years of the NDA government, compared with just 523 CFVs during the UPA's 10-year rule.

2nd Test: Pakistan eye series sweep against Zimbabwe

HARARE: After beating Zimbabwe by an innings and 116 runs in the first Test, Pakistan will look to sweep the two-Test series with another win in the second Test that begins at the Harare Sports Club on Friday.

First batch of CanSino vaccines in bulk arrives in Pak

ISLAMABAD: The first batch of China's CanSino Covid-19 vaccines that the Pakistani government purchased in bulk has arrived in Pakistan, the CanSino Biologics Inc. said on Thursday.

India second highest scribe-losing nation to Covid-19, global tally reaches 1248

GENEVA/GUWAHATI: As apprehended India emerges as the
second most Covid-19 affected nation in the world to lose 141
journalists where the global tally reaches 1248 scribes in 75
countries due to corona complications since March 2020, when the
pandemic hit the human race. Brazil with 187 media corona casualties
remains at the top of the victims’ list, where Peru (140 dead) is just
behind India.

Pakistan Air Force to build new air base in Balochistan

NEW DELHI: The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) plans to build a new air base in Balochistan, stepping up the militarisation of the restive province. The PAF has also identified a piece of land for the air base in Nasirabad district of Balochistan.

4 Pakistani soldiers killed in militant attack at Afghan border

ISLAMABAD: At least four Pakistani soldiers were killed on Wednesday during an attack by militants at the country's border with Afghanistan, the military said.

Pakistan logs 119 new Covid deaths

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday reported 119 new Covid fatalities, taking the toll to 18,590, according to the official data provided by National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).

UNGA president says Kashmir status should not be changed; acknowledges Simla pact

UNITED NATIONS: General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir has said that the status of Jammu and Kashmir should not be changed while acknowledging the 1972 Simla Agreement between India and Pakistan making it a bilateral issue.

Punjab CM writes to modi & Shah for 50 MT additional O2 allocation & 20 more tankers

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday sought the immediate intervention of both, the Prime Minister and the Union Home Minister, to ensure uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen to the state, along with additional allocation of 50 MT LMO from a nearby source and 20 additional tankers (preferably conducive to rail travel) for timely evacuation of LMO from Bokaro.

Pakistan to commence local production of China's vaccine: Official

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Pakistani Prime Minister on Health Faisal Sultan said on Monday that the local production of China's single-dose CanSino Covid-19 vaccine is about to commence in the country to facilitate its vaccination drive.

IMF demand to hike power tariff may worsen Pak's inflation

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin said that the demand by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to hike electricity tariff to release more funds could lead to further inflation in the country.

Imran visits areas in Islamabad without protocol

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan paid a surprise visit to different localities in Islamabad without any "security and protocol", his office said.In a tweet on Sunday, Khan's office said that the "Prime Minister drove himself to public places in Islamabad without any security and protocol", reports The Express tribune.

Watchdog reports 40% increase in attacks on Pak journalists

ISLAMABAD: Watchdog Pakistan Freedom Network has declared Islamabad as the most dangerous city for journalists and reported that there was a 40 per cent increase in attack on journalists in Pakistan.

Only one in hundred gets Covid shot in Pakistan: Data

ISLAMABAD: More than 1.08 billion vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, equal to 14 doses for every 100 people. There is already a stark gap between vaccination programmes in different countries, with some yet to report a single dose.

Pak NCOC bans processions on Youm-e-Ali

ISLAMABAD: Amid surging coronavirus cases in Pakistan, the federal government on Saturday imposed a ban on Youm-e-Ali processions, while majalis will be permitted under strict SOPs which are already in place for Ramadan.

Pak cuts international flights to 20% to curb Covid cases

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday issued an advisory reducing the number of inbound international flights to 20 per cent to curb a further rise in Covid-19 cases.

57% more critical Covid patients now in Pak than last June

ISLAMABAD: The number of critical care Covid-19 patients on oxygen in Pakistan currently is 57 per cent higher than it was in June last year, according to an update given by National Command and Operation Centre head Asad Umar on Friday.

Pak recalls ambassador in Saudi Arabia over corruption charges

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan government has recalled its Ambassador in Saudi Arabia, along with other officials at the Pakistan embassy, to make them part of a high-level inquiry into complaints of demanding bribes from the Pakistani expatriates

Imran unveils two new schemes for overseas Pakistanis

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced two new schemes for overseas Pakistanis who have Roshan Digital Accounts (RDA).
In an event held here at the capital, the premier thanked Governor State Bank Reza Baqir for his role in bringing about the two schemes; Roshan Apni Car and Roshan Samaji Khidmat, the Geo TV reported.

6.47 cr takas transaction in accounts of Hefazat's Mamunul: Police

DHAKA: Funds for militant outfit Hefazat-e-Islam, which was behind the widespread violence last month, was deposited into two bank accounts of its senior leader Mamunul Haque and the donors have been identified, Bangladesh Police said on Wednesday.

Pak PM hints at lockdown in virus-hit cities

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday indicated that the government might go for complete lockdown in coronavirus-hit cities and stressed the need for smooth supplies of food items during lockdown.