Five coronavirus patients die, 573 new cases emerge over past 24 hours: CM Murad

KARACHI: Five COVID-19 patients died over the past 24 hours as 573 new cases of the virus emerged across the province, said Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday. According to a statement from the chief minister, 2,327 samples were tested for the virus over the past 24 hours out of which 573 results came back positive at...

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Indian border security officials claim capture of another ‘spy pigeon from Pakistan’ in IoK

Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) claimed on Monday to have captured another "Pakistani spy pigeon" and handed it over to police in Indian occupied Kashmir, NDTV reported. The pigeon, "with a prominent pink patch and a tag on its leg", was logged at the police station as a "suspected Pakistani spy", said NDTV. The report said that the pigeon is being suspected of...

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Late model turned actor Zara Abid’s debut short film releases

A new short film has hit YouTube which features the late model Zara Abid. Titled Sikka, the film came just two days after the tragic PIA plane crash that took Abid's life along with 96 others. The short - directed by Ahmed Sarym - ended up being her first and last such project. https://youtu.be/HHaeYaEszLU Narrated by Saba Qamar, Sikka shows Zara as two...

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‘Africa Day 2020’: Pakistan joins world community in celebrations

Pakistan on Monday reaffirmed its full solidarity and support for the aspirations and valuable endeavours of the African nations for peace, progress and prosperity. Commemorating African Union's 57th anniversary today, the Foreign Office spokesperson in a statement extended heartiest felicitations to the leadership and people of all fraternal African nations. The statement said, “marking the landmark establishment of the African...

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PFSA collects DNA samples of 52 PIA plane crash victims

LAHORE: The Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) collected DNA samples of 52 victims of the ill-fated PK8303 flight, a day after Sindh government refused to let the agency collect them. PFSA Director-General Dr Muhammad Tahir Ashraf confirmed that the agency had collected DNA samples from Karachi and returned to Lahore. "DNA samples of 52 deceased individuals and their families have...

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Airbus technical team commences Karachi plane crash investigation

PARIS: The team of renowned plane manufacturing company, Airbus, arrived in Pakistan Tuesday to investigate the recent crash of one of its own manufactured aircraft in Karachi. The Airbus team visited the site were the PK-8303 flight crashed. The technical team inspected the houses that were damaged by the crash. Relevant officers of the civil aviation and PIA were summoned...

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Locusts wreak havoc on mango, cotton and other crops in Sindh, southern Punjab

MULTAN/RAJANPUR/KANDHKOT: Locusts attacked and severely damaged cotton, mango and other crops in various cities of Sindh and southern Punjab on Monday, giving rise to fears of more damage in the days to come if appropriate steps are not taken to protect crops from the insects. The locust attack took place in different areas of Multan, Rajanpur, district Muzaffargarh and Kandhkot....

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Shehbaz blames rise in coronavirus cases on lack of strategy

LAHORE: Had there been a strategy in place at the time of the imposition of lockdown or when the decision was taken to lift it, the number of COVID-19 cases in the country would not have increased at such a rapid rate. According to a statement posted by the PML-N's official Twitter account, the former Punjab chief minister called on...

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Coronavirus pandemic: Sindh govt discards rumours of imposing curfew

KARACHI: Sindh government has not taken any decision to impose a curfew across the province, said Syed Murtaza Wahab on Monday. The advisor to the chief minister and Sindh government spokesperson rubbished rumours on social media that the provincial government had decided to impose a curfew in a bid to contain the coronavirus from spreading faster in the province. "News...

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KP chief secretary tests positive for COVID-19

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Secretary Dr Kazim Niaz has tested positive for Covid-19 and subsequently gone into quarantine, it emerged on Monday. In a statement, KP Chief Minister Mahmood Khan wished Niaz a speedy recovery. https://twitter.com/IMMahmoodKhan/status/1264818011489304576 "He [Niaz] has been working day and night against the coronavirus outbreak. He has gone above and beyond his duty in this regard." The chief...

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US pushing ties to brink of ´Cold War´ over coronavirus pandemic, says China

BEIJING: China said Sunday that its relations with the United States were "on the brink of a new Cold War," fuelled partly by tensions over the coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 350,000 people worldwide and pitched the global economy into a massive downturn. Fresh tensions between Beijing and Washington emerged as virus restrictions continued to shape and remake lives...

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