PM Imran announces refunds of Rs100bn to businesses

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said the government will announce a Rs100 billion package for the construction industry as the government tries to keep the country afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic. “We have decided we will give necessary incentives to the construction industry in order to provide job opportunities to people during this time of crisis,” PM Imran said...

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PM Khan conveys best wishes to Bangladeshi counterpart on country’s national day

Prime Minister Imran Khan has penned a letter to his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina Wajed, extending his congratulations on the country's national day. "I extend my congratulations on Bangladesh's national day," said the premier in the letter sent on Thursday. The premier noted that both countries desire peace, stability and progress in the region. "In the days to come, Pakistan...

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PM Khan announces launch of ‘corona relief tigers’ to preempt virus’ worst case scenario

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday announced the launch of a youth force labelled "corona relief tigers" which will lead the fight against the coronavirus in Pakistan. "Recruitment for corona relief tigers will formally begin on March 31. We are calling upon all volunteers," said the premier during a special briefing to the media. Noting that the virus has spread...

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UK PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus, will self isolate

LONDON: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, Downing Street has said. Mr Johnson has mild symptoms and will self-isolate in Downing Street. "He was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty," a statement said. He will still be in charge of the government's handling of the crisis, the...

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PM Khan launches ICT app which will ‘bring govt directly to people’s doorsteps’

Prime Minister Imran Khan late Thursday night said that his administration fulfilled yet another commitment after they launched the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) City App. In a tweet the premier said: "Today my govt fulfilled another commitment when I launched the ICT City App bringing govt directly to ppl's doorstep & all city depts together. This has become even more critical during this...

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Govt to limit import of petrol, crude from April as demand drops amid virus lockdown

ISLAMABAD: The government on Thursday imposed restrictions on the import of petrol and crude oil starting April and directed all oil marketing companies (OMCs) to lift petroleum products from local refineries as demand goes down in the wake of a countrywide lockdown to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The directions in this regard were issued by the Petroleum Division...

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In ‘united’ response to coronavirus, G20 pledges to inject $5 trillion into global economy

RIYADH: G20 nations pledged a "united front" on Thursday in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, pledging they were injecting a whopping $5 trillion into the global economy to tackle the pandemic amid forecasts of a deep recession. US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin joined the emergency video conference chaired by Saudi Arabia's King Salman, who called...

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US tops world in coronavirus cases, surpassing China and Italy

WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday took the grim title of the country with the most coronavirus infections and reported a record surge in unemployment as world leaders vowed $5 trillion to stave off global economic collapse. More than 500,000 people around the world have now contracted the new coronavirus, overwhelming healthcare systems even in wealthy nations and triggering an...

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Coronavirus: Two doctors tests positive, nation-wide tally rises to 1,286

Information Adviser Ajmal Wazir on Friday said that 53 new cases have been confirmed in the province during the last 24 hours. Wazir in a press conference stated that inter-district transport in the province will remain suspended till April 5, adding that school vacations have also been extended till April 5. The adviser stated that the provincial government will engage...

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Doctors, nurses battling coronavirus presented with guard of honour by Punjab police

Punjab Police on Friday presented a guard of honour to the doctors and nurses performing their duties at Lahore’ Mayo Hospital on Friday. https://twitter.com/PTIofficial/status/1243495037792440320 All around Pakistan, people have come out to balconies, rooftops, parks, and other public places, waving white flags to honour the doctors, nurses, and paramedics — the nation's heroes — battling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Singing...

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Coronavirus crisis: Sindh govt bans congregational prayers in mosques till April 5

KARACHI: The Sindh government banned congregational prayers in mosques across the province from March 27, 2020 till April 5, 2020. The announcement was made by Sindh information minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah. "Only three to five persons will be allowed to offer prayers in mosques," he said. He said that the provincial government had decided to impose a ban on...

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