China study warns of possible new ‘pandemic virus’ from pigs

A new flu virus found in Chinese pigs has become more infectious to humans and needs to be watched closely in case it becomes a potential “pandemic virus”, a study said, although experts said there is no imminent threat. A team of Chinese researchers looked at influenza viruses found in pigs from 2011 to 2018 and found a “G4” strain...

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Nigar Johar appointed as first female lieutenant general by Pakistan Army

Lieutenant General Nigar Johar has become the first woman officer in the history of Pakistan Army to reach the three-star rank, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Tuesday. The newly appointed lieutenant general, who hails from the Panjpeer village in Swabi district, has been appointed as the first Surgeon General of Pakistan Army, the military's media wing added.

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Pakistanis turn to ‘Corona Warriors’ Facebook group for plasma donations

ISTANBUL: When musician Zoraiz Riaz set up a Facebook group to help coordinate convalescent plasma donations for people fighting COVID-19 in Pakistan, he expected perhaps a few hundred responses. Within a month, however, the "Corona Recovered Warriors" group had more than 320,000 members, needing a team of 33 volunteers to manage posts from families of patients across Pakistan seeking advice....

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India perpetrated PSX attack in an attempt to destabilise Pakistan, PM Khan tells NA

Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday that the Pakistan Stock Exchange attack in Karachi was perpetrated by India in order to destablise Pakistan. The prime minister was addressing the National Assembly, where he lauded the security forces for thwarting the attack, which could have otherwise caused considerable destruction. "We have no doubt that India is involved in the attack,"...

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Finance Bill 2020-21 formally approved by President Alvi

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Tuesday formally approved the Finance Bill 2020-21 under Article 75 of the Constitution. Alvi gave his approval to the Finance Bill 2020-21 after it was passed by the National Assembly, a press release issued by the President House read. A day prior, the NA had approved the federal budget for the fiscal year 2020-2021 (FY20-21)...

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Air safety agency suspends PIA flights to Europe for six months

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has suspended Pakistan International Airline's air operations permit for a period of six months, the national carrier's spokesperson said on Tuesday. The suspension will take effect on July 1, 2020 at 12 noon UTC time, he said. Therefore, all PIA flights to Europe have been temporarily cancelled. "Those who have a PIA booking...

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