PIA recovers cockpit voice recorder of ill-fated crashed plane from site

The cockpit voice recorder from the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight PK-8303 plane crash incident in Karachi on May 22 has finally been recovered, a spokesperson for the airline confirmed today. The cockpit voice recorder was recovered from the rubble in the residential area where the plane crashed. The equipment will greatly help the investigation and will provide important clues...

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US leads huge economic fightback against coronavirus, EU closes borders

The United States and Britain led a multi-billion-dollar global fightback against economic havoc wreaked by the coronavirus as the European Union shut its borders to travellers from outside for 30 days to stem the pandemic's ferocious spread. The sweeping measures, never before seen in peacetime, have upended society worldwide and roiled financial markets on fears of a global recession. The coronavirus outbreak,...

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India’s poor testing rate might leave coronavirus cases undetected

Indian authorities have said they will not expand coronavirus testing, as most affected nations are doing, despite criticism that limited testing could leave COVID-19 cases undetected in the world's second-most populous country. The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries to test as widely as possible to curb the pandemic, but India has only been testing those who have travelled...

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ADB approves immediate grant of $50 million for Pakistan to curb coronavirus

Asian Development Bank (ADB) to immediately release $50 million for Pakistan in an effort to fight and fend off the deadly coronavirus pandemic. An official statement by the global money lending body said that the grant will be exclusively given to the country’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). A total of $35 million will be disseminated to Pakistan in regular...

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Sindh govt will take strict action against malls, parks, restaurants violating closure orders: Wahab

KARACHI: Sindh government spokesman Murtaza Wahab on Wednesday has said that strict action will be taken if necessary to ensure that all restaurants, shopping malls and public parks in the province will remain closed for the next 15 days. He clarified that the orders were not applicable on grocery stores, corner shops, and pharmacies. Addressing a press conference in Karachi,...

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SBP urges citizens to avoid using cash for daily transactions

In the wake of a coronavirus outbreak in the country, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has shared precautionary tips for the public, advising minimum or no use of currency notes in their routine transactions. The central bank has urged commercial banks to encourage the public to use ATMs, online and mobile banking and phone banking on a daily basis. The...

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China to provide testing kits, ventilators to deal with coronavirus epidemic: FM Qureshi

China has decided to provide Pakistan with testing kits, protective gear and portable ventilators as the country tries to grapple with the coronavirus outbreak. “China has [also] decided it will provide us with a cash grant to set up a state-of-the-art isolation centre to combat the coronavirus outbreak in the country,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told media. Qureshi was talking...

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