Sandstorm, dusty wind overtakes Karachi

KARACHI: Severe sandstorm and dusty wind on Wednesday overtook Karachi which created difficulty in breathing for its residents. Western wind system unusually appeared in June as it mostly comes in cold weather, Meteorology Dept said, adding that the system already have caused dust storm in Gulf countries. After series of heatwaves, the Pakistan Meteorological Department has predicted rainfall and dust...

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Sindh govt increases testing amid rising number of COVID-19 infections

The Sindh government has ramped up testing amid a rising number of infections in the province, with the chief minister expressing concern over the fact that most cases are local transmissions. The highest number of tests yet — 7,547 — were conducted in the last 24 hours against which 1,824 (24.2%) were diagnosed positive. “Whenever, we have conducted more tests,...

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PM Khan takes notice of price hike despite cut in fuel prices

Prime Minister Imran on Wednesday took notice of the price hike in the country despite a massive cut in the petroleum products and directed the officials to ensure that the impact of the reduction “must correspondingly reflect” in the prices of essential commodities on daily basis. He also asked the National Price Monitoring Committee to monitor the prices of essential...

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K-Electric hints at surged loadshedding this summer

KARACHI: Due to the ease in lockdown and a spike in business activities, the surge in demand of electricity has made loadshedding inevitable in Karachi, said a K-Electric spokesman on Wednesday. According to KE, in the current situation, an increase in loadshedding can be expected. The KE spokesman said that the power supply company is not getting the required amount...

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Shibli Faraz warns of stricter COVID-19 lockdown if people continue ignoring SOPs

ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan would be forced to revert to a stricter coronavirus lockdown if people continued to ignore the standard operating procedures (SOPs), Information and Broadcasting Minister Senator Shibli Faraz warned Wednesday. Addressing a press conference here in the federal capital, Faraz noted that while the coronavirus pandemic had so far caused less damage than the government expected, the number of...

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