Budget 2020-21: Development outlay of Rs1,319 billion approved by APCC

ISLAMABAD: The Annual Plan Coordination Committee (APCC) on Thursday approved national development outlay of Rs1,319 billion for next budget 2020-21 and recommended to National Economic Council (NEC) for launching Rs100 billion special programme to combat COVID-19 with cost sharing of 50:50 both by Centre and provinces. Out of total national development outlay, the federal Public Sector Development Programme was envisaged...

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Pak Nigehbaan app launched by NCOC regarding availability of ventilators

The National Command and Operations Centre launched an application called Pak Nigehban regarding the availability of ventilators in hospitals across the country. The app can be downloaded from mobile app stores, said an official statement. It is also available at Google Drive and Covid.gov.pk. The statement said that around 1,110 hospitals around the country will be associated with the app....

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Seven children drown in River Indus near Jhirk, confirms police

THATTA: Seven children drowned in River Indus near Jhirk, police confirmed on Friday. According to police, seven children aged between 6-10 years drowned after they had gone swimming in River Indus to escape the heat. Locals pulled out bodies of six children, while that of a girl, could not be recovered from the river. They said that the victims lived...

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COVID-19 patients to soon emerge from every home: Sindh health minister

KARACHI: Hospitals will not have beds to spare soon as the pandemic is out of control in the country, said Sindh Health Minister Azra Pechuho on Thursday, warning that coronavirus cases would soon emerge from every home. This was said by the minister during a session of the Sindh Assembly. The provincial assembly started the formal debate on the COVID-19...

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Senate session: Opposition thrashes govt for dismissal of Pakistan Steel Mills employees

ISLAMABAD: Opposition senators slammed the government for sacking Pakistan Steel Mills employees and going back on its promise to not privatize the entity, in a session of the Senate held on Friday. A session of the upper house was held during which PML-N's Senator Mushahidullah said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had said in the past that he would demonstrate...

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Coronavirus Lockdown: Sindh announces online classes for government schools

KARACHI: The Sindh government has decided to start online classes for government schools, as students numbering in the thousands are forced to stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Online classes will be held for grades 6-12," a notification from the Sindh education department read on Friday. The online classes will be launched with the help of The United...

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Over 3mn jobs can be lost in Pakistan due to coronavirus outbreak: finance ministry tells senate

The Ministry of Finance has informed the Senate that the coronavirus pandemic can result in an estimated 3mn people being unemployed and the poverty rate to surge to 33.5%. In a written reply submitted to the upper house on Friday, the finance ministry warned that the budget deficit will increase to 9.34% due to the ongoing pandemic which has proven...

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