Newsone 9PM Bulletin | 25-March-2020

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Shaban moon sighted, Shab-e-baraat to fall on April 8

The Shaban moon has been sighted and the first of Shaban will fall on Thursday March 26, the Ruet-e-Hilal Committed said Wedneaday. Shab-e-Barat will be observed on April 8 and Ramzan is likely to start from the 24th or 25th of May.

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Istanbul prosecutor indicts 20 suspects over Khashoggi killing in 2018

Turkey has indicted 20 suspects, including two former aides to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, over the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Prosecutors accuse Saudi Arabia´s deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri and the royal court´s media czar Saud al-Qahtani of leading the operation and giving orders to a Saudi hit team. Khashoggi, 59, a...

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Face masks, N-95 respirators from China arrive in Sindh

KARACHI: Face masks donated by China arrived in Sindh on Wednesday, a press release issued by the provincial government confirmed, with Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah expressing his gratitude to the People's Republic for its generous move in helping fight the coronavirus pandemic. CM Shah received the 500,000 face masks — which include 50,000 N-95 respirators — at Karachi's cargo...

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Govt will not go for complete lockdown as it will create food crisis in country: PM Imran

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the government will not go for complete lockdown which will effect transport and construction industry. He added the lockdown in other provinces, including Sindh will affect the poor class and labourers. Addressing parliamentary leaders through video link in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said none of the coronavirus cases from China reached Pakistan....

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President Alvi calls on religious scholars to halt congregational prayers

ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi has urged the religious scholars to take urgent action to stop the spread of coronavirus in Pakistan and stop congregational prayers in the country. The president made the request after Grand Imam Shaikh of Al Azhar and Supreme Council in Egypt issued a Fatwa regarding it after he approached him for guidance. He said the religious scholars...

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Pakistan in talks with IMF for additional Rs1.4bn amid coronavirus outbreak: Hafeez Shaikh

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is in talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for an additional sum of Rs1.4 billion owing to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh announced on Wednesday. "This sum [of additional money] is separate from the current programme", Dr Shaikh said, referring to the ongoing three-year IMF Extended Fund...

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Coronavirus outbreak: Sindh govt issues stricter provincial lockdown orders

Sindh Home Department in a notification on Wednesday said that no one will be allowed to come out on the roads after 8pm in the province. According to the notification, medical stores near hospitals will only be allowed to be be open after 8pm. It added that factories will be shut down for 13 days across the province. The department...

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