Important to strike balance between preventing spread of coronavirus and keep economy running: Asad Umar

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar said on Tuesday that it is important for the government to strike a balance between preventing the spread of the coronavirus and keeping the economy running. He made these remarks during a joint press conference with Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister...

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Dollar surges to Rs166 in interbank market amid coronavirus outbreak

The value of the United States dollar against the rupee rose Rs4.4 to Rs166 in the interbank market on Thursday at 1:31pm. A day earlier, the dollar touched Rs161.6 agai­nst the rupee from Rs159 on close of business on Tuesday, according to the ready rates provided by the State Bank of Pakistan. The SBP’s latest data had revealed that outflow of investment...

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NCC meets today to discuss lockdown outcomes, coronavirus scenario

The National Coordination Committee (NCC) on the coronavirus epidemic will meet today with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair to review the implementation of decisions taken by the National Security Committee. The participants will take stock of the situation arising from the stricter measures adopted by provincial authorities to limit the virus. The NCC was formed earlier this month...

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Global coronavirus death toll surpasses 20,000

MADRID: The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 20,000 live worldwide as governments stepped up their efforts against the disease. As the number of confirmed cases worldwide soared past 450,000, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that only a concerted global effort could stop the spread of the virus. In Spain, the number of fatalities surpassed those of China, where...

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ICC postpones World Cup qualifiers amid coronavirus fright

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday that all qualifying events for the 2021 T20 World Cup and 50-overs version in 2023 that were scheduled to be held before June 30 have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The flu-like virus has infected more than 470,800 people around the world and killed over 21,200, according to a Reuters tally, since...

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Pakistan’s confirmed coronavirus cases rises to 1,119

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Pakistan jumped to 1,119 Thursday morning after more people tested positive in Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad Capital Territory. Sindh reported eight new cases in the country, seven in Karachi and one in Hyderabad, taking the provincial tally to 421. Punjab also reported 12 new cases, taking...

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Newsone Bulletin 12PM | 26-3-2020

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