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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Registration for ‘Corona Relief Tigers’ force to begin from March 31 through Citizens’ Portal

Registration for Prime Minister Imran Khan's 'Corona Relief Tigers' youth team will start from March 31, the Youth Affairs Ministry announced on Saturday. According to the ministry, citizens would be able to volunteer for the force through the PM Office portal by filling out a digital form. “Those interested will have to provide their name, age, phone number and union...

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Instagram’s CEO is managing the billion-user network isolated in his garage

With countries going in complete lockdown amid the spread of coronavirus, companies around the world have resorted to working from home. Adam Mosseri, CEO of Instagram, is operating one of the biggest social media platforms in the world from his garage. “I don’t normally work from my garage,” said Mosseri, responding to the question,  what it’s like to run one of...

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US surges past 100,000 cases of COVID-19 after becoming world epicenter for virus

The United States has hit a landmark of more than 100,000 coronavirus infections, widening the gap over other afflicted nations as it solidifies its place as the world’s top hot spot for the lethal illness. With the latest update from Johns Hopkins University’s Covid-19 tracker, the US has tallied 100,717 cases of the virus, surpassing Italy, the next hardest-hit country,...

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Coronavirus: Number of confirmed virus cases in Pakistan rises to 1,415

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Punjab rose to 497 on Saturday afternoon, according to the Punjab health department. The nation-wide tally of positive cases stood at 1,415 after the increase in Punjab. In a post on the social networking platform Twitter, the department said that of the 497 confirmed infections, 116 were in Lahore, 51 in Gujrat, 19...

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AJK PM announces Nishan-e-Kashmir for GB doctor who died of coronavirus

Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider on Friday announced the “Nishan-e-Kashmir” — the state’s highest official award — for Dr Usama Riaz of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) for carrying out his duty to fight Covid-19 at the cost of his life. “Dr Usama Shaheed has set an ever-lasting example of bravery and courage and he is the pride of not...

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CM Murad orders closure of shops at 5pm from today

Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah has said that ha has decided to curtail the operation hours of the groceries shops and stores by three hours from Saturday. The CM issued the order while presiding over a meeting at the CM House. The meeting was attended by Minister Health Dr Azra Pechuho, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, DG Rangers Major General...

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PM Khan conveys best wishes to Bangladeshi counterpart on country’s national day

Prime Minister Imran Khan has penned a letter to his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina Wajed, extending his congratulations on the country's national day. "I extend my congratulations on Bangladesh's national day," said the premier in the letter sent on Thursday. The premier noted that both countries desire peace, stability and progress in the region. "In the days to come, Pakistan...

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PM Khan announces launch of ‘corona relief tigers’ to preempt virus’ worst case scenario

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday announced the launch of a youth force labelled "corona relief tigers" which will lead the fight against the coronavirus in Pakistan. "Recruitment for corona relief tigers will formally begin on March 31. We are calling upon all volunteers," said the premier during a special briefing to the media. Noting that the virus has spread...

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UK PM Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus, will self isolate

LONDON: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, Downing Street has said. Mr Johnson has mild symptoms and will self-isolate in Downing Street. "He was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty," a statement said. He will still be in charge of the government's handling of the crisis, the...

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PM Khan launches ICT app which will ‘bring govt directly to people’s doorsteps’

Prime Minister Imran Khan late Thursday night said that his administration fulfilled yet another commitment after they launched the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) City App. In a tweet the premier said: "Today my govt fulfilled another commitment when I launched the ICT City App bringing govt directly to ppl's doorstep & all city depts together. This has become even more critical during this...

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Govt to limit import of petrol, crude from April as demand drops amid virus lockdown

ISLAMABAD: The government on Thursday imposed restrictions on the import of petrol and crude oil starting April and directed all oil marketing companies (OMCs) to lift petroleum products from local refineries as demand goes down in the wake of a countrywide lockdown to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The directions in this regard were issued by the Petroleum Division...

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In ‘united’ response to coronavirus, G20 pledges to inject $5 trillion into global economy

RIYADH: G20 nations pledged a "united front" on Thursday in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, pledging they were injecting a whopping $5 trillion into the global economy to tackle the pandemic amid forecasts of a deep recession. US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin joined the emergency video conference chaired by Saudi Arabia's King Salman, who called...

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