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Lockdown Restrictions In Sindh To remain in place Till May 31: Nasir Shah

KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Information Syed Nasir Hussain Shah Thursday said the implementation of lockdown restrictions would remained continue in the province till May 31. Addressing a press conference flanked by Barrister Murtaza Wahab, Law Adviser to Sindh chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Syed Nasir Hussain said how the lockdown could be relaxed at a time when the number...

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Indian allegations of infiltration across LoC are ‘baseless’ and ‘dangerous’, says PM Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan once again called on the international community to take notice of India’s brutality in occupied Kashmir before it jeopardises the peace and security in South Asia. In a series of tweets on Wednesday, the prime minister said, “I have been warning the world about India's continuing efforts to find a pretext for a false flag operation...

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Civil Hospital doctor deemed responsible for Dr Furqan’s demise

KARACHI: The inquiry committee constituted by the Sindh government to investigate the circumstances leading to the death of Dr Furqan-ul-Haq on Wednesday has held a senior doctor of Civil Hospital Karachi for negligence. Haq, a retired doctor, was tested positive for COVID-19 a few days ago and died on Sunday morning after he was allegedly denied treatment at various public...

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Remdesivir maker in talks with Pakistani, Indian firms to manufacture coronavirus drug

California-based Gilead Sciences has said it was negotiating long-term voluntary licenses with several generic drugmakers in Pakistan and India to produce experimental COVID-19 drug remdesivir for developing countries. The drugmaker also said it was in discussions with chemical and drug manufacturers to produce its antiviral drug remdesivir for Europe, Asia and the developing world through at least 2022. Gilead last...

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Final decision on easing lockdown restrictions expected today

ISLAMABAD: The final decision about the ease in lockdown restrictions will be taken today in a meeting at the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), which would be chaired by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar. The chief ministers of the four provinces and representatives of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan will also attend the meeting to...

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‘Sindh govt has until 15th of Ramadan,’ says trader association president on business SOPs

All City Tajir Ittehad (ACTI) chairman Sharjeel Goplani has given an ultimatum to the Sindh govt to issue detailed standard operating procedures under which businesses can reopen by the 15th of Ramadan, after which shops will reopen regardless. "The 15th of Ramadan is our last deadline after which we will reopen shops," said Goplani during a press conference alongside PTI...

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If you think appearing before law tarnishes your reputation then that means you disregard the law: Faraz

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Shibli Faraz has responded to PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb's media talk from a day earlier in which she had spoken out against NAB's summoning of party president Shehbaz Sharif. She portrayed it to be a case "as if a very virtuous, innocent and honest man has been humiliated," said Faraz of Aurangzeb's briefing. He said that if...

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‘Successful’ plasma therapy trial conducted on Hyderabad COVID-19 patient

HYDERABAD: A coronavirus patient at the city's Civil Hospital has shown improvement after being given plasma therapy, a senior official at the health facility said on Tuesday. The Sindh Health Department on Thursday had allowed three hospitals in the province — two in Karachi and one in Hyderabad — to start experimental use of COVID-19 convalescent plasma for the treatment...

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Global coronavirus death toll surges to 250,000 as world leaders raise $8.1bn for vaccine push

WASHINGTON: The global death toll from the deadly flu virus surged past 250,000 on Monday as world leaders raised billions towards a vaccine. An AFP tally of official figures showed that Europe is the hardest-hit continent with around 145,000 fatalities, and the United States recorded close to 68,700 — together accounting for more than 85% of global fatalities. An internal government estimate in...

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No record of Dr Furqan being brought to hospital: SIUT spokesperson

KARACHI: The Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation on Tuesday issued a statement clarifying that the institute had carried out an inquiry into the death of Dr Furqanul Haq who passed away last week from the coronavirus after being allegedly denied treatment at the hospital. A spokesperson for the hospital claimed that there no record had been found of Haq...

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With 32,000 deaths, Britain’s coronavirus toll highest in Europe

LONDON: Britain has overtaken Italy to report the highest official death toll from coronavirus in Europe with more than 32,000 deaths, figures released on Tuesday showed. The high death toll could increase political pressure on Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who waited longer than other European leaders to order a lockdown to curb the spread of the virus in March. Weekly...

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Venezuela arrests two US citizens among 13 people involved in failed incursion

Venezuelan security forces have arrested 13 people including two Americans involved in a failed armed incursion into the country, President Nicolas Maduro said on Monday. In a state television address, Maduro said authorities arrested 13 "terrorists" on Monday allegedly involved in a plot he said was coordinated with Washington to enter the South American country via the Caribbean coast and...

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Vajda to be sworn in as top US diplomat for South Asia as Wells retires

WASHINGTON: United States Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas L Vajda will take over charge of South Asian affairs at the US State Department after Alice Wells, the current top diplomat for South Asia, retires on May 22, the department confirmed on Monday. “I will miss Alice’s wise counsel and dedicated efforts to build relationships and address challenges across South and Central...

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Karachi grapples heat wave amid coronavirus lockdown

KARACHI: Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast that a heatwave will sweep over urban areas of Sindh, including Karachi and Hyderabad, from Tuesday through to Friday. The PMD claimed that the mercury was expected to touch up to 40 degrees Celsius in the port city during the heat wave. Weather would remain hot and dry, with humidity at low levels,...

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With 1,315 new cases, Pakistan records highest single-day rise in COVID-19 infections

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday confirmed 1,315 new coronavirus cases during the past 24 hours, recording the highest single-day jump to date as the government moved to eased lockdown restrictions in coming days. The previous spike was on Saturday when 1297 cases were reported. According to figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), 24 new deaths were caused...

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At least 1 wounded in explosion at imambargah in Lower Kurram

At least one man was injured in a blast on an imambargah in Lower Kurram's Shoorki area near the Pak-Afghan border on Tuesday, area police said. The injured man, who reportedly worked as a caretaker at the imambargah, has been shifted to a local hospital. The building of the mosque collapsed from the impact of the explosion. According to Yaqoob...

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Pakistan summons Indian diplomat to protest ‘baseless, fallacious’ claim about Gilgit-Baltistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan summoned a senior Indian diplomat to convey its "rejection of India’s baseless and fallacious contention regarding the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s verdict in a matter pertaining to Gilgit-Baltistan", a statement from the Foreign Office issued Monday read. In its statement, the Foreign Office said Pakistan "clearly conveyed that the Indian claim over the occupied state of Jammu and Kashmir...

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