Murad issues funds to buy new buses for Karachi, other cities 2 hours ago by InpKARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has issued funds worth Rs2.5 billion for the new bus service in Karachi to meet the growing requirement of passenger buses, it emerged on Thursday.
February 20, 2020 07:41 UTC
SRINAGAR: Freelance reporter Ahmer Khan was named the winner of the 2019 Agence France-Presse Kate Webb Prize on Thursday for his coverage on the ground in occupied Kashmir during Delhi’s lockdown of the disputed region. The award, named after one of AFP’s finest correspondents, recognises journalism by locally hired reporters in Asia operating in risky or difficult conditions. India’s Hindu-nationalist government-imposed restrictions on movement and a communications blackout, virtually cutting occupied Kashmir off from the outside world. The removal of autonomy and subsequent crackdown in occupied Kashmir, however, drew international criticism, and diplomats from several countries say they have raised human rights concerns with India’s foreign ministry. “Reporting from Kashmir at this time has been extremely challenging for everyone, including the established foreign media,” said AFP’s Asia-Pacific regional director Philippe Massonnet.
February 20, 2020 06:00 UTC
Mass-selling Bild newspaper said the man was a German citizen and that ammunition and gun magazines were found in his car. The number of dead in the shootings on Wednesday evening rose to nine, a police statement said. The first attack occurred at the “Midnight” bar in the center of the city around 10:00 pm, police and reports said. Police officers swarmed central Hanau, cordoning off the area of one of the shootings as a helicopter hovered overhead. Lawmaker Katja Leikert, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right party who represents Hanau in the German parliament, tweeted that it was “a real horror scenario for us all”.
February 20, 2020 05:37 UTC
BEIJING: China reported a big drop in new coronavirus cases on Thursday, fuelling hopes the epidemic is nearing its peak, but Japan faced a growing crisis as two passengers from a quarantined cruise ship died. A World Health Organization official noted the progress in China but warned it had not reached a turning point just yet. ‘Chaotic’ cruise quarantineWhile China touts progress in its fight against the COVID-19 epidemic, Japan’s government faces criticism over quarantine measures on the Diamond Prince cruise ship. On Wednesday, 443 passengers disembarked from the ship after testing negative for the COVID-19 virus and not showing symptoms during a 14-day quarantine period. “The cruise ship was completely inadequate in terms of infection control,” said Kentaro Iwata in videos he has since deleted.
February 20, 2020 03:22 UTC
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Wednesday advised Prime Minister Imran Khan to be wary of hypocrites. In a statement, the PML-Q chief said that he was giving the incumbent prime minister the same advice he had given to his predecessor Nawaz Sharif but the latter had done the opposite and lost his rule. “The premier should be careful about the hypocrites which roam around him. Unlikely, these elements are included in the present government as well,” he added.
February 19, 2020 19:29 UTC
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday directed the Pakistan Railways to provide a record of the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club Lahore to the audit officials within a month. During the course of proceedings, the court said that a report regarding management accounts of the Pakistan Railways should be submitted before the next date of hearing. Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan asked the Pakistan Railways to look after at the Club’s arrangements till a new experienced team was in place. The petitioner’s counsel said the Railways was not providing the Club’s record to the audit officials. Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan asked the Railways to set up management accounts and provide a record to the audit officials.
February 19, 2020 19:18 UTC
–Jirga demands public hanging for the suspectPESHAWAR: The Hangu police on Wednesday claimed to have arrested the alleged molester and killer of a nine-year-old girl Madiha. Speaking to the media, Hangu DPO Shahid Ahmad Khan said that the police succeeded in arresting the killer of the minor girl. “During the initial investigation, the accused confessed to the crime and has been shifted to Kohat for further interrogation,” the DPO said. The initial investigation confirmed that the minor girl was shot at from the back after being molested. The brutal murderer had also strangled the minor girl which was evident from scars on her body.
February 19, 2020 19:18 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday said that Pakistan had played its due and sincere role in facilitating the Afghan peace talks and now it was being regarded as part of the peace solution. Qureshi said that Pakistan has successfully fulfilled the requirements and guidelines of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Pakistan took serious actions and implemented a plan of action. The foreign minister said that there were about 28,000 Pakistani students studying in China and the government was making all-out efforts for their well-being. The foreign minister said that the government had faced enormous and acute economic challenges as the country was heading towards default.
February 19, 2020 18:22 UTC
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Wednesday asked the Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) not to begin its anti-government movement till the return of Shehbaz Sharif to Pakistan. Sources in the JUI-F told Pakistan Today that Sadiq asked Fazl to postpone the anti-government campaign till Shehbaz’s return. However the JUI-F chief said he could not trust the PML-N leader anymore and was prepared to launch the movement on his own, they added. “The government allies are already distancing themselves from the regime’s failure and it is now walking on thin ice,” he said. Commenting on PML-N’s participation in the “Movement for Preservation of the Constitution” announced by the JUI-F, Sadiq said that the party’s leadership would take a decision after consulting their workers.
February 19, 2020 18:22 UTC
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is unlikely to blacklist Pakistan during its annual meetings in Paris but may keep it on its watch list, says a US scholar of South Asian studies. The meetings began on Monday but the plenary session, which will decide whether to keep Pakistan on its watch list, also known as the grey list, begins on Feb 19. “It’s too early for Pakistan to be removed from the grey list — that will be decided at a meeting later in the year,” says Michael Kugelman, a scholar of South Asian affairs at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington. “What is clear to me is that Pakistan will not be blacklisted.” Meanwhile back in October, 2019 FATF formally announced that Pakistan will remain on it’s Grey list till February 2020. Otherwise, should significant and sustainable, Progress not be made across.
February 19, 2020 16:59 UTC
The raison d’être of the police structure is to serve the humanity, not to put the peace of society in jeopardy. Child abuse cases are alarmingly increasing day by day, and to stall this obnoxious crime and to save the children from sexual wolves, a law has been unanimously passed that those found guilty in child abuse cases will be awarded the punishment of death and the guilty will be hanged in public. Lawmakers and others responsible to make law are fully aware of the gravity of the issue, which is embroiling the minds of the masses. Their main objective to visit police stations or higher offices is to give anchorage to their illegal deeds. Sometimes the influential criminals get registered a fake counter-case against the victim to implicate them to their long travail.
The speed with which the government has given up may well show the social media companies how vulnerable this government is to arm-twisting. Also, the government should have realised that this was not a move to win over its base, who still rely on the social media to spread the party’s message. The Prime Minister can ex officio change a Cabinet decision, but doing so should be an embarrassment for someone. What if the social media platform companies had not been strong enough to make a fuss? The Prime Minister should not only congratulate himself on a lucky escape, but must examine how such a flawed decision could get taken.
“No criteria for capacity building yet want work, work and work” is senior registrars’ psyche. LThese lng work hours just cause anguish to doctors, severely hitting hard their efforts in the medical profession. Doctors learn from their senior registrars by paying the cost of paying them uncommon praise or favour. The problems are burgeoning without timely cumulative minor or major uplift in the management of postgraduate training. Doctors getting miseries and problems of badly-organized systematic postgraduate training will not produce fruits for Pakistan as they are themselves unhappy, wretched and suffering a disjuncture of theory and practical work.
It is scientifically approved and stated that the mind needs refreshment and relaxation during study and any other work for having better working capacity and absorbing or remembering things. Enjoying a working and studying mind must be having some rest and any other enjoyable task for regaining the sense working and tired neurons. In other countries like Finland, whereabout say students are having various kinds of refreshment activity from nursery class to ten class for mind. They enjoy and entertain themselves after reading and studying in class even if they are allowed to sleep if someone wants. but in our country students are not having any kind of refreshment activities.
The reality behind the mythsBy: Rafaqat MasroorThere are many tales associated with lizards that are widely spread not only in Pakistan but throughout the world. You will normally find people saying that lizards, commonly called geckos, are deadly poisonous. They further believe that Almighty Allah has not permitted the poor animal (lizards) to bite human beings. There are still many more fictions related to the lizards and are quite common in different parts of Pakistan. The change in colour is quite common in several lizards and is carried out because of biochemical changes in their skins.