PARIS: Work on the flight data and cockpit voice recorders of a crashed Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane will begin in France on June 2, investigators said on Saturday. “The mission on site (of the crash) is about to be completed,” BEA, the French air safety investigation authority for civil aviation, said on Twitter. It added that Pakistani investigators would fly to France along with the French team. Under international aviation rules, BEA investigators joined the Pakistan-led inquiry because the 15-year-old jet was designed in France. Later, the team visited the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) headquarters where they were given a detailed briefing on the ongoing investigation by the Aircraft Accident and Investigation Board’s (AAIB) four-member investigation team.
May 30, 2020 15:56 UTC
LAHORE: Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Saturday announced to operate five more trains in the coming days, saying all standard operating procedures (SOPs) will be implemented. Addressing a press conference, the federal minister said that Pakistan Railways has suffered a loss of Rs50 million during the last 10 days for allowing passengers under the designed SOPs. The minister also requested Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar to inaugurate the Bahawalpur railway station. Sheikh Rasheed said that railways is not in a position to resume 100 trains due to lack of safety equipment at many railway stations. The minister said that next 90 days are important in politics of Pakistan, adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan will take action against the flour and sugar mafia.
May 30, 2020 15:10 UTC
ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has directed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pakistan International Airlines, Air Marshal Arshad Malik to expedite the process of compensation to the families of plane crash victims. He also directed the CEO to ensure implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) as PIA has resumed flight operation. The CEO PIA briefed the president about the investigation into the plane crash and the relief efforts made by the national airline. Meanwhile, the chief executive officer visited the house of PIA airhostess Anam Khan in Lahore, who died in the plane crash in Karachi. The PIA may operate flights but resumption of international flights also depends on other countries.
May 30, 2020 15:00 UTC
–Former senator says any qualified citizen of Pakistan is eligible to represent any province in NFC, other bodies–Says stepping down from office ‘to enable representation on basis of broad political consensus’KARACHI: Former senator Javed Jabbar on Saturday announced his resignation from the 10th National Finance Commission (NFC), citing “political opposition to his nomination”. He thanked President Dr Arif Alvi, Balochistan Governor Justice (r) Amanullah Khan Yasinzai, and Chief Minister Jam Kamal Alyani for his nomination as the non-statutory member from Balochistan to the 10th NFC, as notified on May 12. Several residents of Balochistan conveyed their valued felicitations and support for my nomination,” the statement claimed. Stressing that consensus is the cornerstone of NFC’s work and its declared awards, Jabbar stated: “Ideally, there should also be a reasonably broad political consensus within Balochistan about nominations to the NFC. “A formal letter of resignation has been electronically transmitted/hard copy despatched by courier earlier today to the president, governor, and chief minister,” he concluded.
May 30, 2020 13:59 UTC
KARACHI: The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of Karachi police, in a joint operation with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) late Friday night, arrested a suspected ISIS terrorist in the provincial metropolis. According to the SIU, during the operation, it recovered advanced weapons and other gadgets from the suspect. Police said that the alleged terrorist, later identified as a Sikandar Khan, also confessed to his association with the outlawed militant outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) before 2019. The suspect, the SIU said, was arrested before in 2013 and charged with several cases including terrorism. The SIU said that it is conducting raids to arrest Sikandar’s accomplices, adding that it is conducting forensic investigation of the weapons recovered from his possession.
May 30, 2020 09:00 UTC
President Dr Arif Alvi has directed Chief Executive Officer of Pakistan International Airlines Air Marshal Arshad Malik to expedite the process of compensation to the families of plane crash victims. The CEO PIA briefed the President about the investigation into the plane crash and the relief efforts made by the national airline. He said 44 bodies of the victims have been handed over to their heirs so far. The president appreciated the relief measures taken by the PIA and the facilities provided by it to the families of the deceased. Meanwhile, PIA CEO visited the house of PIA airhostess Anam Khan in Lahore, who was martyred in the plane crash in Karachi.
May 30, 2020 06:56 UTC
“Low export earnings kept the rupee under pressure,” Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan (ECAP) former secretary general Zafar Paracha told The Express Tribune. Besides, the receipt of export payments remained suspended during Eid holidays from May 22-27, he said. The prevailing foreign currency reserves of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) at $12.07 billion would also help the rupee partially recover the loss. Gold upThe depreciation of the rupee, however, pushed gold prices up to a five-week high at Rs97,200 per tola (11.66 grams). The surge in gold mostly came in the past two days when the rupee experienced a downward trend.
May 30, 2020 03:11 UTC
Prepares draft for federal budget 2010-21 with a total outlay of Rs7,570 billionISLAMABAD: The federal government has prepared draft for Rs7,570 billion federal budget 2010-21. Tax collection target in the budget is likely to be Rs4,500 billion while development budget is expected to be Rs530 billion. A proposal to levy luxury tax per square foot is under consideration. In addition, farmhouses have been divided into two categories for the implementation of luxury tax. It is proposed to levy a luxury tax of Rs50 per square feet on farmhouses with a covered area of more than 10,000 square feet.
May 29, 2020 20:26 UTC
The Turkish drama, Ertugrul Ghazi was aired on Pakistan Television(PTV) from ramzan. The drama is based on the muslim warrior, Ertugrul Ghazi, the founder of Ottoman empire. But, there are also many people, who are against this drama, including celebrities. One of the main point is that, a Turkish drama must not be aired on Pakistan’s official channel. Undoubtedly, muslim history is filled with heroes but unfortunately we are not aware of them.
May 29, 2020 19:47 UTC
Geo-fencing has helped officials monitor neighbourhoods on Covid-19 lockdownISLAMABAD : Pakistan’s intelligence services are deploying secretive surveillance technology normally used to locate militants to instead track coronavirus patients and the people they come into contact with. Details about the project have not been released, but two officials said that intelligence services are using geo-fencing and phone-monitoring systems that ordinarily are employed to hunt high-value targets including homegrown and foreign militants. A lack of awareness, stigma and fear have contributed to some people with symptoms not seeking treatment or even fleeing hospitals, while others who’ve had contact with virus patients have flouted self-isolation rules. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior security official said that agencies are now “quite effectively” using the technology to track coronavirus cases. Israel’s intelligence services have been using counter-terrorism technology, including tracking mobile phones, prompting the Supreme Court to raise privacy concerns.
May 29, 2020 19:30 UTC
This was disclosed by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in a statement issued on Friday from CM House. CM Murad said that Sindh had the highest number of deaths on Friday, which had taken the death toll to 427. Sharing the details of 12,936 patients, the chief minister said that 11,902 were in home isolation, 126 at isolation centres and 908 in hospitals. According to the chief minister, out of 804 new cases, 140 belonged to Korangi, 132 East, 117 South, 79 Central, 68 Malir and 61 West. The chief minister concluding his statement once again urged people of Sindh to be careful, adopt SOPs and avoid crowding.
May 29, 2020 19:18 UTC
ISLAMABAD: The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has recommended the Petroleum Division to reduce the price of petrol by Rs7.06 per litre for the month of June 2020. In addition, OGRA has also suggested the government to lower the per litre price of kerosene oil and light diesel oil (LDO). According to sources, the oil and gas sector regulator has worked out Rs7.06 per litre decrease in petrol price; Rs11.88 per litre cut in the price of kerosene oil, and Rs9.37 reduction in the price of LDO. They said the finance ministry, after getting the consent of Prime Minister Imran Khan, would announce future oil prices, which would be effective from 1st June 2020. that are already imposed on POL prices.
May 29, 2020 16:43 UTC
“Now the unarmed scuffle between Chinese and the Indian forces at Sikkim-Tibet border in the Ladakh region has proved that India has expansionist designs, and it has become a big threat to the peace and security of the region,” they added. They paid glowing tributes to the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) for rejecting the RSS-BJP actions, carrying out the unprecedented struggle against India’s illegal occupation, and rendering matchless sacrifices for the realisation of their right to self-determination. Both assured the people of IOJ&K that they are not alone in their struggle but the whole Pakistani nation and every child of Azad Kashmir are with them. Premier Haider also condoled with President Masood on the death of his uncle Sardar Mohammad Nazir Khan and offered Fateha. The state minister Dr Mustafa Bashir and prominent scholar Sahibzada Salim Chishti were also present on the occasion.
May 29, 2020 16:30 UTC
LAHORE: The Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) on Friday increased the price of 20kg flour bag by Rs120, from Rs805 to Rs925. In addition, PFMA has also increased the ex-mill price of 20kg flour bag to Rs900. Talking to this scribe, PFMA Chairman Abdul Rauf Mukhtar said, “We have taken the decision in wake of an increase in wheat price. He claimed that at present, the flour mills don’t even have wheat stocks for 72 hours “and if the food department wants to stabilise the wheat price, it should issue stocks to flour mills”. Mukhtar maintained it was the responsibility of the food department to maintain the supply chain of wheat and flour.
May 29, 2020 16:18 UTC
“Laboratories in Lahore take just six hours [to release DNA test results],” claimed Mobin Ahmed Idrees, whose cousin was onboard the plane. Trying to convince police officials at the collection point to help him get another sample, he was told that DNA matching was underway in the laboratory. While the security helped him reach lab officials, this too was unsuccessful. KU lab officials stated that 20 supporting staff had been working round the clock. Health department spokesperson Meeran Yousuf confirmed this, adding that while families could take DNA samples to Lahore on their own, doing so would increase the burden on laboratories there.
May 29, 2020 16:07 UTC