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
Although, Habibullah, who rejected Nayyar’s petition in 2010, now believes that new Indian maps had created confusion. “We had given maps with serious contradictions on the layout of the MacMohan Line to China. The 890-kilometre-long MacMohan Line, laid down by the British in 1914, demarcates the border between India and China — although this is still contested by the Beijing. The memorandum reproduced in books directs officials not to even discuss old maps and take reference only from new maps. He believed that the diplomatic consequences of the deepening rift between India and China are “incalculable”; especially in India’s relations with its other neighbours, particularly Pakistan.
May 29, 2020 15:11 UTC
The study titled ‘Air quality, health and Toxics Impacts of the Proposed Coal Mining and Power Cluster in Thar, Pakistan’ has been conducted by Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA). The Thar emissions would constitute one of the largest hotspots of mercury and carbon dioxide in South Asia, he said. The coal power plants would emit an estimated 1,400 kg of mercury per year, of which one fifth would be deposited into land ecosystems in the region, he added. The local communities of Thar were already suffering from forced displacement, encroachment on common grazing land, livelihood losses, water stress and air pollution, induced by coal power project, in Thar. To end the sufferings of Thari people, he demanded the government to adopt renewable energy projects and stop mining and import of coal for power generation.
May 29, 2020 14:15 UTC
The overall market volumes improved from 14.8 million shares in the previous session to 233.02 million shares (+20pc). Unity Foods Limited (UNITY), Hascol Petroleum Limited (HASCOL) and TRG Pakistan Limited (TRG) led the volume chart, exchanging 25.85 million, 19.55 million and 16.48 million shares, respectively. Sectors that brought positivity to the KSE-100 Index included oil & gas exploration (67.93 points), cement (43.28 points) and power generation & distribution (38.98 points). Among the companies, Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDC 52.79 points), Hub Power Company Limited (HUBC 32.15 points) and Lucky Cement Limited (LUCK 31.18 points) remained the top contributors to the index. The technology sector gained 2.55pc in its cumulative market cap, with Systems Limited (SYS 6.27pc), NetSol Technologies Limited (NETSOL 4.41pc), Avanceon Limited (AVN 2.29pc) and TRG Pakistan Limited (TRG 3.14pc) closing with decent gains.
May 29, 2020 13:51 UTC
During a media briefing in Islamabad on Friday, he said that the situation regarding availability of ventilators and beds across the country is under control. Dr Mirza promises ample supply of PPEHe said that the people could not grasp the situation regarding lockdown. According to Dr Mirza, 35 per cent people in Pakistan have completely recovered from the respiratory disease caused by Covid-19. Dr Mirza further said that the opposition parties, instead of doing politics on the deadly virus, should suggest measures to prevent its spread. Live: Live: SAPM on Health Dr. @zfrmrza briefing media regarding Coronavirus situation in Pakistan https://t.co/4oCfc2RZEC — Radio Pakistan (@RadioPakistan) May 29, 2020Read full story
May 29, 2020 13:30 UTC
–Domestic flight operations to be enhanced from June 1ISLAMABAD: The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Friday announced that Pakistan will resume international flight operations from May 30 (Saturday). In March, the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) suspended all international flights in the wake of the novel coronavirus. A month later, the government extended the suspension of international and domestic flight operations till April 30 in line with the national strategy to stem the spread of novel coronavirus. “It has been decided to further enhance domestic flights operation from previous 20-22% to 40-45% of the pre-COVID19 operations,” a spokesman for the Aviation Division said. The spokesman said the enhanced flights operation would start from June 1, and cover Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar and Quetta.
May 29, 2020 13:23 UTC
CNN posts a footage of its correspondent speaking calmly to police and then being handcuffed and taken awayMINNEAPOLIS: Police arrested a CNN crew broadcasting live from the US city of Minneapolis early on Friday, May 29 while covering unrest sparked by the death of a black man at the hands of law enforcement. Minnesota police arrest CNN reporter and camera crew as they report from protests in Minneapolis https://t.co/oZdqBti776 pic.twitter.com/3QbeTjD5ed — CNN (@CNN) May 29, 2020“Do you mind telling me why I am under arrest, sir,” Jimenez is heard saying. “…There’s no way something like that should occur.” https://t.co/caz6vZT4af pic.twitter.com/XCXsqU74iX — CNN (@CNN) May 29, 2020Earlier, as Minnesota state police surrounded Jimenez while he reported, the correspondent spoke to the officers and said he wanted to cooperate. CNN said in a tweet that a white reporter who was also on the ground covering the unrest was not arrested. “A CNN reporter and his production team were arrested this morning in Minneapolis for doing their jobs, despite identifying themselves – a clear violation of their First Amendment rights,” the network said.
May 29, 2020 12:33 UTC
Washington renewed accusations last month that Pyongyang was responsible for malicious cyber attacksSEOUL: North Korea accused the United States of smear tactics on Friday after Washington renewed accusations last month that Pyongyang was responsible for malicious cyber attacks. It was the latest in a series of exchanges underscoring the friction between the two countries after denuclearisation talks launched by US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stalled late last year. “We want to make it clear that our country has nothing to do with the so-called ‘cyber threat’ that the US is talking about,” North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said in the statement. The aim was to “smear our country’s image and create a way to shake us up”, it said. The US State Department, Treasury, and Department of Homeland Security Issues, along with the FBI, issued a new warning last month about the threat of North Korean hackers, calling particular attention to financial services.
May 29, 2020 12:22 UTC
Flight operations were suspended to curb the spread of the novel coronavirusThe Civil Aviation Authority has said the country will resume international flight operations from May 30 (Saturday). In a statement, the spokesperson added that both national and foreign airlines will be allowed to operate from all international airports of Pakistan except Gwadar and Turbat. The country had resumed partial domestic flight operations on May 16. In March, the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) suspended all international flights in the wake of the novel coronavirus. A month later, the government extended the suspension of international and domestic flight operations till April 30 in line with the national strategy to stem the spread of novel coronavirus.
May 29, 2020 11:48 UTC
KARACHI: A pharmaceutical company in Pakistan plans to import the antiviral drug remdesivir, which has shown promise in treating coronavirus patients, from Bangladesh, it said in a stock exchange filing on Friday. The announcement by Searle Company Limited came a day after 56 virus deaths recorded by the country, its highest toll in a single day. “Searle Pharma is planning to import remdesivir in finished form (ready to use) to meet the country’s urgent requirements,” the company told the Pakistan Stock Exchange. Searle said the Bangladesh imports would ensure an immediate supply of the drug at an affordable price, helping to eliminate treatment delays by Pakistan’s healthcare providers. Bangladesh is one of 47 countries that fall in this category.
May 29, 2020 11:03 UTC
No virus-linked deaths have been recorded in 15 of Iran’s 31 provinces in the past day, while five provinces saw one death each, Iran’s state broadcaster reported, citing a Health Ministry statement. Despite the virus being under control in 15 provinces, the country continues seeing an upward trend of daily infections in many other provinces, especially in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, the statement said. It said that 114,931 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospitals so far, while 2,547 patients remain in critical condition. Daily numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths, which were on a decrease in mid of April, show an upward trend in recent days after authorities took some measures to ease restrictions. More than 2.42 million people have recovered so far, according to figures compiled by the US’ Johns Hopkins University.
May 29, 2020 11:03 UTC
Police investigating the crime and a possible motive for the murdersBATTAGRAM: A man in the remote district of Battagram murdered five of his family members and later was shot dead by local police during an alleged encounter. The local police station was informed by one of the family members. The man was later killed in the shootout, and police recovered an assault rifle from his possession. The deceased family members include two of the suspect’s wives, Gul Raza and Shaheen, his daughter-in-law Khaista, his son Ibrahim and his daughter Tara. According to local residents, the man suffered from mental illness and became more critical after the Covid-19 outbreak.
May 29, 2020 10:52 UTC
Committee to submit its report to PM within a period of four monthsPrime Minister Imran Khan formed a committee to study and investigate the plight of women in prison, convicted or awaiting trial, on Friday. It would also ensure that gender-specific services are available for women prisoners. The committee would review the overall governance, legal aid and management systems or processes in-prison administration, especially with regard to women prisoners and suggest improvements. It would review post-release programmes to ensure that women prisoners are able to adjust in society after they leave prison. The forum would further be asked to review any other tasks assigned to it by the chairperson in the interest of the welfare and protection of women prisoners.
May 29, 2020 10:52 UTC
The upcoming installment is already in the developmental phaseThe live-action Sonic the Hedgehog film will be getting a sequel soon. Both Paramount Pictures and Sega Sammy confirmed this week that another film around the beloved video game character is in the works, reported Variety. The second installment would see Jeff Fowler return as director, with Pat Casey and Josh Miller writing the script. The first film that was relased in February this year, was about the speediest hedgehog, Sonic finding a new home on Earth. Sonic the Hedgehog scored the No.
May 29, 2020 10:18 UTC