And now, it seems like the little making up they could have done on Eid will also not happen this year. Also read: The Legend of Maula Jatt, Tich Button: Eid releases halt due to Covid-19The Punjab government has already decided to keep cinemas closed on Eidul Fitr, with the provincial government rejecting the appeal of cinema owners. An official, on the conditions of anonymity said, “Making arrangements to ensure SOPs are being followed in cinemas won’t be feasible during Eidul Fitr. “We had films that had completed before Covid-19 took over, but the producers wanted to wait until Eid to release those films. Since cinemas will not be re-opening – and they shouldn’t until arrangements are made for people’s safety – we will work on a strategy to streamline their halted release.
May 21, 2020 12:11 UTC
Citizens urged to end rampant lockdown violations, restrictions extended in Kabul provinceKABUL: Amid soaring coronavirus cases, a top Afghan official on Thursday warned of an imminent catastrophe if citizens continue violating lockdown measures. At a news conference in the capital Kabul, he said rampant lockdown violations were leading the country towards a disaster and urged people to follow Covid-19 safety guidelines. “The number of [coronavirus] cases is so high that all ICUs [intensive care units] in public hospitals are full,” Majroh said, advising citizens to spend the Eid holiday only with immediate family members. Afghanistan is widely expected to extend its nationwide lockdown, which ends on May 24. Restrictions were extended in Kabul, the country’s hardest-hit area with 2,767 cases and 25 deaths on Thursday.
May 21, 2020 11:48 UTC
Tracking and tracing those infected is important to prevent a deadly second wave of the outbreakLONDON: Britain’s system for tracing those with the novel coronavirus was under fire on Thursday as it grappled with the development of a tracking app and health workers warned the government that unless there was clarity it could suffer a second deadly wave. “The track and trace system is going to be ready,” Brokenshire told Sky News. Tracking and tracing those infected is seen as crucial to preventing a deadly second wave of the outbreak and thus getting the economy working again after the lockdown. Court in Texas holds first jury trial by Zoom“To achieve this we must have national, local, and cross-agency involvement. “I’m taking hydroxychloroquine,” Trump, 73, said on May 18.
May 21, 2020 11:03 UTC
–Murad says seven doctors, five policemen have died of coronavirus since outbreakKARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Thursday announced to table before his cabinet a proposal to provide compensation packages to families of doctors who have passed away from the Covid-19 pandemic. Addressing a press conference in Karachi, the chief minister announced that the government gives packages to policemen who lay down their lives in the line of duty. The chief minister further said that 274 policemen were infected, out of which 50 have recovered. The chief minister also urged people to stay at home over Eidul Fitr. He further said that a national announcement should be made to celebrate Eidul Fitr with simplicity.
May 21, 2020 10:34 UTC
As per to the song’s description, the rendition is “dedicated to the nation’s unsung heroes and all those waging war against the pandemic. Featuring only actors, it shows the potential of several Pakistani celebrities, tapping into some of their unexplored talents. Bringing a pause, the song then shows Faisal Qureshi narrating, “Is zameen ki mitti mein khoon hai shaheedon ka. Arz e Paak markaz hai, qoum ki ummeedon ka,” following which, the video returns to Zubab Rana, Nimra Khan, Omar Shahzad singing the succeeding verses. The rendition is a symphonic tribute to the sovereignty of the country, featuring a special effort to uplift nationalism.
May 21, 2020 10:15 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Thursday said that one window at the booking offices of railway stations in Rawalpindi, Lahore, Karachi, Sukkur, Multan, Peshawar and Quetta will be open for those who want to buy tickets. “People will be able to buy tickets from the stations in addition to booking them online,” he said in a video message. According to Rasheed, the decision was taken after the online booking system could not take the load of visitors trying to buy tickets and crashed. “The window will be open between 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday and all standard operating procedures will be followed,” he added. ٹرینوں کی ٹکٹوں کی خریداری کے حوالے سے اہم اعلان.
May 21, 2020 08:03 UTC
KARACHI: Banks and microfinance banks may open select branches on Wednesday, May 27, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has said. across Pakistan,” the SBP statement on Wednesday said. However, the SBP said that the RTGS System and clearing through NIFT will not be available on May 27. Instead, NIFT will collect financial instruments from branches on Thursday, May 28, for clearing purposes. “For this purpose, banks / MFBs should ensure the deployment of minimal number of staff necessary to carry out smooth working at their selected branches on the above date,” the SBP said.
May 21, 2020 06:17 UTC
Passenger showing fever shifted to quarantine centreRAWALPINDI: The hustle and bustle at the Rawalpindi Railway station returned on Tuesday as rail services resumed after a 56-day break. Hundreds of passengers with their luggage in tow arrived at the railway station. Stalls on the platform also reopened and all staff of the railway station also rejoined after the suspension of their holidays. Before boarding the train, passengers were screened for body temperatures. Moreover, passengers have been told not to bring families to see them off to prevent an unnecessary rush at the station.
May 21, 2020 00:22 UTC
The coronavirus pandemic has caused an already fragile system to take a nosedive. One thing to note is that there is no perfect strategy; each strategy will involve some sacrifice, but some strategies are certainly better than others. Since the coronavirus cases in the USA differ state to state, there is no one policy fit for all the 50 states. On March 17, the SBP also reduced the ‘policy rate’ to 12.5 percent from 13.25 percent previously. The coronavirus situation requires its use, but it should be utilized cautiously and only where it is needed.
May 20, 2020 20:03 UTC
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) MPA and former Balochistan governor Syed Fazal Agha died of coronavirus in Karachi on Wednesday. Agha was a member of the Balochistan Assembly from the Pishin district of the province. He served as the governor of Balochistan during Nawaz Sharif’s last tenure and served as the deputy chairman of Senate in late 1980s. Earlier in the day, Shaheen Raza, a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker in the Punjab Assembly, died of coronavirus at the age of 69. Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and National Assembly (NA) Speaker Asad Qaiser are some of the few politicians who had tested positive for the coronavirus.
May 20, 2020 19:52 UTC
PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has slashed the developmental budget by 50 per cent for the ongoing financial year due to the coronavirus-induced financial crisis. Sources told Pakistan Today that due to the failure of the federal government to disburse net hydel profit, state transfers and other funds to provincial government, the province has reduced its uplift budget by 50 per cent. They said that due to low revenue generation, 90 per cent budget of the province depends on funds from the federal government in the form of net hydel profit and others. Sources said that departments have to pay the contractors for the ongoing projects and beneficiaries under a number of relief packages have to be paid as well. They said that due to cuts in this year’s development programme, the departments are also facing severe difficulties in formulating next year’s annual development programme.
May 20, 2020 18:11 UTC
LAHORE: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday said that Pakistan has been actively supporting the Afghan peace process as it believes that peace in the war-torn country would be beneficial for the whole region. He further said that Wells also highlighted India’s role in the Afghan peace process, saying that it is playing an important role in this regard. Responding to the American diplomat’s statements, the foreign minister said that Pakistan has always promoted peace and United States President Donald Trump had also acknowledged its efforts for peace in Afghanistan. He said that Pakistan is not responsible for the delay in the Afghan peace process. “Their internal politics created hurdles but not that political rivals have reached an agreement, we are hopeful that the peace process would be carried forward,” he said, adding that peace in the war-torn country would be beneficial for the entire region.
May 20, 2020 18:00 UTC
Speaking on the occasion, Ghani said that when all the markets and shopping malls had been opened, then it was not right to ban Eid prayers and prayers in mosques. He said that grounds and parks for Eid prayers would be identified and if the number of worshipers increased, Eid prayers would be offered more than once in the same place. “If there is a large volume of people, the same venue will hold Eid prayers repeatedly until everyone has offered prayers,” he added, stressing that the crowd would be monitored by concerned authorities to make sure public follows the SOPs. Speaking of the federal government’s Tiger Force, Nasir Shah said that he does not see the force doing any beneficial work. In response to a question, Shah denied Sindh wanting to remove or suspend Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar.
May 20, 2020 18:00 UTC
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday revealed that 1,017 new cases of coronavirus had been detected across Sindh by conducting 6,164 tests. In a statement issued from the CM House, Shah said that during the last 24 hours, 6,164 samples were tested against which 1,017 or 16.5 per cent new cases were detected. So far, 137,540 tests have been conducted against which 18,964 or 12.8 per cent cases had been diagnosed as positive,” he said. The number of patients who had defeated the virus and returned to their homes had reached 5,645 or 30 per cent of the total patients. Shah said that out of 1,017 patients, 813 belonged to Karachi.
May 20, 2020 17:48 UTC
ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: After a two-month suspension, the Pakistan Railways on Wednesday resumed operations across the country, with warning from the minister concerned that anyone not observing the standard operating procedures will be held accountable. Talking to the media, Rasheed said that the train operation was resumed partially to facilitate the people on the occasion of Eidul Fitr. He thanked the governments of the four provinces particularly Sindh for extending cooperation to restore the train operation. He further said that the Pakistan Railways had already reduced the train occupancy more than Britain and India. The countrywide passenger train service was suspended on March 25 due to the spread of coronavirus.
May 20, 2020 11:55 UTC