BADIN: The death toll from a mysterious throat virus has reached nine children in Seerani and its surrounding localities in Badin district as one more child infected by the virus died, affected people said on Sunday. A child, Rizwan, son of Ramazan Mallah, died after contracting the disease. The most affected areas are reported to be Seerani and its surrounding localities. Teams of the health department and other organizations reached Seerani and took blood samples of at least 30 children who were infected by the virus. The people of the area are worried about this new throat viral disease and have demanded authorities to provide immediate health cover to them.
October 20, 2019 15:56 UTC
DADU: A teenage girl died after receiving a wrong injection at Civil Hospital Dadu on Sunday. Syeda Shamshad, 14, daughter of Syed Arbab Shah, a resident of village Amir Pir near Dadu city, was admitted to the Emergency Ward of the Civil Hospital Dadu due to headache. “A doctor, Asif Malkani, gave her an injection with a drip which caused her health to deteriorate and led to her death,” alleged Hussain Shah, a relative of the victim girl. The incident caused a clash between the relatives and the hospital administration after the accused doctor, Asif was slapped by one of the girl’s relatives. The hospital administration has however assured the affected family of conducting a partial inquiry into the incident and said that action would be taken against those found guilty.
October 20, 2019 15:56 UTC
Prince William is not exactly the heir apparent to the British throne, as that would be his father Charles. Queen Elizabeth married a blonde, Prince Phillip, and then Prince Charles married Lady Diana. After all, as his uncle Andrew might testify, being the spare isn’t easy at all (queens, wives of kings and of heirs apparent are supposed to produce an ‘heir and a spare’). William and Harry’s great-grandfather, George VI, was born a ‘spare’, becoming King because his elder brother (Edward VIII) abdicated. The Maulana probably didn’t want to catch TB from him, and probably thought that he would neither be much a host, nor would he be worth entertaining.
October 20, 2019 15:45 UTC
These remarks were during a session, ‘State Discourse and Nation Building’, at Asma Jahangir Conference, which was held at Avari Hotel in Lahore. Nizami, who moderated the session, spoke about the prevailing crisis of identity in Pakistan. He also spoke about the crackdown on media freedom in Pakistan, saying, “Who has the right to decide the narrative in Pakistan? Replying to Arif Nizami’s question about the role of the opposition in nation-building, Chaudhry Manzoor said that people were being denied rights in the name of national security. On concluding the session, Arif Nizami said that national security could only be strengthened when democratic institutions and the media are allowed to function without interference.
October 20, 2019 15:30 UTC
Academics qho have moved away from the neoliberal frameworkTrickle-down economics did not really bear fruits towards either lowering income inequality or denting poverty, in any sustained way. Development economics or economics, in general, did not seem to have an answer to this phenomenon. The Prize will indeed help the work on poverty economics move forward with even more renewed energy. Through applying innovative techniques to tackling poverty worldwide, whereby a new approach was adopted by the three scholars– while working in collaboration for many years now– to ‘obtaining reliable answers about the best ways to fight global poverty. Anchored by a network of 181 affiliated professors at universities around the world, J-PAL conducts randomized impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty’.
October 20, 2019 15:11 UTC
Due to the far reaching presence of media nowadays, the entire country is aware of the references filed against Mr Justice Isa before the Supreme Judicial Council. The Mr Justice Isa case is the biggest test for the Supreme Court in years and all eyes remain on the bench adjudicating it. Though the allegations may not exactly be well founded, they give rise to certain pertinent questions which leaves the Supreme Court bench tiptoeing a fine line between the independence of judiciary and judicial accountability. Not only is this a test case for the Supreme Court, but rather the future of the judicial ship remains hanging. Every word formulating the basis of the judgement that the Supreme Court will deliver in due course will be meaningful.
October 20, 2019 15:11 UTC
KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Sunday the prime minister will have to resign from his post as he didn’t have abilities required for the job. The country is going downhill due to the policies of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, he said, adding that everyone, including the traders, was protesting against this government. Bilawal further said the solution of problems of common man lies in democracy only, warning that the country was moving towards “anarchy”. Bilawal said the Sindh government was providing relief to public and free health facilities were being provided. He said issues of Karachi were being solved with the help private sector, adding that we should all work together solve issues of masses.
The Prime Minister’s Focal Person for Polio Eradication, Ata Babar, has resigned, citing personal reasons, rather than the sixfold rise in polio cases this year that should have seen him booted out anyway. Once polio is eliminated from these three, it will join smallpox as a disease which no longer affects people. The person ultimately responsible, the Health Services Minister, Aamir Mahmood Kiani, was sacked, but for other sins, not the polio programme. His replacement, PM’s Adviser Zafar Mahmood Mirza, does not seem to have put polio on his list of priorities. There are six cases from Baluchistan, and five from Punjab, both provinces where the PTI or an ally form the government.
The chehlum of Imam Hussain (AS) was observed on Sunday across the country amid strict security measures taken by the federal and provincial law enforcement authorities. Lahore and Karachi saw a heavy deployment of security personal especially in the areas through which the procession passed. All roads leading to the route of the procession remained closed and walk-through gates were installed at several entry points to prevent unwarranted entry. Security was beefed up throughout procession routes and traffic police were assigned to divert traffic away from the procession’s route. In Lahore, the chehlum procession coincided with annual Urs of Hazrat Ali Hajveri.
It is probably an unconscious result, but Mr Afridi’s reasons for failing to bring Rana Sana before a court show his government in a poor light. Is there not something contrived in his not accepting responsibility for the transfer of the Anti-Narcotics Judge by Whatsapp? He says that the Lahore High Court is to be requested to allow the trial to proceed in jail, or for the case to be transferred to Rawalpindi, because the prosecution cannot guarantee the safety of witnesses. If the prosecution is unable to produce the required evidence to effectively try Rana Sana then perhaps his already elongated detention is no longer merited. It would be best if Mr Afridi focused more on making the case against Rana Sana rather than embarrassing himself and the government on television talk shows with justifications for a delay in proceedings that make little to no sense.
Meanwhile, Professor Dr Mohammad Anwer Panezai has been given the “lookafter charge of the Vice Chancellor” till further orders. The videos and footage of secretly installed cameras were also recovered from the suspects, which were used for blackmailing the university students. A spokesperson of the Balochistan government had promised stern action against those involved in the harassment scandal and subsequently, the FIA extended the scope of the investigation to 200 employees. The protesters had lamented that the harassment scandal has severely affected the atmosphere of education in the province in general and at Balochistan University in particular. They had also demanded the removal of the vice chancellor and other high-ups.
October 20, 2019 14:48 UTC
Mastheads from the domestic unit of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, Australian Financial Review publisher Nine Entertainment and the website of the government-funded Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) were expected to show current news stories with most of the words blacked out. The government added a provision to protect whistle blowers when it strengthened counter-espionage laws in 2018, although media organisations say press freedoms remain restricted. Global attention turned to media freedoms in Australia this year when a court order prevented media from reporting that the former Vatican treasurer, Cardinal George Pell, had been found guilty on child sex abuse charges. Some Australian outlets reported that an unidentified person had been convicted but some foreign media companies identified Pell because they were outside Australia’s jurisdiction. Prosecutors are now seeking fines and jail sentences for three dozen Australian journalists and publishers for their coverage of the trial.
Source:The Express Tribune
October 20, 2019 14:37 UTC
GUJRANWALA: A court bailiff on Sunday unearthed a police torture cell of and rescued three people who were being illegally detained and tortured there. The court bailiff had for the recovery of a citizen named Intizar raided a private torture cell operated by Inspector Sarfraz Virk, deployed in Jinnah Road police station in Gujranwala and established in a building opposite to the police station. Jinnah Road SHO denied awareness about the private torture cell. According to the victim, she was electrocuted and beaten in a torture cell, and later the police officials hanged her on stairs. She was accused of robbery by a landlord when police took her to the torture cell.
October 20, 2019 14:26 UTC
On Monday, Pakistan had handed over the final draft agreement for the Kartarpur Corridor to India. In the final draft agreement, Islamabad kept the service fee of $20 for Sikh pilgrims visiting the corridor from the Indian side, unchanged. As many as 5,000 Sikh pilgrims can visit Kartarpur daily and Pakistan will consider the possibility of allowing more pilgrims on special occasions. REGISTRATION BEGINS:Meanwhile, the registration process has started for Sikh pilgrims who intend to visit Kartarpur on the 550th Birth Anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak. The corridor will also be the first visa-free corridor between the two neighbours since their independence in 1947.
October 20, 2019 13:18 UTC
“At least four people were killed and up to 50 people were injured,” police inspector Salahuddin Mia told AFP. Blasphemy allegations: Rare show of solidarity after communal riots in GhotkiHe said extra police and border guards were being deployed in the town. “We have sent the critically injured people to the regional hospital in Barisal (city). In 2016, angry Muslims attacked Hindu temples in an eastern town over a Facebook post was put up allegedly mocking one of Islam’s holiest sites. Bangladesh has also experienced a number of attacks on people from religious minorities, secular bloggers, publishers, writers and foreigners, many claimed by militants.
Source:The Express Tribune
October 20, 2019 12:11 UTC