PALLEKELE: Openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne posted hundreds and a double century stand as Sri Lanka reached 291-1 against Bangladesh on an ominous first day of the second Test on Thursday. Captain Karunaratne scored 118 for his 12th Test century, then Thirimanne hammered his third century and second this year. Karunaratne was watchful in the first hour, settling in before cutting loose once the ball got older. He became 19-year-old medium-pacer Shoriful Islam’s maiden Test wicket. In the last over before stumps, it looked as if Shoriful had a second as Thirimanne was given out leg before wicket.
April 29, 2021 13:18 UTC
Later, the CAA notified the extension in travel restrictions on Category C countries amid the third wave of coronavirus pandemic on Thursday. The aviation authority extended the travel restrictions of 23 countries placed in Category C till May 4 in view of the decisions taken by the NCOC. The travellers from Category A will not have to present their Covid reports for boarding or landing in Pakistan. However, those coming from countries in the B travel category will have to make sure a negative Covid PCR report at a maximum of 90 hours prior to boarding. The new travel restrictions will remain in effect until May 4.
April 29, 2021 12:35 UTC
KARACHI: Sindh has started vaccinating the police force on a priority basis to protect them against coronavirus, a meeting of the provincial task force on pandemic was told on Thursday. Earlier this month, the Sindh police chief had approached the Home Department with the request that the personnel should be declared frontline workers to ensure their early vaccination. Since the outbreak in Pakistan in February last year, 24 personnel of Sindh Police died due to coronavirus. The body was informed that four centres had been established in Karachi for the vaccination of personnel. There are 1,872 hospital beds in the province having an oxygen facility, and 343 of them are filled.
April 29, 2021 11:08 UTC
LAHORE: Punjab government is considering imposing a general lockdown in cities registering an alarming rise in Covid-19 cases before Eidul Fitr. A meeting of the Punjab cabinet headed by Chief Minister Usman Buzdar mulled over the serious Covid-19 situation and decided to further tighten restrictions in 12 cities, including Lahore. “The meeting mulled over an option to impose complete lockdown in cities witnessing higher COVID positivity,” reports citing sources said. Punjab remains the most affected province from Covid-19 as it reported a record of 103 deaths on Thursday, health department officials said. According to the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, the new deaths took the total to 8,327.
April 29, 2021 10:41 UTC
KARACHI: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) on Thursday suspended an instructor at its training centre for harassing a trainee. The revelation of harassment came to light in a purportedly leaked audio clip, following which an investigation committee was formed to ascertain the facts. Following the committee’s report, Agha Waseem was served show-cause notice and suspended from his job with immediate effect. He has been asked to submit a response within seven days.
April 29, 2021 09:56 UTC
ISLAMABAD: An accountability court in Islamabad on Thursday summoned former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in a reference pertaining to a transaction of over Rs8.3 billion through fake bank accounts. Accountability judge Asghar Ali Shah directed him to appear before the court on May 20 along with another suspect Mushtaq Ahmed, a former staffer of the President House. The two have been nominated as accused in the reference filed before the court by the NAB. According to the reference, a transaction of Rs8.3 billion took place between Ahmed and a private housing society. The amount was used to purchase properties in a posh locality of Karachi with Zardari being the beneficiary of those assets.
April 29, 2021 08:37 UTC
ISLAMABAD: The nation recorded 5,480 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, taking the national tally to 815,711. Most deaths occurred in Punjab followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Out of the total 17,680 deaths, 4,629 deaths occurred in Sindh, 8,327 in Punjab, 3,238 in KP, 677 in Islamabad. About 233 deaths were reported in Balochistan, 106 deaths in Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and 470 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). According to NCOC, the total active Covid-19 cases across the country were reported to be 89,838.
April 29, 2021 08:26 UTC
Prime Minister Imran Khan addressing a ceremony in connection with the Roshan Digital Account, on April 29, 2021. SCREENGRABPrime Minister Imran Khan announced on Thursday that a high-powered investigation has been ordered into the misconduct of the embassy staff in Saudi Arabia with the Pakistani laborers and workers. Speaking at a ceremony to inaugurate Roshan Apni Car and Roshan Social Work services under the Roshan Digital Account, he said those found involved in extorting and mistreating Pakistani laborers will be given exemplary punishments. The premier expressed to overseas Pakistanis for sending in record remittances of $1 billion through the Roshan Digital Account, saying an enormous potential still needs to be tapped. "Pakistan's problem is that no one paid attention to increasing the exports, and that became the biggest obstacle in the country's progress."
Source:The Express Tribune
April 29, 2021 08:17 UTC
KARACHI: Banners displaying slogans condemning the Israeli occupation and in solidarity with Palestinians are appearing across the country on Thursday ahead of Jerusalem Day. Jerusalem Day is an Israeli national holiday commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the establishment of Tel Aviv’s occupation over the Old City following the 1967 Arab-Israel war. The move is part of annual Jerusalem Day activities that are observed on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan in several countries to denounce Israel’s 1968 occupation of Jerusalem. Political and religious parties, particularly Shi’ite groups have arranged rallies, seminars, and conferences to mark the day. PFP General Secretary Sabir Abu Mariyam told Anadolu Agency that coronavirus safety protocols will strictly be followed during demonstrations and rallies.
April 29, 2021 07:07 UTC
In Karachi’s Baldia Town area, barefoot children, carrying jerry cans, jumping over uncovered manholes without skipping a beat and racing their peers on narrow, uneven and dirty roads is the norm. His only hope is to convert Prime Minister Imran Khan’s waning popularity into votes, which locals that The Express Tribune spoke to called ‘a slippery slope’. Now, there are 25 hydrants on that line and 178 illegal connections,” he told The Express Tribune when asked about the water problem. DelimitationThe NA-249 constituency, Karachi West-II, was created following delimitation in 2018 and the merger of areas that were part of two other constituencies: NA-239 and NA-240. Published in The Express Tribune, April 29th, 2021.
Source:The Express Tribune
April 29, 2021 04:07 UTC
LAHORE: Lahore’s largest coronavirus vaccination centre remained closed during vaccination hours without prior notice on Wednesday which led to citizens waiting outside the premises and returning without getting inoculated. The official vaccination hours are 10 am to 4 pm and 9 pm to 1 am, but the centre was closed early. Citizens who travelled from afar in the summer heat while fasting during the holy month of Ramadan to get vaccinated were left disappointed when they found the centre closed with a signboard informing them of the new timings. Elderly citizens waited outside the locked gates of the centre and complained about the unprofessional behaviour of the healthcare authorities. Also on Wednesday, Pakistan registered the highest number of fatalities in a single day since the start of the outbreak in Pakistan.
April 28, 2021 18:45 UTC
Troops were deployed in 16 major cities with high positivity rates to help in curbing the spread of the virus. The KP government imposed complete lockdown in Mardan city, where positivity rate had gone up to 40 per cent. - Advertisement -The government failed to place orders for vaccines when these were available in the market. Pakistan on the other hand with a population of 216.6 million has so far administered only 2.1 million vaccines to less than one percent of its population. Iran, which faces a bigger coronavirus threat than Pakistan and has banned export of oxygen, is being asked to provide oxygen to Pakistan.
April 28, 2021 17:27 UTC
China’s military and economic rise has had a great impact on the geopolitics of the world, as well as on in East Asia. All these strategies are designed to counter China’s economic and military rise as it is undermining the US security and hegemony in the global world order. This shows the Quad’s strategy to counter China’s military rise in the South Asian and Indo-Pacific region. The Quad held a discussion in 2018 about the China’s economic initiatives, such as the BRI (Belt Road Initiative), but the Quad was unable to make progress in this discussion. China’s economic and developmental initiative includes most likely the infrastructure, roads, bridges and technological advancement which somehow create the biggest difference to the USA’s educational and other initiatives.
Despite best intentions, if results are not being achieved, it is a clear indication that the process is flawed. Today Pakistan faces a serious crisis of management, not leadership. Over the years with weak PMs whose credentials were questionable, the office of the PSPM has become very powerful. He is a ray of hope for the exploited and suffering masses but he has to deliver as well. The PM Secretariat under various PSPMs has a poor record of service to the people which cannot be overlooked.
School teachers are the most vulnerable community of civil servants. They cannot afford huge fee of Corona test. Govt has already denied to increase salaries of its employees in budget 2020-2021 and has been deducting conveyance Allowance from teachers salaries since march 2020. employees joine their respective offices after conducting Corona test? If it is necessary to curb the spread of this deadly virus then Govt should pay the fee of this test or sanction “ corona test fee allowance “ in upcoming pay so the teachers can conduct their tests before joining the school again.