The elder daughter of the slain former premier Muhtarma Benazir Bhutto, Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari, is all set to get engaged today at the Bilawal House Karachi, sources informed The Express Tribune. Amid rumours of her already being engaged in a lowkey ceremony, Bakhtawar thanked everyone for the outpour of love and prayers. So grateful for everyone’s love and prayers." Especially our PPP family whom I know are eager to participate. Please keep SMBB and our family in your prayers💗🤗 — Bakhtawar B-Zardari (@BakhtawarBZ) November 27, 2020She went on to add, "Especially our PPP family whom I know are eager to participate.
November 27, 2020 10:41 UTC
This was suggested by speakers during an online, international conference on the “Azerbaijan-Armenia Armed Conflict: Causes and Implications for the Regional Dynamics of South Caucasus”. CGSS Advisory Board’s Senior Member Brig (retired) Akhtar Nawaz Janjua stated that many important lessons can be learnt from this brief war. He added that the Azeri forces have shown commendable strength and courage in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. When Azerbaijan was accepted in the UN, Nagorno-Karabakh was accepted as a part of Azerbaijan and the international community accepted it without any objection, Ismailzade said, but Armenia refused to do so and occupied the Nagorno-Karabakh region which created a refugee crisis. A war followed and Azerbaijan reoccupied its areas up to Shusha and would have occupied the capital had there been no ceasefire agreement.
November 27, 2020 05:37 UTC
Amidst rising cases of novel coronavirus, the provincial government has decided to put preparations for its grand Buddhist conference - through which it hoped to showcase the province’s religious tourism potential - on the backburner once again. The K-P Archaeology and Museums Department Director Dr Abdul Samad Khan told The Express Tribune on Thursday that the first-ever Buddhist conference the department planned to organise in April this year had to be postponed due to the pandemic. The conference was part of the provincial government's drive to boost religious tourism, he informed. Representatives and religious scholars from all Buddhist countries, including China, Japan, Korea, Sri Lanka, and Nepal, were expected to attend the conference, he added. Published in The Express Tribune, November 27th, 2020.
November 27, 2020 05:26 UTC
PHOTO: AFPMultan Nishtar Hospital has reached its maximum capacity of housing coronavirus patients and now faces a dearth of ventilators for its critical patients, official sources confirmed on Thursday. As many as 11 Covid-19 deaths were recorded by the hospital within a span of two days. The PMA president said the purpose of the press conference was to highlight the ground reality of the hospital as the second wave of the pandemic wreaks havoc. “At present, around 190 patients of coronavirus are admitted in 12 wards of Nishtar Hospital Multan,” he asserted, claiming that Multan district currently tops the list of coronavirus-affected areas in Punjab. Dr Masood Rauf said that the Nishtar University administration completely failed in implementing the SOPs despite the worsening situation.
November 27, 2020 05:25 UTC
PHOTO: REUTERS/FILEAt least eight people have died of novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Islamabad during the past 24 hours taking the toll of the pandemic to over 300. He said that the Islamabad Capital Territory Administration (ICTA) has decided to shut down all public dealings on temporary basis after emergence of 10 coronavirus positive cases among the officials. Six fatalities in PindiFive women and a man succumbed to the novel coronavirus in the Holy Family Hospital (HFH) on Thursday. In Benazir Bhutto Hospital (HFH), coronavirus wards have been established in the CCU and ICU having a total capacity of 60 beds. A daily situation report said that after the addition of 166 Covid-19 confirmed cases during the last 24 hours, the total number of positive cases has surged to 9,833 in Rawalpindi.
November 27, 2020 05:15 UTC
Health department sources said the number of suspected dengue patients was increasing. The sources said the department was focusing entirely on novel coronavirus while steps planned to counter the spread of dengue fever were being ignored. An official of the Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department said the fight against coronavirus as well as dengue fever needed to be pursued with urgency. He said the months of November and December were important to curb dengue fever. “Dengue and coronavirus were two big challenges for the health department and it is appreciable that we controlled dengue fever.”Dr Abdul Basit, a former medical superintendent of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said people should remain careful regarding symptoms of dengue fever during next month.
November 27, 2020 05:03 UTC
PHOTO: FILEThe Cabinet Committee for Disposal of Legislative Cases on Thursday approved two ordinances to introduce harsher punishments for sex offenders including chemical castration and setting up special courts for rape cases. According to a statement issued by the law ministry, the Anti-Rape (Investigation and Trial) Ordinance, 2020 and the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 introduce the concept of chemical castration mainly as a “form of rehabilitation”. Sharing the salient features of the Anti-Rape (Investigation and Trial) Ordinance, the ministry said special courts would be established to conduct trial in rape cases. Special prosecutors for the special courts will also be appointed. Sindh High Court Bar Association President Salahuddin Ahmed told The Express Tribune that in principle, he did not agree with the concept of setting up new special courts.
November 27, 2020 05:03 UTC
That, according to Karachi United Football Club’s star player Denna, is the power of Maradona. That is how much he is loved in Lyari and how much his death, on the other side of the globe, had stunned football fans here. The former Napoli FC and Barcelona FC star is well-loved - indeed, idolised - in Pakistan and Denna believes the only reason there haven’t been any gatherings in tribute to him is the fear of Covid-19. Today, my club Phool Patti FC didn’t train, we didn’t play any matches, in protest [against KE] but also in mourning. Considered by some to be the greatest football player ever, his death has left the sports world in shock and grief.
November 27, 2020 03:33 UTC
According to data released by the health department on the day, 2,466 beds in isolation centres 1,472 high-dependency unit (HDU) beds and 580 intensive care unit (ICU) beds with ventilators have been reserved for Covid-19 patients across the province. As per the health department, 51 patients were on ventilators in ICU beds and 204 were without ventilators in ICU beds in Sindh as of November 26, leaving 325 beds vacant. As per the health department, 1,051 HDU beds, including 613 in Karachi, were unoccupied. JPMC, though, had no vacant ICU beds for Covid-19 patients. There were also no unoccupied beds for coronavirus patients at the HDUs of LNH and AKUH, according to the health department.
November 27, 2020 03:33 UTC
Businessmen have termed the current policy rate of 7% unimpressive amid the looming threat of lockdown following the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic in the country. Talking to a trade delegation on Thursday, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry President Mian Anjum Nisar said the status quo in monetary policy announced by the State Bank of Pakistan earlier in the current week was not understandable. Nisar termed the recent reduction in electricity tariff for small and medium enterprises a first step towards decline in production cost. According to him, the second and vital step will be the reduction in policy rate in line with the regional trend with a view to providing a level playing field, especially to the export industry. “The chamber appreciates the central bank for earlier reducing the policy rate to 7% and taking several other measures in terms of fiscal, monetary and credit stimulus, however, we suggest to the monetary policy committee to reduce the interest rate to 5%,” he said.
November 27, 2020 03:22 UTC
Pakistan will participate as a special partner in the 17th China-Asean Expo (CAEXPO) in Nanning, Guangxi province, China from November 27-30, said Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesperson Gao Feng. “We have invited Pakistan to participate as a special partner in this important event along with 10 Asean countries,” he said at a press conference on Thursday. “Our special invited partner - Pakistan - will be helped to provide online one-on-one matching service for growing business between Pakistani and Chinese buyers,” Gao added. The Pakistan pavilion, set up in the exhibition area, will display major export and cultural items including sports goods, sportswear, garments, bed linen, spices and other food items. Pakistani enterprises would take orders on the spot for products such as wooden, brass and stone handicraft, onyx, gemstones, leather items and jewellery.
November 27, 2020 03:22 UTC
–Says no shortage of electricity in countryISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed for simplification of procedure for obtaining a no-objection certificate (NOC) and other approvals for provision of new electricity connections. On this occasion, the premier also ordered the provision of facilities to overseas Pakistanis who intend to invest in Pakistan. Separately, Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari called on Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday. The construction project of 1500 houses under the Workers Welfare Fund was discussed in detail during the meeting. Appreciating the project, the Prime Minister said this is a practical reflection of the government’s commitment to providing an affordable residential scheme to the masses.
November 26, 2020 17:26 UTC
The celebrated Pakistani designer had collaborated with the magazine and the Bollywood beauty for the recent photo shoot. The signature floral lehenga, ruffled details, ivory gowns and fitted choli adorned with heavy intricate embroidery scream Shehla Chatoor. The stylist Sheroy A Chinoy seems to have done a remarkable job combining Sutaria’s heavy dresses with equally stunning jewellery. Just a couple of years ago, there was another collaboration between a Pakistani designer and a Bollywood diva. Tara Sutaria's look was the latter.
November 26, 2020 09:33 UTC
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Thursday issued a contempt notice to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah over the provincial government’s failure to approve the design of development work for the Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) service. A three-judge bench comprising the Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Muneeb Akhtar had taken up a suo motu case relating to the colossal losses incurred by the Pakistan Railways. Earlier this month, the top court, after losing patience with the authorities over the delay in the completion of the project, initiated contempt of court proceedings against Railways Secretary Habibur Rehman Gillani and Sindh Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah. At the hearing, Chief Justice Ahmed had cautioned that things would not stop here, rather the court would call everybody, even Prime Minister Imran Khan and Murad, if needed. Issuing a contempt notice to Murad for failing to comply with the court’s orders, the apex court directed him to submit a response at the next hearing in two weeks.
November 26, 2020 08:48 UTC
PHOTO: NNIAt least 25 deaths were recorded across the province during the last 24 hours, Punjab Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department (P&SHD) confirms. P&SHD spokesperson on Wednesday confirmed that a total of 648 new coronavirus patients were brought for treatment to the different hospitals of the province in a day. As per the latest data, 312 coronavirus patients were admitted in the public and private hospitals of Lahore in the last 24 hours. Moreover, 93 covid-19 patients were brought to Rawalpindi hospitals, 43 patients in Multan, 28 in Faisalabad, 22 in Sargodha, 19 in Bahawalpur and 10 in Sahiwal. “98,081 suspected patients of corona were confirmed negative after identifying positive in Punjab,” he highlighted.
November 26, 2020 06:18 UTC