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Pakistan will be among hardest-hit economies by coronavirus crisis, says UN report


March 31, 2020

Developing countries, including Pakistan, will be hit hardest by the economic shockwaves caused by the novel coronavirus crisis that has shaken the world and will need a support package of up to $2.5 trillion to cope with the damage, a United Nations report has predicted. According to a report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which was …

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If you are not sick or not caring for coronavirus patient, do not wear masks: WHO


March 31, 2020

GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday reiterated its advice to people to not wear face masks if they were either not infected by the coronavirus or not caring for a COVID-19 patient. In a media briefing in the Swiss capital, WHO emergencies program executive director Dr Mike Ryan said there was “no specific evidence to suggest that the …

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Govt launches virus information service on WhatsApp


March 31, 2020

KARACHI: The government has launched a “WhatsApp Corona Helpline” to combat misinformation and deliver updates on the country’s most popular messaging service. Starting Monday, WhatsApp users across the country can reach out to the health ministry on +923001111166 for credible information, awareness resources, latest statistics, or finding the nearest lab for testing. To contact the helpline, citizens should save the …

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Food prices remain high despite fuel and commodity rates crash


March 31, 2020

KARACHI: Consumers are yet to get any benefit in commodity prices despite Rs20 per litre cut in diesel prices and declining international rates of pulses, tea and edible oil. Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers are cashing in on an extraordinary demand for commodities during the lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic. Traders usually avoid talking about any price cut …

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Trade officers to work on export order cancellations


March 31, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Textile exporters are not impressed with the commerce ministry’s offer to use the offices of Pakistan’s trade officers posted in embassies to help dissuade foreign buyers from cancelling their orders. The offer was made by Commerce Secretary Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera in a tweet on Monday. In response to that, trade officers from Pakistani missions in New York and The …

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Another $2m ADB grant to help Pakistan fight Covid-19


March 31, 2020

PAKISTAN: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Monday approved another $2 million grant to support the government’s efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan. The new grant supplements an initial $500,000 approved by the bank on March 20 which is already being deployed to support Pakistan’s procurement of emergency supplies through Unicef, says the ADB in a press release. …

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ECC approves Rs534bn relief package


March 31, 2020

ISLAMABAD: A special meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet on Monday struggled to put in place mechanisms for disbursement of various elements of the federal government’s Rs534 billion relief package announced for mitigating the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the country’s poor people and economy. Informed sources said that the ECC meeting, presided over by …

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Messi announces additional Barca pay cut to help employees


March 31, 2020

MADRID: Lionel Messi confirmed on Monday that Barcelona’s players will take a 70 per cent pay cut and make financial contributions to ensure the club’s other employees are paid in full during the state of alarm in Spain. In a lengthy message posted on his Instagram account, Messi also took another swipe at the Barca board, led by president Josep …

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Armeena Khan celebrates birthday in self-isolation


March 31, 2020

Pakistani actress Armeena Khan celebrated her 33rd birthday in self-isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Sherdil actress shared the photos on her Instagram handle and wrote, “Birthday in self-isolation.” She extended thanks to her parents saying that “Thanks mom, dad, Aunty for making it special for me.” “So grateful for everything,” Armeena further said. On Twitter, she wrote, “My sis just dropped …

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Root trying to make most of enforced break


March 31, 2020

LONDON: England Test captain Joe Root wants to make the most of some unexpected extra time with his family as he urged his side to reflect on their game while cricket is put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. Monday should have seen Root leading England in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo. But the tour was …

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