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Two more AJK cabinet members test positive for coronavirus


June 17, 2020

MUZAFFARABAD: Two more members of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) cabinet have been tested positive for novel coronavirus On Wednesday. As per details, AJK Senior Minister Chaudhary Tariq Farooq and Minister for Information  Raja Mushtaq Ahmad Minhas were tested positive for the COVID-19. Both the leaders are in home-isolation after testing positive for the deadly virus. Yesterday, the head …

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Coronavirus leaves more Americans dead than WWI


June 17, 2020

WASHINGTON: With 740 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, the United States has seen more people die from the pandemic than died in World War I, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. The new figure, counted at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT) Tuesday, brought the country s total COVID-19 deaths up to 116,854, the tracker from the Baltimore-based university …

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Experts to consider use of dexamethasone to treat COVID-19 patients: Zafar Mirza


June 17, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza said on Wednesday a committee of health experts will consider the use of the generic steroid drug dexamethasone to treat serious COVID-19 patients in the country. In a Twitter statement, he said: “Positive results from UK on use of Dexamethaone in critical patients welcomed by WHO as …

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Pani Puri banned due to coronavirus fears


June 17, 2020

The district administration in Indian state of Kanpur has banned the sale of Pani Puri amid fears that crowding and lack of social distancing at the roadside food stalls might lead to a spike in Covid-19 cases. District magistrate Dr Brahmadeo Ram Tiwari said Covid-19 safety norms were being flouted at street food carts after the relaxation in curbs under …

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Facebook closes political ads loophole ahead of US presidential election


June 17, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it would affix labels to political ads shared by users on their own feeds, closing what critics have said for years was a glaring loophole in the company’s election transparency measures. The world’s biggest social network has attached a “paid for by” disclaimer to political ads since 2018, after facing a backlash for …

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IMF deal outdated after Covid-19: Bilawal


June 17, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Blasting the government over its handling of the economy and the coronavirus situation, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said on Tuesday the deal with the International Monetary Fund reached last year had now become “outdated and irrelevant” after the spread of Covid-19. Taking part in a debate on the federal budget in the National Assembly, the PPP …

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Value hunters help stocks recoup partial losses


June 17, 2020

KARACHI: Stocks managed to retrieve some of the huge losses suffered on the first post-budget session. The KSE-100 was up by 194.61 points (0.58 per cent) to close at 34,019,12 on Tuesday. Investors had several reasons to accumulate: rally in the regional markets, hike in international oil prices and low valuations that the stocks offered after a fall of 2.27pc …

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Body clears bills allowing perks for parliamentarians’ family members


June 17, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Stan­ding Committee on Finance and Revenue on Tuesday unanimously cleared a bill that allows the family members of all parliamentarians to avail 25 unutilised business class domestic air tickets, besides Rs300,000 annual travel vouchers. Presided over by Senator Farooq Hamid Naek, the committee approved the ‘Members of Parliament (Salaries and Allowances) Amendment Bill, 2020’ to make changes …

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Oil imports dip 74pc to three-month low


June 17, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s oil imports plunged 73.55 per cent year-on-year to $326.75 million in May, hitting the lowest level since March when government-imposed lockdown to curtail the rising coronavirus cases in the country. Between July-May FY20, total oil imports fell 25.33pc to $9.807 billion during 11MFY20, from $13.135bn in the same period last year. The oil imports are on a downward …

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Qatar virtually unveils third 2022 World Cup venue


June 17, 2020

DOHA: Launching the third 2022 World Cup stadium, Qatar’s chief organiser said on Monday he was consulting with the English Premier League and Bundesliga to learn about how they are dealing with the coronavirus. Hassan Al-Thawadi’s comments underscore how sports are taking into account the potential for ongoing health precautions at events, if there is no vaccine for Covid-19. “This …

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