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Two more polio cases surface in country, tally reaches 53


June 21, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Two more cases of polio were found in the country on Saturday, taking the tally for the year to 53. According to health officials, the polio cases were reported in Sindh and Balochistan. The children infected with the crippling disease have never been administered the anti-polio vaccine, said sources. Giving details, the sources said that a three-month-old infant was …

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No fans, less prize money, rustiness when tennis returns


June 21, 2020

NEW YORK: Madison Keys, the 2017 US Open runner-up, has not played a real tennis match since January, so she was thrilled when a partial schedule was released for the sports true return after its novel coronavirus-forced hiatus. “Halfway through the year, we’re [usually] doing all kind of thinking. Oh, I’d love some weeks at home. Been on the road …

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Malik allowed to spend time with family, will join team in late July


June 21, 2020

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday granted special dispensation to veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik by allowing him to join the national side in England on July 24 after spending time with his family. The PCB in a press release states: “Shoaib’s wife, Sania Mirza, and one-year-old son, Izhaan Mirza Malik, have been in India, while Shoaib has been in …

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Barca give Real chance to pull level after Sevilla draw


June 21, 2020

MADRID: Barcelona were held to a goalless draw at Sevilla on Friday for their first stumble since the resumption of play in the La Liga following a three-month stoppage for the Covid-19 pandemic. The slip gives Real Madrid the chance to regain top spot this weekend. Real trail Barca by three points before they visit Real Sociedad on Sunday to …

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Former Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza tests positive for Covid-19


June 21, 2020

Former Bangladesh cricket captain Mashrafe Mortaza and two other players said they have tested positive for the novel coronavirus as infections in Bangladesh rise. Left arm spinner Nazmul Islam and former opener Nafees Iqbal were the other two who revealed their positive test results. Mashrafe, who stepped down as the one-day international captain in March but remains available for selection, announced …

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Cabinet approves furnace oil imports for KE


June 21, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCoE) on Saturday allowed Pakistan State Oil (PSO) to import furnace oil for supply to K-Electric in a bid to manage Karachi’s demand for electricity in summer. The special permission to import high sulphur furnace oil (HSFO) — two cargoes of 70,000 tonnes each — has been granted after almost two years since local …

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Pakistan’s fiscal deficit to widen in FY21: Fitch


June 21, 2020

KARACHI: Economic shock and health crisis associated with Covid-19 will challenge Pakistan’s ability to narrow the fiscal deficit to seven per cent in the FY21, said Fitch Ratings on Friday. “Fitch forecasts are more conservative than the government’s. We expect deficits of 9.5pc of GDP in FY20 and 8.2pc in FY21, pushing the public debt-to-GDP ratio up to 89pc of …

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Budget deficit bigger threat than Covid: Shahbaz


June 21, 2020

LAHORE: PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday called the budget deficita bigger threat than Covid-19. “For the first time in Pakistan’s history the budget deficit has exceeded more than 10 per cent of the gross domestic product. This situation is very alarming and is a bigger threat than coronavirus,” he said in a statement issued here on Saturday. The opposition …

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