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Another polio case surfaces in Balochistan


June 26, 2020

QUETTA: One more polio case was reported from Balochistan on Thursday, taking the countrywide figure for this year to 54.  According to health officials, the latest victim of the virus is a nine-month-old infant hailing from district Dalbandin in Chagai area of Balochistan. This is the fourteenth polio virus case that has reared its head in the province during the …

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Severe COVID-19 can damage the brain, preliminary study finds


June 26, 2020

bact LONDON: A preliminary study of patients hospitalised with COVID-19 has found the disease can damage the brain, causing complications such as stroke, inflammation, psychosis and dementia-like symptoms in some severe cases. The findings are the first detailed look at a range of neurological complications of COVID-19, the researchers said, and underline a need for larger studies to find the …

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Severe COVID-19 can damage the brain, study finds


June 26, 2020

LONDON: A preliminary study of patients hospitalised with COVID-19 has found the disease can damage the brain, causing complications such as stroke, inflammation, psychosis and dementia-like symptoms in some severe cases. The findings are the first detailed look at a range of neurological complications of COVID-19, the researchers said, and underline a need for larger studies to find the mechanisms …

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This ‘smart mask’ can transmit and translate messages


June 26, 2020

TOKYO: As face coverings become the norm amid the coronavirus pandemic, Japanese startup Donut Robotics has developed an internet-connected “smart mask” that can transmit messages and translate from Japanese into eight other languages. The white plastic “c-mask” fits over standard face masks and connects via Bluetooth to a smartphone and tablet application that can transcribe speech into text messages, make …

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Three Chinese hydel projects get ECC approval after a one year wait


June 26, 2020

ISLAMABAD: In fast moving developments, the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet on Thursday approved important revisions to the terms on which three hydropower projects, worth more than $5 billion in total, are being executed by Chinese companies. The meeting, presided over by Adviser to PM on Finance and Revenue Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh also reduced regulatory duties on …

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PM hails accord on $2.4bn hydel project


June 26, 2020

ISLAMABAD: A tripartite agreement was signed between a Chinese company and the governments of Pakistan and China on Thursday for construction of a 1,124-megawatt hydropower project at Kohala on the Jhelum river at a cost of $2.4 billion. Prime Minister Imran Khan, who witnessed the signing ceremony at his office, termed the agreement “the country’s biggest-ever foreign investment”. Azad Kashmir’s …

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Implementation of indicative generation capacity plan put on hold


June 26, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has strongly reacted to a long-term official plan — the Indicative Generation Capacity Expansion Plan (IGCEP) 2020-47 — and has put on hold its implementation due to serious shortcomings. The IGCEP is a policy document prepared by the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) of the federal government under which the future …

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‘Indian boycott of Chinese goods may not be feasible’


June 26, 2020

NEW DELHI: A boycott of goods from China may not be feasible as India is dependent on such imports, although New Delhi should try to cut its dependence on them, India’s top export promotion grouping said on Thursday. As calls have grown in India for Chinese products to be shunned after a border clash between the neighbours killed 20 Indian soldiers, customs …

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Tax exemptions on official perks cost Rs30bn in 2019, says FBR


June 26, 2020

ISLAMABAD: An official report of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has shown income tax exemptions and concessions worth Rs30 billion given to the top government officials, military officers and judges of superior courts on perks and privileges in the tax year 2019. The estimates come from the first-ever comprehensive report on “Tax Expenditure 2020” produced by the FBR, which has also …

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