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New polio case surfaces in North Waziristan, tally reaches 56


June 30, 2020

NORTH WAZIRISTAN: One more case of polio was found in the country on Tuesday, raising the total number of children affected by the crippling disease this year to 56. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), a three-year-old boy has been affected by the virus in the North Waziristan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). The children infected with the …

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Pakistan joins countries manufacturing ventilators on their own


June 30, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday informed National Assembly that the first consignment of domestically produced ventilators will be handed over to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) till Friday. Speaking in National Assembly, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhary said that Pakistan has joined the ranks of those few countries which are producing …

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Indian TikTok users post videos to express displeasure with ban on Chinese app


June 30, 2020

An Indian ban on dozens of Chinese apps following a border clash between the two nations has possibly derailed a $1 billion India expansion plan of China’s ByteDance, while also sparking an uproar from users of its popular TikTok video app. One user @omkarsharma988 posted a video in which he throws utensils to the ground, hits a chair and weeps, …

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Govt steps up reforms ahead of WB’s ease of doing business rankings


June 30, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Ahead of the World Bank’s ease of doing business index review in October, the steering committee of the Pakistan Regulatory Modernisation Initiative (PRMI) on Monday held its third meeting to speed up the pace of reform implementation within the given time-frame. The committee, chaired by Adviser on Commerce to PM Abdul Razak Dawood, encouraged all provinces and regions to …

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‘Fuel price hike to hit inflation outlook’


June 30, 2020

KARACHI: The financial markets are now bracing for a disruptive impact on inflation that is likely to come from the recent large upward revision in fuel prices. “The increase in petroleum prices is massive and will be disruptive for the outlook on inflation,” said BMA Capital Mana­­gement Executive Director Saad Hashmey. The government on June 26 increased the prices of all …

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Alyani rejects opposition’s criticism of budget


June 30, 2020

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani has rejected criticism of opposition parties over the next year’s budget and said people of the province would decide about it. Winding up the budget debate in the provincial assembly on Monday evening, he said his government believed in equal development of the province and not a single area of Balochistan had …

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IPPs reluctant to produce power on expensive diesel


June 30, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Amid tight demand and supply situation, the fuel related problems continue to jolt the entire energy sector chain, compelling the authorities to shift some of the power plants on high-speed diesel (HSD) — the most expensive fuel. Informed sources told Dawn that with upsurge in power demand following increase in summer temperatures, the authorities were literally utilising all fuels …

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Menon becomes youngest ICC elite umpire at 36


June 30, 2020

NEW DELHI: India’s Nitin Menon, 36, on Monday became the youngest member of the International Cricket Council ICC)’s elite umpire list. Menon gave up playing cricket when he was 22 to start umpiring and has gradually moved up the rankings, officiating in three Tests, 24 One-day internationals and 16 Twenty20 Internationals. “My priority was to play for the country rather …

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Finance bill sees 30 amendments


June 30, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The government has introduced 30 amendments to the Finance Bill 2020, most of them related to income tax measures. Of all the recommendations, 16 are related to income tax, 10 to sales tax, and four to federal excise duty (FED). These amendments will come into effect from July 1. However, the revised rate of excise duty on cement and …

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City regain FA Cup ‘focus’, join Chelsea in semis


June 30, 2020

LONDON: Pep Guardiola believes it is easier for Manchester City to focus on cup glory for the rest of the season as the holders reached the FA Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win at Newcastle Unitedon Sunday. City conceded the Premier League title to runaway champions Liverpool this week, and must beat 13-time FA Cup winner Arsenal to reach another …

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