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Two Radio Pakistan staffers die of Covid-19


May 29, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Two Radio Pakistan staffers died from Covid-19 on Thursday. The deceased include a senior broadcast engineer and an Urdu newscaster. They were both associated with Radio Pakistan for 20 years. According to an official statement issued by the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC), Senior Broadcast Engineer Mohammad Ashfaq, 48, was a regular Radio Pakistan employee who was known for his …

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Espionage convicts entitled to education remission: PHC


May 29, 2020

PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court has ruled that the government can grant remission in sentences to the convicts of espionage and anti-state activities on the basis of their degrees secured in detention. In a detailed verdict on 14 petitions of convicts, a larger bench consisting of Justice Lal Jan Khattak, Justice Ishtiaq Ibrahim and Justice Ijaz Anwar ruled that the …

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Rangers recover Rs30m currency from crash site


May 29, 2020

KARACHI: The Pakistan Rangers, Sindh have found over Rs30 million burnt Pakistani currency notes from the plane crash site in Model Colony, says a recent statement issued by the paramilitary force. The statement adds that the cash and valuables found from the site were handed over to the Pakistan International Airlines at Rangers Headquarters, Jamia Millia College. The PIA officials, …

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IHC issues notices to govt on petition against NFC composition


May 29, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Thursday issued notices to the federal government on a petition filed against the composition of the 10th National Finance Commission (NFC). The court, however, warned petitioner Khurram Dastagir Khan, a leader of the Pakistan Muslin League-Nawaz (PML-N), that he might be fined if he failed to substantiate contentions in the petition. Taking up the …

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KP has highest recovery rate, says Ajmal


May 29, 2020

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has the highest recovery rate among patients of coronavirus, says Adviser to Chief Minister on Information Ajmal Wazir. He said that the province had 200 isolation wards for Covid-19 patients with the capacity of 5,598 beds. He said that 359 quarantine centres and more than 550 ventilators had been reserved for patients of the pandemic. “Still citizens …

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Murad asks KU lab officials to expedite DNA tests of plane crash victims


May 29, 2020

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Thursday visited the Sindh Forensic DNA and Serology Laboratory in the Karachi University and asked the lab management to expedite the DNA tests of the passengers that died in the plane crash on May 22. “The family members of the passengers [that] died in the plane crash are in such a …

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SHC to hear urgent petition about air crashes today


May 29, 2020

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Thursday allowed an application seeking urgent hearing of a petition about various incidents of air crashes and fixed it for hearing on Friday (today). The petitioner filed an application for urgent hearing of his petition filed in 2016 and also informed the bench that the A320 aircraft of Pakistan International Airlines carrying 99 passengers …

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PPP wants action plan to avert famine threat


May 29, 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has called upon the government to come up with an action plan to effectively check the threat of famine in the country posed by locusts. “Farmers across Pakistan are suffering the worst plague of locusts in recent history which will cause a loss of Rs600 billion to Pakistani economy,” PPP parliamentary leader in the …

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PPP moves FIA against blogger Cynthia Ritchie for ‘slanderous’ tweet on Benazir


May 29, 2020

PPP has filed a complaint with the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) cybercrime wing against Cynthia D Ritchie, a blogger from the US who has based herself in Pakistan, for “hateful comments and slander” against former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. PPP Islamabad President Advocate Shakeel Abbasi filed the application on Thursday against Ritchie for posting on Twitter “very derogatory and slanderous remarks” about …

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No immediate plan to go for stricter lockdown: govt


May 29, 2020

ISLAMABAD: As the country registered thousands of new Covid-19 patients and witnessed many deaths from the virus on Thursday, the government expressed “satisfaction” over the situation in hospitals, saying it has no immediate plan to go for a stricter lockdown. He said the participants and the prime minister were updated on the facts and figures of coronavirus patients and the …

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