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Pakistan reports 45 COVID-19 deaths during past 24 hours


January 16, 2021

ISLAMABAD: The latest statistics of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has shown that the COVID-19 has claimed 45 more lives, whereas, 2,432 new infections were reported during the last 24 hours. In the past 24 hours, 45 more people succumbed to the disease, taking the death toll to 10,908.  2,793 patients have recovered from the virus in a …

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Pakistan permits use of British COVID-19 vaccine: sources


January 16, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has granted permission to use Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine (AZD1222) in emergency situation, citing sources. The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has given the approval for urgent-use of the British COVID-19 vaccine, sources. AstraZeneca has been a British-Sweden joint multinational pharma company, which has produced the vaccine in collaboration with Oxford University. The vaccine, approved by the British Medicine and …

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WhatsApp to delay launch of update business features after privacy backlash


January 16, 2021

Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp is delaying an update aimed at increasing business transactions on the platform after a storm of concern from users who feared that the messaging platform was watering down its privacy policy in the process. WhatsApp users received notification this month that it was preparing a new privacy policy and terms, and it reserved the right to share …

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Ton-up Labuschagne puts Australia on top in Gabba decider


January 16, 2021

BRISBANE: Marnus Labuschagne rode his luck to a home-ground century as Australia exploited India’s injury woes and punished their poor fielding to reach 274 for five at the close of a steamy day one of the fourth Test decider in Brisbane on Friday. Captain Tim Paine was 38 not out and all-rounder Cameron Green on 28 at stumps, with Australia …

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Mahatir, Asad win tennis titles in style


January 16, 2021

KARACHI: Young and talented Mahatir Muhammad overcame stiff challenge from brilliant Hasheesh Kumar to win the Juniors under-18 singles title 7-6, 6-2 while Asad Zaman of Lahore beat Amir Mazar 5-3, 4-2 to win the under-14 title in the 9th Essa Lab National Seniors & Juniors Tennis Championships which concluded at the Modern Club on Thursday. Dr. Marium Farhan Essa …

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Maverick ex-pacer Shoaib Akhtar’s outbursts have many contradictions


January 16, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Shoaib Akhtar continued with his outbursts against the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) this week when he said the sport has been on a decline since 2000 due to the administrators’ wrong policies and average appointments. However, for the knowledgeable critics, his ongoing tirade remains full of contradictions. In an interview on Thursday with a private TV channel, the maverick …

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England build commanding lead on back of Root’s unbeaten century


January 16, 2021

GALLE: Joe Root notched his first Test century in more than a year and Dan Lawrence made an impressive debut as England took control in a rain-affected first Test against Sri Lanka here on Friday. Root was unbeaten on 168 off 254 balls and Lawrence made 73 from 150 deliveries with England cruising to 320-4 before rain denied further play …

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South Africa arrive for first Pakistan tour in 14 years


January 16, 2021

The South African cricket team arrived in Karachi on Saturday to play two Tests and three Twenty20 internationals on their first tour of Pakistan in 14 years. The team, led by wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, was whisked from the airport under state-head level security accorded by the hosts, the Pakistan Cricket Board. The 21-member squad had two Covid-19 tests before …

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Bank deposits jump 22pc in 2020


January 16, 2021

KARACHI: Banking sector deposits during 2020 increased by 22 per cent or Rs3.204 trillion to hit an 18-year high at Rs17.876tr, latest data released by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) showed. On the other hand, despite a significant increase in deposits, the banks failed to energise the economy as advances remained at just 10pc of the deposits added during …

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