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Brief: 04-08-2021

  • Sindh govt under fire in NA over Karachi lockdown

The treasury members from Karachi on Tuesday blasted the PPP-led Sindh government in the National Assembly for its decision to impose a strict lockdown in the provincial capital in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, alleged political victimization of the opposition leader in the Sindh Assembly, and “worsening law and order situation” in the city as one of the MNAs even called for the imposition of governor rule in the province.

  • No judge applied for allotment of plot: IHC registrar

The registrar of the Islamabad High Court has informed the law secretary to communicate to the activists of Women Action Forum (WAF) that neither IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah nor any sitting judge of the high court has ever applied to any government authority or agency for the allotment of a plot and that no plot has been allotted to the judges.

  • Electronic machines to make electoral process fair

Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz on Tuesday said his ministry had developed the electronic voting machine, which will contribute to making the electoral process fair and transparent.

“The electronic voting machine has been developed according to requirements of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Today we have briefed the Cabinet about this new device and its benefits,” Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz said.                                                                                                             

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo harassed women: probe

A five-month investigation has found that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women in violation of federal and state law, creating a “climate of fear” within his office, the state’s attorney general said.

  • Deadly wildfire encircles Turkish power plant

Roaring blazes encircled a Turkish thermal power plant on Tuesday and forced farmers to herd panicked cattle toward the sea, as wildfires that have killed eight people raged for a seventh day.

  • IMF approves $650bn to boost global economy

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved the largest-ever distribution of monetary reserves of $650 billion to boost the global economy and help to emerge and low-income nations deal with the mounting debt and Covid-19 crises.

  • Cop killed in shooting at Pentagon subway

A police officer was killed at the Pentagon’s mass transit terminal on Tuesday after an attack that forced a lockdown of the US military headquarters. The attacker was shot dead.

  • Taliban seize much of Helmand capital; army advises evacuation

The Taliban pressed ahead with their advances in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, capturing nine out of 10 districts of the Helmand provincial capital, residents and officials said.

  • Arshad Nadeem keeps Pakistan’s medal hope alive at Tokyo Olympics, reaches javelin throw final

Arshad Nadeem on Wednesday kept Pakistan’s hopes of its maiden medal at the Tokyo Olympics alive as he went through to the final of the men’s javelin with a throw of 85.16 meters.

Nadeem’s throw was third-best of the day behind India’s Neeraj Chopra (86.65m) and world leader Germany’s Johannes Vetter (85.64m).

  • Pakistan win rain-ruined T20 series against West Indies

Pakistan maintained their winning streak over the West Indies as the rain had the final say yet again with the scheduled final encounter of the four-match Twenty20 International series abandoned as a no-result at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Tuesday.

COVID-19 Updates

  • With 4,722  new COVID-19 cases, 46 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours
  • 78,595  COVID-19 cases are active in the country
  • The total death tally of Covid-19 stands at 23,575
  • 1,454 people recovered from Coronavirus in the last 24 hours
  • The positivity rate of Covid-19 is recorded at 8.2%
  • Over 199.5  million are infected globally
  • More than 4.2 million have died due to the virus
  • Over 170 million recovered from COVID-19
  • 1,139,580 vaccine doses administered on August 3: NCOC
  • Islamabad, GB and AJK collectively report 672 new cases
  • KP reports 556 cases, 10 deaths
  • Punjab reports highest number of daily cases since May 21
  • Pakistan reports 1,454 recoveries from Covid-19
  • China mass testing shows virus cases at six-month high
  • New York becomes first US city to order Covid vaccines for restaurants, gyms
  • Australia’s Brisbane warned of prolonged Covid-19 lockdown as cases rise

Gohar Imdad
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