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Brief: 07-08-2021

  • ‘Majority too has rights’: Milli Yakjehti Council refuses to condemn desecration of Hindu temple

The top leaders of the Milli Yakjehti Council (MYC) — an alliance of 22 religious and political parties and organizations — on Friday declined to condemn the vandalism and desecration of a Hindu temple in Rahim Yar Khan earlier this week, saying it was unaware of the details of the incident.

  • Passengers barred from travelling to Dubai

Due to revised Covid-19 guidelines issued by the United Arab Emirates, a significant number of passengers traveling from Pakistan to Dubai have been denied boarding from Pakis­tan for not having negative rapid PCR test conducted within four hours before departure of flights.

  • Students below 18 travelling abroad allowed Moderna vaccine

Former Senate chairman Mian Raza Rabbani condemned the United Kingdom’s decision to keep Pakistan on the Covid-19 red list and removing India and several other countries from it. In a tweet, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Friday said: “Vaccination is open to all above 18 years of age. However, students aged 16-18 years, who need to go abroad to study at universities requiring mandatory vaccination will be administered the Moderna vaccine. (To be administered on checking valid visa/university documents).”

  • Saudi dates to be distributed among vulnerable families in Pakistan

The World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations has received a contribution of 116 metric tonnes of dates from Saudi Arabia to help its food and nutrition assistance for vulnerable families in Pakistan.

  • OIC urged to establish humanitarian corridor for besieged Kashmiris

Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan has called upon the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to establish a humanitarian corridor to aid people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) who were under a military siege amid relentless Indian state-sponsored terrorism.

  • Hezbollah, Israel exchange fire in major escalation

Lebanon’s Hezbollah fired a volley of rockets at Israeli positions on Friday, prompting retaliatory shelling, in an escalation between the Iran-backed movement and the Jewish state.

  • Hiroshima mayor calls for nuclear disarmament

Hiroshima on Friday marked the 76th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing, as the mayor of the Japanese city urged global leaders to unite to eliminate nuclear weapons just as they are united against the coronavirus.

  • UN seeks funds to feed 6.2m people in Myanmar

The United Nations said on Friday it urgently needed funds to feed people in Myanmar amid fears that up to 6.2 million could be plunged into hunger by October.

  • Arshad Nadeem — from Mian Channu to Pakistan’s hope for Olympic glory

On Wednesday, the man from Mian Channu kept the country’s flailing hopes of a maiden medal at the Tokyo Olympics alive as he qualified for the final of the men’s javelin with a throw of 85.16 meters.

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

COVID-19 Updates

  • With 4,745  new COVID-19 cases, 67 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours
  • 79.992  COVID-19 cases are active in the country
  • The total death tally of Covid-19 stands at 67
  • 2,095 people recovered from Coronavirus in the last 24 hours
  • The positivity rate of Covid-19 is recorded at 8.1%
  • 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
  • 974,720 Covid vaccine doses administered across Pakistan on August 6: NCOC
  • Australia’s Sydney posts fresh Covid record as Melbourne races to trace outbreak
  • US regulator to allow export of certain lots of AstraZeneca vaccine made at problem-plagued Baltimore plant
  • In Florida, Delta variant fuels concerns for children’s healthWahab
  • Delta sweeps Sydney as Australia widens Covid-19 restrictions
  • CNN fires three employees for coming to work unvaccinated
  • California to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for health workers

Gohar Imdad
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