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Brief: 27-06-2021

  • Govt gets walkover in key National Assembly session

Despite making tall claims of making every effort to block the passage of the budget in parliament, the opposition on Saturday for the second consecutive year literally provided a walkover to the government in the National Assembly which approved 49 demands for grants worth over Rs3 trillion and rejected 967 cut motions of the opposition members with a majority vote.

  • Initiative on cards to enroll poor yet talented students in top colleges

After the extension of the Sehat Sahulat Programme to the entire population of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on Saturday announced the start of the Education Card System to enrol deserving students from economically disadvantaged families in the country’s top educational institutions.

  • All provinces should bear water shortage equally: CM

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has demanded that all provinces should bear shortage of irrigation water equally in accordance with Water Apportionment Accord, 1991, but unfortunately it is not being done.

  • Govt obtains 63pc more foreign loans in 11MFY21

Pakistan borrowed over $12 billion during the 11 months of the current fiscal year (11MFY21) – an increase of about 63 per cent compared to the same period in FY20 – reflecting the growing need for foreign exchange despite record remittances and higher exports.

  • FATF to assess India’s anti-money laundering regime: minister

Federal Energy Minister Hammad Azhar has said the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will conduct assessment of India’s regime for Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) in the near future, which will be a test case for the task force.

  • India may shift T20 World Cup to UAE

This year’s Twenty20 World Cup is set to be shifted to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) situation in India, Indian cricket board 

  • Australia battles Delta Covid surge as Europe eases restrictions

Australia’s largest city Sydney entered a two-week lockdown on Saturday to contain a sudden Covid surge, but several European nations lifted restrictions despite the global spread of a highly contagious form of the disease.

  • Erdogan launches work on controversial Black Sea canal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched the start of construction on a controversial canal aimed at easing congestion on the Bosphorus but which critics say courts environmental disaster.

  • Increase in FED on mobile phone calls to hit the poor the hardest

As the government has proposed an increase in tax on mobile phone calls, prepaid customers mainly those belonging to the low-income segments of society will be hardest hit by the move.

  • Ali Zafar’s grandfather Mohammad Amin passes away

Sharing throwback photos of Nana, Ali Zafar tweeted, “My Nana, Mohammad Amin, who I was very close to & has always been my idol since childhood- a self-made man, who taught us the importance of hard work, honesty, compassion and care for others passed away today.”

  • Mahira Khan completes 10 years in showbiz

Pakistani superstar Mahira Khan has completed 10 successful years in the showbiz industry, saying ‘I bow my head in gratitude to all of you.”

COVID-19 Updates:

  • With 901 new COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours
  • 32,241 COVID-19 cases are active in the country 
  • The total death tally of Covid-19 stands at 22,211
  • 1,347 people recovered from Coronavirus in the last 24 hours
  • The positivity rate of Covid-19 is recorded at 2.0%
  • Over 180.3 million are infected globally
  • More than 3.9 million have died due to the virus across the world
  • Over 131.9 million recovered from COVID-19 in the world
  • All vaccination centers in Lahore to remain closed today: deputy commissioner
  • Japan hits 1 million jabs a day after months of frustration and delays
  • New Zealand extends Covid-19 alert level in capital
  • Tourists return to Paris after easing of restrictions
  • US states hesitant to adopt digital Covid vaccine verification

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