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Brief: 13-09-2021

  • Fireworks likely during Alvi’s address to joint session

As Presi­dent Dr. Arif Alvi is due to address a joint sitting of parliament on Monday marking the fourth parliamentary year of the National Assembly, opposition parties have threatened to boycott the session and stage protests in and outside the parliament house.

  • Moonis meets Bilawal ahead of president’s address to parliament

In a significant political development, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader and Federal Minister for Water Resources Chaudhry Moonis Elahi on Sunday called on Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari at the latter’s residence known as Zardari House.

  • PPP leader Rahimdad Khan laid to rest in Mardan

Former senior provincial minister and founding leader of Pakistan People’s Party Rahimdad Khan, who died of coronavirus the other day, was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard in Hatyaan Shergar locality here on Sunday. He was 78.

  • Journalists begin protest against govt’s PMDA move

Protesting against the government’s plan to bulldoze the Pakis­tan Media Development Autho­rity (PMDA) legislation through a joint sitting of parliament, the journalist fraternity began a sit-in outside the Parliament House Sunday evening.

  • Freezing of Afghan accounts to create crisis: Sheikh Rashid

Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Sunday said it would be unfair for the world to expect that Afghanistan would become as prosperous as some Scandinavian countries in eight days and cautioned that freezing of Afghan accounts could create a humanitarian crisis.

  • Dr Abdul Qadeer disappointed with PM Imran for not inquiring after his health

Nuclear scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, who is currently under treatment in a hospital, on Monday complained that neither Prime Minister Imran Khan nor any of his cabinet members inquired after his health.

  • Taliban make themselves at home in Abdul Rashid Dostum’s Kabul mansion

Taliban fighters have taken over the glitzy Kabul mansion of one of their fiercest enemies — the warlord and fugitive ex-vice president Abdul Rashid Dostum.

  • Nuclear surveillance deal with Iran keeps hopes for talks alive

Iran and the UN atomic agency on Sunday announced the IAEA would keep up surveillance of Tehran’s nuclear activities, soothing a sore point in talks to resuscitate a 2015 deal to curb its program.

  • UAE govt plans to bind private sector to employ 10pc Emiratis

Private sector companies in the UAE will have to fill 10pc of their positions with Emirati nationals in five years’ time, the UAE said on Sunday in its latest tranche of economic reforms.

  • 97pc Afghans at risk of sinking below poverty line, fears UNDP

The Uni­ted Nations Develop­ment Programme (UNDP) has feared that as much as 97 percent of the Afghan population is at risk of sinking below the poverty line unless a response to the country’s political and economic crises is urgently launched.

  • Wrapping of Arc de Triomphe begins in tribute to artist

Visitors to Paris were surprised on Sunday when strolling up the Champs-Elysees as dozens of workers began enveloping in a shimmering wrapper a posthumous installation by artist Christo at Arc de Triomphe monument.

  • Beauty pageants, races spur demand for camel cloning in Dubai

Cloning is in high demand in the competitive world of camel beauty pageants, leaving scientists at a Dubai clinic working round the clock to produce carbon-copy beasts.

COVID-19 Updates

  • With 2,988 new COVID-19 cases, 67 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours
  • 90,545 COVID-19 cases are active in the country
  • The total death tally of Covid-19 stands at 26,787
  • 3,391 people recovered from Coronavirus in the last 24 hours
  • The positivity rate of Covid-19 is recorded at 5.6%
  • Over 224.6 million are infected globally
  • More than 4.6 million have died due to the virus
  • New Zealand keeps Auckland in strict lockdown to beat Delta
  • Pakistan reports less than 3,000 Covid cases for first time since July 24
  • Islamabad, AJK and GB collectively report 363 Covid cases, 7 deaths
  • 490 Covid infections detected in KP, 22 in Balochistan
  • Punjab logs 1,208 cases, 14 deaths
  • Pakistan records 3,391 Covid recoveries
  • South Africa loosens Covid curbs as third wave eases
  • Australia steps up Covid-19 vaccine rollout as bookings for children begin
  • New Zealand’s Covid-19 cases rise ahead of Auckland lockdown decision

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