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Brief: 14-09-2021

  • Pakistan reports less than 3,000 cases after 50 days

While the country reported less than 3,000 Covid-19 cases after a gap of 50 days, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan on Monday claimed that Pakistan was performing well in terms of vaccination.

  • Results of Karachi cantonment polls boost morale of PPP, JI

While the Sept 12 election in Karachi’s six cantonment boards did not directly concern the vast majority of the people of the metropolis, the results of the polls have left a deep impact on the morale of contesting parties, as many suffered a setback and a few staged a strong comeback to eye their next target in the electoral politics of the country’s business capital.

  • Chinese investment to boost job opportunities: PM Imran

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the government is focusing on the ‘ease of doing business’ policy and extending facilities to investors.

  • PTI pins its hopes on independents to become largest party in Punjab

As the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has lost the cantonment board’s election in Punjab to its main rival — the opposition PML-N — the ruling party is banking on independent winners to become the largest party in the province.

  • PMC directs three private colleges to admit 29 students

After identifying irregularities in the admissions in three private medical colleges, Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) has directed the colleges to give admissions to 29 students.

  • US spent $290m every day in Afghanistan for 20 years

The United States spent $290 million every day for 7,300 days on its war efforts and nation-building projects in Afghanistan, says a report compiled by Brown University.

  • Qatari FM rules out recognition of Taliban government

Qatar’s foreign minister said on Monday the Gulf state has urged Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers to respect women’s rights and that it was still too early to consider recognizing their government.

  • Donors pledge $1.1bn for ‘collapsing’ Afghanistan

Donors have pledged more than $1.1 billion to help Afghanistan, where poverty and hunger have spiraled since the Taliban took power, and foreign aid has dried up, raising the specter of a mass exodus.

  • Palestinian stabs 2 Israelis before being shot by police

A Palestinian man stabbed two Israelis in Jerusalem before being shot by a border police officer on Monday, leaving all three wounded, police and medics said.

  • Taliban’s rights observance linked to economic squeeze end: FM Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Monday observance of human rights by the Taliban in Afghanistan was linked to the loosening of an economic squeeze on them.

  • Stanford professors urge US to end Trump-era programme looking for Chinese spies in academia

A group of Stanford University professors has asked the Justice Department to stop looking for Chinese spies at US universities, joining an effort by human rights groups to end a Trump administration program they said caused racial profiling and was terrorizing some scientists.

  • Tim Paine to undergo neck surgery ahead of Ashes

Australia Test captain Tim Paine will undergo surgery on a pinched nerve in his neck on Tuesday but is confident he will be fit to lead his country into the Ashes series later this year.

COVID-19 Updates

  • With 2,580 new COVID-19 cases, 78 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours
  • 85,801 COVID-19 cases are active in the country
  • The total death tally of Covid-19 stands at 26,865
  • 7,240 people recovered from Coronavirus in the last 24 hours
  • The positivity rate of Covid-19 is recorded at 5.4%
  • Over 224.6 million are infected globally
  • More than 4.6 million have died due to the virus
  • New York City now enforcing Covid-19 vaccine passport programme for most indoor activities
  • Over 1 million Covid vaccine doses administered across Pakistan on Sept 13: NCOC
  • Islamabad, AJK and GB collectively report 321 Covid cases, 4 deaths
  • 292 Covid infections detected in KP, 27 in Balochistan
  • Punjab logs 1,264 cases, 34 deaths
  • Pakistan records over 7,000 daily coronavirus recoveries
  • New Zealand looks to boost Covid-19 vaccinations as new cases ease
  • US and India in talks over timeline for restarting Covid-19 vaccine exports, says official
  • England to offer Covid vaccine to all 12- to 15-year-olds
  • Local Covid-19 cases more than double in China’s Fujian province

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