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Brief: 18-08-2021

  • Schools in Sindh to reopen on Monday

While the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday decided to keep main Covid-19 vaccination centers open on the 9th of Muharram (today), schools in Sindh would reopen with 50 percent attendance from Aug 23.

  • Bilawal asks govt to take parliament on board on Taliban takeover of Afghanistan

While showing concerns over the developing situation in Afghanistan, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Tuesday came up with a cautious response to the recent situation after the Taliban takeover and demanded that the government take parliament on board before any decision regarding the new regime in the neighboring country, warning that it would not accept any compromise on Pakistan’s stance on terrorism and “appeasement for terrorists”.

  • PML-N, PPP vow to resist move to regulate media

As the government showed its determination to set up the controversial Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) to regulate the country’s media, the opposition parties on Tuesday vowed to resist the move, terming it an attempt to further gag the media and the voices of dissent.

  • Seven held for looting tourists in Malakand

Briefing media persons at the Central Police Office, government spokesperson Kamran Khan Bangash and police chief Moazzam Jah Ansari said the arrests included four robbers and three accomplices, picked from different parts of the city.

On Aug 5, two vehicles carrying tourists to Kumrat area of Upper Dir and Kalam area of Swat were robbed at gunpoint by men dressed in the uniform of law enforcement personnel in Lower Dir and Malakand districts. On Aug 9, two tourist vehicles were looted in Swat.

  • Justice Sheikh keeps away from oath-taking ceremony

No oath-taking ceremony for the newly-appointed ad hoc judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Ahmed Ali Sheikh — currently serving as chief justice of the Sindh High Court — could take place on Tuesday, though elaborate arran­gements were made at the Supreme Court building for the purpose.

  • LHC seeks report on plea against Hafiz Saad Rizvi’s detention

Justice Tariq Nadeem of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday sought a report from the registrar office on fixing the hearing of a petition against the detention of Hafiz Saad Rizvi, the leader of proscribed Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), before a single bench instead of a division bench as the case was related to the anti-terrorism law.

  • Evacuations from Afghanistan gather momentum as Taliban promise peace

More than 2,200 diplomats and other civilians have been evacuated from Afghanistan on military flights, a Western security official told Reuters on Wednesday, as efforts gathered pace to get people out after the Taliban seized the capital.

  • Kabul limps back to normalcy

Some Kabul residents cautiously ventured back to work through quiet streets on Tuesday, fearful after a night broken by the sound of gunfire and facing questions from their new Taliban rulers stationed at checkpoints across the Afghan capital.

  • New Zealand thrown into lockdown over single suspected Delta case

New Zealand imposed a snap three-day lockdown on Tuesday after identifying a single case of locally transmitted Covid-19 suspected to be the Delta variant, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

  • Israel seeks international help to fight forest fires

Israeli firefighters battled flames for a second day on Monday in the hills west of Jerusalem, forcing the evacuation of five communities and prompting the government to ask for international help.

  • Babar wants to restore Pakistan’s superiority in Twenty20s

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam wants to re-establish the team’s ‘superiority in the shortest format of the game by winning the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.

COVID-19 Updates

  • With 3,974   new COVID-19 cases, 66 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours
  • 88,209 COVID-19 cases are active in the country
  • The total death tally of Covid-19 stands at 24,639
  • 3,122 people recovered from Coronavirus in the last 24 hours
  • The positivity rate of Covid-19 is recorded at 6.68%
  • Over 207.1 million are infected globally
  • More than 4.3 million have died due to the virus
  • Over 170 million recovered from COVID-19
  • Pandemic fatigue complicates Japan’s Covid fight, risks recovery delay
  • US reports more than 1,000 Covid deaths in single day
  • Islamabad, AJK and GB collectively record 549 virus cases, 5 deaths
  • 702 new cases detected in KP, 54 infections confirmed in Balochistan
  • Punjab reports 1,198 new cases, 22 deaths
  • Pakistan reports 3,122 recoveries
  • Pope Francis urges everyone to get Covid-19 vaccines for the good of all
  • New Zealand coronavirus cases edge up to 7
  • Australia’s New South Wales reports record one-day rise in Covid-19 cases

Gohar Imdad
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