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Brief: 22-09-2021

  • NCOC lifts additional restrictions in 6 districts of Punjab, KP

As the cases of Covid-19 continue to decrease across the country, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Tuesday decided to lift additional restrictions in six districts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

  • National Assembly witnesses war of words between Shehbaz, ministers

The National Assembly for the third consecutive day on Tuesday failed to complete its business due to lack of quorum, following a verbal clash between members of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) as both sides accused each other of rendering a large number of people jobless during their respective terms in the government.

  • FDE asks colleges to stop admissions to seven BS programmes

The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has decided to stop further admissions to the BS programme in seven subjects being offered in various colleges due to the fewer number of students.

  • Suspension of Nadra verification at Torkham to benefit criminals

The abrupt suspension of online verification of all Pakistani nationals at the Nadra centre at Torkham border has put the personal identification process in serious jeopardy as it would provide an opportunity to people with dubious credentials to either enter or leave the country without being detected.

  • NAB orders sale of Nawaz’s assets to recover Avenfield case fine

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has initiated a legal process to recover the approximately Rs1.85 billion fine in the Avenfield apartments case from Nawaz Sharif by ordering immediate sale of his properties.

  • France wins EU backing in submarine row with US

European ministers rallied around France on Tuesday over the US and Australian decision to strip Paris of a submarine supply contract, as the dispute threatened to delay trade talks with Washington and Canberra.

  • Iran wants nuclear talks to result in lifting of all sanctions, says Raisi

Iran’s new ultraconservative president on Tuesday voiced support for renewed nuclear negotiations in his international debut even as he hailed what he termed the decline of US hegemony.

  • Pope jokes ‘some wanted me dead’ after surgery

Pope Francis joked that “some people wanted me dead” and cardinals were already preparing to replace him after his colon surgery this summer, according to a media report on Tuesday.

  • FM urges US to go beyond Afghan conflict for better ties

Pakistan on Tuesday urged the United States to go beyond the Afghan conflict and build a bilateral relationship anchored in trade, investment and people-to-people contacts.

  • Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in brawl over mask

Germany reacted with shock and outrage on Tuesday after a 20-year-old petrol station worker was shot dead by a customer angry about being asked to wear a mask while buying beer.

COVID-19 Updates

  • With 2,333 new COVID-19 cases, 47 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours
  • 61,947 COVID-19 cases are active in the country
  • The total death tally of Covid-19 stands at 27,374
  • 3,261 people recovered from Coronavirus in the last 24 hours
  • The positivity rate of Covid-19 is recorded at 4.6%
  • Over 229 million are infected globally
  • More than 4.6 million have died due to the virus
  • Covid sends northern Chinese city into semi-shutdown
  • All Covid vaccines available for second dose: NHS ministry
  • Islamabad, AJK and GB collectively record 174 Covid cases
  • Punjab reports 1,031 Covid cases, 21 deaths
  • 285 coronavirus cases detected in KP, 24 in Balochistan
  • Pakistan reports 3,261 Covid recoveries
  • Locked-down Melbourne beefs up security as Covid-19 protesters gather
  • Brazil’s health minister tests positive for Covid-19 after attending UNGA summit in NYC
  • New Zealand says it may not get to zero Covid-19 cases again

Gohar Imdad
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