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Brief: 24-09-2021

  • Misuse of Nawaz’s CNIC: FIA, Lahore police lodge cases against 2 for fake entry of Covid vaccination

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has lodged a case against two employees of Lahore’s Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital for making “fake entry” of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Covid-19 vaccination.

  • Sindh cabinet allows KMC to sign MoU with KE on tax collection through electricity bills

The Sindh cabinet on Thursday allowed the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the K-Electric authorising the power utility to collect conservancy and fire taxes through electricity bills.

  • Fawad seeks six more weeks to reply to ECP’s notice

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has sought six weeks from the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to submit his reply to a notice he received after an outburst against the organisation on Sunday.

  • Unvaccinated air travellers to face curbs after 30th

Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan has warned that after Sept 30, all unvaccinated domestic and international travelers would face restrictions.

  • Public Accounts Committee may summon Justice Iqbal if his tenure as NAB chief is extended

The Chair­man of the National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hinted on Thursday that the panel might summon the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chief, retired Justice Javed Iqbal, in case the government extended his tenure as chairman of the anti-graft watchdog.

  • Erdogan says relations with Biden off to poor start

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday he felt that relations with his US counterpart Joe Biden had “not gotten off to a good start” since the latter’s arrival in the White House.

  • Iran sees ‘serious progress’ in talks with Saudi Arabia

Talks between Middle East regional rivals Tehran and Riyadh have led to “serious progress” on the issue of Gulf security, an Iranian foreign ministry official said.

  • World refugee body blasts UK’s planned immigration law

Britain’s proposed law to implement what it calls the biggest overhaul of asylum rules in decades “undermines established international refugee protection rules”, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Thursday.

  • Tunisia’s austere president ruling by decree

Kais Saied, a political newcomer when he won Tunisia’s 2019 presidential election, rules by decree in a break with the country’s post-revolution political elite.

  • Facebook ordered to release anti-Rohingya posts for genocide case

A US judge has ordered Facebook to release posts the social network removed over their role in inciting government-backed violence against the Rohingya people in Myanmar.

  • Chinese jets fly near Taiwan to deter it from trade deal

China voiced opposition on Thursday to Taiwan joining a major trans-Pacific trade deal as it flew 24 planes, including two nuclear-capable bombers ,into the self-ruled island’s air defence zone, the biggest incursion in weeks, Taiwanese officials said.

  • Lava spread raises fears of more damage on Spanish island

The advance of lava from a volcanic eruption in Spain’s Canary Islands has slowed significantly, raising fears on Thursday that it might fan out further and wreak more destruction instead of flowing out into the sea.

  • Pandemic set to sour Nobel ceremonies again

Nobel Prize winners in science and literature will receive their awards in their home countries rather than Sweden for the second year running because of the pandemic, organisers said on Thursday.

COVID-19 Updates

  • With 2,233  new COVID-19 cases, 50 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours
  • 60,952 COVID-19 cases are active in the country
  • The total death tally of Covid-19 stands at 27,482
  • 2,789 people recovered from Coronavirus in the last 24 hours
  • The positivity rate of Covid-19 is recorded at 4.2%
  • Over 229 million are infected globally
  • More than 4.6 million have died due to the virus
  • Australia hits vaccine milestone as Melbourne cases hover near record levels
  • US CDC director breaks with panel, backs boosters for high-risk workers
  • Over 630,000 Covid vaccine doses administered in Pakistan on Sept 23: NCOC
  • Islamabad, AJK and GB collectively report 186 Covid cases, 3 deaths
  • Punjab reports 936 Covid cases, 24 deaths
  • 288 coronavirus cases detected in KP, 16 in Balochistan
  • Pakistan records 2,789 Covid recoveries
  • WHO backs antibody treatment for high-risk Covid patients
  • ‘Vaccine apartheid’: Africans tell UN they need vaccines

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