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Brief: 30-08-2021

  • Three parliamentary panels to get briefing in GHQ today

The country’s military leadership will be giving a briefing to three parliamentary committees on Monday (today) at the General Headquarters (GHQ) on internal and external security, including Kashmir.

  • Points earned through remittances to be redeemed in cash

The government has decided to allow redemption in cash of reward points earned by overseas Pakistanis for sending remittances back home through official channels under the National Remittance Loyalty Programme (NRLP) to be launched on Oct 1.

  • Taliban supreme leader is in Afghanistan, says spokesman

The Taliban’s supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada — who has never made a public appearance and whose whereabouts have largely remained unknown — is in Afghanistan, the hardline Islamist group confirmed on Sunday.

  • Multiple tiers of immigration at Torkham trouble Afghans

The desperate Afghans, seeking their speedy and smooth return to their country after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, are now confronted with multiple tiers of immigration process, operated by at least three different departments at Torkham border.

  • UK govt blasted over Afghan exit as hundreds left behind

The UK government on Sunday faced a torrent of criticism after its hurried withdrawal from Afghanistan ended, leaving hundreds eligible for relocation behind.

  • Biden attends grim homecoming for troops killed in Kabul

US President Joe Biden shut his eyes and tilted his head back as the flag-draped cases carrying the remains of 11 American service members killed in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan emerged on Sunday from a military plane at a base in Delaware.

  • Japanese regions suspend use of Moderna vaccine

Two Japanese regions suspended use of some Moderna Covid-19 shots on Sunday after more cases of contamination were spotted, the local governments said.

  • PIA awaiting Afghan permission to resume flights

Pakistan International Airlines, the only commercial airline that conducted flights from Kabul since the Taliban takeover of the Afghan capital to different cities of Afghanistan, has put on hold its operations and is waiting for Afghan authorities’ permission to resume flights to Kabul, Mazar-i-Sharif and other cities.

  • Protest on wheels in Thai capital seeks govt’s ouster

A long line of cars, trucks and motorbikes wended its way on Sunday through the Thai capital Bangkok in a mobile protest against the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. The protesters on wheels hope their nonviolent action, dubbed a car mob, can help force the ouster of Prayuth, whom they accuse of botching the campaign against the coronavirus.

  • Thousands protest in Berlin against Covid curbs, vaccines

Several thousand people marched through the streets of Berlin on Sunday for a second day of unauthorised protest against coronavirus vaccinations and restrictions aimed at curbing a fourth wave of the pandemic.

  • Rebel attack on Yemeni airbase leaves 30 pro-govt troops dead

Strikes on Yemen’s largest airbase on Sunday killed at least 30 pro-government troops and wounded scores more, medical and loyalist sources said, blaming Iran-backed Houthi rebels for the attack.

  • US drone strike hits IS suicide bomber in Kabul: officials

American forces launched a drone strike in Kabul on Sunday targeting a suicide bomber in a vehicle who was aiming to attack the airport, US officials said, as the United States nears the end of its military presence in the city.

COVID-19 Updates

  • With 3,800  new COVID-19 cases, 66 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours
  • 93,690 COVID-19 cases are active in the country
  • The total death tally of Covid-19 stands at 25,670
  • 3,548 people recovered from Coronavirus in the last 24 hours
  • The positivity rate of Covid-19 is recorded at 6.7%
  • Over 216.3 million are infected globally
  • More than 4.5 million have died due to the virus
  • China reports 23 Covid-19 cases for Aug 29, none local
  • Islamabad, AJK and GB collectively report nearly 354 Covid cases, 3 deaths
  • Punjab records 1,609 new infections, 24 deaths
  • KP reports 622 new cases, Balochistan records 43
  • 3,548 more people recover from coronavirus in Pakistan
  • Japan govt says needs more data before deciding on mixed use of Covid-19 vaccines
  • New Zealand reports first death linked to Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine
  • A weary Australia plans reopening as Covid-19 death toll hits 1,000
  • Sindh reports 22 deaths, 1,165 new coronavirus cases

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