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Brief: 31-08-2021

  • President Alvi to address parliament on Sept 13

President Dr Arif Alvi will address a joint sitting of parliament on Sept 13 which will formally mark the beginning of the fourth parliamentary year of the present National Assembly.

  • Elective surgeries suspended at four teaching hospitals in Punjab

Following the tremendous pressure of Covid cases, the Punjab Health Department has suspended all kinds of elective surgeries at the four major teaching hospitals for two weeks.

  • Soldier martyred in S. Waziristan blast

A soldier was martyred in the South Waziristan district when an improvised explosive device went off on Monday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

  • 16 members of AJK cabinet allotted portfolios

Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi on Monday allotted portfolios to his 16-member cabinet, in the exercise of his powers under rule 3 (4) of the Rules of Business, 1985.

  • FO concerned over illicit sale of radioactive material in India

The Foreign Office on Monday expressed concern over lax arrangements in India for security of nuclear and other radioactive materials, including the imported ones.

  • SC resolves to put everyone on notice over press freedom

The Supreme Court has resolved to put every state functionary on notice to make them realise that the court is watching and to inquire each of them why constitutional duty of ensuring freedom of expression and of press is not being fulfilled.

  • Leaded petrol runs out of gas, century after first warnings

The use of leaded petrol has been eradicated from the globe, a milestone that will prevent more than 1.2 million premature deaths and save world economies over $2.4 trillion annually, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Monday.

  • EU looks to stave off ‘uncontrolled’ Afghan migration

The EU plans to bolster financial aid to Afghanistan’s neighbors and head off “uncontrolled large-scale illegal migration” after the Taliban’s takeover, according to a draft statement.

  • US exit will stop IS attacks in Afghanistan, Taliban spokesperson says

The Taliban’s spokesman says they will crack down on the militant Islamic State (IS) group’s attacks and expects them to end once foreign forces leave the country.

  • ‘We are not ISIS’: Children among at least 6 Afghan civilians killed in US drone strike in Kabul

Several children were among at least six civilians who were killed in a US drone strike targeting a suspected suicide bomber in Kabul on Sunday, international media reported. The US has said it is “investigating” reports of civilian deaths.

  • First PIA flight lands in Afghanistan carrying medical aid from WHO

A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane carrying desperately needed medical supplies landed in Afghanistan on Monday, the World Health Organization said, the first such flight since the Taliban took control of the country two weeks ago.

  • Rockets target US troops as Afghanistan withdrawal enters final stage

Rockets struck a neighbourhood near Kabul’s international airport on Monday amid the ongoing US withdrawal from Afghanistan. It wasn’t immediately clear who launched them.

COVID-19 Updates

  • With 3,838  new COVID-19 cases, 118 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours
  • 94,573 COVID-19 cases are active in the country
  • The total death tally of Covid-19 stands at 25,788
  • 2,837 people recovered from Coronavirus in the last 24 hours
  • The positivity rate of Covid-19 is recorded at 7.3%
  • Over 217 million are infected globally
  • More than 4.5 million have died due to the virus
  • South Korea to begin offering Covid-19 vaccine booster shots in October
  • Pakistan sets new vaccination record with 1.4m doses administered on Aug 30
  • New Zealand cases drop for second day amid lockdowns
  • Islamabad, AJK and GB collectively report 455 Covid cases, 5 deaths
  • KP reports 472 new cases, Balochistan records 30
  • Punjab reports highest cases since May 6
  • 2,837 more people recover from coronavirus in Pakistan
  • Australia in vaccine swap pact with Singapore as Covid-19 cases surge
  • Japan’s Moderna vaccine contamination woes widen as regions put holds on shots
  • US city of Honolulu sets vaccine proof for business clients

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