Ministry of Narcotics to set up a Helpline for Illicit Drug Addicts

Ministry of Narcotics Control signed an MoU with Sehat Kahani (E-Health Clinic network). A Helpline will be set up under pilot project UMANG for individuals who unfortunately fall into the addiction habit and need help to connect to counsellors, psychiatrists and psychologists. Federal Minister Muhammad Azam Khan Swati witnessed the ceremony. Secretary Narcotics Control Shoaib Dastgir and senior officials of the ministry were also present.

Accountability Court Adjourns LNG Reference Against Khakan Abbasi

ISLAMABAD, Dec 10 (APP): An Accountability Court on Thursday adjourned hearing till December 21, on liquefied natural gas (LNG) reference against former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and others. AC-II Judge Muhammad Azam Khan adjourned the hearing without further proceeding. The court said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigation officer had not submitted the compliance report of arrest warrants for foreigner accused

Pakistan Navy Takes Command of Multinational Combined Task Force-151

Islamabad, 10 Dec 20: Pakistan Navy assumed Command of Multinational Combined Task Force 151 (CTF-151) the ninth time in a formal Change of Command ceremony held at HQ Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), Bahrain. Commodore Abdul Munib took over Command from Rear Admiral (LH) Nejat Inanir of Turkish Navy. While addressing the audience, incoming Commander CTF-151, Commodore Abdul Munib said his team is fully geared up for the responsibility.

Court Adjourns Hearing of Ashiana Case

LAHORE, Dec 09 (APP): An accountability court on Wednesday adjourned hearing of Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing scheme case till December 15. Accountability Court Judge Amjad Nazir Chaudhry conducted the case proceedings, wherein jail authorities produced accused Ahad Cheema and others. Two prosecution witnesses Muhammad Hussain and Kashif appeared before the court for recording their statements.

Court Adjourns Hearing of Ashiana Case

LAHORE, Dec 09 (APP): An accountability court on Wednesday adjourned hearing of Ashiana-e-Iqbal Housing scheme case till December 15. Accountability Court Judge Amjad Nazir Chaudhry conducted the case proceedings, wherein jail authorities produced accused Ahad Cheema and others. Two prosecution witnesses Muhammad Hussain and Kashif appeared before the court for recording their statements.

Weekly Update of Gas Position

Spokesperson for Petroleum Division says that currently, there’s no gas load shedding. However, isolated complaints of pressure drops, especially at tail ends of the lines and in the colder climates has been observed which are being attended by gas utilities actively. It is also pertinent to mention that a newly laid 17 km gas pipeline from Port Qasim to Pakland in SSGCL system is being hydro-tested.  

RDA Chairman Chairs a Committee Meeting

Rawalpindi, December 7: Chairman Rawalpindi Development Authority Tariq Mehmood Murtaza Monday chaired a committee's meeting about urban projects for historic center. Plans are to highlight Rawalpindi's heritage, improve conditions and traffic in Raja Bazaar, increase tourism, urban regeneration in Sarafa and Bhabra Bazaar, conservation of Sujan Singh Haveli and Street improvement, Promoting Sustainable Urban Mobility in Historic Rawalpindi Bazaar, Resilience Strategy for Rawalpindi and livelihood opportunities.

CPEC is a Transformational Project: Foreign Secretary

"CPEC is a transformational project. There is a complete national consensus on CPEC's indispensability for our national development efforts. Pakistan and China are firmly committed to the timely completion of CPEC projects and making it a High-Quality Demonstration Project of BRI", this was underscored by Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood in a meeting with Chairman CPEC Authority, General (R) Asim Salim Bajwa.

A conversation with Noam Chomsky at Karachi’s notable university

Karachi, 7th December: The American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist, Noam Chomsky addressed the students at Karachi’s private university on Monday. While speaking at a virtual lecture organised by Karachi’s Habib University, he said that today’s generation faces questions that have never been raised before in human history.

All Ruling Party Members Declare Assets Before Concerned Department: Akbar

ISLAMABAD, Dec 6 (APP): Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Accountability, Barrister Shahzad Akbar on Sunday said that all special assistants and advisors to the prime minister have already declared their assets before the concerned department. In an interview with a private television channel, he said all the members of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI), government were accountable before public.

CM Takes Notice of Murder of Child

LAHORE, Dec 6 (APP): Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Sunday took notice of murder of a child after alleged molestation at Green Town and sought a report from Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO). Chief Minister directed for immediate arrest of the accused and ensures justice to the affected family. Usman Buzdar extended heartfelt sympathies and condolence with the bereaved family

Pakistan to Contact WB for COVID Vaccine Funding

Lahore, 6th December: Pakistan has decided to contact World Bank (WB) for the funding of COVID-19 Vaccine. Baaghi TV: A private news channel, citing sources, reported on Saturday that Pakistan has decided to contact the World Bank for COVID-19 vaccine funding. According to reports gathered from The News, Pakistan will seek $153mn from the WB for advance purchases of the COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19: Positivity ratio surges in Pakistan

Lahore, 6th December: The National Command and Operations Centre reported on Sunday that the coronavirus positivity ratio in Pakistan has surged past 7.94%. Baaghi TV: According to reports from the National Command And Operations Center (NCOC), 3,308 people tested COVID positive and 58 people lost lives during the last 24 hour.

Contempt of Court Application Filed against Secretaries Aviation Division & Establishment for DG CAA Appointment

Baaghi TV (Press Release): Despite clear orders of IHC dated 24 November 2020 and in light of Supreme Court Case Law, 2014 SCMR 676. Both the secretaries showed no regard to the supremacy of law and have thrown the merit on the face of the Prime Minister by appointing a BPS 21 administrative group officer as DG CAA.

An interesting Urdu word added to the Cambridge Dictionary

Baaghi TV: ‘Accha’ is an Urdu word that has been recently added in the world’s prestigious dictionary, the Cambridge Dictionary. Accha is probably one of the most commonly used words in the country that has now been recognised as a real word and added in the Cambridge Dictionary widely viewed as a benchmark for the English Language.

Minister for Thorough Investigation Into LRH Incident

PESHAWAR, Dec 6 (APP): Provincial Minister for Health and Finance Taimoor Salim Jhagra and Special Assistant to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Information and Higher Education Kamran Bangash expressing deep grief over the incident happened at Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) which resulted in loss of six lives on Sunday announced thorough investigation in the incident and assured sharing of all information in public.

Civil Aviation Authority vehicles used illegally?

December 4, 2020: Valuable vehicles of the CAA have been found used illegally by the Aviation Division. More than nine CAA vehicles are being used by Aviation Division officers. CAA Headquarters and Director Engineering has requested details of vehicles. Furthermore, the vehicle of Director General CAA is also being used by Federal Minister of Aviation. Fuel worth millions of rupees is being used monthly on CAA vehicles.

Sibi AC Distributes Face Masks Among Citizens

QUETTA, Dec 04 (APP): Sibi Assistant Commissioner (AC) Muhammad Ismail Mengal along with ASP / SDPO Arsalan Zahid Friday visited Sibi Bazaar and distributed free face masks among the citizens to avoid coronavirus spread. Both the officials visited the Bazaar and distributed the masks among citizens on special instructions of Sibi Division Commissioner Agha Faisal Ahmed and Deputy Commissioner Dr. Muhammad Yasir Khan Baazi.

Dr Noam Chomsky to Mesmerise People at Habib University

Karachi, 4th December: Dr Avram Noam Chomsky the American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, social critic, and political activist is all set to deliver a lecture at Habib University. According to the New York Times, Chomsky is arguably the “most important intellectual alive.” According to reports from Dawn Images, last year Reza Azlan, author of world’s best-seller ‘No God But God’ visited the university.

Pakistan Rejects Misleading Assertions by India in Commander Jadhav’s Case

Pakistan categorically rejects incorrect and misleading assertions made by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) regarding the legal proceedings currently taking place in the case of Indian Naval Commander Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav. It is evident that by casting aspersions on the Indian High Commission’s own legal Counsel, the Indian government is looking for an escape from the legal proceedings in Commander Jadhav case.

PM Khan urges people to use Citizens Portal

Islamabad, 4th  December: Pakistan Citizen Portal is a step towards empowering the people, said Prime Minister Imran Khan. According to reports, PM Khan said on Friday that the Pakistan Citizen Portal was a step towards empowering the people of the country. Premier praised the initiative saying, “You saw that 3 million people made use of the Pakistan Citizen Portal.”

Coronavirus: Latest Global Developments

Paris, Dec 3 (AFP/APP): The death toll from Covid-19 passes 1.5 million from nearly 65 million cases, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Thursday at 1845 GMT. There’ve been 1,500,038 fatalities from 64,774,705 cases since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China in late December 2019. The worst affected region is Latin America and the Caribbean with 452,263 deaths, followed by Europe (430,060) and the US and Canada (286,946).

Shareholders in Spain’s Caixabank Approve Bankia Merger

Barcelona, Dec 3 (AFP/APP): Caixabank shareholders on Thursday approved a planned merger with smaller rival Bankia which will create Spain's biggest domestic bank once the deal is approved by regulators. The move comes two days after shareholders in Bankia, Spain's fourth-largest bank, approved the proposed tie-up with Caixabank, its third-largest lender.

EASA ready to lift the ban on PIA?

On June 30, 2020, the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) suspended Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) air operations permit for European countries for six months. The ban came in the aftermath of the Aviation Minister’s speech in the Parliament regarding results of an investigations which revealed that more than 260 out of 860 pilot licenses issued by the Pakistani authorities are fraudulent.

West Africa Facing Worst Food Insecurity in Decades: Experts

Paris, Dec 3 (AFP/APP): Twenty-four million people face the worst hunger in decades in West Africa, gripped by "paroxysmal" jihadist attacks and insurgency, the Sahel and West Africa Club warned Thursday. The Paris-based independent body, which seeks to promote regional policies to improve economic and social well-being, said West Africa was "experiencing a food and nutrition crisis without precedent".

Falling US Jobless Claims Bright Spot in Troubled Labour Market

Washington, Dec 3 (AFP/APP): A drop in new applications for US unemployment benefits offered small comfort to millions of Americans who will see pandemic aid expire without an agreement on a new relief program. With weeks before Joe Biden takes office, Republicans and Democrats remain at odds over what should be included in a new spending package to help businesses and families struggling from the pandemic.

Croatia Reports 4,534 New COVID19 Cases

ZAGREB, Dec. 3 (Xinhua/APP): Croatia has reported 4,534 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, bringing its national tally to 139,415, the country's COVID-19 response team said on Thursday. The disease has killed 1,964 people in the country, including 48 in the past 24 hours, it added. The Croatian government announced on Monday that Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic has tested positive for COVID-19.  

Greece Extends Lockdown to December 14

Athens, Dec 3 (AFP/APP): Greece said Thursday it will extend a coronavirus lockdown by a week to December 14, citing persistently high infection rates. "The epidemiological burden remains high," government spokesman Stelios Petsas told reporters as he announced the extension. After weathering the first wave with relatively low fatalities compared to other European countries, Greece has been hit with scores of deaths daily in recent months.

Foreign Minister Qureshi Thanks OIC Envoys for Support During CFM in Niamey

Shah Mahmood Qureshi thanked OIC for unequivocal support during the Niamey CFM Session. The unanimous adoption of a strong and comprehensive Resolution on the Kashmir dispute, explicit reiteration of the OIC’s position in the Niamey Declaration, and presentation of the Report on the visit of the Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Jammu and Kashmir to Pakistan and AJK reaffirmed the centrality of the dispute.