COVID19 Cancels England Match in South Africa; Tour Under Threat

Paarl, South Africa, Dec 6 (AFP/APP): Two members of England’s touring party in South Africa have returned unconfirmed positives for Covid-19, forcing Sunday’s ODI to be cancelled and placing the rest of the tour in jeopardy. The match in Paarl was to have opened the series after Friday’s scheduled first match in Cape Town was scrapped just before play after a South African player tested positive.

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.

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.

Two Bodies Recovered after Peru Mine Collapse: Official

Managua, Dec 5 (AFP/APP): Rescue workers on Saturday said they recovered bodies of two men trapped in the collapse in southern Nicaragua, of an unlicensed gold mine. The accident occurred in La Esperanza region, more than 200 kilometers (120 miles) southeast of the capital Managua. The victims, identified as Israel Sequeira and Santos Herrera, were from Rio San Juan department, local government official Johnny Gutierrez informed.

Asteroid Dust Collected by Japan Probe Arrives on Earth

Tokyo, Dec 5 (AFP/APP): In a streak of light across the night sky, samples collected from a distant asteroid arrived on Earth on Sunday after being dropped off by Japanese space probe Hayabusa-2. Scientists hope the precious samples, which are expected to amount to no more than 0.1 grams of material, could help shed light on the origin of life and the formation of the universe.

UN Chief Welcomes Kuwait’s Efforts in Building Bridges of Understanding in Gulf Region

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 05 (APP): UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has welcomed the efforts and contributions of Kuwait towards defusing tensions in Gulf region and beyond. “The secretary-general is encouraged by the statement by the foreign minister of Kuwait and other reports that the Gulf rift is close to resolution,” the Secretary-General’s Spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said in a statement issued at UN Headquarters in New York Friday.

Kuwait Holds Parliamentary Election Under Shadow of Virus

Kuwait City, Dec 5 (AFP/APP): Kuwaitis hoping for reform went to the polls on Saturday in a parliamentary election overshadowed by Covid-19, with facilities laid on so citizens infected with the disease could vote in special polling stations. The oil-rich emirate has enforced some of the strictest regulations in the Gulf to combat the spread of the virus, imposing a months-long lockdown earlier this year.

Campaigning Winds Up in Ghana Ahead of Monday Vote

Accra, Dec 5 (AFP/APP): Demeaning vuvuzelas and party songs took over Ghana’s capital Accra on Saturday, the final day of campaigning ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections. Twelve candidates, including three women, are vying for the west African nation’s top job, but Monday’s vote is essentially a fight between President Nana Akufo-Addo, 76, and former head of state John Mahama.

Trump to Appear in Georgia in Gamble Over Control of US Senate

Washington, Dec 5 (AFP/APP): President Donald Trump is venturing out of Washington on Saturday for his first political appearance since his election defeat to Joe Biden, campaigning in Georgia where two run-off races will decide the fate of the US Senate. The president takes the stage at 7:00 pm (0000 Sunday GMT) in the southern city of Valdosta, exactly one month before special January 5 elections.

Bezuidenhout Set for Second Straight European Tour Victory

Sun City, South Africa, Dec 5 (AFP/APP): Christiaan Bezuidenhout is poised for back-to-back European Tour triumphs after a third straight 67 gave him a five-shot lead Saturday after three rounds of the South African Open at Sun City. The 26-year-old, who won the Alfred Dunhill Championship last Sunday, tops the leaderboard on 201, five shots ahead of fellow South African Dylan Frittelli (70) and Wales’ Jamie Donaldson (72).

Wales’ Johnny Williams out of Nations Cup play-off against Italy

Llanelli, United Kingdom, Dec 5 (AFP/APP): Wales centre Johnny Williams was ruled out of their Autumn Nations Cup fifth-place play-off against Italy shortly before kick-off in Llanelli on Saturday with a calf injury. Williams’ place in midfield has now been taken by experienced international Jonathan Davies, his Scarlets team-mate.

Salman Ali Agha fined 40% match-fee for showing dissent

Karachi, 5 December 2020: Southern Punjab’s Salman Ali Agha has been fined 40 percent match-fee for breaching the PCB Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel during his side’s six wickets defeat against Northern in the four-day Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match at the UBL Sports Complex. Salman was found to have violated Article 2.8 of PCB Code of Conduct: “Showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision during a Match”.

SKMH Fundraising Telethon: Shibli Appeals to Expats & Locals for Generous Contribution

ISLAMABAD, Dec 05 (APP): Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz Saturday made a passionate appeal to benevolent overseas Pakistanis and locals to donate generously in the live fundraising transmission of Prime Minister Imran Khan with a television channel for Shaukat Khanum Hospital (SKH), treating 75 per cent of cancer patients of the country.

Virgin Atlantic to commence flight operations to Pakistan

Virgin Atlantic Airways will commence flights between UK and Pakistan starting this Monday, December 7, 2020. According to details, the UK based airline will start flight operations for Pakistan from December 7, 2020. Virgin Atlantic has released the schedule of air operations for Pakistan. Flights are set to launch from London Heathrow to Lahore from December 7, Manchester to Islamabad on December 10, and London Heathrow to Islamabad on December 12.

Funeral prayers of Judge Arshad Malik held today

According to the report of Baaghi TV, funeral prayers of former accountability court judge Arshad Malik have been offered. A large number of people attended. The deceased’s body was transported to his native village, where he was laid to rest. He died yesterday at a private hospital in Islamabad. According to reports, Malik was ill for several days and undergoing treatment at a private hospital.

Menzies Aviation acquires 51% of Royal Airport Services

Menzies Aviation, the global aviation services specialist, today announces the acquisition of a 51% shareholding in Royal Airport Services (RAS), a leading aviation services business based in Pakistan. RAS has been operating since 2007 and has a strong position in its local markets, providing a range of aviation services including ground and cargo handling, airline ticketing and cargo sales across Pakistan.

Pakistan rejects Indian media’s concoctions about alleged transfer of foreign fighters to IIOJK

Pakistan completely rejects concoctions based on “fake news”, in a section of the Indian media, alleging transfer of foreign fighters to Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). Such fabrications are part of the Indian propaganda against indigenous freedom movement of the Kashmiri people for their inalienable right to self-determination — a right enshrined in international law and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions.

Chinese Enterprise to Set Up Gene and Cell Technology Research Centre in Pakistan

BEIJING, Dec 5 (APP): A Chinese enterprise in collaboration with a Pakistani partner will market its products and set up a gene and cell research and transformation center in Pakistan. The cloud conference and signing ceremony was attended by officials from both China and Pakistan, two enterprises, banks and media.  

Nations Plan for Vaccine as Global Virus Cases Top 65 million

Paris, Dec 4 (AFP/APP): Global coronavirus infections surged past 65 million on Friday even as countries doubled down on restrictions and plans to roll out vaccines gathered pace. The World Health Organization warned against complacency and what it said was an erroneous belief that because vaccines are on the near-horizon, the Covid-19 crisis is over.

Brexit Deal Not Done: EU Chief to Call Johnson

Brussels, Dec 4 (AFP/APP): British and European negotiators have been unable to agree a post-Brexit trade deal, they said Friday, but PM Boris Johnson and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen will talk on Saturday. “We agreed today the conditions for an agreement aren’t met, due to significant divergences on level playing field, governance and fisheries,” EU negotiator Michel Barnier and UK counterpart David Frost said.

Bahrain Becomes Second Country to Approve Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

Manama, Dec 4 (AFP/APP): Bahrain announced on Friday that it had approved the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, becoming the second country after Britain to green-light the drug. “The approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will add a further important layer to the kingdom’s national Covid-19 response,” said Mariam al-Jalahma, CEO of the National Health Regulatory Authority

Evans’ Rally World Title on Knife-Edge at Monza

Monza, Italy, Dec 4 (AFP/APP): Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier was third with his world rally title rival Elfyn Evans poised just five seconds off the pace after Friday’s breakneck racing at a frozen and foggy Monza. Welsh driver Evans leads his Toyota teammate by 14 points in the season standings and only needs to finish fourth or better to deny Ogier a seventh world crown.

‘Vaccines Do Not Equal Zero COVID’: WHO

Geneva, Dec 4 (AFP/APP): The roll-out of vaccines to fight the Covid-19 pandemic will not by itself eliminate the deadly coronavirus, the World Health Organization said on Friday. The WHO warned against complacency and what it said was an erroneous belief that because vaccines are on the near-horizon, the crisis is over.

Auditor EY Facing Probe in Wirecard Scandal: Prosecutor

Berlin, Dec 4 (AFP/APP): An investigation has been launched in Germany against auditor Ernst & Young (EY), which was responsible for checking accounts at the disgraced electronic payments company Wirecard, the Munich prosecutor’s office said Friday. The preliminary investigation follows notification by the German auditing watchdog APAS regarding EY, which had checked Wirecard’s accounts, a spokeswoman for the office told AFP.

Stock Markets Fuelled by Vaccine & Stimulus Optimism

London, Dec 4 (AFP/APP): Investors pushed stock markets higher Friday on continued optimism over vaccines and signs of progress on a new US stimulus, though surging infections and deaths highlighted the painful reality of the coronavirus crisis. In foreign exchange, the pound held its own even as European doubts over a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain boiled over.

104 Year Old World War II Veteran Back Home after Battling COVID

Washington, Dec 4 (AFP/APP): A World War II veteran from Alabama celebrated his 104th birthday at home this week after a hospital stay battling Covid-19. Major Wooten, of Madison, Alabama, was admitted to hospital on November 24 with coronavirus, his granddaughter Holly Wooten McDonald said on her Facebook page. Wooten was discharged from Madison Hospital on Tuesday, two days before he turned 104 years old.

Qasim Suri Visits PTV Quetta Centre

QUETTA, Dec 04 (APP): Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri on Friday said PTV Quetta Center is a mother institution of Balochistan and produced artists, singers, anchors, reports and hosts at international level. He was talking to journalists visiting PTV Quetta. Qasim Khan Suri said we all have to work together on emergency basis In order to introduce PTV in line with the requirements of modern times.

Greek PM’s Bike Ride Sparks Lockdown Backlash

Athens, Dec 4 (AFP/APP): Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis faced a backlash Friday over a mountain bike trip deemed to have violated the government’s strict lockdown measures. Video and photo footage emerged last weekend showing Mitsotakis and his wife in the company of motocross riders on Mount Parnitha, 45 kilometres (28 miles) from Athens.

COVID19 Cancels England Match in South Africa; Tour Under Threat

Paarl, South Africa, Dec 6 (AFP/APP): Two members of England’s touring party in South Africa have returned unconfirmed positives for Covid-19, forcing Sunday’s ODI to be cancelled and placing the rest of the tour in jeopardy. The match in Paarl was to have opened the series after Friday’s scheduled first match in Cape Town was scrapped just before play after a South African player tested positive.

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.

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.

Two Bodies Recovered after Peru Mine Collapse: Official

Managua, Dec 5 (AFP/APP): Rescue workers on Saturday said they recovered bodies of two men trapped in the collapse in southern Nicaragua, of an unlicensed gold mine. The accident occurred in La Esperanza region, more than 200 kilometers (120 miles) southeast of the capital Managua. The victims, identified as Israel Sequeira and Santos Herrera, were from Rio San Juan department, local government official Johnny Gutierrez informed.

Asteroid Dust Collected by Japan Probe Arrives on Earth

Tokyo, Dec 5 (AFP/APP): In a streak of light across the night sky, samples collected from a distant asteroid arrived on Earth on Sunday after being dropped off by Japanese space probe Hayabusa-2. Scientists hope the precious samples, which are expected to amount to no more than 0.1 grams of material, could help shed light on the origin of life and the formation of the universe.

UN Chief Welcomes Kuwait’s Efforts in Building Bridges of Understanding in Gulf Region

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 05 (APP): UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has welcomed the efforts and contributions of Kuwait towards defusing tensions in Gulf region and beyond. “The secretary-general is encouraged by the statement by the foreign minister of Kuwait and other reports that the Gulf rift is close to resolution,” the Secretary-General’s Spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said in a statement issued at UN Headquarters in New York Friday.

Kuwait Holds Parliamentary Election Under Shadow of Virus

Kuwait City, Dec 5 (AFP/APP): Kuwaitis hoping for reform went to the polls on Saturday in a parliamentary election overshadowed by Covid-19, with facilities laid on so citizens infected with the disease could vote in special polling stations. The oil-rich emirate has enforced some of the strictest regulations in the Gulf to combat the spread of the virus, imposing a months-long lockdown earlier this year.

Campaigning Winds Up in Ghana Ahead of Monday Vote

Accra, Dec 5 (AFP/APP): Demeaning vuvuzelas and party songs took over Ghana’s capital Accra on Saturday, the final day of campaigning ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections. Twelve candidates, including three women, are vying for the west African nation’s top job, but Monday’s vote is essentially a fight between President Nana Akufo-Addo, 76, and former head of state John Mahama.

Trump to Appear in Georgia in Gamble Over Control of US Senate

Washington, Dec 5 (AFP/APP): President Donald Trump is venturing out of Washington on Saturday for his first political appearance since his election defeat to Joe Biden, campaigning in Georgia where two run-off races will decide the fate of the US Senate. The president takes the stage at 7:00 pm (0000 Sunday GMT) in the southern city of Valdosta, exactly one month before special January 5 elections.

Bezuidenhout Set for Second Straight European Tour Victory

Sun City, South Africa, Dec 5 (AFP/APP): Christiaan Bezuidenhout is poised for back-to-back European Tour triumphs after a third straight 67 gave him a five-shot lead Saturday after three rounds of the South African Open at Sun City. The 26-year-old, who won the Alfred Dunhill Championship last Sunday, tops the leaderboard on 201, five shots ahead of fellow South African Dylan Frittelli (70) and Wales’ Jamie Donaldson (72).

Wales’ Johnny Williams out of Nations Cup play-off against Italy

Llanelli, United Kingdom, Dec 5 (AFP/APP): Wales centre Johnny Williams was ruled out of their Autumn Nations Cup fifth-place play-off against Italy shortly before kick-off in Llanelli on Saturday with a calf injury. Williams’ place in midfield has now been taken by experienced international Jonathan Davies, his Scarlets team-mate.

Salman Ali Agha fined 40% match-fee for showing dissent

Karachi, 5 December 2020: Southern Punjab’s Salman Ali Agha has been fined 40 percent match-fee for breaching the PCB Code of Conduct for Players and Players Support Personnel during his side’s six wickets defeat against Northern in the four-day Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match at the UBL Sports Complex. Salman was found to have violated Article 2.8 of PCB Code of Conduct: “Showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision during a Match”.

SKMH Fundraising Telethon: Shibli Appeals to Expats & Locals for Generous Contribution

ISLAMABAD, Dec 05 (APP): Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz Saturday made a passionate appeal to benevolent overseas Pakistanis and locals to donate generously in the live fundraising transmission of Prime Minister Imran Khan with a television channel for Shaukat Khanum Hospital (SKH), treating 75 per cent of cancer patients of the country.

Virgin Atlantic to commence flight operations to Pakistan

Virgin Atlantic Airways will commence flights between UK and Pakistan starting this Monday, December 7, 2020. According to details, the UK based airline will start flight operations for Pakistan from December 7, 2020. Virgin Atlantic has released the schedule of air operations for Pakistan. Flights are set to launch from London Heathrow to Lahore from December 7, Manchester to Islamabad on December 10, and London Heathrow to Islamabad on December 12.

Funeral prayers of Judge Arshad Malik held today

According to the report of Baaghi TV, funeral prayers of former accountability court judge Arshad Malik have been offered. A large number of people attended. The deceased’s body was transported to his native village, where he was laid to rest. He died yesterday at a private hospital in Islamabad. According to reports, Malik was ill for several days and undergoing treatment at a private hospital.

Menzies Aviation acquires 51% of Royal Airport Services

Menzies Aviation, the global aviation services specialist, today announces the acquisition of a 51% shareholding in Royal Airport Services (RAS), a leading aviation services business based in Pakistan. RAS has been operating since 2007 and has a strong position in its local markets, providing a range of aviation services including ground and cargo handling, airline ticketing and cargo sales across Pakistan.

Pakistan rejects Indian media’s concoctions about alleged transfer of foreign fighters to IIOJK

Pakistan completely rejects concoctions based on “fake news”, in a section of the Indian media, alleging transfer of foreign fighters to Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). Such fabrications are part of the Indian propaganda against indigenous freedom movement of the Kashmiri people for their inalienable right to self-determination — a right enshrined in international law and the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions.

Chinese Enterprise to Set Up Gene and Cell Technology Research Centre in Pakistan

BEIJING, Dec 5 (APP): A Chinese enterprise in collaboration with a Pakistani partner will market its products and set up a gene and cell research and transformation center in Pakistan. The cloud conference and signing ceremony was attended by officials from both China and Pakistan, two enterprises, banks and media.  

Nations Plan for Vaccine as Global Virus Cases Top 65 million

Paris, Dec 4 (AFP/APP): Global coronavirus infections surged past 65 million on Friday even as countries doubled down on restrictions and plans to roll out vaccines gathered pace. The World Health Organization warned against complacency and what it said was an erroneous belief that because vaccines are on the near-horizon, the Covid-19 crisis is over.

Brexit Deal Not Done: EU Chief to Call Johnson

Brussels, Dec 4 (AFP/APP): British and European negotiators have been unable to agree a post-Brexit trade deal, they said Friday, but PM Boris Johnson and EU chief Ursula von der Leyen will talk on Saturday. “We agreed today the conditions for an agreement aren’t met, due to significant divergences on level playing field, governance and fisheries,” EU negotiator Michel Barnier and UK counterpart David Frost said.

Bahrain Becomes Second Country to Approve Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine

Manama, Dec 4 (AFP/APP): Bahrain announced on Friday that it had approved the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, becoming the second country after Britain to green-light the drug. “The approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will add a further important layer to the kingdom’s national Covid-19 response,” said Mariam al-Jalahma, CEO of the National Health Regulatory Authority

Evans’ Rally World Title on Knife-Edge at Monza

Monza, Italy, Dec 4 (AFP/APP): Toyota’s Sebastien Ogier was third with his world rally title rival Elfyn Evans poised just five seconds off the pace after Friday’s breakneck racing at a frozen and foggy Monza. Welsh driver Evans leads his Toyota teammate by 14 points in the season standings and only needs to finish fourth or better to deny Ogier a seventh world crown.

‘Vaccines Do Not Equal Zero COVID’: WHO

Geneva, Dec 4 (AFP/APP): The roll-out of vaccines to fight the Covid-19 pandemic will not by itself eliminate the deadly coronavirus, the World Health Organization said on Friday. The WHO warned against complacency and what it said was an erroneous belief that because vaccines are on the near-horizon, the crisis is over.

Auditor EY Facing Probe in Wirecard Scandal: Prosecutor

Berlin, Dec 4 (AFP/APP): An investigation has been launched in Germany against auditor Ernst & Young (EY), which was responsible for checking accounts at the disgraced electronic payments company Wirecard, the Munich prosecutor’s office said Friday. The preliminary investigation follows notification by the German auditing watchdog APAS regarding EY, which had checked Wirecard’s accounts, a spokeswoman for the office told AFP.

Stock Markets Fuelled by Vaccine & Stimulus Optimism

London, Dec 4 (AFP/APP): Investors pushed stock markets higher Friday on continued optimism over vaccines and signs of progress on a new US stimulus, though surging infections and deaths highlighted the painful reality of the coronavirus crisis. In foreign exchange, the pound held its own even as European doubts over a post-Brexit trade deal with Britain boiled over.

104 Year Old World War II Veteran Back Home after Battling COVID

Washington, Dec 4 (AFP/APP): A World War II veteran from Alabama celebrated his 104th birthday at home this week after a hospital stay battling Covid-19. Major Wooten, of Madison, Alabama, was admitted to hospital on November 24 with coronavirus, his granddaughter Holly Wooten McDonald said on her Facebook page. Wooten was discharged from Madison Hospital on Tuesday, two days before he turned 104 years old.

Qasim Suri Visits PTV Quetta Centre

QUETTA, Dec 04 (APP): Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri on Friday said PTV Quetta Center is a mother institution of Balochistan and produced artists, singers, anchors, reports and hosts at international level. He was talking to journalists visiting PTV Quetta. Qasim Khan Suri said we all have to work together on emergency basis In order to introduce PTV in line with the requirements of modern times.

Greek PM’s Bike Ride Sparks Lockdown Backlash

Athens, Dec 4 (AFP/APP): Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis faced a backlash Friday over a mountain bike trip deemed to have violated the government’s strict lockdown measures. Video and photo footage emerged last weekend showing Mitsotakis and his wife in the company of motocross riders on Mount Parnitha, 45 kilometres (28 miles) from Athens.