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Coalition strikes on Yemen’s Sanaa following attack in UAE kill more than a dozen

#23NewsBulletin – According to Yemeni residents on Tuesday, an air strike killed almost 14 people in a building in Yemen’s capital of Sanaa, during strikes across the city launched by the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group. The alliance strikes on Houthi-held Sanaa came after an attack claimed by the Iran-aligned Houthi on Monday on coalition partner the United Arab Emirates, in Abu Dhabi, in which three people were killed including one Pakistani. In addition, the coalition also stated that...

Published Date: Jan 18, 2022
Shoaib Akhtar starts talent hunt with PM’s Kamyab Jawan, GSV

#23NewsBulletin –  Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan cricketing star has launched a talent hunt for 20 super talented Pakistani football players in collaboration with Global Soccer Ventures (GSV) NexGen Soccer Trials and Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Kamyab Jawan Sports Drive. According to a statement issued, the road to the United Kingdom and Ireland is now invincible as Akhtar sets his sights on helping fast-track football in Pakistan. Akhtar will play a transformational role in helping shape the future of football in Pakistan...

Published Date: Jan 18, 2022
ECP suspends membership of many lawmakers including Shafqat Mehmood, Hammad Azhar

#23NewsBulletin – The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) suspended the memberships of several members of the parliament and provincial assemblies on Monday over failure to submit the statement of their assets and liabilities. The suspended lawmakers include Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood, Federal Energy Minister Hammad Azhar, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Fehmida Mirza, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noorul Haq Qadri, State Minister Farrukh Habib, PTI MNA Aamir Liaquat, PPP MNA Pervaiz Ashraf, and others, according to the notification issued...

Published Date: Jan 18, 2022
Pakistan reports over 4,000 COVID-19 cases for second straight day

#23NewsBulletin – According to data from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), Pakistan recorded more than 4,000 COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row, as the Omicron variant of the virus continues to drive infection rates across the country during the fifth wave of the pandemic. According to the NCOC’s most recent statistics, 51,236 tests were performed in the country in the last 24 hours, with 4,027 coming back positive. The country’s optimism level has now reached...

Published Date: Jan 16, 2022
IHC orders immediate closure of sheesha cafes in Islamabad

#23NewsBulletin – Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered the local administration to immediately shut down all sheesha cafes in the federal capital and submit a report in this regard. The court directed the Islamabad administration to take immediate actions against the sheesha cafes operating in the capital and submit a progress report to the IHC. The police and Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) along with the Islamabad administration have mobilized their resources to crackdown on all such sheesha cafes. It is worth...

Published Date: Jan 16, 2022
Noor Mukadam’s father pleads capital punishment for Zahir Jaffer

#23NewsBulletin – Shaukat Mukadam, father of Noor Mukadam, on Saturday demanded the death sentence for Zahir Jaffer, the primary accused in the murder of his daughter. Shaukat, former ambassador of Pakistan to South Korea and Kazakhstan, during the hearing, recorded his statement before Additional Sessions, Judge Ata Rabbani, saying that his daughter was unjustly murdered and that he did not have personal animosity with anyone. Noor was found murdered at a residence in Islamabad on July 20 last year. Under...

Published Date: Jan 16, 2022
Sindh govt rules out closing schools despite increasing coronavirus cases

#23NewsBulletin – Despite a continuous increase in coronavirus cases, schools and other educational institutions in Sindh will remain closed, according to the Province Task Force decision on Saturday. The chief minister called a meeting of the COVID-19 body to review the rising coronavirus cases across the province, particularly in Karachi, where the positivity ratio had reached 35.30% in the last 24 hours. The meeting was chaired by CM Murad Ali Shah and members of the COVID-19 body, the Sindh Health...

Published Date: Jan 15, 2022
Singapore Tycoon Wee Cho Yaw’s UOB to purchase Citi’s Southeast Asia Consumer Business for $3.6 Billion

#23NewsBulletin – As the Singapore lender accelerates expansion across Southeast Asia, the United Overseas Bank— run by billionaire Wee Cho Yaw—has agreed to acquire Citigroup’s consumer banking business across Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The purchase price is approximately is about S$4.9 billion ($3.6 billion), which includes a premium of S$915 million on top of the business’ aggregate net asset value of S$4 billion as of June last year. The price will be adjusted based on the NAV of the...

Published Date: Jan 15, 2022
OLadoc, Pakistan’s doctor-booking platform raises $1.8m in Pre-Series A funding

#23NewsBulletin – A Pakistani platform for booking doctors’ appointments and healthcare teleconsultation, Oladoc has raised $1.8 million in a Pre-Series A round, the company announced on Friday. Oladoc said in the statement that the round was led by Sarmayacar Ventures along with participation from Doha Tech Angels and other angel investors and that while the round was closed in 2021, the official confirmation of it securing the funding was made today (Friday). The statement quoted Sarmayacar founder and Chief Executive...

Published Date: Jan 15, 2022
LHC dismisses Shehbaz Sharif’s petition against FIA inquiry

#23NewsBulletin – The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday dismissed a petition filed by Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif challenging a money laundering investigation launched by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) against him and his son Hamza Shehbaz. After the PML-N president’s lawyer asked the court to allow him to withdraw the petition, a two-judge LHC bench led by Chief Justice Ameer Bhatti dismissed the petition. Amjad Pervaiz, Shehbaz Sharif’s lawyer, stated in court that two...

Published Date: Jan 14, 2022
UK PM Boris Johnson’s future uncertain after lockdown party apology

#23NewsBulletin – Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday apologized for attending a “bring your own booze” gathering at his official residence during Britain’s first coronavirus lockdown, as a senior member of his party, and opponents called for his resignation. Johnson for the first time admitted that he had attended the party at 10 Downing Street in May 2020 when COVID-19 sops limited social gatherings to a bare minimum, adding that he understood public rage. “I know the rage they feel...

Published Date: Jan 14, 2022
President Alvi appoints Justice Umar Atta Bandial as SC Chief Justice

#23NewsBulletin – The President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi has approved the appointment of Justice Umar Ata Bandial as the new Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP). President Dr. Arif Alvi under the Constitution’s Article 175A approved the appointment of Justice Umar Ata Bandial as the new CJP. Justice Bandial will take charge of his office on February 2 following the retirement of CJP Gulzar Ahmed on February 1. Justice Bandial is the senior-most Supreme Court (SC) judge. He was enrolled...

Published Date: Jan 14, 2022
Machine Gun Kelly explains spiritual meaning behind  Meghan Fox engagement ring

#23NewsBulletin – Machine Gun Kelly ditched traditions to get a unique engagement ring for ladylove Megan Fox. The rapper shared the hidden meaning behind the future bride’s bling on his Instagram account. “yes, in this life and every life” beneath the same branches we fell in love under, i brought her back to ask her to marry me. i know tradition is one ring, but i designed it with Stephen Webster to be two: the emerald (her birth stone) and...

Published Date: Jan 14, 2022
Omicron will challenge Hong Kong’s zero-Covid policy – ex-U.S. diplomat

#23NewsBulletin – According to a former U.S. diplomat, the highly transmissible omicron variant is going to be a “very difficult challenge” for Hong Kong as the city maintains its zero-Covid policy. Given that the variant appears to be less dangerous, there will likely be more opposition to “draconian measures”, according to Kurt Tong, who was previously U.S. consul general and Chief of Mission In Hong Kong and Macao from August 2016 to July 2019. Tighter restrictions, including the closure of...

Published Date: Jan 14, 2022
PM Imran visits ISI headquarters, briefed on national security, Afghanistan

#23NewsBulletin – Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday visited the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Secretariat in Islamabad where he received a comprehensive briefing followed by a discussion on national security and regional dynamics, with a focus on Afghanistan’s ongoing situation. The premier was accompanied by key federal ministers while Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa was also present on the occasion, according to the statement issued by  Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The notables were welcomed by ISI chief Lieutenant...

Published Date: Jan 13, 2022
Monal restaurant sealed off, Navy’s golf course handed over to CDA – IHC

#23NewsBulletin – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday ordered the closure of Monal restaurant and the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to take control of the navy’s golf course, Margalla Greens Golf Club, by Tuesdays’ close of business. The orders were issued by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah during a case hearing related to encroachments on the land of Margalla Hills National Park. Secretaries for the ministries of defence and interior, the chairman of the CDA, and the additional attorney...

Published Date: Jan 12, 2022
China aims to test 14 million Tianjin residents amid COVID-19 cluster cases

#23NewsBulletin – Following the discovery of a cluster of COVID-19 cases, Tianjin — the Chinese port city — has aimed to test its 14 million residents within the next 48 hours. According to the BBC, residents are advised to stay at home until tested, and a negative result will be required to obtain a health pass, which will be required to use public transportation. China decided to implement a zero-COVID-19 policy in order to eliminate the disease in the community....

Published Date: Jan 11, 2022
Shahrukh Jatoi moved to central jail once again after media trial

#23NewsBulletin – Shahrukh Jatoi the main accused in the Shahzeb Khan murder case 2012 was once again shifted to the central jail on Monday after a local news channel reported that the death-row inmate was “enjoying lavish perks at a private hospital” in Karachi for more than two years. The sources revealed that Jatoi was reportedly living on the upper floor of Karachi’s Qamar-ul-Islam Hospital, which was rented by Jatoi’s family for him. Despite being convicted in a murder case,...

Published Date: Jan 11, 2022
Punjab govt to provide financial aid to Murree’s tragedy hit victims families

#23NewsBulletin – The government of Punjab on Sunday has decided to provide financial aid to the families of those killed in the Murree tragedy. An important meeting under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister Usman Bazdar was held in Murree in which Provincial Law Minister Raja Basharat, Punjab Government Spokesman Hassan Khawar, Chief Secretary Punjab, Senior Member Board of Revenue Punjab, IG Punjab participated. The Punjab government has decided to pay Rs800,000 to the families of those killed in the...

Published Date: Jan 10, 2022
Kazakhstan unrest kills 164 people and detains nearly 6,000

#23NewsBulletin – According to media reports on Sunday citing the health ministry, following violent riots in Central Asia’s largest country this week, more than 150 people have died and nearly 6,000 have been arrested in Kazakhstan. A week of unrest has rocked the energy-rich nation of 19 million people with a number of foreigners detained as a result of the unrest. At least 164 people were killed in the riots, including 103 in the largest city of Almaty, which witnessed...

Published Date: Jan 10, 2022
Karachi temperature to fall to single digit in next two days

#23NewsBulletin – Karachi temperature is expected to fall to a single digit, between 8 to 10 degrees Celsius in the next two days, as stated by Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Sunday. The highest temperature was recorded at 21.5 degrees Celsius in Karachi on Sunday, according to the PMD. The skies will remain clear for the next two days, with fog expected in the morning. The temperature would remain cold at night for the next two days, with winds expected...

Published Date: Jan 10, 2022
PDMA warns Punjab of flooding in River Chenab

#23NewsBulletin – Punjab Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has issued a flood warning for River Chenab. The Chenab River is expected to rise to low to medium flood levels at the Marala, Khanki, and Qadirabad headworks, according to a press release issued by the PDMA read. The river’s water level is expected to reach 110,000 to 170,000 cusec at all the stated points. Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has directed Sialkot and other concerned districts administrations to remain alert...

Published Date: Jan 9, 2022
Rapid Covid nose swab tests may not detect Omicron quickly enough

#23NewsBulletin – According to an infectious diseases expert, nose swabbing with a  rapid antigen test will not reliably detect the Omicron variant in the first few days of infection, manufacturers should seek US approval to allow users to safely collect samples from the throat as well. The US Food and Drug Administration has shown concerns about the safety of self-throat swabbing. People can already transmit Omicron to others after the virus has infected their throat and saliva but before the...

Published Date: Jan 9, 2022
Quetta-Ziarat road opened for traffic after Pak Army military continues relief efforts

#23NewsBulletin – According to the military’s media on Saturday, Pakistan Army and paramilitary forces continued relief efforts in different areas of Balochistan which were affected by flash floods and heavy snow. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in an update stated that after a rescue operation by Levies force and PAMA, snow was removed from Ziarat Cross to the Khanozai section and roads from Quetta to Ziarat have been opened for both heavy and light traffic. Heavy machinery was deployed by...

Published Date: Jan 9, 2022
At least 21 freeze to death in cars stranded in Murree’s snow

#23NewsBulletin – Murree was declared a calamity on Saturday after at least 21 people in cars were stranded in snow during a tourist influx. Around 1,000 cars were stranded on the hill station while the Punjab chief minister directed instructions to speed up rescue operations and provide assistance to the stranded tourists. According to the province’s chief minister entry of cars into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Galiyat was banned. 21 people died, including nine children, according to a list issued by Rescue...

Published Date: Jan 8, 2022
President Alvi tests Covid positive for a second time

#23NewsBulletin – President Arif Alvi announced on Thursday that he had tested positive for Covid-19 a second time, urging citizens to follow precautionary measures and standard operating procedures (SOPs). “I have tested positive for Covid-19 again. Had a sore throat since four to five days and was getting better. Felt mildly feverish for a few hours two nights ago. No other symptoms,” he said on Twitter. “Friends, please resume precautions and follow SOPs,” he said. The president tested positive on...

Published Date: Jan 7, 2022
Justice Ayesha Malik’s promotion to Supreme Court approved by JCP

#23NewsBulletin – The Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) approved the elevation of Justice Ayesha A. Malik to the Supreme Court on Thursday. She is set to become the Supreme Court’s first female judge. The nomination must be approved by the Parliamentary Committee on Appointment of Judges, which is considered a formality. The JCP met in September of last year to consider her nomination, but no consensus could be reached among the members. Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Umar Ata Bandial,...

Published Date: Jan 7, 2022
Bilawal Bhutto announces long march against PTI govt from Feb 27

#23NewsBulletin – Bilawal Bhutto Zardari the Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) announced on Thursday to lead an anti-government long march from February 27. While addressing a press conference in Lahore, he said that “we will put forward our demands when we reach Islamabad.” Bilawal also demanded new elections in the country, claiming immediate elections were the only solution to the current political and economic crisis. He criticized the government for holding talks with the proscribed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) accusing...

Published Date: Jan 7, 2022
Punjab schools to reopen from Jan 7  – Murad Raas

#23NewsBulletin – Punjab Education Minister, Murad Raas announced on Thursday that the schools in the province that had winter vacations till January 6 will reopen tomorrow (Friday). “All schools of Punjab that had winter vacation till January 6th, 2022 will open tomorrow January 7th, 2022,” the education minister said in a Twitter message. “We welcome our students and teachers back to school. Please follow COVID SOPs issued by the government.” On December 21, the Punjab government had issued a revised...

Published Date: Jan 6, 2022
Health expert hints of lockdown in Karachi amid rising COVID-19 cases

#23NewsBulletin – Jinnah Sindh Medical University Professor Shahid Rasool warned on Thursday that the government might have to impose lockdown in the city due to the sudden increase in COVID-19 cases recorded during the last few days, emphasizing the importance of increasing vaccination rates. Shahid Rasool while talking to a local news channel, stated that the major reason behind the increase in Omicron cases in the city was the low vaccination rate. According to him, only 40% of the eligible...

Published Date: Jan 6, 2022
Taliban order western Afghanistan shop owners to behead mannequins

#23NewsBulletin – The Taliban have ordered western Afghanistan’s shop owners to cut the heads off mannequins, claiming that human-like figures violate Islamic law. A video clip showing men sawing the heads off shop dummies in Herat has gone viral on social media, drawing condemnation both inside and outside the country. The Taliban since retaking power in August has increasingly imposed a harsh interpretation of Islamic law and severely limited freedoms, particularly those of women and girls. While any formal national...

Published Date: Jan 6, 2022
Increasing tourism in country indicates prosperity – Fawad Chaudhry

#23NewsBulletin – Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry, while contradicting rumors about inflation in the country, stated that an increase in tourism indicates prosperity because it shows the income of the common man is not stagnant. Taking to Twitter, the minister stated that over 100,000 tourist vehicles have entered Murree this year, due to which hotels and guest houses fares have skyrocketed. “These statistics show that an increase in tourism in the country indicates prosperity as well as...

Published Date: Jan 6, 2022
EU bans tattoo ink suspecting cancer threat chemicals

#23NewsBulletin – According to officials, a ban on tattoo ink and permanent make-up containing chemicals suspected of causing cancer or other health risks went into effect in the European Union (EU) on Tuesday. Hazardous substances such as certain azo dyes, carcinogenic aromatic amines, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), metals, and methanol are all prohibited. “The restriction covers carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic substances, chemicals prohibited in cosmetics, skin sensitisers, skin and eye irritants, metal impurities, aromatic amines and some pigments,” the European...

Published Date: Jan 6, 2022
2 Pak Army soldiers martyred, as many terrorists killed in IBOs in KP – ISPR

#23NewsBulletin – According to the military’s media affairs wing on Wednesday, two Pak Army soldiers were martyred and two terrorists were killed in two separate intelligence-based operations (IBOs) carried out by security forces in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement, the operations were carried out in Dera Ismail Khan’s Tank area and South Waziristan’s Kot Kili village in response to reports of terrorist activity in these areas. The ISPR further stated that two terrorists were killed...

Published Date: Jan 6, 2022
ECP scrutiny committee discovers irregularities in PTI records

#23NewsBulletin – The Scrutiny Committee formed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to inquire about the foreign funding case against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has found irregularities in the audit reports submitted by the ruling party. The committee stated in its report submitted to the election watchdog on Tuesday, “as per the opinion of the Chartered Accountant Firms, the statement of Account fairly presents, in all material respects [sic], the cash receipt of PTI for each year mentioned in...

Published Date: Jan 5, 2022
Pakistan, World Bank sign MoU to deal climate change

#23NewsBulletin – The Ministry of Climate Change and the World Bank signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Tuesday at a ceremony in Islamabad where Prime Minister Imran Khan was the chief guest. According to the Prime Minister’s Office, under the Paris agreement, Pakistan will be assisted in implementing the Nationally Determined Contributions. The premier while addressing the ceremony, said that Pakistan, despite having carbon emissions of less than one percent, was among the top 10 countries most vulnerable to...

Published Date: Jan 5, 2022
Dr. Yasmin Rashid tests COVID positive

#23NewsBulletin – Dr. Yasmin Rashid, Punjab Minister for Health, has tested positive for COVID-19, as cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus continue to spread across the country, according to a spokesperson for the provincial minister. The health minister is isolating herself at home, according to the spokesperson, who further stated that she had herself tested after her son tested positive upon his arrival in the United States. According to the spokesperson, Dr. Rashid attended a meeting regarding dengue on...

Published Date: Jan 5, 2022
Pakistan invites India to attend SAARC summit virtually

#23NewsBulletin – Pakistan invited India to join the summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)  virtually if Prime Minister Narendra Modi is unable to travel to Islamabad to attend the summit. “Pakistan considers SAARC as an important forum. We are willing to host the 19th SAARC summit and if India has any issue in attending the summit in person then it can attend the moot virtually,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told a news conference on Monday....

Published Date: Jan 4, 2022
Kate Middleton had ‘no interest in being famous, reveals friend

#23NewsBulletin – According to a friend of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, the wife of Prince William and future Queen of Britain had no interest in fame and fortune. According to royal correspondent Emily Andrews, a family friend of the Duchess once revealed that she never desired fame or a ‘big job,’ preferring instead a quiet life’ similar to her childhood in rural Berkshire. Writing for The Sun, Andrews recalled the friend telling her, “All Catherine ever wanted was...

Published Date: Jan 4, 2022
Govt ready to talk with Opposition on major issues  – Fawad

#23NewsBulletin – Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced on Monday that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is willing to talk to the Opposition on major issues, including electoral reforms, but will not provide relief in corruption cases against their leadership. The federal minister talking to the media in Faisalabad invited the opposition parties for dialogue on electoral reforms, the appointment of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chief, and judicial reforms. He stated that the government will welcome the suggestions of Opposition for...

Published Date: Jan 4, 2022
Alarm bells ringing as Pakistan’s Omicron tally exceeds 370

#23NewsBulletin – Pakistan has reported 372 cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus so far, according to data issued by the Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination. According to the details, the country confirmed its first case of the highly-transmissible variant on December 13 from its most populous city, Karachi. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health Dr. Faisal Sultan, speaking to a news channel, confirmed that a total of 372 infections of the variant have...

Published Date: Jan 4, 2022
Country’s exports increase 25% in H1 of 2021-22  – Farrukh Habib

#23NewsBulletin – Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Farrukh Habib announced on Sunday that the country’s exports had reached $15.125 billion during the first half of the current fiscal year, a record increase of 25 percent as compared to the same period of the corresponding year. “By the grace of Allah Almighty, this record growth had been achieved due to special measures taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan,” the minister said in a tweet. During the first six months...

Published Date: Jan 3, 2022
Afghan officials pour 3,000 litres of liquor into Kabul canal

#23NewsBulletin – According to the country’s spy agency, a team of Afghan intelligence agents poured around 3,000 litres of liquor into a canal in Kabul, as the new Taliban authorities crackdown on the sale of alcohol. Agents pouring alcohol stored in barrels into the canal after seizing it during a raid in the capital could be seen in video footage released by the General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI). “Muslims have to seriously abstain from making and delivering alcohol,” an intelligence...

Published Date: Jan 3, 2022
Israel’s jets pound Gaza after rocket fire

#23NewsBulletin – Israel’s military announced early on Sunday that it had launched strikes against “militant targets” in the Gaza Strip; a day after rockets were fired from the Hamas-ruled territory. Three huge explosions could be seen and fighter jets could be heard flying overhead in the video filmed in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip. There was no immediate word on potential casualties. The attacks targeted a rocket manufacturing facility and a military post for Hamas, as stated by the  Israeli...

Published Date: Jan 3, 2022
Punjab imposes emergency in hospitals amid Omicron

#23NewsBulletin – According to Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid, the government of Punjab has imposed a covid-19 emergency in all major hospitals after 170 cases of Omicron were reported in the province. She revealed at a press conference in Lahore on Sunday, that the overall infection rate in Punjab is 1%. “In Lahore, on the other hand, the positivity ratio is 3.8% which is alarming.” Rashid has warned that if people do not take precautionary measures like wearing masks and...

Published Date: Jan 3, 2022
Sindh govt to reopen schools from today

#23NewsBulletin – According to sources, the Sindh Education Department has announced the reopening of educational institutions across Sindh from today, Monday, January 3rd after the winter vacations. “All educational institutions will be reopened by Monday, January 3 across Sindh,” according to a statement issued in this regard. The department stated that the provincial government has decided not to extend the winter break, dispelling rumours. The Federal government wanted to postpone the winter vacations, but the Sindh government had already announced...

Published Date: Jan 3, 2022
Pak, India Armies exchange New Year’s greetings at LoC

#23NewsBulletin – Pakistan and India exchanged sweets and wished each other a “Happy New Year” at various locations along the LoC at the start of the New Year. Sweets were exchanged between the Pakistani and Indian armies at four different locations near the Line of Control (LoC), including the Parachkothi and Poonch sectors, according to security sources. The two countries’ security officials exchanged greetings on the occasion. After Pakistan and India reached a ceasefire agreement in February of this year,...

Published Date: Jan 2, 2022
Meghan Markle & Prince Harry left out of Queen Elizabeth’s new year video

#23NewsBulletin –The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan Markle, who have stepped down as senior royals, were left out of Queen Elizabeth’s new year video, which featured Prince William and Kate Middleton prominently. The Queen’s new year video was shared on the royal family’s official Instagram and Twitter accounts. The video was uploaded with the caption, “As we reflect on 2021, we wish all our followers a very happy and healthy 2022.” The video montage is based...

Published Date: Jan 2, 2022
Opposition parties demand PM Khan’s resignation over petrol price hike

#23NewsBulletin – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari criticized the Rs4 increase in petrol prices on Saturday, stating that the only way to end inflation was to overthrow Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government. According to a statement issued by the Finance Division late on Friday, the government has increased the prices of petrol and high-speed diesel (HSD) by Rs4 per litre. The overnight increase in the price is part of...

Published Date: Jan 2, 2022
Clear evidence of fifth wave starting in Pakistan  – Asad Umar

#23NewsBulletin – Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar announced on Sunday that there are clear signs that a fifth wave of COVID-19 has started in the country. Asad Umar said on Twitter, “Clear evidence now of a beginning of another covid wave which has been expected for last few weeks.” The minister urged the public to wear masks and follow COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs), stating that genome sequencing revealed an increase in the proportion of...

Published Date: Jan 2, 2022
Pakistan hits target of 70 million immunizations as Omicron cases rise

#23NewsBulletin – The federal government’s goal of immunizing 70 million people in the country by the end of 2021 has been met, according to Asad Umar, Chairman of the National Command and Operation Centre, as cases of the Omicron variant continue to rise. The Omicron variant dubbed a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization, emerged in November to become the pandemic’s dominant variant, causing new cases to rise at an unprecedented rate around the world. Federal Minister for...

Published Date: Jan 1, 2022
Pakistan is headed in ‘right direction’, economy will be ‘far better’ by August 2022  – Fawad Chaudhry

#23NewsBulletin – Fawad Chaudhry, Pakistan’s Information Minister, stated on Friday that the country’s economic conditions will be “far better” by August 2022, as the country is moving in the “right direction.” While speaking to reporters in Lahore, Chaudhry stated that a phase of social protection programmes is being launched in Pakistan, which will pave the way for an improvement in the country’s overall economic situation. While revealing details about the country’s debt payment, he stated that the PTI-led government must...

Published Date: Jan 1, 2022
Inflation hits a 23 month high at 12.3%

#23NewsBulletin – The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) has revealed that #inflation in #Pakistan has hit a 23 month high at 12.3%. The PBS on Saturday released CPI data on year-on-year basis for December 2021. #23News Picture Courtesy: Online

Published Date: Jan 1, 2022
Govt increases petrol, high speed diesel prices by Rs4

#23NewsBulletin – According to a statement issued late Friday by the Finance Division, the government raised the price of petrol and high speed diesel (HSD) by Rs4 per litre. According to the statement, the new prices will go into effect on January 1 (Today). “In the fortnightly review of petroleum products prices, Prime Minister [Imran Khan] has rejected the proposal of Ogra (Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority) for an increase in prices of petroleum products and advised to increase only...

Published Date: Jan 1, 2022
Four Pakistan Army soldiers martyred during an exchange of IBO in North Waziristan – ISPR

#23NewsBulletin – Four Pakistan Army soldiers were killed in an exchange of fire with terrorists during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan tribal district on Friday, according to the military’s media wing. Security forces conducted an IBO on the reported presence of terrorists in the area, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). During the raid, there was an intense exchange of fire between the terrorists and the troops, which resulted in the martyrdom...

Published Date: Jan 1, 2022
At least 4 dead, several injured in Quetta blast

#23NewsBulletin – An explosion on Jinnah Road near Saleem Medical Complex in Quetta killed at least four people and injured many more. According to rescue sources, the injured have been transported to Jinnah Hospital and other medical facilities. The area has been cordoned off by security forces. Civil Hospital Quetta Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr. Javed Akhtar said in a statement that 13 people were injured and were being treated at the hospital. Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo condemned...

Published Date: Dec 31, 2021
US at risks paying an “unbearable price” over Taiwan

#23NewsBulletin – The United States risks paying an “unbearable price” for its actions regarding Taiwan, according to Wang Yi, state councillor and foreign minister, in an interview with state media on Thursday. China claims democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory and has increased military and diplomatic pressure in the last two years to assert its sovereignty claim. By “encouraging ‘Taiwan independence’ forces” the United States “not only puts Taiwan into an extremely dangerous situation but also exposes the United...

Published Date: Dec 31, 2021
Vaccination centres to remain closed on January 1, 2 – NCOC

#23NewsBulletin – The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) announced on Thursday that Covid-19 vaccination centres across the country will remain closed on January 1 and 2. The NCOC, which serves as the nerve centre of the government’s unified effort to combat the global pandemic, stated that the vaccination staff has been working all year to achieve the national goal. The vaccination process will resume on January 3, 2022, according to the statement. The NCOC also announced that 30% of...

Published Date: Dec 31, 2021
Second spell of Karachi’s winter rain expected from Jan 5

#23NewsBulletin – According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Thursday. A strong westerly weather system is likely to enter the country via Balochistan on December 31st. The new rain-bearing system will unleash its fury primarily in Balochistan, according to Chief Meteorologist Sardar Sarfaraz, who added that the weather system could also cause rains in the country’s northern regions. He stated that the second spell of winter rain was expected in Karachi on January 5 and 6. Sarfaraz predicted moderate...

Published Date: Dec 30, 2021
US appoints Rina Amiri as envoy to defend Afghan women’s rights

#23NewsBulletin – The United States (US) appointed an envoy to defend Afghan women’s rights on Wednesday, signaling a key priority as the Taliban tightens restrictions. Rina Amiri, an Afghan-born American scholar, and mediation expert who worked at the State Department under former President Barack Obama has been named special envoy for Afghan women, girls, and human rights, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Blinken stated that Amiri will address issues of “critical importance to me” and the rest of...

Published Date: Dec 30, 2021
Pakistan’s Omicron number reaches 75

#23NewsBulletin – The National Institute of Health (NIH) said on Tuesday that in Pakistan the toll from coronavirus’ Omicron variant has reached a total of 75 as of December 27. In a statement, the NIH stated that the first case of the variant was reported on December 13 in Karachi following the World Health Organization (WHO) designation of it as a “variant of concern” on November 26. The Ministry of National Health Services Regulations and Coordination, National Command and Operations...

Published Date: Dec 29, 2021
Afghan women march against ‘Taliban killings’ of ex-soldiers

#23NewsBulletin – On Tuesday, a crowd of women marched through the Afghan capital Kabul accusing Taliban authorities of covertly killing soldiers who served the former US-backed regime. An AFP correspondent witnessed around 30 women gather near a mosque in the centre of Kabul and march a few hundred metres shouting “justice, justice” before they were stopped by Taliban forces. According to a social media invitation, the Taliban also tried to stop journalists from covering the march, organized against the “mysterious...

Published Date: Dec 29, 2021
US, Russia ready for talks on Ukraine, arms control on January 10

#23NewsBulletin – A White House official told AFP Monday that the United States and Russia will hold much-anticipated talks in January, with the rivals expected to discuss nuclear arms control and rising tensions over Ukraine. “The United States looks forward to engaging with Russia,” a spokesperson for the National Security Council said, on condition of anonymity. “When we sit down to talk, Russia can put its concerns on the table and we will put our concerns on the table with...

Published Date: Dec 28, 2021
Tourists to Murree advised checking travel advisories

#23NewsBulletin – Tourists traveling to Murree have been instructed to keep checking traffic advisories as 50,000 vehicles have already entered the town against the capacity to park only 4,000 cars. Cold and dry weather on the other hand is likely to continue in most parts of the country for the next 24 hours. Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi Mohammad Ali Randhawa advised the tourists to get weather updates and traffic-related information by calling on 051-9269019 prior to traveling to Murree. They should...

Published Date: Dec 28, 2021
NSC approves Pakistan’s first-ever national security policy

#23NewsBulletin – On Monday, Pakistan’s National Security Council (NSC) approved the country’s first-ever National Security Policy (NSP) 2022-2026, which prioritizes economic security. On December 28, the policy will now be presented to the federal cabinet. Prime Minister Imran Khan, who presided over the 36th meeting of the National Security Council, stated that Pakistan’s security is based on the security of its citizens and expressed confidence that “Pakistan is well prepared to meet any internal and external threats”. While briefing the...

Published Date: Dec 28, 2021
England’s New Year’s Eve celebrations given green light on Monday

#23NewsBulletin –After weeks of uncertainty, England’s New Year’s Eve celebrations were given the go-ahead on Monday after Boris Johnson held his nerve in the face of dire Omicron warnings from his own advisers and avoided imposing harsh new restrictions. The Prime Minister prefers to rely on guidance encouraging people to limit their socializing rather than imposing legally binding restrictions, as Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland did on Monday. Mr. Johnson held crunch talks with his chief advisers, Professor Chris Whitty...

Published Date: Dec 28, 2021
Democracy in Pakistan only exists on paper – Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

#23NewsBulletin – PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Monday that democracy in Pakistan only exists on paper while speaking on the 14th death anniversary of the slain PPP leader Benazir Bhutto in Garhi Khuda Baksh. While highlighting the issues the country is facing, Bilawal stated that there is no freedom of speech, living, or even breathing in Pakistan. “We had said that democracy is the best revenge and hence, we restored the system despite all the ill-practices,” he said,...

Published Date: Dec 28, 2021
1,011 road accidents in last 24 hours in Punjab

#23NewsBulletin –  During the last 24 hours at least 11 people died, whereas 1016 were injured in 1011 road accidents in all districts of Punjab. Out of this, 576 people were seriously injured who were shifted to different hospitals. Whereas, 440 minor injured victims were treated at the incident site. The majority (67%) involved motorbikes. According to the analysis, 425 drivers, 46 underage drivers, 136 pedestrians, and 466 passengers were killed in these road accidents. According to the statistics, 222...

Published Date: Dec 27, 2021
Arnold Schwarzenegger donates $250,000 to buy 25 new tiny homes for veterans

#23NewsBulletin – Arnold Schwarzenegger personally donated $250,000 on Thursday to build 25 tiny homes for homeless veterans in West Los Angeles, giving dozens of people an early Christmas present. Schwarzenegger, who collaborated with the nonprofit Village for Vets, which is dedicated to providing food and shelter to homeless and at-risk veterans, as well as Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough and volunteer organization (AMVETS) to build the tiny homes. ‘Today, I celebrated Christmas early. The 25 homes I donated for homeless...

Published Date: Dec 27, 2021
Lahore tops the list of most polluted cities

#23NewsBulletin – Lahore continued to remain on top of a list of the most polluted cities in the world on Sunday, having the worst air quality. Lahore has been ranked first in the list with 453 readings, according to the Air Quality Index, while Indian capital city New Delhi remained second and Kolkata ranked third in the AQI list. Lahore’s Allama Iqbal International Airport was engulfed with fog and flight operations were affected because of poor visibility. According to Airport...

Published Date: Dec 27, 2021
South Africa anti-apartheid hero passes away at the age of 90

#23NewsBulletin – The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who helped end apartheid in South Africa, has died aged 90. President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that the churchman’s death marked “another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans”. Archbishop Tutu had helped bequeath “a liberated South Africa,” he added. Tutu was one of the most well-known figures in the country, both at home and abroad. He was a contemporary of the anti-apartheid icon...

Published Date: Dec 27, 2021
Pakistan strongly condemns killing of six more Kashmiris in IIOJK

#23NewsBulletin – Pakistan has strongly condemned on Sunday the extrajudicial killings of six more Kashmiris by the equipped forces of India’s successful Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). “Pakistan strongly condemns the extrajudicial killings of six more Kashmiri youth in IIOJK by Indian occupation forces in the last three days in continuing fake encounters and so-called cordon-and-search-operations,” the Foreign Office spokesperson said in a statement. He stated that a 19-year-old student was martyred on Sunday by Indian occupation forces with...

Published Date: Dec 27, 2021
PM Imran Khan to convene National Security Council meeting today

#23NewsBulletin – Prime Minister Imran Khan (PM) has announced to convene a meeting of National Security Council (NSC) today on Monday to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan and the country’s national security. The PM will be briefed about NSC’s latest progress according to sources. Pakistan’s senior ministers and military leaders will attend the meeting. Minister of Interior Sheikh Rashid, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry, and National Security Adviser Moeed Yousaf will also attend the session. Fawad...

Published Date: Dec 27, 2021
FBR plans to launch sales tax return filing portal this week

#23NewsBulletin – The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) intends to launch Pakistan’s single sales tax return filing portal on Tuesday (December 28) despite the lack of a legally compliant and well-integrated system. The World Bank’s conditions for a $400 million loan include the launch of the online portal to ensure filing of one sales tax return rather than six parts. India has done it four years back. According to sources and official documents of the FBR, the inauguration for December...

Published Date: Dec 26, 2021
US donates 5m doses of Pfizer vaccine to Pakistan as Christmas gift

#23NewsBulletin – In continuation of its joint efforts to combat the pandemic, the United States has announced shipping an additional five million doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to Pakistan. “The United States asked Santa to bring an additional 5 million doses of the life-saving Pfizer Covid-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility to Pakistan, just in time for the holidays,” the US Embassy said in a statement. The donation was to arrive on December 25 on Christmas Day or shortly thereafter,...

Published Date: Dec 26, 2021
Pak Army soldier embraced martyrdom in attack on military post

#23NewsBulletin – According to a statement from Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Saturday a soldier was martyred in North Waziristan’s Shewa area after terrorists targeted a checkpost. The army troops according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), initiated a quick response in the Shewa area of the district, engaging the terrorists’ location effectively. “During intense exchange of fire, Naik Noor Merjan, a 32-year-old resident of Kurram, embraced Shahadat,” the statement added. Clearance of the area is being carried out to...

Published Date: Dec 26, 2021
Malaysian floods death toll increases to 46

#23NewsBulletin – According to officials, the number of deaths from Malaysia’s worst floods in years rose to 46 on Saturday, with five people still missing, as work crews continued a massive clean-up on Christmas day. Rivers overflowed last weekend as a result of torrential rain, flooding cities, cutting off major roads, and forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. Malaysia’s most densely populated and wealthiest state, Selangor, encircling the capital Kuala Lumpur, has been one of the...

Published Date: Dec 26, 2021
PM Imran announces new organizational structure for PTI – Fawad

#23NewsBulletin – Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced the new organizational structure for the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), a day after dissolving all previous bodies within his party in the aftermath of an embarrassing defeat in the first phase of local government elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry made the announcement of the prime minister’s decision through his official Twitter account. According to Chaudhry, Planning Minister Asad Umar had been chosen as the secretary-general while Amir Mahmood...

Published Date: Dec 25, 2021
Pakistan observes 146th birth anniversary of Quaid-e-Azam

#23NewsBulletin – Pakistanis are celebrating the 146th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on Saturday (Today) across the country with traditional zeal and fervor. The national flag was hoisted at all public and private buildings across the country. Quran Khawani was held at the Mazar e-Quaid in Karachi while a change of guards ceremony was held at the mausoleum of the Quaid. PMA commandant Major General Umar Ahmad Bukhari was the chief guest. He offered fateha and...

Published Date: Dec 25, 2021
UAE suspends passenger flights from 4 African countries over Omicron COVID-19 variant

#23NewsBulletin – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to coronavirus concerns has banned inbound flights from Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nigeria, according to state news agency WAM on Saturday. “This includes suspending the entry of travelers who were in the four countries 14 days before coming to the UAE, while flight operations will continue to transport passengers from the UAE to the same countries,” the news agency said. The UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) and...

Published Date: Dec 25, 2021
Weekly inflation records slight increase – SPI

#23NewsBulletin – Inflation, as measured by Sensitive Price Index (SPI), edged up slightly for the week ending on December 23, recording a 0.4percent increase for the combined group driven by an increase in prices of essential food items, data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) showed on Friday. SPI inflation on a year-on-year basis, recorded an increase of 19.83%, the highest ever yearly increase since January 2020. The combined income group index increased from 168.16 points in the...

Published Date: Dec 25, 2021
Dubai’s ruler ordered to pay 554 million pounds in settlement to ex-wife

#23NewsBulletin – Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai has been ordered by the High Court in London to pay his ex-wife Princess Haya and their two children a divorce settlement of more than 554 million pounds ($733 million), the highest ever awarded by a UK court, in order to protect them from the threat he poses to them. To cover security and lost items like jewelry and clothing, a London judge ordered Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid...

Published Date: Dec 22, 2021
Muttaqi downplays Imran Khan’s remarks at OIC summit

#23NewsBulletin – Acting Afghan’s Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi stated at a press conference in Kabul on Monday that he believes that the Pakistani prime minister’s remarks at the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) summit in Islamabad were not an insult to Afghanistan. He also stated that Khan’s remarks were critical of the former governments, which may have therefore caused former government officials to feel compelled to show a reaction. “It was a summit, everyone has an opinion,”  said Muttaqi...

Published Date: Dec 21, 2021
Shaukat Tarin elected senator on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s vacant seat

#23NewsBulletin – Shaukat Tarin, an adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue, was elected as a senator on a vacant seat from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday. PTI leader Muhammad Ayub Afridi had resigned last month as a member of the upper house to Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani. According to media reports, the government wanted to get Tarin elected to Senate on the seat vacated by Afridi so that he could reclaim his position as finance minister. Tarin on...

Published Date: Dec 21, 2021
Saudi FM announces one billion riyals in aid to Afghans

#23NewsBulletin – Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud on Sunday announced one billion riyals for the assistance of the people of Afghanistan. In his address at the 17th Extraordinary Session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad, the Saudi minister praised Pakistan for convening the meeting and making the best arrangements in the shortest possible time. Faisal emphasized on the importance of considering the Afghan issue on humanitarian grounds and that...

Published Date: Dec 20, 2021
Drakeo the Ruler listened to Jay-Z song before his death

#23NewsBulletin – Drakeo the Ruler, an American rapper was stabbed during Snoop Dogg’s Once Upon a Time philharmonic festival connected Saturday night. According to the personage website TMZ, the 28-year-old was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Following reports of the fatal stabbing, the festival’s successful Los Angeles was closed down. According to Los Angeles Times, paramedics responded to the country around 8:40pm Saturday and recovered one unique successful captious condition. A police officer has yet...

Published Date: Dec 20, 2021
Minister Shibli Faraz luckily escaped attack in KP

#23NewsBulletin – Shibli Faraz, Federal Minister for Science and Technology, escaped an attack on his car by a crowd in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Darra Adamkhel area on Sunday. The minister stated in a tweet that he was returning from his hometown Kohat, where he had gone in connection with Sunday’s local government elections when he was “attacked” and fired upon by a crowd. “[I] miraculously remained safe, though [my] driver was injured who was administered medical aid,” Faraz wrote, thanking the...

Published Date: Dec 20, 2021
Malaysia’s flood displace more than 30,000 people

#23NewsBulletin – More than 30,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in Malaysia after the country experienced some of its worst floodings in years. The tropical nation in southeast Asia has often experienced stormy monsoon seasons towards the end of the year, with flooding regularly leading to mass evacuations. Since Friday, heavy rains have caused rivers to overflow, submerging many urban areas and cutting off main roads, stranding thousands of motorists. On an official government website, more than 30,000...

Published Date: Dec 20, 2021
Afghanistan could become biggest man-made crisis if world doesn’t act – PM Imran Khan at OIC summit

#23NewsBulletin – On Sunday, Prime Minister Imran Khan issued a clear warning to the international community, stating that if the actions are not taken soon, Afghanistan could potentially become the biggest “man-made crisis in the world.” The prime minister made the remarks while delivering the keynote address at the 17th extraordinary session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers in Islamabad to discuss the situation in neighboring Afghanistan. “Forty-one years ago, an extraordinary session of the...

Published Date: Dec 19, 2021
Afghan acting FM Muttaqi reaches Islamabad to attend OIC summit

#23NewsBulletin – According to the Afghan media, the Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Amir Khan Muttaqi arrived in Pakistan yesterday to attend the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers meeting to discuss the current situation and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. He was received by Pakistan’s Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan at Islamabad International Airport, as stated by the Pakistani government on Twitter. Muttaqi met with the German Special Representative for Afghanistan Jasper Wieck...

Published Date: Dec 19, 2021
At least one person killed and ten injured in Quetta’s blast on Saturday

#23NewsBulletin – According to officials, at least one person was killed and ten injured in a blast in Quetta’s Kandhari Bazar on Saturday. According to sources, Civil Hospital Quetta spokesperson Dr. Wasim Baig confirmed the death of one person and stated that ten others were brought to the hospital in injured condition. The blast was caused by explosive material fitted on a motorcycle, according to the Counter-Terrorism Department spokesperson, adding that the security forces had sealed the area, where the...

Published Date: Dec 19, 2021
3 terrorists killed in separate operations in KP

#23NewsBulletin – According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Saturday, three terrorists including an acquaintance of banned Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP) top leader Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, were killed by the security forces, in two separate operations in different areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). A terrorist commander Ghafoor alias Jaleel was killed during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in Bajaur district. “Terrorist Ghafoor alias Jaleel was a close acquaintance of Maulvi Faqir Muhammad – a top leader of Tehreek-e-Taliban...

Published Date: Dec 19, 2021
Several people killed and injured in Karachi’s blast today

#23NewsBulletin – According to sources, several people are reported to be killed and injured in a blast that took place at the Sher Shah Paracha Chowk area in #Karachi on Saturday. Sources further revealed to a local news channel that some of the injured are in critical condition. The blast took place in a drain located in the area as per initial reports, causing immense damage to the building of a nearby private bank. Rescue personnel arrived at the scene...

Published Date: Dec 18, 2021
First look at Kate Middleton’s Christmas special released

#23NewsBulletin – A first look at Kate Middleton’s upcoming Christmas special has been released. Kate is seen in the teaser trailer wearing a festive red Miu Miu cardigan. “I’m so excited to be hosting Together At Christmas here at Westminster Abbey,” the royal mom of three says. Royal Carols: Together At Christmas will telecast Christmas Eve on ITV and ITV Hub. Last month Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton attended this year’s Royal Variety Performance. At the event, the...

Published Date: Dec 18, 2021
More than 100 Hindu pilgrims arrive in Pakistan from India to visit Katas Raj temples

#23NewsBulletin – More than 100 Hindu pilgrims have arrived in Pakistan from India on Friday to perform their religious rituals at the Katas Raj temples. The Pakistan High Commission New Delhi has issued a seven-day visit visa to the pilgrims, and they are scheduled to return to India on December 23 through the Wagah border. Different political and religious leaders will participate in a central ceremony which will be held at Katas Raj temple on December 19. The arrangements, including...

Published Date: Dec 18, 2021
UAE businessman Majid Al Futtaim passes away on Friday

#23NewsBulletin – Majid Al Futtaim, an Emirati billionaire who rose from working as a bank clerk to creating an eponymous business empire, passed away yesterday. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai paid his condolence at the death of veteran UAE businessman Majid Al Futtaim, who passed away on Friday. Sheikh Mohammed paid tribute to the late Majid Al Futtaim on Twitter and said, “May Allah Almighty...

Published Date: Dec 18, 2021
KP, Punjab announces winter vacation schedule for schools

#23NewsBulletin – The provincial governments of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa announced the dates for the winter break just hours after the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) stated that the winter vacations in educational institutions would commence from Jan 3, 2022. Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas stated that all public and private schools in the province would remain closed from Dec 23 to Jan 6, 2022. “Please get vaccinated and follow the SOPs issued by the government,” the minister advised....

Published Date: Dec 18, 2021
Mobile phone services to remain suspended during OIC summit in Islamabad

#23NewsBulletin – The Ministry of Interior announced on Thursday that during the session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the Mobile phone services in Islamabad will remain suspended. The ministry further stated that as the OIC’s Extraordinary Session of Foreign Ministers will start on Dec 17 (Today), the phone services will remain suspended for three days i.e, December 17-19. The main goal of the session will be to focus on ways to mobilize support for providing adequate food, medicine,...

Published Date: Dec 17, 2021
PM Imran in day-long visit inaugurates Skardu International Airport, Jaglot-Skardu road

#23NewsBulletin – Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday, during a day-long visit to the region, inaugurated the Skardu International Airport and Jaglot-Skardu road. Previously, the airport in Skardu was only operational for domestic flights. However, on December 2, its status was uplifted as it began welcoming international flights as well. The prime minister while addressing a large crowd at Municipal Stadium Skardu, stated that the facility’s elevation to an international airport would bring untold changes for the locals. The premier...

Published Date: Dec 17, 2021
Music producer Flow La Movie passes away in a Florida-bound plane crash

#23NewsBulletin – Flow La Movie, renowned Puerto Rican music producer, along with his family, including his four-year-old son, died in a private jet crash in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday. According to Helidosa Aviation Group, the musician, whose full name is José Angel Hernandez, was well known for his Billboard chart-toppers hits including Te Boté and AM, was one of nine total, who lost their lives in the crash, along with his partner Debbie Von Marie Jimenez Garcia and his son. “For Helidosa, this accident...

Published Date: Dec 16, 2021
‘Employees flouting vaccination rules will eventually be fired’ – Google

#23NewsBulletin – CNBC reported on Tuesday, citing internal documents that Alphabet Inc’s Google notified its employees that they would lose pay and eventually be fired if they do not follow its COVID-19 vaccination rules. According to the report, a memo circulated by Google’s leadership stated that employees had until December 3 to declare their vaccination status and upload documentation showing proof or to apply for a medical or religious exemption. After that date, Google said it would begin contacting employees,...

Published Date: Dec 16, 2021
Pakistan, TikTok launches campaign titled ‘Meri Vaccine Kahani’ to fight COVID-19

#23NewsBulletin – The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination (MNHSRC) has collaborated with TikTok to launch an awareness campaign for COVID-19 prevention in the country. MNHSRC, on Twitter, has confirmed that it has officially joined TikTok and will be using the platform to spread information about COVID-19 prevention and its vaccine programme. The MNHSRC has made the decision as a part of the campaign titled #MeriVaccineKahani which is in line with the government’s priority of engaging the country’s youth...

Published Date: Dec 16, 2021
Krave Mart ,Pakistani q-commerce startup raises $6m in pre-seed funding round

#23NewsBulletin – Krave Mart, a Karachi-based, quick-commerce (q-commerce) startup that offers the delivery of groceries and other products in ten minutes announced on Wednesday that it has raised $6 million in pre-seed funding round in less than four months since its founding. The investment was led by China’s MSA Capital and Russia’s ru-Net while German Global Founders Capital and Islamabad-based Zayn Capital co-led the deal. Other participating investors included Saison Capital, +92Ventures, 2AM, Mehta Ventures, Jeddar Capital, Lakson Investment, and...

Published Date: Dec 16, 2021
NCOC decides to move educational institutions’ winter breaks from December to January

#23NewsBulletin – According to sources, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) in a meeting held today, decided to move educational institutions’ winter breaks from December to January. The sources further revealed all provinces supported and agreed to the plan. “The decision was taken in line with the recommendations forwarded during the inter-provincial education minister’s conference,” revealed the source. According to sources, the vaccination process will continue in educational institutions; however, in areas where there is heavy snowfall, institutions will remain closed....

Published Date: Dec 15, 2021
Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine provides 33% protection against Omicron variant – Study

#23NewsBulletin –According to the results of a study done in South Africa on Tuesday, Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine provides 33% protection against the coronavirus’ omicron variant. The study by Discovery Health, South Africa’s largest health insurance provider revealed that two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine seem to provide protection reaching as high as 80% against the delta variant but only 33% against the omicron variant. The study further revealed that people infected with the Omicron variant are less likely to end up in...

Published Date: Dec 15, 2021
State Bank of Pakistan raises policy rate by 100bps to 9.75%

#23NewsBulletin – In order to combat inflationary pressures and to ensure that growth remains sustainable, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) announced on Tuesday a raise in the benchmark policy rate by 100 points bringing it to 9.75%. In a statement, the central bank said, “Given rate increases since September and outlook, the Monetary Policy Committee felt that the end goal of mildly positive real interest rates on a forward-looking basis was now close to being achieved.” The market had...

Published Date: Dec 15, 2021
Govt may reduce the price of petrol by Rs11 per litre from Dec 16 – Sources

#23NewsBulletin – The sources revealed on Tuesday that the government may cut down the price of petrol by Rs11 per litre due to a decline in international rates of crude oil from December 16. The price of diesel may be reduced by Rs9 per litre according to industry sources. The sources further revealed that the final price of petroleum products will be announced after the evaluation of tax by the government. The government had announced on November 30th to keep the prices of petroleum...

Published Date: Dec 14, 2021
United Kingdom reports first death with Omicron variant

#23NewsBulletin – In United Kingdom (UK) at least one person has died after being exposed to Omicron variant of the coronavirus, as stated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday, which now accounts for 40% of infections in the British capital. Since the first Omicron cases were detected on November 27 in the United Kingdom, Johnson has imposed tougher restrictions, and on Sunday he urged people to get booster shots to prevent the health service from being overburdened. “Sadly, yes...

Published Date: Dec 14, 2021
Maryam Nawaz sings famous traditional song on Son’s Wedding

#23NewsBulletin –  PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz takes a break from politics to focus on her son Junaid Safdar’s wedding festivities taking place these days. Various video clips and pictures from the event are going viral on social media .The latest video going viral features Maryam Nawaz singing a famous traditional song, ‘Yeh peela jora, Yeh hari hari chooriyan’. In the latest video, during a mehndi ceremony organized by the bride’s family at Chak Shahzad in Islamabad, Maryam Nawaz, and her...

Published Date: Dec 13, 2021
China acknowledges Pakistan for being against politicization of sports

#23NewsBulletin – Nong Rong China’s Ambassador to Pakistan, stated on Sunday that his country appreciates Pakistan for being against sports politicization. “Pakistan’s position to oppose any form of politicization of sports is highly appreciated. The Beijing Winter Olympic Games is not a stage for the posturing and grandstanding of politicians,” he wrote on Twitter. The ambassador further stated that China is looking forward to delivering a streamlined, safe, and splendid Olympics to the world. Nong Rong’s remark came in response...

Published Date: Dec 13, 2021
Police official martyred during an armed attack on polio vaccination team in KP

#23NewsBulletin – A police official has been martyred in #KP during an armed attack on the polio vaccination team. Tank Deputy Commissioner Kabir Khan Afridi confirmed the reports of the attack saying that some armed men opened fire at a police constable deputed for providing security to the polio vaccination team in Tank’s Shada village. The constable died on the spot while the shooters managed to escape. This is the second time in a while that a #polio vaccination team...

Published Date: Dec 12, 2021
Children in Pakistan are at a higher risk due to COVID-19

#23NewsBulletin – With a higher mortality ratio of 13% compared to the western world, in Pakistan, 159 children have died of corona virus since March 2020, making it one of the dangerous countries for children. The percentage of deaths among children was over 14 percent, ‘unusually high’ as compared to western countries where mortality rates in kids from COVID-19 to be under one percent, as revealed in a joint study conducted by Aga Khan University, Karachi’s National Institute of Cardiovascular...

Published Date: Dec 12, 2021
ADB approves $385million to help improve KP’s livability and community health

#23NewsBulletin – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $385 million in funds to help five cities in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province to improve their livability and community health. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cities Improvement Project, according to a statement issued by the ADB, will assist in the construction of two clean water supply treatment facilities, three sewage treatment facilities, and also to rehabilitate dysfunctional tube wells among several other important subprojects in the cities of Abbottabad, Kohat, Mardan, Mingora,...

Published Date: Dec 12, 2021
Powerful tornadoes kill more than 80 people in 6 US states

#23NewsBulletin – Earlier on Sunday, rescuers searched for survivors following dozens of devastating tornadoes that tore through six US states, killing at least more than 80 people, and dozens of people are missing and towns are ruined. Joe Biden, US President pledges support to states affected by a swarm of devastating tornadoes calling them “one of the largest” storm outbreaks in American history, including one that traveled more than 200 miles. “It’s a tragedy,” a shaken Biden, who pledged support...

Published Date: Dec 12, 2021
4.1 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of KP, Sindh

#23NewsBulletin – In the early hours of Sunday, tremors of magnitude 4.1 on the Richter scale rattled parts of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to the US Geological Survey, the magnitude of the earthquake on the Richter scale was 4.1. Several areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Swat, Shangla, Buner, Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Chitral and Malakand were also jolted by the earthquake at 4.45am on Sunday morning. Residents across these cities rushed out into the open spaces, reciting the Kalima...

Published Date: Dec 12, 2021
Lahore declared as world’s most polluted city once again

#23NewsBulletin – Lahore, once again on Sunday was declared as the most polluted city in the world, making all the Punjab government’s efforts to combat smog in vain. Despite closing schools and offices three days a week, the provincial government seems helpless in controlling smog. Moreover, the city’s polluted air levels could not drop despite the suspension of all trade activities. Air pollution also increased in other cities of Punjab, including Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Multan, Bahawalpur, and Raiwind. Respiratory infections,...

Published Date: Dec 12, 2021
Australia’s Cricket delegation arrives in Pakistan to review security arrangements

#23NewsBulletin –  Australian cricket delegation, consisting of security experts arrives in Pakistan to evaluate the security arrangements in the country ahead of Australia’s upcoming tour of the country in 2022. Three Australian officials and Reg Dickason, a renowned security expert, were part of the delegation. The delegation, in the first phase, will visit National Stadium Karachi, which is one of the venues to host the series, to review the security arrangements over there. The delegation will also host different meetings...

Published Date: Dec 7, 2021
Future pandemic could be more lethal than COVID-19. – Oxford vaccine co-creator

#23NewsBulletin – According to one of the creators of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, future pandemics could be even more lethal than COVID-19. Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert, delivering the 44th Richard Dimbleby Lecture, stated that more funding for pandemic preparedness was required to prevent previous advances from being lost. “This will not be the last time a virus threatens our lives and our livelihoods,” she said in a lecture at Oxford University due to be broadcast by the BBC on Monday night....

Published Date: Dec 7, 2021
PDM declares ‘anti-inflation’ march in Islamabad on Pakistan Day

#23NewsBulletin – Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman announced on Monday that in order to protest against government failures, the opposition alliance would hold an “anti-inflation march” in Islamabad on March 23, 2022, Pakistan Day. “People from across the country will gather in Islamabad. A huge protest will be held in the [capital] against inflation,” said PDM chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, addressing a press conference after a summit of the party chiefs. According to him, the ruling PTI...

Published Date: Dec 7, 2021
Two Pakistan Army majors embraced martyrdom in Siachen helicopter crash

#23NewsBulletin – According to the statement issued by the military’s media wing on Monday, two Pakistan Army majors’ embraced martyrdom as an aviation helicopter crashed in Siachen. “Both pilots Major Irfan Bercha and Major Raja Zeeshan Jahanzeb embraced Shahadat,” the ISPR said. “Search and rescue helicopters and army troops reached the incident site,” it added. #23News

Published Date: Dec 6, 2021
Chris Cuomo accused of sexual harassment before being fired by CNN

#23NewsBulletin – Chris Cuomo was accused of sexual harassment just days before CNN fired him amid an investigation into work he did to defend his brother from similar harassment allegations. Attorney Debra Katz, issued an official statement on Sunday, stating that she contacted CNN on Wednesday to inform them of her client’s sexual misconduct allegations against Cuomo, which appeared to be the final nail in the coffin. “By Friday, I was in discussions with CNN about providing documentary evidence of...

Published Date: Dec 6, 2021
PM Khan announces Tamgha-i-Shujaat for man who tried to save Sri Lankan national

#23NewsBulletin – On Sunday, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that Tamgha-i-Shujaat would be awarded to the man for his bravery who attempted to save the Sri Lankan national from the violent mob. “On behalf of the nation, I want to salute the moral courage and bravery of Malik Adnan who tried his utmost to shelter and save Priyantha Diyawadana from the vigilante mob in Sialkot, [including] endangering his own life by physically trying to shield victim. We will award him...

Published Date: Dec 6, 2021
Police recover body of missing pilot Ajmal Qazi

#23NewsBulletin – Police recovered the body of Ajmal Qazi, an instructor pilot who had been missing for three days after his self-built aircraft crashed, near Kund Malir Beach on Sunday morning. Qazi Ajmal, a pilot from Peshawar’s Qazi family (who build their own gyrocopter from scratch), has been missing since a flight over mountains between Balochistan and Sindh on December 2. The family has asked the government to launch a rescue operation in order to safely recover the missing pilot....

Published Date: Dec 5, 2021
Pakistan receives another 2.2 million Pfizer vaccine doses

#23NewsBulletin – Pakistan has received 2.2 million more doses of Pfizer vaccine through the COVAX mechanism, according to a tweet from the US Embassy in Islamabad. According to the US statement, 2.2 million additional doses of the American vaccine have arrived in Pakistan today. “Our commitment to COVID-19 response efforts in #Pakistan continues. Today the U.S. donated an additional 2.2 million Pfizer vaccine doses to Pakistan via the #COVAX mechanism. This donation will complement the impressive campaign to vaccinate all...

Published Date: Dec 5, 2021
Shehroze Kashif, teen mountaineer confronts morality & history on K2 summit

#23NewsBulletin – Shehroze Kashif, a teen mountaineer, faced many dangers while climbing the world’s tallest peaks, but his toughest moment came when he came across the body of his hero on the savage slopes of K2. Kashif was 19 years and 138 days old when he became the youngest person to summit both Mount Everest and K2, the world’s second-highest peak, in July. On K2, just below the famed Bottleneck region, he crossed the bodies of Iceland’s John Snorri, Chile’s...

Published Date: Dec 5, 2021
Antony Sher, one of Shakespearean actors passes away at the age of 72

#23NewsBulletin – Antony Sher, one of the most acclaimed Shakespearean actors of his generation, died on Friday, according to the Royal Shakespeare Company. He was 72 years old. Sher was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier this year. Antony Gregory Doran, Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, took time off from work to care for him. Sher, who was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1949, moved to the United Kingdom in the late 1960s to study drama. He...

Published Date: Dec 4, 2021
Omicron detected in 38 countries – WHO

#23NewsBulletin – Omicron has been detected in 38 countries, but no deaths have been reported as a result of the new Covid-19 variant, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday. According to a WHO spokesperson, the UN health agency had “not seen reports of Omicron-related deaths yet.” The WHO’s technical lead on Covid-19, Maria Van Kerkhove stated that 38 countries reported the Omicron virus, with the variant now spreading across all six WHO regions. According to WHO, it...

Published Date: Dec 4, 2021
Pakistan Embassy’s Twitter account in Serbia hacked – Foreign Office

#23NewsBulletin – On Friday, the official Twitter account of Pakistan’s embassy in Serbia tweeted criticism directed at Prime Minister Imran Khan, citing rising inflation and alleged three-month salary nonpayment. Two hours later, the Foreign Office issued a statement claiming that the embassy’s social media accounts had been hacked. “The Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts of the Embassy of Pakistan in Serbia have been hacked. Messages being posted on these accounts are not from the Embassy of Pakistan in Serbia,” the...

Published Date: Dec 4, 2021
Taliban issues a decree saying women must consent to marriage

#23NewsBulletin – Afghanistan’s Taliban government issued a decree on women’s rights on Friday, saying that women should not be considered “property” and that they must consent to marriage, but it did not mention female access to education or work outside the home. Since the hardline Islamist group took over the country on August 15, the Taliban have been under pressure from the international community, which has mostly frozen funds for the country to commit to upholding women’s rights. “A woman...

Published Date: Dec 4, 2021
Pakistan plans to send medical team to Afghanistan for ’emergent assistance’

#23NewsBulletin – Pakistan is planning to send a medical team to Afghanistan to provide, install, and maintain medical equipment at three of its funded hospitals in Jalalabad, Logar, and Kabul, as part of its humanitarian assistance to the war-torn country. With the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan exacerbated by the arrival of winter, Pakistan, in addition to announcing in-kind assistance of Rs. 5 billion and offering to host an extraordinary session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers convened by Saudi...

Published Date: Dec 3, 2021
Dengue deaths this year surpasses the number of dengue deaths in 2019

#23NewsBulletin – According to official data, the number of deaths caused by the dengue virus this year has already surpassed the number of deaths caused by the virus in 2019. From January 1 to December 1, 203 people died as a result of hemorrhagic fever, which is more than double the number of deaths reported in 2019, when the country experienced a significant increase in mosquito-borne disease. According to data from the Ministry of Health, 95 people died in the...

Published Date: Dec 3, 2021
Govt imposes ban on imported cars for six months starting from January 2022

#23NewsBulletin – Due to a significant increase in the import bill, the government has decided to impose a six-month ban on Completely Built-Up (CBU) vehicle imports. The ban will be in effect from January 2022 to June 2022, along with higher Regulatory Duty (RD) and Additional Customs Duty (ACD) rates on a variety of luxury goods, including automobiles. In the first four-month of the current fiscal year(FY2021-22), the total current account deficit reached $5.1 billion, which is by far more...

Published Date: Dec 2, 2021
Student kills 3 & wounds 8 in Michigan school

#23NewsBulletin – Authorities said a 15-year-old boy opened fire in a high school in the US state of Michigan on Tuesday with a semi-automatic pistol his father had purchased days earlier, killing three classmates and injuring eight others before being arrested. Investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting at Oxford High School in Oxford Township, a community of about 22,000 people about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Detroit, according to Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard...

Published Date: Dec 2, 2021
Pakistan strongly condemns the extrajudicial killings of two Kashmiris in Pulwama.

#23NewsBulletin – Pakistan strongly condemned the continued extrajudicial killings in staged encounters and fake cordon-and-search operations in occupied Jammu and Kashmir by Indian forces, who killed two Kashmiris in the latest such incident in Pulwama. According to the ministry, Indian occupation forces have killed at least 18 innocent Kashmiris with impunity in the last month. While Kashmiris’ fundamental freedoms remain suspended, Indian occupation forces have “further intensified their repression” in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir in recent weeks, according to the...

Published Date: Dec 2, 2021
Sindh government announces new COVID-19 restrictions effective from Today

#23NewsBulletin – The Sindh government announced new COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday, based on a city’s vaccination progress, that will be in effect from Today i.e. December 1 till December 15. According to a Sindh Home Department notification, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has classified Karachi, Sukkur, and Sanghar as cities with “good vaccination progress,” while the rest of the province has “low vaccination progress.” With this in mind, separate protocols for each class were listed, as outlined below:...

Published Date: Dec 1, 2021
Twitter prohibits the sharing of photos without the owner’s permission

#23NewsBulletin – Under the leadership of new CEO Parag Agrawal, the social media giant, TwitterInc., announced on Tuesday that it is revising its privacy policies to prohibit the sharing of photos and videos of people without their consent. “Sharing personal media, such as images or videos, can potentially violate a person’s privacy, and may lead to emotional or physical harm,” Twitter said in a blog post on Tuesday. “The misuse of private media can affect everyone, but can have a...

Published Date: Dec 1, 2021
Price of petrol to remain unchanged at Rs145.82

#23NewsBulletin – The government decided on Tuesday to keep the prices of petrol, kerosene, and light diesel unchanged until December 15, according to a notification from the Finance Division. The new prices will go into effect on December 1st (Today), according to the notification. The price of petrol will remain unchanged at Rs145.82 per litre, and the price of diesel will remain unchanged at Rs142.62 per litre. Kerosene oil and light diesel will continue to be priced at Rs116.53 and...

Published Date: Dec 1, 2021
GSK to initiate human trials for HIV cure

#23NewsBulletin – According to reports in the British press, pharma major GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) plans to begin clinical trials in 2022 for its HIV therapy, which has been shown to be effective in animal trials on non-human primates. The planned human clinical trials are thought to be ground-breaking trials to find an HIV cure. According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation study, an estimated 38 million people worldwide were living with the disease in 2019. According to reports, GSK plans to...

Published Date: Dec 1, 2021
Punjab reports 81 new dengue cases and 2 deaths

#23NewsBulletin – Dengue hemorrhagic fever claimed two more lives on Tuesday, with 81 new cases reported in Punjab in the previous 24 hours. Imran Sikandar Baloch, Secretary of Punjab’s Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, stated that 81 new cases of dengue fever were reported in a single day, with 58 of them coming from Lahore. According to the health department, 145 people have died from dengue fever in Punjab this year, with the province having recorded a total of 25,145...

Published Date: Nov 30, 2021
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey steps down as CEO

#23NewsBulletin – Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has announced his resignation as CEO of the social media company, effective immediately. Twitter’s chief technology officer, Parag Agrawal, will take over as CEO, the company announced on Monday. Dorsey was the CEO of both Twitter and Square, his digital payment company. Dorsey will remain on the board until his term expires at the 2022 stockholders’ meeting, according to the company. Salesforce President and COO Bret Taylor will take over as chairman of the...

Published Date: Nov 30, 2021
Pakistan, Saudi Arabia sign deposit agreement worth $3billion

#23NewsBulletin – The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) signed a deposit agreement for the much-anticipated funds worth $3 billion on Monday. According to a joint statement, SFD will deposit $3 billion in the SBP under this deposit agreement. “The deposit amount under the agreement shall become part of SBP’s foreign exchange reserves,” it said. The deposit, according to the central bank, will help support Pakistan’s foreign currency reserves and “contribute towards resolving the...

Published Date: Nov 30, 2021
PostEx, a Pakistani fintech and logistics startup, raises additional $7.1 million in a seed funding round

#23NewsBulletin – PostEx, Pakistan’s first hybrid fintech and logistics startup, announced on Monday that it has raised another $7.1 million in seed funding to provide upfront payments for cash-on-delivery orders, digital payments, and delivery solutions to E-commerce merchants. “This brings the total capital assured by the company at seed to $ 8.6 million, making it the second-largest investment at this stage in Pakistan,” a statement issued by the startup said. PostEx started fundraising for the seed round earlier this year...

Published Date: Nov 30, 2021
Patients with Omicron variant have “very mild” symptoms – South African doctor

#23NewsBulletin – The South African doctor, who was among the first to suspect a different coronavirus strain among patients said on Sunday that the Omicron variant’s symptoms were so far mild that they could be treated at home. Dr. Angelique Coetzee, a private practitioner and the chair of the South African Medical Association, told Reuters that on November 18th, she noticed seven patients at her clinic who had symptoms that were different from the dominant Delta variant, albeit “very mild.”...

Published Date: Nov 29, 2021
Muhammad Ziauddin, a senior journalist passes at the age of 83 in Islamabad

#23NewsBulletin – Muhammad Ziauddin, a senior journalist, died at the age of 83 in Islamabad after succumbing to illness. Ziauddin had worked extensively for almost all of Pakistan’s major newspapers during his over 60-year career, including The Muslim, The News, DAWN, and The Express Tribune. He was born in 1938 in Madras (now Chennai). In 1952, his family moved to Dhaka where he studied for a BSC in Pharmacy. They moved to Pakistan when he was 21 years old, and...

Published Date: Nov 29, 2021
Sindh to close CNG stations from December 1, 2021, to February 15, 2022

#23NewsBulletin – The Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) announced on Monday that all compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in Sindh will be closed for two and a half months due to a natural gas shortage in the province. The company stated that “the supply of gas to non-export industries has already been cut off,” adding that the supply to CNG stations will be cut off from December 1, 2021, to February 15, 2022. The decision was taken in the wake...

Published Date: Nov 29, 2021
Sindh makes booster shots mandatory amid discovery of new variant Omicron

#23NewsBulletin – According to reports on Sunday, the Sindh government has decided to make booster shots mandatory in the province in order to combat the spread of the new Covid-19 variant, Omicron, which was recently discovered in South Africa. According to Health Secretary Zulfiqar Ali Shah, it has been decided to make the booster dose mandatory across the province because of the new variant He stated that the Pfizer vaccine will be administered as a booster jab. “The booster dose...

Published Date: Nov 29, 2021
Karachi Green Line bus service to begin commercial operations from Dec 25 – Asad Umar

#23NewsBulletin – Asad Umar, Federal Minister for Planning and Development, claimed on Sunday that the long-awaited Green Line Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project would be ready for trial operations in Karachi within the next 10 days. The trial period will last two weeks, after which the Green Line bus service will begin commercial operations on December 25. Work on the Rs24 billion federally funded project, conceived by the previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government, began in February 2016 and was...

Published Date: Nov 29, 2021
Israel to host the Miss Universe Contest in December despite the discovery of new variant Omicron

#23NewsBulletin – Despite imposing travel restrictions to combat the Omicron coronavirus variant, Israel will host the Miss Universe beauty pageant in the Red Sea resort of Eilat on December 12, Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov said on Sunday. On Saturday, Israel announced a ban on foreigners entering the country, but Razvozov told reporters on Sunday that Miss Universe contestants would be granted waivers, as well as possibly undergoing PCR testing every 48 hours and other precautionary measures. “This is an event...

Published Date: Nov 29, 2021
Lieutenant General Nigar Johar appointed as first-ever female colonel commandant of AMC

#23NewsBulletin – According to the military’s media affairs statement, Lieutenant General Nigar Johar becomes the first-ever female general to be appointed as the colonel commandant of Army Medical Corps (AMC). The COAS pinned the rank badges on Lt-Gen Nigar Johar, the first female general to be appointed as Colonel Commandant of the AMC. Speaking on the occasion, the COAS praised AMC’s contributions to maintaining high standards of healthcare in both peace and war. According to Gen Bajwa, the AMC has...

Published Date: Nov 29, 2021
Indian government warns public not to subscribe to Starlink Internet Services

#23NewsBulletin – The Indian government has warned people not to subscribe to Starlink Internet Services, a division of billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX aerospace company because it lacks a license to operate in the country. According to a government statement, issued late Friday, Starlink was told to follow regulations and stop “booking/rendering satellite internet services in India with immediate effect.” On November 1, Starlink registered its company in India. It has begun advertising, and the government claims that it has begun...

Published Date: Nov 29, 2021
UK confirms first two cases of new Covid-19 variant omicron

#23NewsBulletin – The United Kingdom (UK) has confirmed the first two cases of the omicron variant of Coronavirus, which is more contagious and resistant to vaccines. Both of the cases infected with the new strain have traveled to southern Africa, according to news reports on Saturday. “We have moved rapidly and the individuals are self-isolating while contact tracing is ongoing,” said Britain’s health secretary Sajid Javid in a statement. While one case of the omicron variant was discovered in the...

Published Date: Nov 28, 2021
UK courts revoke Malik Riaz and his son’s 10-year multi-entry visit visa over ‘possible corruption’.

#23NewsBulletin – The United Kingdom (UK) courts have decided to revoke real estate tycoon Malik Riaz and his son Ahmed Ali Riaz’s 10-year multi-entry visit visa. “Whilst there has not been a criminal conviction against you, I am satisfied on probabilities that you have been involved with corruption and financial/commercial misconduct,” wrote Lady Justice Nicolas Davies, in her judgment against the appeal of Riaz and his son. The decision to cancel their visas was taken by the Home Office after...

Published Date: Nov 28, 2021
Pakistan puts travel ban from 7 countries amid concern over new variant ‘Omicron’

#23NewsBulletin – According to a notification issued by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Saturday, Pakistan imposed a complete ban on travel from seven countries in the aftermath of the discovery of a new variant of the coronavirus, Omicron, first detected in South Africa. The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) announced a ban on direct or indirect inbound travel from South Africa, Hong Kong, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, and Eswatini, placing the countries in Category C “with...

Published Date: Nov 28, 2021
Sindh govt makes vaccination mandatory for people offering namaz in mosques

#23NewsBulletin – As part of its efforts to combat the coronavirus, the Sindh government has made vaccination mandatory for those who offer prayers in mosques. According to the notification, issued by the provincial Home Department and in accordance with the directives of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the District administrations have been asked to fully enforce these orders. According to the notification, “Only vaccinated individuals are allowed to offer prayers in mosques to avoid risk to others”. In...

Published Date: Nov 27, 2021
WHO urges caution as new Covid variant triggers global alarm

#23NewsBulletin – The European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) have tightened border controls in response to the discovery of a new coronavirus variant in South Africa, as researchers sought to determine whether the mutation is vaccine-resistant or not. The variant was named “Omicron” by a World Health Organization (WHO) panel and classified as a highly transmissible virus of concern, the same category as the dominant Delta variant, which is still a scourge driving higher cases of sickness and...

Published Date: Nov 27, 2021
Pakistan reports 252 new covid-19 cases and 7 deaths in a day

#23NewsBulletin – The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said on Friday that the country reported 252 new cases of coronavirus and at least 7 deaths in the last 24 hours. According to the most recent statistics, the overall death toll has risen to 28,697, while the total number of infections has risen to 1,283,475. Pakistan conducted 35,176 tests in the last 24 hours, with a positivity ratio of 0.71 percent. There were 958 patients in critical care. Around 294...

Published Date: Nov 26, 2021
Pakistan successfully tests Shaheen-1A ballistic missile

#23NewsBulletin – On Thursday, Pakistan ran a successful test flight of the Shaheen-1A surface-to-surface ballistic missile. “The test flight was aimed at re-validating certain design and technical parameters of the weapon system,” the army said in a statement. Lieutenant General Nadeem Zaki Manj, Director General Strategic Plans Division, Dr Raza Samar, Chairman NESCOM, Lieutenant General Muhammad Ali, Commander Army Strategic Forces Command, and scientists and engineers from strategic organizations all witnessed the flight test. The Director-General of the Strategic Plans...

Published Date: Nov 26, 2021
EU approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine for kids aged 5-11

23NewsBulletin – On Thursday, the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine was approved for use in children aged five to eleven in Europe, paving the way for vaccination in a population where the virus is rapidly spreading. The European Union Medicines (EMU) Agency has clearly approved a Covid-19 vaccine for use in young children for the first time. “Recommended granting an extension of indication for the COVID-19 vaccine Comirnaty to include use in children aged 5 to 11,” the agency said. At least...

Published Date: Nov 26, 2021
Saudi Arabia allows direct entry of travelers from six countries

#23NewsBulletin – On Thursday, Saudi Arabia announced that it will allow direct entry of travelers from six countries, including Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Egypt, Brazil, and Vietnam, without requiring a 14-day quarantine in a third country. According to the Saudi Gazette, the new directives will apply to citizens of several other countries, including Indonesia, Brazil, Vietnam, Egypt, and India, beginning next Wednesday, December 1, 2021. Passengers from these countries must spend five days in institutional quarantine, regardless of their immunization status...

Published Date: Nov 26, 2021
Petroleum dealers call off nationwide strike

#23NewsBulletin – According to a tweet by Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on late Thursday night, the All Pakistan Petrol Pump Dealers Association (APPPDA) has canceled the nationwide strike on November 25, 2021. According to media reports, the ministry of energy and the association’s chairman, Abdul Sami Khan finally reached an agreement, after holding day-long negotiations. Other members of the government team included adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Shaukat Tarin, Energy Minister Hammad Azhar, and Petroleum Secretary, Dr. Arshad...

Published Date: Nov 26, 2021
PCB reveals 12-man squad for the first Test against Bangladesh

#23NewsBulletin – Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has named a 12-man squad for the first Test against Bangladesh, which begins on Friday at the Ch. Zahoor Ahmed Cricket Stadium in Chittagong. Here is the squad, led by skipper Babar Azam: Babar Azam – Captain, Mohammad Rizwan – Vice-captain (wicketkeeper), Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi. “Our team is impressive and this time around, will make a...

Published Date: Nov 25, 2021
PSO, Shell Pakistan, and Hascol Pakistan, Company Operated and Company Controlled Petrol Pumps to remain open on 25 November 2021

#23NewsBulletin – The APPPDA announced a strike on November 25, 2021, to force the government to fulfill its promise to increase the profit margins of dealers.  However, Pakistan State Oil (PSO), Shell Pakistan, and Hascol Pakistan have all issued a notification stating that all Company Operated and Company Controlled (COCO) Petrol Pumps will remain open on November 25, 2021, during the nationwide Petrol Strike. “Pakistan State Oil (PSO) has decided to keep its company operative and petrol pumps open during...

Published Date: Nov 25, 2021
Royal family displeased over the ‘Unfounded Claims’ in the new documentary

#23NewsBulletin – The royal family is displeased with a new documentary making ‘overblown and unfounded claims.’ Buckingham Palace and Clarence House issued a joint statement in response to BBC Two’s new documentary The Princes and the Press, as reported by the Evening Standard. “A free, responsible, and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy,” the statement read, per the newspaper. “However, excessively often it is overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources that are presented arsenic facts...

Published Date: Nov 25, 2021
Long lines of vehicles at petrol stations ahead of the strike

23NewsBulletin – On Wednesday, traffic jams were reported in major cities across the country, and long lines were seen at petrol stations as citizens rushed to refuel their vehicles ahead of the petroleum dealers association’s nationwide strike, which said fuel stations would remain closed in the country beginning Thursday (today). According to the petroleum division, the federal cabinet would most likely make a decision within the next 10 days, as the dealers are demanding a margin increase of up to...

Published Date: Nov 25, 2021
Pakistan reports 350 covid-19 cases and 9 deaths in a day

#23NewsBulletin – According to the latest figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on Wednesday morning, the country has recorded 9 coronavirus deaths and 350 new cases in the last 24 hours (Tuesday). With the addition of the 350 new cases, the total number of infections now stands at 1,282,860. The overall death toll, however, has risen to 28,677. Furthermore, in the last 24 hours, a total of 38,038 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan, with 350 coming...

Published Date: Nov 24, 2021
Turkish lira collapses to new record low

#23NewsBulletin – Turkey’s lira fell more than 15% on Tuesday after President Tayyip Erdogan defended recent rate cuts and vowed to win his “economic war of independence,” despite widespread criticism and pleas to reverse course. Lira fell to as low as 13.45 to the dollar, setting a new low for the 11th consecutive session. It has lost 45 percent of its value this year, with a near 26 percent drop since the start of last week. Erdogan has put pressure...

Published Date: Nov 24, 2021
Pakistan allows Indian aid to transit through its territory to Afghanistan

#23NewsBulletin – Pakistan’s Cabinet granted arch-rival India permission on Tuesday to use its land route to ship wheat aid to neighbouring Afghanistan, where millions of people face starvation as winter approaches. Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement that Islamabad will also send aid, including 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat, matching the amount sent by India. “We have approved to give passage to this 50,000 tons of wheat that India wants to send to Afghanistan,” Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry...

Published Date: Nov 24, 2021
Pakistan plans to introduce e-passports next year

#23NewsBulletin – To make life easier for citizens, the federal government plans to issue e-passports beginning next year. The decision was made during a meeting in Islamabad presided over by Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed. The secretary of the interior, NADRA chairman, DG Passport, and additional DG FIA all attended the crucial meeting. According to the report, biometric documents will speed up the identification process, simplify passport control, and pave the way for service automation. The e-passport service will also assist...

Published Date: Nov 23, 2021
Schools and Private offices in Lahore will remain closed three days a week due to smog

#23NewsBulletin – As smog persists in Lahore city, the Punjab government has ordered the closure of all public and private educational institutions (colleges, schools, and academies, among others) as well as private offices for three days per week (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday). According to the international air quality monitoring platform, Lahore was declared as one of the world’s most polluted places, and the residents were complaining of health issues and breathing difficulties. The provincial authorities acknowledged the deteriorating air quality...

Published Date: Nov 23, 2021
Climate warming projections may be too rosy – Research

#23NewsBulletin – Researchers reported on Monday that UN projections of how much current climate policies and national pledges to reduce carbon pollution will slow global warming are more uncertain than widely assumed. Prior to this month’s COP26 summit, the UN warned that current policies would cause the Earth’s average surface temperature to rise by a “catastrophic” 2.7 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels by 2100. Renewed pledges from large emitters like India would have a negligible effect on warming this century,...

Published Date: Nov 23, 2021
French ski resorts open again after 2020 Covid-19 write-off

#23NewsBulletin – French mountain resorts are reopening for the first time since Covid-19 declared last season a washout, with winter sports enthusiasts and industry professionals hoping that no new virus wave spoils the fun. Val Thorens, Europe’s highest winter sports resort at 2,300 meters and a popular destination for international visitors, was the first of France’s Alpine resorts to reopen its lifts and slopes on Saturday. Others are expected to follow in the coming weeks. “Amazing, we’re the first,” said...

Published Date: Nov 23, 2021
Islamabad reports 12 fresh dengue cases

#23NewsBulletin –  In the last 24 hours, 12 more dengue fever cases have been reported in the federal capital. According to the district health officer (DHO), 12 patients with dengue hemorrhagic fever have been reported in Islamabad’s rural and urban areas. So far this season, nineteen people have died from the mosquito-borne disease, and 4,554 dengue fever patients have been reported. #23News

Published Date: Nov 23, 2021
Telenor in search of merger opportunities in Pakistan – CEO

23NewsBulletin – The CEO of Telenor Group, a Norwegian telecommunications company, has stated that the company is looking for “merger opportunities” in Pakistan. “Telenor will continue to look for merger opportunities in Asia, including in Pakistan and on a regional basis,” said Sigve Brekke, CEO of Telenor Group, which operates telecom businesses in nine European and Asian markets. The remarks were made after announcing the plans of merging the company’s telecom unit in Thailand with a local company for $...

Published Date: Nov 23, 2021
Pakistan, IMF reaches staff-level agreement

#23NewsBulletin – After reaching a staff-level agreement, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to revive its six-billion-dollar extended fund facility programme with Pakistan. The international money lender said in a statement released on Monday that “the agreement is subject to approval by the Executive Board, following the implementation of prior actions, notably on fiscal and institutional reforms.” “Completion of the review would make available SDR 750 million (about US$1,059 million), bringing total disbursements under the EFF to about US$3,027...

Published Date: Nov 22, 2021
Petrol Pump owners announce strike on Nov 25

#23NewsBulletin – All Pakistan Petrol Pumps Dealers Association (APPPDA) announced a nationwide strike on November 25 as the government has failed to increase the dealers’ margin by 6% which may lead the country to face a fuel shortage. Nauman Ali Butt, Information Secretary of the All Pakistan Petrol Pumps Dealers Association, stated that petrol filling stations across the country would remain closed on November 25. He stated that the government had not accepted their demands and that no negotiations would...

Published Date: Nov 22, 2021
Australia to ease travel restrictions on some foreign citizens

#23NewsBulletin – Australia has announced that it will begin significantly relaxing restrictions on foreigners entering the country, with priority given to certain groups. Skilled migrants and international students, as well as Japanese and South Korean citizens, will be permitted entry beginning December 1. Since March of last year, Australia has implemented some of the world’s strictest border controls, including on its own citizens. Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the announcement on Monday an “important step forward.” Eligible visa holders will...

Published Date: Nov 22, 2021
Pakistan reports less than 500 new COVID-19 cases in a single day

23NewsBulletin – For the tenth day in a row, Pakistan reports less than 500 new COVID-19 cases in a single day on Sunday morning. According to the National Command and Operation Centre’s (NCOC) most recent statistics, 313 people tested positive for the virus after 40,019 COVID-19 tests were performed across the country in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 1,281,872. The COVID-19 positivity rate in the country is now 0.78 percent. Meanwhile, the coronavirus...

Published Date: Nov 21, 2021
Punjab local government elections to be held in March next year – Fawad Chaudhry

#23NewsBulletin – The Punjab local government elections will be held in March next year, according to Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Chaudhry, after Prime Minister Imran Khan issued directives to the Punjab Chief Minister and provincial local government. According to sources, the Information Minister stated in an interview on Saturday that a new local government law would be presented in the Punjab Assembly next week. According to the new law, mayors would be elected directly at the district...

Published Date: Nov 21, 2021
Pakistan denies Indian media reports about a ‘radioactive material seizure’

23NewsBulletin – Pakistan denied reports in Indian media that Indian port authorities had seized “possible radioactive material” on shipping containers aboard a commercial vessel docked at Karachi Port on Saturday. The Indian media falsely reported that port authorities at Mundra Port had seized “radioactive material” on containers loaded on a commercial vessel bound for Shanghai. “We have noted the reports in the Indian media about the seizure of possible radioactive material by Indian port authorities at the Mundra Port on...

Published Date: Nov 21, 2021
Govt not planning to shut down educational institutions due to smog – Shafqat Mahmood

#23NewsBulletin – The government announced on Saturday that it would not close educational institutions due to smog because students had already “missed a lot” during the coronavirus pandemic. “We are not going to close schools due to smog as the schools were already closed due to Covid for 1.5 years following which education in Pakistan has already suffered a lot,” Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood told reporters outside the National College of Arts (NCA) as he inaugurated a digital...

Published Date: Nov 21, 2021
Buzdar criticizes opposition’s political point-scoring over dengue

#23NewsBulletin – The Chief Minister of Punjab, Sardar Usman Buzdar, has condemned the opposition’s attempt to score political points on the dengue crisis following the coronavirus pandemic, calling it the pinnacle of ruthlessness and numbness on the part of these people. “The opposition has adopted the policy of criticism for the sake of criticism in a failed attempt to gain political points.” the chief minister said. He went on to say that disease and pandemic politics, such as dengue and...

Published Date: Nov 21, 2021
Kamala Harris becomes first woman to be acting U.S. president as Biden underwent colonoscopy

#23NewsBulletin – US Vice President Kamala Harris has become the first woman in American history to hold the presidency, albeit for a brief period of time. She exercised presidential powers for one hour and twenty five minutes while President Joe Biden was sedated, according to the White House on Friday. Biden notified congressional leaders of the power transfer at 10:10 a.m. Friday (local time), and regained control at 11:35 a.m. Biden was having a routine physical at the Walter Reed...

Published Date: Nov 20, 2021
Pakistan plans artificial rain to combat smog

#23NewsBulletin – According to Malik Amin Aslam, Prime Minister’s Adviser on Climate Change, artificial rain could be used next year to reduce the impact of smog in Punjab province, particularly in Lahore. According to details, the plan for artificial rain was shared by PM’s Adviser on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam, who stated that it could be carried out two to three times in the coming year. “We are currently studying the phenomenon as it is the need of the...

Published Date: Nov 20, 2021
Instagram influencer wrecks Swarovski covered Lamborghini in London

#23NewsBulletin – An Instagram influencer, Daria Radianova saw her prized possession, a Swarovski crystal-encrusted Lamborghini damaged, after being reportedly driven into while parked in London this week. She was not in the car at the time of the accident, which appears to have been parked safely on the streets of London, according to reports. The 26-year-old, who also purchased a personal license plate for her car – DAR 11A – expressed hope on social media today that “karma slaps you...

Published Date: Nov 20, 2021
PM launches digital portal to facilitate overseas Pakistanis

#23NewsBulletin – Prime Minister Imran Khan launched a digital portal on Thursday to help overseas citizens verify power of attorney and congratulated Pakistani expats on gaining the right to vote. Speaking at a ceremony in Islamabad to mark the launch of a digital portal for overseas citizens to verify power of attorney, Prime Minister Imran Khan said those opposing voting rights for non-resident Pakistanis and the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) were part of the status quo that benefited...

Published Date: Nov 19, 2021
Final exams for next year will be held in May and June – Shafqat Mehmood

#23NewsBulletin – Shafqat Mehmood, the Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training announced on Thursday that the next year’s final exams will be held in May-June 2022, in accordance with the syllabus, which will be completed during the current academic year. The examinations will be held in May-June, and A and O level examinations will be held in accordance with their schedules, he said, adding that a coordination mechanism will be established at the secretaries level to further enhance cooperation...

Published Date: Nov 19, 2021
US states investigate Instagram’s harmful effects on children

#23NewsBulletin – US state attorneys general are investigating whether Instagram’s parent company, Meta violated consumer protection laws by promoting the social media app to young users despite knowing its use is associated with harming their health. The investigation, which involves at least nine states, comes at a time when Facebook is being scrutinized for its treatment to children and young adults. According to emailed statements, the attorneys general are investigating whether the company violated consumer protection laws and endangered young...

Published Date: Nov 19, 2021
Kim Kardashian West assists in the flight of Afghanistan’s women’s soccer team to UK

#23NewsBulletin – Afghanistan’s women’s youth development soccer team arrived in Britain early Thursday after being flown from Pakistan by a New York rabbi, a British soccer club, and Kim Kardashian West. A plane chartered by the reality star and carrying more than 30 teenage players and their families, totaling approximately 130 people, landed at Stansted Airport near London. The Afghans will spend 10 days in coronavirus quarantine before beginning their new lives in the United Kingdom. Leeds United of the...

Published Date: Nov 19, 2021
US to contribute $7 million for Ehsaas programme

#23NewsBulletin – The United States government will contribute $7 million to the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) ongoing support for ‘Ehsaas programme’ to address the secondary effects of Covid-19 in Pakistan through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In this regard, a signing ceremony was held in Islamabad attended by USAID Mission Director Julie Koenen and ADB Country Director Yong Ye. According to the agreement, the Asian Development Bank will use the USAID contribution of $7 million to provide...

Published Date: Nov 19, 2021
LHC directs private offices to allow 50pc of employees to work from home

23NewsBulletin – In response to the city’s increasing smog, the Lahore High Court (LHC) directed private offices on Thursday to allow 50 percent of their employees to work from home. During the hearing, the court directed the concerned authorities to convene a hearing for the employees working in the government sector. The provincial capital of Punjab, Lahore, on the other hand, has been declared as the second-most polluted city globally. According to IQAir, the technology company that operates the AirVisual...

Published Date: Nov 19, 2021
CAA launches an app to facilitate passengers

#23NewsBulletin –To assist passengers and other stakeholders, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched an Android app. According to the Civil Aviation Authority, the application’s introduction is intended to assist the general public and other aviation stakeholders in voluntarily reporting any incident, problem, or irregularity they encounter. Passengers can use the app to report any type of incident involving air travel. While uploading his or her statement, the complainant will be able to provide evidence in the form of files...

Published Date: Nov 18, 2021
Pakistan strongly condemns killing of five Kashmiris in IIOJK

#23NewsBulletin – Pakistan strongly condemned the extrajudicial killing of five more Kashmiris by Indian occupation forces in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday (IIOJK). Since 1 October, Indian occupation forces have martyred at least 30 Kashmiris in ‘fake encounters or so-called “cordon and search operations,” according to a statement released by the Foreign Office (FO). According to the statement, the killing spree of innocent Kashmiris by Indian forces continues with ‘shameless impunity.’ The killings, it said, expose the unspeakable violence...

Published Date: Nov 18, 2021
British F35 stealth jet crashes into the Mediterranean, the pilot ejects safely

#23NewsBulletin – A British F35 stealth jet fighter crashed shortly after takeoff from the United Kingdom’s flagship aircraft carrier, forcing the pilot to eject into the Mediterranean. It is the first time that one of HMS Queen Elizabeth’s £100 million warplanes has been lost while on its maiden voyage. The pilot, who was part of the crew of the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, was found safe and has since been returned to the ship, according to a brief statement...

Published Date: Nov 18, 2021
US designates ten countries for violation of religious freedom including Pakistan

23NewsBulletin – On Wednesday, the US-designated several countries including Pakistan and China as countries of particular concern (CPC) for violating religious freedom. “I am designating Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, the DPRK, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan as Countries of Particular Concern for having engaged in or tolerated systematic, ongoing and egregious violations of religious freedom,” Secretary Blinken said in a statement issued by his office. Four countries were designated as “special watch list,” and a few organizations, including...

Published Date: Nov 18, 2021
Foreign direct investment declined 12percent in July-Oct

#23NewsBulletin – According to the central bank’s data released on Wednesday, Pakistan’s foreign direct investment (FDI) fell 12 percent in the first four months of this fiscal year, owing primarily to a decline in Chinese inflows. Pakistan received $662 million in FDI during July-October of FY22, compared to $751 million in the same month of the previous fiscal year (FY21), a decrease of $88.5 million. During the review period, total FDI inflows were $965.4 million, with outflows of $303.3 million....

Published Date: Nov 18, 2021
India allows Sikh pilgrims to travel to Pakistan through Kartarpur Corridor

#23NewsBulletin – India has given the go-ahead for thousands of Sikh pilgrims to cross the border into Pakistan beginning on Wednesday (Today), ahead of the birth anniversary of the religion’s founder, Guru Nanak. The corridor will reopen on Wednesday (Today), ahead of Nanak’s birth anniversary celebrations on Friday, according to India’s Home Minister Amit Shah. According to the Foreign Office, the corridor was inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan on the 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on November 9,...

Published Date: Nov 17, 2021
Chinese government donates 30,000 food packages to Gilgit-Baltistan

#23NewsBulletin – The Chinese government has donated 30,000 food packages to be distributed among the poor people of Gilgit-Baltistan. At a ceremony held here on Tuesday, the office-bearers of the Overseas Chinese Association, Gilgit-Baltistan, handed over food packages to Chief Minister Khalid Khursheed. The chief minister thanked the Chinese government for the gesture in his remarks on the occasion. He stated that the Chinese government had proven to be Pakistan’s best friend through thick and thin. Syed Agha Abdul Shakoor,...

Published Date: Nov 17, 2021
Police files case against 121 lawyers for attacking AC office in Sialkot

#23NewsBulletin – Police have filed a case against 121 lawyers for attacking and vandalizing Assistant Commissioner (AC) Sonia Sadaf’s office in Sialkot. Hundreds of lawyers recently attacked AC Sonia Sadaf’s Sialkot office. Social media users shared photos of the ransacked office. The lawyers marched into AC Sonia Sadaf’s office and completely vandalized it. They shattered the furniture and dumped it on the streets. They also chanted anti-her slogans. Videos of the incident have gone viral on social media. According to...

Published Date: Nov 17, 2021
Pfizer seeks for US approval of promising Covid-19 antiviral pill

23NewsBulletin – Pfizer Inc. said on Tuesday that it is seeking US approval for its experimental antiviral Covid-19 pill, which reduces the risk of hospitalization or death in adults at risk of severe disease by 89% in a clinical trial. The company’s filing comes at a time when new infections are on the rise in the United States, driven primarily by hot spots in states where colder weather is driving more people indoors. Pfizer’s pill has been shown to significantly...

Published Date: Nov 17, 2021
Dengue fever claims at least five more lives in Punjab

#23NewsBulletin – Dengue fever claimed at least five more lives in Punjab today (Wednesday), with 274 more people testing positive for the virus in the province. According to reports, four of the five victims of the virus were from Lahore, while one was from Vehari. So far, the virus has claimed the lives of 100 people in Punjab. In the last 24 hours, 111 people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been diagnosed with dengue fever. So far, nine people have died...

Published Date: Nov 17, 2021
US CDC eases Covid-19 travel risk advisory for six countries

#23NewsBulletin – Following a drop in coronavirus infections in the six countries, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reduced its Covid-19 travel risk advisory to “Level One: Low” for Pakistan, India, Japan, Liberia, Gambia, and Mozambique. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may issue four types of health advisories (CDC). “Level 4: Extremely High,” “Level 3: High,” “Level 2: Moderate,” and “Level 1: Low,” respectively. The CDC issued a “Level 2 Travel Health Notice”...

Published Date: Nov 16, 2021
Measles, Rubella campaign to cover 19m children across the province – CM Sindh

#23NewsBulletin – During the launch of the anti-measles and rubella campaign, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah stated that 19 million children aged nine months to fifteen years would be vaccinated, while 8.2 million children under the age of five would be given polio drops across the province. According to a statement, the inauguration ceremony was held at Narayan Jaganath Vaidiya (NJV) Government Higher Secondary School. Parliamentary Secretary for Health Qasim Siraj Soomro, Secretary for Health Zulfiqar Shah, and PD...

Published Date: Nov 16, 2021
PepsiCo Pakistan reaches 100 percent Covid-19 vaccination rate

#23NewsBulletin – PepsiCo Pakistan has achieved a 100 percent Covid-19 vaccination rate in collaboration with the Secondary and Primary Healthcare Department, Government of Punjab by arranging extensive vaccination drives at the company. This effort was achieved by extensive awareness-raising campaigns organized across PepsiCo’s Pakistan facilities. On Monday, Imran Sikandar, Secretary Primary and Healthcare Department, Government of Punjab, district health officials, and PepsiCo representatives attended a ceremony to commemorate the achievement. The public-private sector collaboration resulted in the prevention of Covid-19...

Published Date: Nov 16, 2021
Govt to convene parliament’s joint session tomorrow

23NewsBulletin – The government has finally decided to call a joint sitting of parliament on Wednesday to pass controversial bills, including the one on the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). The joint session of Parliament would be held on November 17 (Wednesday). Prime Minister Imran Khan convened a meeting of the government’s allies — Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) — on Monday to gain support for the legislation. However, following the meeting, the coalition partners...

Published Date: Nov 16, 2021
Liverpool taxi blast was a ‘terrorist incident’ – UK police

#23NewsBulletin – According to British police on Monday, the blast in a taxi outside a hospital that killed a man was caused by an improvised explosive device and is being associated with a terrorist attack, but the motive behind the attack is still unclear. The police said they thought they knew the identity of the passenger killed in the explosion but couldn’t reveal it. “Although the motivation for this incident is yet to be understood, given all the circumstances, it...

Published Date: Nov 15, 2021
Govt decides not to raise the price of petroleum products

#23NewsBulletin – The government has decided not to raise the price of petroleum products in the country. According to sources, petroleum prices will remain unchanged. The government raised the price of petrol by Rs8.03 per litre with immediate effect late at night, ten days earlier. The current price of petrol is Rs. 145.82 per litre, while the price of high-speed diesel (HSD) is Rs142.62 per litre. #23News

Published Date: Nov 15, 2021
Massive fire destroys 35 shops at Karachi’s Cooperative Market

#23NewsBulletin – According to officials and witnesses, a massive fire destroyed around 35 shops in the Saddar Cooperative Market in Karachi on Sunday. Four fire engines were initially dispatched, but the number was increased to ten as the flames spread. There was no loss of any casualties reported. Anyhow, the actual reason for the fire is yet to be discovered. Apparently, the fire broke out at one of the shops and spread quickly to the rest of the shops in...

Published Date: Nov 15, 2021
Queen Elizabeth misses the Remembrance Day ceremony due to sprain back

#23NewsBulletin – Due to a sprained back, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth missed the Remembrance Sunday service at the Cenotaph, extending the 95-year-old monarch’s absence from public life after she was ordered to rest following a hospital stay last month. The service was supposed to be the first public appearance after taking a few weeks off to rest under doctor’s orders and was also one of the most important event on the 95-year-old monarch’s calendar. According to the British media, the back...

Published Date: Nov 15, 2021
Pakistan releases 20 Indian fishermen after completion of their sentence

#23NewsBulletin – According to police officials, twenty Indian fishermen were released from the Landhi district jail in Karachi on November 14 after serving their four-year sentences for allegedly fishing illegally in Pakistani waters. They will be handed over to Indian authorities at the Wagah border on November 15 (Today). According to Landhi jail Superintendent Irshad Shah, the fishermen, who are mostly from Gujrat, were released as a goodwill gesture after Indian authorities confirmed their nationalities. “They had served four years...

Published Date: Nov 15, 2021
First students’ summit begins with a marathon in Lahore

#23NewsBulletin – On Sunday, students from various universities took part in a five-kilometer marathon that began at the Governor House. Faculty members gathered beneath Government College University’s (GCU) clock tower to cheer on those who crossed the finish line. The marathon kicked off a week of activities hosted by the GCU in collaboration with the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Lahore-City of Literature through the Lahore commissioner, Superior University, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as the Bargad Organization for Youth Development...

Published Date: Nov 15, 2021
Anti-smog squads established to control pollution

#23NewsBulletin – On Saturday, the district administration formed five “anti-smog squads” to monitor pollution levels in the provincial capital and take action against those who contribute to the hazardous air quality index. The anti-smog squad will target the industrial sector, which contributes to pollution. Two separate teams have been formed to combat smoke-emitting vehicles. Police, WASA, Municipal Corporation Limited, industry, and environmental inspectors would be included in the anti-smog squad. Building bylaw violations, misuse of water connections, and electricity theft...

Published Date: Nov 14, 2021
Pakistan’s Covid19 positivity rate drops below 1%

#23NewsBulletin – According to the National Command and Operation Centre (#NCOC) the coronavirus positivity rate in #Pakistan fell below 1% for the second day in a row on Sunday This is the first time this has happened since March 2020. According to the forum’s statistics, the country has reported 263 new cases in the last 24 hours, with 11 people succumbing to the virus. According to the forum, 11 patients died in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number...

Published Date: Nov 14, 2021
PFMA declares a strike in Islamabad, Rawalpindi

#23NewsBulletin – The Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) has declared a strike in the Rawalpindi division beginning on Monday, November 15, 2021. On Tuesday, the association has called a meeting of mill owners to discuss the future course of action in light of the condition of lifting 25% of the allocated wheat quota from other districts. “[The] mills in Rawalpindi Division have stopped lifting wheat quota from southern Punjab due to high freight charges. As such, the flour will not...

Published Date: Nov 14, 2021
Lahore declared the most polluted city globally

#23NewsBulletin – Lahore has been named the world’s most polluted city after the city recorded its highest-ever smog levels as the Air Quality Index (AQI) surpassed 700, according to local media. The Air Quality Index data was released on Thursday, and it placed Lahore among the world’s most polluted cities. The AQI in various parts of the city remained above 500 for the fourth consecutive day, worsening to 700 after 12 p.m. on Thursday, as reported by sources. Meanwhile, the...

Published Date: Nov 13, 2021
US Dollar reaches an all-time high of Rs175.73

#23NewsBulletin – The US dollar regained its lost position within a week, and set a new all-time high record price of Rs175.73 in the inter-bank market on Friday. The open market saw a record dollar price of Rs178. According to the bankers involved in the currency market, the rupee’s support was short-lived due to Saudi Arabia’s promised $3 billion financial assistance and oil facility on deferred payment. The US dollar fell against the rupee following the Saudi announcement, but the...

Published Date: Nov 13, 2021
Pakistan issues 3,000 visas to Sikh pilgrims

#23NewsBulletin – The Pakistan High Commission issued approximately 3,000 visas to Indian Sikh pilgrims on Friday, allowing them to attend Guru Nanak’s 552nd birth anniversary celebrations in Pakistan from November 17 to 26. The celebrations will take place from November 17 to November 26, 2021, according to the statement. During their visit to Pakistan, Sikh pilgrims would pay their respects at various gurdwaras, including Gurdwara Janam Asthan in Nankana Sahib and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur. Visas for Sikh pilgrims...

Published Date: Nov 13, 2021
Pakistan reports 231 new cases of coronavirus and 11 deaths

23NewsBulletin – The number of Covid-19 infections in Pakistan has reached an all-time low, with the country recording 231 new cases in the last 24 hours. According to the most recent figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), a total of 33,862 samples were tested during this time period, with 231 proving positive, resulting in a positivity rate of 0.68 percent. According to the most recent statistics, at least 11 people died as a result of the...

Published Date: Nov 13, 2021
Queen will make first public appearance on Remembrance Day post hospitalization

#23NewsBulletin – Queen Elizabeth will attend a Remembrance Day service this weekend, her first in-person public engagement after being hospitalized due to health complications last month. The monarch, who spent one night in the hospital, will attend the event at the Cenotaph this weekend. She will, however, miss the other three events due to medical advice. Buckingham Palace said the 95-year-old monarch would watch the ceremony from a balcony at the Cenotaph memorial in central London, as she has done...

Published Date: Nov 12, 2021
Islamabad reports 45 new dengue fever cases in last 24 hours

#23NewsBulletin – In the last 24 hours, the federal capital has reported 45 new dengue fever cases. The district health officer (DHO) reported 45 dengue fever patients in rural and urban areas of the federal capital territory in the last 24 hours. There were 28 cases reported in the rural areas and 17 in the urban areas, with 19 people dying from the mosquito-borne disease in Islamabad. During the current season, a total of 4,292 mosquito-borne viral disease cases have...

Published Date: Nov 12, 2021
NEPRA considers a tariff adjustment of 20 paisa per unit

#23NewsBulletin – The National Electric Power Regula­tory Authority (NEPRA) is expected to absorb approximately 20 paisa per unit reduction in quarterly tariff adjustment in various tariff increases. The regulator held a public hearing on Thursday on the Central Power Purchasing Agency’s (CPPA) petition for a paisa 20 per unit refund to consumers of power Distribution Companies (Discos) under the Quarterly Tariff Adjustment (QTA) for the fourth quarter of the fiscal year 2020-21 (4QFY21), determined for various items, and reserved its...

Published Date: Nov 12, 2021
Govt to expand Sehat Sahulat Programme coverage

#23NewsBulletin – The government extended the ‘Sehat Sahulat Programme’ to the entire population of the federal capital, #Punjab, and #Gilgit-Baltistan, while the process of procuring insurance companies for the flagship project’s implementation in 2022-25 had begun. According to Dr. Faisal Sultan, the procurement process for Phase III of the programme was completed on Thursday with the “Financial Opening of Proposals” in the presence of the evaluation committee, media representatives, and other dignitaries. Additional Secretary NHSRC Nabeel Awan, CEO Federal Sehat...

Published Date: Nov 12, 2021
Govt plans to supply gas to the domestic sector three times per day.

#23NewsBulletin – To minimize gas shortages in the country, the government will provide gas to the residential sector only three times per day with a “bare minimum supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG)” from December to March of this year. The Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCoE) made this decision during a meeting on Thursday, which was presided over by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar. According to the sources, the CCoE decided that the supply of gas to...

Published Date: Nov 12, 2021
Pakistan approves Sinopharm, Sinovac vaccines for children aged 12 and above

#23NewsBulletin – Pakistan approved two Chinese vaccines — Sinopharm and Sinovac — for children aged 12 and above on Thursday, as the country continues its fight against COVID-19. So far, the country has administered more than 5.5 million vaccines to students aged 12 to 18. In a tweet, the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) stated that the forum’s expert committee had approved administering the vaccines — in addition to Pfizer — to the age group beginning November 15. NCOC...

Published Date: Nov 11, 2021
India sends thousands of more troops to IOJK

#23NewsBulletin – India has sent thousands more paramilitary troops into occupied Kashmir, which is already one of the world’s most militarized zones, following a string of targeted killings in recent weeks according to officials. For decades, New Delhi has stationed at least 500,000 troops in the Himalayan territory, which is also claimed and partially controlled by arch-rival Pakistan. “Around 2,500 troops have arrived and they were deployed all over Kashmir valley,” Abhiram Pankaj, a spokesman for the paramilitary Central Reserve...

Published Date: Nov 11, 2021
SpaceX launches four astronauts to ISS

#23NewsBulletin – After a nearly two-week delay, a crew of four astronauts launched from Cape Canaveral and are set to dock at the International Space Station (ISS). Mathias Maurer, a German astronaut, is among the crew members. After the astronauts of the previous Crew-2 mission splashed down in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday night, the orbital outpost is currently operating with just one NASA astronaut in the US segment to welcome the incoming crew. NASA provided three astronauts for...

Published Date: Nov 11, 2021
501 new cases of dengue fever reported in Punjab

#23NewsBulletin – According to the Punjab health department, 501 new cases of #dengue fever have been reported. On the other hand, the province reported six deaths in the last 24 hours on Wednesday. According to the Punjab health secretary, 380 new cases have been reported in #Lahore, 32 in #Rawalpindi, 16 in #Gujranwala, 10 in #Sargodha, 8 in #Kasur, 5 in #Attock and #Vihari, 4 in #Faisalabad, #Okara, #Sahiwal, #Sheikhupura, and 3 in #Gujrat. The total number of dengue cases...

Published Date: Nov 10, 2021
PM briefed Supreme Court on the status of the Army Public School attack case

#23NewsBulletin – After being summoned by the Supreme Court on Wednesday, #PrimeMinisterImranKhan briefed the court on the status of the Army Public School (#APS) attack case. When Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (#TTP) militants stormed the APS-Warsak School in Peshawar in 2014, they killed 147 people, 132 of whom were children. Soon after the attack, a national consensus was reached, and the National Action Plan (#NAP) was drafted to combat the country’s rampant spread of terrorism. In successive campaigns, the military reclaimed control...

Published Date: Nov 10, 2021
Anchor Brian Williams to leave NBC News next month

#23NewsBulletin – Brian Williams, a U.S. anchor, and journalist, will leave #NBC News and #MSNBC next month to spend more time with his family, #MSNBC President Rashida Jones announced in a memo on Tuesday. Williams’ time at #NBC, according to Jones, has been marked by breaking numerous major stories and attracting leading journalists and guests to his programmes. “Brian Williams has informed us that he would like to spend the coming months with his family. He’ll be leaving The 11th...

Published Date: Nov 10, 2021
Pakistan reports 8 COVID-19 deaths, 554 fresh cases in last 24 hours

#23NewsBulletin – According to figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre (#NCOC) on Wednesday morning, #Pakistan has reported eight more deaths and 554 infections from the coronavirus pandemic in the last 24 hours (Tuesday). According to the National Command and Operation Centre (#NCOC), 46,128 samples were tested during this time period, 554 of which were positive, resulting in a national positivity rate of 1.2 percent. The death toll from the pandemic has risen to 28,566 after eight more...

Published Date: Nov 10, 2021
Malala ties the knot in a small ceremony in UK

23NewsBulletin – #MalalaYousafzai, a Pakistani Nobel laureate, and rights activist announced on Tuesday that she had married in an intimate ceremony at her home in #Birmingham. “Today marks a precious day in my life. Asser and I tied the knot to be partners for life,” she said in a tweet. “We celebrated a small nikkah ceremony at home in #Birmingham with our families. Please send us your prayers. We are excited to walk together for the journey ahead,” she said....

Published Date: Nov 10, 2021
SC instructs completion of quake-hit schools in KPK by June 2022

#23NewsBulletin – The Supreme Court (#SC) ordered the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (#ERRA) on Tuesday to finish all under-construction school projects in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (#KP) by June 22. A three-member apex bench presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (#CJP) Gulzar Ahmed heard the case about the state of government schools in the province. The CJP expressed his displeasure with the #ERRA chairman and other officials, saying that the officers are only drawing their salaries, and went on to ask...

Published Date: Nov 9, 2021
Dollar rises to Rs172 in the interbank market

#23NewsBulletin – The #USdollar appreciated Rs1.3 against the rupee in the interbank market on Tuesday, reaching Rs172, up from the previous day’s closing rate of Rs170.7. According to Zafar Paracha, chairman of the Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan, the increase was caused by increased demand for the US dollar as a result of the International Monetary Fund’s (#IMF) loan programme being delayed. He predicted that the rupee would remain under pressure until the IMF agreement was confirmed. “It was expected...

Published Date: Nov 9, 2021
Pakistan commemorates the 144th birthday of national poet Allama Iqbal today

#23NewsBulletin – #Pakistan commemorates the 144th birth anniversary of national poet Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal with national zeal and fervor today. A change of guard ceremony was held at Allama Iqbal’s mausoleum in #Lahore, with a well-dressed contingent of the Pakistan Navy serving as a ceremonial guard. The ceremony’s chief guest was Pakistan Navy Station Commander Lahore Commodore Aamir Iqbal. He offered fateha and placed a floral wreath on the tomb. Several literary, educational, political, social, and cultural organizations have...

Published Date: Nov 9, 2021
Baluchistan’s government increases seed funding for BAEF to Rs2 billion

#23NewsBulletin – Baluchistan government has approved increasing the seed money for the Baluchistan Awami Endowment Fund (#BAEF) programme to Rs2 billion in order to provide the best health care facilities to the greatest number of poor people suffering from chronic diseases. According to a Baluchistan government official, #Baluchistan government has so far provided financial assistance to 1,426 poor patients suffering from chronic diseases through the BAEF programme. He added that the provincial government had initially allocated Rs 3 billion in...

Published Date: Nov 8, 2021
PM Khan decides to put up entire sugar stock for sale

#23NewsBulletin – #PrimeMinisterImranKhan stated on Monday that the government is doing everything possible to alleviate the burden on the poor and has implemented several schemes, including the Ehsas Ration Program, the Kamyab Pakistan Program, the #KissanCard, and other programmes to help the masses. During a meeting on price control chaired by Imran Khan, it was decided to sell the entire sugar stock in the market and begin sugarcane crushing across the country on November 15, with strict enforcement of crushing...

Published Date: Nov 8, 2021
Australia to tour Pakistan in March 2022 – PCB

#23NewsBulletin – The #Australian cricket team will visit #Pakistan in #March next year to play three Test matches, three ODIs, and one T20 match, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board (#PCB). According to the PCB’s schedule, the first Test match between the two teams will be played on March 3 in Karachi, and the second Test will be played on March 12-16 in #Rawalpindi. After 23 years, the Kangaroos are returning to #Pakistan. They last visited the country in 1998-99,...

Published Date: Nov 8, 2021
Udhaar Book, a digital bookkeeping app raises $6 million in seed funding

#23NewsBulletin – On Monday, it was revealed that #UdhaarBook, a digital bookkeeping app for small businesses in #Pakistan, had raised $6 million in seed funding. Fatima Gobi Ventures (#FGV), Plaid co-founder William Hockey’s Muir Capital, Tinder co-founder Justin Mateen’s JAM Fund, Commerce Ventures, Liberty City Ventures, Atlas Ventures, Integra Partners, Omri Dahan of Marqeta, and Immad Akhund of Mercury Bank all participated in the round. According to a press release, the funds will be used to expand the app’s ecosystem,...

Published Date: Nov 8, 2021
Pakistan’s legendary dhol player Pappu Sain dies in Lahore

#23NewsBulletin – Zulfiqar Ali, also known as #PappuSain, a well-known drummer, died on Sunday in #Lahore after a long illness. He had liver cancer and had been in the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute (#PKLI) for nearly a month. The deceased had been suffering from liver cancer for over two years and was rushed to the hospital after his health recently deteriorated. The Tamgha e Imtiaz recipient was reportedly admitted due to water buildup in his stomach as a...

Published Date: Nov 8, 2021
Ban on TLP lifted at request of Punjab government

#23NewsBulletin – The government has lifted the ban on the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (#TLP) “in the larger national interest” and in accordance with the “secret agreement” it signed with the group on October 31, following violent protests by the TLP to demand the release of its leader, Saad Rizvi. The interior ministry’s summary, which was circulated among cabinet members on Friday with the premier’s approval, was based on the TLP’s commitment and assurance to the government that it would abide by...

Published Date: Nov 8, 2021
IMF asks govt to further hike petroleum prices – Shaukat Tarin

#23NewsBulletin – Finance Minister #ShaukatTarin has hinted at another price hike of petroleum prices in coming days. Tarin said, “The International Monetary Fund [IMF] has also asked to increase the petroleum development levy [PDL], but it will depend on the global prices of petroleum products.” On Saturday’s primetime show, Shaukat Tarin stated that the global lender has asked Pakistani officials to increase the petroleum development levy, stating that it would be determined by global petroleum product prices. However, he stated...

Published Date: Nov 7, 2021
Covid-19 cases in Pakistan continue to fall

#23NewsBulletin – While 11 people died from #Covid-19 and 567 people became infected in the last 24 hours, the number of coronavirus cases has decreased tenfold since August of this year. According to analysts, Covid-19 has been largely controlled by the collective efforts of decision-makers from the platform of the National Command and Operation Centre (#NCOC). According to data, the national positivity rate, which was around 9% three months ago, fell to 1.2 percent on Saturday. There were a total...

Published Date: Nov 7, 2021
PEMRA instructs TV channels to show Pakistan’s map before airing the 9 p.m. bulletin.

#23NewsBulletin – According to a notification issued by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (#PEMRA), the government has mandated that all TV channels show #Pakistan map every day before airing the 9 p.m. news bulletin. “On a regular basis, all news channels (public and private) must flash the political map of Pakistan for 02 seconds before airing the news bulletin at 09:00 pm,” read PEMRA’s letter, titled “Streamlining Correct Use of Pakistan Political Map.” #23News  

Published Date: Nov 7, 2021
4.8 magnitude earthquake jolts Swat and neighboring areas in KP

#23NewsBulletin – In the early hours of Sunday, tremors of magnitude 4.8 on the Richter scale rattled #Swat and neighboring areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (#KP). According to the National Seismic Monitoring Centre (#NSMC), the moderate quake’s tremor had a depth of 120 kilometres and its epicenter was in Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush mountain range. There were no reports of casualties or property damage as a result of the earthquake. On September 26, a 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck the #Swat region and surrounding...

Published Date: Nov 7, 2021
Pakistan and Iran set a $5 billion trade target for 2023

#23NewsBulletin – #Pakistan and #Iran have agreed to take steps to boost annual trade to $5 billion by 2023. “The new trade target was understood during the ninth meeting of the Iran-Pakistan Joint Trade Committee held in #Tehran,” the commerce ministry said in an official statement released on Saturday. Reza Fatemi Amin, Iran’s Minister of Industry, Mines, and Trade, stated that both countries were determined to increase annual trade exchanges. The minister emphasized the importance of accurate programming in order...

Published Date: Nov 7, 2021
Roshan Digital Account raises $2.7 billion in 14 months

#23NewsBulletin – Since its launch in September 2020, inflows through Roshan Digital Accounts (#RDAs) have reached $2.7 billion in October, reflecting the growing confidence of overseas Pakistanis despite the global COVID-19-related slowdown. During this time, 68 percent, or more than $1.834 billion, was invested in the high-return Naya Pakistan Certificate (#NPC). In terms of dollars, the three-, six-, and twelve-month NPCs offer profit rates of 5.5pc, 6pc, and 6.5pc, respectively. The return on a three- and five-year certificate is 6.75pc...

Published Date: Nov 7, 2021
Taliban confirms deaths of four women in northern Afghanistan.

#23NewsBulletin – A spokesman for Afghanistan’s #Taliban government said on Saturday that four women were found dead in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, following reports that activists had been killed. The four bodies were discovered at a house in the city’s fifth police district, according to interior ministry spokesman #QariSaeedKhosti in a video statement. “During their initial interrogation, the arrested people admitted that they invited the women to the house.” “More investigations are being conducted, and the case has been...

Published Date: Nov 6, 2021
A 400-year-old copy of Mona Lisa will be auctioned off next week.

#23NewsBulletin – A faithful copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s #MonaLisa from more than 400 years ago will go under the hammer at a #Paris auction on Tuesday, months after another copy of one of the world’s most famous portraits sold for a record price. The original, which French King #Francois I purchased from #Leonardo in 1518, is housed in Paris’ Louvre museum and is not for sale. However, the copy on sale, which dates from around 1600, is so similar...

Published Date: Nov 6, 2021
Bail granted to several TLP leaders by ATC

#23NewsBulletin – On Saturday, a Lahore anti-terrorism court (#ATC) granted bail to several leaders of the banned Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (#TLP) in several cases filed against them. The bail applications hearings were done in courtrooms 1 and 3 of the #ATC by Judge Ijaz Ahmed Butter and Judge Hussain Bhutta, respectively, in more than 20 cases that were grouped together. #TLP members were charged with terrorism-related sections at various police stations in #Lahore. The cases were filed following violent clashes between...

Published Date: Nov 6, 2021
Dengue fever cases increasing at an alarming rate in Pakistan

#23NewsBulletin – During the last 24 hours, 561 #dengue cases were reported in #Punjab and 183 in #KhyberPakhtunkhwa. So far, nine people in #KP and 63 in #Punjab have died as a result of the virus. Dengue fever cases have also increased in #Islamabad. Other parts of the country, such as #Sindh and KPK, have seen an alarming increase in dengue cases. #23News  

Published Date: Nov 6, 2021
Pakistan receives new LNG bids at historic expensive rates

#23NewsBulletin – Pakistan LNG Limited (#PLL) received five bids from international LNG trading companies for two spot LNG cargoes to be delivered in the last 11 days of the current month on Friday, with higher prices ranging from $29.8966 to $31.0566 per #MMBTU. The country received the lowest bid from Vitol Bahrain for November 19-20 at $29.8966 per MMBTU followed by #QatarPetroleum Trading at $30.05 per MMBTU. The PLL board of directors met for hours to decide whether or not...

Published Date: Nov 6, 2021
Nepra authorizes the govt to notify base power tariff hike

#23NewsBulletin – To meet another requirement of the #IMF programme, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (#Nepra) granted the federal government permission on Friday to notify an Rs1.68 per unit increase in base power tariff for all residential consumers and Rs1.39 per unit increase for all other consumer categories, effective November 1. The higher tariff would apply to all power companies in the country, including #K-Electric, but all residential customers with monthly consumption of fewer than 200 units would be...

Published Date: Nov 6, 2021
Sugar prices have skyrocketed to Rs. 160 per kg

#23NewsBulletin – #Sugar prices rose to a record high of up to Rs160 per kilo in #retail markets across the #country on Thursday, owing to an “artificial shortage” of the sweetener allegedly created by sugar mill owners and traders. In #Lahore, the wholesale price of a 100kg bag reached Rs15, 000 as local stocks ran out and speculative pressure mounted on the price. Similar inflated rates were reported from #Karachi, #Peshawar, #Rawalpindi, and other parts of the country, with minor...

Published Date: Nov 5, 2021
College in Swat denies admission to over 2800 girls

#23NewsBulletin – The only postgraduate college in Saidu Sharif (#Swat) denied admission of over 2800 girls due to lack of seats. According to the girl students, and their parents who applied for admission to various BS disciplines, they were denied admission due to the lack of seats at the Postgraduate Girls College Saidu Sharif. They claimed that there was only one girl’s college for the 784,000 residents of the tehsils of #Barikot and #Babozai and that despite receiving high grades...

Published Date: Nov 5, 2021
Late Paul Newman tells his own story in a newly discovered memoir

#23NewsBulletin – According to the publisher #Knopf, a newly discovered memoir by #Hollywood legend Paul Newman, which gracefully discusses fame, marriage, and aging, will be published next year. #Newman, one of the biggest stars of the 1960s and 1970s, began writing memoirs in the 1980s to counter the relentless media attention to him. Before his death in 2008, he never published his autobiography. According to #Knopf, the untitled memoirs will cover the “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” star’s thoughts...

Published Date: Nov 5, 2021
Govt raises petroleum prices by Rs 8.14 litres

#23NewsBulletin – To ensure the revival of the #IMF programme, the government increased petroleum prices by up to Rs8.14 per litre with immediate effect on Thursday night, setting a new record. The decision was announced by the Ministry of Finance on Friday. The #primeminister had put the increase on hold earlier this week in response to a protest by the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (#TLP). The government raised the price of #petrol and high-speed diesel by Rs8.03 and Rs8.14 per litre, respectively,...

Published Date: Nov 5, 2021
United Kingdom becomes the first country to approve an anti-Covid pill

#23NewsBulletin – The #UnitedKingdom has become the first country to approve a “game-changing” antiviral pill that can be taken at home to treat #COVID-19. The #Merck’s antiviral drug can be used to treat patients with mild to moderate #coronavirus, as said by the regulators. “Today is a historic day for our country,” Javid said. “The United Kingdom is now the first country in the world to approve an antiviral that can be taken at home for #COVID-19.” The approval in...

Published Date: Nov 5, 2021
Gary Ballance admits using a racial slur against his ex-teammate Azeem Rafiq

#23NewsBulletin –#GaryBallance, a former England cricketer, admitted calling his ex-Yorkshire teammate and ‘best mate’ #AzeemRafiq a ‘P**i’ on Wednesday night. #Ballance, who played 23 Tests and 16 one-day internationals between 2013 and 2017, issued a statement on Wednesday in which he admitted to being responsible for some of the offensive and derogatory terms that Rafiq claimed he was subjected to at #Headingley. The 31-year-old referred to his “incredibly close relationship” with Rafiq during their time at the club, saying both...

Published Date: Nov 4, 2021
Faisal Qureshi survives a deadly car accident in Dubai

#23NewsBulletin – #FaysalQuraishi is keeping fans updated on his health following a fatal car accident. The star, who is currently in #Dubai for the #PISAAwards, took to #Instagram on Wednesday to show fans a video of an accident he had while commuting in a taxi. Despite assuring fans that he is doing well, Faysal admitted that the accident was a close call. Nonetheless, #Dil-e-Momin fans are sending their love and well-being to their favorite actor. As soon as the 48-year-old...

Published Date: Nov 4, 2021
Diana Ross teases her first music video in over a decade

#23NewsBulletin – Diana Ross, has teased her first music video in over a decade as she prepares to release her new gratitude-themed studio album #ThankYou later this week. #Ross, who rose to fame in the 1960s as the lead singer of Motown Records’ hugely successful female group The Supremes, recorded the video for the new song ‘All Is Well.’ The full video for “All Is Well” will be released in conjunction with her album. #AmandaDemme directed the video in collaboration...

Published Date: Nov 4, 2021
West Indies cricket team to visit Pakistan in December

#23NewsBulletin – The Pakistan Cricket Board (#PCB) confirmed on Thursday that the #WestIndies will play three #Twenty20 Internationals and as many One-Day Internationals (#ODIs) in #Karachi from December 13 to 22. “The West Indies Men’s White Ball Tour to Pakistan in December has been confirmed. Cricket West Indies (#CWI) wishes to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board (#PCB) as well as our own cricket operations, medical, and security teams for their efforts in organizing this tour “CWI CEO Johnny Grave stated...

Published Date: Nov 4, 2021
Queen Elizabeth flown to Sandringham after  doctors’ clearance

#23NewsBulletin – The #Queen flew out of #WindsorCastle today by helicopter to spend the weekend at #Sandringham, her country estate in #Norfolk. Doctors cleared the 95-year-old monarch to travel after she spent several days resting at her Berkshire home due to exhaustion. The Queen was said to be “delighted” to be able to travel to her mini-break, which had been planned for some time. Her Majesty withdrew from a planned visit to the historic Cop26 climate change conference in #Glasgow...

Published Date: Nov 4, 2021
Lawmakers to be briefed about national security issues by the military

#23NewsBulletin – National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser on Wednesday convened an in-camera meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (#PCNS) on Nov 8 for a briefing by military officials on the current national security issues. The meeting will be held at 11 am at the main hall of the National Assembly for which invitations have been sent to more than 80 people, including #MNAs, senators, members of the federal cabinet, four provincial chief ministers, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir...

Published Date: Nov 4, 2021
PTA and TikTok agree to establish a mechanism for the provision of legal content

#23NewsBulletin – The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has agreed to collaborate with #TikTok to establish a mechanism to ensure that all content uploaded on the platform is legal and safe for society. On the orders of the courts, the #Chinese video-sharing platform was banned in the country for uploading objectionable content that is not acceptable in Pakistani society. #TikTok Head of Public Policy #HelenaLersch met retired Maj Gen Amir Azeem Bajwa, Chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (#PTA), at the PTA...

Published Date: Nov 4, 2021
Number of dengue fever cases in Pakistan continues to rise

#23NewsBulletin – Dengue fever has spread throughout the country, with two more people dying of the disease in #Punjab today (Thursday). In the last 24 hours, 462 new #dengue cases have been reported, according to details. According to the secretary of health, 331 patients in #Lahore have been diagnosed with fever, while 54 cases have been reported in #Rawalpindi, 17 in #Gujranwala, and nine in #Kasur. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), however, 227 more people have died from dengue, bringing the...

Published Date: Nov 4, 2021
At least 22 people killed as bus falls into ravine in AJK

#23NewsBulletin – According to police and witnesses, at least 22 people were killed and more than nine were injured when a passenger bus crashed into a ravine in Azad Jammu Kashmir’s Pallandri area on Wednesday. According to witnesses, the 40-seat coaster began its journey from tehsil headquarters #Baloch and developed a technical fault after only seven kilometres, when it first hit the mountain on the left side of the road, then abruptly turned right and fell more than 500 metres...

Published Date: Nov 3, 2021
Prime Minister announces ‘big public relief package’ in today’s address to the nation

#23NewsBulletin – #PrimeMinisterImranKhan stated on Wednesday that Pakistan’s inflation rate has remained at 9% this year, while it has risen to 50% in other countries. “The media and the opposition must examine whether price increases in the country were caused by domestic factors or by global inflation,” he said, citing the Global Commodity Index. Given the exponential global inflation figures, the premier added that analysts must maintain a balance in their analysis. “However, the government is working hard to keep...

Published Date: Nov 3, 2021
The power to remove NAB chairman vested with the President

#23NewsBulletin – The government has made another U-turn on the removal of the chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (#NAB) by omitting the forum provided for in Article 209 of the Constitution. The Supreme Judicial Council (#SJC) was mandated to remove the chairman by significant amendments to the National Accountability Ordinance, 1999 (#NAO) made by the government one month ago. The National Accounta­bility (Third Amendment) Ordinance 2021, which was promulgated on October 31, went into effect immediately, and the am­endments...

Published Date: Nov 3, 2021
Government departments barred from purchasing land for housing projects.

#23NewsBulletin – On Tuesday, the government prohibited all federal institutions from acquiring land for housing purposes, as well as eliminating all quotas in government housing schemes, except for its own employees. The decision was made at a cabinet meeting presided over by #PrimeMinisterImranKhan. It claimed that, despite unprecedented #inflation, #Pakistani prices for essential items were still lower than those in the entire South Asian region, including #India, #Bangladesh, and #Afghanistan. The cabinet was informed that Prime Minister Khan would unveil...

Published Date: Nov 3, 2021
Pakistan might face massive gas crises

#23NewsBulletin – In a shocking development, two LNG trading companies, #GUNVOR and #ENI have willfully defaulted on their commitment to providing #Pakistan with two LNG cargoes for massive monetary gains of up to 200% profit in the international spot market for the current month of November 2021. According to the terms of the agreements with Pakistan LNG Limited (#PLL), ENI of #Italy to deliver the LNG cargo on November 26-27, and #Singapore-GUNVOR on November 19-20. Both companies have backed out...

Published Date: Nov 2, 2021
NBP assures customers that their financial data has not been compromised

#23NewsBulletin – Following a cyber-attack on its IT infrastructure on the night of October 29, the National Bank of Pakistan (#NBP) assured customers on Sunday that their financial data had not been compromised and had “remained protected, confidential, and secure.” The State Bank of Pakistan (#SBP) said in a tweet on Friday that the NBP had “reported a cyber-security-related incident which is being investigated.” Following that, the NBP issued a statement saying, “In the late hours of October 29th and early...

Published Date: Nov 2, 2021
Lahore declared as the world’s most polluted city.

#23NewsBulletin –  The provincial capital was declared as the most polluted city in the world on Monday, far ahead of its traditional rival #NewDelhi: the official air quality index (#AQI) of Lahore was reported at 289 (as per the average between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.) and international monitoring bodies put the score at 397. With 187, New Delhi was less than half as polluted as Lahore. Individual areas of #Lahore fared worse, with #KotLakhpat (industrial area) exceeding 500, Fatehgarh...

Published Date: Nov 2, 2021
Pakistan’s inflation rate reached 9.2 percent in October due to the rise in global commodities

#23NewsBulletin – The upward trend in consumer prices continued in October, with inflation rising to 9.2 percent from 9 percent in September, owing to faster rupee depreciation and rising energy prices last month, according to Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (#PBS) data released on Monday. #Inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (#CPI), rose to its highest level in four months, during which the global oil prices continued to rise steadily, undermining earlier gains. At the same time, prices for...

Published Date: Nov 2, 2021
Pakistan to face massive energy crises this winters

#23NewsBulletin – With Liquefied Petroleum Gas (#LPG) prices reaching Rs217 per kg, up 67 percent year on year, the government was scrambling on Monday to address energy shortages as winter approaches, despite suppliers of Liquefied Natural Gas (#LNG) failing to deliver committed cargoes. Energy Minister Hammad Azhar held back-to-back meetings with relevant companies in the energy supply chain, #power and #petroleum divisions, and the finance ministry to deal with supply shortages by diverting gas from the southern to northern regions,...

Published Date: Nov 2, 2021
PM advises PTI leaders to support Azam Swati and Fawad Chaudhry

#23NewsBulletin – #PrimeMinisterImranKhan expressed his displeasure on Monday with the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (#ECP) ‘grilling’ of two federal ministers and directed other leaders of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (#PTI) to stand by them in the matter. However, the prime minister barred PTI leaders from commenting on the government’s latest agreement with the banned Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (#TLP), citing a source who claimed that PM Khan wanted to keep the TLP chief behind bars. Furthermore, Mr. Khan stated that the government...

Published Date: Nov 2, 2021
Babar Azam celebrated his birthday in the air en-route to Dubai

#23NewsBulletin – Babar Azam’s birthday was celebrated 36,000ft in the air by the Pakistani Cricket Team on their way to Dubai for the ICC Men’s World Cup. A custom-made cake embellished with a blue and gold crown and a lion’s picture depicting the skipper as the king was presented to him. The air hostess announced, “Ladies and gentlemen, en-route to Dubai, this is of immense [pleasure] to announce that, at the height of 36,000 feet, we are celebrating the birthday...

Published Date: Oct 20, 2021
Blast at Afghanistan’s Kandahar mosque kills at least 32 people.

#23NewsBulletin – A suicide bombing at a Shi’ite mosque in the southern Afghan city of #Kandahar during Friday prayers killed at least 32 people and wounded 53 people. “We are saddened to learn that an explosion took place in a mosque of the Shia brotherhood in the first district of Kandahar city in which a number of our compatriots were martyred and wounded,” Interior Ministry spokesman Qari Saeed Khosti said in his tweet. “Special forces of the Islamic Emirate have...

Published Date: Oct 20, 2021
Cinemas to reopen across country from today

#23NewsBulletin – The National Command and Operation Center (#NCOC) has allowed the revival of cinema houses across the nation from today, issuing guidelines related to strict adherence to Covid-19 SOPs and making vaccinations of the staff and patrons mandatory. In March 2020, cinemas were closed after the first few cases of Covid-19 were detected in the country. Cinemas and shrines are to be operational from today, October 16, till October 31, and a further course of action will be decided...

Published Date: Oct 20, 2021
Foodpanda CEO expects to reach breakeven in 2023.

#23NewsBulletin – In a recent interview with Dawn, #Foodpanda Pakistan CEO Nauman Sikandar Mirza stated that the company has been progressing at an annualised rate of more than 50 per cent for the last three years, and he expects that the company will reach breakeven in 2023. “We haven’t hit the breakeven yet. Pakistan is geographically spread out. So the expansion is not as cost-effective as it is in other countries,” said Mr Mirza. Mr Mirza revealed that the company’s...

Published Date: Oct 20, 2021
Lahore witnesses a sharp increase in dengue cases

#23NewsBulletin – The number of dengue-positive cases and critical patients in #Lahore continues to rise as a result of ‘pathetic’ mosquito-control efforts done by the authorities. According to official figures shared at a meeting, the occupancy of the beds reserved for dengue patients in the city’s seven teaching hospitals has reached 100%. Jinnah Hospital is considered to be the most crowded health facilitator, where more than two patients with dengue are sharing the bed, whereas others are lying on stretchers...

Published Date: Oct 20, 2021
Nadra allows women to choose their surname after marriage.

#23NewsBulletin – In Annual Rural Women’s Conference in Islamabad, the chairman #TariqMalik of ‘The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra)’ stated that a new policy is introduced in which women are allowed to choose if they want to replace their father’s name with their husband’s name after marriage. He further revealed that a special department has been set up which comprises of female numbers for framing a policy for the registration of women with Nadra for the acquisition of a...

Published Date: Oct 20, 2021
Petrol price hiked by Rs10 per litre by the government

#23NewsBulletin – On Saturday, the petrol price had been raised by Rs10.49 per litre and high-speed diesel (HSD) by Rs12.44 per litre by the federal government. The new prices of petrol, i.e. Rs137.79 per litre while high-speed diesel will be sold for Rs134.48 are to be effective from 16th October (today) as issued in a notification by the Finance Division. The notification also declared that in the international market the oil prices have increased around $85 a barrel, which is...

Published Date: Oct 20, 2021
Taliban to announce plans for girls’ education ‘soon’ – UN

#23NewsBulletin – According to a senior United Nations official, the #Taliban will announce a framework that allows girls to attend school in Afghanistan “soon”, after four weeks in which Afghan boys have been allowed secondary education, but girls have not. “The de facto minister of education told us that they are working on a framework, which they will announce soon, that will allow all girls to go to secondary school, and we are expecting that to happen very soon,” UNICEF...

Published Date: Oct 20, 2021