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Wednesday, April 8th, 2020


Pakistan extends visas of all foreigners till April 30


ISLAMABAD, APR 8 –  Pakistan has extended visas of all foreign nationals in the country until April 30, its interior ministry said Wednesday. Visas of foreigners that had expired since March 15 would now be valid until April 30, the ministry said in a statement. The decision was made keeping the coronavirus situation in view, according to the statement. The ministry hoped that these foreign nationals would not have to face any difficulties. The order and its details can be found on the National Database and Registration Authority’s website. TheRead More

Effective coordination between center, provinces must to protect rural economy amidst COVID-19 crisis: Experts


ISLAMABAD, APR 8 (DNA) – Owing to lack of functional and effective local body infrastructure, particularly in Punjab province, it seems that the government is failing to reach out and providing relief to poor and marginalized communities in the rural areas amidst COVID-19 crisis. The next wave of the pandemic in Pakistan would be our rural areas and to protect the agri-worker and rural economy, the federal government must ensure effective coordination through Council of Common Interest (CCI) and ensure preparedness at tehsil and union council levels. This was theRead More

Pakistan to open Torkham, Chaman border crossing points thrice a week


ISLAMABAD, APR 8 (DNA) – Responding to Afghanistan Government’s special request, and based on humanitarian considerations, it has been decided to facilitate movement of cargo trucks and containers to cross-over into Afghanistan through Torkham and Chaman border crossing points thrice a week (on Monday, Wednesday and Friday) from 10 April 2020 onwards. This step is being taken following consultations and coordination between both sides as per agreed upon protocols.   As a neighbour and in view of fraternal relations, Pakistan remains in abiding solidarity with the people of Afghanistan, particularlyRead More

US dollar gains 40 paisa against rupee in interbank market


KARACHI, APR 08 (DNA) – The US dollar Wednesday gained 40 paisa against the Pakistani rupee in the interbank market to trade at Rs 168.30.   The Pakistani currency has depreciated by over 5.4 percent since lockdown due to novel coronavirus against the greenback which has surged by more than Rs 9.6 in last 18 days. Let it be known that the US dollar had on March 20, 2020 closed at 158.67 rupees. = DNA ============================

Telemedicine helpline to be expanded to all parts of country: Alvi

LAHORE, APR 8: President Arif Alvi inaugurating the telemedicine centre for women at University of Health Sciences.=DNA PHOTO

LAHORE, APR 08 (DNA) – President Dr Arif Alvi announced on Wednesday that telemedicine helpline project will be expanded to all parts of Pakistan after the elimination of coronavirus pandemic.   President Dr Arif Alvi made the announcement after getting a briefing over the telemedicine helpline project at Punjab’s Governor House. He said that the project gave many benefits which saved time of patients and it will be continued even after the elimination of COVID-19 pandemic across the country.   The president also vowed to implement the same project acrossRead More

Babar Awan takes charge as Advisor to PM for Parliamentary Affairs


ISLAMABAD, APR 08 (DNA) – Babar Awan on Wednesday took charge as Advisor to Prime Minister for Parliamentary Affairs.   According to details, Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan has appointed him to expedite the process of meaningful legislation. After taking charge, Babar Awan has demanded details of pending legislations in the parliament.   Secretary of the ministry briefed him. He was told that there are 35 and 8 pending bills in Standing Committees of National Assembly and Senate respectively. = DNA ============================