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Friday, July 31st, 2020


WHO tells countries there is no ‘zero risk’ as travel bans ease


World Health Organisation (WHO) has said countries need to careful as they prepare to ease coronavirus travel restriction as there is no “zero risk” strategy. In a long-awaited update to its guidance on travel, the United Nations global health agency said cross-border trips for emergencies, humanitarian work, the transfer of essential personnel and repatriation would constitute essential travel. “There is no ‘zero risk’ when considering the potential importation or exportation of cases in the context of international travel,” it said in the updated guidance posted on its website on Thursday.Read More

Afridi names Stokes as his favourite all-rounder at the moment


Prolific Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi has named England’s Ben Stokes as his favourite all-rounder at the moment. The talismanic Pakistan all-rounder made the statement during an interactive session on Twitter. The all-rounder picked skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma as his favourite batsmen from India. He believes MS Dhoni was a better captain than Australia’s Ricky Ponting as “he developed a new team full of youngsters”. Boom Boom added that West Indies batting legend Sir Vivian Richards is his favourite batsman of all time. He added that former teammate Saeed AnwarRead More

Canadian visa centres in Pakistan to reopen on August 3


The Canadian Visa Application Centre in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi will reopen from August 3 onwards, it confirmed on July 29. The centre, however, will provide limited services for the time being. This includes biometric verification of instruction letter holders, return decision envelopes to applicants and taking permanent resident travel document via post/courier. The visa centres were closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. More than 278,240 people have tested positive for the virus in Pakistan.

Pakistan, China’s Fujian Province hold online trade conference


DNA ISLAMABAD, July 31: Pakistan and China should focus on promoting direct business linkages between their entrepreneurs to further enhance bilateral trade and explore JVs in potential areas of mutual interest between the two countries. This was stated by Muhammad Ahmed Waheed, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry while delivering his message to China. Gwadar Pro reported on Friday that Fujian – Pakistan Two-Way Trade Online Promotion Conference that was organized by the Department of Commerce of Fujian Province of China in collaboration with the Consulate General of PakistanRead More

President of Uzbekistan signs a decree to increase the size of pensions and benefits


Tashkent, Uzbekistan — President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a decree to increase the size of pensions and benefits. According to the decree, Uzbekistan plans to increase pensions and benefits by 10% from 1 September. The basic amount of the pension calculation from 1 September will be 262,470 soums per month, the minimum old-age pension – 513,350 soums per month, benefits for disabled people from childhood – 513,350 soums (466,680 soums). The minimum allowance for the elderly and disabled citizens who do not have the required work experience will be 315,030Read More

Pakistan will stand with Kashmiris till final victory: Shah Mehmood Qureshi


ISLAMABAD : Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for the Kashmiris’ struggle for independence from Indian rule and said that the country will stand by the people of the besieged valley till its final victory. Addressing a press conference in Islamabad flanked by Information Minister Shibli Faraz and Special Assistant for National Security Moeed Yousuf, the federal minister regretted that no one other than the Kashmiris themselves knows exactly what has happened during the past one year of the brutal clampdown in the Himalayan region byRead More