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Day: November 11, 2020

(National): Punjab Assembly fails to transact agenda due to opposition’s protest

Lahore:The Punjab Assembly could not address its agenda on Wednesday due to the protest by opposition lawmakers who were agitating against the reply of Minister for Law regarding demands of farmers, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet.   The House met for 39 minutes. The sitting started at 1626 hours against the scheduled time of 1400 hours. The Speaker presided over the entire sitting. The Deputy Speaker was not present. The Leaders of the House and Opposition did not attend the sitting.   As many as 14 (4%) MPAs were present at the outset and 107 (29%) at the adjournment of the sitting. Parliamentary leader of PPPP attended the proceedings. Four out of eight minority lawmakers attended the sitting.   The House neither co...

(CITY): Deal signed to register home-based workers in Sindh

KARACHI:The Home Based Women Workers Federation and the Labor and Human Resource Department of the Sindh government signed a memorandum of understanding to register the home-based workers in the province.   According to the HBWWF general secretary Zehra Khan, the registration drive will enable the home-based workers to avail the social security benefits, marriage and death grants as well as the right to unionize for collective bargaining.   To remark this day as one of the biggest milestone in the movement for the rights of the working class, a ceremony was held at the Hotel Mehran in Karachi in which the government representatives, labor and human rights activists and home-based workers were present.   Speaking on the occasion, Farhat Parveen, the executiv...

Transfer and posting

QUETTA:Aqeel Ahmed (BCS/BS-17), Assistant Commissioner, Jhal Magsi has been transferred and posted as Assistant Commissioner, Turbat vice Khurram Khalid.   Khurram Khalid (BCS/BS-17), Assistant Commissioner, Turbat has been transferred and directed to report to S$GAD while Muhammad Ejaz Sarwar (PAS/BS-17), Assistant Commissioner, Gandawah District Jhal Magsi has been assigned the additional charge of the post of Assistant Commissioner, Jhal Magsi vice Aqeel Ahmed till posting of regular incumbent, says a notification issued by Government of Balochistan, Services and General Administration Department.

Pneumonia biggest infectious killer: Experts

KARACHI:Health experts believe that Pneumonia is a huge burden on Pakistan’s healthcare system as it is the single biggest infectious killer of adults and children. Lack of awareness, in society and among caregivers, is contributing towards the hike in fatalities.   President Pakistan Chest Society, Dr Nisar Rao, said in his statement issued in connection of World Pneumonia Day, held each year on 12 November. He said that Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs and is one of the world’s leading causes of death. In 2019 alone, it claimed 2.5 million lives.   He said, “The COVID-19 pandemic is dramatically increasing pneumonia deaths as COVID-19 could add 1.9 million to the death toll this year. This could increase ‘all-cause’ pneumonia deaths by more than 75%. No other ...

Nomination of focal persons

QUETTA:Chief Minister Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan has directed all Administrative Secretaries of the province to nominate Additional Secretaries of their respective Departments (Development) as Focal Person for better coordination with the Departments on development initiatives and updates for development schemes/ initiative being undertaken under Federal and Provincial PSDP.   Jam Kamal Khan further directs that Additional Secretaries (Development) would be responsible for coordination and liaison with the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.

Short Order: SHC bars PMC from holding MBBS entry test on 15 Nov

KARACHI:In its short judgment, the Sindh High Court (SHC) on barred Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) from holding MBBS entry test for medical colleges on November 15 after the differences of Centre and provinces over the matter.   The high court announced its short verdict in the light of the completion of arguments from the counsels representing the petitioners. The court ordered the PMC to cancel the entry test schedule for medical colleges for November 15 and directed it to establish an academic board and authority within 15 days.   A two-member bench of the SHC, headed by Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar and comprising Justice Adnan Iqbal Chaudhry, heard the joint petitions. The first petition was filed by Peoples University of Medical and Health Sciences for Women an...