Friday, February 3

Day: November 25, 2020

(CITY): COVID claims eight more lives in Sindh

KARACHI:Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that eight more coronavirus patients died overnight in Sindh, lifting the death toll to 2,864 while 1,348 new cases emerged when 12,159 samples were tested. This was stated by Shah in a statement issued here on Wednesday. He added that eight more patients died overnight, lifting the death toll to 2,864 that constituted 1.8 percent death rate.   He said that 12,159 samples were tested which diagnosed 1,348 new cases that constituted 11 percent current detection rate. He added that so far 1,929,972 tests have been conducted against which 167,381 cases were detected, of them 88 per cent or 147,564 patients have recovered, including 607 overnight.   Shah said currently. 16,953 patients are under treatment, of them ...

UNHCR organizes activities to mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

ISLAMABAD:UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency organizes a number of activities across Pakistan in collaboration with UN agencies, its partners and refugees to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence - an international campaign that runs from 25 November through 10 December every year.   According to a UN Information Centre Islamabad statement, individuals, institutions and organizations across the world plan activities to highlight that violence against women is a breach of human rights, calling for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.   To support this initiative, started by the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991, the United Nations Secretary-General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women campaign by 20...

UNDP reviews progress of KP glacial lake uplift project

Islamabad:UNDP in Pakistan held the second Provincial Project Steering Committee (PPSC) meeting for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to review the progress of the Scaling up of Glacial Lake Outburst Flood Risk Reduction in Northern Pakistan (GLOF-II) Project.   Chaired by Nauman Afridi, Chief Economist, Planning and Development Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the agenda of the meeting was to review the progress of the Annual Work Plan (AWP) 2020, endorse the most vulnerable valleys under the project, and to review the AWP for 2021, in consultation with the Provincial PSC members.   Attendees of the meeting included Chief Foreign-Aid, Representatives of line Departments, PDMA, PMD, Agriculture, Forest and Environment, and GLOF-II Project members. Following the welcome remarks...

Where is Karachi Package? Enormous drive soon against dull infrastructure

KARACHI:The Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) and Site Association of Industry (SAI) have agreed to initiate a massive campaign in the social and mainstream media in which the overall pathetic state of the infrastructure in Site industrial zone will be highlighted and also the failure of both, the federal and provincial governments, to provide any kind of relief in this regard.   At a meeting during the visit of SAI delegation to KCCI, President KCCI M Shariq Vohra and President SAI Abdul Hadi consented to film and disseminate short video clippings of all the broken roads, sewerage lines and other infrastructure issues being suffered by the business and industrial community of the oldest and largest industrial zone of the city as well as other industrial areas of K...

Glowing tribute paid to Allama Iqbal

KARACHI:Two-day International Conference on ‘The Relevance of Iqbal’s Quranic Wisdom on Youth Education and Development” was organized by Bahria University Islamabad Campus.   According to a press PN release, the objective of the event was to pay tribute and inculcate the philosophy of Allama Muhammad Iqbal in the young generation. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi graced the occasion as the chief guest of the Inaugural session through video link.   Eminent Speakers included Senator Waleed Iqbal, Guest of Honor Ambassador of Turkey, Ihsan Mustafa Yurdakul, Guest of Honor Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Iran, Seyed Mohammad Ali Hossein, Dr. Baseera Ambreen, Director Iqbal Academy, Professor Dr. Moeenuddin Nizam, and Professor Dr. Shahid Siddq...

Removal of taxes on industrial raw materials demanded

KARACHI:Mian Anjum Nisar, President of The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) said in a statement on Wednesday that the amendments cover limited industrial raw materials for inclusion in the 12th Schedule through SRO 1240(1)/2020 dated 20" November 2020.   Federal Board of Revenue has allowed a list of industrial raw materials for benefits under the 12 Schedule. The anomalies committee of FBR declared very few raw materials not to be included in the finished goods and allowed to pay two percent income tax instead of 5.5 percent, this of course resolves an important issue of commercial importers but there is still a long list of raw materials to be considered the same way.   The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry has ...