Prime Minister will visit GB today to review relief efforts and losses caused by floods 

Islamabad, September 02, 2022 (PPI-OT):Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will visit Gilgit Baltistan today (Friday) to review the ongoing rescue and relief efforts and the losses caused by floods in the area. The Prime Minister will be given a detailed briefing about rains and floods in Gilgit. Afterwards, he will visit Ghizer. He will also meet the flood victims after taking an aerial view of the affected areas.

For more information, contact:
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Government of Pakistan
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Pakistan wants good relations with every country: President

Islamabad, September 02, 2022 (PPI-OT):President Dr. Arif Alvi says Pakistan wants good relations with every country particularly at the time when the world is facing economic turmoil. In an interview with Turkish news agency Anadolu, he said being an independent country, Pakistan is not looking for any polarization and does not want to be in any camp.

On Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s upcoming visit to Pakistan this month, he said Pakistan and Turkiye have a very deep, long-lasting relationship. To a question, the President said Pakistan has been looking for peace but India’s actions in Kashmir are a serious setback to peace.

He said we believe that Kashmir issue should be settled according to the United Nations resolutions. Dr Arif Alvi said at the same time, Pakistan is also concerned about the onslaught on Indian Muslims by the ruling BJP party and the Muslim world is also concerned about the way Muslims are being isolated in India.

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Turkiye delegation in Islamabad to express solidarity with Pakistan facing floods challenge

Islamabad, September 02, 2022 (PPI-OT):A Turkiye delegation led by Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and Environment Minister Murat Kurum arrived in Islamabad this morning to express solidarity with Pakistan facing the challenge of floods. Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal received the delegation at the airport.

Speaking to the media on the occasion, the Minister for Planning expressed his gratitude to the leadership and people of Turkiye for extending support to Pakistan in the hour of trial. He said we will never forget Turkiye’s spirit of sharing the pain of Pakistani people.

Turkiye is sending relief goods to Pakistan via aircraft and rail. The visiting Interior Minister informed the Minister for Planning that prayers will be offered for Pakistan today after Friday prayers in ninety thousand mosques of Turkiye.

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Government of Pakistan
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National Solar Energy Initiative will provide massive relief to people: Prime Minister

Islamabad, September 02, 2022 (PPI-OT):Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif says National Solar Energy Initiative will provide massive relief to people and save precious foreign exchange. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said as part of the plan to generate ten thousand megawatts solar power, the government has decided to call pre-bid conference of all stakeholders next week. He said government buildings and tube wells running on diesel will be shifted to solar. Shehbaz Sharif said power plants operating on diesel, coal and furnace oil will be partially replaced.

He said a major chunk of electricity is produced from imported fuel whose prices have gone up in recent months. The Prime Minister said National Solar Energy Initiative is aimed at substituting costly energy with cheap solar power.

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Government of Pakistan
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Prime Minister receives Ministerial Delegation from Turkiye 

Islamabad, September 02, 2022 (PPI-OT):Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif received Turkish Minister for Interior, Suleiman Soylu, and Turkish Minister for Environment, Urbanisation and Climate Change, Murat Kurum, Chairman of Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management (AFAD), Director General for Turkish Low-Cost Housing Agency (TOKI) and accompanying delegation, today.

The Prime Minister expressed his profound gratitude to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his phone call to offer sympathies and condolences over the human and material losses due to the floods and reaffirm Turkiye’s commitment to extend all possible support and dealing with this climate-induced calamity.

Immediately following President Erdogan’s phone call, the Prime Minister noted, Turkiye sent humanitarian relief assistance to Pakistan in the form of tents, food items, medicines and emergency relief goods for the flood victims. So far, 11 Turkish military aircraft and 02 ‘Goodness Trains’ had been dispatched.

The Prime Minister recalled Turkiye’s steadfast support and assistance to Pakistan during the 2005 earthquake and 2010 floods. He underlined that Turkiye and Pakistan were “two hearts, with one soul” and had always supported each other during difficult times. Apprising the delegation of the catastrophe caused by Flash floods, the Prime Minister stated that Pakistan was threatened with food insecurity in the country as millions of crops were devastated by the floods.

The Prime Minister looked forward to Turkiye’s assistance and overcoming the challenges caused by massive destruction to country’s infrastructure, loss of people’s livelihoods, food shortage and socio-economic insecurity during the reconstruction and rehabilitation phase.

Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu conveyed heartfelt condolences from President Erdogan over the loss of precious lives and destruction of valuable property during the recent monsoon flash floods. He underscored that Turkiye immediately established air and land ‘bridges and fraternity’ to provide relief support to the flood affectees.

He added that today, during the Friday prayers, the people in Turkiye will pray for their brothers and sisters in Pakistan and mobilize further support. The Turkish Minister added that in line with President Erdogan’s instructions, Turkiye’s relevant institutions and agencies dealing with natural disasters stood ready to provide enhanced support in line with Pakistan’s requirements.

The Turkish delegation, led by Interior Minister Soylu, is visiting Pakistan as a gesture of solidarity and support in wake of the recent flash floods in the country. The delegation is also scheduled to undertake an aerial on-site visit of the flood affected areas.

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Principal Information Officer,
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Months after WHO suspension, Bharat Biotech hasn’t improved Covaxin quality 

New Delhi, September 02, 2022 (PPI-OT):Even months after the World Health Organization (WHO) suspended the supply of Covaxin to UN agencies in April, Bharat Biotech hasn’t improved the quality of the COVID-19 vaccine and the Indian government has been completely silent about this issue.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) issued a statement on April 2 2022 saying that it had done an on-site inspection of Bharat Biotech’s facility where Covaxin was being manufactured in March. It found several deficiencies on quality control standards, as far as production was concerned.

The WHO said that the company had tinkered with the manufacturing processes that it had committed to while applying for the WHO licensure. And, those changes which were made after the grant of the license had not been communicated to the body. Therefore, it suspended the supply of Covaxin to UN agencies in April this year.

The WHO has approved 11 COVID-19 vaccines so far, including Covishield and Covaxin. Of them, Covaxin is the only one to have faced this stricture. The WHO, again when asked by media, in August this year, if Bharat Biotech had removed those deficiencies in good manufacturing practices. The WHO replied in the negative.

Whether the WHO will revoke the license given to Covaxin, remains a tough question, however the main query to ponder is how would this affect those who have taken Covaxin and, especially why are the Indian government and the country’s drug regulator not only completely silent about this, but are also dodging efforts to make this information public.

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5-year-old boy dies in mother’s arms waiting doctor in Govt hospital in Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, September 02, 2022 (PPI-OT):In a latest episode of medical negligence in Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, a five-year-old boy died in his mother’s arms without any treatment at a government health centre in Jabalpur district.

Even after waiting for hours outside the government facility, not a single doctor or medical officer attended to the ailing child named Rishi, and he died in the presence of his helpless parents Sanjay Pandre and wife.

The on-duty doctor at a health centre, Lokesh Kumar was busy at home with a special puja. “We came to know that Lokesh Kumar was busy with the special puja at home because his wife was fasting that day,” Pawan Kumar, the boy’s uncle, told media. The locals claimed that even hours after the child’s death, neither the doctors posted at the health centre nor the medical officer were available.

Congress leader and former chief minister Kamal Nath attacked the state’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government after a photo of the boy’s distraught family went viral on social media. “It is shocking that people are dying without treatment. This is a failure of the state government and the health minister should resign.”

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