Author: Zahra Nadeem

Danyal Zafar comes up with a new track in quarantine

Danyal Zafar released a new track after asking his fans for help on the7th day in quarantine and within 24-hours they came up with Udh Chaliye. Zafar shared the final cut on Twitter and said that the full video was out on YouTube. He also thanked his fans for sending in their videos. 

China sends health experts to help Pakistan combat coronavirus

China has sent eight health experts in a special flight to Pakistan as a part of its assistance to help Pakistan combat the novel coronavirus. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the special flight will land at the Islamabad International Airport and the special team will stay in the country for two weeks. 

UK Prime Minister tests positive for Coronavirus

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK), has tested positive for coronavirus. According to an official statement, he has mild symptoms and will continue to lead the government while he’s self-isolated. Boris informed about his condition in a tweet earlier today, adding that he has gone into self-isolation. The premier will continue to lead the government’s efforts to control the spread of the deadly virus virtually.

Pakistan Post starts delivering pensions to people’s doorsteps

The Pakistan Post has started delivering pensions to people across the country on their doorsteps, Federal Minister for Postal Services Murad Saeed confirmed on Saturday. More than Rs1.3 million have successfully been delivered to 275,000 pensioners across the country. Saeed has credited the success of the project to the employees of the Pakistan Post and called them “real heroes”.

600 fake sanitiser bottles seized at Peshawar plaza

Six hundred bottles of fake hand sanitiser were seized at a plaza in Peshawar’s Faqirabad. The raid was jointly conducted by the district administration, Peshawar Additional Assistant Commissioner Muhammad Shafiq Afridi and Faqirabad SHO Javed Akhtar. Some arrests were also made. The country is currently facing a shortage of face masks and hand sanitiser amid its battle with the coronavirus.

Sindh govt releases Rs580m for ration distribution to daily wagers

The Sindh government announced on Thursday that it will release Rs580 million for the distribution of food supplies to daily wage workers in the province. According to Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Rs20 million will be allocated to each district in the province. The amount will be given to district commissioners of each union council who will then distribute ration among the lower-income groups.

Friday congregations to continue in Pakistan: clerics

Friday congregations will continue in Pakistan and mosques will not be placed on lockdown, according to Central Ruet-i-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman. Rehman said the meeting could not reach a consensus on a decree issued by Egypt’s Al-Azhar University. The decree said that a Muslim government could suspend congregational prayers. Rehman said people should offer sunnah and nawafil at home for all prayers, including Friday’s.

Police closes motorways for general traffic

Motorway Police announced that all motorways in Pakistan will remain closed for general traffic. The decision was taken in a bid to restrict movement and help prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. For now, only fuel tankers and vehicles that are transporting essential items such as food will allowed to travel.

Pakistan prints more money, to replace coronavirus-contaminated notes

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has increased the printing of its currency notes to replace the coroanvirus-contaminated notes. Experts have said that following the decision, it’s likely that inflation would go up, causing prices of essential items to increase. Economist Baqir Jaffari clarified that prices of in the economy increase when  the bank increases its liabilities and the money supply in the economy without any reason. 

Saudi Arabia stops Pakistan from signing Hajj agreement amid coronavirus outbreak

Saudi Arabia has told Pakistan not to prepare a Hajj agreement as the coronavirus continues to spread across the world. Saudi Arabia Hajj Minister Dr Saleh bin Taher Benten told the Pakistani government in a letter written on Thursday that there should be no agreement till the coronavirus situation is clear. He wrote that the Saudi government is taking measures to remain careful.