Author: Zahra Nadeem

Ogra directs petrol pumps to maintain minimum 20 days supplies

The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has directed petrol pumps to maintain a minimum supply of 20 days. In order to ensure the quantities OGRA has asked Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP) to physically inspect the availability of petrol and high speed diesel at depots, retail outlets (petrol pumps) and refineries of all oil companies.

No shortage of beds, ventilators for COVID-19 patients: Zafar Mirza

There is no shortage of beds, ventilators and medical facilities for COVID-19 patients, said the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Health Dr Zafar Mirza. He said only 28% of available ventilators are being used for patients with COVID-19, according to Radio Pakistan. The minister added that around 723 patients were in critical condition while 201 of them were on ventilators.

Pakistan-made ventilators awaiting DRAP approval for clinical trials

Around 48 Pakistan-made ventilators of different designs have been waiting for approval from the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP).  DRAP had previously suggested a few changes, including the addition of artificial lungs. Federal Science Minister Fawad Chaudhry has confirmed that the country will begin manufacturing ventilators for commercial purposes from next week. 

Deadly thunderstorm damages Taj Mahal

A deadly thunderstorm that rolled across parts of northern India damaged  Taj Mahal partially. The Mahal’s main gate and a railing running below its five lofty domes were affected. One of the New Seven Wonders of the World has been shut since mid-March in a bid to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Images showed workers assessing the railing of the main mausoleum. 

Abrar Ul Haq tests positive for Coronavirus

Pakistani singer-turned-politician Abrar-ul-Haq tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday, as confirmed by him on his social media. The 51-year-old Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader turned to his Twitter to confirm the news. He saids that while his COVID-19 test had come out positive, he will still be carrying on with professional duties through video conferencing.

NASA astronauts head for ISS on historic SpaceX flight

Two veteran NASA astronauts were headed for the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday in Elon Musk’s SpaceX flight.. Elon Musk’s SpaceX became the first commercial company to launch a rocket carrying humans into orbit, ushering in a new era in space travel. SpaceX’s two-stage Falcon 9 rocket with astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley aboard blasted off flawlessly in a cloud of bright orange flames and smoke from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center for a 19-hour voyage to the space station.

Saudi Arabia to reopen over 90,000 mosques after two months

More than 90,000 mosques across Saudi Arabia, except for those in Makkah, will start reopening from May 31 after a two-month closure to curb the COVID-19 spread. According to the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, the sanitisation, cleaning and maintenance process of the mosques has been completed. The resumption of services mosques will be carried out in line with the coronavirus mandatory guidelines issued by the ministry.

Rs3,000 fine for people not wearing masks in Islamabad

People who don’t wear masks in Islamabad will be fined Rs3,000 and may also face jail time. A tweet by the office of Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqaat announced on Sunday that the local administration would be enforcing the rule strictly. Dr Zafar Mirza, the premier’s aide on health, said on Twitter earlier in the day that masks were mandatory for everyone in Pakistan.

Curfews and clashes as US race protests escalate

Curfews were imposed in major US cities  clashes over police brutality escalated across America. While demonstrators kept ignoring warnings from President Donald Trump. Minneapolis, the epicenter of the unrest, was gripped by a fifth consecutive night of violence with police in riot gear firing tear gas and stun grenades at protesters venting fury at the death of a black man during an arrest in the city on Monday.

All Sindh students from classes 1 to 11 being promoted

According to the Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani all students of Sindh from classes 1 to 11 will be passed and promoted to the next grade. He added that each and every student will also be given extra 3% marks and the students who had failed their classes will be passed via grace marks. This way, no student in the province will be failed or left behind.