Author: Zahra Nadeem

Monkeys run away with coronavirus samples in India’s Meerut

Monkeys mobbed a health worker and ran away with coronavirus test blood samples in India’s Meerut. This is spreading fears that the stealing simians could spread the pandemic in the local area. Indian authorities often have to grapple with primates snatching food and even mobile phones. After making off with the three samples, the monkeys scampered up nearby trees and one then tried to chew its plunder.

Social distance cinema: ‘Grease’ draws crowds to Madrid drive-in

It was a long-awaited chance to feel normal again for many, sitting in their cars belting out “Summer Nights” at a drive-in cinema in Madrid after a 10-week lockdown. It’s opening night at this 1950s-themed venue and as the sun sets, vehicles begin pulling into the huge car park, ushers ensuring each is carefully positioned several metres apart. 

OGRA recommends reduction in petroleum product prices

The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has recommended a reduction in petroleum product prices. Cut in petrol price by Rs7.06/litre, kerosene Rs11.88/litre and light diesel oil (LDO) price by Rs9.37/litre for June 2020. The regulatory body has, however, suggested that the price of diesel should remain unchanged. If the government accepts the suggestion of the authority, petrol price will come down from current Rs81.58/litre to Rs74.52/litre.

Pakistan to remove ban on export of COVID-19 safety equipment

Pakistan is looking to remove the ban on the export of COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) this week. This will allow local manufacturers to export COVID-19 related material overseas. Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry took to Twitter to announce this. It was also announced that Pakistan has received a large number of orders for face masks from different parts of the world including the US, Canada, and Europe.

Karachi police arrest alleged Daesh terrorist

The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) police arrested a suspected Daesh terrorist in a combined operation, having input from the federal intelligence agency. During the operation, the SIU recovered weapons and other material from the possession of the suspect. Police said that the alleged Daesh terrorist has been identified as Sikandar Khan. Khan also confessed to his association with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan before 2019.

Pak Army Takes Down Indian Spy Drone in Azad Kashmir

Pakistan Army has downed another Indian spy drone close to the Line of Control (LoC) for violation of airspace. Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has confirmed that the Indian drone intruded about 650 meters in side Pakistan’s territory near the Rakhchikri sector at LoC. The drone was engaged in aerial photography when it was brought down in a swift retort by Pakistan Army, the military wing said.

Arizona takes Google to court for tracking location

The US state of Arizona filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing Google of committing fraud by being deceptive about gathering location data. Arizona attorney general Mark Brnovich said the suit resulted from an investigation launched two years ago. As a media report said that Google had ways of knowing where users were even if they opted not to share location information with the internet firm.

PK-8303 cockpit voice recorder found after five days

The missing cockpit voice recorder of the PIA PK-8303 that crashed on May 22 has finally been found, the airline confirmed Thursday. Ninety-seven passengers were killed and two survived aftert he plane crash. The recorder was found from the debris and has been handed over to the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board.

Pakistan government uses militant-tracking tech to hunt coronavirus patients

Pakistan government is deploying secretive surveillance technology to hunt coronavirus patients and the people they come into contact with. The technology is usually used to locate militants. The government has turned to the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) for help in tackling the virus. Details about the project have not been released. 

China says situation at India border ‘under control’ after Ladakh standoff

After a standoff with India at the Himalayan border region of Ladakh, China has said that the overall situation is “stable and under control”. The two countries are capable of resolving border issues through dialogue and negotiations. In a statement on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that China and India have a sound border-related mechanism and communication channels.