SMS service 8171 won’t be charged anymore: Sania Nishtar

The government has removed the charges for messaging on 8171, the SMS service to register for the Ehsaas Emergency Cash programme. This was announced by Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Dr Sania Nishtar on Wednesday. The programme aims to help poor people as the country continues to fight the …

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Quetta police official denies reports of blast targeting Afghan Taliban

A senior police official in Quetta has denied reports of a blast targeting members of the Afghan Taliban in the city. On Wednesday, a few Afghan journalists and local news agencies reported that some members of the Afghan Taliban were killed in a blast at the residence of one of the group’s leader. The blast …

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AKU launches coronavirus self-screening app

The Aga Khan University has launched a mobile application that enables Pakistanis to easily and safely evaluate coronavirus symptoms with an in-home screening tool and understand the next steps to look after themselves. CoronaCheck uses an interactive chatbot, driven by artificial intelligence, which allows users to understand their symptoms, recognise whether they may have contracted …

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NEPRA defers KE bills on average basis for a month

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority has deferred bills issued by the K-Electric on an average basis for a month. “NEPRA came to know through various complaints that K-Electric Limited had issued March 2020 electricity bills on average basis due to Corona situation, which were on much higher side,” the regulator said in a statement. …

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Pakistan to receive 100,000 coronavirus testing kits tonight: NDMA chairman

Pakistan will receive 100,000 coronavirus testing kits tonight, the National Disaster Management Authority chairman said Wednesday. NDMA Chairman Lt Gen Mohammad Afzal said so while briefing the media alongside Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad. He said of these 100,000 kits, 35,000 would be provided to Sindh. The announcement comes amid Pakistan’s struggle with the …

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‘Jahangir Tareen given political importance because of closeness to PM’

FIA’s report on the sugar and wheat crisis has made it clear that those who don’t follow Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision, can’t stay close to him. This is what Special Assistant to the PM on Overseas Pakistanis Sayed Zulfi Bukhari thinks. He says the PM has set an example in this preliminary report. Bukhari …

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Pakistan extends visas of all foreigners till April 30

Pakistan has extended visas of all foreign nationals in the country until April 30, its interior ministry said Wednesday. All foreigners whose visas had expired since March 15 would now be valid until April 30, the ministry said in a statement. The decision was made keeping the coronavirus situation in view, according to the statement. …

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At least 49 prisoners diagnosed with coronavirus at Lahore jail

Dozens of prisoners in a Lahore  prison have contracted the novel coronavirus, officials have said, with more than 150 additional inmates potentially infected as cases of COVID-19 continue to soar in the impoverished country. At least 49 inmates at a jail in Lahore have tested positive, according to a tweet by the provincial chief minister …

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PIA brings back 134 stranded Pakistanis from Baghdad

PIA brought 134 Pakistanis stranded in Iraq’s Baghdad back to the country on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. The people, including pilgrims, reached the Islamabad International Airport via a special flight. “Our mission in Baghdad in coordination with Iraq’s government facilitated smooth repatriation of our citizens,” the spokesperson of the ministry tweeted. 136 …

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