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July 11, 2020 | 11:41:48 AM

Turkey's Erdogan says Hagia Sophia becomes mosque after court ruling

Erdogan declares Hagia Sophia a mosque, first prayers on July 24 | The Express Tribune

ANKARA: The first prayers will be held in Turkey's Hagia Sophia on July 24, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, after declaring the ancient monument was once again a mosque following a court ruling revoking its status as a museum.

July 11, 2020 | 11:39:55 AM

11th worst affected country from COVID-19

Pakistan overtakes Italy to become 11th worst affected country from COVID-19

Friday Jul 10, 2020 Pakistan has overtaken Italy when it comes to the number of COVID-19 cases reported in the country, becoming the 11th worst-affected country by the pandemic, data from the John Hopkins University revealed on Friday. According to the NCOC, the number of positive cases in the country jumped to 243,599 after 2,751 cases were reported on Thursday.

July 11, 2020 | 11:38:47 AM

International monitoring of human rights crisis in occupied Kashmir

Pakistan reiterates call for international monitoring of human rights crisis in occupied Kashmir

Saturday Jul 11, 2020 ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday reiterated its call for enhanced international monitoring and continued United Nations reporting on the human rights crisis in India-occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The Foreign Office, in a statement, said that the call for international monitoring was to "save lives, dignity and freedoms of the Kashmiri people under illegal occupation for over seven decades".

July 08, 2020 | 12:22:39 AM

Schedule for Pakistan confirmed

ECB confirms schedule for Pakistan, Ireland visits | ESPNcricinfo.com

England have confirmed Emirates Old Trafford and the Ageas Bowl as the venues for fixtures against Ireland and Pakistan this summer. Ireland will visit later this month for three ODIs, while Pakistan have already arrived in the country ahead of Test and T20I series.

July 08, 2020 | 12:20:06 AM

Indian atrocities in Kashmir

Pakistan urges UNSC to denounce Indian atrocities in Kashmir

UNITED NATIONS: India has "callously exploited" the coronavirus crisis to further advance its occupation of Jammu and Kashmir, a top Pakistani diplomat has said, as he urged the UN Security Council to end the "open aggression and atrocities" against the Kashmiri people.

July 08, 2020 | 12:19:10 AM

Brazils President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro announced on Tuesday he had tested positive for the coronavirus but said he was feeling "perfectly well" and had only mild symptoms. The far right leader has caused huge controversy in Brazil for repeatedly flouting containment measures and minimizing the risk of the virus, which has killed 65,000 people in the South American giant and infected 1.6 million.

July 08, 2020 | 12:18:15 AM

Plantation drive in Changa Manga boosts honey production

Pakistan's massive plantation drive in Changa Manga boosts honey production

Tuesday Jul 07, 2020 CHANGA MANGA: Around five years ago, Pakistan's Changa Manga Forest saw a massive plantation drive, with the vision to rejuvenate the forest land that had been destroyed by illegal logging, water scarcity and fires.

July 08, 2020 | 12:17:01 AM

Muslim-American officer of Pakistani origin assumes charge of NYC precinct

Muslim-American officer of Pakistani origin assumes charge of NYC precinct

NEW YORK: A Pakistani origin Muslim-American officer of the New York Police Department (NYPD) has assumed the charge of a local precinct as its commanding officer, marking the first time such an appointment took place in the force's history. NYPD Chief of Patrol Fausto Pichardo confirmed Captain Adeel Rana's appointment as the Precinct Commander.

July 08, 2020 | 12:15:26 AM

First ventilators production facility opened

First ventilators production facility opened

ISLAMABAD: In a significant step towards making Pakistan self-reliant in production of medical equipment, Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the country's first indigenous ventilators' manufacturing facility on Monday. Separately, the prime minister in a video conference with the director general of World Health Organisation (WHO) raised the matter of coronavirus-related travel restrictions on Pakistan and sought his cooperation in withdrawal of those curbs.

July 07, 2020 | 01:05:00 PM

Remdesivir, a drug which has proved effective against coronavirus

Anti-Covid drug to be available in three weeks

ISLAMABAD: The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Drap) said on Monday that remdesivir, a drug which has proved effective against coronavirus, will be available in the country within three weeks. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Asim Rauf told Dawn that Drap, after registration of the medicine, had allowed two pharmaceutical companies to import this critical drug.

July 07, 2020 | 01:02:19 PM

Coastal villages near Karachi safe from Covid-19

Coastal villages near Karachi safe from Covid-19 | The Express Tribune

Unlike the rest of the province, more than 40 coastal villages near Karachi are safe from the spread of Covid-19 because of their secluded location. With the imposition of Section 144 in Karachi, which bans the gathering of four or more people in one place, the beaches of the city have become deserted.

July 06, 2020 | 07:28:52 PM

Azad Pattan Hydel power Project

Pakistan, China to ink agreement for Azad Pattan Hydel Power Project's construction today

Monday Jul 06, 2020 ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China will sign an agreement for the construction of Azad Pattan Hydel Power Project, Chairman CPEC Authority Asim Saleem Bajwa announced on Monday. "CPEC makes another milestone achievement; PM will grace the signing ceremony of Azad Pattan Hydel power Project today with China Gezhouba," Lt Gen (retd) Bajwa tweeted.

July 01, 2020 | 10:40:29 PM

Don't wear a mask while exercising

Don't wear a mask while exercising, says WHO | SAMAA

The World Health Organisation says it can be harmful to wear a mask during your quarantine run or cycle ride. Wearing face masks outdoors and in crowded indoor areas is recommended by public health officials to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

July 01, 2020 | 10:39:29 PM

Issuance of 25,000 domiciles to Indian nationals in occupied Kashmir

PM Imran approaches UNSG, world leaders over issuance of Kashmiri domiciles to Indian citizens

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday termed India's issuance of 25,000 domiciles to Indian nationals in occupied Kashmir "illegal" and said that he has approached United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres over the matter.

July 01, 2020 | 01:41:50 AM

PSX attack

June 30, 2020 | 01:38:32 PM

India's illegal annexation of IOJK

June 30, 2020 | 12:29:12 PM

Younis singles out Archer as main threat for Pakistan

June 30, 2020 | 12:25:35 PM

Worst of pandemic 'yet to come', warns WHO

June 28, 2020 | 12:30:56 PM

10 lesser known facts of Imran Khan

Imran Khan: 10 lesser known facts of the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan

Here are some lesser known facts of Imran Khan

June 28, 2020 | 12:25:54 PM

Cannabis A Potential Way To Prevent COVID-19

Researchers Are Looking At Cannabis As A Potential Way To Prevent COVID-19

Two Canadian researchers think that a special strain of cannabis might potentially be a valuable tool in the fight against COVID-19. The researchers, Olga and Igor Kovalchuck have reportedly been developing and testing a novel cannabis strain for years, except with the goal of creating a strain that helps to combat cancer and inflammation.

June 28, 2020 | 12:24:04 PM

'Pet plants' to fight COVID depression

South Korea distributes 'pet plants' to fight COVID depression

SEOUL - Forget puppies, who need to be housebroken and sometimes chew your shoes. The government in South Korea, looking to help people fight the mental strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic, is turning to plants.

June 28, 2020 | 12:22:14 PM

To run experiment on entire town

Coronavirus : British scientists want to run experiment on entire town

British scientists wish to contribute to the fight against the novel Coronavirus through an unusual experiment, according to the Royal Society Open Science magazine. They propose to lift all lockdown

June 28, 2020 | 12:19:53 PM

Most 'failed' COVID-19 states

US, Brazil most 'failed' COVID-19 states

As global confirmed COVID-19 cases are expected to soon hit 10 million, observers said there is no question that the US and Brazil - which account for nearly 40 percent of the world's total cases - are the most prominent failed states in the fight against the virus, and their incompetence threatens global social and economic recovery.

June 28, 2020 | 12:18:45 PM

COVID-19 Is Causing Strokes, Brain Damage & Psychosis

COVID-19 may be linked to brain complications, study finds. But does it cause them?

A new study has found further evidence of a correlation between severe cases of COVID-19 and brain complications, but researchers say they still aren't sure whether those complications are directly caused by the disease. The preliminary study, billed as the first nationwide survey of the neurological complications of the disease, was published in The Lancet Psychiatry this week.

June 28, 2020 | 12:16:16 PM

Coronavirus trace in March 2019 water sample

Spanish study shows coronavirus trace in March 2019 water sample

Saturday Jun 27, 2020 MADRID: A new study by a team of virologists from the University of Barcelona have found traces of the novel coronavirus in a sample of waste water collected in March 2019 from Barcelona, nine months before the virus was identified in China.

June 28, 2020 | 12:15:01 PM

Global coronavirus cases exceed 10 million

Global coronavirus cases exceed 10 million

BEIJING (Reuters) - Global coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday according to a Reuters tally, marking a major milestone in the spread of the respiratory disease that has so far killed almost half a million people in seven months. The figure is roughly double the number of severe influenza illnesses recorded annually, according to the World Health Organisation.

June 28, 2020 | 12:10:59 PM

Adopting int'l safety standards for vehicles

Pakistan finally adopts int'l safety standards for vehicles - Profit by Pakistan Today

ISLAMABAD: Despite lacking the required facilities, Pakistan has finally adopted the international safety standard regulations to ensure that the vehicles being manufactured/assembled in the country meet the global standard.

June 28, 2020 | 12:09:54 PM

Imran Khan criticised after calling Osama Bin Laden a 'martyr'

Outcry after Imran Khan calls Bin Laden a 'martyr'

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has come under fire from opposition MPs after telling parliament that the US "martyred" Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, was killed in 2011 when US special forces raided his hideout in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad. Pakistan was not informed in advance.

June 28, 2020 | 12:08:22 PM

Threat of a pandemic over 100 years ago

This memoir explores life under the mortal threat of a pandemic over 100 years ago

"I thought if Yama had a kingdom anywhere it had to be here. The place was terrifying, the night was terrifying, the surroundings were terrifying and the state of my heart was terrifying." This kingdom of the dead, described as terrifying in every way, was the quarantine centre at Ahmednagar in Maharashtra at around 1900.

June 28, 2020 | 12:07:16 PM

Wirecard fraud

Millions of dollars belonging to Pakistani freelancers stuck indefinitely amid Wirecard fraud - Profit by Pakistan Today

LAHORE/KARACHI:Thousands of Payoneer users in Pakistan are expected to lose access to money in their prepaid cards with the company owing to the fallout from a devastating scandal that hit German fintech firm Wirecard AG. Payoneer is a global payments company that enables millions of businesses and professionals from more than 200 countries to make [...]

June 28, 2020 | 12:05:56 PM

Wholesome YouTube channel ever

This 13-year-old has the most wholesome YouTube channel ever

Can we all just agree that this pandemic is really taking a toll on us all? We're seeing it all over social media. We're tired, exhausted and really concerned about what the future holds for us. Sure, we're trying to stay positive but there are times the frustration gets too much.

June 28, 2020 | 12:04:27 PM

$31.3 billion needed to fight COVID-19

WHO-led coalition says $31.3 billion needed for tools to fight COVID-19

LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) - A World Health Organization-led coalition fighting the COVID-19 pandemic is asking government and private sector donors to help raise $31.3 billion in the next 12 months to develop and deliver tests, treatments and vaccines for the disease.

June 28, 2020 | 12:02:54 PM

Pact to keep fitness intact

Pakistan 'made pact to keep fitness intact' - Azhar Ali | ESPNcricinfo.com

11:18 PM IST Umar FarooqPakistan correspondent, ESPNcricinfo Pakistan Test captain Azhar Ali has said he and his players made a pact during lockdown to keep their fitness intact so that the moment cricket could resume they would all be ready.

June 28, 2020 | 11:59:59 AM

Internet-connected "smart mask"

Japanese startup creates internet-connected face mask

As face coverings become the norm amid the coronavirus pandemic, Japanese startup Donut Robotics has developed an internet-connected "smart mask" that can transmit messages and translate from Japanese into eight other languages. The white plastic "c-mask" fits over standard face masks and connects via Bluetooth to a smartphone and tablet...

June 28, 2020 | 11:58:36 AM

Fair & Lovely to change brand name

L'Oréal to remove words like 'whitening' from skincare products

L'Oréal al has announced it will remove words like "whitening" from its products, as global anti-racism protests continue. "The L'Oréal Group has decided to remove the words white/whitening, fair/fairness, light/lightening from all its skin evening products," the cosmetics company said in a statement on Saturday.

June 28, 2020 | 11:53:53 AM

Joe Biden seeks restoration of peoples' rights in Occupied Kashmir

US presidential nominee Biden seeks restoration of rights in occupied Kashmir

US presidential nominee Biden seeks restoration of rights in occupied Kashmir WASHINGTON (Dunya News) - Democratic presidential nominee and former vice president Joe Biden has urged New Delhi to take steps for restoration of rights of all the people living in occupied Kashmir.

June 28, 2020 | 11:52:33 AM

Hinduism being masqueraded as secularism in India, says AJK president

Kashmir Muslims fear demographic shift as thousands get residency

Up to 25,000 people have been granted domicile certificates in Indian-administered Kashmir since May 18, raising fears of the beginning of demographic changes in the Muslim-majority Himalayan region. The certificate, a sort of citizenship right, entitles a person to residency and government jobs in the region, which till last year was reserved only for the local population.

June 28, 2020 | 11:49:41 AM

Gilgit-Baltistan elections to be held on August 18

Gilgit-Baltistan elections to be held on August 18

Sunday Jun 28, 2020 GILGIT: The general elections to the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Legislative Assembly would be held on August 18, a statement from the President House said on Saturday. "President Dr Arif Alvi [has] approved August 18, 2020 as the "Poll Day" for General Elections to Gilgit -Baltistan (GB) Legislative Assembly," read the statement.

June 28, 2020 | 11:47:38 AM

Mandatory wearing of masks

'Pakistan can prevent 25,000 deaths due to COVID-19 by October 1 by making wearing of masks mandatory'

A reputed public health institute in the United States has claimed that based on their modelling and projections, Pakistan can avoid around 25,000 deaths due to COVID-19 by October 1, 2020, if it convinces all its citizens to wear masks while going out in the public.

June 28, 2020 | 11:46:27 AM

Inauguration of three projects in Islamabad

PM likely to inaugurate three projects in Islamabad | The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan is likely to perform ground breaking ceremony of three projects in Islamabad on June 30, said officials of the apex development agency of the capital. PM Imran has directed Capital Development Authority (CDA) for early completion of Rawal Dam Interchange, Korang Bridge and PWD Underpass on Islamabad Expressway, officials said.

June 27, 2020 | 12:16:53 PM

Vigorously raise Kashmir issue before the world on August 5

Kashmir issue to be raised before world on Aug 5: Imran

MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday vowed that Pakistan would again vigorously raise Kashmir issue before the world on August 5 to press for its just settlement. On August 5 last year, India had revoked special status of occupied Kashmir and placed it under a lockdown, with severed internet and other civic services, and intensified repression in a failed attempt to quell the quest of Kashmiris for freedom.

June 27, 2020 | 12:13:28 PM

Hina Kazmi, project manager based at NASA

Pakistani Female Engineer Shines on NASA's Airborne Telescope SOFIA.

SOFIA's leadership team, top row from left to right: Hina Kazmi, project manager based at NASA Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley; Pat Knezek, program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington; Margaret Meixner, director of SOFIA Science Mission Operations at Universities Space Research Association (USRA).

June 27, 2020 | 12:11:35 PM

Pakistan set to arrive in England on Sunday

Pakistan set to arrive in England on Sunday for cricket tour | The Japan Times

Pakistan is arriving in England on Sunday without 10 coronavirus-infected players for a cricket tour that doesn't have any scheduled games yet. The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed the tour on Friday, saying only that the three tests and three Twenty20s will be without spectators.

June 27, 2020 | 12:10:11 PM

Russian space agency to allow tourist to spacewalk

A tourist is going to do a spacewalk for the first ever time

Russia will allow a tourist to conduct a spacewalk for the first ever time. The customer is expected to walk out into the void of space from the International Space Station in 2023. They will go out from the Russian segment of the station, and be accompanied by a professional cosmonaut, the space agency said.

June 27, 2020 | 12:08:20 PM

Fair and Lovely: Can renaming a fairness cream stop colourism?

L'Oreal, Unilever Reassess Skin Lightening Products-But Won't Quit The Multi-Billion Dollar Market

Reuters reported Friday that L'Oreal, the world's biggest cosmetics company, has decided to remove words referring to "white," "fair" and "light" from its skin-evening products sold under its Garnier brand.

June 27, 2020 | 12:05:53 PM

Coronavirus tally reaches 198,883

Nationwide coronavirus tally reaches 198,883

Nationwide tally of coronavirus has reached 198,883 with emergence of 3, 138 new cases over the last twenty four hours. The total cases detected in Punjab are 72,880, Sindh 76318, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 24, 943, Balochistan 10,116, Islamabad 12, 206, Azad Kashmir 1,003 and Gilgit Baltistan 1417.

June 26, 2020 | 01:22:08 PM

PM slams Indian atrocities in IoK

Int'l Day in Support of Victims of Torture: PM Imran slams Indian atrocities in IoK

Friday Jun 26, 2020 ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan slammed Indian atrocities and human rights violations in occupied Kashmir Friday as the world marked the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

June 26, 2020 | 01:19:04 PM

Reversing Progress on Poverty in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh

The Pandemic Is Reversing Decades of Progress

Welcome to Foreign Policy's South Asia Brief. This week, a closer look at how the coronavirus pandemic threatens to reverse progress on poverty in the region. Plus, the latest on the India-China skirmish, a troubling arrest in Bangladesh, the impact of Trump's visa freeze, and why a Turkish TV show is topping the charts in Pakistan.

June 26, 2020 | 01:17:48 PM

Younger People Are Testing More Positive for COVID-19

Why More Younger People Are Testing Positive for COVID-19

The average age of U.S. coronavirus patients is shifting lower. Here's why more younger people may be testing positive for COVID-19.

June 26, 2020 | 12:45:35 PM

UN: Millions of Yemeni children on the 'brink of starvation'

Yemen: millions of children facing deadly hunger, amidst aid shortages and COVID-19

Millions of children in the heart of the world's worst humanitarian disaster could be pushed to the brink of starvation, due to huge shortfalls in humanitarian aid funding amid the coronavirus pandemic, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.

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