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KP to seek the help of volunteers in the fight against coronavirus

Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has issued directives to the deputy commissioners at some stage in the province to sign up the pressure of volunteers in order to combat the novel coronavirus, an information source pronounced.

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As consistent with the guide, the district government concerned have sought a listing of young individuals who want to sign up in the volunteer force. The volunteers can be registered until Tuesday after which, they will be trained and appointed at the union council level.

The volunteer force will spread recognition concerning the coronavirus pandemic and inform humans approximately the way to shield themselves and their households from its contamination.

Metropolis District authorities Director-well-known Riaz stated that a large wide variety of young humans had began registering themselves for the notice campaign. Women are also enlisting themselves within the volunteer pressure which will fight the novel coronavirus, he stated.

Read: ‘Walk-through’ Corona testing machine to arrive next week: Chairman NDMA

Previously, the KP authorities had earmarked PKR 1 billion you bought the necessary device and deal with sufferers all through the coronavirus outbreak.

‘Walk-through’ Corona testing machine to arrive next week: Chairman NDMA

Islamabad: Pakistan is set to obtain a ‘walk-via’ Corona testing gadget from China next week, a news supply quoted the countrywide disaster management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Lt. General Muhammad Afzal as saying.

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The gadget is scheduled to make its access thru the Khunjerab bypass. The chairman shared these records in the course of a press conference held the day past. The large-sized walk thru device will allow for a couple of scans in a quick time frame, he said.

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Consistent with Afzal, the machine will facilitate scientific personnel in checking out people in towns where the character trying out choice isn’t feasible. He mentioned that the testing kits and gadget that are because of arriving in Pakistan from China might be distributed in all components of u . S . A . As according to requirement.

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The variety of showed Coronavirus instances in Pakistan has jumped to 1,257 as of March 27. Out of this total, 440 cases were stated in Sindh, 419 in Punjab, 147 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 131 in Balochistan, and ninety-three in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Govt mulls inviting donations from overseas Pakistanis to offset COVID-19-induced economic blow

Islamabad: Federal Minister for planning Asad Umar stated on Thursday (March 26) that top Minister (PM) Imran Khan is set to ask donations from distant places Pakistanis to offset the monetary impact of the Covid-19 breakout, a news supply mentioned. He similarly stated the PM may even request volunteers to distribute food objects amongst deserving residents.

Read: Sindh establishes Coronavirus Emergency Fund Account

The minister shared this fact in the course of a press convention held yesterday to quick the media on measures taken by using the government to cope with the viral outbreak – mentioning that PM Khan would make the announcements soon.

Additionally, he found out that a group of volunteers would be shaped in all provinces; indicating that there has been no present-day shortage of meals and vital materials within the u . S . A . At the moment.

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He stated that the authorities turned into especially centered on supplying those objects to the needy at their doorsteps – so that you can make certain that the lockdown protocols in the region are completely adhered to.

At the same time, a meeting was being held to clear up the issues pertaining to the transportation of meals resources across the u . S . A ., he indicated; adding that every one the ‘provinces and political events had been running at the same time to resolve the disaster’.

Sindh establishes Coronavirus Emergency Fund Account

Karachi: The Sindh bank control has pledged to donate someday’s salary to the provincial authorities’ Sindh Coronavirus Emergency Fund, according to news resources. As consistent with the booklet, the fund is aimed toward offering comfort to COVID-19 affectees in the province.

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This comfort provision consists of the reduced fee of trying out, treatment, health center care, medicine, and different associated measures. The Sindh government established the Coronavirus Emergency Fund Account to financially assist each day wagers. The resources also reported that an 88-12 months-vintage nameless donor has furnished one million rupees to assist this combat towards the coronavirus disease.

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Leader Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah (who’s being appreciated countrywide for his proactive technique in combating the radical coronavirus) tweeted in appreciation of the aforementioned donor. His tweet said that ‘such acts of kindness strengthen our resolve to hold combating this project and reassures us that humanity stands tall in the course of such incredible times.’

Additionally, the authorities have encouraged human beings to make beneficiant donations to the Sindh Coronavirus Emergency Fund’s furnished account number (03015594456100), or at any department of the Sindh financial institution throughout Pakistan.

COVID-19: Chinese plane carrying medical supplies lands in Pakistan

Karachi: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has announced that the first plane carrying protective equipment – aimed at helping Pakistan deal with novel coronavirus – from China has landed at the Karachi airport, according to news sources.

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The medical supplies included one million face masks, including N-95 masks, to assist people with coronavirus prevention. The NDMA officials and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah were present at the airport when the plane landed.

Yesterday (March 24), Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan had announced a relief package of worth 1.2 trillion to help the already struggling nation face the novel coronavirus. As per the new package, a monthly aid of PKR 3,000 will be given to over 10.2 million people for four months.

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As per reports, the prices of gas/diesel have also been slashed by PKR 15 per litre. The government has also earmarked PKR 50 for utility stores. Khan, in his address to the nation, assured people that ‘the government will do everything in its power to look out for the people in these tough times’. He also urged the people to exercise coronavirus preventive measures and stay indoors.

Govt to support coronavirus affectees through Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme

Islamabad: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation Dr Sania Nishtar recently announced that the government’s ‘Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme’ would benefit 67 million people in total — with the programme primarily aimed at assisting the people most affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, a news source reported.

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Detailing the programme, Dr Nishtar announced that the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme has been approved for 10 million families, wherein PKR 12,000 will be provided to each family.

The 10 million people have been divided into three categories, with more than 4.5 million of these individuals expected to be women and beneficiaries of the Ehsaas Kafaalat initiative. Another 3 million people affected by the coronavirus pandemic will be identified through the socioeconomic database. Finally, 2.5 million will be identified through the Ehsaas SMS programme.

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The eligibility for the second category would be revised up to PKR 20,000 per month and include people who are facing economic hardship.

ICT admin bans public transport

Islamabad: The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration has ordered a ban on the intra – and inter-city movement of people by public transport commuting from within the capital city — with the initiative aimed at impeding the spread of the coronavirus infection, a news source reported.

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The metro bus service will, however, remain functional. The timings will be between 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM and then, 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. The Friday timing will, however, differ: from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM and then, from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.

One seat will be kept empty between the passengers. The taxis and cabs will be allowed to function. District Magistrate ICT has also banned all gatherings including social and religious — at any location, whether public or private.

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Additionally, the administration will keep soup kitchens and shelter homes functional. However, the outpatient departments of the hospitals will remain suspended even while the emergency services will remain functional. The order added that the e0ssential services of the Metropolitan Corporation will also remain functional.

All markets, shopping malls, restaurants, and private offices will also remain closed. Public offices will function from 10 AM to 4 PM; except on Friday when the timing has been stated to be 10 AM to 1 PM.

The order will remain function until April 7.

LCCI demands govt to postpone CNIC condition, waive off electricity bills

Lahore: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) recently made a request to the government to extend the time frame of its condition of displaying CNICs for processing sales to unregistered persons till June 30 — and to waive off the payment of gas and electricity bills for three months, a news source reported. As per the publication, LCCI President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh said that due to the current situation of the coronavirus pandemic raging across the country, the government ‘needed to do a favour to the business community’ by relaxing its CNIC condition until the end of June.

Read: Third-party survey of 48 RDA-approved societies begins

LCCI Senior Vice President Ali Hussam Asghar said that people were restricted to their homes due to the coronavirus lock-down and requested that the property owners should contemplate waiving rents for at least two months. The LCCI officials emphasized that that daily-wagers, small businesses, and employees were facing livelihood challenges due to coronavirus.

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Katta Bund Road Industrial Association Chairman Syed Mahmood Ghaznavi also appealed to the government to introduce power tariffs for all industries. He informed the Association during a meeting that the government had granted a 0.75 percent electricity tariff to the textile sector already and that if tariffs were reduced for all industries, then the country would be able to boost its exports considerably.

Third-party survey of 48 RDA-approved societies begins

Rawalpindi: The Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) has launched a third-party survey into the 48 private residential societies approved in the district, according to news sources.

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The survey gathers data to verify whether the societies are operating under the plans approved by the RDA. It will verify that the societies are complying with the rules and regulations, under which they were issued the No-Objection Certification (NoC).

The authority will launch a crackdown against societies found in violation of the NoCs, including designated spaces for green areas, plantation, schools, parking areas, mosques, and other community facilities.

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Previously, the RDA published a refreshed list of 48 approved housing societies on its official website. The real estate investors were cautioned to review this list before making their investments. In another development, the authority announced to conduct a third-party audit of all the private housing projects approved in the last 15 years. It also formulated the eligibility criteria to hire a private firm to conduct the external audit.

IMF allows tax concessions to businesses affected by coronavirus pandemic

Islamabad: Amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has allowed the Pakistani government to provide tax concessions to businesses affected by the outbreak, a news source reported.

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To this effect, Advisor to the Prime Minister (PM) on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh has stated that the IMF recently allowed the federal executive to provide tax concessions to industries and individuals affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

On the other hand, the PM’s advisor said that they were not planning to renegotiate the USD 6 billion package with the international institution. He added that in case of need, the government could ask the IMF for an additional support package.

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He said that the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank (WB) had agreed to provide concessional loans for fighting the increase in novel coronavirus cases in the country. Shaikh further revealed that the IMF had already agreed to relax the budget deficit ceiling to the extent of the human coronavirus-related spending in Pakistan.

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