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Imran Khan rules out complete shut down of Pakistan as coronavirus cases rise to over 1,700 – India Today

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Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday ruled out a complete shut down and said a total lockdown would create “unrest” like the one being witnessed in a neighbouring country, even as the number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan surpassed 1,700.

The number of coronavirus cases has reached to 1,727, including 638 cases in Punjab, 535 in Sindh, 217 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 152 in Balochistan, 128 in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), 51 in Islamabad and 6 in Kashmir.

So far 18 people have died, including 4 in the last 24 hour and 28 recovered, while another 11 were in critical conditions.

The epidemic is still spreading despite steps by the government. The Prime Minister’s Advisor on health Dr Zafar Mirza said local transmission was increasing after government stopped all international flights.

Our patients include 8,083 pilgrims from Iran, 247 passengers from others countries, while local transmission is 29 per cent. But local transmission is increasing, he said.

On Monday night, Prime Minister Khan addressed the nation for the third time since the virus outbreak.

If we were like China, I would have shut down the country. But our 25 per cent (people) are below poverty and 20 per cent just above itWe are talking about more than 80 million people in Pakistan (who will suffer due to poverty). So no lockdown can succeeded in such a situation, Khan said.

He said that due to the lockdown in our neighbouring country, people were on the roads.

Now India’s problem is that if they end lockdown, the virus will spread, and if they continue, people will die of hunger, Khan claimed.

Khan said he was firm that if we cannot provide food to everyone, we cannot enforce lockdown.

I am announcing Corona Relief Tiger Force to work in collaboration with government and security agencies. The force will provide food to the people if we were forced to lockdown, he said.

Khan also launched Corona Relief Fund which will be operational from Wednesday, and people donating in the fund will get relief.

He said State Bank of Pakistan had decided that all entity which will retain workers will be eligible for concessional loans.

He said that only a nation united and cooperating with the government can win this war.

Khan said a dedicated team under him was tracking the rise of corona and that the country would be in position after 4-5 week to predict with accuracy if the disease was dying down or not.

Prime Minister Khan also chaired a high-level meeting to review the measures taken in industry and commerce, energy and to provide relief to poor segments of society in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

Addressing the meeting, Khan underscored his resolve to take steps to provide possible relief to people and every sector of the economy in difficult hour in the face of coronavirus outbreak.

The country is facing an unprecedented situation and the government institutions need to play a vibrant role in this crisis, he said.

Earlier, Khan’s advisor on information, Firdous Ashiq Awan, said the Prime Minister will take people into confidence about delivery of ration and food supplies to deserving poor families across the country at their doorsteps.

She said there is no shortage of edible items in the country and the authorities will treat hoarders and profiteers with an iron hand.

Moeed Yusuf, advisor on national security, said that Railways operation would remain suspended and there was no plan to restart it soon. He also said there was no plan to open the international flights after April 4. The domestic flights will remained shut until decided otherwise.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) chief Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal said new Labs were being set up to increase testing capability in the country. He said that more medical equipment would be imported from China in coming days.

Three to four flights will go China during next 2-3 days and they will bring essential items, said Afzal.

A spokesperson for the Sindh health department said that the number of patients in Karachi alone rose to 222 with 33 new cases reported on Sunday and all the cases, the spokesperson confirmed, were of local transmission.

Health experts appealed to the people to stay home and strictly adhere to basic hygiene measures to break the chain of coronavirus transmission.

Meanwhile, Sindh education minister Saeed Ghani, who was tested positive for coronavirus last week, announced that he had recovered.

I will pick up my work from where I left, he said on Twitter.

On Saturday, the Pakistan government decided to keep its western borders with Iran and Afghanistan and eastern border with India closed for two more weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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‘Only for Muslims’: Pakistan trust denies ration to Karachi Hindus – Times of India

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AMRITSAR: An incident of discrimination against Hindus in the distribution of food amid shortage of supplies due to the coronavirus has been reported from Layari area of Pakistan’s Karachi city.
However, the NGO, which refused to distribute food to poor Hindu families, has taken a corrective step and since then distributed 400 bags of food supplies among poor Hindu families in Karachi.
All Pakistan Hindu Panchayat (APHP) general secretary Ravi Dawani told TOI over the phone from Karachi on Monday that volunteers of Sayalani Welfare Trust had singled out Hindu women from the queue and told them that supplies were meant only for Muslims. “When we came to know about the incident, I talked to the trust’s founder, Maulana Bashir Ahmad Farooqui. He said there was no discrimination in distribution of free food supplies. The next day, the trust distributed 400 bags of food supplies among Hindu colonies of Karachi,” Dawani said.
Edhi Foundation managing trustee Faisal Edhi refused to comment on the incident, but said they were not discriminating against anyone in distribution of supplies.
Dawani said non-profit organisation Fatimid Foundation, which offers blood transfusion services in Karachi, had asked APHP to set up blood donation camps for helping patients suffering from thalassaemia, haemophilia and other blood related disorders.
He said they had already begun a drive. “Due to coronavirus, almost all cities are under lockdown and Fatimid Foundation is unable to arrange blood for patients. If the situation continues for 10-15 days, the fate of patients will be uncertain,” he said.

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Wedding visitor to Pakistan left with no way to return to Colne – Lancashire Telegraph

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AN EAST Lancashire man is stuck in Pakistan after airlines cancelled flights back to the UK over the coronavirus crisis.

Michael McKendry, from Colne, is stranded in Chakswari, Pakistan, along with others after flying over for a wedding on March 9.

The dad-of-five was due to return on March 30, but this was changed to March 27 when they realised there could be trouble returning later, however, the airline Oman Air cancelled the new flight, leaving many people with no way to return home.

As the UK has now become a no-fly zone for Pakistan, the only flights available are emergency returns by Qatar Airways, who are charging more than £1,000 to return to England.

Mr McKendry’s wife, Stacie McKendry has expressed her concern for her husband.

She said: “We are really struggling to get him home. He’s with 25 others who are all now stuck there with no way to get back and they have elderly people with them.

“Now the airlines have cancelled all the flights, and nobody has even notified us about what is happening, not even the agency My Trip UK, who we booked with.

“The government keeps saying that everyone needs to get back to the UK, but nothing is in place to get anybody home.”

The wedding was cancelled and Pakistan entered into a lockdown, which bans people from leaving their homes unless for very essential reasons.

Mrs McKendry said: “Anyone who is not complying with the rules there is beaten.

“It is hard for them to even go out and get food or go to the travel agents to ask about flights home.

“We have five children at home, so it’s very hard for me when my husband is stuck in another country.”

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson said: “There are 100 people stuck abroad from Colne, and 50 of them are in Pakistan. We are working with the Foreign Office to ensure all Brits are brought back to the UK.

“It is very difficult to do this for families when there are no flights, but we have had some success from different parts of the world.”

Mr Stephenson advised all those stuck abroad in Pakistan to search for the British High Commission they will be able to get up-to-date advice from their social media.

My Trip UK has been contacted for a response.

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A Recipe for Disaster: Pakistan’s ‘Migratory’ Response to COVID-19 in Pakistan- administered Kashmir – Modern Diplomacy

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“Global
governance” has increasingly become common sense within the political-economic
sphere in the context of preaching for accountability and transparency. There
is,however, a grey space that claims questions of what the end goal of such
coherence is called for and who it seeks to serve. This paper shall
descriptively delve into the need for Global Governance in today’s world while
enumerating its corresponding challenges and criticisms.      

“International solidarity is not an act of
charity, it is an act of unity between allies fighting on different terrains
towards the same objective. The foremost of these objectives is to aid the
development of humanity to the highest level possible.” – Samora Machel

The
international arena in the 21st century requires a catalyst to unify the world
beyond borders and to build global institutions that can combat disparagement
of the idea of globalisation. The resolution to this conundrum is the dilation
and legitimisation of global governance. Global Governance is essentially a
framework that proposes global relationship and a knit playing field
integrating all spheres of a society including social, economic, political,
cultural, and environmental sectors to revolve issues with a collective
consciousness[1] as liberalists
would preach.

This is
however unachievable without all actors in the system including, states,
political figures and leaders, quasi state actors, corporate sector and institutions,
NGO’s,
MNC’s and the financial system collaborate to form a coherent structure that
can vastly influence the grassroots of the system. This is parallel to the idea
of mega diplomacy proposed by Parag Khana, a profound specialist in international
relations. As Parag Khana stated, “We’re moving into a post Westphalian world,
a world which is populated where the authoritative actors are not just
governments. They are companies”.[2] He explains how
diplomacy has widened as a tool into diverse spheres such as private mercenary
armies, AI and technology, humanitarian agencies and non-governmental
organizations, the educational sector; schools and universities, religious
institutions and organisations and much more. He believes that diplomacy
stretches beyond multilateral institutions such as the United Nations and the
World bank or bilateral relations between nation states themselves. This is
more efficient as it uplifts the accountability held by state and non-state
actors. It propagates a sense of global order and global citizenship in an
interdependent world as an aftermath of proactively embracing globalisation.

While there
is no universally accepted definition of ‘Governance’, The
Commission of Global governance defines the same as ‘the sum of the many ways
individuals and institutions, public and private, manage their common affairs’.
It has posited that governance is ‘a continuing process through which
conflicting and diverse interests may be accommodated and cooperative action
may be taken’.[3] The concept of
Global Governance is viewed narrowly as a movement to address today’s issues
while it is fundamentally much more. As Whitman (2009:8)[4] stated,
it is an instrument to help independent states reach out for help in the face
of emerging international issues and come together to create the envisaged
world of peace and harmony. This stems out of the inefficiency and the failure
of global institutions. For instance, humanitarian relief having been sent to
Rwanda in 1994 during the genocide by the UN enforcing the Tusi military could
have deterred the massacre at its grassroots.

Globalisation
backlash may be seen as a growing hindrance to the expansion of Global
Governance as states are reluctant ant towards embracing the rapid
interdependence often leading to circumstances and conflicts that arise out of
intervention. Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations rightfully
stated while addressing the assembly that “the
Central challenge we face today is to ensure that globalization becomes a positive
force for all the world’s people, instead of leaving billions of them in
squalor”.[5] While
an ambitious concept, it may serve to be counterproductive in nature. The shift
towards abandoning globalisation in neither desirable nor pragmatic. Revoking
the systemic change, it has brought about for more than a decade now would
bring along multifaceted problems hand in hand. It goes unrecognised, that the
issue isn’t globalisation, but how we work around it and how it is managed. As
rightly pointed out by Stiglitz, the macroscopic problem lies in the hands of
the global financial institutions such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO),
World Bank and The International Monetary Fund (IMF). They go beyond their
mandates to ideally sere the best interest of the developed nations as opposed
to the developing unindustrialised nations.

Need for Global
Governance

Transnational
policy challenges influencing nation states on an individual level see the need
for cooperative global approaches within the contemporary world. This would
require re-building of the mechanisms of global governance and its constant
expansion to address global issues that are on the rise. Globalisation, being
the epicentre of the framework, is array of opportunities alongside challenges.
While the debate on pollution persists, issues such as terrorism, drugs abuse,
arms proliferation, climate change, and data security have crossed national
borders in search of global solutions. These while picked up within the
domestic affairs of individual states within their political agendas,
require integrated policy change in the international arena to be dealt with in
an effective and constructive manner.

While viewed
as transnational, the effects of global governance have a direct influence
within the domestic there of each individual state. As Halabi (2004:23)[6] stated,
that the framework of global governance is best suited to manipulate
globalisation’s forces, control its detrimental negative effects and recognises
that globalization cannot lead to global governance like cooperation
correspondingly may not be facilitated by the anarchy that prevails in the
international system. In the anarchic system, the challenge stands as states
seek authority, power and control. While this collective consciousness is
imperative for change, the thirst for power breaks down the cooperation and
leads to violations in search for a state of hegemony. While offensive realists
would argue that this is natural, this state of neutrality is least beneficial
for the scale of change that meets the eye. A multilateral approach is
therefore the only possible explanation which not only levels the playing field
for all but also doesn’t compromising on valuing the voices of each of its
stake holders from time to time.

While the framework sounds equitable, it is impossible
to isolate domestic values in a multilateral setting. Deliberation and debate
may still lead to decision making that isn’t convincingly adhered to by all
states. Hence, policy development needs to be holistic in nature.

Challenges

One of the
main challenges to Global Governance is state sovereignty. Stemming from the
widely accepted grassroots of the Westphalian system that today UN carries
forward in its mandate stated, “the
concept of nation-state sovereignty based on two principles: territoriality and
the exclusion of external actors from domestic authority structures ”.[7] Global
Governance can be maximised in the state of absence of state governments and a
collective sense of shared sovereignty to create a cohesive international
community.

The ability
for nations to contribute to change may diversely vary corresponding to their
standing and their state capabilities. As Halabi (2004:24)[8]recognises,
while global governance seeks to resolve disputes and issues, it does not
restrict states in continuing to pursue wealth within the created structure of
their own. Hence, we need a global interface that can pool in these independent
capabilities and empower international actors to foster change.

Domination
and subordination of states hinders the process of global governance. As
pointed out by Mehta (2007:4)[9], the idea of
‘international’ is often perceived as the G8 or the G20. The G8[10], while
primarily focusing on economic issues are seen to represent and speak for the
entire international community as they guide the forces of response to global
issues and challenges. From an economic lens, the G8 as one might multilateral
institution concentrates the power to manipulate the procedures of world
economics. This prevailing hierarchy in the system therefore deters the
comprehensive bridge between the rich and poor states, further breaking down
the cooperation.

Limits of Global
Governance

Some of the
fundamental limits to the idea go Global Governance includes the force’s
ability to comply with international rules, to maintain transparency, to be
able to create win-win resolutions that are mutually beneficial in interstate
disputes, and its ability to empower international organisations to deliver
required international aid in terms of services and public goods for all
nations to thrive in an equitable system. All nations have an intrinsic need to
join these international organisations and institutions to prove their
international legitimacy within the global community.

These
challenges have been witnessed prominently in many spheres of transnational
issues. The United States’ non-cooperation in the environmental
protect through the implementation of the targets to reduce CO2 emissions that
would help curbing global warming in accordance to the Kyoto protocol[11] is an
apt example of the same. The target of global poverty reduction has prompted
international economic institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and
the World Bank to strengthen their policies through the launch of CDF
(Comprehensive Development Framework) and PRSP’s (Poverty Reduction Strategy
Papers). Yet, the need for radical reformation persists. A report by the IFIAC,
also known as the Maltzer Commission[12] deduces the
inefficiency of the World Bank by pointing out the inconsistency in its
assistance provided to the social programs for the rural as its administrative
work overlaps significantly with the domestic and regional developmental banks
hence leading to low performance of the institution as a unit. The commission
called for a privatisation of the World Bank’s lending operations leading to
its conversion into a World Development Agency.

The field of
human rights has been widely debated due to the lack of coherence and
inconsistencies in policies that are adapted to the domestic affairs of each
state. Human rights for the moral compass for global governance as violation
proliferate across the globe. The asymmetry of information enables institutions
and states to exercise policies that impede several rights that individuals are
fundamentally entitles to. The use of policing, coercion and torture violate
rights including their rights to food, health care, housing and many more. The
conundrum of capital punishment and its violation to the fundamental right to
life has been debated for decades. The implementation and an ability to uphold
and maintain this moral compass of human rights is a test of the potential of
Global Governance.

The breakdown
of trade agreements highlights the over reliance and dependance of developing
nations on the export of commodities that carry the brunt of collapsing prices.
Such disputes and inequities within investment and trade may also be seen among
large and advanced nations that seek to uphold leverage against one another
such as the persisting trade conflict between USA and China. The shift in focus
is therefore now on the diversification of exports that may be facilitated if
Global Governance can effectively manage the forces of globalisation and
streamline it through new international agreements supporting the price of
commodities.

Last but not
the least, the uprise of civil society conflicts and revolutions are grossly
mismanaged. The recent measures taken by the United Nation of disputes such as
the ongoing Syrian Civil War and unrest have led to questioning the legitimacy
of the proposals passed through the Security Council and the body itself. While
funding for the institution is always constituted as a fundamental issue, no
constructive measure to rectify the same has been collectively formed by the
member states of the international organisation.

Conclusion

While Global
Governance seeks to benefit all, it is over ambitious and idealistic. There are
several reforms that are imperative to its efficient implementation. Firstly,
it is important to modify how states perceive state sovereignty and dismiss the
threat that global governance poses to it. It is crucial to sustain he
representation of state governments to retain the democratisation of global
institutions. With that said, the international community has a heavy reliance
on national governments as opposed to weakening them. Weak states carrying a
contrasting perception are not only a threat to themselves but also to the
framework of Global governance. Weak legitimacy in nations that may categorised
as rogue states, fake democracies or quasi authoritarian states have a high
degree of threat on their efficiency and potential. This is however enhanced in
states that exercise more liberty and freedom, where the civil society
representation is high.

Secondly,
global governance requires an accountable and moral structure. These two
elements must be universally recognised as backbones of the framework that are
essential and uncontested. Subsequently, regional governance and domestic
affairs must be trusted and respected to maintain development and management of
state infrastructure and the preservation of natural resources. Emerging
regional powers must refrain from dominating the playing field and facilitate
trade and regional agreements to foster global governance by mobilising people,
boosting imports and exports, and effectively managing resources.

Correspondingly,
the needs to be an urgent democratisation of international economic
institutions such as the UN, World Bank, WTO and IMF to filter and check the
viability of proposals and measures taken. There needs to be a reiterated call
for conformity of these revolutionary and policy making bodies with the cause
of strengthening global governance, enabling them to efficiently respond to
current and emerging global challenges. There needs to be an expansion of the
Security Council that restricts the veto power in the hand of a few elitist
nations and a reformation of the mandate of the UN enabling it to target short
term goals making it more effective.

Lastly, the
legal structure require reform. The international judiciary and legal system need
to be strengthened adhering to the globalised relationships between states that
supersede domestic dynamics of legal frameworks within states. International
courts such as the ICJ and the ICC must take cognizance of the changing world
that the seek to serve.

The global
community must in tandem minis the unilateral rule and isolate the quest for
hegemony to create a system of cooperation and enable the upliftment of
subordinated sections of societies such as women, children, indigenous people,
underprivileged, refugees and many more. The structure should encompass all
state and non-state actors to help developing nations in the society meet the
Millennium Developmental Goals to ensure peace, harmony, uphold human rights,
reduce the detrimental effect of global warning on climate change, combat
terrorism, curb migration and nuclear proliferation alongside fostering growth
in the international, regional and individual state level. Global Governance is
there a vital instrument that seeks to intertwine global interests and look
beyond domestic foreign policies to form a global knit community that envisages
a world of peace and harmony. Yet the question prevails, is global governance
an answer to the echoing anarchy or a mere euphemism of a global government?


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No China link to local coronavirus cases: Pakistan – Economic Times

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NEW DELHI: Pakistan has rushed to rescue of all-weather friend China, giving a clean chit to Beijing by announcing that patients impacted by Covid-19 in Pakistan were not transmitted from China and defending its decision not to airlift Pakistan students from Wuhan, the original epicentre of the virus.

These statements were issued by senior Pakistan government officials. Pakistan, in return, received an eight-member medical expert team from China over the weekend to assist Islamabad fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi welcomed the Chinese medical team at the Islamabad International Airport and thanked them for coming to Pakistan to help the country overcome the disease. “I would like to thank the Chinese people and the Chinese government…for going out of the way to support Pakistan and our effort to fight the Covid-19,” he said.

“We have learned from you. We have stood by you, and you’re standing with us. So this challenge has brought the peoples of China and Pakistan even closer. In this challenging time, the (Pakistani) people expected China to come forth and China has lived up to their expectations,” the foreign minister told Chinese official news agency Xinhua.

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David Hodgkiss, Lancashire chairman, dies after contracting coronavirus | ESPNcricinfo.com – ESPNcricinfo

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David Hodgkiss, the Lancashire chairman, has died at the age of 71 after contracting coronavirus.

Hodgkiss, who had been on the board at Emirate Old Trafford for 22 years, is understood to have had underlying health issues.

Having previously served as treasurer and vice-chairman, he took over from Michael Cairns in April 2017 and was a central figure in the renovation of Old Trafford over the past decade – a period of refurbishment, including the construction of The Point and the raising of £9 million of public funding for the new Hilton hotel.

The success of these plans was reflected in Old Trafford being awarded both the prestigious India v Pakistan World Cup fixture last summer, and the first semi-final.

“Further to the announcement from his family, it is with great sadness that Lancashire Cricket announces the passing of its Chairman, David Hodgkiss OBE,” read a club statement on Monday morning.

“David served the club with distinction over many years including holding the offices of treasurer, vice-chairman and latterly chairman.

“He was much loved by everyone at Lancashire Cricket Club and respected throughout the cricketing world. Our sincere condolences and thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Colin Graves, the ECB chairman, said: “David was a vital part of cricket in Lancashire and was passionate about growing and developing the sport in the county.

“He played an integral role in the redevelopment of Emirates Old Trafford and Its status as a leading international ground is a testament to his hard work and dedication.

“On behalf of everyone at the England and Wales Cricket Board, our thoughts are with his family, friends and everyone at Lancashire County Cricket Club at this sad time.”

Daniel Gidney, Lancashire’s chief executive, paid his respects on Twittter, writing: “I am absolutely devastated to lose my great friend. RIP David.”

Matt Parkinson, the Lancashire and England legspinner who received his club cap from Hodgkiss in 2018, added: “Such sad news. A great man who always had time for everyone and loved the [red rose]. Will remember his capping speech for a long time

Luke Sutton, the former Lancashire batsman turned player agent, added: “Such sad news. David was a really lovely man who loved Lancashire cricket.”

Hodgkiss also served as chief executive of steel fabrication company the William Hare Group, and was awarded the OBE for services to manufacturing and exporting

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Man arrested in Cricket Wireless break-in – The Wilson Times

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A Wilson man faces charges after police say he broke into a cellphone business Monday morning and stole merchandise.

Police responded to a 2:45 a.m. burglary alarm call at Cricket Wireless located at 2336 Forest Hills Road, according to Sgt. Steve Stroud. When officers arrived, they found that the business had been broken into.

Officers then created a perimeter in the area of where the business break-in occurred, Stroud said. Investigating officers found the suspect, identified as 20-year Adiel S. Piedra, at Westwood Park, Stroud said.

Officers also found the stolen property from the burglary in Piedra’s vehicle along with “suspected marijuana and a Xanax pill,” Stroud said.

Piedra is charged with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of a Schedule IV drug.

Piedra received a $20,000 secured bond.

OTHER BURGLARIES

Wilson police are still investigating a rash of burglaries that occurred at several cellphone businesses on March 17, including the same Cricket Wireless on Forest Hills Road. Other burglaries were reported the same day at Boost Mobile, 1301-N Ward Blvd., and Metro by T-Mobile on Forest Hills Road.

Police ask anyone with information regarding these cases to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.

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Pakistani diaspora in US to help with ventilators – DAWN.com

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WASHINGTON: Pakistani physicians based in the United States are being asked to finance the purchase of ventilators from China to help their country of origin amid the coronavirus outbreak, said an embassy official on Monday.

“They are on the forefront in the fight against this disease in the United States and are also willing to do whatever they can to help the country of their origin,” Pakistan ambassador Asad Majeed Khan told Dawn.

Like the rest of the international community, Pakistan also needs medical supplies, particularly ventilators, to deal with this crisis, as it has only a few thousands of these life-saving instruments. One option was to urge the US government to send some ventilators to Pakistan.

“But we realise that there’s an acute shortage of ventilators in the United States as well,” he said. “So, we are asking Pakistani physicians and others to finance the purchase of ventilators from China.”

APPNA, an organisation representing Pakistani physicians in North America, has contacted suppliers in China for buying ventilators for Pakistan.

APPNA has also opened a command centre in Lahore for providing N-95 and KN-95 masks, protective gowns and other equipment to doctors in Pakistan.

Stranded Pakistanis

In the US, the Pakistani embassy is working with APPNA and Pakistani restaurants to provide free meals to those stranded because of the lockdown.

“We are working with the US officials to send those Pakistanis home on first available flights,” said the ambassador. “And we are also working with the US Embassy in Islamabad to bring back Pakistani-Americans stranded there.”

The Pakistanis stranded in the US were also concerned about their visas, which would expire if they continued to stay. “We contacted US State Department officials on this issue and they assured us that those stranded in the US because of this epidemic will get a 180-day grace period,” he said.

For those Pakistani students who were in the US on scholarships and needed to return, “the embassy will arrange flights for their return”, he added.

Published in Dawn, March 31st, 2020

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The Rise of the Virtual Cricket Gaming | Info4u – India West

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The never-ending glory and craze for the cricket had led to the rise of virtual gaming, such as a fantasy cricket league that has managed to strike the chord in the hearts of the cricket fans all over the world. The fantasy cricket games make you experience the real-life thrill of cricket. Ever since the release, the fantasy cricket game has managed to establish a strong footed position in the segments for all good reasons.

Engaging content

The Indian fantasy cricket has managed to reach out to a large number of people who are die-hard fans of the cricket, the credit for which goes to the engaging and user-friendly content of the game. It enables the player to customise their own virtual team by selecting 11 real-life players. The scores and rank allotted would be on the basis of the individual cricketer’s overall performance in the real-time match. Most people find this game pretty much interesting as they have the option to create a team of their own by selecting their favourite cricketers across the globe.

An analysis of decision-making abilities

The fantasy cricket game might sound easy to play but you need to have some basic knowledge about cricket to make productive decisions. These kinds of games require quick decision-making abilities if you want to achieve high-ranks. It tests your creative skills as well. To begin with the game, one should analyze and study the overall career performance and speciality of each cricketer in order to select the best and the choicest ones to build a strong virtual team for yourself.

A chance to win rewards

Apart from being a super-entertaining and engaging game, the virtual platform of fantasy cricket provides a golden-opportunity to every cricket enthusiast to earn monetary rewards by securing the highest rank in the game. Yes, you have heard it right. You can even make money through the platform of fantasy cricket game and this winning factor has been the pivotal reason for people’s increasing engagement towards this game. Fantasy cricket is not just a mere entertaining game, but it also provides a fruitful platform if you have got the right skills and sound knowledge of cricket.

Millions of cricket lovers utilize the fantasy cricket league game to win exciting rewards. This virtual gaming platform has provided a platform where the players can compete with each other. You need to secure the highest rank in the game to defeat others. There is a lot of excitement, thrill and healthy competition in the game.

If you are a true fan of cricket then the fantasy cricket game would definitely be an ideal one for you. Witness the magnum-opus and much-celebrated legacy of cricket in the virtual world. Cricket has always been one of the favourite sports games since ages and today also, the classic charm and never-ending craze of this game is still alive in the hearts of the people, making it one of the favourite sports games of all time.

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Insaf Imdad Package approved – The News International

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Insaf Imdad Package approved

LAHORE: The chief minister presided over a meeting at his office here Monday which approved Chief Minister’s Insaf Imdad Package worth Rs10 billion. On this occasion, the CM directed to early launch the package for distribution of financial aid among the needy families through a foolproof mechanism. A sum of Rs4,000 will be given to 25 lakh deserving families. He said that financial grant under Chief Minister Punjab Insaf Imdad Package would be in addition to the relief package of the federal government to facilitate the daily-wagers.

Giving detail of the package, he said that applications would be received online and after the verification of the antecedents, the money would be transferred online while complaints would also be launched online. He directed that the application form be simplified and only necessary information like names, CNICs and mobile phone numbers of the applicants be collected. The Punjab government has taken unprecedented steps for dealing with coronavirus and the impecunious families will not be left alone, he assured.

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