ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office (FO) has clarified Pakistan?s position for not participating in a video conference of trade officials on coronavirus pandemic arranged by India as it was not part of SAARC Secretariat, ARY News reported on Wednesday. The FO spokesperson Aisha Farooqui, while responding to media queries, said Pakistan believed being a founding member that South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) provides an important platform for regional cooperation.
LONDON: A mother of five who was a respected councillor has died after contracting Covid-19 during a trip to Pakistan. Shabnum Sadiq, who served on Slough Borough Council, died on April 6 after suffering "complications" from the virus. She leaves behind her husband and five children including 13-year-old quads. She had travelled to Pakistan in March to attend a wedding but could not go back as she was struck by coronavirus just within five days.
LAHORE: The district administration has declared Punjab?s Mughalpura area as red zone for coronavirus pandemic after the detection of four COVID-19 cases, ARY News reported on Wednesday. After the emergence of new cases of virus, the administration has closed Mughalpura Railway Workshop (loco shed) and sealed four streets of the area.
Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed. Photo: File Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has dismissed reports of a rift between sugar baron Jahangir Tareen and Prime Minister Imran Khan, insisting that Tareen is an important member of the party. ?Jahangir Tareen is an important member of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). I don?t think there are differences between him and the prime minister,? Rashid told a press conference on Wednesday.
In this file photo US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders(I-VT) speaks to the press after loosing much of super Tuesday to US Democratic presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden the previous night, in Burlington, Vermont on March 11, 2020. ? AFP WASHINGTON: Leftist US Senator Bernie Sanders suspended his presidential campaign Wednesday, clearing the way for rival Joe Biden to secure the Democratic nomination and challenge Donald Trump in November.
LONDON: Northern Irish truck driver Maurice Robinson has pleaded guilty to 39 counts of manslaughter related to the deaths of Vietnamese people found in a shipping container in southeast England last year, police said on Wednesday. The victims, 31 men and boys and eight women whose ages ranged from 15 to 44, were discovered in October in a container at the back of a truck driven by Robinson to an industrial estate in Grays in Essex, about 20 miles (32 km) east of London.
Measures imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus are pushing the world economy into a recession deeper and more painful than initially expected, even if a rebound is still on the cards for next year. A week before the International Monetary Fund updates its forecasts for the global economy that will take into account the initial damage incurred since the coronavirus emerged in China at the start of the year, the first sets of data are coming in.
?The world will never be the same again,? has been the oft-repeated refrain since the coronavirus brought the global economy to a juddering halt. For many it has shown how fragile our civilisation is. The crisis has come as a new movement called ?collapsology? ? which warns of the possible collapse of our societies as we know them ? is gaining ground.
John Cusack is no stranger to controversies as last year he sparked fury with an anti-Semitic image Hollywood star John Cusack is joining the list of bigwigs holding controversial views about the new 5G technology. The 53-year-old High Fidelity actor irked a large chunk of his followers on Twitter after he expressed his debatable views about 5G being harmful to humans.
LAHORE: Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has summoned a special session on coronavirus pandemic on April 10 to review the measures for curbing the incurable disease, ARY News reported on Wednesday. The upcoming session of the 11-member special parliamentary committee comprising representative of all political parties will be held on April 10 (Friday) through video link under the chair of Speaker Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi.