KARACHI: The coronavirus which has infected several healthcare workers around the world, dozens of doctors, paramedics, nurses and technicians in Pakistan have also contracted the virus, ARY News reported, citing sources. According to statistics provided by health officials, 45 doctors and paramedical staff have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Sindh, 49 healthcare workers infected with COVID-19 in Punjab and 39 medical workers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

ISLAMABAD: As a token of recognition of their dauntless bravery, the federal government on Monday approved special risk allowance for the health professionals performing coronavirus duties, ARY News reported. According to sources, the government has allocated Rs480 million for the special risk allowance to encourage the frontline warriors in the fight against the COVID-19.

ISLAMABAD: Nearly 1.3 million pensioners have started receiving their monthly amounts at their doorstep for the first time in the country’s history as coronavirus affected over 950 people nation-wide, ARY NEWS reported. The initiative was taken by Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed on the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan to facilitate the pensioners.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Saturday that he was proud of the efforts of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government for a clean and green Pakistan to fight pollution and climate change, ARY News reported. PM Imran Khan shared a video praising the efforts of the Pakistani government for overcoming the menace of pollution and climate change by planting billions of trees besides heading towards the introduction of eco-friendly electric cars.

DASKA: In a precautionary measure, as many as 600 houses were declared quarantine centres after fist confirmed case of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) emerged in Punjab’s Daska city, ARY News reported. Sources said that the police and law enforcement agencies have cordoned off the area and no one is allowed to come out of their homes.

LAHORE: Provincial Finance Minister Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakhat is presenting Punjab budget for the fiscal year 2020-21 with a total outlay of Rs 2.22 trillion, ARY News reported. Giving a break-up of the budget during his speech, he said that the total outlay of the budget 2020-21 is around Rs2.2

Files ISLAMABAD: Pakistan strongly condemned and rejected India?s action aimed at illegally changing the demographic structure of occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK), a Foreign Office press release said Thursday. ?The so-called 'Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Order 2020' is another illegal step by India to settle non-Kashmiris in IOJ&K by changing the domicile laws,? the ministry said, adding: ?This is a clear violation of international law, including the 4th Geneva Convention.?

RAWALPINDI: Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad on Monday announced that the passenger train operations will remain suspended in the country due to rising tally of coronavirus pandemic, ARY NEWS reported. Addressing a presser, Sheikh Rasheed said that initially it was decided to resume the operations from April 1, however, the prime minister ordered against it and now they remain suspended till further orders.

ISLAMABAD: As many as 24 sugar mills received Rs11.8 billion in freight subsidies from the federal and Punjab governments in 2017 and 2019 combined, official data submitted to the commission probing the sugar crisis has revealed. Nearly Rs9.4 billion was released in 2017 ? under the subsidy scheme on exports ? by then prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif, notes data prepared by the State Bank of Pakistan for the inquiry commission tasked with probing the recent hike in sugar prices.

ISLAMABAD: In an effort to ensure availability of wheat flour at reasonable rates across the country, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday ordered a massive crackdown on hoarders, ARY News reported. Presiding over a high-level meeting to review the wheat and flour supply situation in the country, PM Imran ordered to launch crackdown against elements involved in wheat hoarding across the country.