No pay raise for PM Imran this year as austerity measures continue

ISLAMABAD: At a time when PM Imran Khan was carrying out an austerity drive to slash the expenditures which he initiated from his own, no increase has been made in his pay and allowances for the fiscal year 2021-22. Reports in local media suggest that the budget of the premier’s house and office has increased by over Rs 184 million

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Saudi Arabia Halts International Hajj For The Second Year – A Brief Look At When Hajj Was Cancelled In History

RIYADH: No foreign traveller will be allowed to perform the annual Islamic pilgrimage as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Saturday announced that it will only allow 60,000 local residents who get vaccinated against the novel Covid-19. Authorities much like the previous year expressed concerns over the current situation as the flocks of international pilgrims could be a major cause of

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Hunza court directs Luxus Resort to reverse ‘illegal’ entry fees ‘for all’ after public outcry

GILGIT: A sub-divisional magistrate of Gojal Hunza has directed the Luxus Hunza Resort, to revoke the entry fee collection as ‘law permits every citizen to any hotel premises free of charge.’ Judge Iqbal Jan, in his remarks, further added that everyone will be allowed to enter Luxus Hunza Resort premises while they need to pay for renting a room, food

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‘PakVac’ – Pakistan develops single dose homemade Covid jab to vaccinate all adults

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday rolled out its single-dose homemade Covid-19 vaccine named ‘PakVac’ which was produced with the help of all-weather friend China in a bid to vaccinate all eligible individuals. The PakVac vaccine showed promising results as the efficacy at preventing symptomatic cases stood at around 75 percent. Chinese state-owned pharmaceutical company Cansino helped the Pakistani nerve center on

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Selling cigarettes to underage boys and girls in Islamabad to face fine, license cancelation

ISLAMABAD: Selling cigarettes to underage persons will cause license cancellation besides a penalty up to Rs100,000, Deputy Commissioner of federal capital Hamza Shafqaat announced Saturday. A statement issued from the DC Islamabad stated that ‘We have started online registration of tobacco vendors and anyone found violating the rule will now be fined and even get their license cancelled’. Director Excise

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Irfan Junejo another time draws public ire for not speaking about Palestine issue but ‘he didn’t mean it’

Pakistani You Tuber and former blogger Irfan Junejo another time draw public ire after claiming that as You Tuber he cannot add much substance to the Palestine massacre. The famous content creator, who earlier faced extreme backlash and even campaign from a large number of social media users after his not-so-common stance on the Kashmir issue, this time, breaks silence

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School announces 20pc fee reduction as country battles third Covid wave

LAHORE – Amid the third deadly wave of a novel coronavirus, The Punjab School has announced a 20 percent fee reduction to facilitate parents and without downsizing. During the hard times of ongoing pandemic, people in the south Asian country saw a major decline in job opportunities beside other being jobless and many even face deduction in the salaries, but

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No Aitekaf in coronavirus-hit cities in Punjab this year

LAHORE: Provincial authorities have banned Aitekaf in cities with high positivity rates and allowed Aitekaf in only 10 districts. Punjab’s Primary and Secondary Health Department issued a notification in this regard which classified the cities as per their positivity rates. The observance of Aitekaf will be permitted in the districts having low COVID-positive cases, the notification reads. The districts which

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32 places where you can travel visa free or with visa on arrival with a Pakistani passport

At least 32 countries provide visa-free and visa-on-arrival facilities to Pakistani passport holders. Passports of all countries are ranked by the Passport Index firm based on how many countries you can travel to with them. Pakistani passport in the latest Henley Passport Index ranked fourth-worst in the world after Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Despite the 107th rank in the world,

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DRAP bars doctors from using brand names while prescribing drugs to patients

LAHORE: The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan has directed the doctors from mentioning the advertised brand names of drugs while prescribing them to patients. According to the official notification, the regulatory authority has directed all provincial healthcare departments to ensure medical practitioners prescribe medicines only with their generic names/salt. In a letter written to provincial health departments, the authority mentioned

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