Chief Editor: Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

MAR – 2020

Pakistanis stranded at Bangkok airport to be brought back home

ISLAMABAD, MAR 28  – The government has decided to bring back the Pakistanis stranded at Bangkok Airport via a special plane.About 150 Pakistanis are presently stranded at Bangkok Airport. According to the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis, these travellers will be brought back by special plane at 8:00 pm on Saturday.In a statement issued by Zulfi Bukhari, he said that Pakistanis stranded abroad are being provided all possible assistance. The coronavirus pandemic has paralyzed the entire world but we are keeping a close eye on issues being faced by Pakistanis living in overseas countries according to the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Prince Harry and Meghan now based in California: report

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have permanently relocated to California amid the coronavirus pandemic, media reports said Friday.The royal couple flew by private jet from Canada to Los Angeles last week before the border between the two countries closed because of the deadly virus outbreak.“Harry and Meghan have left Canada now for good,” a “royal insider” told the tabloid.“The borders were closing and flights were stopping. They had to get out.”The border between the US and Canada, the longest in the world, closed last week in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as both countries see escalating numbers of cases.

Educational institutes to remain closed till May 31

ISLAMABAD, MAR 27 (DNA) – Ministry of education has issued the notification ordering all educational institutes across the country to remain closed till May 31.According to the notification, government and private schools, colleges as well as madrassahs will remain closed till May 31. These holidays will be considered as annual summer holidays.

Statement by IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva on Pakistan

WASHINGTON, DC,  (DNA) – Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) issued the following statement:“The authorities have continued their reform efforts to address Pakistan’s economic challenges, but progress is being threatened by the devastating effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and the deterioration in global economic and financial conditions.

Second Chinese consignment of 50,000 testing kits reach Karachi

ISLAMABAD, Mar 27 (DNA):A second plane carrying 50,000 testing kits for coronavirus and medical equipment donated by private Chinese companies have reached Karachi.According to NDMA spokesperson, the consignment carrying testing kits and medical was the second tranche of medical goods sent by Jack Ma Foundation.=DNA

Singapore to arrest people who stand too close to anyone

Singaporeans can now end up behind bars if they don’t practice social distancing.To halt the spread of the coronavirus across the country, authorities announced on Friday jail time for all those who intentionally stand close to someone else. The punishment will last for six months and Sg$10,000 (PKR1,130,250).The city-state has introduced a series of new measures to tackle the virus, including closing bars and cinemas as well as banning large events.

Indonesian embassy officials discuss COVID 19 with IIU President

ISLAMABAD, MAR 27 (DNA) – A delegation from the Embassy of Indonesia comprising of Defence Attache, Col. Dody Mukhtar Taufik and other senior officials paid a visit to the International Islamic University, Islamabad. The delegation met with Dr. Aqdas Naveed Malik, Acting President. The delegation appreciated the efforts of IIUI in maintaining a secure and conducive environment for all foreign students including Indonesian students residing at the IIU Hostels.