Chief Editor: Ansar Mahmood Bhatti

MAR – 2020

ICCI calls for early bailout package for SMEs

ISLAMABAD, APR 8 (DNA) – The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) has called upon the government to finalize a bailout package for coronavirus-hit SMEs at the earliest in order to save them from default and extinction.Ahmed Waheed, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that due to Covid-19, business and industrial firms were closed for the last one month due to which business activities were on the verge of destruction.

Nigerian man arrested for defrauding people in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD, APR 8 (DNA) – A Nigerian national was arrested on Wednesday for defrauding people in a fake coronavirus fund scheme in Islamabad, according to the Federal Investigation Agency.The suspect approached people on social media platforms such as Facebook and then became friends with them. “He then took their account numbers and took money out of that,” FIA spokesperson said.He tricked residents by telling them that he will send them funds for the coronavirus, the spokesperson added.

Impact of COVID-19 on the World

Op-Ed by Senator Sehar Kamran T.I.

“Public health is really closely tied to the social, political and economic issues of the world. Where they go awry, public health can quickly go awry.”Michael OsterholmThe world is currently grappling with the yet untamable monster of COVID-19, as the global tally of people infected is on an upward march. Until 6th April, 2020, more than 1,274,923have been tested positive for the virus globally; with more than 69,000 dead, and 260,484 recovered. As clichéd as it sounds, the world as we knew has completely changed. Undoubtedly, the post-COVID-19 world will have a different reality, as compared to the one we were living in.

Climate Change a pandemic in the making, but not taken seriously: experts

ISLAMABAD, APR 7 (DNA) – Climate change is a pandemic in the making as there is rise in temperature, scarcity of water, and unbreathable air, but most of the governments are not taking it seriously, said Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute.In his welcome remarks at an international online webinar titled: State of Climate Governance Post COVID-19, organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad here on Tuesday, he said Covid-19 is a black swan event (low probability very high impact). “We were warned that a novel virus may threaten mankind, but no one took it seriously and now the planet is suffering,” he maintained.

Imran Khan sends best wishes to Prime Minister Boris Johnson

ISLAMABAD, APR 7 (DNA) – Prime Minister Imran Khan has conveyed best wishes and prayers for the earliest recovery and good health of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.In his letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister has also underscored the importance of Pakistan and UK working together to overcome the formidable challenges posed by COVID-19 and building a safer world.=DNA

Uzbekistan’s Anti-COVID-19 Strategies: an overview

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has now introduced many important integrated measures to put its macro-economy on the right path of sustainability and productive despite expected regional as well as global recession.

Dr Mehmood Ul Hassan Khan

The Republic of Uzbekistan has become “pioneer state” in the Central Asia Region (CAR) to introduce various meaningful socio-economic, administrative and legal measures to launch a comprehensive and effective fight against the Corona-virus (COVID-19). Indeed, national response of Uzbekistan against COVID-19 is “immense” and “decisive” which has now saved its people from any imminent collateral damage.

INGOs, NGOs offer all-out support to govt in fight against coronavirus

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Humanitarian Forum (PHF) and the National Humanitarian Network (NHN) have offered all-out cooperation and support to the government in the ongoing battle against coronavirus outbreak in the country.

“We fully appreciate the clear commitment and resolve shown by federal and provincial governments in ensuring quality and timely medical care being provided to those affected by coronavirus pandemic. We also reaffirm our resolve to extend all-out assistance to the government in its relief operations across country to protect communities and citizens in these hard times,” a joint statement issued by both the organizations read.