newsdailyApril 19, 2021


Muttiah Muralitharan has undergone a scheduled angioplasty at a hospital in Chennai and has responded well to the procedure, a spokesman for the former Sri Lanka spinner’s Indian Premier League (IPL) side Sunrisers Hyderabad said on Monday.

The 49-year-old, who is part of Hyderabad’s coaching staff for the tournament, said he would shortly rejoin the team in Chennai after quarantining as per IPL protocols, he added.

Muralitharan is the leading wicket-taker in international cricket with 1,347 victims, including 800 in tests. He played for Sri Lanka in 133 tests, 350 ODIs and 12 Twenty20 Internationals.

“Wishing Sri Lanka legend Muttiah Muralitharan, who was recently hospitalised for cardiac treatment, a speedy recovery,” cricket’s governing body ICC said in a tweet.


newsdailyApril 19, 2021


Lahore: Traders’ organizations in Lahore and other cities have announced their full support for the call for a wheel jam strike by scholars today.

The All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran in Lahore has fully supported the appeal of Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman and announced to keep the shutters down across the country. The city’s small and large wholesale markets and retail markets are closed, with the full support of traders’ organizations.

On the other hand, the Pakistan Goods Transporters Association has gone on a wheel jam strike, closing all the goods transport bases in the city.

newsdailyApril 17, 2021


Russia accused a Ukrainian diplomat on Saturday of trying to obtain classified information and ordered him to leave the country by April 22, prompting a like-for-like response from Ukraine as border tensions simmer.

Russia’s FSB security service said Oleksandr Sosoniuk had been detained when he tried to access information from Russian law enforcement databases during a meeting with a Russian citizen.

The foreign ministry gave Sosoniuk 72 hours to leave, and Ukraine then did likewise to a Russian diplomat in Kyiv.

Ukraine’s foreign ministry said Sosoniuk had been held for several hours before being allowed to return to his consulate in St Petersburg, and called the detention a provocation. “We fully deny the accusations levelled against the consular officer,” it said in a statement.

Tensions between Moscow and Kyiv have been rising amid a build-up of Russian troops along the border and clashes in eastern Ukraine between the army and pro-Russian separatists.–Reuters

newsdailyApril 17, 2021


RIO DE JANEIRO: The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people, amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening crisis in places such as Brazil, India and France.

The number of lives lost, as compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is about equal to the population of Kyiv, Ukraine; Caracas, Venezuela; or metropolitan Lisbon, Portugal. It is bigger than Chicago (2.7 million) and equivalent to Philadelphia and Dallas combined.

And the true number is believed to be significantly higher because of possible government concealment and the many cases overlooked in the early stages of the outbreak that began in Wuhan, China, at the end of 2019.

When the world back in January passed the bleak threshold of 2 million deaths, immunization drives had just started in Europe and the United States. Today, they are underway in more than 190 countries, though progress in bringing the virus under control varies widely.

While the campaigns in the U.S. and Britain have hit their stride and people and businesses there are beginning to contemplate life after the pandemic, other places, mostly poorer countries but some rich ones as well, are lagging behind in putting shots in arms and have imposed new lockdowns and other restrictions as virus cases soar.

Worldwide, deaths are on the rise again, running at around 12,000 per day on average, and new cases are climbing too, eclipsing 700,000 a day. “This is not the situation we want to be in 16 months into a pandemic, where we have proven control measures,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, one of the World Health Organization’s leaders on COVID-19.

In Brazil, where deaths are running at about 3,000 per day, accounting for one-quarter of the lives lost worldwide in recent weeks, the crisis has been likened to a “raging inferno” by one WHO official. A more contagious variant of the virus has been rampaging across the country.

This situation is similarly dire in India, where cases spiked in February after weeks of steady decline, taking authorities by surprise. In a surge driven by variants of the virus, India saw over 180,000 new infections in one 24-hour span during the past week, bringing the total number of cases to over 13.9 million.

In the U.S., where over 560,000 lives have been lost, accounting for more than 1 in 6 of the world’s COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations and deaths have dropped, businesses are reopening, and life is beginning to return to something approaching normalcy in several states. The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits tumbled last week to 576,000, a post-COVID-19 low.–AP reported.


newsdailyApril 12, 2021


Aiden Markram’s brilliant half-century and a top bowling performance from left-arm spinner George Linde was enough for South Africa to thrash Pakistan in the second T20I in Johannesburg on Monday. While chasing a total of 141 to level the four-match series, the home team never looked in trouble and completed the chase in just 14 overs at the expense of four wickets.

The star of the show was Markram who played a brilliant knock of 54 off 30 balls, which included seven fours and three sixes. He was well supported by captain Heinrich Klaasen who remained unbeaten on 36 off just 21 balls with the help of four fours and one six.

Earlier, after winning the toss and opting to bat first, Pakistan produce a below-par performance as they managed to post just 140 runs for the loss of nine wickets in their allotted 20 overs. Linde was the real destructor as he removed the Men-in-Green’s top-three, two of which inside the first three overs of the innings which was enough to dent the visiting team’s hopes of posting a competitive total. Samaa reported.

Other than him, young Lizaad Williams also managed to claim three wickets but gave away 35 runs in his quota of four overs. For Pakistan, captain Babar Azam struggled throughout the innings but still managed to score run-a-ball 50, which included five fours.

newsdailyApril 12, 2021


The federal government has decided to conduct a new census this year. Asad Omar says “the census framework will be ready in 6 to 8 weeks, the census will be completed before 2023, there is no procedure to fix the old census in the constitution.

Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar told a press conference in Islamabad that the Council of Common Interests had approved the results of the census by a majority vote. There were many objections to the old census.

He said that he would not wait and would immediately start work for a new census, would use technology to bring transparency in the next census, and would conduct a new census in accordance with international and UN procedures.

The Federal Minister said that the procedure for the next census would be worked out in 6 to 7 weeks and its approval would be taken at the next meeting of common interest, after which the process of new census would begin at the end of this year and will be completed before 2023.

The census was conducted in 2017 under the PML-N government in which the population of Karachi was shown to be more than 14 million, which was strongly protested by MQM Pakistan, Jamaat-e-Islami, Pak Sarzamin Party and other parties. 

Regarding the last census, Asad Umar said that the results were correct or incorrect, but all the operations were completed under the supervision of the federal and the provinces. At the time of the census, there was a PPP government in Sindh and a PML-N government in the federal.

The Federal Minister said that he wanted all the provinces and stakeholders to be taken into confidence in the upcoming census process. The agenda of the meeting of the Council of Common Interests was Census 2017. In November 2017, the Council of Common Interests demanded that a Percentage audit should be done, later 5% audit was approved instead of 1%, however 3 days before the expiration of the term of Parliament it was said that it would be a pointless exercise.

newsdailyApril 12, 2021


Acknowledging Pakistan’s initiatives, the German Foreign Minister said that Pakistan’s role is important for peace and dialogue in Afghanistan. Pakistan has made many sacrifices for peace in the region.

Addressing a joint press conference in the German capital Berlin, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Shah Mehmood Qureshi is welcome in Germany. The political and economic situation was discussed during the meeting. Germany acknowledges that Pakistan has made many sacrifices for peace in the region. Pakistan’s role is important for peace in Afghanistan. Pakistan has left no stone unturned in hosting Afghan refugees. 

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that he was grateful for Germany’s cooperation in achieving GSP Plus. Pakistan wants to boost relations with Germany. Also wants new economic relations with Germany. There are great opportunities for trade in Pakistan. Pakistan will remain in touch with Germany on other issues, including the Afghan issue. 

He said that the world is facing a challenge because of Coronavirus. We are grateful for Germany’s support in providing the vaccine. Regarding peace in the region, the Foreign Minister said, “Pakistan wants peaceful relations with India. India needs to provide a conducive environment for dialogue. Like Germany, Pakistan wants peace and prosperity in Afghanistan. 

The Pakistani Foreign Minister further said that developing countries are looking at developed countries for corona vaccine. Pakistan and Germany share a common position on the Afghan issue. Prime Minister Imran Khan is also interested in visiting Germany. 

newsdailyApril 12, 2021


Lahore: Saad Hussain Rizvi, head of Tehreek-e-Lubaik Pakistan, has been arrested from Lahore. Reasons have not been yet came to the limelight for arrest.

TLP leader Pir Ijaz Ashrafi while talking to media, confirmed that Saad Hussain Rizvi, the head of Tehreek-e-Lubaik Pakistan was arrested from Lahore. Saad Rizvi was taken into custody from Iqbal Town area on Monday afternoon. He had gone to perform Zuhr prayers at Jamia Masjid Rehmat-ul-Alamin.

Saad Hussain Rizvi was appointed TLP chief after the death of his father Khadim Hussain Rizvi. The decision to appoint Saad Rizvi as head was taken by the TLP’s Majlis-e-Shura. His appointment was announced by the party’s central deputy chief Syed Zaheerul Hassan Shah at the funeral. 

newsdailyApril 8, 2021

RAWALPINDI:  Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday lauded the valour of the country’s armed forces and law enforcement agencies for rendering immense sacrifices in the war against terrorism.
During his visit to Armed Forces Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFIRM) in Rawalpindi, the foreign minister said the nation stood side by side with Pakistan Army for protecting the frontiers of the country.
The Foreign Minister visited various medical wards and met the soldiers of Pakistan Army undergoing treatment at the Institute and praised their determination. He appreciated the medical facilities provided at the Armed Forces Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Earlier on his arrival, the foreign minister was welcomed by Lt. Gen. Nigar Johar, Head of Army Medical Corps and Maj. Gen. Zafar Ali, Commandant of Armed Forces Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine and the management of the Institute.
The foreign minister planted a sapling in the lawn of Armed Forces Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. The Foreign Minister was given a detailed briefing on the scope and performance of the Institute. The Armed Forces Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine is the largest and most modern prosthesis center in the country, especially for wounded soldiers on the battlefield.—APP

newsdailyApril 8, 2021


ISLAMABAD: The visit of Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser to Afghanistan was postponed due to the closure of the Kabul airport at the last moment, citing security reasons, the media wing of the Parliament House announced on Thursday.

The aircraft of the Speaker, who was heading a nine-member parliamentary delegation to Kabul, on the special invitation of his counterpart Chairman Wolsi Jirga Mir Rehman Rahmani had to return to Islamabad, after being denied permission to land at the Hamid Karzai international.

Mohammad Sadiq, Pakistan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan in a tweet said “Speaker’s visit to Kabul postponed as the airport was closed due to security threat.”

He said “the plane was about to descent when the control tower informed of the closure of the airport. New dates for the visit will be decided after mutual consultations.”

According to the data available from the flight tracker Flightradar 24 and shared by an unofficial PIA enthusiast said the aircraft circled for some time near Kabul’s Hamid Karzai airport, before heading back home. However, the information available from the Kabul Airport’s online arrivals and departures showed regular flight movement.

Official sources said Chairman Wolsi Jirga Afghanistan Mir Rehman Rahmani and  Chairman of the Afghan Senate Fazal Hadi Muslimyar telephoned Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and regretted the postponement of the visit. They said they were looking forward to the visit of the delegation from Pakistan at an earlier date. Speaker Asad Qaiser said he would be visiting Kabul as soon as the security situation improves.

The Parliamentary delegation comprised Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Sadiq Khan, MNAs Shandan Gulzaar, Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, Sajid Khan, Maulana Salauddin Ayubi, Gul Dad Khan, Ghulam Mustafa Shah and Secretary National Assembly. The delegation was on a four-day visit to Kabul.

Prior to his visit the Speaker in a brief message said he looked forward to closer ties with the people of Afghanistan. He said the delegation planned to hold wide-ranging discussions, including deliberations on the Afghan peace and cross-border trade.—APP

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