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newsdailyNovember 16, 2020
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The U.S company Moderna, which is working on Covid Vaccine,  said on Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine is proving to be highly effective in a major trial, the second dash of hope in the global race for a shot to tame a resurgent virus that is now killing more than 8,000 people a day worldwide.

The company said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, according to preliminary data from Moderna’s ongoing study. A week ago, competitor Pfizer Inc. announced its own COVID-19 vaccine appeared similarly effective news that puts both companies on track to seek permission within weeks for emergency use in the U.S.

The results are “truly striking,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious diseases expert. Earlier this year, Fauci said he would be happy with a COVID-19 vaccine that was 60% effective.

A vaccine can’t come fast enough, as virus cases topped 11 million in the U.S. over the weekend 1 million of them recorded in just the past week and governors and mayors are ratcheting up restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving. The pandemic has killed more than 1.3 million people worldwide, over 245,000 of them in the U.S.

Dr. Stephen Hoge, Moderna’s president, welcomed the “really important milestone” but said having similar results from two different companies is what’s most reassuring.

“That should give us all hope that actually a vaccine is going to be able to stop this pandemic and hopefully get us back to our lives,” Hoge told The Associated Press. He added: “It won’t be Moderna alone that solves this problem. It’s going to require many vaccines” to meet the global demand.

The National Institutes of Health helped create the vaccine Moderna is manufacturing, and NIH’s director, Dr. Francis Collins, said the exciting news from two companies “gives us a lot of confidence that we’re on the path towards having effective vaccines.”

But “we’re also at this really dark time,” he warned, saying people can’t let down their guard during the months it will take for doses of any vaccines cleared by the Food and Drug Administration to start reaching a large share of the population.

If the FDA allows emergency use of Moderna’s or Pfizer’s candidate, there will be limited, rationed supplies before the end of the year.

Both vaccines require people to get two shots, several weeks apart. U.S. officials said they hope to have about 20 million Moderna doses and another 20 million doses of the vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech to use in late December.

Moderna’s vaccine is being studied in 30,000 volunteers who received either the real thing or a dummy shot. On Sunday, an independent monitoring board examined 95 infections that were recorded after volunteers’ second dose, and they discovered all but five illnesses occurred in participants who got the placebo.

The study is continuing, and Moderna acknowledged the protection rate might change as more COVID-19 infections are detected. Also, it’s too soon to know how long protection lasts. Both cautions apply to Pfizer’s vaccine as well.–AP

 


newsdailyNovember 16, 2020
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Karachi: The final match of PSL 5 will be played between Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars tomorrow at National Stadium Karachi. These two cities have the biggest fanbases and cultural rivalry will lock horns for a chance to lift the prestigious trophy for the first time. Before the start of the tournament, no one was hoping that Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars will face each other in the end.

Mainly Qalandars, who lost their first three matches and the fans were again wondering if they would again finish last just like the previous four seasons.

On the other hand, Kings’ journey has been a roller-coaster ride till the final bowl of their qualifier against Multan Sultans. Kings had a stigma on not going through as they qualified every time for the playoffs in the last four seasons but couldn’t reach the final, however, on the other hand, Qalandars finished at the last and couldn’t taste the flavor of knockouts. Ary sports reported.

That’s all past and both these teams have played a good amount of cricket to reach this stage. Kings claiming a win against Sultans in a super-over thriller while Qalandars outclassing both Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans in Eliminators.

The rest of the tournament is over. Both teams begin anew, knowing they only need 40 good overs. And maybe a Super Over.


newsdailyNovember 16, 2020
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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz said people threw in the dustbin the narrative of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and Nawaz Sharif and voted in favour of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) in the election of Gilgit Baltistan awarding the party a majority.

Addressing a press conference here,  he said people and candidates in Gilgit Baltistan took part in elections and the democratic process and some candidates won and some lost. This time those persons lost elections who were campaigning in Gilgit Baltistan for a month and were on the nerves of people, he added. The minister said the opposition claimed that the elections will be a referendum but the people rejected it in the polls.

The people of Gilgit Baltistan voted with a democratic mindset and chose their progress, prosperity, development, and bright future, he added. The minister said the senior-most leadership of the opposition campaigned for the elections but they did not have a moral reason to tell on which basis they wanted a vote of people.

Both parties in their ten-year tenures did nothing for the people in the sectors of education, health and industry and only paid lip service, he said adding the media fully covered the election campaign with their cameras and teams. The minister said the opposition was talking about rigging before and after the election. The opposition was changing its narrative and now it was being said that people of Gilgit Baltistan always go with the federal government.

Shibli stressed that the elections were free, fair and transparent adding PTI could have won more seats if the opposition’s claims of rigging were accepted. Pakistan Tehreek-i- Insaf got the majority in the elections, he said adding for the opposition only those elections were fair in which it will win.

The opposition did the same thing in 2018 and cried about rigging without giving any proofs, he recalled. The minister said PTI waged a struggle for transparency in elections and it raised the issue of rigging in 2018 in the Election Commission, Parliament, the courts and four constituencies were opened on its demand. Opposition sitting in assemblies was getting paid while Maulana Fazlur Rehman contested election in the Parliament for the post of President. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi lost the election from his home constituency and then he won the National Assembly seat from Lahore.

He said leaders of opposition parties did not want to pursue allegations of rigging further admitting that the elections in Gilgit Baltistan were fair.
He said the Sharif family, ministers of PMLN, and its second-tier leadership were involved in corruption.

Now the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and anti-corruption department with the permission of the courts would go after corrupt people in political parties. “We have data and we will go after the corrupt as people of Pakistan have given the mandate to PTI to hold the corrupt accountable.”

To a question, he said the government will bring further changes in the election laws to introduce electronic voting and show of hands in the election in Senate as a part of its efforts to make the process transparent.

The government will strengthen democracy by following the rule of law, he said adding opposition would have to tell how its leaders accumulated assets of billions of rupees. He thanked the people of Gilgit Baltistan for giving PTI nine seats of the assembly.—APP


newsdailyNovember 16, 2020
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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a meeting of the Policy Committee overseeing the Prime Minister’s COVID Relief Fund review fund utilization details.

The fund was established in March 2020 to raise the amount for the COVID-19 affectees. PM Office Media Wing in a press release said, “The fund received generous donations from within Pakistan and overseas. Rs 4.8 billion accumulated in the fund of which Rs 1.08 billion was donated by international donors and Rs 3.8 billion contributed domestically,”

Earlier this year, the premiere had publicly announced two policies with respect to the fund, committing that it would be disbursed through the Ehsaas Emergency Cash to assist the COVID-19 job loss affectees.

Secondly, a “matching funds policy” was announced, which stipulated that for every rupee donated into the fund, Rs 4 would be matched by the government.

“To fulfill this promise, Rs 19.55 billion have been matched by the government – in total Rs 24.43 billion. This amount has supported 2 million families, each of them received Rs 12,000 as Ehsaas Emergency cash through this funding stream (out of the total of 15 million, who received Ehsaas Emergency cash),” the press release said.

There has been little transparency and trackability in the use of donor funds in the past.
However, the PM COVID Relief Fund has set a new precedent, in terms of transparency and track-ability of donated funds.

The press release quoted the prime minister as saying, “Pakistanis are the most giving nation. Their generosity is legendary. I want to give them the confidence that we are fully transparent with the use of all donor funds we receive,”.

To ensure sturdy governance and oversight of the fund, the PM established a Policy Committee to oversee the appropriate usage of the proceeds, including means of identification of the beneficiaries and the parameters of their selection.

The policy committee was also meant to decide about the means of disbursement and to take any appropriate decisions for collection of donations, maintenance and administration of the fund, and related matters.–APP


newsdailyNovember 11, 2020
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Karachi: (news daily): Pakistani actress Reema Khan has recently shared her pictures from Halloween theme party. She is currently living in US. Reema’s transformation pays homage to quintessential Pakistani film heroes from the 70s. Reema is carrying a male look wearing black shalwar kameez, paired with a black shawl and jacket, along with a black turban and fake moustache.

Reema Khan is a stunning, gorgeous and evergreen Pakistani film actress, producer and Director whose grace and charisma can never fade away. Even after several years of her debut in the Showbiz Industry she still considered the most fetching and irresistible actress who is giving a fierce competition to all the junior actresses in terms of beauty. Despite her non-artistic background, she managed to sustain her popularity even after 20 years.

 

 


newsdailyNovember 9, 2020
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The 143rd birth anniversary of the poet of the East is celebrated with traditional zeal, enthusiasm, and passion across the country. Allama Iqbal was a philosopher, poet, and politician in British India who was born on 9 November 1877. He is considered one of the most important figures in Urdu literature, with literary work in both Urdu and Persian languages.he was also called as Muslim philosophical thinker of modern times. Iqbal is known as Shair-e-Mashriq meaning Poet of the East. He is also called Muffakir-e-Pakistan (“The Inceptor of Pakistan”) and Hakeem-ul-Ummat (“The Sage of the Ummah”). In Iran and Afghanistan, he is famous as Iqbāl-e Lāhorī or Iqbal of Lahore, and he is most appreciated for his Persian work. Pakistan Government had recognised him as its “national poet. He has different literary and narrative works. His first poetry book, Asrar-e-Khudi, appeared in the Persian language in 1915, and other books of poetry include Rumuz-i-Bekhudi, Payam-i-Mashriq, and Zabur-i-Ajam. Amongst these, his best known Urdu works are Bang-i-Dara, Bal-i-Jibril, Zarb-i Kalim, and a part of Armughan-e-Hijaz and also Pas Che bayad kard.

He had series of lectures in different educational institutions that were later on published by Oxford press as ‘’the Reconstruction of Islamic religious thoughts in Islam’’. Iqbal was influenced by the teachings of Sir Thomas Arnold, his philosophy teacher at Government College Lahore, Arnold’s teachings determined Iqbal to pursue higher education in West. In 1905, he traveled to England for his higher education. Iqbal qualified for a scholarship from Trinity College in Cambridge and obtained Bachelor of Arts in 1906, and in the same year, he was called to the bar as a barrister from Lincoln’s Inn. In 1907, Iqbal moved to Germany to study doctorate and earned a Ph.D. degree from Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich in 1908. Working under the guidance of Friedrich Hommel, Iqbal published his doctoral thesis in 1908 entitled: The Development of Metaphysics in Persia.

During his study in Europe, Iqbal began to write poetry in Persian. He prioritized it because he believed he had found an easy way to express his thoughts. He would write continuously in Persian throughout his life. Iqbal, after completing his Master of Arts degree in 1899, initiated his career as a reader of Arabic at Oriental College and shortly was selected as a junior professor of philosophy at Government College Lahore, where he had also been a student; Iqbal worked there until he left for England in 1905. In 1908, Iqbal returned from England and joined again the same college as a professor of philosophy and English literature. At the same period, Iqbal began practicing law at Chief Court Lahore, but soon Iqbal quit law practice, and devoted himself to literary works, and became an active member of Anjuman-e-Himayat-e-Islam. In 1919, he became the general secretary of the same organisation. Iqbal’s thoughts in his work primarily focus on the spiritual direction and development of human society, centered around experiences from his travels and stays in Western Europe and the Middle East. He was profoundly influenced by Western philosophers such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Henri Bergson, and Goethe.

Iqbal had a great role in the Muslim political movement. Iqbal had remained active in the Muslim League. He did not support Indian involvement in World War I, as well as the Khilafat movement, and remained in close touch with Muslim political leaders such as Maulana Mohammad Ali and Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He was a critic of the mainstream Indian National Congress, which he regarded as dominated by Hindus and was disappointed with the League when during the 1920s, it was absorbed in factional divides between the pro-British group led by Sir Muhammad Shafi and the centrist group led by Jinnah.

In his presidential address on December 29, 1930, Iqbal outlined a vision of an independent state for Muslim-majority provinces in northwestern India, “I would like to see the Punjab, North-West Frontier Province, Sind, and Baluchistan amalgamated into a single state. Self-government within the British Empire, or without the British Empire, the formation of a consolidated Northwest Indian Muslim state appears to me to be, at least of Northwest India.

Iqbal was the first patron of the historical, political, religious, cultural journal of Muslims of British India. This journal played an important part in the Pakistan movement. The name of this journal is The Journal Tolu-e-Islam.

Iqbal wrote two books on the topic of The Development of Metaphysics in Persia and The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam and many letters in the English language, besides his Urdu and Persian literary works. In which, he revealed his thoughts regarding Persian ideology and Islamic Sufism in particular, his beliefs that Islamic Sufism activates the searching soul to a superior perception of life. He also discussed philosophy, God and the meaning of prayer, the human spirit, and Muslim culture, as well as other political, social, and religious problems.

Iqbal died on 21st April 1938 due to a severe throat infection that lasted for long till his death. He was buried in Lahore near Badshahi Mosque. He will be remembered for good.


newsdailyNovember 9, 2020
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Rawalpindi: Ahsan Raza has become the first on-field umpire by officiating 50 twenty20 internationals a milestone he achieved during the second match of the series between Pakistan and Zimbabwe at the Pindi Stadium. Ahsan even has more T20 matches as compared to  Aleem Dar (47). England’s Ian Gould has so far officiated 37 matches and comes next to Aleem. Speaking on his achievement, Ahsan said he had never thought of becoming the first umpire to complete the 50th milestone. Thanking Pakistan Cricket Board for putting him at the forefront in the home series, he also thanked ICC for reposing trust in his abilities.


newsdailyNovember 9, 2020
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Karachi: Sindh batsman Asad Shafiq has been fined a 20 percent match fee for a level 1 offence relating to showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during his side’s first-class Quaid-e-Azam Trophy match against Northern at the UBL Sports Complex.

According to PCB, The incident happened on Sunday (the third day of the match) when Asad showed obvious disappointment and verbally questioned the umpiring decision when he was given out LBW in the 15th over of Sindh’s second innings.

Asad was reported by on-field umpires Faisal Afridi and Saqib Khan at the end of third day’s play for violating article 2.8 of the PCB Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel.

Asad accepted the charge and the sanction handed out by match referee Mohammad Anees hence there was no need for a formal hearing.


newsdailyNovember 7, 2020
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Karachi: Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed says the government is working on the restoration of Karachi Circular Railway to resolve the issue of travelling in the megacity.

Talking to media in Karachi, he said we want to remove all encroachments on the track of KCR in minimum time. The Minister said the government also desires to lay a railway track from Peshawar to Jalalabad to improve connectivity between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Sheikh Rasheed said there is a plan to handover some passenger trains to the private sector. He said the democratic process in the country will continue to strengthen and the incumbent government will complete its constitutional term.

While commenting to the PPP chairman’s statement in which he distanced himself from the hard-hitting narrative of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, Rashid said: “Bilawal acted responsibly and clarified that no consensus between opposition parties had evolved to directly name the military leadership during rallies.”



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