Monitoring Desk HONG KONG: Asian markets fell on Thursday following overnight woes on Wall Street as more negative US economic data fuelled worries about the full impact of the coronavirus pandemic. There had already been a spate of grim economic forecasts this week, with the IMF warning of the worst global downturn in a century,…

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F.P. Report LAKKI MARWAT: Prices of fruits and vegetables have shot up in Lakki city and other towns of the district as the lockdown was extended by the government. During a visit to several shops, Dawn learnt that prices of vegetable had gone beyond the purchasing limit of citizens.  Vegetables like lady finger (okra) and…

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Jamal Qamar BANNU: District administration of Bannu on Wednesday imposed fine on 20 shopkeepers for violating the government’s ban which has been enforced to stop spread of coronavirus. On the directives of Deputy Commissioner Zubair Khan Niazi, Additional Assistant Commissioner Shaukat Khan paid visit to bazaar and fined 20 shopkeepers who had opened their outlets…

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F.P. Report KARACHI: The owners and chief executive officers of private hospitals and leading doctors of the country have urged Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah to extend lockdown after April 14, otherwise spread of coronavirus could not be controlled. This emerged on Tuesday during a meeting Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah…

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Christina Lin The new coronavirus has plunged the world into a pandemic crisis, and has resurrected years-long debates and worrying questions about US biodefense policy. These include the rapid proliferation of high-containment germ labs since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and ongoing governance problems with these labs. Before 1990, there were only two…

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Monitoring Desk Algiers: As adversity strikes in the form of the coronavirus pandemic, Algeria has found a helping hand in China, an old friend and the top exporter to Africa’s largest country. An Air Algerie plane arrived in the capital Algiers from Beijing on March 27 carrying a 13-member Chinese medical team and equipment, including…

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ISLAMABAD (APP): Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Sania Nishtar Sunday said that the payment process under Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme would start from Wednesday to support the vulnerable segments of society, affected due to lockdown amid Coronavirus threat. Addressing a press conference here, Dr. Sania Nishtar said,…

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ISLAMABAD (APP): Islamabad Lohibher police has arrested six persons for their alleged involvement in immoral activities during raid at a House in Bharia Town phase 4, a police spokesman said on Sunday. According to details, DIG (Operations) Waqar categorically asked all police officials for strict action against those involved in drug peddling, bootlegging and immoral…

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Monitoring Desk KABUL: The World Bank has approved a $100.4 million grant for the fight against COVID-19 in Afghanistan, according to a statement by the organization. The fund is part of the Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project of the World Bank to help Afghanistan take effective action to respond to the threat posed…

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