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PM Imran seeks input from provinces to ease countrywide lockdown

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

F.P. Report QUETTA: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that the decision about easing the countrywide lockdown will be taken after seeking inputs from all the provinces on April 14. Talking to media along with Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal, Balochistan Governor Justice (R) Amanullah Khan and Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar in Quetta…

Pakistan seeks custody of ISIS-K leader from Afghanistan: Foreign Office

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday demanded Afghanistan to hand over the ISIS-K leader Aslam Farooqi, who was involved in anti-Pakistan activities and was arrested by the Afghan authorities on April 5, for further investigation. “The Ambassador of Afghanistan to Pakistan was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and conveyed Pakistan’s views with regard…

FO expresses concern over lack of medical supplies in IOK due to virus

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

F.P. ReportISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday expressed deep concern over the lack of medical supplies and assistance in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK) to deal with the coronavirus challenge and urged India to lift communication blockage in the held valley. Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui, in her weekly briefing, pointed out that 170 coronavirus…

Sindh govt wants to extend lockdown by one week after April 14: Murad

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: The Sindh government wants to extend the lockdown across the province by one week after April 14, said Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Thursday, as calls for the provincial government to resume economic activities increase. The chief minister was speaking to senior journalists where he said that the Sindh government wanted…

Pakistan Army shoots down Indian quadcopter along LoC: ISPR

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

F.P. Report RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Army on Thursday has shot down an Indian ‘spy drone’ along the Line of Control (LoC) for violating airspace, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed. According to details, the Indian quad-copter came 600 metres inside Pakistan’s territory, Sankh sector for surveillance and was met with a swift retort resulting in the…

Pakistan boycotts India-sponsored meeting of SAARC trade officials

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday boycotted the digital convention of commerce officers from South Asian Affiliation for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), saying such conferences might solely be efficient if spearheaded by the group’s secretariat as an alternative of India. The assembly of commerce officers from eight-member SAARC was convened to debate the impact of COVID-19…

Global

Taiwan demands apology from WHO chief over virus ‘slander’

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

TAIPEI (AFP): Taiwan demanded an apology from the World Health Organization chief on Thursday after he accused the island’s government of leading personal attacks against him and his agency’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called for unity to fight the disease on Wednesday after US President Donald Trump criticized the…

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UK braces for more virus deaths; Johnson reported stable

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

LONDON (AP): Britons braced Thursday for several more weeks in lockdown as Prime Minister Boris Johnson remained in a London hospital after three nights in intensive care for treatment of his coronavirus infection. The British government said Wednesday evening that the prime minister was making “steady progress” at St. Thomas’ Hospital and sitting up in…

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Spain: Political tensions mount as deaths pass 15,000

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

OVIEDO, Spain (AA): As new figures on Thursday took coronavirus deaths in Spain past the 15,000 mark, parliamentary debate over the crisis took a turn towards the more hostile and accusatory. New government data showed 683 deaths since Wednesday, down from 757 the previous day, but raising Spain’s total death toll to 15,283. The number…

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China’s growth forecast drops below 2% amid pandemic

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

BEIJING (AA): The Chinese economy may grow less than 2% in 2020 due to the novel coronavirus, the U.S.-based credit rating agency Fitch said on Thursday. A World Bank forecast last January had projected the country to achieve a 5.9% growth this year after four years of growing by more than 6%. “China’s economy is…

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Iran: Coronavirus death toll jumps to 4,110

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

TEHRAN (AA): Iran reported 117 more deaths from the novel coronavirus on Thursday – the lowest one-day virus death toll in the last 25 days – pushing the death toll to 4,110, Iranian state TV reported. Kianoush Jahanpour, a Health Ministry spokesman, said that 1,634 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24…

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COVID-19: Lockdown leaves millions jobless, helpless in Bangladesh

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

DHAKA (AA): Millions of transport workers in Bangladesh have been left jobless after the government imposed a nationwide lockdown to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. According to rights groups and labor unions, an estimated 9 million workers have no source of income ever since March 26 when the government barred all transport operations,…

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Pakistan

President for strengthening Pak-China cooperation in battling infectious diseases

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has underlined the need of strengthening Pak-China bilateral cooperation in battling infectious diseases, including Covid-19. He was talking to an eight-member team of Chinese doctors and medical experts led by Dr Ma Minghui in Islamabad today (Thursday). He underlined that there should be more exchanges between medical and…

No decision for reopening schools after April 14: Saeed Ghani

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: Sindh minister Saeed Ghani has warned for the severe consequences of further spread of coronavirus pandemic, saying that neither any life nor any employment will be left if the country face spike in the number of infections. Saeed Ghani, while talking to a private news channel on Thursday criticised that school owners…

Punjab to increase COVID-19 daily testing capacity to 10,000

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

F.P. Report LAHORE: In light of the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the province, Punjab government has decided to conduct 10,000 corona tests on a daily basis. According to details, Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar visited the District Headquarter Hospital (DHQ) Rajanpur and reviewed the treatment facilities for coronavirus infected patients. On this occasion,…

Pakistan Navy continues distributing ration, PPEs across country

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Navy was extending nationwide humanitarian assistance to aggrieved families during current Coronavirus pandemic and distributed food, commodities and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at various cities, towns and hospitals across the country. According to a statement issued on Thursday, around thousands of ration bags carrying food items and supplies were distributed to…

Dr Zafar urges people to exercise care under to stop spread of COVID-19

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza on Thursday said that the federal and provincial governments have taken concrete measure to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic. Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Thursday, he said there are currently 63 deaths in the country, adding that death rate…

NDMA provides safety equipment to 100 hospitals in KP

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Thursday provided safety equipment for doctors and medical staff of 100 hospitals in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The NDMA Spokesperson said, ”The equipment delivered today includes 74,000 surgical and 4,652 N-95 masks.” He added that around 8,759 protective suits and more than 65,000 gloves were also provided in…

Afghanistan

40 new COVID-19 cases in Afghanistan, total 484

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

KABUL (TOLO News): Over the last 24 hours, 40 positive coronavirus cases have been reported in the country, Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz said Thursday, bringing the total registered number of cases in the country to 484. According to the ministry, the new positive cases include 10 from Kabul, 14 from Nimroz, 7 from Kandahar, 4…

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Taliban ex-prisoners pledge no return to battlefield

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

KABUL (TOLO News): Shamul Rahman, a resident of Panj Qala village in Parwan’s Bagram district, was released with 100 Taliban prisoners on Wednesday from Bagram airbase after being detained by Afghan security forces five years ago for involvement in terrorist activities. “We don’t want to fight in Afghanistan anymore and we don’t want to spend…

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Afghan, EU envoys seeking ways to mitigate COVID-19 risk

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

KABUL (TOLO News): Members of the European Union Business Council in a video conference with Afghan Special Envoy Mohammad Yousuf Ghazanfar discussed the solutions that can mitigate the risk of the coronavirus pandemic for the private sector in Afghanistan. Findings of a meeting of the EU Business Council from March 25 were shared with the…

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Kabul streets cleared as police tighten lockdown

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

KABUL (TOLO News): Police in Kabul are taking increasingly strong measures to enforce a lockdown restricting the movement of citizens, as COVID-19 cases increase in the country. Police have set up checkpoints in various parts of Kabul, and the Interior Ministry says security forces have been ordered to prevent anyone without authorization from making any…

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Afghan govt releases another 100 Taliban prisoners

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

KABUL (TOLO News): The Afghan National Security Council confirmed on Thursday afternoon that another 100 prisoners had been released. This follows an initial release on Wednesday of the first group of 100 prisoners released by the Afghan government. Jawid Faisal, the spokesman for the National Security Council, said: “According to the president’s order, 100 Taliban…

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Bayat Group, AWCC disinfect parts of Kabul

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

KABUL (Ariana News): The Bayat Group and Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health disinfected seven PDs in Kabul. The Bayat Group and AWCC also distributed 10,000 awareness brochures to Kabul residents, informing them how to stay safe and prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country. Meanwhile, Dawood…

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Business

PSX witnesses bullish trend as market closes at 31,837 points

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) on Thursday turned around and witnessed bullish trend as KSE-100 index closed at 31,837.30 points with the positive change of 866.03 points (2.8%) as compared to 30,971.27 points on the last working day . A total of 216,513,232 shares worth Rs8.547 billion exchanged hands as compared to…

ECC approves Rs13.8bln technical grants, forms committee to assess impact of economic slowdown on power sector

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet Thursday approved four technical supplementary grants worth Rs13,811.212 million and constituted a committee to see the impact of slowdown of economic activity on Power Sector. The meeting of the committee was held here under the chairmanship of Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance…

Pakistan receiving $1.4bn in coming week to fight coronavirus

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is going to get $1.4 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) next week to boost its foreign exchange reserves and get some budgetary support in the wake of the economic slowdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The government had requested the IMF last month for a low-cost, fast-disbursing loan under…

USC launching mobile service from Friday in federal capital

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: Utility Stores Corporation (USC) Managing Director (MD) Umer Lodhi Thursday said the corporation was launching its well-equipped mobile van service on April 10 (Friday) in a bid to facilitate people with daily use commodities at their door steps. Addressing a news conference here along with Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on…

ADB repurposes $50 mln to help combat COVID-19 pandemic

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

F.P. Report ISLAMABAD: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has re-purposed $50 million from Pakistan’s National Disaster Risk Management Fund (NDRMF) to support the Government of Pakistan’s preventive and response efforts to fight the outbreak of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country. The funds, which form part of ADB’s series of support for Pakistan’s fight…

Tokyo’s Nikkei index up over 2% on weaker yen, stimulus

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

Monitoring Desk TOKYO: Tokyo’s benchmark Nikkei index advanced more than two percent Wednesday, helped by a weaker yen and a $1 trillion stimulus package Japan’s prime minister announced as he declared a state of emergency. The benchmark Nikkei 225 index gained 2.13 percent, or 403.06 points, to close at 19,353.24, while the broader Topic index…

Sports

Azhar backs idea of playing cricket behind closed doors

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

LAHORE (APP): Pakistan Test captain Azhar Ali has supported the idea of playing cricket behind closed doors to provide cricket-loving fans something to rejoice. “In the present scenario when the entire world is fighting against the deadly corona virus pandemic there is nothing to watch on TV as sports events are suspended around the globe…

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Kapil Dev dismisses Shoaib Akhtar’s Indo-Pak series suggestion

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

NEW DELHI (Web Desk): Captain of India’s triumphant 1983 World Cup side, Kapil Dev, has dismissed Pakistan’s legendary former pacer Shoaib Akhtar’s proposal about a three-match Indo-Pak series to raise funds, in order to help the governments of India and Pakistan fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has brought the entire world to a standstill.…

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Southampton players, coaches agree to defer salaries

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

LONDON (Agencies): Southampton have become the first Premier League club to announce that their players and coaching staff will defer part of their salaries as the shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic continues. In a statement on Thursday the Premier League club also said it would not be using the government’s job retention scheme. “The…

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Slater wants Haider Ali in Pak squad for T20 WC

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

ISLAMABAD (APP): Former Australia batsman Michael Slater believes Pakistani batsman Haider Ali “a player of the future” saying the Attock-born cricketer should be included in the squad for the Twenty20 World Cup later this year. Slater’s comments come after Haider impressed during the Pakistan Super League (PSL). The 19-year-old represented the Peshawar Zalmi and scored…

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Shoaib Malik plays down Raja’s advise to retire ahead of World T20

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

KARACHI (PPI): Seasoned all-rounder Shoaib Malik has asked former Pakistan skipper Ramiz Raja that he, Mohammad Hafeez and Raja should all plan to retire in 2022. Earlier, the famous commentator Ramiz Raja has asked the seasoned players Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez to retire gracefully ahead of the World T20 Championship later this year. However,…

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Bangladesh-Australia Test series postponed

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

SYDNEY (Agencies): The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and Cricket Australia (CA) have mutually agreed to postpone the two-Test series that was scheduled for June, due to the persisting Covid-19 threat. The boards took the decision with the welfare of their players and communities in mind, and will work together to find a suitable date to…

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Fashion & Movies

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson reflect on good fortune after surviving coronavirus

By The Frontier Post | March 31, 2020

Monitoring Desk LOS ANGELES: Tom Hanks was in Australia when he and wife Rita Wilson, both 63, came down with coronavirus Top Hollywood actors Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson are back home in Los Angeles after two weeks in hospital and self-isolation in Australia where they contracted the coronavirus. “Hey, Folks… We’re home now…

From the Middle East to Europe, fashion houses join the fight against COVID-19

By The Frontier Post | March 30, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: Since the outbreak of coronavirus at the end of 2019, international and regional companies, including Prada, Gucci and Sarah’s Bag, have all joined the fight against the infectious disease. Ana Khouri The Brazilian-Lebanese jeweler decided to create a sapphire version of her signature Mirian ring and donate 100% of the proceeds to…

Jennifer’s nuptial ceremony with Brad was not attended by her mother

By The Frontier Post | March 30, 2020

Monitoring Desk LOS ANGELES: Jennifer Aniston has achieved excellence in her showbiz career. The actress is enjoying a dreamy life with her ever-shining beauty. She has plenty to be thankful for, but her personal history is more complex than it seems. Hollywood’s gorgeous and sought after actresses, in her memoir, revealed that she went through…

The Zay Initiative: The region’s first ‘fashion-history archive’

By The Frontier Post | March 28, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: There is no question that what we wear tells a story: By understanding the history of our regional dress, we also gain an appreciation of our cultural heritage. That’s something Dubai-based author and founder of The Zay Initiative, Dr. Reem Tariq El-Mutwalli, has long recognized. She has been involved in art and…

Bob Dylan drops first original music in nearly a decade

By The Frontier Post | March 28, 2020

Monitoring Desk NEW YORK: Bob Dylan surprised fans overnight into Friday by releasing his first original music in eight years, a 17-minute ballad about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Backed by delicate piano, strings and muted drums, “Murder Most Foul” retells the shooting of the US president while describing the evolution of 1960s counterculture.…

Fox News slammed for talking hair, nails during pandemic

By The Frontier Post | March 27, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: A Fox News host sparked a firestorm of outrage Thursday by voicing concern over how women are going to get their hair and nails done during the coronavirus pandemic. Ainsley Earhardt was absolutely clear that she was talking about trivial everyday worries rather than the life-or-death issues which are of much larger…

Science & Technology

Tribal students are facing issues taking online classes

By The Frontier Post | April 6, 2020

Wajeeh Hassan PESHAWAR: As the federal as well as provincial governments have extended the vacations till May 31 amid coronavirus outbreak across the country, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has directed all the public-sector universities to go online to save the time of their students during the coronavirus lockdown and their academic year. However, this…

NFLP-Y launching its e-learning portal

By The Frontier Post | April 2, 2020

F.P. Report KARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan in collaboration with National Institute of Banking & Finance (NIBAF) is implementing National Financial Literacy Program for Youth (NFLP-Y) to impart essential financial education to Pakistani youth and school going children for strengthening of their money management skills and enhance their understanding of financial matters. National Financial Literacy…

A popular, Low-Tech way to pass the time in quarantine: Puzzles

By The Frontier Post | March 31, 2020

Monitoring Desk Millions of people are preoccupying themselves in coronavirus isolation with  various forms of technology, from Disney+ to DoorDash and FaceTime to Fortnite. But after a long day of distance learning or working from home, there’s only so many glowing pixels we can endure. That could explain why an old-school trade is seeing an…

Musk’s SpaceX wins NASA award to supply planned lunar space station

By The Frontier Post | March 30, 2020

Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: NASA on Friday picked a new space capsule from Elon Musk’s SpaceX to ferry cargo and supplies to the agency’s planned lunar space station, a crucial building block to its plans to build a permanent post on the moon and mount future missions to Mars. SpaceX will get a portion of a…

Huawei unveils new photography-focused smartphones online

By The Frontier Post | March 27, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: China’s Huawei Technologies unveiled its new flagship photography-focused P40 smartphones on Wednesday in an online presentation after the coronavirus scuppered the event it had planned. Richard Yu, chief executive of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, showed three smartphones in an online broadcast: the P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+, which have triple, quad…

Turn off the microwave to boost wifi signals

By The Frontier Post | March 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk LONDON: People should avoid using the microwave at the same time as they are making video calls, watching HD videos or doing something important online because the ovens can slow wifi signals, Britain’s media regulator Ofcom said on Wednesday. The tip was included in advice on improving broadband performance during the coronavirus pandemic,…

Health

Taimur Jhagra confirms 39 new coronavirus cases in Mardan UC

By The Frontier Post | March 25, 2020

F.P. Report MARDAN: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on Wednesday reported 39 new coronavirus cases after 46 people were tested in Union Council of Mardan. KP Health and Finance Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra in a Tweet said that 46 people from Union Council Manga, Mardan were tested for the coronavirus and that out of these, 39 people…

Cleaner hands, bluer skies: what has coronavirus done for us?

By The Frontier Post | March 25, 2020

Monitoring Desk Deaths, economic meltdown and a planet on lockdown: the coronavirus pandemic has brought us waves of bad news, but squint and you might just see a few bright spots. From better hygiene that has reduced other infectious diseases to people reaching out as they self-isolate, here are some slivers of silver linings during…

US could become next coronavirus epicenter: WHO

By The Frontier Post | March 25, 2020

Monitoring Desk GENEVA/TOKYO: The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the United States could become the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, which finally forced reluctant organizers to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Britain joined the ranks of countries in lockdown to try to hold back the virus, and data showed business activity…

WHO warns of ‘accelerating’ pandemic, expects Olympics decision soon

By The Frontier Post | March 24, 2020

Monitoring Desk GENEVA/LONDON: World Health Organization warned on Monday that the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating as more than 300,000 cases have been recorded of COVID-19 from almost every country in the world. Dr Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergencies expert, said it had advised Olympic and Japanese officials about public health risks and expected a…

New Zealand goes on lockdown for ‘fighting chance’ against coronavirus

By The Frontier Post | March 23, 2020

Monitoring Desk WELLINGTON: New Zealand will impose a four-week lockdown in a bid to smother coronavirus infection rates and avoid the mass fatalities seen elsewhere in the world, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday. Ardern said the South Pacific nation was fortunate its infection numbers remained relatively low, with 102 cases and no fatalities in…

Smell may shape how brains process memories

By The Frontier Post | March 21, 2020

Monitoring Desk BOSTON: We’ve all experienced the strange memory-jogging power of scents. Perhaps the aroma of fresh pine brings you back to your childhood Christmases, or your heart starts to race when you step into a doctor’s office and the sharp odor of disinfectant fills your nose. The new research reveals just how much power…

Travel

Malam Jabba giving a deserted look amid looming fears of coronavirus

By The Frontier Post | April 6, 2020

F.P. Report PESHAWAR: Like other parts of Pakistan, the spring season of blossoming flowers and chirping birds has also arrived in the most scenic tourism destination of Malam Jabba but the hotels lying deserted, chair-lift empty and ski resorts have been shut down due to looming fears of corona pandemic. The tourism industry is about…

Spanish hotels become medical bunkhouses in tourism meltdown

By The Frontier Post | March 31, 2020

Monitoring Desk BARCELONA: Before the coronavirus pandemic besieged Europe, Kike Sarasola worried about whether he was building enough hotels to capitalize on the region’s long-running tourism boom. Such concerns have disappeared, along with the tourists. The only guests at three of his six boutique hotels in Madrid are doctors and nurses fighting the deadly disease.…

Olympics delay a blow for virus-hit Tokyo hotels

By The Frontier Post | March 30, 2020

Monitoring Desk Tokyo: The shock postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has dealt a savage blow to Japan’s hotels and tourism industry, already reeling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Many operators have seen bookings decimated by the virus and had been clinging to the hope that the Games would help them claw back…

Global tourism to fall up to 30% due to virus: UNWTO

By The Frontier Post | March 28, 2020

Monitoring Desk MADRID: The number of international tourist arrivals will fall by 20-30 percent in 2020 due to the novel coronavirus, putting millions of jobs at risk, the World Tourism Organization said Friday. This revises sharply lower a forecast made earlier this month of a decline of just 1.0-3.0 percent. The drop in arrivals will…

Stormy year ahead for Japan’s tourism industry as Olympics postpone

By The Frontier Post | March 27, 2020

Monitoring Desk TOKYO: Now that the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are postponed until next year, concerns are growing about whether small and midsize businesses in the tourism and service industries can weather the coronavirus shockwave until the events are held next year, economists and analysts say. With tourist traffic drying up and domestic consumption severely…

Turkish tourism workers exposed to Coronavirus ‘Tsunami’

By The Frontier Post | March 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk ISTANBUL: Hamza Aksoy was supposed to start waiting tables in Turkey’s Mediterranean tourist hub Antalya this month. But the hotel has not returned his calls since the coronavirus hit, leaving him like millions of others out of work with little protection. Turkey, where infections have surged to nearly 1,900 in two weeks, has…

Articles

What is Henry Kissinger really trying to say about the epidemic, new world order?

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

Nedret Ersanel “The world is not going to be the same after the virus”: This has now become a cliché. Nice. In the beginning there were those who did not understand what we were talking about, now they can’t get enough of this phrase. That is all very well too. Those who said this while…

Recalling a fireside chat

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

Edward Dougherty In his Fireside Chat of February 23, 1942, in the bleak days two months before the Jap-anese were turned back at the Battle of the Coral Sea and then at the Battle of Midway, US president F-ranklin Roosevelt turned to George Washington for inspiration: “For eight years, General Washington and his Continental Army…

The world needs ventilators. Here’s the snag

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

Anjani Trivedi In the face of a global health emergency, automakers are stepping in — or being summoned — to make ventilators. Can they manufacture at the scale required, with the world needing a 10-fold increase in production to cope with the surge in coronavirus infections? It will be a severe challenge. Car companies such…

EU misses another chance to lead as countries take different paths to lifting lockdowns

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

Damian Wilson Just when 500m anxious Europeans could use some coordinated leadership over easing the restrictions over coronavirus, what do they get from Brussels? Silence. As the lockdown continues to take its toll on the mental well-being of millions of people around the globe, and social isolation is made even more difficult by glorious spring…

How do you lift a covid-19 lockdown? Ask Austria

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

Lionel Laurent We are seeing glimmers of light at the end of the tunnel that is the Covid-19 crisis. China, where the pandemic first struck, had its first day with no new deaths to report. Europe’s worst hit countries, Italy and Spain, are recording a slowing of their respective death tolls. And governments are now…

The shelves are empty, the test swabs are gone

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

Michael Lewis A series of dispatches from America in the age of Covid-19. The hunt for a roll of toilet paper: It’s now one of those shared experiences in American life we will all one day tell our grandchildren about, just before they infect us with some new virus. None of the delivery services here…

Editorial

PMDC restoration

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

Complying with the decision of Islamabad High Court on the petition filed by the Registrar of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), federal government has agreed to restore the constitutional body, which is mandated with powers of granting registration to the newly opened government and private medical colleges, registration and renewal of degrees of doctors.…

Blessing in disguise

By The Frontier Post | April 9, 2020

Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has postponed review of Pakistan’s performance report till October, regarding action on the remaining 13 points of action plan to make robust its anti-money laundering (AML) and counterterrorism financing regimes (CTF). The review was scheduled for June 21-26 for which performance report has to be submitted by April 20. Now…

Economic diplomacy

By The Frontier Post | April 8, 2020

A meeting Chaired by the Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Quershi at the Foreign Office and attended by Minister for Palanning Asad Umar and Advisor on Finance Dr.Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, decided to launch diplomatic initiative for rescheduling bilateral and multilateral loans to offset the negative impact of halted production activities and decline in exports due outbreak…

Purchase of equipment for hospitals

By The Frontier Post | April 8, 2020

Over the years, lack of expansion in physical infrastructure and dearth of medical equipment in the district level government hospital have been glaring deficiencies of secondary healthcare system. These hospitals, by and large, functioned as referral centers for sending most of the patients to teaching level hospitals, which were already bursting with patients. Khyber Pukhtunkhwa…

Fish rot from the top

By The Frontier Post | April 7, 2020

It is a matter of record that practice of doling out subsidy on export of sugar was started in the last PML-N government. Former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had always approved it in the meetings of Executive Committee of the Cabinet (ECC), later approved in the cabinet meetings which were not regularly held. Grant of…

COVID-19, doctors safety

By The Frontier Post | April 7, 2020

Safety kits are now manufacturing in a country, in addition to emergency supplies from China, but the protective suits and equipment are not being provided to the doctors, who are treating Corona Virus patients in government hospitals across countries. Being exposed to Corona Virus risks, Pakistan Medical association and Young Doctors association have declared a…

Arts and Literature

Art out of control

By The Frontier Post | March 31, 2020

Monitoring Desk It’s interesting how, as an author, I’m often at the mercy of my characters. On some occasions, they speak to me all night making me restless and keeping me awake. On a few others, they’re at a cold war with me, and no amount of pleading helps. Recently, I shared this thought with…

Calligraphy artist Wissam Shawkat seeks to break the mold after mastering classic styles

By The Frontier Post | March 30, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: “If you continue practicing calligraphy in its traditional scripts, that’s a limitation by itself,” Iraqi artist Wissam Shawkat told Arab News while explaining the need to master the craft and then innovate to push Arabic calligraphy into the future. “I mean I am not against learning traditional scripts. I’ve been doing calligraphy…

The Cat: A Natural and Cultural History by Sarah Brown

By The Frontier Post | March 28, 2020

Monitoring Desk Of all the domesticated species, cats have enjoyed the most complex relationship with people — one that still leads to arguments about whether you can truly call the cat asleep by your fire “tame.” The Cat is a comprehensive, richly illustrated exploration of the natural and cultural history of this much-loved pet. Chapters…

Healing as art: Marina Fokidis discusses Art Dubai’s online performance program

By The Frontier Post | March 27, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: In these strange times, where it feels to many as if we have suddenly assumed the role of characters in a sci-fi film, fighting off an unknown assailant whose attacks are highly unpredictable and deadly, most would agree that we need to conjure up other modes of power. While the art world…

Art Dubai Residents: Nigerian artist Tonia Nneji wants women to know they aren’t alone

By The Frontier Post | March 26, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: Nigerian visual artist, photographer, art blogger and graffiti artist Tonia Nneji was one of six talents invited to take part in the Art Dubai Residents program, which will no longer exhibit physically due to the coronavirus pandemic. Color plays a central role in Nneji’s practice — a tool she embraces to imbue…

A new future for art fairs? Highlights from Art Dubai’s first digital program

By The Frontier Post | March 25, 2020

Monitoring Desk DUBAI: Back in February as the rapid spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) threatened the global art calendar, Art Basel Hong Kong was the first to go. Day by day, the art world watched as fair by fair was either postponed or cancelled. Frieze New York, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Milan’s Salonedel Mobile, Art…