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Summer vacation in Punjab to start after examinations

Lahore: Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas Friday said that the summer vacation across the province will be announced within two weeks after the completion of examinations.

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Talking to the journalists in Lahore, the provincial education minister said that Punjab is taking steps to benefit the teachers and an online portal will eradicate the corrupt practices, he added.

"An app is also being launched for the parents to have an idea of education standards in Pakistan, he added.

Mr Raas further said that leave applications and process regarding the retirement of the teachers will also be applied online.

Yesterday, Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas Thursday announced new timings for both private and public schools in the province. 

The development came amid exceptionally scorching weather conditions in Punjab.

“All Public and Private Schools of Punjab to comply with the following New School Timing Schedule: 7am to 11:30am,” Murad Raas tweeted.

“Please follow SOPs issued by the government,” he added.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) decided to cut the duration of classes due to the continuing heatwave in Islamabad after 25 students lose consciousness due to choking at a school.

CEO Education Lahore on Friday issued institutions’ timings according to which operational hours of Girls’ schools from nursery to middle will be 7:15 am to 11:15 am while classes of matric and Intermediate girls’ students will be from 7:30 am to 11:45 am.

On the other hand, Boys’ schools from classes nursery to the eighth will run from 7:15 am to 11:30 am while classes of ninth to twelfth grade will be from 7:15 am to 12 pm

According to CEO Education Lahore Pervez Akhtar Khan, 50% of students will attend school in one day and no student will come to school for 2 consecutive days.

All teaching and non-teaching staff and students will have to wear masks and ensure social distancing is maintained.

Remember there will be no breaks during classes.

On June 3, the Punjab government announced a staggered reopening of public and private schools across the province starting from June 7.

According to a notification shared by Punjab Education Minister Dr Muraad Raas and issued by the school education department, only 50% of students shall attend classes on a given day whereas no student shall attend the school for two consecutive days.

All concerned authorities shall ensure observance and compliance of COVID-19 SOPs in letter and spirit, read the notification.

In a tweet, Punjab Education Minister said, “All Public & Private Schools of Punjab to be opened on Monday 7th June 2021. It will be a “Staggered” approach. Please read the following Notification carefully. It will be implemented strictly. Our teams will be monitoring the situation very closely. Follow SOPs.”

Earlier,  Murad Raas announced that schools in districts including Lahore where the institutes have not yet reopened—classes in a staggered manner would be held from June 7.

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Ramiz Raja becomes PCB chairman unopposed

Lahore: Veteran cricketer and former Test captain-turned commentator Rameez Raja has emerged as the next chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday.

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Ramiz Raja becomes PCB chairman unopposed

To elect the 36th PCB Chairman, a special meeting of the Board of Governors (BoG) took place today, (September 13) at the High Performance in Lahore.

The PCB Election Commissioner, Mr Justice (retd) Sheikh Azmat Saeed conducted the election, presiding over the meeting.

The members of the BoG including Mr Aasim Wajid Jawad, Ms Alia Zafar, Mr Asad Ali Khan, Mr Arif Saeed, Mr Javed Kurieshi, Mr Ramiz Raja and Mr Wasim Khan attended the special meeting.

At 1415 inside the Bob Woolmer Indoor School, NHPC, the newly-elected PCB Chairman will hold his media conference, which will be live-streamed on all PCB social media channels.

As per the PCB Covid-19 Protocols, which are designed to ensure health and wellbeing of all involved, only reporters and correspondents who are fully vaccinated and have immunisation certificates are invited to attend the media conference.

Moreover, TV news channels will be welcome to use PCB’s broadcast quality live-stream details of which will be shared shortly before the start of the media conference.

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Australia to cancel Afghan test if Taliban ban women's sports

Canberra: Cricket Australia Thursday issued an official notification, stating that they would cancel Test match against Afghanistan unless Taliban lift the reported ban on women’s sports.

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Australia to renounce Afghan test if Taliban ban women's sports

On its official twitter handle, Cricket Australia said that it will not host Afghanistan planned Test match in Hobart starting November 27, if news reports of Taliban views on the women’s game were true.

"If recent media reports that women's cricket will not be supported in Afghanistan are substantiated, Cricket Australia would have no alternative but not to host Afghanistan for the proposed Test match due to be played in Hobart," said Cricket Australia in its statement.

The Taliban, banned sports for women in the country saying, they don't think women will be allowed to play cricket as it’s not necessary for them to participate.

According to SBS, Ahmadullah Wasiq, deputy head of the Taliban's cultural commission said, “In cricket, women might face a situation where their face and body will not be covered”.

“Islam does not allow women to be seen like this," he stressed.

Meanwhile, players from Afghanistan women’s soccer team are among dozens of athletes who were given visas to live in Australia and have been undergoing quarantine amid coronavirus pandemic.

However, it is a move that could cost Afghanistan its status as a Test-playing nation.

Afghanistan has a national women's cricket team — but its status has been thrown into question along with every other woman in the country after the Taliban ousted the U.S.-backed government.

In August, Taliban allowed men’s cricket to continue and gave approval for the men’s national team to travel to Australia for a test match in November.

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‘Covid fourth wave’: Pakistan's coronavirus positivity rate falls to 5.45%

Islamabad: Pakistan is witnessing daily surge in COVID-19 cases with authorities linking the upswing to the deadly fourth wave. Today country’s positivity rate is on 5.45%.

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‘Covid fourth wave’: Pakistan's coronavirus positivity rate falls to 5.45%

As per National Command and Control Center (NCOC), Pakistan conducted a total of 57,792 tests in the last 24 hours.

Around 3,153 cases of coronavirus were reported while 58 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 26,720.

As per the command centre, total confirmed cases are 1,204,520 whereas 5,370 are under critical care.

Punjab              

The number of patients swelled to 413,182 in the province with 12,211 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 444,464 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,133.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 168,258 in the province with 5,250 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 32,569 confirmed cases while 342 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 33,268 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 718. On the other hand, there are 10,162 cases in GB with 179 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 102,617 cases in the capital city while 887 people have lost their lives.

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