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Karachi again left at mercy of monsoon as drain-cleaning moves at snail’s pace

Karachi: The monsoon spell is about to hit the metropolitan city; however, the cleaning of city’s drains is moving at a snail’s pace, putting Karachi at risk of urban flooding.

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Karachi again left at mercy of monsoon as drain-cleaning moves at snail’s pace
Karachi again left at mercy of monsoon as drain-cleaning moves at snail’s pace

According to details, the city administration is unable to clean major drains spanning across city, despite meteorological department predicting first spell of monsoon rains in the last week of June.

Even in some areas of metropolis where the efforts to unclog drains are underway, the work is progressing at a snail’s pace.

As per media reports, there are more than 500 rain drains in the city out of which most are either clogged or encroached upon and need to be cleared immediately before heavy rains lash the city.

The city administration is unable to properly clean Gujjar Nullah despite operation against encroachments. Same is the situation of rain drains situated in Mehmoodabad, Korangi and Karachi West District, where there is a fear of urban flooding in case of heavy rain.

On the other hand, pre-monsoon has entered Karachi with Met Office forecasting dust storm and light showers in the city on Friday.

“The moist currents from the North Arabian Sea penetrating Sindh with effect from 16th June 2021. Under its influence, the first rainy spell expected in most of the Sindh districts”, said the weather office.

Following the prediction by Met Office, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has directed relevant authorities to complete all necessary arrangements and take precautionary measures as heavy rainfall is expected in major cities of Sindh including Karachi and Hyderabad.

Low lying areas in Badin, Thatta, Thar, Umarkot, Dadu, Larkana and Sukkur districts may face inundation at times due to occasional heavy showers.

Abeera Baig is a senior editor at GNN, known for writing top quality content which garner very high readerships and has been covering every field of journalism, including politics, media, sports and scholarly articles. Abeera Baig is nothing less than a Veteran Editor and has been writing for GNN for the past 7 months.

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BTS takes over UNGA, performs ‘Permission to Dance’ inside assembly hall

BTS’ speech was followed by a pre-recorded performance of their latest song ‘Permission to Dance’ which in itself is a message of positivity and hoping for an end to the pandemic.

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BTS takes over UNGA, performs ‘Permission to Dance’ inside assembly hall

New York: Acclaimed K-POP band BTS addressed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) as the special presidential envoy for future generations and culture from their native South Korea— expressing their faith in young people's ability to imagine a better world despite pandemic.

They spoke about climate change, and sustainable development amid the pandemic. The band discussed the difficulties that the youth encountered as a result of the pandemic.

The group leader Kim Namjoon (RM) taking centrestage, began in Korean, “It is an honor to be here today, where BTS has been appointed as Special Presidential Envoy for The Republic of Korea. We’re here today to share the stories of a future generation. Before we came here, we asked the young people in their teens and 20s around the world about their past two years and about the world they find themselves in today".

BTS’ speech was followed by a pre-recorded performance of their latest song ‘Permission to Dance’ which in itself is a message of positivity and hoping for an end to the pandemic.

The artists took turns on stage during their seven-minute speech, but it wasn't all about UN goals. 

The pre-recorded video was presented soon after all members of the band- Jimin, J-Hope, Jin, Suga, RM, Jungkook, and V- spoke about the possibilities of the future generation and their ability to adapt to changing times amid a raging coronavirus pandemic.

Korean President Moon Jae-in, at the conclusion of his speech in session, introduced the seven band members as the ‘World's most loved artist’.

The UNICEF tweeted, “Today, BTS returned to #UNGA to share a powerful message on climate action, COVID-19 vaccines & the importance of taking care of ourselves and our communities. Thank you, @BTS_twt for inspiring a generation of young people. Together, we can create a better world. #BTSLoveMyself".

It is pertinent to mention here that BTS began their ‘Love Myself campaign’ with UNICEF in 2017, and it was the subject of RM's first UN speech, which he gave in English.

The band virtually attended the 75th Assembly. It took place last year and offered its message through a film that brought people comfort.

This time, the band members took turns speaking in Korean, which was simultaneously dubbed in English.

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Pakistan's COVID-19 positivity rate drops to 4.22%

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than previous three COVID waves.

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Pakistan's COVID-19 positivity rate drops to 4.22%

Islamabad: Pakistan's coronavirus positivity ratio decreased to 4.22% from more than 11% a couple of weeks ago.

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than previous three COVID waves.

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 2,167 cases of coronavirus were reported while 40 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 27,246. The daily Covid-19 positivity rate in Pakistan is at 4.22%.

The total number of cases has reached 1,226,008.

As many as 1,135,038 patients have recovered from the disease with 4,840 critical cases.

Punjab             

The number of patients swelled to 422,790 in the province with 12,407 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 450,787 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,270.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 171,388 in the province with 5,412 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 32,769 confirmed cases while 344 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 33,787 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 729. On the other hand, there are 10,245 cases in GB with 182 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 104,242 cases in the capital city while 902 people have lost their lives

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Residing in London, Nawaz Sharif gets COVID-19 jab in Lahore

As per reports quoting sources, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President’s corona vaccine was entered by a vaccinator named Naveed Altaf.

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Residing in London, Nawaz Sharif gets COVID-19 jab in Lahore

According to GNN, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been partially vaccinated against novel coronavirus at Govt Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital in Lahore.

GNN obtained Former Prime Minister’s COVID-19 vaccine status, according to which he has received the first jab of Sinovac-CoronaVac and has been summoned for the second dose on October 20, 2021.

As per reports quoting sources, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Supremo’s corona vaccine status was entered by a vaccinator named Naveed Altaf.

“The staff of vaccinators under the District Health Authority are making a haul by entering false vaccination status, without even injecting the jab,” added sources.

The sources further added that status of thousands of people is being falsely entered on a daily basis.

Meanwhile, the Punjab health department took notice of the negligence by the Kot Khwaja Saeed vaccination centre and started an investigation against the centre.

It is pertinent to mention here that the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) has directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to act against individuals involved in preparing fake COVID vaccination certificates.

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