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‘Back to school’: Educational institutes to reopen from Sept 16

Islamabad: The government on Tuesday announced to reopen educational institutes in five Punjab districts and one Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) district, from September 16 (Thursday).



‘Back to school’: Educational institutes to reopen from Sept 16
‘Back to school’: Educational institutes to reopen from Sept 16

In a press conference, National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) head Asad Umar said that, previously strict restrictions were imposed on 24 districts across the country.

Out of them, strict margins will only be imposed in six districts including Lahore, Faislabad, Multan, Gujrat, Sargodha and Bannu. Whereas, the rest have been allowed easing in COVID protocols.

“Schools in six said districts will resume classes from September 16, with 50% attendance,” the minister added.

He further said that inter-city transport was earlier banned altogether from these districts. But now public buses can resume transport operations, accommodating 50% capacity of passengers.

In addition, the NCOC Chief said that outdoor dining time in these six districts have extended till midnight which was previously allowed to remain open till 10pm.

However, Indoor dining at restaurants will remain banned.

As time passing by, the fourth wave’s intensity is decreasing, said the Federal Minister.

“Hence, it is vital that we boost our vaccination process,” he added.

Asad added that the government has set a target to vaccinate 40% of the population above 15 years by the end of September.

Moreover, unvaccinated people will be barred from entering shopping malls, restaurants, wedding halls. People who will not get themselves inoculated against coronavirus will not be allowed to travel by air, weather domestic or international.

Earlier all public and private educational institutions from secondary and above in Punjab, Sindh, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) were reopened on June 07, which amid devastating COVID situation were closed again on September 6.

The schools, colleges and universities were asked to strictly implement the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) against Covid-19 to prevent the spread of deadly coronavirus.

It may be recalled that most of the educational institutions in Pakistan have been closed for the last one and a half years due to the COVID epidemic.

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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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Twitter tests edge-to-edge photos in timeline

The microblogging platform, Twitter is exploring ways to build more visually immersive experience with its latest test to see how images appear on the platform.  

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Twitter tests edge-to-edge photos in timeline

The upcoming feature will expand visual media embedded in tweets to fill the whole width of a mobile phone's screen. The new layout is being tested on iOS but not on Android.

“The change is designed to make it easier for visual content to shine,” said twitter.

In the current test, tweets fill the full frame from left to right instead of being offset by a pretty large margin on the left.

The changes result in much larger images and videos that look better in the feed and a cleaner, more modern design that doesn’t unnecessarily squish tweets to the right of users’ profile pictures.

The test follows two previous image-focused changes— 4K image support and full-size images.

The 4K image support came in April and increased the resolution of images from 2048 x 2048 pixels to 3840 pixels on the long end.

While, full-size image support came in May and brought an end to cropped photos on timelines in iOS and Android.

The company, with the announcement that it is testing edge-to-edge photo support is increasing its chances of becoming an Instagram competitor.

The date for the rollout is not ascertain yet. However, users are already complaining about the change, despite the fact that it is still in its early stages.

This is because, there's no word, on when full-width tweets will arrive on some of the best Android phones.

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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.


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


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.


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.


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

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