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Lahore police launch anti-harassment and violence cell for women 

Lahore: An Anti-Harassment and Violence Cell (AHVC) set up by the Punjab police to counter the spike in sexual harassment crime was formally launched. The cell would help ensure prompt registration of cases and investigation.

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Lahore police launch anti-harassment and violence cell for women 
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According to details, Capital City Police Officer Lahore Additional IG Ghulam Mahmood Dogar inaugurated the first Women Harassment and Violence Cell of Lahore police at the Defence B Area police station.

Lahore police are also establishing its second Anti -Women Harassment and Violence Cell at Liberty roundabout area, the CCPO said.

Dogar briefed the women staff of the cell regarding the importance of their new responsibilities and directed them to extend full cooperation to the affected women and behave with them in a polite manner.

CCPO Lahore Ghulam Mahmood Dogar visited different sections of the newly -inaugurated Cell of PS Defence Area (B) and inspected the facilities provided at different desks.

The SP Headquarters briefed the CCPO about the main functions and purpose of the cell. Monitoring Desk, Victim Feedback and Assistance Desk, Victim Support Desk along with Investigation and Prosecution Desk will operate under the newly-established cell, he added.

Briefing newsmen about the cell, Dogar said that the Anti-Women Harassment and Violence Cell would ensure prompt support and redress the grievances of affected women through registration of cases and investigation of crimes against women.

Female Victim Support Officers (VSOs) will supervise the cell to provide timely response and full legal and moral support to the aggrieved women from registration of FIRs to their medical reports, investigation process, hearing of cases in relevant courts, and other related matters.

The CCPO said, adding that six Gender Crime Cells of Lahore Police had already been linked with this cell, which will ensure monitoring of all such cases, surveillance of the habitual criminals, and mapping of the hotspot areas in crimes of harassment and violence against women.

The commander Lahore Police pledged that feedback from victims will also be ensured regarding all the processes of assistance provided by the cell on a regular basis.

Dogar also advised the women, especially working women, as well as students to download the “Women Safety App” on their smartphones to get immediate police help in case of any harassment or violence against them.

The CCPO Lahore said the protection of women and immediate prevention of crimes against them was the top priority of the Lahore Police.
DIG Operations Captain Muhammad Sohail Chaudhary, CTO Lahore Muntazir Mehdi, SSP Operations Waqar Shoaib Qureshi, SP Headquarters Imran Ahmad Malik, SP Dolphin Squad Rashid Hayat, SP Cantt Sayyed Aziz, and other senior police officers were present on the occasion.

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‘COVID fourth wave’: Pakistan records 3,613 new cases, 57 deaths in last 24 hrs

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

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‘COVID fourth wave’: Pakistan records 3,613 new cases, 57 deaths in last 24 hrs

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 3,613 cases of coronavirus were reported while 57 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 26,232.

The total number of cases has reached 1,182,918.

As many as 1,064,319 patients have recovered from the disease with 5,606 critical cases.

Punjab                    

The number of patients swelled to 403,157 in the province with 12,066 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 438,327 in the province, while the death toll has reached 6,960.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 165,200 in the province with 5,107 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 32,403 confirmed cases while 340 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 32,824 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 708. On the other hand, there are 10,051 cases in GB with 177 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 100,956 cases in the capital city while 874 people have lost their lives.

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North Macedonia: Massive fire engulfs COVID hospital, kills ten patients

Skopje: At least 10 people were killed and many more injured after a massive fire broke at a hospital treating coronavirus patients in Tetovo, North Macedonia.

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North Macedonia: Massive fire engulfs COVID hospital, kills ten patients

The huge blaze erupted Wednesday night—claiming lives of ten. Fire services and rescue teams rushed to the scene and fought to douse the flames for a couple of hours.

It’s not yet clear how the large blaze started or how many patients were inside.

While the cause has yet to be established, the country's Prime Minister Zoran Zaev posted on social media that the fire had followed an on-site explosion.

Footage shared on social media showed a building in flames and a thick cloud of black smoke billowing into the air near a main road in the city of Tetovo.

The facility was reportedly built last year to help care for COVID-19 patients.

Tetovo deputy fire Chief, Saso Trajcevski said, "The fire was huge because the hospital is modular, there was plastic".

The fire occurred as the former Yugoslav republic celebrated the 30th anniversary of its independence, with festivities in the capital Skopje, including a military parade.

However, investigators have gone to the scene to determine the cause of Yesterday’s fire.

Meanwhile, North Macedonia has been battling a surge in COVID-19 cases recently with 701 new cases and 24 deaths in the past 24 hours.

It has recorded more than 6,100 fatalities in total since the start of the COVID outbreak.

Macedonia government had to impose stricter measures, in a bid to prevent the spread of virus.

North Macedonia has a population of around 2 million and its healthcare services are run down as hospitals are overwhelmed in some areas, particularly where vaccination rates are low.

Covid-19 hospitals in other countries have been hit by explosions followed by fires. In Iraq, dozens of people were killed in fires that occurred after oxygen cylinders exploded in April and July.

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Pakistan records dip in daily new COVID-19 cases

Islamabad: Pakistan has reported 2,928 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours, the lowest spike in daily new infections in nearly a week.

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Pakistan records dip in daily new COVID-19 cases

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 2,928 cases of coronavirus were reported while 68 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 27,072.

The total number of cases has reached 1,218,749.

As many as 1,125,952 patients have recovered from the disease with 4,960 critical cases.

Punjab              

The number of patients swelled to 419,423 in the province with 12,345 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 448,658 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,224.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 170,391 in the province with 5,354 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 32,707 confirmed cases while 344 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 33,628 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 728. On the other hand, there are 10,222 cases in GB with 182 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 103,720 cases in the capital city while 895 people have lost their lives.

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