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Punjab's administrative structure be made more effective to facilitate citizens: PM Imran

Lahore: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday was given a briefing about the administrative matters of Punjab during his day-long visit to the provincial metropolitan.

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The improvement in service delivery for the facilitation of general public came under discussion.

The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar, Chief Secretary Kamran Ali Afzal and Inspector General of Punjab Police Sardar Ali Khan.

The chief secretary briefed the prime minister and said transparency and merit was ensured in the administrative decisions in Punjab.

He said steps were being taken to provide essential items on low prices and keep inflation under control.

The early completion of the ongoing development projects in Punjab was also a priority, he said, adding corruption and malpractices would not be tolerated in the province.

The Punjab police chief briefed the prime minister about the reforms in police department.

The Punjab police were taking steps for resolution of basic issues and complaints of the people, he told.

The prime minister instructed that the administrative structure in Punjab should be made more effective for providing facilities to the people.

Provision of daily use items on low prices to the people should be ensured, he added.

He directed that an effective mechanism should be put in place so that people could easily access police stations and their complaints could be immediately resolved.

The Prime Minister emphasized that police should stay above any political affiliation, serve the people and ensure that justice was being done.

Tree plantation, restoration of natural environment stressed  

The premier also chaired a meeting to review progress on different development projects in the province, especially the Sohna Lahore project.

Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, PM’s Special Assistant on Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill, provincial ministers Muhammad Aslam Iqbal, Mian Mahmood ur Rashid, Dr Murad Raas, Dr Yasmeen Rashid, chief secretary Punjab, commissioner Lahore and other high authorities were present.

He stressed upon paying of special focus on tree plantation drive to address the pollution issue and restoration of the natural environment of Lahore.

Prime Minister Imran Khan directed for motivating the people under the "Plant for Lahore" drive in the metropolitan.

Commissioner Lahore Capt. (retd) Muhammad Usman apprised the meeting that special attention was paid to the provision of clean water, improvement in the health sector, repairing of main roads, and their beautification and decoration.

Lahore Development Authority would complete the rehabilitation and beautification work on the main and small arteries of Lahore within the next six months whereas, WASA was working on a priority basis to provide clean water besides, construction of water tanks for the storage of rainwater and water treatment plants, the meeting was further briefed.

The prime minister was informed that for the provision of basic health facilities in the government-run hospitals and for Sehat Sahulat Cards, hectic efforts were underway.

Commissioner Lahore briefed that under Sohna Lahore plan, pollution issues, cleanliness and other administrative issues were being addressed on an urgent basis.

The prime minister underlined the need for creating public awareness regarding welfare projects carried out by the incumbent government and the importance of plantation drive.

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COVID-19: Deadly fourth wave ebbs in country, deaths record slight decline

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 2,333 cases of coronavirus were reported while 47 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 27,374.

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COVID-19: Deadly fourth wave ebbs in country, deaths record slight decline

Islamabad: Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than previous three COVID waves. Today, the daily Covid-19 positivity rate in country is at 4.56%.

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 2,333 cases of coronavirus were reported while 47 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 27,374.

The total number of cases has reached 1,230,238.

As many as 1,140,917 patients have recovered from the disease with 4,641 critical cases.

Punjab           

The number of patients swelled to 424,701 in the province with 12,470 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 452,267 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,295.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 171,874 in the province with 5,444 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 32,796 confirmed cases while 345 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 33,864 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 733. On the other hand, there are 10,264 cases in GB with 182 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 104,472 cases in the capital city while 905 people have lost their lives.

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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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New island emerges near Balochistan’s Kund Malir beach

A new island have popped up near Sonmiani beach of Balochistan— discovered by the fishermen sailing along the coast on Thursday.

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New island emerges near Balochistan’s Kund Malir beach

The technical advisor on marine fisheries at World Wild Fund (WWF), Muhammad Moazzam Khan said that the new island appeared in west off the coast of Sonmiani near Kund Malir.

“Such phenomena occurs due to geographical changes within the ocean depths,” he said adding that these kind of small islands emerge, remain in place for a while and then diminish back into the waters.

It is pertinent mention here that such Islands had earlier emerged at the same location in 2000 and 2010.

The first known emergence, during November 1945, was concurrent with an earthquake of magnitude 8.0.

The 2nd and 3rd emergences were in March 1999 and November 2010 respectively.

In 2013, an island emerged off Gwadar coast after a powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck Pakistan. However, the island disappeared after some time.

Landsat images of March 1999 and November 2010 emergences indicate appearance of round-shaped island of 4.4 and 5.2 hectare area, followed by erosion and disappearance. The island was composed of mud breccias and circular vents spewing mud slurry and methane gas.

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