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US, UK and Australia launch Indo-Pacific security pact to counter China

London: The United States (US), United Kingdom (UK) and Australia have announced a new trilateral security alliance in the Indo-Pacific, in an apparent attempt to counter China.

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US, UK and Australia launch Indo-Pacific security pact to counter China

As per reports, the historic security pact includes a joint effort to help the Australian military acquire nuclear-powered submarines, using technology provided by the US.

The pact, to be known as ‘Aukus’ will also cover artificial intelligence, cyber and quantum technologies.

“It is the biggest defense partnership among the countries in decades,” analysts said, terming it biggest security arrangement between the three nations since ‘World war two’.

A joint statement issued by US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison said that the new partnership aimed to promote security and prosperity in the region.

"This is an historic opportunity for the three nations, with like-minded allies and partners, to protect shared values and promote security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region," joint statement read.

Aukus will focus on military capability, separating it from the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance which also includes New Zealand and Canada.

The leaders did not refer to China directly, but said regional security challenges had grown significantly.

China's embassy in Washington reacted by saying countries "should not build exclusionary blocs".

Moreover, Beijing has been accused of raising tensions in disputed territories such as the South China Sea.

These submarines are much faster and harder to detect than conventionally powered fleets. They can stay submerged for months, travel for longer distances and also carry more.

Analysts say, “Having them stationed in Australia is critical to US influence in the region”.

The US is sharing its submarine technology for the first time in 50 years. It had previously only shared technology with the UK.

In addition, Australia will become the seventh nation in the world to operate nuclear-powered submarines, after the US, UK, France, China, India and Russia.

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COVID-19: Pakistan sees significant decline in daily fatalities

Pakistan on Monday saw a sharp decline in fatalities from the coronavirus, registering 27 fatalities over the past 24 hours, down from 34 a day earlier, according to the country’s Health Ministry.

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COVID-19: Pakistan sees significant decline in daily fatalities

Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday saw a sharp decline in fatalities from the coronavirus, registering 27 fatalities over the past 24 hours, down from 34 a day earlier, according to the country’s Health Ministry.

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than the previous three COVID waves. Today, the daily positivity rate in-country is at 2.84%.

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 1,490 cases of coronavirus were reported while 27 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 27,893.

The total number of cases has reached 1,251,348.

As many as 1,177,249 patients have recovered from the disease with 3,407 critical cases.

Punjab  

The number of patients swelled to 433,286 in the province with 12,685 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 460,111 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,427.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 174,671 in the province with 5,580 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 32,981 confirmed cases while 349 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,234 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 738. On the other hand, there are 10,332 cases in GB with 186 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 105,733 cases in the capital city while 928 people have lost their lives.

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‘Covid fourth wave’: Pakistan reports 1016 new cases, 28 deaths

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 1,016 cases of coronavirus were reported while 28 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,201.

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‘Covid fourth wave’: Pakistan reports 1016 new cases, 28 deaths

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

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 1,016 cases of coronavirus were reported while 28 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,201.

The total number of cases has reached 1,261,685.

As many as 1,193,175 patients have recovered from the disease with 2,195 critical cases.

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 437,032 in the province with 12,808 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 464,142 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,514.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 176,366 in the province with 5,666 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,100 confirmed cases while 352 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,372 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 740. On the other hand, there are 10,361 cases in GB with 186 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 106,312 cases in the capital city while 935 people have lost their lives. 

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Nation celebrates Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) with religious, traditional zeal

Back in history, the day was first celebrated as an official festival in Egypt, the celebrations of Eid-e-Milad became more popular during the 11th century.

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Nation celebrates Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) with religious, traditional zeal

The whole nation is celebrating Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) today (Tuesday) with traditional zeal and fervor and renewing the pledge to transform their lives in line with the Islamic principles and disseminate teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallah-o-Alaihe Wa Aalehe Wassallum.

The day dawned with a 31 and 21 gun salute in the federal and provincial capitals, respectively, following a night of Mahafil-e-Naat and conferences across the country.

Special prayers offered in mosques for upholding and flourishing of Islam and religious teachings, unity, solidarity, progress, and welfare of the Muslim Ummah.

To mark the annual event, state and religious organisations, Milad committees and individuals have planned a number of activities including processions, seminars, conferences and discussion programmes.

Moreover, streets and roads, as well as bazaars, shopping centres, government and private buildings have been beautifully decorated and illuminated with lights, colours and banners bearing writings about the celebration of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (SAW).

In addition, people wear green ribbons or green items of clothing, carry green flags or banners on this day. The green colour is a symbol of Islam and paradise. People also conduct activities like marches, parades, and night long prayers meetings.

Furthermore, communal meals are also offered in mosques and other community buildings.

A national Rehmatul-lil-Aalameen [Sallallah-o-Alaihe Wa Aalehe Wassallum Khatam-un-Nabiyeen] conference is being held in Islamabad today.

Several news and Current Affairs Channel will broadcast a day-long Marathon transmission on this occasion.

Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi is celebrated on the occasion of the birthday of the Prophet of Islam, Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH).

It is also known as Nabi Day, Mohammad's birthday or the Prophet's birthday.

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was born on the 12th of 573 AD in the city of Mecca. The full name of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad is Mohammad ibn Abdullah ibn Abdul Muttalib.

Back in history, the day was first celebrated as an official festival in Egypt, the celebrations of Eid-e-Milad became more popular during the 11th century.

This year, as per the Gregorian calendar, Eid Milad-Un-Nabi began on the evening of October 18, 2021, and will end on the evening of October 19, 2021.

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