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Afghan women ministry gets new nomenclature of 'virtue and vice'

Workers in the Afghan capital Kabul replaced signs for the country's women's ministry with those for the Taliban's moral police on Friday, as female former employees of the department said they had been locked out of the building.

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A sign for the building was covered by a replacement in a mixture of Dari and Arabic, reading "Ministries of Prayer and Guidance and the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice" on Friday, according to photographs and Reuters witnesses.

Female employees said they had been trying to come to work for several weeks only to be told to return to their homes, according to videos filmed outside the building seen by Reuters.

The gates of the building were finally locked on Thursday, one of the women said.

"I am the only breadwinner in my family," said a second woman, who also said she worked in the department. "When there is no ministry, what should an Afghan woman do?"

Taliban spokesmen did not respond to requests for comment on Friday.

When the Taliban, who seized control of Afghanistan last month last amid the chaos following the withdrawal of U.S. troops, were last in power from 1996-2001 girls were not allowed to attend school and women were banned from work and education.

During that period its Ministry for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice became known as the group's moral police, enforcing its interpretation of sharia that included a strict dress code and public executions and floggings.

A list of cabinet posts announced by the Taliban on Sept. 7 included an acting minister for the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice and made no mention of a women's minister, but the group did not confirm the department had been disbanded.

A senior Taliban leader said earlier this week that women would not be allowed to work in government ministries with men.

SOURCE: REUTERS 

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As fourth wave continues, Pakistan reports over 1000 cases, 27 deaths

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 1,086 cases of coronavirus were reported while 27 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,228.

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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 1,086 cases of coronavirus were reported while 27 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,228.

The total number of cases has reached 1,262,771.

As many as 1,194,590 patients have recovered from the disease with 2,132 critical cases.

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 437,316 in the province with 12,821 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 464,746 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,520.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 176,501 in the province with 5,673 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,108 confirmed cases while 352 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,380 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 740. On the other hand, there are 10,363 cases in GB with 186 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 106,357 cases in the capital city while 936 people have lost their lives. 

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Google turns 23, celebrates birthday with unique doodle

The animated doodle features a cake with “23” written on top of it along a birthday candle substituting for “L” in "Google”.

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Google, is celebrating its 23rd birthday on Monday (today) with a special cake-themed doodle on its homepage.

The animated doodle features a cake with “23” written on top of it along a birthday candle substituting for “L” in "Google”.

Google's foundation started in the year 1997 and was officially established as a company on September 27, 1998.

Technically, the company was founded on September 4, 1998. Though the company, for the first seven years, observed its birth anniversary on the said date, that year, but later it was decided to shift the celebrations to September 27 to coincide with the announcement of the record number of pages that this search engine was indexing.

Alphabet Inc. was created on October 2, 2015 through a restructuring of Google and later became its parent company and that of its former subsidiaries as well.

The history of the doodle itself dates back to 1998, to a month before Google was founded.

In 1997, Sergey Brin, a graduate student at Stanford University, just so happened to be assigned to show Larry Page, who was considering Stanford for graduate school at the time, around campus. By the next year, the two Google co-founders were building a search engine together in their dorm rooms and developing their first prototype.

Hence, in 1998, Google Inc. was officially born.

“Every day, there are billions of searches on Google in more than 150 languages around the globe, and while much has changed from the early days of Google, from its first server housed in a cabinet built out of toy blocks to its servers now being housed in more than 20 data centers globally, its mission of making the world’s information accessible to everyone remains the same,” wrote Google in its statement.

Co-founded by Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Google is today the most widely-used search engine globally. Its current CEO is Sundar Pichai, who succeeded Page on October 24, 2015.

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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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