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Pakistan, China resolve to intensify work on CPEC projects despite Covid pandemic: Asad Umar

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Initiatives Asad Umar has said that the working on the CPEC projects would continue with more focus despite the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on both China and Pakistan.     

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Flanked by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Affairs Khalid Mansoor, the minister said the expansion in the CPEC projects is in progress.

He was updating the media about the minutes of the meeting of Joint Coordination Commitee on CPEC.

Though China restricted travel of their citizens, but all Chinese associated with the CPEC projects returned to Pakistan last year and resumed work.  

The minister told media that officials from the both coutries had signed many pacts regarding CPEC, saying a joint working group on IT had been decided to be established soon.

He was of the view that there's a competition of IT going on between the US and China as the latter transformed its economy with the development with 5G technology.

"Though Pakistan's economy is largely based on agriculture, but we need to get benefit of the Chinese technology."

Umar said China is taking lead in digital payments portals worlwide and a Chinese subsidary is alraedy working in Pakistan.

"Pakistan's IT industry is also making progress speedily," he said, the country has recorded 47 per cent increase in IT exports that had touched the mark of $2 billion recently.

He hoped that exciting opportunitis would arise in the IT setcor as a good number of youngsters are associated with the IT education and profession in Pakistan. 

He said another MoU was signed between Chinese port-- NINGBO-- and the Gwadar port authority to enhance trade, adding another MoU was inked between the Karachi Coastal Development and a Chinese company to develop Karachi port and its adjacent areas.

Both sides also signed pacts on eight points concering agriculture, he added.

"China is also donating Balochistan solar power eqiupment and media equipment to Pakistan," the minister said.

He further said both sides also emphasized to focus on ongoing infrastcure, motorways and energy projects.

Umar said Pakistan had received Chinese invetsments other than Special Economic Zones (SEZ), adding the increased Chinese investment is also creating more security envoirnment.

Discussing Dassu hydel power project, he said the culprits would be taken to task and CPEC projects would continue despite security challenges.

"The CPEC has been a continuous irritating factor for our neighbour. The irritation is not only limited to physical moves, but also with 5th generation hybrid war, fake news on social media," he said adding but the entire leadership and public of both China nd Pakistan are committed to work together on CPEC. 

To a question on supposed Chinese insistence of providing security itself for China's workers, Umar said the issue had not been raised at all. "They realise and have a concern about security issues but you received a message few days back that workers had remobilised and work had restarted," he said.

SAPM added at this point that the Pakistan Army had given a comprehensive security briefing, which had been relayed to the Chinese embassy.

 

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Pakistan logs 1,212 new COVID cases; positivity ratio at 2.60%  

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 1,212 cases of coronavirus were reported while 39 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 27,986.

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Pakistan logs 1,212 new COVID cases; positivity ratio at 2.60%  

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. Today, the daily positivity rate in-country is at 2.60%.

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 1,212 cases of coronavirus were reported while 39 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 27,986.

The total number of cases has reached 1,253,868.

As many as 1,181,054 patients have recovered from the disease with 3,079 critical cases.

Punjab 

The number of patients swelled to 434,139 in the province with 12,724 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 461,258 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,451.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 175,012 in the province with 5,608 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,004 confirmed cases while 349 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,278 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 738. On the other hand, there are 10,338 cases in GB with 186 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 105,839 cases in the capital city while 930 people have lost their lives.

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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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Public holiday in Karachi as Cyclone Gulab triggers extreme weather warning 

Sindh's administration has announced a public holiday in the megacity on Friday (October 1) amid the in view of extreme weather emergency caused by a tropical cyclone Gulab in the Arabian Sea.

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Karachi: Sindh's administration has announced a public holiday in the megacity on Friday (October 1) amid the in view of extreme weather emergency caused by a tropical cyclone Gulab in the Arabian Sea.

Releasing an official notification on Thursday, Commissioner Karachi said that all provincial offices and businesses in Karachi would remain closed today.

The notification also advices general public to take precautions and remain indoors for safety.

In addition, Karachi University has canceled all examinations scheduled for today.  As per Controller Examinations, Dr. Zafar, the new dates for the examinations will be announced later.

However, the holiday will not apply to hospitals, local bodies and compulsory service agencies. 

Meanwhile, the meteorological department has forecast moderate to heavy rains and possibly isolated heavy rains between Friday and Saturday under the influence of deep pressure in the Arabian Sea, which turned into a tropical cyclone today.

A low air pressure system could turn into a hurricane, added the Meteorological Department forecast note.

The Met department, on Sunday, also warned fishermen not to go out to sea until October 3.

Following the situation, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has assigned the duties of overseeing relief and rescue operations to the ministers. 

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