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Pakistan's first ever Science, Technology & Innovation policy to create economic activities: Shibli Faraz

“This policy will help encourage technology driven economy through engaging industry, academia and the government”.

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Islamabad: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz on Thursday said that the first-ever National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy of Pakistan would not only bring revolution in the field of science and technology but also create economic activity in the entire country.

“This policy will help encourage technology driven economy through engaging industry, academia and the government,” he said.

On January 11, the federal cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad had approved the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, Sambarial-Kharian Motorway, import of urea from China and privatization of Guddu and Nandipur power plants.

Briefing media in Islamabad about the decisions taken by the federal cabinet, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, regarding the Electronic Voting Machines, had said the Ministry of Science and Technology had been directed to provide EVMs to the Election Commission of Pakistan to hold next elections in Islamabad through the machines to ensure transparency.

He had said the cabinet also approved electricity tariff adjustment of one rupee per unit for next three months to provide relief to the people.

The information minister had said the cabinet approved launching of a Housing Project on 400 kanals for overseas Pakistanis. He had said overseas Pakistanis could procure apartments in this project through Roshan Digital Accounts.

He had said the government would fetch around two billion dollars through the project. He had said the cabinet also directed to frame a policy to enable foreigners to procure land in Pakistan.

Siddra Sumreen

Syeda Siddra has been working as a web journalist for over the past seven years. She earned her M.Phil degree in Mass Communication from the Lahore Leads University. Ms. Siddra has previously worked with other renowned channels and is now associated with GNN as Senior Content Writer.

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Punjab govt notifies summer vacations for schools from June 1

The Punjab School Education department announces two-month vacations

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Punjab govt notifies summer vacations for schools from June 1

Lahore: The Punjab government issued notification of summer vacations for school kids on Thursday.

All state and private schools will observe a two-month summer vacation from the beginning of next month.

The vacataions for private and public schools will begin on June 1 and continue till July 31, the Punjab School Education Department said in the notification.

The notication has also advised private schools to spare students at 11am from May 27 to May 31 in the wake of ongoing heatwave.

Similarly, summer vacation in all public and private educational institutions in Sindh will be observed from June 1 to July 31.

Public and private educational institutes in Balochistan's summer zone districts are observing summer vacation from May 15 to July 31.

In Khyber Pakhthunkhwa, summer vacation in the summer zone would be observed from June 1 to August 14 and in the winter zone from July 1 to July 31.

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Another heatwave to grip Sindh from May 27: PMD

An earlier spell of severe hot weather persisted in the province till 23rd May.

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Another heatwave to grip Sindh from May 27: PMD

Karachi: Pakistan Meteorological Department on Thursday predicted that the heatwave conditions likely to return over central and upper Sindh from 27 May.

Daytime maximum temperatures may rise again to 46 – 48 degree Celsius in Dadu, Jacobabad, Larkana, Sukkur, Nawabshah and Khairpur districts. While, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas and Umerkot districts are likely to experience maximum temperature between 44-46 Celsius and Badin 40 – 42 degree Celsius.

Karachi is experiencing hot, humid, and windy weather with maximum temperature remains between 34-36 degree Celsius today, according to the Met Office. The wind direction will be westerly or southwesterly today.

An earlier spell of severe hot weather persisted in the province till 23rd May.

On the other hand, mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most areas of the country, while very hot in south Punjab during the weekend.

Here are some ways to stay cool during the heatwave:

  • Don’t go out between 12pm and 3pm when the sun is the strongest
  • Wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothing
  • Wear sunscreen and stay in the shade
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Cover your head (wear a scarf or cap)
  • Use lip balm and eye drops to make sure your lips and eyes don’t get too dry

Here are the symptoms of a heat stroke you should watch out for:

  • Throbbing headache
  • Dizziness and light-headedness
  • Lack of sweating despite the heat
  • Red, hot, and dry skin
  • Muscle weakness or cramps
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Behavioral changes such as confusion, disorientation, or staggering
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness
  • If you experience these symptoms, you should visit a hospital.
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SC dismisses govt’s contempt of court plea against Imran Khan

The government filed the plea against PTI this morning

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Islamabad: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has refused to take contempt of court action against PTI Chairman Imran Khan for violating the apex court’s orders during ‘Azadi March’.

The government filed the plea this morning after the PTI openly defied the apex court’s directives, announcing to hold a rally at D-Chowk in Islamabad’s prohibited Red Zone.

The SC formed a five-member larger bench, headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, to hear the contempt of court plea At the outset of the hearing, Attorney-General of Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf read out the SC verdict before the court.

The court dismissed a petition filed by the federal government, saying that activists were not responsible as they act on the directives of party leadership. It also ordered the release of 20 activists who were booked for rioting and violence.

However, following the reports of violence and mayhem during the protest brought before the Court, the Court has now decided to issue a comprehensive order after pondering over the matter keeping in view the nature of assembly and association so that it can serve as a guideline to the practice of constitutional rights in future.

The Court observed that fundamental rights of assembly, association, and movement are not unlimited, but there are certain limits to them.     

At the outset of the hearing today, Attorney-General of Pakistan, Ashtar Ausaf Ali presented his submissions before the Court pointing out the violations of the Court's order by PTI.

He also mentioned before the court the breach of allowed venue and entering the D-Chowk by PTI workers, burning public property and trees, injuring the security forces personnel, and creating turmoil in the federal capital.

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