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Japan former Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu dies at 91

Kaifu, reportedly, died on Sunday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said. The cause of his death was not immediately known.

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Tokyo: Former Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu died earlier this month, the government said Friday. He was 91. 

Toshiki Kaifu ascended to the premiership in August 1989 and served until November 1991. 

Kaifu, reportedly, died on Sunday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said. The cause of his death was not immediately known.

Toshiki known for sending the Maritime Self-Defense Force to the Persian Gulf in 1991. 

He followed Prime Ministers Noboru Takeshita, who was involved in the Recruit Scandal, and Sosuke Uno, who lost an upper-house election because of an extramarital affair. 

Within the Liberal Democratic Party, he belonged to the relatively small Komoto faction, which is now the Aso faction.

Under his leadership, Japan contributed $13 billion to cover the costs of the multinational force deployed in the 1991 Gulf War, which was sparked by Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. 

Japan was criticized by the US and others for not contributing personnel. That experience spurred Japan to participate in later United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations.

Kaifu was forced to step down as premier in November 1991 after he vowed to reform the country's political system only to see a key bill fail to pass through parliament.

The legislation called for the introduction of single-seat constituencies in elections.

Moreover, he retired from politics after going down to defeat in the 2009 Lower House election. He served in that chamber for 48 years.

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NA, Senate sessions to be held today

Besides legislative business, both the Houses will take up matters pertaining to national and international importance. 

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Islamabad: Sessions of the Senate and the National Assembly (NA) will separately be held at the Parliament House in Islamabad at 4 pm on Monday (January 17).

Besides legislative business, both the Houses will take up matters pertaining to national and international importance. 

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Sindh announces pay cuts govt employees for not wearing mask

Sindh government directed authorities to deduct one day's salary of all government officials and employees who do not wear a face mask

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Karachi: The Sindh government has announced to deduct one day salary of all government officials and employees who do not wear a face mask on Sunday.

According to the details, the Sindh government directed authorities to deduct one day's salary of all government officials and employees who do not wear a face mask. The directives have been issued in view of the rising cases of COVID-19 in the province.

A day earlier, a meeting of the provincial coronavirus task force was chaired by Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah at the CM House during which the Shah stated that officials who do not wear masks will face a fine.

It was proposed that one day's wage be deducted from the pay of any government employee who does not wear a mask in the workplace.

Meanwhile, Pakistan witnessed an enormous spike in its daily tally of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) after as many as 4,027 new infections were logged in the last 24 hours, according to morning update by ministry of health.

The country’s positivity rate now stands at 7.8% when 4,027 fresh cases were reported. The cumulative tally of the country has now climbed to 1,324,147.

As the fifth wave of COVID-19 intensifies in Pakistan reported 4,027 new coronavirus infections, a new daily record, with authorities linking the spike with the Omicron variant of virus.  

According to the latest figures issued by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 3,567 persons were tested positive while 7 died in the past 24 hours— taking Pakistan's COVID death toll to 29,012.   

As many as 1,263,584 patients have recovered from the disease. 

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 452,261 in the province with 13,088 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 499,830 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,694.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 182,199 in the province with 5,958 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,699 confirmed cases while 367 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,750 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 749. On the other hand, there are 10,445 cases in GB with 187 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 110,963 cases in the capital city while 969 people have lost their lives.  

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Govt to control Inflation before 2023: FM Qureshi

Global economy has also been in crisis for the past two years due to coronavirus, says minister

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Multan: Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday said that inflation was a temporary phenomenon and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government would control it before 2023.

He expressed these views while addressing a function at Government Primary School Awanpura Middle School Upgradation and talking to people during his visit to different Union Councils of his constituency NA-156.

He said that the government is not indifferent to people and well aware their hardships. He observed that government was striving hard to address public problems, saying that the global economy has also been in crisis for the past two years due to coronavirus. He however maintained that difficulties were temporary.

“We love dear homeland and would continue to live in the country. We know how to be loyal to the country. We have no flats, no accounts abroad and no one has a plan to go abroad. We are among the people and will remain with them,” FM Qureshi maintained. 

The foreign minister hoped that problems of masses would end soon. “We are fighting crises with determination. No matter how much the Opposition marches, there will be no in house change or end to the government. The opposition will face defeat. The democratic government of PTI will complete its term”, remarked FM Qureshi.

He expressed satisfaction and hinted that PTI government’s intentions were positive. “The present government has a credit for not having any corruption scandal”.

Expressing the challenges, Qureshi observed that the problems were much more, compared to available resources which could not be resolved overnight. “We understand the problems and concerns of the people and trying to resolve the issues”, he added.

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