Karachi: As many as 100 samples will be collected from schools in each district in Sindh.
According to details, Sindh Health Department has decided to collect COVID-19 samples from the schools.
A letter has been issued by Sindh Health Department to all DHOs in this regard stating that 100 samples from schools in each district will be collected and samples will be sent to the Corona Dow Lab of the hospitals.
It also states that these samples will be tested in the labs and then the results will be communicated to the Sindh Health Department Task Force.
According to the health department, the decision to close or reopen schools will be based on the rate of cases, while the provincial task force will decide on the closure of schools based on the rate of cases.
Earlier, the Sindh government had decided that schools will not be closed and the educational activities will continue in the province despite an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases.
The decision was taken in a meeting of the Provincial Task Force chaired by Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah at the CM House.
Forest fire video case: TikToker 'in a fix' as court rejects pre-arrest bail application
Nosheen Saeed alias Dolly had posted a clip of herself walking playfully in a silver ball gown in front of a burning hillside
Islamabad: A district and sessions court in Islamabad on Friday rejected the pre-arrest bail application of TikToker Nosheen Saeed alias Dolly in a case related to a forest fire in Margalla Hills.
Dolly, who has more than 11 million followers on TikTok, had posted a clip of herself walking playfully in a silver ball gown in front of a burning hillside, presumably the Margalla Hills in Islamabad, with the caption: "Fire erupts wherever I am."
Her video immediately came under fire on social media as people initially assumed that she had started the blaze herself at a time when a devastating heatwave was underway in Pakistan causing forest fires.
Subsequently, within hours after it was uploaded, the video was taken down from the application.
Later, the TikToker said in a clarification released by an assistant that she did not start the fire and there was "no harm in making videos".
Shehroze Kashif becomes youngest-ever to summit top five highest mountain peaks
He achieved the feat on Saturday
Islamabad: Pakistan’s Shehroze Kashif became the youngest mountaineer ever to scale top five highest mountain peaks in the world.
Shehroze aka ‘The Broad Boy’ achieved the unique feat after summiting 8463m-high Makalu – the fifth highest mountain in the world.
This is his third summit of a mountain over 8000m in this month. On May 16, Kashif summited the 8516m-high Lhotse is Nepal.
On May 6, Kashif summited the 8586m-high Kangchenjunga Mountain, which is the world’s third-highest mountain.
He is the only Pakistan mountaineer to summit three mountains over 8000m in a month.
Kashif was the first Pakistani, and also the youngest man ever, to summit the Kanchenjunga Mountain. He also holds two Guinness records of the youngest ever to summit both K2 and Mount Everest.
On July 27, 2021, Kashif summited K2, the second tallest peak in the world. He scaled the 8,611-metre high peak with the aid of bottled oxygen. Before Kashif, Sajid Sadpara, the son of the legendary climber Muhammad Ali Sadpara, was the youngest person to have climbed K2 at the age of 20.
Earlier, he scaled the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, at the age of 19.
The young mountaineer who hails from Lahore started climbing at the age of 11. His first summit was Makra Peak (3885m). At 12, he climbed the 4080m Musa Ka Massalah and 4600m Chembra peak.
Pakistani 'Joyland' wins Cannes 'Queer Palm' award
It is the first-ever Pakistani competitive entry at the Cannes festival
Cannes: A Pakistani movie featuring a daring portrait of a transgender dancer in the Muslim country on Friday won the Cannes "Queer Palm" prize for best LGBT, "queer" or feminist-themed movie, the jury head told AFP.
"Joyland" by director Saim Sadiq, a tale of the sexual revolution, tells the story of the youngest son in a patriarchal family who is expected to produce a baby boy with his wife.
He instead joins an erotic dance theatre and falls for the troupe's director, a trans woman.
It is the first-ever Pakistani competitive entry at the Cannes festival and on Friday also won the Jury Prize in the "Un Certain Regard" competition, a segment focusing on young, innovative cinema talent.
"It's a very powerful film, that represents everything that we stand for," "Queer Palm" jury head, French director Catherine Corsini, told AFP.
- 'Blown away' -
Corsini herself took the award last year with "La Fracture", which features a lesbian couple's relationship against the backdrop of the "Yellow Vest" movement in France.
"'Joyland' will echo across the world," Corsini said. "It has strong characters who are both complex and real. Nothing is distorted. We were blown away by this film."
The "Queer Palm" has been won by big-name directors in the past and attracted top talent to its juries, but has no official place at the world's top film festival.
Awards for films with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer content are already an integral part of other major movie gatherings, including Berlin which has handed out its "Teddy Award" since 1987, and made it part of its official programme.
Not so at Cannes, where the festival's leadership will not even allow the "Queer Palm" -- which has been running for a decade -- to set up shop in its main building, the Palais du Festival.
"It makes me sad that the festival is still cold-shouldering the Queer Palm," Corsini said.
Past winners of the prize, created in 2010 by critic Franck Finance-Madureira, include Todd Haynes for "Carol" and Xavier Dolan for "Laurence Anyways".
"Joyland" beat off several other strong entries, including "Close" by Belgian director Lukas Dhont and "Tchaikovsky's Wife" by Kirill Serebrennikov, both hot contenders for the Cannes Festival's top Palme d'Or award which will be announced on Saturday.
"Joyland" left Cannes audiences slack-jawed and admiring and got a standing ovation from the opening night's crowd.
- 'Very schizophrenic' -
Part of the surprise stemmed from the discovery by many at Cannes that Pakistan is one of the first nations to have given legal protection against discrimination to transgender people.
In 2009, Pakistan legally recognised a third sex, and in 2018 the first transgender passport was issued.
"Pakistan is very schizophrenic, almost bipolar," director Saim Sadiq told AFP in an interview.
"You get, of course, prejudice and some violence against a particular community on the one hand, but you also get this very progressive law which basically allows everyone to identify their own gender, and also identifies a third gender," he said.
For its short film award, the "Queer Palm" jury picked "Will You Look At Me" by Chinese director Shuli Huang.
The diary-type film, set in the film-maker's hometown, shows a traditional society in which parents care more about their reputation than about their gay children's happiness.
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