Anti- tobacco activists urge government to raise taxes on tobacco products

Anti-Tobacco activists have proposed that the government should raise taxes on tobacco products to curtail its use.

Speaking at a conference in Murree on Monday, they pledged to create awareness against the use of tobacco in Pakistan.

They said making cigarettes unaffordable by implementing a health tax will be helpful in controlling the high number of tobacco users.

On the occasion, health experts highlighted how tobacco adversely affects health.

Source: Radio Pakistan

PESD Bahawalpur sends 8 ambulances, 9 water bowsers for Cholistan

Punjab Emergency Services Department (PESD) Bahawalpur has sent eight ambulances and nine water bowsers along with fifty-seven Rescuers for Cholistan.

According to District Emergency Officer Rescue 1122 Bahawalpur, Baqir Hussain six rescue posts have been established in the drought hit areas which will provide first aid and awareness about heat wave to the people of Cholistan.

Source: Radio Pakistan

‘Flood Communication Cell’ established to monitor flood situation

The government has set up a Flood Communication Cell in Federal Flood Commission to monitor flooding during this Monsoon season.

According to a press release of Federal Flood Commission, the cell will obtain all related information from all concerned departments including Flood Warning Centers set up in the provincial Headquarters.

Any relevant information can be obtained from duty officials of the cell on phone numbers 051-9244621 and 051-9244616. This service is available from 15th of next month to 15th of October this year.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistanis in London rally for Imran Khan after iftar

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A rally in support of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was held after the sunset iftar meal in Ilford, east London on Monday. Scores of Khan’s supporters gathered and chanted slogans of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ (Long live Pakistan) and ‘Imran Khan Zindabad’ (Long live Imran Khan), and accused the traditional political parties – which helped remove him from office – of widespread corruption. It’s kicking off here at Ilford Lane in east London after iftar. PTI protesters are chanting for their leader Imran Khan. — Ihtisham Ul Haq (@iihtishamm) Khan had previously … Continue reading “Pakistanis in London rally for Imran Khan after iftar”

Pakistan: Shehbaz Sharif elected as new PM after Khan ousted

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Pakistan lawmakers on Monday elected Shehbaz Sharif as the country’s new prime minister following the weekend ouster of Imran Khan, who resigned his national assembly seat – along with most of his party members – ahead of the vote. Khan was dismissed on Sunday after losing a no-confidence vote, paving the way for an unlikely alliance that faces the same issues which bedevilled the cricket star-turned-politician – a weak economy, rising militancy, and soured relations with the West. Sharif immediately announced a raft of populist measures, including a new minimum wage of 25,000 rupees (around $… Continue reading “Pakistan: Shehbaz Sharif elected as new PM after Khan ousted”

No Covid death reported in 24 hours: Asad Umar

Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar says no Covid related death was reported in the country during last 24 hours.

In his tweet, he said this is the first time in two years that this has happened.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Hong Kong to ease strict COVID measures from April, lifts flight ban

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By Farah Master and Jessie Pang HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong plans to relax some anti-COVID-19 measures next month, lifting a ban on flights from nine countries, reducing quarantine for arrivals from abroad and reopening schools. The moves, announced on Monday by Chief Executive Carrie Lam, come after a backlash from businesses and residents who see the rest of the world shifting to “living with the virus”. Residents in the Chinese ruled territory have become increasingly frustrated with the stringent measures, many of which have been in place for over two years. A ban on flights from Austr… Continue reading “Hong Kong to ease strict COVID measures from April, lifts flight ban”