Web Desk :: Yoshihide Suga has been elected as the new Prime Minister of Japan following the resignation of Shinzo Abe due to ill health.
#Final #Decision to Resume #Primary Classes will be taken on Sept 29 – #ShafqatMahmood
Web Desk ::The final decision regarding the resumption of primary classes will be taken on September 29. This was revealed by the Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood.
The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) will take the final decision about whether to resume classes for grades 1-5 or not. He said this while speaking at the National College of Arts (NCA).
Earlier, the government made the announcement that the primary classes will begin in schools on 30th September. A final decision by NCOC was pending, the report said.
About the COVID-19 pandemic, Mahmood stated that 30,000 COVID-19 tests are being conducted by the government across Pakistan on a daily basis. Most of these tests were taking place in schools.
The minister emphasized that due to the six-month closure of schools amidst the pandemic there has been an academic loss for the students. Thus, it is of utmost importance to continue the academic year.
In response to a question, the minister said that the opposition does not have public support as PML-N and the PPP have been exposed over the last couple of years.
He termed the recent statements by Nawaz Sharif as an act of hypocrisy. He said that while he sitting in London is just criticizing the government, his own people are meeting the military leadership.
About the increase in food prices, Mahmood said that the government wants to bring down inflation, and now the economic indicators appear positive.
#Private Schools Announce Free #Schooling for #Children of #Coronavirus Victims
Web Desk ::Karachi’s private school association has made the announcement regarding free schooling for students up to matriculation for the students who lost their parents amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The private school representatives jointly held a press conference in Karachi in which they made the announcement that free tuition would be offered for students whose parents lost their lives amidst coronavirus.
According to the details it has been claimed by the associations that they will make sure that the schools follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
Shahzad Akhtar, an official from one of the representative groups said that the parents who have been unable to pay the school fees for the last 7 months would be permitted easy installments.
Akhtar advised that the parents who can pay the fees should do so.
Haider Ali, another representative said that the 76-point SOPs laid out for the management of the schools has been endorsed by the private schools.
He said that students in schools will be completely safe while the staff of the school would make sure that the social distancing amongst children is maintained. The school canteen will be closed. Thus, children are supposed to bring their lunch and water bottles from home.
Syed Tariq Shah, another representative said that no admissions will be extended to students in schools without the transfer certificates. Adding, that the students having COVID-19 symptoms would be sent home. They will not be marked absent.
#Apps Like #TikTok #Harmful for Society and Should be #Banned: PM Khan
Web Desk ::PM Khan is of the opinion that apps like TikTok are harmful to the society and they should be banned, this was shared by the Information Minister Shibli Faraz in one of his interviews.
As per reports, he said that PM Khan is extremely concerned regarding the increasing vulgarity and obscenity in the society and has asked all the related authorities to keep a check on the trend before it demolishes the socio-religious values of the society.
Shibli Faraz said that PM Khan had discussed this matter with him multiple times and wants a detailed strategy to check the vulgarity that is spreading in the society via the mainstream outlets as well through social media and its apps.
The information minister said that Prime Minister Imran Khan told him that applications like TikTok are badly affecting the values of the society and hence they should be barred. He also said that he informed PM Khan that the owners of such applications would first be contacted to respect the values of the society and to assure that no such indecent content is shared via the app’s platform.
PM Khan has also asked Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to clean the social media, internet, and the different applications of vulgarity for the users in Pakistan.
Maj General (retd.) Amir Azeem Bajwa- the chairman PTA said that PM Khan is concerned about the destruction that is caused by vulgarity to the social, cultural, and religious values of the society.
PM ImranKhan Address at the 75th #UNGA Loss of foreign exchange reserves causes currency depreciation #UNGAPakistan75 #PMImranKhanAtUNGA
Web Desk :: PM Imran khan Address at the 75th UNGA
#Apple Starts #Rolling Out macOS Catalina 10.15.7 Update
Web Desk ::macOS Catalina is now available for download in version 10.15.7. Apple has already started rolling out the update.
To all of you Mac users out there, version 10.15.7 of macOS Catalina is now available. You should have probably already received the request to update. If not, just take a look and start.
Various bugs are fixed again, but there is nothing big about it, as a look at the changelog reveals:
• Resolves an issue that prevented macOS from automatically connecting to
• Resolves an issue that prevented files from syncing through iCloud
• Corrects a graphics issue that occurred on iMacs (Retina 5K, 27 ″, 2020 ) could occur with Radeon Pro 5700 XT
Apple has also released previously known updates for macOS Catalina, a few months ago Apple released the update to improve battery life. Earlier there were some Bluetooth vulnerabilities found in the software, however, Apple did not respond to those vulnerabilities in the following updates.
Govt #launching Saving #Lives and #Livelihood Project Dr. Moeed W. Yusuf
Web Desk ::The first meeting of the Advisory Council for the project “Saving Lives and Livelihoods by supporting Food Security, Small and Medium Enterprises and Universal Social Protection Mechanisms to cope with COVID-19 Impacts in Pakistan” was started by Dr. Moeed W. Yusuf, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Security & Strategic Policy Planning.
The project is a joint collaboration with the International Development Research Center (IDRC) and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). It aims to support the Pak Govt amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in ensuring essential economic activity and safeguarding workers and smaller producers, the report said.
Dr. Moeed Yusuf said that the project can feed into real-time data at both national and provincial levels. This is essential to the security of food and economic prosperity. Both of these aspects are important by the government for national security
The committee was informed by Dr. Abid Suleri, Executive Director SDPI through the multi-sectoral the thematic focus of the project. It explores food security, small to medium enterprises (SMEs), and social protection systems.
The important elements of the project were elaborated by Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, Joint Executive Director, SDPI. These elements are documenting evidence on the impact of COVID-19, input informing response evidence-based during the relief and recovery phases, and local research strengthening.
#National #Newspaper #ReadershipDay is being observed on Friday.
Web Desk ::National Newspaper Readership Day is being observed on Friday.
In his message, President Dr. Arif Alvi highlighted its importance by saying, “Despite the growth of electronic and digital media, newspapers still play a significant role in creating awareness and educating the people about various economic and social issues.
Similarly, the Prime Minister also expressed his support towards the day and congratulated the APNS for such a step.
#Gas Sector #Circular Debt Of #Pakistan Increases To Rs.250 Billion
Web Desk ::The government of Sindh was accused of making the gas crisis the worst in Karachi by the petroleum minister Omar Ayub Khan, Pakistan’s circular debt of the gas sector alone ballooned to Rs.250 billion.
While talking in a press conference along with Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Petroleum Nadeem Babar on Thursday, Omar Ayub reportedly blamed the government of Sindh for lack of cooperation in giving the Right of Way for building a pipeline at Port Qasim, though the issue had been raised for the past one and a half year.
“Now, the matter became worse and has gone way beyond Article 158 of the Constitution that gives the right to gas-producing provinces to utilise the local gas first,” he said.
Omar Ayub pointed out that a gas conference was held at the Prime Minister’s Office following the recommendation of the Council of Common Interests (CCI) to build consensus on a weighted average gas price.
According to Omar, the circular debt of Pakistan in gas sector has jumped to Rs250 billion due to the absence of the weighted average price.
Responding to a question regarding electrocutions during Karachi rains, he said that a majority of shareholders in K-Electric were from the private sector and blamed the Sindh government for backing the power company.
The petroleum minister added that a National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) member belonging to Sindh had played a key role in reducing the fine imposed on K-Electric.
Speaking at the conference, Babar gave warning of a gas shortage of around 250-400 mmcfd in the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) system, which would affect all sectors including commercial and domestic consumers. “There will be no option available with the government other than rationing of gas for different sectors in Karachi,” he added. “However, the domestic sector will be given priority in the provision of gas during cooking hours.”
Similarly, Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) would face gas shortage of 300-350 mmcfd in the peak winter season, therefore, there would be no possibility of diverting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the SSGC system, he said.
Babar added that two LNG terminals, currently handling 1.2 bcfd of LNG, would be able to handle 1.3 bcfd following completion of the pipeline. However, he said Sindh province was not ready to consume LNG and the weighted average gas price was the only option. The two government officials held the previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government responsible for ignoring domestic gas exploration activities.
“The previous government awarded just one exploration block during its five-year rule and its impact will continue to reflect over the next 3 years,” Babar said.
He said the PTI government had conducted an auction of 10 exploration blocks and it was now planning to announce the auction of 20 more blocks in the first week of October.
Babar pointed out that the annual depletion of raw gas was 9%, which would contract to 6% after the induction of new gas discoveries. The special assistant added that 26 discoveries of gas had been made in the past 24 months that added 250 mmcfd to the system, however, there had been depletion of 400 mmcfd.
Responding to a question regarding a report of Prime Minister’s Inspection Commission, he said the report was not based on actual data.
“After preparing a report, the Petroleum Division invited a team of the Inspection Commission to build consensus on the data,” he said. “Live data transmission from wells has been active and the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has access to it.”
While answering a question about the gas infrastructure development cess (GIDC), Babar said four parties including the stakeholders from the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), CNG, and fertilizer sectors had forwarded a review petition in the Supreme Court. According to him, APTMA had obtained a stay order from the Lahore High Court (LHC) on GIDC calculation, adding that SNGPL and SSGC had included GIDC in the bills of September for recovery in 24 installments. “If the Sindh government cooperates in giving the Right of Way for building the pipeline, the federal government will complete it by the end of December 2020,” he added.