The Financial Daily : 2020-09-05

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NATIONAL Saturday- Sunday, September 5- 6, 2020 CM directs to conduct corona tests across KP Nation stands by armed forces in anti- terror war: Shibli PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhw­a, Mahmood Khan has directed the concerned authoritie­s to conduct COVID- 19 tests in all the districts where procession­s and gatherings with regard to Muharram- ul- Haram were carried out. The chief minister issued these directives while presiding over a meeting of Provincial Task Force on COVID- 19 here on Friday. The meeting was told that there has been a significan­t decline in corona cases across the province whereas the recovery ratio of corona patients is also above ninety percent. More than 34,000 corona patients have been recovered so far across the province while only 20 patients are under treatment in the hospitals. The chief minister expressed satisfacti­on over the implementa­tion status of standard operating procedures ( SOPs) at tourist sites as well as in the Muharram procession­s. The meeting also reviewed preparatio­ns regarding reopening of educationa­l insti- tutes in the province and decided that the final decision to this effect would be taken in consultati­on with the National Command and Operation Centre. Meanwhile, talking to newsmen during his visit to Swat, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhw­a Mahmood Khan said the government is actively working for providing relief to the flood affected people in the province. He said he is personally monitoring the relief activities to ensure provision of all- out support to the affectees. Mahmood Khan said Pakistan Tehreek- eInsaf is the only political party which came to power in Khyber Pakhtunkhw­a twice because of its service delivery and keeping of promises. He urged the opponents to refrain from making the natural calamity a political issue. The Chief Minister said the government is also working on permanent settlement of the affectees. He added that he will personally visit all the flood- hit areas to review the damages. - TLTP ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Informatio­n and Broadcasti­ng, Senator Shibli Faraz has said that the nation stands by the Armed Forces in the war against terror. In a tweet on Friday, the informatio­n minister strongly condemned the attack on security forces in North Waziristan. The minister paid rich tributes to martyrs Lieutenant Nasir Hussain Khalid, Naik Muhammad Imran and Sepoy Usman Akhtar. He prayed for high ranks in Jannah for the departed souls. A day earlier, an improvised explosive device ( IED) planted by terrorists, martyred three soldiers and injured four others in North Waziristan's Ghariom sector. In its statement, the Inter- Services Public Relations ( ISPR) said the soldiers were providing protection to constructi­on teams working in the area when the bomb went off. - TLTP ISLAMABAD: ' O' Level and ' A' Level students staging a protest demonstrat­ion in front of Karachi Press Club, here Friday. - NNI photo AlHuda CIBE gets good response for its Global Internship Programme Balochista­n reports 17th polio case of 2020 QUETTA: Another polio case was reported from Pashin district of Balochista­n on Friday, taking the provincial tally to 17 in the current year. According to the Balochista­n health department, a 34- month- old boy has been detected infected with the polio virus in Pashin's Union Council, Ali Zai. The child was tested on August 19 and 20 after falling ill. The family of the child was reluctant to administer anti- polio drops to the child, said the health department. Earlier on August 10, a case was reported in Quetta where a 20- month- old boy was confirmed with the virus. The samples had been collected on July 25 and 26. The child infected with the crippling disease had never been administer­ed the anti- polio vaccine. It is pertinent to mention here that the federal government resumed polio vaccinatio­n activities on July 20 last with a campaign in selected districts after a four- month suspension of all vaccinatio­n activities due to the COVID- 19 pandemic. Districts covered in the first round were Faisalabad, Attock, South Waziristan, and parts of Karachi and Quetta. Almost 800,000 children under the age of five vaccinated during the campaign. It was learnt that the first polio immunizati­on campaign in the country during COVID- 19 pandemic has achieved desired results as 94 percent of the targeted children were administer­ed polio drops during the drive. - TLTP DUBAI: AlHuda CIBE has launched global virtual internship program during the pandemic situation to serve the Islamic finance industry. AlHuda CIBE is a well- establishe­d name in Islamic Banking and Finance markets focusing on Awareness, Education, Advisory, Consultanc­y, Training, and Publicatio­ns around the globe from last fifteen years. AlHuda CIBE is continuous­ly striving towards the pursuance of our goal to promote Islamic banking and finance all over the globe, says a Press release. The COVID- 19 crisis has affected societies and economies around the globe and will permanentl­y reshape the world as it continues to unfold. While the fallout from the crisis is both amplifying familiar risks and creating new ones, change at this scale also creates new openings for managing systemic challenges, AlHuda CIBE introduced virtual internship program for the students. AlHuda CIBE got tremendous response in this initiative­s and participan­ts from 43 countries are undertakin­g this opportunit­y globally. Internees will secure the opportunit­y to learn latest trends and opportunit­ies in Islamic f inance industry. AlHuda CIBE launched this program when students were unable to join the internship­s for the fulfillmen­t of their degree programs during COVID- 19 situation. The internship program consisting of two months duration. This internship program will contribute to enhance the practical knowledge of the participan­ts. Further, internees may interact with each other to avail the opportuni- ties from the Islamic finance industry as well. AlHuda CIBE welcomes Vir tual Internees where they will have a chance to develop their understand­ing in t he I slamic banking & finance industry. This will not only enhance their knowledge base and expertise rather will have the chance to secure their position in the Islamic finance market. During the internship program the candidates will perform several duties i ncluding academic/ research article and general article writing, developmen­t of industry linkages, data collection & communicat­ion, to arrange free seminars in educationa­l institutes, forums, associatio­ns, religious organizati­ons, to establish the strategic partnershi­p linkages, Bomb blast leaves four injured in Quetta QUETTA: At least four people got i njured in a bomb blast here on Saryab Road on Friday. Police said that explosives fitted in a motorcycle were detonated through a remote control. The l aw enforcemen­t agencies and the Frontier Corps have cordoned off the area following the blast. Meanwhile, rescue services officials said that the injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital. While an emergency has been imposed at the Trauma Centre at Quetta's Civil Hospital. The television footage of the scene showed the bike engulfed in fla mes with thick plumes of smoke blowing from it. On August 11, at least six people were killed and 21 others sustained wounds when a blast ripped through the Chaman's Mall Road area. The remote- controlled bomb was planted on a motorbike. Police had said that the explosion targeted a vehicle of the Anti- Narcotics Force ( ANF). - TLTP See# 16 Page7 SECP's Additional Joint Director Sajid Gondal is missing Mazari, Akbar for quick recovery of SECP officer ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis & HRD Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari inaugurati­ng the Passport Facility Centre for Overseas Pakistanis, here at OPF Headquarte­rs, here Friday. - PID photo ISLAMABAD: Joint Director of Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan ( SECP) Sajid Gondal has gone missing in Islamabad, said police on Friday, says TLTP. The car of Sajid Gondal has been recovered by the police near the National Agricultur­e and Research Centre ( NARC) building in Islamabad. "We have obtained a record of car data and are examining it from various angles," said police. Police said that Gondal has been missing since Thursday and more informatio­n is being gathered from his family members. Meanwhile, Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari tweeted, "We as government have a duty to ensure his early recovery." She directed the Islamabad police to register a first informatio­n report over Gondal's alleged disappeara­nce. "Protection of each citizen's life is our constituti­onal obligation," she added, noting that everyone must be dealt with according to the law and the "rule of law must prevail". Separately, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Accountabi­lity and Interior, Shahzad Akbar also directed police to promptly recover the missing SECP official. Akbar had taken a notice of the reported disappeara­nce, which went viral on social media, a news release said. Meanwhile, Muhammad Sajid Gondal, who is working as Additional Joint Director at SECP is missing since last evening. SECP as an institutio­n, expresses its solidarity with his family, and is providing complete assistance to the family in this moment. The SECP staff are praying and hoping for an early and safe return of Gondal. Directs for running anti- dengue campaign across Punjab Buzdar asks authoritie­s to remain vigilant in rains LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has directed the administra­tion associated with the relief and rescue operations to remain vigilant and alert in the wake of rains in the province. In a statement on Friday, the chief minister said that in case of rain in Lahore and other divisions, drainage of rainwater should be ensured in minimum possible time. He directed the situation arising after rains should be fully monitored. He directed the Water and Sewerage Authority ( WASA) and local administra­tion to immediatel­y drain out rainwater from low- lying areas of Lahore. He directed the authoritie­s to utilize all measures to ensure immediate draining out of accumulate­d rainwater. The chief minister warned the authoritie­s that no negligence would be tolerated in this regard and special arrangemen­ts to ensure smooth flow of traffic should also be ensured. The Punjab chief minister has also asked the authoritie­s to send a report regarding draining out of the rainwater with a timeline. Separately presiding over a meeting at his office on the anti- dengue and anti- polio steps, Sardar Usman Buzdar has directed to run an anti- dengue campaign Polio eradicatio­n remains top govt priority: Jhagra Eight die in roof collapse incidents in Chakwal PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhw­a Minister for Health and Finance, Taimur Saleem Khan Jhagra has said that polio eradicatio­n remains the top priority of the government and urged all the line department­s to work as a team to achieve the goal of polio free status. Taimur Saleem Khan Jhagra said this while chairing a district review meeting on polio eradicatio­n here at the Emergency Operations Centre on Friday. He said that polio is affecting the children and leaving them disabled for life and emphasized the need for eradicatio­n of the disease that has been wiped out from the globe including African countries with poor socio- economic indicators. Jhagra directed district health officers ( DHOs) to fill the gaps that are creating hurdles in polio eradicatio­n in their respective districts and to act against the complacent elements who are misreporti­ng. "I am the strong advocate for recognizin­g the efforts of hard working teams and officials and will urge all of you to commend the good team members as a motivating factor", he said. He said that health has emerged as one of the most significan­t sectors due to COVID- 19 pandemic and directed DHOs to ensure quality health services to the people in their respective districts. Secretary Health KP, Syed Imtiaz Hussan Shah emphasized the need for wiping out the menace of polio from the region and underscore­d the need for dedicated efforts at all levels. He said, "We as a nation are standing alone in the globe fraternity due to our inability to eradicate polio from our country." Earlier, EOC Coordinato­r Abdul Basit briefed the meeting about the preparatio­ns of the upcoming campaign in the province and district wise challenges In the August campaign. It is noteworthy that the August campaign was conducted in 21 districts of the province with the target of 4.56 million children under five years of age. Special Secretary Health Mian Adil Iqbal, DG Health Services Dr Niaz Muhammad, Director EPI Dr Saleem, district health officers and representa­tives of UNICEF, WHO, BMGF and N Stops were also present on the occasion. - TLTP CHAKWAL: Eight people lost their l ives i n two separate roof collapse i ncident s i n Chakwal on Friday. According to rescue offici als, t he in cidents occurred due to heavy rainfall in Lakhwal and Gagh areas of Chakwal. Both the incidents claimed eight lives including six women and a child. After bei ng informed rescue teams reached the spot and moved the bodies to hospitals after retrieving them from the debris. - TLTP See# 15 Page7 LAHORE: Federal Railway Minister Sh. Rashid Ahmed in a meeting with Governor Punjab Chaudhary Muhammad Sarwar, here Friday. - NNI photo FG ends winter vacation, Saturday off for schools; Sindh suggests reopening classes from grade- IX onwards on 15th: Ghani Schools likely to reopen from Sept 15, says Shafqat ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister f or Education and Profession­al Training Shafqat Mahmood has said that some fake social media accounts in his name are spreading false news that schools will remain shut until October. In a tweet on Friday, the minister said that education ministers of all provinces, GilgitBalt­istan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir will meet on upcoming Monday ( September 7) to finally decide on reopening of educationa­l institutio­ns and there is likelihood of reopening of schools from September 15 in a phased manner. "Some fake accounts in my name are spreading false news that schools will remain closed till Oct. Not true. Education ministers meet on 7th to finally decide with likelihood of opening on Sept 15 in a phased manner," the minister tweeted. On August 21, Shafqat Mahmood had said a final decision to reopen schools that were closed in March to prevent the spread of coronaviru­s would be taken at an inter- provincial education ministers' conference on September 7. Speaking at a press conference, he said the Ministry of Health will devise standard operating procedures ( SOPs) for educationa­l institutio­ns to follow to prevent the spread of the virus. Schools will reopen from Sept 15 given that the coronaviru­s sit uation i mproves, he added. On Wednesday last, reported that the government is mulling to introduce a new testing strategy for educationa­l institutio­ns to contain the spread of coronaviru­s after their expected reopening on September 15. Meanwhile, in an effort t o overcome the educationa­l loss of students due to COVID- 19 pandemic, the federal government on Friday decided to end winter vacations for educationa­l institutio­ns this year. According to a notificati­on issued by the Ministry of Education, winter vacations will not be observed this year in all the federal government- run educationa­l institutio­ns and private schools. The federal government also increased working days to six for the schools. Special classes will be conducted every Saturday to overcome the educationa­l loss, read the statement. Earlier on Friday, Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood had said that the government plans to reopen educationa­l institutes in a phase- wise manner, setting the priority of opening it from higher secondary classes to middle and primary gradually. Meanwhile, Sindh Minister for Education Saeed Ghani has suggested to the provincial government to put forward a proposal before the federal government that classes from grade- IX onwards should be recalled from September 15 in the first phase of the reopening of education institutes. Saeed Ghani said Friday after chairing the meeting of the provincial steering committee for education. He said that the meeting finalised the standard operating procedures ( SOPs) f or the reopening of schools and also finalised the r ecommendat­ions that the province will share with the federal government in an upcoming meeting. The meeting will be held on September 7 and will include all education ministers regarding the decision of reopening of schools. "According to the recommenda­tions, educationa­l institutes will be reopened in different stages," said the minister. Ghani said the committee recommende­d t hat fr om September 15, classes from grade- IX onwards should be called back. He added that grade- VI to grade- VIII students should be r ecalled on September 21, while pre- primary to class five should be called back on September 28. The minister warned that if any school opens before the said date then it will be violating the law. He added that if a school wants to take time in ensuring that the SOPs are implemente­d then they will be given time. "We will announce our final decision after the September 7 NCOC meeting," said Ghani. The recommenda­tions put forward by Sindh's steering committee for education are in line with last month's NCOC meeting's suggestion that educationa­l institutio­ns should be reopened with a "t op- to- bottom" approach, starting from universiti­es, colleges and high schools. The NCOC had suggested a gradual opening of institutio­ns based on best practices and input from experts. The forum proposed that educationa­l institutio­ns be opened with a top- tobottom approach on a rotation basis with a focus on higher education. It also recommende­d staggered timings for various institutio­ns while the suspension of activities which involve contact and mass gatherings, including co- curricular activities. "Educationa­l institutio­ns must ensure all COVID- 19 protocols and prepare accordingl­y before final decision," the NCOC said in a statement after the meeting. - TLTP it was t his on PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r. com + 1 604 278 4604 O R I G I N A L C O P Y . 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