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Coronavirus Delta variant as contagious as chickenpox: CDC internal report

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has described the Delta variant of the coronavirus to be as contagious as chickenpox and could cause severe illness, the New York Times reported, citing an internal CDC document. The variant was also more likely to break through protections afforded by the vaccines, the report said, adding that the agency's reverse course on masking guidelines for fully

NCOC sets Aug 31 deadline for students, govt employees, LEAs to get vaccinated

ISLAMABAD: The National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) Thursday set an August 31 deadline for sectors dealing with the public to get their staff vaccinated. Addressing a press briefing after a meeting at the NCOC, Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar said that the government is targeting to ramp up vaccinations and take it to the one million daily mark, which he said is only possible with the assistance

Taliban expected to play ‘important’ Afghan peace role: China

KABUL: Taliban are expected to play an important in ending Afghanistan's war and rebuilding the country, China told a visiting Taliban delegation, according to the country's foreign ministry. Nine Taliban representatives met Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin on a two-day visit during which the peace process and security issues were discussed, a Taliban spokesperson said. Wang

Pakistan venerates Capt Muhammad Sarwar Shaheed on his 73rd martyrdom anniversary

Pakistan remembers Captain Muhammad Sarwar Shaheed on his 73rd martyrdom anniversary on Tuesday July 27th (today). In a statement, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) has paid tribute to Captain Muhammad Sarwar Shaheed for his matchless chivalry, unwavering resolve, fortitude and for his ‘supreme sacrifice’ for the motherland. Military

The ‘Blood-Soaked’ Afghan Quagmire

The Afghan conflict has come to a point where there is a gruesome concern for the future it stores. The United States will leave by the end of August as announced in the deal brokered by Washington bringing the warring parties, the Taliban and Afghan government on a table in a move aimed to resolve infighting and thus seeking the Taliban to ensure that the Afghan soil not to be used against the US or its allies

2021 Tokyo Olympics kick off with a ‘restrained’ opening ceremony

 Tokyo Summer Olympics 2021 finally kicked off via a restricted opening ceremony held in Japanese capital without spectators on Friday July 23rd on Sunday a day earlier. Belated and beleaguered, the virus-delayed Tokyo Summer Olympics were kicked off with cascading fireworks and made-for-TV choreography that unfolded in a near-empty stadium, a colorful but strangely subdued ceremony that set a striking tone to

Pegasus spyware: Pakistan condemns India’s use of Israeli spyware, urges UN to investigate

Pakistan has strongly condemned India’s use of Israeli spyware – Pegasus, to hack the phones and computers of journalists, judges, diplomats, government officials, rights activists, and global leaders including PM Imran Khan. In a statement, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has strongly condemned India’s state-sponsored, continuing and widespread surveillance and spying operations in clear breach of global

Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Azha in Saudi Arabia, various countries across the globe

Eid-ul-Azha prayers were offered by Muslims in Saudi Arabia and countries around the world on Tuesday (today). Muslims in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Turkey and various other countries are celebrating Eid-ul-Azha today with festivities marred by COVID-19 restrictions. In Saudi Arabia, Eid-ul-Azha prayers were offered in Masjid-al-Haram and Masjid-e-Nabvi along with various other mosques around

Govt’s ‘E-PAK’ initiative to usher new era for Esports

Federal government has announced its decision to launch Pakistan’s first-ever Esports initiative titled ‘E-PAK’. In a video statement, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting – Fawad Chaudhry has said that E-PAK initiative will usher a new era for E-Sports in Pakistan. The initiative is being launched in collaboration with Gerena – a Singapore based game developing company. Under E-PAK initiative,