Four die in Peshawar as govt expedites Covid vaccination – Newspaper

Four die in Peshawar as govt expedites Covid vaccination - Newspaper

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa recorded four more mortalities, all from Peshawar, due to coronavirus and 80 new cases on Tuesday as health department ordered acceleration of vaccination efforts to inoculate the target population. Health Secretary Mohammad Tahir Orakzai issued a notification regarding launching a special three-day drive from December 1 to December 3. It said that … Read more

Govt urged to assess impact of Covid rules on children

Govt urged to assess impact of Covid rules on children

The Ombudsman for Children has said that any new Covid-19 measures around children socialising must be appropriate and proportionate as the last 18 months have already been extremely stressful for them. He comments come as the Cabinet is to consider a proposal that would advise parents to reduce their children’s social interaction outside school. However, … Read more

Crypto on Govt table, top global investors put in $500 million this year

Crypto on Govt table, top global investors put in $500 million this year

INCREASED LIQUIDITY in global financial markets and the Supreme Court order early last year allowing use of banking infrastructure by cryptocurrency platforms has led to top investment firms, such as Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital, B Capital and Andreessen Horowitz, pumping in over half-a-billion dollars in India’s cryptocurrency and blockchain technology space in 2021 so far. … Read more

Founders keepers at IPO-bound startups; govt differs with RBI on crypto

Founders keepers at IPO-bound startups; govt differs with RBI on crypto

Several startup founders whose firms are debuting on the stock markets in 2021 are being wooed by their companies’ boards with increased stakes and other milestone-linked rewards to ensure they retain skin in the game, sources told us. One of these firms is Policybazaar’s parent company PB Fintech, which makes its debut on India’s stock … Read more

Govt ‘extremely concerned’ with rise in Covid numbers

Govt 'extremely concerned' with rise in Covid numbers

The Government is “extremely concerned” with the “high rise” in Covid-19 numbers and the impact that is having on hospitalisation and admissions to ICUs, the Taoiseach has said. Micheál Martin earlier said “nothing can be ruled” out in relation to the coronavirus. HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid has described the situation with Covid-19 in hospitals … Read more

Govt to seek more detail on extending Covid pass

Govt to seek more detail on extending Covid pass

The Government is expected to seek more detail from the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) on where Covid passes might be used outside of hospitality. The issue will be discussed by the Cabinet Covid Committee on Monday evening where Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan is set to hold discussions with the Taoiseach and … Read more

Opposition turns up heat on hacker’s crypto ‘links’, Karnataka govt set to hand over cases to CID

Opposition turns up heat on hacker’s crypto ‘links’, Karnataka govt set to hand over cases to CID

THE KARNATAKA government is likely to hand over investigations into the “illegal activities” of a 25-year-old computer hacker, who was arrested in a drugs case last year, to the police’s Criminal Investigation Department in the wake of political heat from the Opposition on his alleged crypto currency transactions linked to “influential politicians”. State police chief … Read more

Govt announces door-to-door Covid vaccination drive – Newspaper

Govt announces door-to-door Covid vaccination drive - Newspaper

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah has directed all the deputy commissioners and district health officers (DHOs) to launch a two-week Covid-19 vaccination outreach drive in their respective districts ‘on a pattern similar to the polio campaign’. In this respect, the officials have been told that they can engage the workforce of other … Read more

Govt asks IMF to relax Covid spending ceiling by $2b

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has borrowed $3.1 billion in the past three months, including money for vaccine procurements, amid its requests to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to relax the spending ceiling by around $2 billion for expenditures on mitigation of coronavirus disease. The request for upward adjustment of the budget limit ceiling by around Rs352 billion … Read more