Pakistan To Buy 1.2 Million Covid-19 Vaccine Doses From China’s company Sinopharm

Pakistan To Buy 1.2 Million Covid-19 Vaccine Doses From China’s company Sinopharm

Earlier this month, Pakistan had approved $150 million in funding to purchase 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, initially to cover the most vulnerable 5 percent of the country’s population.

A minister said on Thursday that the South Asian country will buy 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses from the company Sinopharm of China. This is the first official confirmation from the government of a vaccine purchase by the country as it is facing a second wave of infections.

Pakistan’s Minister for Science and Technology, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, said on Twitter that the Cabinet Committee had decided to initially buy 1.2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from the Chinese company Sinopharm. These vaccine doses will be provided freely to frontline workers in the first quarter of 2021.

China approved the COVID-19 vaccine developed by state-sponsored medical company Sinopharm on Thursday, the first of its kind to be approved by the general public.

Pakistan earlier this month approved a $ 150 million grant to buy COVID-19 drugs, for the first time covering 5 percent of high-risk people.

Pakistan did not reveal which type of Covid-19 vaccine it would procure. However, the government said that a panel of experts was compiling a list of recommendations, which could tap more than one source.

Hussain said on Thursday that if the private sector wanted to import any other internationally-approved vaccine, it could do so.

The country of 220 million people is having to face up with another wave of infections. There are up to 58 deaths due to the virus on Wednesday, which takes its death count past 10,000.

It also reported 2,475 new infections, which took the total to 479,715 cases.

Pakistan also uses Candyino Biologics’ phase III clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccine employee, Ad5-nCoV, led by the state-run National Institute of Health.

Pakistan ready to welcome top cricketing countries next year

Pakistan ready to welcome top cricketing countries next year

Pakistan hasn’t hosted any home test matches for nearly a decade due to a terrorist attack on a rival team’s bus in 2009. Recently, the government has said it is ready now to welcome top cricketing nations such as South Africa, England, West Indies, and New Zealand in 2021.

Chief executive of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Wasim Khan, said that they’re working hard to build and nurture relationships with other cricket boards.

South Africa is scheduled to visit Pakistan in a two-test series, which is part of world test championship in January, 2021.

New Zealand is planned for five Twenty20s and three ODIs in September, followed by two Twenty20s against England, which will be England’s first tour to Pakistan since 2005.

The PCB has also scheduled a home series against West Indies in December.

After the 2009 terrorist attack, test cricket only came back to Pakistan late last year as Sri Lanka played two five-day games at Karachi and Rawalpindi and Bangladesh also played a test match before their second test was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In between the Zimbabwe and Bangladesh tours, the Pakistan Super League – a domestic Twenty20 league – presses Pakistan’s claims to host international games.

There were some big players who toured Pakistan and played for various city-based franchise teams, including Australia’s Shane Watson and South Africa’s Dale Steyn and Faf du Plessis. Wasim Khan believes these players had a key role in capturing Pakistan’s improving image among cricket-playing nations all over the world.

It is quite normal in Pakistan that cricket team buses heavily guarded by armed personnel whenever abroad contingents travel to the stadium from hotels to ensure tight security. That often blocks heavy traffic on major roads of big cities such as Lahore and Karachi.

Khan said that they would continue to provide state-level security as long as possible.

Pakistan and India dominate air pollution database of WHO

Pakistan and India dominate air pollution database of WHO

Currently, agricultural burning adds to the air pollution issues across Pakistan and India, especially in the north. The region has 16 among the 20 most polluted cities in the global air pollution database of the World Health Organization (WHO). However, are they the most polluted places in the world ever recorded? Although lack of measurements makes historic comparisons difficult, we have some clues.

More than 200 years ago, Benjamin Franklin was one of the first scientists who studied electricity in the atmosphere. Air pollution also changes the electrical properties of our air, although lightning is the most obvious manifestation.

In 1790, electrical measurements near Hyde Park suggested the particle pollution of the 18th-century London was about half the annual average in the most polluted cities in India in the present.

Air pollution is a huge problem in India, killing more than 1 million in the country every year, according to researches. According to the IQAir report, on average, its cities exceed WHO guidelines for the amount of particulate pollution (PM2.5) in the atmosphere by up to 500 precent.

Meanwhile, in Pakistan, around 135,000 deaths are attributed to air pollution every year, making it the top cause of sickness and death smog. The country spends about 5.88% of GDP or $47.8 billion on solving air pollution issues. During some past decades, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan have successfully enforced policies to lessen air pollution and accentuate that today’s air pollution need not be tomorrow’s fate.

Things had deteriorated by 1900. Measurements of atmospheric electricity at Kew show that air pollution in London was similar to the worst Indian cities nowadays.

However, the UK was home to 44 million people in the 1920s and bout 400 million people are exposed to the poor air in the Ganges River basin on north India, making it a far larger air pollution crisis.

Pakistan in one of the world’s best solar zones

Pakistan in one of the world’s best solar zones

Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) CEO Dr Rana Abdul Jabbar Khan says that solar energy can lower the price of electricity for consumers.

Solar power is the country’s new way to guarantee its energy security as well as to decrease the basket price of electricity for consumers, according to Dr Rana Abdul Jabbar Khan.

At the first virtual conference on Solarization of Pakistan, organized by Energy Update, Khan said the country should take the advantage of its presence in one of the world’s best solar zones. He added that due to a steep decline in solar electricity rates, solar energy had lately become the cheapest source of energy among the low-cost alternatives for generating electricity.

He declared that the AEDB would support full exploitation of solar power potential in Pakistan so that by 2030 the country could generate up to 30 percent of its electricity from clean sources of energy. And the AEDB had been conducting the country’s solar resource mapping with support of the World Bank (WB) and nine solar stations had been established in various areas.

Additionally, the board is taking required measures in order to introduce competitive bidding for the alternative energy projects in Pakistan.

On the occasion, PM Housing Task Force Chairman Zaigham Mahmood Rizvi emphasized the need for using high-quality equipment to generate solar electricity for long-term benefit.

He said solar equipment of superior quality could last up to four decades for maximum benefit of the energy system.

Rizvi also said quite soon export-oriented industries would have to install alternative energy plants since their products that were manufactured with the assistance of conventional sources of energy might not be accepted by the developed countries.

According to Sindh Solar Energy Project Director Mehfooz Qazi, the Sindh government had been working on projects to promote the use of solar energy. He hoped that the new Alternative Energy Policy would help implement the WB-assisted solar project in Sindh.

Tokyo Olympic Games must be held regardless of the status of Covid-19, says Japanese minister

Tokyo Olympic Games must be held regardless of the status of Covid-19, says Japanese minister

Japanese minister Seiko Hashimoto says the hosting country is planning for the Tokyo Olympic Games next year, whether the vaccine is widely available  or not.

Seiko Hashimoto has said, that the Tokyo Olympics must be held “at any cost”, as organizers go on to weigh up options for staging a post-pandemic celebration of sport in Tokyo next summer.

She told reporters on Tuesday that everyone involved with the Games is working hard together to prepare and all athletes are also making great efforts towards next year. She wants to concentrate all of their efforts on measures against the coronavirus.

She suggested the priority had changed from planning for the complete Games into an event that would be able to enable athletes to compete regardless of the status of the world health crisis.

There remains a growing belief within the national Olympic committees that the events will happen following lengthy discussions about how they can be held safely.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games were suspended in March when the Covid-19 pandemic started its rampage through the US, Europe, India, Brazil, and other parts around the world.

Health experts warn that a vaccine seems not to be widely available by the time the opening ceremony is planned to take place on 23 July 2021. As a result, a task force of organizers, health experts, national and local government officials met last week to discuss about anti-virus measures.

The group, expected to release an interim report at the end of the year, is sifting through over 200 proposals on how best to prevent an Olympic-related outbreak at the same time enabling about 11,000 athletes from over 200 countries to travel to Japan.

The Tokyo chief executive, Toshiro Muto, insisted Last week that the Olympic Games must be held even if a vaccine was unavailable since a vaccine is not a requirement. However, if vaccines are developed, they will really appreciate it and that would be great for the Olympics.

Although it is possible to reduce the risks to athletes, it is much harder in terms of ensuring the safety of huge numbers of spectators from overseas.

Pakistan urging the community in the world to try and end ‘persistent clampdown’ in Kashmir

Pakistan urging the community in the world to try and end ‘persistent clampdown’ in Kashmir

On Thursday, Foreign Minister from Pakistan urged the community around the world to try and put an end to a “persistent clampdown” that the government from India in Kashmir imposed.

Following the decision of India on the 5th of August, Pakistan worked to downgrade ties with New Delhi, aside from expelling the Indian High Commissioner. 

In the Minister’s message on UN Day, he said that the world body has been playing an active part in the severe struggle against colonialism apart from actively enhancing the fundamental rights for humans.

“The right of people to self-determination is at this quest’s heart. That said, such a global value has been trampled upon in Kashmir and Jammu,” he said.

He continued, the situation is being “exacerbated further by the persistently imposed clampdown” by the government from India in the region following the 5th of August.

“Since we are celebrating the UN Day, I would love to call on the global community, and particularly the Security Council, to try and end” the Kashmir crisis, according to the Minister.

After Article 370 abrogation, the government led by BJP imposed a couple of restrictions, inclusive of an Internet and mobile phone ban, in Kashmir and Jammu for the order and law maintenance. They have been gradually lifted.

On Thursday, the Kashmir and Jammu administration said that no restrictions are available in 99% or so of the areas. Also, the situation is being daily reviewed.

The apex court heard many petitions challenging the imposed restrictions in the region after the scrapping of the special status.

The Minister said that multilateral cooperation is still a foreign policy’s cornerstone.

“Our long-term collaboration with the UN is manifested, for example, by our dedicated contribution to its peacekeeping… more than 200,000 of the Blue Helmets served in many global Missions,”

India refused to grant a visa to Pakistani athletes

India refused to grant a visa to Pakistani athletes

The IOC on February 21 suspended all applications from India to host future sporting events because India refused to grant visas to two Pakistani shooters who took part in New Delhi this weekend.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on February 21 suspended all applications from India to host future sporting events and called on international sports federations not to compete in the country. This follows India’s refusal to grant entry visas to two Pakistani shooting athletes attending a world tournament in the capital New Delhi this weekend.

In a statement, the IOC emphasized, “Despite last-minute efforts and discussions (between IOC) with Indian Government officials, the two sides failed to find a solution to allow the Pakistani athletes’ delegation.” are allowed to enter India to compete.

As a result, the IOC Executive Committee also decided to stop all discussions with the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of India and the Government of India regarding the application to host in India sports events and in relation to Olympic Games in the future. “

According to the IOC, the refusal to issue a visa to rival athletes to compete is contrary to the Olympic Charter regarding racial issues and political interference from the host country.

The IOC also calls on international sports federations not to host events in India or to allow the country to host future events until New Delhi has “a paper guarantee”. clear flyer “on the right to play for all athletes.

Last year, the Indian Olympic Association set out an ambitious roadmap to become the host of the 2026 Young Olympic Games, the Asian Games in 2030 and the Summer Olympics in 2032.

India has refused to grant visas to two Pakistani shooters who are expected to compete in an international tournament held in New Delhi this weekend after the bloody attack in the region. Indian-controlled Kashmir last week left 44 militants dead.

The Pakistan-based Islamic group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claims a member of the group carried out the suicide bombing.

India has accused neighboring Pakistan of not doing its best to control militant groups carrying out attacks in the Kashmir region. Pakistan, meanwhile, has denied any such claims.

The US and NATO responded to the Russian mission to hand over S-400 to Turkey

The US and NATO responded to the Russian mission to hand over S-400 to Turkey

The US officials and NATO officials on July 12 spoke about Russian aircraft carrying S-400 air defense systems to Turkey.

“As the President (Donald Trump) said at the G20 Summit before the meeting (Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip) Erdogan. It is certainly a problem” – US officials confirmed but did not comment.

A NATO official also told CNN on July 12 that they were concerned about the potential consequences after Turkey decided to buy Russia’s S-400. “The interoperability of NATO armed forces is the foundation for this military alliance to carry out its activities and duties” – NATO officials said.

According to the Turkish Ministry of Defense, the first group of S-400 equipment was transported by Russian aircraft to Murted air base on July 12.

Another aircraft is scheduled to ship the second S-400 equipment group to Turkey in the near future, according to TASS. The third shipment will include “120 types of air defense missiles, shipping by the end of summer”.

TASS also cited sources to reveal that Turkish S-400 operators will go to Russia to attend training courses in July and August. About 20 Turkish military personnel went through training in a Russian center in May and June, according to sources.

On July 12, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced he would call his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar to discuss the S-400 handover. CNN said it is likely that the US will ban Turkey from participating in the F-35 fighter program.

During a visit to NATO headquarters in Belgium late last month, the Esper announced: “If Turkey receives the S-400, they will not have an F-35. Very simple.”

In addition, the United States is expected to consider punishing Turkey for the move under the US Competitor Punishment Act (CAATSA) aimed at countries buying military equipment from companies black list. If this happens, sanctions can seriously hurt Turkey’s economy.

Will Mr. Trump send a message to Korea when visiting the demilitarized zone?

Will Mr. Trump send a message to Korea when visiting the demilitarized zone?

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said US President Donald Trump is expected to send some messages to North Korea during his visit to the demilitarized zone later this week.

CNN: Mr. Kim Jong-un is very helpful when sending a letter to President Donald Trump at this time.

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon today, June 27, said US President Donald Trump may send some notable messages to North Korea during his visit to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) later this week.

According to Mr. Lee, the Korean government believes that Pyongyang needs to make significant progress in the process of non-nuclearization so that the international community can relax sanctions.

Korea warned the US that the time for dialogue was running out

On Sunday, June 30, South Korean President Moon Jae-in will attend the 8th summit with US President Trump in Seoul. The conference took place amid stalled negotiations between the US and North Korea.

Many sources said Mr. Trump will visit the DMZ area after the meeting. President Trump’s visit to the DMZ will mark the first time in Korean and American leaders’ history to visit the demilitarized zone.

President Trump and North Korean President Kim Jong-un recently stepped up personal correspondence, prompting many to hope that Washington and Pyongyang will resume talks after the summit in February. Vietnam.

However, the information Mr. Trump plans to meet with Kim at the DMZ was quickly rejected. “There is no plan to host a trilateral summit between the US and South Korea – Korea as part of Mr Trump’s visit,” said Ko Min-jung, spokesman Cheong Wa Dae.

A Trump administration official also confirmed Mr Trump had no plans to meet President Kim during his visit to Korea.

Earlier, during a visit to Korea in 2017, US President Trump wanted to visit the DMZ, but was forced to cancel the last minute plan because of weather conditions.

Why does Indian nuclear submarine come close to Pakistan?

This information was given in the context of tensions between the two countries that are still very hot, when the two countries recently had small aerial and surface skirmishes in the disputed Kashmir region.

According to a statement by the Indian Ministry of Defense, many of the Indian Navy’s military vessels, including INS Vikramaditya and corvettes, nuclear submarines and many other types of aircraft have been deployed mission

“A clear message of the Indian Navy's views on the containment, dissolution and defeat of any of Pakistan's bad deeds at sea was given during a press conference of the Indian Army on the 28th. / 2 ", this statement added.
The Indian Ministry of Defense did not specify what kind of nuclear submarines, however the Indian Navy now had two submarines, including the INS Chakra, which was an Akula-class submarine borrowed from Russia, and the INS Arihant, a ballistic submarine that can launch 12 missiles at the same time. In addition, this force also has about 14 diesel-powered submarines.
Tensions between India and Pakistan have warmed since mid-February, when a bombing of Indian soldiers in Kashmir has killed at least 40 people. The incident was claimed by a terrorist organization operating in Pakistan, and on February 26, India launched an air raid on its training camp in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.

A day later, the Pakistan Air Force deployed airplanes in response to Indian aircraft infiltrating the airspace, the two sides fought and caused at least one Indian MiG-21 and F- 16 Pakistan’s shot down. Since then, the two countries have carried out numerous small shelling and airstrikes that have taken place in Kashmir.