Rawalpindi.Inspector General of Police Punjab Shoaib Dastgir inaugurated 09 projects of Rawalpindi Police online, on the occasion Additional IG Welfare & Fund Punjab Tariq Masood Yasin, Additional IG Operations Punjab Inam Ghani, RPO Rawalpindi Sohail Habib Tajik, CPO Rawalpindi Muhammad Ahsan Younas, CTO Syed Ali Akbar and other officers were present online. RPO and CPO Rawalpindi briefed the IGP Punjab on different projects being inaugurated. IGP Punjab expressed his delight on the inauguration of first Transgender Reporting & Khidmat Markaz in Rawalpindi. According to the details, Inspector General of Police Punjab Shoaib Dastgir inaugurated 09 projects of Rawalpindi Police in an online session, Additional IG Welfare & Fund Punjab Tariq Masood Yasin, Additional IG Operations Punjab Inam Ghani, RPO Rawalpindi Sohail Habib Tajik, CPO Rawalpindi Muhammad Ahsan Younas, CTO Syed Ali Akbar and other officers were present online on the occasion. RPO Rawalpindi Sohail Habib Tajik and CPO Rawalpindi Muhammad Ahsan Younas gave briefing on various projects been launched by Rawalpindi Police.While inaugurating Inspector Raja Muhammad Saqlain Shaheed Gate of ASP Salman Ayaz Khan Shaheed Police Lines Rawalpindi, IGP Punjab said that Inspector Raja Muhammad Saqlain Shaheed was a brave officer who laid his life for the nation, IGP added that his sacrifice is unmatchable. Inaugurating 24/7 helpline of Rawalpindi Police, 111-CPO-RWP, IGP Punjab said the public feedback is very important in policing which helps in making policing upto the mark. IGP Punjab Inaugurated Reporting centre & Khidmat Markaz for Women, Police Khidmat Markaz Gujar Khan, Police Khidmat Markaz Taxila, Paperless Traffic License Issuing System Rawalpindi and Police Khidmat Markaz Traffic Headquarters Rawalpindi.IGP Punjab Shoaib Dastgir inaugurated Tahaffuz Reporting Centre & Khidmat Markaz for transgenders and said that a society, where transgenders and other deprived communities of society are not taken care of, cannot progress. IGP expressed his delight over the establishment of first Tahaffuz Reporting Centre & Khidmat Markaz for transgenders in Rawalpindi keeping in view the issues of transgenders.IGP Punjab also inaugurated newly established well equipped front desks in 25 police posts in district Rawalpindi. IGP Punjab Shoaib Dastgir appreciated the projects of Rawalpindi Police equipped with latest technology and said that other districts in Punjab must also initiate such projects to serve the citizens. IGP Punjab said that “change of culture” is obvious in these projects. IGP Punjab while inaugurating the projects discussed various points with RPO and CPO Rawalpindi as well as the staff working on the projects. On the occasion of inauguration of 09 projects of Rawalpindi Police, CPO Rawalpindi Muhammad Ahsan Younas said that utilization of latest technology in policing is aimed at better service delivery for the citizens he said that the process of these latest initiatives will carry on in future.
NEW DELHI: Three days after clashes in the Galwan Valley of Ladakh left 20 Indian soldiers dead, the Chinese on Thursday evening released 10 Indian Army personnel, including a Lieutenant Colonel and three Majors, from their custody, The Hindu said.
It quoted an unnamed security source as saying that all 10 persons were released around 5pm after an agreement was reached at the Major General-level talks on Wednesday evening and they were returned unharmed.
Separately, the Indian Army clarified in a statement that there were “no Indian troops missing in action”, The Hindu said.
In another development, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said the Indian troops, who were outnumbered and attacked by the Chinese side, carried arms
Meanwhile, New Delhi confirmed that External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar would join trilateral talks with Chinese and Russian counterparts on Tuesday.
India’s foreign ministry said on Thursday that Jaishankar would indeed participate in the meeting.
The prospects of the talks have lifted hopes of defusing the month-long crisis on an inhospitable Sino-Indian border. India is scheduled to host a meeting of the heads of governments of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation later this year.
The special meeting of the three-member group was initially called by Russia, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of victory in World War II and the founding of the United Nations.
The virtual conference involving India’s Jaishankar, Sergey Lavrov of Russia and Wang Yi of China was postponed from March following the Covid-19 pandemic.
China says it is enjoying a golden period of relationship with Russia currently, and Russian warships have patrolled in solidarity with China in the South China Sea.
It is worth pondering if that could make India re-think its strategy of aligning with the US-led anti-China quad that Beijing has frowned on.
Indian analysts have described Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s current strategy as one of “standing on two stools”, one stool being the Shanghai club and the other the emerging US-led bid to contain China. Defence hardware that India deploys on the China border comes from both groups.
In the meantime, anti-China protests were staged across India and many have led to calls for boycotting Chinese goods.
But unlike Mahatma Gandhi’s swadeshi campaign to discard British goods, owners of expensive Chinese mobile phones may find it hard to abandon the sets.
A politician aligned with the Bharatiya Janata Party has proposed that Chinese food and Chinese restaurants also should be banned.
Amid calls for stalling Chinese investments, India’s cricket body has emerged as a worried entity. The Board of Cricket for Cricket in India (BCCI) said it was open to reviewing its sponsorship policy for the next cycle but has no plans to end its association with current IPL title sponsor Vivo as the money coming in from the Chinese company is helping India’s cause and not the other way round.
NEW DELHI: India reported 12,881 new cases on Thursday, with the country’s death toll now over 12,000 and even as the government ruled out reimposing a countrywide lockdown.
India’s death toll reached 12,237, a rise of 334 in the past 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry.
The number of recoveries touched 52 per cent at 194,325.
India stands behind the United States, Brazil and Russia in the number of cases.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday rejected media reports that the government was considering reimposing lockdown.
India has to think about further unlocking, minimising all possibilities of harm to people, he said.
The March 25 lockdown is now restricted to high-risk areas. The worst-hit states are Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and New Delhi.
LAHORE: The Covid-19 tests of Pakistan’s entire England bound squad comprising 43 members — including 29 players and 14 officials — will be held on June 22 at their respective cities of residence.
The team is most likely to leave for England on June 28 through a chartered flight to be arranged by the England and Cricket Board (ECB), the hosts of the series, comprising three Tests and as many T20Is, to be held in August and September. The full itinerary of the tour is likely to be announced on Friday.
After reaching England, the squad is likely to stay in Birmingham for a 14-day quarantine period before starting the camp training.
The Covid-19 tests will be conducted in Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi and in some other cities
ISLAMABAD: The enforcement of smart lockdown has begun to bear fruit as it was revealed on Wednesday that the number of coronavirus cases reduced by 90 per cent in an area of the federal capital which was sealed on March 13.
“Around 100 cases were being reported daily from Sector G-9, but after enforcement of smart lockdown the number of cases has reduced to 8-9 per day. It is nothing but benefit of the lockdown as the movement of people has been minimised,” Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Hamza Shafqat told the media.
He said no one was being allowed to unnecessarily go inside or outside the area under lockdown and even movement was being discouraged to reduce the chances of human to human transmission of the deadly virus.
Meanwhile, 5,785 new cases of Covid-19 and 133 deaths were reported across the country over the past 24 hours, taking the national tally of cases to 157,738 and casualties to 3,033.
5,785 Covid-19 cases, 133 deaths reported in 24 hours; certain parts of Karachi to go under lockdown today
Pakistan Medical Association secretary general Dr Qaiser Sajjad, while talking to Dawn, insisted that recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO) should be implemented to minimise the spread of Covid-18.
It is worth mentioning that the WHO has suggested intermittent lockdown [15 days off and 15 days on] to stop the transmission of the virus.
Dr Sajjad said that at least the whole cities should be locked to contain the transmission of the viral disease, otherwise the country night never be able to get rid of it. “Virus cannot be eradicated by enforcement of lockdowns in some areas of the cities as people will find ways to cross the areas and reach the places of work and may violate restrictions for other reasons. If the whole city is locked, people will have no reason to move out of the area under lockdown,” he explained.
He said that some countries like New Zealand had got rid of the virus by imposing lockdown and Pakistan should also focus on it.
“Moreover, heavy fines should be imposed on violators as majority of people either don’t wear masks or they just hang them in the neck or keep them on the chin. Rulers should hold meeting with a one-point agenda — controlling the disease. There should be uniformity in policies of the federal and provincial governments and stance of opposition parties should also be the same,” he suggested.
Dr Sajjad said it was unfortunate that the brand names of medicines were being used in the media as a treatment of the disease due to which these had disappeared from the market. “Even government personalities are using the brand names of medicines, which is condemnable. I suggest that generic name (formula name) should be used to avoid shortage of medicines. Unfortunately, people have started storing the medicines, oxygen cylinders, etc, at their houses unnecessarily due to which disserving patients don’t get the medicines,” he added.
According to a statement issued by the National Command and Operation Centre, more than 9,827 violations of health guidelines/instructions were observed across the country during the last 24 hours due to which over 963 markets/shops and 18 industries were sealed and 1,186 vehicles impounded, besides imposition of fines.
Under the tracing, testing and quarantine (TTQ) strategy, 904 lockdowns were imposed in Punjab, 26 in Sindh, 572 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 29 in Azad Kashmir, 10 in Islamabad and five in Gilgit-Baltistan.
WHO welcomes UK study
The WHO has welcomed the initial clinical trial results from the United Kingdom, which show dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, can be lifesaving for patients who are critically ill with Covid-19. For patients on ventilators, the treatment reduces mortality by about one-third, and for patients requiring only oxygen, mortality was cut by about one-fifth, according to the preliminary findings shared with the WHO