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- Lebanon government resigns amid outrage over Beirut blast. Lebanon’s prime minister announced his government’s resignation on Monday, saying a huge explosion that devastated the capital and stirred public outrage was the result of endemic corruption.
- Bill Gates lauds Pakistan’s ‘unmatched’ success against coronavirus.
- One killed, three injured in Hub attack on passenger van. A man was killed and three others injured after unidentified men opened fire on a passenger van in Balochistan’s Hub on Monday, police said.
- PLA fighter jets cross ‘middle line’ of Taiwan Straits an hour before US official’s meeting with Tsa.
- Manager Auqaf suspended over ‘illegal video shoot’ at Wazir Khan Mosque. A manager of the Auqaf department has been suspended over allowing an illegal video shoot of a song, played by renowned actors Saba Qamar and Bilal Saeed at the historic Wazir Khan Mosque.
- At least five killed, several injured in Chaman blast. At least five people have been killed and 10 others sustained injuries when a blast ripped through the Chaman’s Mall Road area on Monday.
- Gold dips Rs900 per tola in domestic market.. After scaling new peaks, gold prices fell by Rs900 to Rs129,000 per tola in the domestic market on Monday
- Pakistan to reach Southampton on Monday for second England Test.
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1. COVID-19 IN PAKISTAN
- Pakistan reported 539 new cases and 15 deaths in the past 24 hours. Pakistan also conducted 23,390 tests in the span of 24 hours (P.S. this data was last updated on August 10 at 10:31am).
- Punjab is witnessing a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases after Eid ul Azha. Virus cases dropped below 100 over the past week, and recently jumped to around 300. Some medical experts don’t think it’s a big deal and called this “a routine surge.” However, others are worried about a second wave of infections.
2. Heavy rains sweep Pakistan
Around 50 people have been killed across Pakistan after three days of heavy monsoon rain and flooding. According to Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority, 19 people died in rain-related incidents in KP, 12 in Sindh, eight in Punjab, and 10 in Gilgit-Baltistan. Local media reports in Balochistan claimed that eight people were killed due to rain and flooding. A main canal in Sindh flooded and swept through villages. The military said it rescued 100+ people in Sindh’s Dadu district. Sewage also flooded streets in Karachi. This isn’t the first time Pakistan has struggled to cope with heavy rainfall that comes with the annual monsoon season.
3. Pakistani filmmaker bags Emmy nomination
Academy Award winning filmmaker, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, has done it again! This time, her short documentary film, Freedom Fighters, received an Emmy Award nomination for ‘Best Feature Story in a News Magazine.’ The film, produced by Obaid’s SOC Films and co-directed by Maheen Sadiq, is dedicated to Pakistan’s brave female fighters who fearlessly help their neighbours, community and country. Freedom Fighters brings together stories of three women – a former child bride, a police officer, and a labor crusader – who are fighting for equality and justice. Winners for the 41st Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards will be announced on September 21. Good luck team Obaid-Sadiq!
4. When you don’t do all the reading
What’s going on? Have you ever gone to class hoping the teacher doesn’t call on you because you haven’t done all the reading? No one is judging you, most of us have been there. Similarly, Punjab legislators are backtracking on a bill they voted for, because they reportedly didn’t read the full document before voting.
The details: Punjab Assembly members unanimously passed the Tahaffuz Bunyad-i-Islam (i.e. protect the foundation of Islam) bill two weeks ago. The bill basically prohibits the printing and publishing of material considered ‘objectionable.’
Here is what the term ‘objectionable’ entails:
- Whoever desecrates, 1) any prophet, 2) any of the four divine books, or 3) the family and companions of Islam’s Prophet, will get a five-year jail term, and a PKR 500,000 fine. The same punishment applies to those who glorify terrorists and promote sectarianism.
- Any book or material that has pictures of suicide bombers or terrorists, unless law enforcement agencies need this content.
Under the law, the Directorate General of Public Relations (DGPR) has the power to:
- Inspect any printing press, publishing house, or bookstore.
- Block the import, printing or publishing of a book that is “prejudicial to national interest, culture, religious and sectarian harmony.”
- Confiscate books with objectionable content before or after printing.
Tell me more: The bill received widespread criticism for fueling hatred against minorities, increasing state censorship, and attacking intellectual independence.
Looking ahead: The same lawmakers who passed the bill are now saying ‘wait a second.’ They apparently didn’t know what they were voting for, and claimed they were “kept in the dark” when the document was put to vote. Now, they want to recall the bill and review it with a committee of clerics.
The bottom line: Punjab’s law minister called out lawmakers for not being prepared, saying it was their job to thoroughly read each bill before voting for or against it.
The benchmark KSE-100 index closed at 40,029.69 after dropping 136.43 points as of August 7, 2020.