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Coronavirus
VERY HIGH Source: covid.gov.pk
Pakistan Deaths
27,374
4724hr
Pakistan Cases
1,230,238
2,33324hr
4.56% positivity
Sindh
452,267
Punjab
424,701
Balochistan
32,796
Islamabad
104,472
KPK
171,874

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Biden to retain Trump's top Afghan envoy

Biden to retain Trump's top Afghan envoy

  • The Biden Administration is retaining the services of Zalmay Khalilzad, former President Trump's top envoy for Afghanistan peace negotiations, who has led the regular talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban.
  • Traditionally an incoming administration replaces politically appointed officials with their own team, particularly on crucial foreign policy matters.
Updated 23 Jan, 2021 03:25pm
'I will fire you on the spot', Biden warns staff if they disrespect colleagues
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'I will fire you on the spot', Biden warns staff if they disrespect colleagues

  • "I'm not joking when I say this: If you're ever working with me and I hear you treat another with disrespect, talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot," Biden said.
  • The US president further said that everybody is entitled to be treated with decency and dignity, adding that it has been missing in a 'big way in the last four years'.
Published 22 Jan, 2021 03:02pm
Biden nominates Kashmiri-origin diplomat for key State Department role
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Biden nominates Kashmiri-origin diplomat for key State Department role

  • President Joe Biden nominated a Kashmiri-origin diplomat as Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights - a key State Department position, as the new administration takes office.
  • Uzra Zeya, who resigned from the foreign service in 2018, in protest against President Trump's policies, has been nominated by the Biden Administration for the key position in the Department of State.
Updated 22 Jan, 2021 02:03pm
Democrats with BJP/RSS links excluded from Biden Administration
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Democrats with BJP/RSS links excluded from Biden Administration

  • Obama administration staffer Sonal Shah and Amit Jani, who worked on the Biden campaign team, have so far been excluded, allegedly due their RSS-BJP links.
  • These allegations were reportedly brought to the Biden campaign by over a dozen Indian-American organisations.
Updated 22 Jan, 2021 12:11pm
Biden signs executive order to end Trump’s Muslim ban
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Biden signs executive order to end Trump’s Muslim ban

  • The controversial ban was introduced during Trump’s first week in office and restricted travel from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
  • "These are just all starting points," Biden said, as he signed 15 executive actions on his first day in office.
Published 21 Jan, 2021 10:21am
Biden's Secretary of Defense nominee lays out military cooperation strategy for Pakistan
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Biden's Secretary of Defense nominee lays out military cooperation strategy for Pakistan

  • In his confirmation meeting with the Senate Armed Services Committee, Lloyd J. Austin, President Biden's nominee for Secretary of Defense, laid out the new administration's international cooperative strategy across the global sphere, including Pakistan.
  • Austin mentioned that "Pakistan will play an important role in the political settlement in Afghanistan", adding that he would "focus on our shared interests which include training future Pakistani military leaders".
Updated 20 Jan, 2021 06:41pm
Biden to assume U.S. presidency amid deep divisions, raging pandemic
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Biden to assume U.S. presidency amid deep divisions, raging pandemic

  • Democrat Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, assuming the helm of a country beset by deep political divides and battered by a raging coronavirus pandemic.
  • Biden, 78, will become the oldest U.S. president in history at a scaled-back ceremony in Washington that has been largely stripped of its usual pomp and circumstance.
Published 20 Jan, 2021 03:51pm
Iran's Rouhani says "ball in U.S. court" over nuclear dispute
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Iran's Rouhani says "ball in U.S. court" over nuclear dispute

  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged the incoming U.S. administration on Wednesday to return to a 2015 nuclear agreement and lift sanctions on Tehran, while welcoming the end of “tyrant” President Donald Trump’s era.
  • U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, who takes office on Wednesday, has said the United States will rejoin the pact, which includes restrictions on Iran’s nuclear work, if Tehran resumes strict compliance.
Published 20 Jan, 2021 02:08pm
'It was a non-event': Pro-Trump protests quiet amid massive police presence across U.S.
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'It was a non-event': Pro-Trump protests quiet amid massive police presence across U.S.

  • Law enforcement officers far outnumbered protesters at state capitol grounds on Sunday, as few Trump supporters who believe the president’s false claim that he won the 2020 election turned out.
  • Some militias and extremist groups told followers to stay home, citing the increased security or the risk that the planned events were law-enforcement traps.
Published 18 Jan, 2021 12:26pm
Retired doctors and more syringes: Biden lays out plan to get America vaccinated
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Retired doctors and more syringes: Biden lays out plan to get America vaccinated

  • Under Biden’s plan, federal disaster-relief workers would set up thousands of vaccination centers, where retired doctors would administer shots to teachers, grocery store workers, people over 65 years old and other groups who do not currently qualify.
  • Biden said his team has identified companies that are ready to be activated under the law, which enables the president to order businesses to produce items necessary for national defense.
Published 16 Jan, 2021 03:47pm
Biden picks Clinton adviser Rosenberger as White House China director
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Biden picks Clinton adviser Rosenberger as White House China director

  • Laura Rosenberger, a State Department and White House veteran who was a foreign policy adviser to Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful 2016 presidential election campaign, will serve as senior director for China in Joe Biden’s White House.
  • Ties between the United States and China have plunged to the lowest level in decades in the last year of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Published 15 Jan, 2021 02:58pm