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♦ Routine activities of life could not be restored fully. The tourists trapped in the hilly resort have been evacuated and they are going back to their respective hometowns.
♦ Murree to be given district status to ensure better administration
♦ The #Boycott Murree has become a trend on twitter where the social media users are lambasting the hoteliers of the hilly resort who tried to fleece the trapped tourists by demanding high fares during Friday’s fierce blizzard in which 23 day trippers froze to death
♦ Hamza Shehbaz demands judicial inquiry of Murree tragedy
♦ Action-packed National Assembly session is expected today as the government will try to get the mini budget passed; opposition on the other hand is all set to give tough time to the government; joint opposition will meet today; Shehbaz Sharif, Bilawal Bhutto and other senior leaders will attend the meeting.
♦ Date of the meeting between JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif has been fixed as the opposition parties accelerate their efforts for an in-house change; Shehbaz will also meet with PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
♦ The coronavirus pandemic is on the rise in Karachi as the positivity rate in the city has risen to 15.52 per cent; of 4, 891 people whose tests were conducted during the last 24 hours, 759 tested positive for the virus; overall 928 cases were reported from Sindh;
♦ The positivity rate of the coronavirus cases in the country has now reached 3.66 per cent as 1, 649 more cases came to light during the last one day; at the same time, three people died from the pandemic; with 20 fresh cases of the Omicron variant reported from Lahore, the number of cases in the Punjab capital now stands at 306; Federal Minister Asad Umar has advised people to get themselves vaccinated and wear masks since cases of the pandemic were on the rise;
♦ IMF program resumptions postponed till Jan end on Pakistan request
♦ BP Governor rejects all rumors and news regarding compromising of integrity of the State Bank of Pakistan
♦ Murtaza Wahab lashed out at the PTI policies regarding health sector
♦ IHC orders not to vacate land from the Gympies’ in winters
♦ The Supreme Court Bar has drafted an application to challenge lifelong disqualification of any public office holder under article 62 1-F of the constitution; the petition reads that declaring any candidate ineligible for life is against the basic human rights;
♦ The Sindh High Court orders demolition of five storeys of a seven-story structure at Agra Taj Layari area of Karachi; the court bars the authorities from giving gas, water and electricity connections to the building spreading over 96 square yards.
♦ The price of cotton per mound reached record Rs20,000
♦ Heart patients are in deep pain as employees of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Karachi go on a strike to press the authorities for the payment of coronavirus allowance to them.
♦ PCB Chairman chairs meeting of all stakeholders to finalize the arrangements for PSL-fans
♦ Hundreds of tourists are still present in Murree; while the food shortage has developed at restaurants and hotels due to the closure of roads.
♦ Hotel owners have been found to be equally responsible for the deaths of scores of people in freezing temperatures in Murree; Boycott Murree campaign gathers pace on the social media; one room’s rent which was previously Rs5, 000 was increased to Rs50, 000 overnight; each egg’s price shot up to Rs500; similarly, Rs1, 000 were charged for keeping the heater on for an hour.
♦ Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar approves an amount of Rs1.76 million as the provincial government decides to compensate the victims of the Murree tragedy.
♦ Road links severed as snowfall continues intermittently in Astore district of Gilgit-Baltistan; roads are being cleared of snow at Razmak and in other parts of North Waziristan; weather turns bitterly cold in Azad Jammu and Kashmir following several days of snowfall.
♦ Traffic remained suspended on roads and highways as fog blanketed different parts of Punjab early Monday morning; different sections of the motorway were opened after the closure of several hours; two people were killed while 14 were injured when a bus crashed into a truck parked on a roadside at Feroze Watowan; fog also disrupted flight operation at Lahore airport; air quality index in the city drops to 175.
♦ Wait for the Karachites is over as 80 green line buses will now ply from 7 in the morning to 10:00 PM; fare will range between Rs15 and Rs55.
♦ The restoration of International Monetary Fund programme for Pakistan delays further as the country requests the Fund to defer its executive board’s meeting till the last week of January.
♦ Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz attends hearing of Ashiana Housing Society reference; Shehbaz Sharif’s one-day exemption from appearance in the court approved.
♦ Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and PPP announce the formation of committees for a dialogue as the former goes ahead with its protest against the local bodies bill in Karachi.
♦ Sindh Police decide to announce head bounties for the most wanted criminals, especially car lifters; 24News manages to obtain photos of suspects.
♦ A tanker crushes to death two motorcyclists near Korangi Godam Chowrangi in Karachi; bodies shifted to Jinnah hospital; tanker driver arrested.
♦ Coronavirus starts spreading rapidly in the world as over 0.3 million, 0.2 million and 0.1 million fresh cases have been reported from the USA; France and India respectively.
♦ A case of the new variant of the coronavirus named Delta Coron has been reported from Cyprus.
♦ Two more Kashmiris have been martyred in the Indian occupied Kashmir in the name of search operation.
♦ As many as 1, 200 temporary settlements of Rohingya Muslims reduced to ashes as Bangladesh’s largest refugee camp catches fire
♦ One year has passed to the death of a renowned Urdu poet, intellectual and critic Naseer Turabi.
♦ Today is the 23rd death anniversary of popular playback singer Akhlaq Ahmad. He sang 177 songs for 86 films in his career.
♦ Spiderman No Way Home rules American box office on fourth consecutive week