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Just like in other parts of the world, the detection of Omicron, a new variant of the coronavirus pandemic, in South Africa has also sent shockwaves in Pakistan. Warning that the new variant is deadlier than other variants, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) head Asad Umar on Monday stressed the need for everybody to play his or her role to stop its spread.

Punjab Specialized Healthcare department did not complete vaccination of its own staff

Covid-19’s new variant, Omicron, continues to spread its tentacles as 13 more cases have been reported from the Netherlands; three people have been diagnosed with the virus in the UK; two people have contracted Omicron in Canada; apart from that cases of the new variant have been reported from Israel, Germany, Italy and other countries. 

♦ Japan and Morocco have decided to close their borders to visitors from the outside world; World Health Organisation (WHO) shows concern over the travel restrictions imposed on several South African countries; President of South Africa appeals to the world to lift restrictions; UK calls the emergency meeting of health ministers of G-7 countries.

Chief Justice (CJ) of the Islamabad High Court (ihc) Justice Athar Minallah has said he does not believe in judicial activism; adds he has also to see that if leaked audio of former CJP Saqib Nisar is investigated now, it may open a floodgate; tomorrow anybody can come up with a video or audio and ask for its investigation; this will set a bad precedent; furthermore, who has the capability of recording the audiotape of Saqib Nisar; even if the video is genuine, then who has its original clip; IHC CJ seeks legal opinion from the attorney general of Pakistan on the formation of a commission to probe leaked audio of the former CJP.

PM Khan said a convict person was chief guest at a ceremony where SCP chief justice also spoke

The Sui Southern Gas Company has announced to shut down the CNG stations for 2 1/2 months in order to cater to the demand of the domestic consumers

Inflation increases unchecked as the prices of ghee and cooking oil are up by Rs5 per litre; grade-II cooking oil now costs Rs365 and ghee Rs350; soaring prices make people more worried.

The US dollar’s upward trajectory continues as the currency becomes 84 paisas more expensive in the interbank market to reach Rs176.30.

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Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif has termed the ‘mini budget’ a death warrant for the inflation-hit people; prices of petrol, electricity and gas will go up further; increase in taxes will be catastrophic for the country’s economy; millions of people will jobs as a result; vows to face the mini-budget and the bills passed at the joint session of the parliament manfully; adds the nation’s emancipation lies in showing the government the door.

PTI MNA Tahir Saddique made allegations of corruption in billion tree tsunami project

NA Standing Committee on Climate Change sought probe in Zartaj Gull and Amin Aslam fight in Glasgow

Polls on Senate vacant seat on Dec 20

The Sindh High Court expresses indignation over not razing the illegal structure built in Karachi’s Nazimabad area; issues contempt of court notices to Sindh Building Control Authority DG Saleem Raza Khuhro; director Karachi Central and builder Aqib Ali.

Sindh Local Bodies department employees went on strike 

Two people die from dengue fever in Lahore during the last 24 hours; 74 fresh cases were reported from different parts of Punjab; 60 cases were reported from the provincial capital Lahore; four from Rawalpindi, three cases from Kasur and four from Islamabad.

Country’s senior journalist Muhammad Ziauddin passes away; his funeral prayers will be offered at Media Town Islamabad Society’s graveyard after the Asr prayers; National Press Club, Islamabad announces three-day of mourning; PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Shehbaz Sharif, Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry and others have offered their condolences.

Karachi’s TikToker Huda Batool drop scene: Female TikToker recorded statement that she went with Mubeen own her own will

Male and female Tiktokers in Karachi are on the hit-list of criminals; suspects arrested by Shahrai Noor Jahan police have confessed to having robbed more than 25 Tiktokers of valuables; they have also admitted snatching cash from food delivery boys as well as online car drivers.

Air pollution continues to engulf Pakistan; Lahore again remained the most polluted city in the world 

Pakistan set up a target of 202 runs to win the first Test against Bangladesh; the hosts were all out for 157 in their second innings as Shaheen Shah Afridi completed a five-wicket haul. Pakistan bating continue 

Former Australia spinner Shane Warne has injured himself in a motorbike accident. Warne was riding his bike with son Jackson when he fell off and slid for more than 15 metres, the Sydney Morning Herald reported quoting News Corp. "I'm a bit battered and bruised and very sore," said Warne after the accident. Warne has avoided serious injury but woke up the next morning in pain.

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