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Cracks appeared in the PTI ranking: Kundi | Instant News

ISLAMABAD: PPP Information Secretary Faisal Karim Kundi said that on Wednesday, three MNA and 15 MPA accompanied Jahangir Tareen to court, meaning that there had been cracks in the ranks of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf.

“Jahangir Tareen has claimed support from 53 MPA and nearly 18 MNA, which shows that Imran Khan has lost the confidence of the majority of members in the National Assembly,” he said in a statement on Wednesday. He said PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s strategy of filing a motion of no confidence against Imran Khan was correct, but that PML-N would prefer to protect Imran Khan’s government. He said PML-N had deliberately asked for his resignation so that the PDM could be divided and the government could be saved.

Meanwhile, PPPP Information Secretary Shazia Atta Marri expressed concern over Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s statement that Maryam Nawaz’s statement was useless. Marriot said, PPP always takes Maryam Nawaz’s statement seriously and if PML-N says it is not important, it must be clarified how much Maryam Nawaz costs at PML-N.

He said the PML-N in connection with JUI created a loophole in the PDM for their own little interest. Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said that if PPP does not resign, JUI-F and PML-N will submit their resignation. “Now PML-N and JUI-F have to tell us when they will resign and when a cause notification of the event will be issued regarding the JUI-F and PTI alliance in Larkana,” he asked.


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EMERGING MARKET-FX Latam rises as dollar pressure eases, the Argentine peso falls | Instant News

    * Brazil's real leads gains as inflation increases
    * Argentine peso the sole loser
    * Latam stocks up in early trade

    By Ambar Warrick
    April 5 (Reuters) - Most Latin American currencies rose on
Monday as the dollar retreated slightly from recent gains, while
Argentina's peso dropped after President Alberto Fernandez
tested positive for COVID-19.
    Chile's peso hit a more-than one-month high, while
Brazil's real led gains among its peers on waning
pressure from the greenback, which retreated slightly from
recent peaks after stellar U.S. payrolls data. 
    The real also benefited from increasing inflation trends in
the country, which have spurred monetary policy tightening
measures by Brazil's central bank.
    Still, the real has lagged its peers by a wide margin this
year, as the country struggles to roll out vaccinations amid a
rising death toll from COVID-19.
    Increased bullishness on the dollar and rising Treasury
yields have also weighed on emerging market currencies this
year, with those in Latam bearing the brunt of the pressure due
to a damaging resurgence of the coronavirus in the region.
    A mild pullback in U.S. benchmark yields benefited emerging
market currencies on Monday. 
    "Our view to start the year was partly based on the enormous
gap between the green and black lines, indicating that the USD
was too weak relative to the global outlook," analysts at TD
Securities said.  
    "That gap has been closed, and now a new open has opened up
in the other direction. It's not huge, but we think there's room
for a USD pause in the interim."
    Argentina's peso lagged its regional peers on the day
after President Fernandez tested positive for the virus,
although doctors called the case mild.
    Most Latin American stocks rose in early trade. Brazilian
iron ore miner Vale was among the top boosts to the
Bovespa benchmark index after it announced plans to buy
back shares. 
    Key Latin American stock indexes and currencies:
                              Latest      Daily % change
 MSCI Emerging Markets         1338.11                -0.01
 MSCI LatAm                    2317.50                 1.61
 Brazil Bovespa              116839.76                 1.38
 Mexico IPC                   47574.09                 0.69
 Chile IPSA                    4883.44                -0.04
 Argentina MerVal                    -                    -
 Colombia COLCAP               1320.36                 0.27 Currencies             Latest      Daily % change
 Brazil real                    5.6490                 1.15
 Mexico peso                   20.2600                 0.17
 Chile peso                      713.8                 0.45
 Colombia peso                 3642.03                 0.33
 Peru sol                       3.7427                 0.00
 Argentina peso                92.2300                -0.25

 (Reporting by Ambar Warrick in Bengaluru)


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The new women’s camp started today | Instant News

KARACHI: A total of 27 female cricketers will undergo skills and fitness training at the Moin Khan Academy in Karachi at the new women’s camp, which starts on Saturday (today).

During the 14-day camp, these players will train under the supervision of David Hemp, head coach, Arshad Khan, bowling coach, and Drikus Saaiman, strength and conditions coach, along with academy coaches Mohsin Kamal and Naveed. Anjum.

The camp serves as an opportunity for national team coaches to observe rising cricket players and provide them with awareness of the skills and fitness levels desired to develop at the top level.

In accordance with the Covid-19 PCB protocol, all those involved in the camp must undergo two tests before being integrated into the bio-secure environment. The first tests were conducted in their hometown on March 31. Those who come back negative will undergo a second test on April 3 upon arrival in Karachi.

The players called for the camp were Aima Saleem Satti, Anoosha Nasir, Asma Amin, Arijah Haseeb, Ayesha Naseem, Bisma Amjad, Fajar Naveed, Fatima Khan, Fatima Zahra, Gul Rukh, Gul Uswa, Hamna Bilal, Hania Ahmar, Khushbakht Waseem, Laiba Fatima, Laraib Malik Aziz, Laveeza Munir, Momina Riasat Khan, Najiha Alvi, Nazish Rafique, Rida Aslam, Saima Malik, Shawal Zulfaqar, Syeda Aroob Shah, Syeda Inshra Asad, Yusra Amir and Zaib un Nisa.


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THE EMERGING MARKET-Brazil is completely stable after the overhaul of ministries, jobs data | Instant News

    * Real edges up after six-day losing streak 
    * Strong dollar keeps EM currencies subdued
    * Mexico, Colombia stocks hit by commodity prices 

 (Adds comments, updates prices throughout)
    By Shreyashi Sanyal and Sruthi Shankar
    March 30 (Reuters) - Brazil's real stabilized on Tuesday
after six straight days of losses against the dollar, as
investors reacted to President Jair Bolsonaro's major
ministerial reshuffle amid criticism over his government's
handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
    The real edged up to trade at 5.7279 per dollar,
remaining near the three-week low of 5.806 per dollar hit on
    Regional peers including the Mexican peso and
Colombian peso were trading marginally lower as oil
prices slipped and the prospect of a stronger U.S. economic
recovery lifted the dollar.
    Bolsonaro made a series of changes to his cabinet on Monday,
with three ministers leaving the far-right leader's government.
The departures included Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo, a China
hawk who faced mounting criticism over his failure to guarantee
additional COVID-19 vaccine supplies for Latin America's largest
    "Brazil's political outlook is very uncertain and the range
of possible outcome remains quite wide," said analysts at UBS in
a client note. 
    "Risk premiums on Brazilian assets have increased recently,
and we see few reasons for country risk to be priced out in the
foreseeable future."
    Brazil is experiencing its worst phase of the pandemic, with
deaths topping 3,000 a day as a contagious new variant rages
through the country. 
    That, along with a slow vaccination program, has put the
Brazilian currency on track for nearly a 10% decline this
quarter, making it among the worst-performing emerging market
currencies in the past three months. 
    The real got an additional boost on Tuesday after data
showed Brazil's economy added a net 401,639 formal jobs in
February, the highest monthly figure in at least 20 years.

    The Bovespa stock index rose 1.1%, with
travel-related stocks among the top gainers. Tourism operator
CVC Brasil and airlines Gol and Azul
 each jumped about 6%.
    Stock markets in Mexico, Colombia and Chile
 were trading lower, hurt by a drop in commodity
    Key Latin American stock indexes and currencies at 1839 GMT:
          Stock indexes                   Latest    Daily %
 MSCI Emerging Markets                     1319.06      0.68
 MSCI LatAm                                2279.27      1.51
 Brazil Bovespa                          116640.09      1.06
 Mexico IPC                               47494.79     -0.53
 Chile IPSA                                4913.95     -0.06
 Argentina MerVal                         47849.08     1.287
 Colombia COLCAP                           1317.81     -0.23
             Currencies                   Latest    Daily %
 Brazil real                                5.7279      0.66
 Mexico peso                               20.5618      0.23
 Chile peso                                  728.8      0.63
 Colombia peso                                3727     -0.29
 Peru sol                                   3.7708     -0.56
 Argentina peso (interbank)                91.9500     -0.03
 Argentina peso (parallel)                     138      2.90

 (Reporting by Sruthi Shankar and Shreyashi Sanyal in Bengaluru
Editing by Paul Simao and Lisa Shumaker)


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The increase in the Transtasman bubble: A positive move as the number of infected Australian tourists is revealed | Instant News

The new data was greeted by experts as a positive step towards a transtasman bubble. Photo / 123RF

Emerging data shows only three people who traveled directly from Australia to New Zealand tested positive for Covid-19 for eight months.

This has been welcomed by experts as a positive step towards a transtasman bubble – but they say New Zealand needs to up its border game to Australian level to reduce the risk of creating a Covid-19 outbreak.

Data showing the three positive cases came through the Official Information Act request to the Ministry of Health seeking the number of positive cases of Covid-19 since March last year. That shows that there were 39 positive cases in March and April last year – then almost none.

One case was identified in August, one in November and another in January. NZ statistics show that during the same period 23,447 people traveled from Australia to New Zealand.

Otago University epidemiology professors Dr Nick Wilson and Dr Michael Baker support the data which add strength to the argument for the bubble but add a note of caution. Academics last year conducted research on alternative ways to manage incoming travelers.

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Wilson said a “prudent” system was needed for quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand.

It includes a development process so that every incoming Australian traveler is required to download a Ministry of Health app to scan a QR code, activate its bluetooth function and agree to use it at every opportunity during the first few weeks.

He said a saliva test at the airport would also reduce risks, as would a ban on attending large-scale events and conducting spot checks on travelers with fines for those who circumvent the rules.

“I hope they talk about these things now. The economic benefits are huge.

“In general, I would be more concerned with New Zealand border controls than Australia. We just have a loose process.”

He said quarantine rules in Australia offered a higher level of protection from the virus, including rules such as restricted arrivals in their rooms upon arrival. In New Zealand, areas of risk include bus travel for exercise, movement in MIQ facilities, smoking mingling in outdoor areas without masks, and other areas.

He said New Zealand’s approach had been locked in a “pathway dependency”, meaning the government was struggling to deviate from systems developed as the pandemic approached.

Wilson said the vaccination programs in both countries are also encouraging and as the percentage of the population being vaccinated has increased, so has the belief to free travel.

Professor Michael Baker (left) and Professor Nick Wilson.  Photo / Provided
Professor Michael Baker (left) and Professor Nick Wilson. Photo / Provided

Baker said the figures were “very supportive evidence” for the transtasman bubble. That’s not suggesting risk-free travel but a new system – as outlined by Wilson – could reduce risk to a manageable level.

“It’s never ‘without risk.’ There will always be risk. It’s about managing it successfully.”

He said he prefers to use the term “green zone” to identify low-risk countries, whereas those with high risk are in the “red zone”. He said a greater job in “red zone” countries managing those traveling to New Zealand would reduce the likelihood of border breaches.

“This is an opportunity to compare our borders with Australia. The world needs a model of success. This is a great opportunity to show a model that can be rolled out globally.”

Baker said those who travel should accept that outbreaks of the communities they visit can lead to being trapped there.

“That would be a trade-off – all travelers have to do this with their eyes open. Things can change very quickly.”

University of Auckland associate professor of microbiology Dr Siouxsie Wiles said the data showing the three infected travelers from Australia were encouraging.

“There’s always a complication that not everyone infects others – and some become super spreaders.”

Wiles said it was important for those traveling from Australia not to share planes with those transiting from other countries because of the possibility of contracting Covid-19 while flying.

He said one possible risk to manage was the opening up of space in MIQ and an increase in travelers from less safe countries.

Health Minister Chris Hipkins said he was aware of the figure and Australia was seen as a lower risk for origin cases, which is why so much work has led to the transtasman bubble.

“But as we have said before, low risk is not without risk. While we are always clear, we want to open this particular bubble as soon as we can, it will not happen until both countries feel equally comfortable with the risk.”

Hipkins said the time it takes to travel to Australia has reinforced New Zealand’s positioin for a “wider reopening of travel”, including issues such as insurance, a clear message for those who have to seek cover, and the impact on airlines and airports that face numbers. more passengers. arrival in the Covid-19 environment.

“Strengthening our position in terms of travel between here and Australia will help us set a sustainable pattern for the future.”

BusinessNZ chief executive Kirk Hope said there was a desire to bubble travel with Australia.

“But if those costs raise the alert level in Auckland, it’s a zero-sum game. The economic costs outweigh the benefits.”

Action Party leader David Seymour said questions remained about the quality of New Zealand’s border controls even as Australia had upgraded its system.

Seymour said New Zealand needed to stop seeing the world as having an equal risk around the world and develop a system that is responsive to the “hot spots” of Covid-19.

Until that happened, he said it echoed an Australian question: “New Zealand, where the hell are you bleeding?”

A Health Ministry spokesman said the data – along with other information – was being used to develop New Zealand’s response to Covid-19. “This includes potential travel bubbles and when this could occur.”

Data showing the three positive cases was collected through the ESR database based on people being asked about the last three countries in which they spent time.


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