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Sindh decided not to close schools, winter break | Instant News

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KARACHI: The Sindh Education and Literacy Department has decided not to close schools and winter holidays but to allow the administration to move educational activities online.

The developments came during a meeting of key stakeholders in the province’s education sector with Education Minister Sindh Saeed Ghani as chair on Saturday.

Ghani said after the meeting that the Sindh Education Ministry’s decision represented the province’s position and that a national decision on the matter would eventually be taken on 23 November, when representatives from all provinces would meet and debate the issue.

Meeting for deliberate security measures

The provincial education department’s Steering Committee met here on Saturday to discuss coronavirus safety measures recommended by the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) given the soaring new cases of COVID-19.

Setting aside the NCOC recommendation to cancel the winter break earlier this year and extend it to January, it was decided by the Steering Committee that the coronavirus safety standard operating procedures would be strictly enforced in schools to avoid spreading the disease among children.

All stakeholders attending the meeting agreed not to close schools for now or allow winter holidays in the province this year.

The Saturday meeting was attended by school secretaries, college secretaries and chairmen of various education boards.

The participants discussed the various challenges posed by the corona virus and the NCOC recommendations related to the same.

“The federal government wants children to be home educated from November 25 to December 24, and then holidays are announced from December 25 to January 10,” Ghani said after the meeting.

“During this period, parents will take homework from school every week.”

“There is no doubt that COVID-19 cases are increasing and the positivity rate has reached 3.7% in the last few days,” Ghani said.


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The national championship prize money will be determined in a few days: Bajwa | Instant News

KARACHI: PHF Olympic Secretary Asif Bajwa said that PHF will decide on the prize money for the National Hockey Championship in Rawalpindi on Tuesday (tomorrow).

He told ‘The News’ on Sunday that it was difficult to say anything about the amount of the prize money. “We will decide on this in a few days,” he added.

The championship final will be played on November 20.

Bajwa said that after the championships, PHF will start preparations for the series between Pakistan Whites and Pakistan Junior, U-16 championships and women’s national championships.

He said that Pakistan Whites and Pakistan Junior matches will be held in December and January in Punjab, Sindh and KP. He said there was a possibility that the number of matches between the two teams would increase. PHF has planned 7-9 matches between the two teams.

It is important to mention that PHF is holding a series in preparation for the 2021 Asian Junior Cup in Bangladesh whose new schedule has yet to be announced. Pakistan’s senior team will participate in the Asian hockey championships in March 2021, also in Bangladesh.

Bajwa further said that the U-16 championship will be held in KP from November 28 to December 10 at the Job Hockey Stadium. There will be four teams from Punjab in the event, two each from KP and Sindh, and one each from Balochistan, Islamabad, and FATA. The 12th team will represent Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.

The national level women’s championship will be held in December at KP.

He further said, because of the increasing Covid-19 cases, PHF had difficulty continuing to compete in the country. However, according to him, PHF remains committed to continuing activities in the country by taking all preventive steps because there is no other alternative due to the lack of international competition.

A coach told ‘The News’ that all other teams, including India, Japan, Malaysia, China and Bangladesh, have started their training for the 2021 Asian Junior Cup despite the Covid-19 cases.


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The ECP will decide on the PTI foreign funding case in a few months | Instant News

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will decide on the PTI foreign funding case – possibly one of the longest pending cases ever – in the next few months, a senior official confessed to The News.

Akbar S Babar, who remains a close confidant of PTI Chairman Imran Khan, filed a petition on November 14, 2014, alleging financial irregularities in the party’s foreign funding.

The reason why the end of this case is not seen is because the Commission has not given a deadline for the oversight committee to provide its findings on the documents provided by the applicant, PTI and Bank Negara Pakistan.

The case witnessed multiple disruptions and at one stage the Commission directed the State Bank of Pakistan to share details of all accounts operated and managed by PTI. A related document, namely the details of the PTI 23 bank report was shared with the Commission’s examination several months ago.

The KPU must also face a crucial phase in the appointment of the Chairman of the General Election Commission (CEC) and its two members. The official said the main reasons for the delay were the complexity of the case and the multiple stages.

“This is a political issue, it has nothing to do with reality. Mr Babar plays in the hands of the opposition. Our PTI finance, led by Sardar Azhar Tariq, then finance secretary, has maintained transparency and its accounts are audited by a firm every year. So, there is nothing wrong with it, ”said a senior PTI member when asked for his comment.


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Racing: The key to determining the New Zealand Cup | Instant News


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Champion coach Mark Purdon found himself in an unusual position heading to Tuesday’s $ 540,000 New Zealand Cup in Addington – but he said it was true.

Purdon, along with training partner Natalie Rasmussen, have coached five of the last six New Zealand Cup winners and even that year they were beaten by Arden Rooney, the horse they used to train.

Even more clockwork than those who have Cup winners have Cup favorites, with superstars like Lazarus earning $ 1.40 when he won his second Cup in 2017.

But on Tuesday, the All Stars stable had to settle for having second and third favorites in Self Assured and Spankem, and Purdon said they both deserved to be behind Copy That north in the market.

“I don’t think this is one of those years that we can go into the race as confident, obviously not as confident as other years,” said Purdon, who will drive Self Assured.

“We had three chances to win (Ashley Locaz is the other) but none was better than Copy That.

“He races like our horses so he deserves to be a favorite.”

Copy That and Self Assured have a possible advantage drawn to the front line at 3200m stand start while Spankem starts from the second line.

That, along with Self Assured’s stellar run of the season, made him the best home opportunity, but his Achilles heel has been on display for all to see.

Self Assured missed the start more often than started this campaign safe and Purdon admits he’s running out of ideas.

“We’ve spent everything we know to make him go away,” said the Hall of Famer.

“So now it’s up to him. I would rate him 50-50 to stay away, okay and if he does, I think he can lead and win.

“But if he doesn’t then I think he will lose his chance of winning.”

The Self Assured riddle for the punter is that the richest career win came when he streaked and took the lead throughout the Auckland Cup last December.

If the passenger knows Self Assured will pack that courtesy in his gear bag, you can be sure he’s got a fair fight with Copy That. But if he misses it not only makes him miss the chance but also gives Copy That a chance to lead less as most of the other people on the front lines will likely give him the role.

That’s why on Cup Eve, Copy That was a TAB favorite that toned down $ 2.80 and Self Assured has slipped to $ 3.

Cup Day

What: The biggest day of harness racing in New Zealand.

When: Tuesday, first race at 11:55 a.m.

Where: Addington, Christchurch.

Who: New Zealand’s top pacers and trotters and 12,500 trackside fans.


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The PM decided to reshuffle the ministers and bureaucrats next week | Instant News

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided on a gradual reshuffle of the federal bureaucracy and cabinet.

Sources claim, the reshuffle process will begin next week. The prime minister has also completed his homework to bring about change in several important institutions. This reshuffle aims to improve government performance.

The post of minister of interior, trade, railways, science and technology is likely to be changed.

Imran Khan holds one-on-one meetings with ministers who are likely to be given new assignments.

Minister of Railways Sh Rashid and Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry have met with the prime minister. Sh Rashid will likely be given the ministry of information or the interior while Fawad Chaudhry is also interested in the interior ministry. If Sh Rashid was assigned the interior ministry, then Fawad Chaudhry would most likely be reassigned to the responsibility of the information ministry.

PM is not happy with the performance of the Minister for National Food Security Fakhar Imam because his ministry failed to end the flour and flour crisis. Likewise, the PM was dissatisfied with Hafeez Shaikh’s performance because economic policies failed to produce effective results.

Who will be his successor is still under consideration. Razzak Dawood will likely be laid off from service after the sugar scandal.

There is a suggestion that Asad Umar be appointed at the energy ministry. Sources say all important decisions will be taken this month.


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