Iranian authorities say some $50 million has been saved through a new scheme for production at home of 30 medicines that used to be imported into the country from abroad.
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Iranian authorities say some $50 million has been saved through a new scheme for production at home of 30 medicines that used to be imported into the country from abroad.
Iran dominated the Middle East’s renewable production capacity which rose 13 percent to 22,710 megawatts (MW) last year, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says.
Another US military convoy has been forced to retreat from an area in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah after local residents, in coordination with government forces, prevented the foreign forces from passing through the community.
The US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh terror group in Iraq is reportedly preparing to evacuate troops from a military base in the city of Abu Gharib, west of the capital Baghdad.
At a Tehran mosque converted into factory, women volunteers who would normally attend to visitors to the old battlefields of the Iran-Iraq war have joined the fight against the coronavirus.
An Iranian university researcher says domestically-developed coronavirus diagnostic test kits, light-weight ventilators and virus-killing facemasks will soon enter the mass-production stage.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has released a letter addressed to the American people urging them to prevent what he calls the madness that drives the government of President Donald Trump.
Data from US states shows that the coronavirus is wreaking havoc in African American neighborhoods, highlighting disparities in health and inequalities in access to medical care.
Government forces in Libya say Emirati drones have carried out two airstrikes in support of Libyan rebels near the city of Sirte.
India’s 21-day lockdown is set to end next week but several state leaders have called for an extension or only a partial lifting of restrictions, saying is the only way to avoid a coronavirus epidemic that will be difficult to tackle.
India on Tuesday announced to ease restrictions on export of a malaria drug seen as a potential coronavirus treatment, after US President Donald Trump hinted at "retaliation".
The Taliban broke off talks with the Afghan government on a prisoner exchange on Tuesday, a main step in peace talks being brokered by the United States after it agreed on a troop withdrawal pact with the militants.
The United States on Monday recorded 1,150 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, Johns Hopkins University said, pushing the country's toll further above the 10,000 mark reached earlier in the day.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has been in self-isolation since his wife Sophie tested positive for coronavirus last month, said Monday he would try to keep working from home "as much as possible."
Pakistan on Tuesday rejected reports from India linking Islamabad to last month's terrorist attack at a Gurdwara in Afghan capital, Kabul, terming the attempt as "highly mischievous and condemnable".
A preliminary report of an ongoing investigation against the price hike of sugar was made public. Dated March 24, the report has been prepared by a four-member committee headed by the director of FIA, Wajid Zia.
Director General ISPR Maj-Gen Babar Iftikhar said on Tuesday that emergency medical supplies have been dispatched for Quetta hospitals to ensure that health staff has safety equipment while treating the coronavirus patients.
Young Doctors Association President Dr Yasir Khan denied on Tuesday reaching an agreement with the government after police arrested and baton-charged the doctors for protesting over non-provision of safety equipment.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday overturned high courts' decisions to release under-trial prisoners en masse in a bid to stem the coronavirus outbreak in the country, stating that the high courts did not have the powers to take suo motu notices on the matter as they had done, and also that the law could not be upended under any circumstances.
The Pakistan Airline Pilots Association (PALPA) on Tuesday approached Prime Minister House in order to resolve its dispute with Pakistan International Airlines regarding the alleged non provision of safety equipment to airline staff members, insiders have revealed.
Pakistan on Tuesday welcomed the joint statement by six human rights organisations calling on India to end the inhumane restrictions it has placed in occupied Kashmir since revoking the autonomy of the region last August.
Awareness campaigns have been ramped across Pakistan as the country continues to see a rapid rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the country.
Dr Abdul Qadir Soomro on Monday evening became the second doctor in Pakistan to lay down his life in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic after Gilgit-Baltistan's Dr Usama Riaz, who had passed away last month while treating COVID-19 patients.
Questions were raised again on Monday whether Jehangir Tareen was ever officially assigned to head a task force on agriculture when an aide of Prime Minister Imran Khan announced that Tareen has been removed from the key post.
The inquiry committee on sugar crisis in its report released last week suggested that the prices remained low during the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) tenure, however, the prices went out of control during the incumbent Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s (PTI) government despite both the governments paying subsidies to the mill owners.
Iran's Ambassador to Belgium Gholam Hossein Dehqani has warned of the adverse consequences of unilateral and illegal US sanctions on the Islamic Republic's fight against the deadly new coronavirus, urging the European Union to oppose Washington's restrictions.
The US-led military coalition purportedly formed to fight the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has officially handed over a strategic air base in Iraq’s western province of Anbar to the country’s government forces.
The Trump administration’s method of sourcing protective equipment to tackle the coronovirus pandemic has baffled the world, with France and Germany leveling the harshest criticism at Washington.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that the country seeks to follow up on its existing physical distancing plan with a new ‘smart distancing’ initiative to curb the outbreak of COVID-19.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the military alliance has decided to expand its mission in Iraq by training personnel for the Iraqi army and security forces.
Iran’s Defense Ministry says that the country is planning to start the construction of a 6,000-ton destroyer this year and that it has the ability to produce nuclear-powered submarines.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the country has imposed a partial curfew on citizens under the age of 20 as part of measures aimed at curbing the spread of the new coronavius.
The Group of 77 (G-77) and China have called for an end to unilateral coercive economic measures against developing countries amid global efforts to contain the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres yesterday renewed his call for a global ceasefire, urging all parties in conflict to lay down arms and allow war-torn nations to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
The former governor of Yemen’s southwestern Ta'izz province has said that the United Arab Emirates is manipulating the demographic composition of the province to weaken pro-Saudi forces, exposing further rift in the Saudi-led coalition.
Spain reported a consecutive drop for the second day in coronavirus-related deaths with 809 fatalities on Saturday, according to the official figures.
China on Saturday mourned the thousands of “martyrs” who have died in the new coronavirus outbreak, flying the national flag at half mast throughout the country and suspending all forms of entertainment.
Senior lawyer Khawaja Haris urged the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Saturday to reconsider its decision of revoking an earlier court ruling that granted bail to low-risk, undertrial prisoners during coronavirus pandemic.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday expressed the confidence that despite the many challenges to Pakistan from the coronavirus outbreak, it can emerge as a stronger nation and become the truly welfare state it was envisioned to be.
The Foreign Office on Saturday said Islamabad, at the request of the government of Afghanistan, will allow Afghan nationals to return home through two land border crossings with the eastern neighbour.
The government submitted on Saturday to the Supreme Court of Pakistan a report on its national action plan for combating the coronavirus epidemic spreading across the country.
Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has said the lockdown in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic has led to Pakistan Railways incurring more than a Rs1billion in losses every week.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Saturday Pakistan is walking a ‘tight rope’ to strike a balance between a lockdown necessary to slow the spread of the coronavirus, and ensuring its people do not die of hunger and the economy does not collapse.
The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday directed the provincial health department to arrange coronavirus testing kits and personal protective equipment to all registered blood banks as a safety measure in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, reported The News.
Sindh Information Minister Nasir Shah on Friday appealed to the tableeghi jamaat members to "remain wherever they are" during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sindh faces a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and coronavirus testing kits, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah told Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday during a meeting he participated in via video link.
The UN General Assembly has unanimously approved a resolution for the first time on the coronavirus pandemic, calling for “multilateralism” in the fight against the virus, but failed to condemn unilateral US sanctions against countries.
The US is facing a hunger crisis as the worsening coronavirus pandemic cripples the economy and triggers the highest unemployment on record, forcing an unprecedented number of Americans to resort to food banks for emergency supplies, according to a report.
Iran's health minister has said that the country’s international standing in regards to containing the coronavirus outbreak will “greatly change” in coming days.
The United Nations General Assembly has approved a resolution calling for “international cooperation” and “multilateralism” in the fight against COVID-19, in the first text to come out of the international body since the outbreak began.
Bahrain's most prominent Shia cleric Ayatollah Sheikh Isa Qassim has demanded the immediate and unconditional release of political dissidents currently being held in the Manama regime’s prisons in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, stressing that failure to take the measure will have dire consequences.
Global coronavirus cases reached 1, 015,709 on Friday, along with 53,069 deaths, according to data collated by John Hopkins University.
Iraq’s anti-terror resistance groups have reiterated their readiness to counter any possible attack by US occupation forces, saying that they are also on high alert for any false-flag US operation aimed at creating further unrest in the Arab country.
India is considering a proposal by Russia to supply the Indian navy with three refurbished submarines, capable of launching cruise missiles.
Former US vice president and 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden has called on the Trump administration to immediately lift Iran sanctions which have hampered Iran’s efforts to curb the coronavirus.
The Trump administration on Thursday looked set to join local officials in advising Americans to wear masks when venturing out during the still-exploding coronavirus pandemic, as the US death toll rose by 1,000 in a single day for the first time.
The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted global food supplies and is causing labour shortages in the agriculture sector worldwide.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday announced a relief package for the construction sector, saying that it was necessary to maintain 'a balance' between the lockdown and economic activity.
The COVID-19 has hit the most powerful countries and the most vulnerable with equal force.
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday lashed out at Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) over its hate towards Muslims living in India and compared it with what Nazis did to Jews.
The Islamabad High Court dismissed on Friday a plea against the conversion of hotels into quarantine facilities due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The federal government on Thursday worked out the impact of losses of pandemic COVID-19 virus on some sectors of the national economy and shared the initial assessment that total losses stood at the whopping figure of Rs 2.5 trillion, reported The News.
Pakistan’s GDP growth rate will shrink to 2.6% from 3.3%, while inflation will remain around 11.5% for 2020, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) projects in its latest report released on Friday.
In extension to NUST’s tenacious undertakings to fight SARS-CoV2 Pandemic and after successful establishment of assays for the diagnosis of the disease, Dr Aneela Javed and Dr Ali Zohaib, faculty members at NUST Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Biosciences (ASAB), in another ground-breaking scientific discovery, have sequenced the complete genome of SARS-CoV2, according to The News report.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected more than one million people globally, according to a Reuters tally of official data as the world grapples to contain the spread of the virus that has claimed over 52,000 lives.
Iran Mall is the name of one of the world's largest commercial and recreational complexes. Now, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the Tehran-based mall has not only closed its doors to promote social distancing, but has also turned into a huge medical center for corona patients.
At least two people have lost their lives and several others sustained injuries when Turkish military forces and allied militants launched barrages of mortar shells at residential neighborhoods in the western sector of Syria’s northeastern province of al-Hasakah.
Syria’s Ambassador to the UN Bashar al-Ja’afari has reiterated a call by his country for immediate and unconditional lifting of all US economic sanctions, a few days after the coronavirus killed the first patient in the Arab country.
The chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces says the country will show the most severe reaction to the United States if it does anything to undermine the security of the Islamic Republic.
Four new states imposed sweeping stay-at-home directives on Wednesday in response to the coronavirus pandemic, putting over 80% of Americans under lockdown as the number of deaths in the United States nearly doubled in three days.
US President Donald Trump has still resisted declaring a nation-wide stay-at-home order, leaving many concerned over his administration’s failure to halt increasingly tragic deaths from the coronavirus outbreak across the country.
The Academy of Medical Sciences of Iran has written to the UN to complain about the world’s body failure to push for the lifting of cruel US sanctions at a critical time when the Islamic Republic is fighting a deadly coronavirus pandemic.
On Wednesday, the government of Venezuela categorically dismissed a "deal" proposed about a transitional government by the United States.
Business giant Engro on Thursday announced it would be pledging Rs1billion to the prime minister’s relief fund.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said the government will gradually bring back Pakistanis stuck abroad after the National Coordination Committee permitted to restore flight operations.
Pakistan on Thursday condemned and rejected the introduction of "Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Order 2020” which it termed as an attempt to illegally change the demographic structure of Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK).
Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said the government will announce a Rs100 billion package for the construction industry as the government tries to keep the country afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaisar has summoned the first meeting of the 25-member parliamentary committee on coronavirus pandemic on April 6, reported The News.
Economists have cautioned the government that if the coronavirus pandemic prolongs, the first one to be impacted will be perishable food items and then the staple food items, reported The News.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan rose to 2,291 on Thursday after new infections were confirmed in the country.
A committee constituted to make recommendations on the fee structure by educational institutions in Punjab suggested on Thursday to ensure that the institutes should pay their employees during the coronavirus pandemic.
The United Nations food agency said on Thursday that the world food prices saw a sharp steep in March, due to a drop in demand amid the coronavirus pandemic and a plunge in global oil prices.
A senior Afghan security official said that the Afghan government will release 100 Taliban prisoners from jails on Thursday, and that in exchange the Taliban will release 20 Afghan security members.
The World Health Organization (WHO) feared on Wednesday that the number of the coronavirus cases will escalate on a rapid scale around the world in the coming days.
Close to a million people soon will be confirmed positive for the coronavirus infection around the world on Thursday as the pandemic spread at a "near-exponential" rate, with a six-week-old baby becoming one of the youngest known victims.
Germany will extend its current restrictions on public life to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus by two weeks until April 19, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday.
Austria is preparing to join neighbouring states in turning to mask wearing as a further weapon to fight the coronavirus, presenting citizens under lockdown with another challenge to cultural norms due to the pandemic.