Pakistan Chronicle
Pakistan Chronicle


Higher education institutions and senior school classes resumed in Pakistan on Tuesday (September 15), ending a long school closure due to the coronavirus pandemic that led to exam cancellations.


Last week, the government decided that it will begin reopening educational institutions in phases from this week following a fall in new coronavirus case numbers across the country.


According to the schedule, schools for classes six till eight will open on September 23, and on September 30 primary schools will reopen.

The education minister also warned of punitive action against educational institutions that do not follow precautionary measures.

Early last month, Pakistan reopened gyms, salons and restaurants for dining-in for the first time in five months after imposing a lockdown intended to stop the spread of coronavirus.

The South Asian country has recorded 302,424 cases of COVID-19 and 6,389 deaths, but has seen a slowing of numbers since its peak in June, when it once recorded nearly 7,000 infections and 118 deaths in single day.



The upcoming flu season may increase the pressure on hospital systems in many countries as the COVID-19 pandemic has put great stress on testing systems worldwide, officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) said Wednesday.

Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead for the WHO's Health Emergencies Program, said the current increases the number of new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations is a worrying trend as the flu season is fast approaching, making it more difficult to distinguish between ordinary flu infections and the coronavirus.

"What is really worrying I think for us is that we're not only seeing an increase in the case numbers, but we're seeing an increase in hospitalizations, we're seeing increases in ICU, and this is a number of countries that we're seeing this and across the northern hemisphere. Particularly in certain parts of Europe and Spain, and in France and the eastern part of Europe and Georgia, Montenegro, Ukraine, in some states in the United States. And what we worry about is the hospitalizations and then the ICU.


: Barbados wants to remove Britain's Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and become a republic, the Caribbean nation's government has said on Wednesday (September 16).


A former British colony that gained independence in 1966, Barbados has maintained a formal link with the British monarchy as have some other countries that were once part of the British empire.


"The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind," said Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason, delivering a speech on behalf of the country's Prime Minister Mia Mottley. "Barbadians want a Barbadian Head of State. This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving. Hence, Barbados will take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a Republic by the time we celebrate our 55th Anniversary of Independence." That anniversary will come in November of next year.



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Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty arrested in drug case following Sushant Singh Rajput's death.

"The NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau) themselves have asked for judicial custody of all of the accused except Keshwani, who is granted NCB custody till 14th (September). All bail applications are filed, served copy to NCB and the hearings are kept tomorrow (September 10), including Rhea Chakraborty, every accused all bail applications are kept tomorrow for hearing."

Indians flock to soothsayers for mystic preview of future amid COVID-19 uncertainties

Circling his head continuously with his eyes closed and holding onto an offering of herb-infused dry coconuts, Indian cosmic healer Sanjay Sharma prayed silently while his client sat completely still and waited patiently.

Sharma is one of many healers popular with believers in mystical remedies, who seek answers to problems ranging from business shutdowns to job losses, marital discords and health concerns.

'Kool & The Gang' co-founder Ronald Bell dies at 68

Ronald Bell, one of the co-founders of Kool & The Gang and writer of some of their most famous hits, including 'Celebration' and 'Jungle Boogie', has died at age 68, according to media reports.

Bell was a self-taught musician and founded the iconic band with his brother Robert "Kool" Bell in New Jersey in 1964.

Although the band has had numerous members, the Bell brothers and George Brown and Dennis Thomas have been the core group since its inception.



Top golfers set for difficult U.S. Open test at Winged Foot.

Scheduled for June before COVID-19 forced a reshuffling of the golf calendar, the U.S. Open returns to the ferocious Mamaroneck, N.Y. layout for the first time since 2006 when Australian Geoff Ogilvy hoisted the trophy. The U.S. Open is branded as golf's toughest test and Winged Foot fits the bill, requiring accuracy off the tee and a surgeon's delicate touch on treacherous greens.

It is the venue where Tiger Woods missed his first cut at a major and Phil Mickelson endured perhaps the most gut-wrenching, of his record six runner-up U.S. Open finishes. Tied for the lead going into the final round and needing only a par to take the title, Mickelson double-bogeyed the 18th to gift victory to Ogilvy.

Nadal makes fast start in Rome in first match in 200 days

Nine-times champion Rafa Nadal showed little sign of rust when he played his first match in 200 days as he beat fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-1 6-1 in the Italian Open in Rome on Wednesday (September 16).

Nadal, who received a bye into the second round, has not played a tournament since winning his 85th singles title in Acapulco, having skipped the Western & Southern Open and the U.S. Open in New York due to COVID-19 concerns.

The match was also Nadal's first on clay in 465 days after his French Open triumph last year and the 34-year-old Spaniard sent an ominous message to the field as he dominated the U.S. Open semi-finalist from the start at an empty Foro Italico.

Germany's Kaemna wins Tour de France 16th stage

Lennard Kaemna claimed his first Tour de France victory when he outwitted Giro d’Italia champion Richard Carapaz to win the 16th stage, a 164-km ride from La Tour du Pin on Tuesday (September 15).

The 24-year-old German took advantage of Ecuadorian Carapaz’s momentary loss of focus at the top of the last climb of the day to go solo and finished one minute 27 seconds ahead after charging down in the descent.

Swiss Sebastien Reichenbach took third place, 1:56 off the pace as Slovenian Primoz Roglic retained the overall leader's yellow jersey.

It was a day to forget for Ineos-Grenadiers as Carapaz had to settle for second after two brutal attacks from the breakaway group in the decisive climb had left his rivals in the red.

But Kaemna, who narrowly missed out on a stage win last week when he lost a two-man sprint against Colombian Dani Martinez in Puy Mary, went solo just when Carapaz was recovering from his effort at the top.

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