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WHO impressed by Pakistan’s commitment to establishing temporary isolation units

On Wednesday, April 22, 2002 the World Health Organisation (WHO) through its twitter account said that they are "impressed by the progress being made" by certain countries, among which was Pakistan for its "commitment to establishing temporary isolation units"   https://www.dawn.com/news/1551333/who-impressed-by-pakistans-commitment-to-establishing-temporary-isolation-units-dr-tedros...

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COVID-19 – CJP takes Suo Motu notice of government measures to battle coronavirus – Supreme Court of Pakistan

On Friday 10 April 2020, Chief Justice of Pakistan took a suo motu notice of the government's insufficient facilities to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country. The five-member bench headed by the chief justice and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin Ahmed held the first hearing. The court issued notices to the attorney general and additional attorney general of Pakistan as well as AGs of all four provinces and Gilgit Baltistan. Secretaries of interior and health have also been served with notices along with chief secretaries of all...

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Lahore High Court (LHC) – Notification – Lawyers can sent written arguments to court during lockdown measure for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – (18.04.2020)

A circular issued by Lahore High Court (LHC) Registrar on Saturday 18.04.2020, states that the lawyers as well as litigants have been facing difficulties to attend court proceedings due to the lockdown and it is not predictable as to how much time is required to get back to normalcy. It says in specified matters, the lawyers may send the brief of their cases/written arguments along with the relevant material to the court through mail or email at the principal and all regional seats. The presence of lawyers and government law officers shall not be required in the courts and similarly except in...

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Article – International Law on Infectious Diseases and State Responsibility

The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking human, economic, and social damage around the world. Several States have taken measures in an attempt to contain and mitigate the spread of the disease, and many have declared states of emergency in accordance with their own domestic laws. The measures mostly involve social distancing, including quarantines, isolation and travel restrictions. These measures, alongside the virus itself, have had significant personal and human costs already. But they are also having a wider impact on the global economy and on supply chains and other commercial relations. It is not unlikely to think that the outbreak, and the measures...

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Article: What has COVID-19 taught the Legal Sector?

COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the entire globe, people and everyone’s livelihood. The end of it seems nowhere in sight yet. It is becoming evident that after the Post COVID-19 pandemic there would be some lasting repercussions for the legal industry long after stay at home orders associated with virus resolve. The most important thing the legal industry is learning from this pandemic is the need to have alternative means and methods that can save time and money. One of the biggest change could be adapting remote working as there seems no evidence that there’s a return to normal life and this would...

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Article: ADR and COVID-19

The unexpected growth of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is being felt everywhere in the world, even the global financial markets have become unpredictable. The courts and tribunals are no exception as the means of resolving disputes have become even more difficult. Hearings are being set aside and postponed. A large number of courts all over the world have been shut or are only operating on a limited basis to deal with issues such as Urgent Matters. During this time of crisis, Arbitration, Mediation and other forms of ADR are considered as a cost-effective way forward to resolve disputes all over the world. Through...

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Article: COVID-19 Will Turbocharge Legal Industry Transformation

This article, authored by Mark A. Cohen, indicates the impact of Coronavirus through out the globe and suggests that Covid-19 will create a new historical divide: before-Corona (BC) and after-Corona (AC) with respect to legal industry. The editorial also answers the question that, how will COVID-19 change the legal industry and what will it look like after-Corona (AC)? Answer to this question is outlined as; i. Remote Work and Distance Learning ii. Transformation of Law Firms and In-House Department iii. Digitalisation of Courts   Full Text: https://www.forbes.com/sites/markcohen1/2020/03/24/covid-19-will-turbocharge-legal-industry-transformation/#422f7d621195...

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Report on ‘SAARC’ with regard to its participation in Cultural Heritage Governance

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is an institution for regional cooperation founded in Dhaka on 8 December 1985 with initial membership of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Later in 2007 Afghanistan became its eighth member. This report underlines the SAARC role in promotion of cultural heritage of member states, discusses the SAARC Agenda for Culture and answers the key issues of involvement in Cultural Heritage initiatives. The report also particularizes the ground reality of SAARC participation in Cultural Heritage Governance.            ...

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COVID-19 Pandemic: Response of SAARC

On 15 March 2020, the Indian Prime Minister hosted a videoconference about the coronavirus pandemic with the eight-member countries of the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). At the meeting, India’s prime minister launched a COVID-19 emergency fund with an initial contribution of $10 million. The fund has since collected voluntary contributions of more than $8 million from most SAARC members. The national leaders also proposed collective ways to combat the pandemic. For instance, Afghanistan suggested that SAARC adopt a shared telemedicine framework to provide health care to remote areas.  Maldives called for closer cooperation among national health emergency agencies and a long-term...

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