Pakistan Observer

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Young MPs host reception for Youth Parliament panel

Islamabad—National Assembly’s Young Parliamentarians Forum (YPF) hosted a reception in honour of the members of the Youth Parliament Standing Committee on Education & Youth Affairs to acknowledge the youth parliament’s performance during the first cycle. MNA Shaza Fatima Khawaja (NA-304, Women, Punjab XXXII, PML-N) who is also General Secretary YPF, welcomed the committee members and briefed them about the working and purpose of the YPF. The YPF comprises 78 Members of the National Assembly under the age of 40 at the time of General Election 2013. ... Saturday, March 28, 2015 Details

Parliament observes Earth Hour

Islamabad—Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Speaker National Assembly has called upon Parliamentarians and people of Pakistan to observe the Earth Hour on Saturday March 28, along with the international community by voluntarily switching off extra lights for one hour between 8:30pm to 9:30pm. He said this in his message on Earth Hour being commemorated world over on March 28, 2015. The Speaker urged the nation to join hands with other nations on Saturday March, 28, by collectively acting to conserve energy. The wide scale participation by our people will not only impress upon the need for energy conservation but also send a strong message that as a responsible player on the international stage we are conscious of our global and international responsibilities on issues of concern to the mankind, he added. ... Saturday, March 28, 2015 Details

Day Dhaka, Islamabad share desire for closer cooperation

Islamabad—High Commissioner of Bangladesh and Madam Rawsanara Hossain hosted a reception in the Federal Capital to celebrate the 44th anniversary of the Independence and National Day of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. The Bangladesh diplomats received the Pakistani guests with open arms and with expression of warmth. The Federal Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan was the chief guest at the reception. Prominent political figures, officials, former Pakistani diplomats and people belonging to various walks of life graced the reception. ... Saturday, March 28, 2015 Details

Pakistan needs effective strategies to overcome water scarcity

Islamabad—Pakistan needs effective planning and strategies to overcome water scarcity in the future, experts said at World Water Day Conference 2015. To mark the World Water Day (WWD) 2015, the Planning Commission, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform together with multi-stakeholders organized a conference here on Friday focusing on this year’s global theme, ‘Water and Sustainable Development - Role of Youth for Sustainable Water Resource Management’, says a press release. ... Saturday, March 28, 2015 Details

CDA launches drive to remove illegally installed billboards

Islamabad—Capital Development Authority (CDA) has started vigorous campaign to remove illegally installed bill boards, canopies and other advertisement planks and standis from the city. Informed sources told Pakistan Observer here on Friday the CDA had constituted teams of the Directorate of Municipal Administration (DMA) to conduct operations across the board. The team has initially removed 38 billboards and pylons from different areas of Islamabad. ... Saturday, March 28, 2015 Details

One year property tax for Murree road traders remitted

Rawalpindi—Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif has remitted property tax for one year in respect of traders, shop keepers and business centers located on both sides of Murree road being affected by Metro Bus Project (MBP). Property tax to the tune of Rs 110 million has been remitted and notification in this respect has been issued. ... Thursday, March 26, 2015 Details

NAB casts net against fake housing schemes

Islamabad—The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has cast its wide net against around 100 housing schemes operating in the twin cities without obtaining No Objection Certificates (NOCs) from relevant civic agencies. Sources in the NAB confided that NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has taken notice of reports that several housing schemes have popped up in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, and most of them have gotten no NOCs from the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) — the two competent agencies to issue clearance for new housing schemes and societies. The source said that so far over Rs4 billion have been returned to the affected people after their investment was retrieved from fake real estate developers. ... Thursday, March 26, 2015 Details

Role of poets, writers important in promotion of ethical values

Islamabad—President Mamnoon Hussain has said poets and writers can play a great role in promotion of ethical and social values. The President underscored that poets should highlight issues of corruption and character-building of youth through their literary work. The President said this while addressing the Mehfil-e-Mushaira held as part of Pakistan Day celebrations, here at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Wednesday. Renowned poets from across the country participated in the Mushaira and read out their poetic verses. ... Thursday, March 26, 2015 Details

Ombudsman for extending pension benefits to divorced, unmarried daughter beyond ten years

Islamabad—Federal Ombudsman has strongly recommended to federal government to allow provision of pensionary benefits to the unmarried daughter, divorced daughter and unmarried sister of government employee until she remarries or acquires regular source of income through amending the existing law. The existing policy of federal government at present provides pensionary benefits to the unmarried daughter, divorced daughter and unmarried sister of government employee for only 10 years. The recommendations to amend the law was made by the Federal Ombudsman in a response to the complaint filed by a lady stating that after death of her mother who retired from a federal agency, her pension was stopped after ten years as per the policy. ... Thursday, March 26, 2015 Details

Govt making concerted efforts to control TB: Minister

Islamabad—The Government is making concerted efforts to control TB in the country as 1.5 million TB patients have been treated free of cost in both public and private sectors. Minister for State National Health Services, Regulation & Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar said Pakistan is having 4th highest incidence in the world which does not occupy an enviable position with regard to Tuberculosis. ... Thursday, March 26, 2015 Details

Islamabad’s legal fraternity differs on Mirza’s last-minute statement

Islamabad—Senior lawyers and jurists of the country have differed on whether the statement of Saulat Mirza, the former MQM worker who was convicted for the killings of then Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) Chief Shahid Hamid, his guard and driver in 1998, has any legal significance or it is merely an attempt to get a few more days of life. ... Monday, March 23, 2015 Details

Preparations complete for Pakistan Day parade today

Islamabad—Preparations for the Pakistan Day parade, going to be held on Monday after seven years at the newly constructed Parade Ground near Faizabad Interchange in Islamabad, have been completed. Full dress rehearsal of Pakistan Day parade was held on Saturday in Islamabad at the newly constructed Parade Ground near Faizabad Interchange, reported Pakistan Television (PTV) News. Special Services Group of Pakistan Army enthralled the environment with the slogans of “Allah Hu” whereas female contingent was also exceptional while paying tribute. ... Monday, March 23, 2015 Details

President commends young leaders for keen interest in National Youth Assembly

Islamabad—President Mamnoon Hussain has Wednesday commended young leaders for taking keen interest in National Youth Assembly which provides a model youth Parliament for country’s future leaders. Talking to a delegation of National Youth Assembly (NYA) who called on him at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Wednesday, the President stated that NYA is providing a platform to the youth of the country for preparing themselves as future leaders, bureaucrats, social workers, philosophers and responsible citizens. ... Thursday, March 19, 2015 Details

Nisar reviews security arrangements for Pak Day parade

Islamabad—The Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has directed the Islamabad administration to ensure foolproof security arrangements on the occasion of 23rd March Pakistan Day Parade of the armed forces. Presiding over a high level meeting which was attended by Commissioners Islamabad and Rawalpindi, IG Islamabad, CCPO Rawalpindi and other senior officials, the Minister gave clear instructions that no shortcoming in the security arrangements would be tolerated. ... Thursday, March 19, 2015 Details