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BISP embarks upon social mobilisation countrywide

Karachi—Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) government through the platform of Benazir Income Support Programme has embarked upon an ambitious nationwide scheme for social mobilisation and financial literacy of deserving women across the country as per BISP surveyed database, said State Minister and BISP Chairperson, MNA Marvi Memon on Sunday. ... Monday, March 30, 2015 Details

OIC should mediate in Yemen conflict: Malik

Karachi—Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) leader Rehman Malik on Sunday suggested that the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) should mediate in the Yemen conflict. Addressing a news conference here, he said Saudi Arabia always sided with Pakistan and if the kingdom faced any difficult time Pakistan should stand by it. Malik said if PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari was approached for mediation in the Yemen conflict, he would surely play his role in this regard. If any input was sought by the federal government over the issue, or any responsibility was assigned to PPP it would be considered, he added. The PPP leader opined that Yemenis were being used by some world powers. ... Monday, March 30, 2015 Details

2 dacoits shot dead in encounter

Khanewal—A youth was killed when the roof of a house collapsed in a nearby village on Sunday. According to police, the incident took place at 5/9-R Yarowala, where the roof of a house owned by Aslam Hiraj collapsed suddenly. As a result, Sabtain Abass son of Aslam Hiraj buried under the debris and died on the spot. ... Monday, March 30, 2015 Details

Govt making best efforts to evacuate stranded Pakistanis

Lahore—Provincial Minister for Education, Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan has said that Pakistani government will play its positive role for the protection of Pakistani nationals in the war affected Yemen and ensuring peace in the region. He said that foreign ministry had issued travel advisory and red alert to Pakistanis one month before and Pakistani embassy is still trying to save the lives of Pakistanis. ... Monday, March 30, 2015 Details

Khattak opposes cut in agri approved schemes

Peshawar—The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has strictly directed the Finance Department to avoid any financial cut on approved schemes of subsidized agriculture inputs and other initiatives aimed at economic development and welfare of common people. He advised that development schemes must not be tempered once properly worked out and approved by competent forums warning that authorities if found creating impediments in development and service delivery activities in the name of rationalization or any other pretext would be shown the door. ... Monday, March 30, 2015 Details

KP to establish 150-bed hospital for drug addicts

Peshawar—The Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will establish a modern 150 bed hospital at Peshawar for medical treatment and rehabilitation of drug-addicted persons. The Provincial Government will provide the abundant building of Commerce College at Ring Road for the hospital which will be set up in collaboration with Anti Narcotics Force (ANF). Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak decided this while presiding over a meeting at CM Secretariat here today. ... Saturday, March 28, 2015 Details

Unmarried, divorced daughters’ pension payment extended beyond 10-year

Islamabad—Federal Ombudsman has strongly recommended to extend pensionary benefits to unmarried, divorced daughters and unmarried sister of government employee until her remarriage or acquiring regular source of income. The ombudsman recommended the federal government to amend the existing laws in this regard. 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. ... Saturday, March 28, 2015 Details

US, Zionists trying to make Muslim world a battlefield

Lahore—Ameer Jamaat e Islami Senator Sirajul Haq has expressed deep concern over the growing confrontation in the Gulf and said the US and the Zionist powers were once again trying to make the Muslim world a battle field. ... Saturday, March 28, 2015 Details

30 women factory workers injured

Hafizabad—As many as 30 female workers of a mill were injured, three of them critically, when the bus of the mills carrying them overturned near Mustafaabad this morning. All the injured were shifted to the THQ hospital Pindi Bhattian where they are progressing satisfactorily.A bus of the Crescent Bahu Maan Mills was bringing female workers from Sangla Hill and others villages and when it reached near Mustafaabad, the driver of the vehicle lost control over the steering as a result of which it overturned. According to eye witnesses the mishap took place due to rash driving. The police are investigating. ... Thursday, March 26, 2015 Details

75,000 trees to be planted during summer season

Abbottabad—At least 75 thousand trees would be planted during the ongoing summer season said Hazara Commissioner, Muhammad Akbar Khan while addressing a sizeable gathering which was organized under the auspices of local administration, soon after planting a tree at Takia Scouts Camp situated within the jurisdictional territory of district, Abbottabad, Wednesday. Beside Deputy Commissioner Abbottabad, Khalid Mahmood, Assistant Commissioner, Meer Raza, Additional Assistant Commissioner, Ansar Mahmood, Divisional Forest Officer, Azhar Ali Khan, among many other officers of different institutions along with prominent area men were also present on this occasion. ... Thursday, March 26, 2015 Details

Notification of sending Ogra chief on forced leave stands intact

Islamabad—A division bench of Islamabad High Court on Wednesday set aside single bench’s decision of reinstating chairman of Oil & Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) Saeed Ahmed Khan thus keeping intact the notification. The court has however, sought reply from the parties by March 31. Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Amir Farooq gave this order while hearing a government petition filed against a single bench decision of March 17, 2015 that had restored Ogra chief to his position. ... Thursday, March 26, 2015 Details

PDWP approves 29 uplift projects

Peshawar—The meeting of Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) chaired by Additional Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dr. Hammad Owais Agha on Wednesday approved 29 projects with an estimated cost of Rs. 40.31 billion. ... Thursday, March 26, 2015 Details

PPPP challenges Cantt Board elections on non-party basis

Islamabad—The Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians has challenged the intent of the Election Commission of Pakistan to hold elections of the Cantonment Boards on a non-party basis. The ECP recently announced elections of local government in the Cantonment Boards throughout Pakistan. The PPPP contends in the petition which has been filed through senior counsel and party leader, Senator Aitzaz Ahsan that the constitution under article 17 mandates that political parties have a right to participate in the elections to elective offices as held in 1988 by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in its judgment on a petition filed by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. The Court also held that political parties and their members have a fundamental right to participate in such elections with their political and party identity. ... Thursday, March 26, 2015 Details

Why arts and culture matter?

ART is a true insight of feelings and emotions, it’s an epitome of human life and civilization—spearhead of human development, social and cultural identity. ... Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Details