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GB Govt. launching comprehensive programme

Gilgit-Baltistan Government is launching a comprehensive programme with financial assistance of International Fund for Agriculture Development to bring a positive change in life standard of people of rural areas. The project would be completed at a cost of twelve billion rupees in seven years. Official sources said in the first …

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Dysfunctional educational system is holding economy back: PBIF

President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum (PBIF), Senior Vice Chairman of the Businessmen Panel of FPCCI and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain on Wednesday said the dysfunctional educational system is holding the economy back. The government should increase investment in education to achieve high growth rate otherwise the competing …

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Whose fault is it anyway?

Whether the lack of rule of law pushed the Pakistani state towards corruption or the latter ruined the former would likely end up as a chicken or egg debate. It is, though, common sense that rule of law provides a bedrock for good governance. Financial indiscipline or financial embezzlement is …

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Buying power: Punjab govt relaxes austerity measures

The provincial government has relaxed austerity measures against departments making unnecessary purchases, keeping in view the concerns of newly elected heads of local government. According to a notification available with The Express Tribune, the Punjab government granted permission to the local government to purchase information technology equipment, machinery and items …

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Reclamation from lakes disturbing ecosystems, communities

Land reclamation, in the name of promoting farming, has disturbed the ecosystem as well as the connected economy in Sindh. After grabbing 2.2 million acre forest land, which was leased out to the people associated with successive ruling political parties, now is the turn of fresh water lakes, ponds and …

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‘Women on wheel’ an immense step towards gender mainstreaming

Women Empowerment is a prerequisite to achieve sustainable development and prosperity. The province of Punjab cannot make development without involving the women in socio-economic activities and breaking the gender stereotypes. ‘Women on the Wheels’ is an appreciating step towards attaining dream of gender mainstreaming in Punjab and we recognize government’s …

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HEC directed to take action against embezzlements in universities

National Assembly Standing Committee on Education here Tuesday urged Higher Education Commission (HEC) to conduct an inquiry and take an action on complaints into the malpractices, mismanagement and financial embezzlements at Hazara, Swat and Bacha Khan universities. The body in its meeting held here under the Chairmanship of Amirullah Marwat …

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MCI members lament shortage of funds

The members of the Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) on Tuesday lamented government’s indifferent attitude towards local government system in the capital city and shortage of funds to run even the daily business. The meeting of the MCI was held here to discuss annual budget-2017-18 for the Corporation. Opposition members, majority …

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Restructuring quotas for FATA

The constitution of 1973 has the provision for a special quota system through which “posts may be reserved for persons belonging to any class or area to secure their adequate representation in the service of Pakistan”. Domicile holders of FATA, due to the region’s poor standard of living, have access …

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