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‘Less than 3pc women are involved in decision making’

Women form about half the population of Pakistan, but hardly 3pc are involved in the decision making process, said PPP Senator Sherry Rehman on Monday. Ms Rehman was speaking at a seminar on ‘Violent Extremism in Pakistan and Afghanistan, its Impact on Women and Women’s Responses to Radicalisation and Violent …

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Sindh’s polluted water

RECENT analysis by the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources of surface and groundwater samples from across Sindh reveals that water quality in the province has worsened — 80pc (from 75pc a few months ago) of sampled sources, including at educational institutions and tertiary-care hospitals, is now contaminated with …

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Gender parity: Peshawar BRT to focus on women

As the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system is built in Peshawar, its backers are focusing on a key aspect: gender parity with a large slice of the jobs it creates reserved for women and a focus on boosting the number of women who opt for public transport in the city. …

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New estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF have found that 12.9 million infants, or nearly 1 in 10, around the world didn’t receive any vaccinations in 2016. Consequently, these infants missed the first dose of the combined vaccine against diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP3), which are potentially deadly diseases. Related: …

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Punjab mulls drastic changes to selection criteria for VCs

The Punjab government may revise ‘teacher vice chancellor’ criteria for appointing VCs at the public universities across the province. If approved by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, the public servants and those who have served as chief executive officers (CEOs) of companies may also become VCs. “The 10-member committee, formed by …

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Flash floods, rains kill six, injure 10 in KPK

At least six persons including four children were killed and 10 others injured in torrential rains and flash flood related incidents in different districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during last days. Officials in Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) told APP that two persons died in Haripur and one child each in …

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WTO vote in Pakistan’s favour will go a long way

Upholding Pakistan’s position on export promotion policies last week, the Geneva-based World Trade Organisation dispute settlement system has rejected the European Union’s decision of countervailing duties imposed on imports of polyethylene terephthalate from Pakistan. The EU had imposed countervailing duties on the import of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from Pakistan, Iran …

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Pakistan among the top 10 countries most affected by climate change

A business-as-usual approach to climate change will be “disastrous” for Asian countries including Pakistan, undoing much of the phenomenal economic growth that has helped it make vast inroads against poverty, the Asian Development Bank said in a report released Friday. A continued reliance on fossil fuels will see the world´s …

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SC admits plea seeking more powers for city mayor

The controversy between the provincial and local governments over the powers of the city mayor took a significant turn on Wednesday when the Supreme Court admitted for hearing a constitutional petition of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan seeking powers for the local governments under Article 140-A of the Constitution. Earlier, the …

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