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Pakistan's Bio-remediation model for the waste water treatment and capacity building would be replicated in Turkey, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh. The Bio-remediation model which was developed by National Institute of Bio-remediation (NIB) of National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) would also be introduced later in other OIC member countries, said a statement issued here on Sunday.

Sugarcane growers on Sunday demanded of the government to fix the crop's support price at Rs 350 per 40 kg and ensure provision of irrigation water to their agriculture lands. The growers warned that they would stop cultivation of the crop from next year if their demands were not met.
Agriculturists and farmers' organisation representatives have termed the year 2014 as the bleakest year for agricultural sector during which growers suffered an accumulative loss of what they said around Rs 300 billion because of flood damages and price crash for three main crops ie cotton, rice and sugarcane.
A five-day Integrated Water Resource Modelling Workshop with an objective to further strengthen the exceptional tradition of water management in Pakistan concluded the other day. The workshop was organized on behalf of the Australian Government by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CCSIRO) with Australian partners ie eWater and International Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Management (ICEWRM).
A global report on tobacco-2014 revealed that Pakistan is one of the few countries in the world where smokeless tobacco is widely consumed as head and neck cancers have been reported in the country as being associated with chewing areca nut, naswar and paan.
World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-P) through its Green Skills Project held a ceremony to distribute farmers' toolkits and veterinary toolkits among less privileged farming families. The ceremony was held at Government Degree College for Boys, Rajanpur, where approximately 600 toolkits were distributed among people, disclosed a WWF-P's spokesperson here on Friday.
On Thursday at Pakistan Mercantile Exchange (PMEX) value traded was PKR 4.084 billion and the number of lots traded was 19,954. PMEX Commodity Index closed at 2,605. Major business was contributed by crude oil amounting to PKR 2.848 billion followed by gold (PKR 1.204 billion) and silver (PKR 32 million).


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,804.80 0.15
Arrow Nasdaq 4,765.38 0.36
Arrow S&P 2,070.65 0.46
Arrow FTSE 6,545.27 1.23
Arrow DAX 9,786.96 0.25
Arrow CAC-40 4,241.65 0.18
Arrow Nikkei 17,621.40 2.39
Arrow H.Seng 23,116.63 1.25
Arrow Sensex 27,371.84 0.90

ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln