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Being bruised is one thing and hemorrhage is several steps further. The energy sector of the country resembles more like the latter for long now with no respite on the horizon, at least for the cynics.
As the federal government approaches the tail end of its time in office, the development spending - on and through various divisions and ministries - has continued. Latest data released by the Planning Commission shows that the Planning & Development division had released Rs136.3 billion for the projects falling under the Public Sector Development Programme between July 1, 2012 and March 8, 2013.
After a lull performance during the final three months of 2012, signs of recovery in the US economy have finally emerged. In addition to improved job data, - 198,000 jobs added by private employers in February - factory data also improved with demand for a range of factory goods picking up.
Last week, the world celebrated womens day with accolades for high-achieving women in various spheres of life. In Pakistan, meanwhile, pretty much a mans country in a mans world, women still continue to struggle in workplaces in more than one ways.
As the general elections draw closer, major political parties are publishing their respective manifestos. Following closely after PTI published their party policies, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has also unveiled its Election Manifesto.
Earlier this week, Gallup Pakistan and Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (Pildat) grabbed the headlines when they released the findings of their jointly conducted survey, the “Political Weather Forecast for Elections 2013”. That opinion poll contended that the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) is the front runner for the upcoming general elections.
If the latest surveys provide any hint to who will be in charge of the next government, PML-N manifesto is of high significance. The PML-N has released a detailed manifesto document, which talks in detail about the possible steps to resolve the prevailing energy crisis. How it actually transforms is anybody’s guess, but on paper, it largely appears the right strategy.


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.664 bln
Exports $1.966 bln
Imports $3.630 bln
WeeklyJanuary 25, 2015
Reserves $15.019 bln