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Rashid Haleem, Executive Director of MilkVille and Everfresh Farms, has been in the milk business for the past six years. In this interview with BR Research, Rashid, a graduate from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) shares his views about pasteurised milk, the emerging milk segment and the issues faced by it. Below are selected excerpts from the interview.

In this interview with BR Research, Zahid Ullah Shinwari sheds light on how businesses have fared in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa over the last many years of war on and beyond its western borders. Shinwari, a graduate from Islamia College Peshawar, also talks about Pak-Afghan trade as well as Afghan transit trade and how Pakistan lost the Afghan market to Iran. Below are selected excerpts from the interview:
Siemens first office of the subcontinent was established in Lahore in 1922. Siemens Pakistan Engineering Company Limited is amongst the KSE100 companies. Its footprint in Pakistan started with first cable laying project in Karachi. In 1932, the company was incorporated as Public Limited Company in 1963 and established a factory for motors and transformers in addition to the production of switchboards. Later in 1976, the firm introduced diesel generating sets.
Established in 1942 in Bombay, Habib Insurance is part of Habib Group and was relocated to Karachi in 1947. Being in insurance business, the company focuses on fire, marine, motor, engineering and miscellaneous insurance. Also, the company has reinsurance arrangements with one of the leading reinsurers including Hannover Re, Scor Re, Korean Re, Trust Re, Best Re and Pakistan Reinsurance.
Askari Bank has announced a 10 percent cash dividend. The Bank posted impressive results for the second consecutive quarter and first half of 2014. It reported a profit of Rs 2.1 billion. The Bank also announced a 10 percent interim cash dividend. The announcement leads the banking sector and Askari Bank's results are way ahead of analysts' expectations.
The Bank of Punjab has declared the profit rates on its various PLS deposit schemes for the six months ended Jun e 30, 2014:

The National bank have declared the profit rates on its various PLS deposit schemes for the six months ended Jun e 30, 2014:


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Foreign Debt $60.9bn
Per Cap Income $1,368
GDP Growth 3.6%
Average CPI 7.5%
Trade Balance $-1.558 bln
Exports $2.117 bln
Imports $3.675 bln
WeeklyJuly 10, 2014
Reserves $14.638 bln