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Polling for Punjab Bar Council (PBC) election was held here on Saturday with traditional zeal while the final result will be announced on November 29. Out of 205 polling booths in the province 45 were established at the Lahore High Court for Lahore division's lawyers. In Lahore, polling was started with a 40 minutes delay at 9:40am and ended at 5:30pm. Strict security measures were taken for the election and all roads leading to the High Court were also blocked for traffic.

The paramilitary Sindh Rangers on Saturday claimed to have gunned down two high profile criminals of a banned Lyari gangster group. According to the Sindh Rangers spokesman, the raid was conducted on the basis of intelligence information about the presence of criminals in Ghulam Shah Lane, Faqeer Muhammad Darra Khan Road in Lyari during the early hours of Saturday.
Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) worker Abdul Jabbar who was critically injured in a bomb attack in Orangi Town on Friday night, passed away on Saturday at Abbassi Shaheed Hospital. He was active worker of Unit 118-B, Orangi Town Sector, Karachi. At least 29 people including MQM lawmakers sustained injuries when some unidentified persons threw a cracker bomb at a camp established for party's membership campaign in Orangi Town area. Later, militant group Jamaatul Ahrar had claimed responsibility for the attack.
Two more polio cases surfaced in different parts of Balochistan on Saturday, taking the number of victims to 14. According to health officials, polio virus was detected in Bibi Amina who is a resident of Killi Tarkha, Quetta. The second case was confirmed in Balochistan's Khuzdar district. Shah Zaman, a resident of Chandni Chowk in Khuzdar, fell prey to the virus even though he was administered polio drops, according to health officials.
Terming the 'European Golden Award' to the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) as big achievement, Professor Zafarullah Chaudhry, President, CPSP dedicated this award to the fellows of the College for their untiring efforts.
The Health department has approved a grant of Rs 85 million for Tehsil Headquarters (THQ) Hospital, Jaranwala. A spokesman of the Health department said here on Saturday, that Executive District Officer (EDO) Health Dr Waqar Sadiq also issued orders for the release of grant to the THQ Hospital for purchasing necessary gadgets and initiating development works in the hospital. A new ambulance would be purchased besides constructing of new wards at THQ Hospital with recently approved grant of Rs 85 million, the spokesman added.
Provincial Minister for Education, Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan has said that the target of enrolment of every child in the school in Punjab will be achieved by 2016 at all costs. He said that Punjab government has set record of achieving all targets in education sector on time according to the Millennium Development Goals which will be further improved in coming years.


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Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln