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A major terror bid was foiled on Wednesday when bomb disposal squad (BDS) defused a bomb near police checkpoint in Bannu. According to security sources, unknown miscreants had planted a 6 kg bomb near a police checkpoint in Mandan Gate area on Railway Road. The bomb disposal squad was immediately called in and the area was cordoned off when police spotted the bomb. Experts neutralised the bomb averting a major disaster in the town.

Noor Mohammad Hashmat representative of Afghanistan on Wednesday urged the regional countries in general and Pakistan and Iran in particular to invest on law enforcement in Afghanistan to control the supply of illicit drugs from its source as well as make serious efforts for demand reduction compelling the farmers to cultivate other crops.
During the ongoing search operation throughout the KP province against criminals and anti-social elements, police have arrested 137 suspects and recovered huge quantity of arms and ammunition. 85 persons were held for illegal use of loudspeaker and police seized 93 loudspeakers from across the province. Similarly, during the operation 622 houses and 238 hotels were also checked and 14 cases were registered against the violators.
Senior Country Manager of Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation (GAVI) Anne Zeindl Cronin met Advisor to Chief Minister on Health Khawaja Salman Rafiq here on Wednesday and discussed various health related issues. Director General Health Dr Zahid Pervaiz, Director Health EPI Dr Munir Ahmad and other concerned officers also attended the meeting.
The Aga Khan University Hospital inaugurated its newly-expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit today with the support of English Biscuits Manufacturers (Pvt) Limited. The expanded NICU will offer emergency, inpatient and intensive care treatments for babies born early, providing the best possible specialised care to its neonate patients.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that maximum resources will continue to be provided for the provision of modern health facilities to the common man as reforms in health sector and ensuring best healthcare facilities to the citizens is the mission of the government. He said that Punjab Health Reforms Roadmap is of vital importance for providing quality health facilities to the masses and it is need of the hour to make this programme successful through hard work and commitment.
A man was arrested for refusing to vaccinate his child during ongoing anti-polio campaign in the metropolis. Anti-polio drive continued on second day in eleven sensitive union councils of the mega-city. In the union council of Firdous Colony Number 2, a person refused to administer polio drops to his kid. Deputy Commissioner Saif-ur-Rehman who was present at the scene tried to convince him but he did not listen. Later, the father was arrested for not co-operating with the authorities.


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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
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WeeklyJanuary 25, 2015
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