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The government would be purchasing each laptop at Rs 51,640 including tax for distribution under Rs 21 billion Prime Minister''s Laptop Scheme, it was learnt. Sources told Business Recorder that the cost of the project as well as of each laptop was approved by the recently held Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) meeting.

The business community, IT professionals and civil rights activists have long been urging the Pakistan government to introduce a comprehensive law to curb cyber crime in the country. In this regard, the government has been contemplating the approval of a Regulatory Bill since a long time now. The continuous delay in the finalisation, approval and implementation of this law is now raising anxiety among the various stakeholders.
Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Chairman Umar Saif said that up to 21 projects have started to improve the healthcare by using android and Internet applications. The chairman, who was briefing at a meeting on Saturday, said the projects were included dengue tracking, disease surveillance and medicine inventory management, polio vaccination and biometric attendance systems and a health and hospital watch. Chief Minister Advisor on Health Khwaja Salman Rafiq and Health Secretary Jawad Rafiq were also present.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director for Pakistan Gregory Gottlieb and CEO of the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) Qaisar Zaman on Monday jointly inaugurated the Information Technology (IT) Lab established at the LESCO Regional Training Centre with the support of USAID.
Microsoft Pakistan recently held an event at the Aga Khan University (AKU) and its teaching hospital the Aga Khan University Hospital, to showcase its most advanced technology platform, designed to facilitate the optimisation of key business processes and to enable end-users to perform better. The use of these cutting-edge solutions ensures highly efficient delivery of health services for the public.
A joint platform of vendors of computer industry, traders of IT equipment, federation and chambers of commerce and industry would take up crucial issues of IT business community with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and other government departments/agencies to protect and more vibrantly promote the interests of the IT sector in Pakistan.
Minister of State for IT Anusha Rahman chaired the 29th meeting of the Board of Directors of Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) to assess the state of the IT industry of Pakistan and to evaluate the steps being taken to bolster long-term growth of the IT industry, to boost IT exports, and to attract investment for the IT sector.


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.586 bln
Exports $1.932 bln
Imports $3.518 bln
WeeklyApril 16, 2015
Reserves $16.818 bln