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Banks to ensure ATM services availability during Eid holidays ISLAMABAD: As per the instructions of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) all the banks across the country would ensure Auto Teller Machine (ATM) services availability during Eid holidays.The SBP through a special order has directed banks to take necessary measures in order to ensure maximum availability of ATM services and avoid public inconvenience during Eid holidays.In a circular letter, banks were instructed to ensure round-the-clock availability, consistent monitoring of ATMs and mobilize maximum resources to timely resolve ATM issues like ATM out of cash, hardware/software problems, power outages and connectivity/Network issues.Banks have further been advised to establish special help desks / contact centres operating round-the-clock for ATM related complaints.The SBP has also directed banks to ensure that the published help desk numbers are visibly placed at all ATM booths and remain operational round the clock.The banks were also directed to advertise contact details in newspapers before Eid holidays for ...

Meezan Bank profit after tax grows by 17pc, declares interim cash dividend of 15pc KARACHI: Meezan Bank Ltd has recorded 17% growth in its profit-after-tax which increased to Rs 2.254 billion compared to Rs 1.933 billion earned in the corresponding half year of 2013.The earnings per share of the bank increased to Rs. 2.25 (June 2013: Rs. 1.93), a news release said here on Monday.As a result of the bank's strong profitability, the Board of Directors approved an interim cash dividend of Rs 1.50 per share (i.e 15%).The Board ...

Tunisian ambassador pays farewell call on President ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia Mourad Bourehla paid farewell call on President Mamnoon Hussain at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Monday.Pakistan-Tunisia bilateral relations were discussed during the meeting, a statement from the President House said.The President appreciated diplomatic services of Ambassador Bourehla towards further strengthening Pakistan-Tunisia bilateral relations and bringing the two countries closer.The President underscored the need for greater efforts by the two sides to strengthen economic interaction as the existing level of mutual ...

Advice to mango growers MULTAN: Agriculture experts have advised growers to get soil and water analyzed from laboratory before mango nursery sowing while soil having pH value ranging from 5.5 to 7.5 is considered suitable for the purpose.Farmers must have knowledge of the combination of minerals, food, and pH value of the soil to take appropriate decisions for nursery growth, says a release issued by the media liaison unit of the Punjab agriculture department on Monday.July-Aug is the best ...

2090 policemen on duty during Eid FAISALABAD: As many as 2090 police personnel have been deputed to perform security duties in the district on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.According to a police spokesman, a comprehensive security plan has been chalked out to maintain law and order. He said help centers have also been established at congested area including Sitiana Road, Clock Tower Chowk, Anarkali Bazaar to deal with any emergent situation.Special police squads comprising 70 police vehicles will patrol in the city ...

Sindh government keen to fill every vacant slot on merit basis KARACHI: Sindh government is in process to ensure that every slot of doctors, surgeons, nurses and paramedics in public sector facilities are duly filled so as to meet any emergency situation.Provincial minister for health, Dr. Saghir Ahmed talking to media during the inaugural ceremony of Surgical ICU, Sindh Government Hospital, Korangi said the government was equally committed to meet the health care needs of masses on emergency basis."Concerted efforts are also being made to provide ...

RCCI annual award ceremony on Aug 29 RAWALPINDI: The 27th Annual Achievement Award ceremony of the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) will be held on Aug 29, Spokesman of RCCI Bilal Khan Niazi said here on Monday.The awards would be given to businessmen in recognition to their achievements in the field of business, trade and industry, during the last year.The awards had been playing a vital role in generating healthy competition among the entrepreneurs since their inception, the spokesman added.The ...


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