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SC adjourns LB Elections case till March, 3 ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday adjourned hearing of the case regarding holding of Local Bodies (LB) Election in Punjab, Sindh and Khybar Pakhtonnwa province till March, 3.The two-member bench of the court headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja resumed hearing of the petitions seeking fresh directions to ECP for holding of municipal elections in three provinces.At the outset of hearing, Justice Jawwad Khawaja remarked that 18th Constitutional Amendment was passed in 2010 in which Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) was strengthen. He observed that according to Article 219, ECP was responsible to hold general and local bodies' elections. Article 220 bound all executive authorities, federal and provincial governments to assist ECP for holding elections, he added.The court observed that provincial governments failed to hold elections in their provinces.Akram Sheikh Counsel for ECP told the bench that ECP always tried to implement court orders in its true spirit.Justice Sarmad Jalal ...

CM condoles losses in avalanches in Afghanistan PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakthunkhwa Pervez Khattak has expressed grief and sorrow over the killing and disappearing of the hundreds of people due to avalanches slides and collapse of houses in torrential rains and floods in Afghan Province Panjsher. Pervez Khattak in separate messages to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and Panjsher Acting Governor Abdur Rehman Kabiri, expressed heartfelt sympathies with the Afghan government, people and especially the affected families on behalf ...

Weekly inflation down by 0.48pc ISLAMABAD: The weekly inflation for the week ended on February 26 for the lowest income group up to Rs. 8,000 decreased by 0.48 percent as compared to the previous week.The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) for the week under review in the above mentioned group was recorded at 198.87 points against 199.82 points registered in the previous week, according to data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).The weekly SPI has been computed with base 2007-2008=100, covering ...

Governor condemns blast at under construction Degree College in Orakzai Agency PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Sardar Mahtab Ahmad Khan Friday has strongly condemned the bomb blast in under construction Degree College at Kalaya precinct in Orakzai Agency by miscreants. In a condemnation message Governor said that such terrorist attacks could not deter the government's resolve to eliminate terrorism and militancy. He said such cowardly attacks by militants cannot decrease our morale and as a nation we are united and committed to combat terrorism and extremism. ...

SBP injects Rs715bn in market KARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Friday injected Rs. 715 billion into market for seven days through its open market operation (OMO).The rate of accepted return is 5 percent.The total bids offered for this injection were of Rs. 726.5 billion, said an SBP statement.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015

Ports & Shipping Minister condoles death of Justice (R) Rana Bhagwandas KARACHI: Minister for Ports and Shipping, Senator Kamran Michael here on Friday offered his condolences to the bereaved family of Justice (r) Rana Bhagwandas.During his visit to the residence of Kelash Kumar, son of late Justice (r) Rana Bhagwandas, he said demise of the former acting chief justice of the country was a great loss not only for the legal community but also for the nation.Senator Kamran Michael said that it was indeed painful for ...

66 criminals including 60 POs nabbed MULTAN: Police claimed on Friday to have arrested 66 criminals including 60 proclaimed offenders in a drive against anti-social elements across the district.According to police, police conducted raids at various locations and arrested 60 proclaimed offenders who were wanted by police in different cases of dacoity, robbery, theft and other crimes.Police have also apprehended five drug peddlers and one illegal weapon holders and recovered five litre liquor, five pistols and 12 bullets from their possession.Cases ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
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