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Govt committed to provide relief to masses  LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that recent record reduction in prices of petroleum products by the federal government was a commendable decision.In a handout issued here on Saturday, he said that substantial decrease in the prices of petroleum products was an excellent gift of the PML-N government for the people. He said that continuous decrease in the prices of petroleum products was a clear proof of people-friendly policies of the government. The chief minister vowed that no effort will be spared for providing benefit of decrease in the prices of petroleum products to the masses. He said that the prices of essential items and transport fares will be reduced in proportionate to the decrease in the price of petroleum products.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015

CM takes notice of aerial firing LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday while taking notice of news regarding aerial firing during a function in Gujranwala has sought a report from IG Police Punjab and ordered investigation into the incident. The chief minister directed the relevant authorities that persons involved in aerial firing should be arrested and indiscriminate action be taken against them as per law.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015

AMISP issues rates of commodities LAHORE: Agriculture Marketing Information Service Punjab (AMISP) issued rates of different agriculture products as per 100 kg in local market on Saturday.Rice (Super Karnal Basmati New) minimum Rs 8500 and maximum Rs 9500, white sugar minimum 5120 and maximum Rs 5120, white gram minimum Rs 5800 and maximum Rs 6000, Red Chili Whole (Dry) minimum Rs 22000 maximum Rs 24000.Potato Fresh minimum Rs 1800 and maximum Rs 2000, Onion minimum Rs 1500 and maximum Rs ...

Cool night forecast for Karachi KARACHI: The Meteorological Department Saturday forecast dry weather with cool night and hazy/misty morning for Karachi during the next 24 hours.According to the Met Office the minimum temperature in the city is likely to remain between 10 and 12 degrees centigrade.Mainly cold/very cold and dry weather is expected to prevail in Sindh and Balochistan region.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015

CM visits injured blast victims in hospitals SUKKUR: Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah on Saturday visited the government and private hospitals of Sukkur and inquired after those injured in Shikarpur blast on Friday.He went to each patient and inquired about his well-being.The Chief Minister directed the hospital administrations to provide best possible treatment facilities to the injured free-of-cost.The CM appealed to the people including political, religious and civil society leaders to unite for the sake of the country by setting ...

Wasan assures all possible help to victims' families KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Anti Corruption Manzoor Hussain Wasan has said that every possible assistance will be provided to the families of the vitims of Shikarpur tragedy, said a statement issued here on Saturday.He said that Sindh government will take the culprits of Shikarpur tragedy to their logical end.He also postponed his schedule meeting with anti corruption officials to express solidarity with families of blast victims.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015

Cold, partly cloudy weather forecast for Quetta QUETTA: The Met Office has forecast a cold and partly cloudy weather for the provincial capital on Sunday.The highest maximum temperature is likely between 16 to 20 Centigrade and the lowest minimum is expected between -02 to 01 Centigrade.The cold and partly cloudy weather has been forecast for rest of the region.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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WeeklyJanuary 25, 2015
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