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Govt to ensure merit: Ahsan Iqbal LAHORE: Federal Minister for Planning ,Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday said it was top priority of the PML-N government to ensure merit and eliminate corruption from the departments.Addressing a seminar organized by the Project Management Institute at Royal Palm, he said it was need of the hour to put in place special steps to get benefits from resources by developing human resource to put the country on way to progress and prosperity.He added that an increase in the value of rupee and other economic successes were results of comprehensive economic policies of the PML-N government.The minister said that national economy was going on in a right direction owing to economic policies of the government, adding that economic stability was due to political stability and consistent policies of the government.Project Management Institute Director, Dr Rizwan and others also spoke.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014

Tariq again appointed as Chairman of FPCCI Standing Committee KARACHI: Tariq Haleem has been appointed as Chairman of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry Standing Committee on Ports & Shipping.This is the fourth consecutive year that Tariq Haleem has been appointed as Chairman of FPCCI's Standing Committee on Ports & Shipping.Tariq Haleem is the younger son of the illustrious and highly respected educationist Prof. A.B.A. Haleem (late), who was the Pro Vice Chancellor of Aligarh University, he was also the founder ...

28 accused nabbed MULTAN: Police claimed on Saturday to have arrested 28 criminals including five proclaimed offenders.According to police, the proclaimed offenders included Akhtar Hussain, Abdul Ghafoor, Manzoor, Junaid and Akram. They were wanted in many cases of robbery, theft and other crimes, police added.During the crack down, police also apprehended seven illegal weapon holders, two drug peddlers while seized five pistols, one repeater, a carbine, four litre liquor and 110 gram hashish.Six gamblers and eight motorcyclists were ...

Shipping activity at Port Qasim KARACHI: Five ships arrived at port to load/offload containers at QICT, furnace oil at FOTCO, phosphoric acid at EVTL, on Friday.Berth occupancy was maintained at 50 percent at the port on Friday where four ships namely M.V KPS-I Alican Bey - Powership, M.V MSC Levina, M.V Hansa Africa, M.V Rio Dela Plata, M.T Quetta, M.T Jipro Nefitis are currently occupying berths to load/offload containers, furnace oil, palm oil, phosphoric acid.Cargo handing operations were carried out ...

IP rights crucial for competitive economy: DG IPO ISLAMABAD: Director General Intellectual Property Organization (IPO) Aamir Hassan Saturday said intellectual property rights were crucial for competitive economy in the backdrop of ongoing globalization.A comprehensive strategy and action plan regarding IP rights has been finalized and sent to the Cabinet Division for approval, he said in a statement."Media can play pivotal role in raising awareness of the menace of counterfeiting and piracy affecting the rights of consumers and investors," he added.The Director General said ...

Seminar on counter-terrorism on Monday ISLAMABAD: Center for Research and Security Studies will hold a seminar on `Rule of Law and Counter-Terrorism: Roles of Public and Private Sector' on Monday at 2.30 pm here at a local hotel.The seminar is being held connection with the CRSS' ongoing campaign for advocacy and creating awareness for rule of law among the masses, said a news release issued here on Saturday.The speakers from diverse backgrounds will include Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Federal Minister ...

POB organizes 394 free eye camps ISLAMABAD: The Prevention of Blindness (POB) Trust has organized 394 free eye camps in which 1,000,502 patients have been examined and 100,621 surgeries performed in the country and abroad, since its inception.The trust was established in 2007 with the sole mission of preventing blindness and preserving sight.The POB Trust, a project of Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA), is also striving towards human resource mobilization, training workshops and advocacy with all stakeholders, PIMA spokesman Abdul Wadood ...


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