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MNAs call on PM ISLAMABAD: Members of the National Assembly Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhatti (Sargodha), Rana Zahid Hussain Khan (Pakpattan), Sardar M Shafqat Hayat Khan (Sargodha), Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtyar (Rahimyar Khan) and Umar Ayub Khan (Haripur) separately called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif here at the PM's Chamber in the Parliament House on Monday.Matters relating to infrastructure development and provision of clean drinking water in their constituencies came under discussion during the meetings. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014

SBP issues guidelines to strengthen internal controls in payment instruments KARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has issued the guidelines to banks and micro-finance banks for strengthening internal controls in payment instruments.SBP's has issued these guidelines in view of the inherent operational risks in processing, cancellation and issuance of payment order, demand draft, cash deposit receipt or banker's cheque ( collectively referred as the payment instruments), said SBP release here on Monday.Now, banks/MFBs shall strictly observe the following controls in addition to those already in ...

Speaker announces panel of chairperson for NA 15th session ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Monday announced the name of panel of chairpersons to conduct the proceedings of the 15th session of National Assembly in the absence of Speaker and Deputy Speaker. Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Muhammad Raza Hayat Hiraj, Syed Naveed Qamar, Sahibzada Tariqullah, Naeema Kishwar Khan and Sohail Mansoor would conduct the proceedings of the Lower House of the Parliament in absence of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker. Copyright APP ...

ISE-10 index stays bearish ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Stock Exchange (ISE) on Monday witnessed bearish trend as the ISE-10 index was down by 34.91 points to close at 4132.8 points.A total of 2000 shares were traded, which showed a negative growth of 500 shares, when compared with previous day's trading of 2500 shares.Out of 149 companies, share prices of 38 companies recorded increase while those of 111 companies decreased and no company remained stable in today's trading.The share price of ...

Pakistan, Afghanistan to develop friendly ties in near future ISLAMABAD: Analyst Ghulam Mustafa has said that peace in Afghanistan is very important for the Asian countries especially for Pakistan.Talking to Radio Pakistan, he said that newly elected Afghan President, during his speeches, said that all segments of the country will be brought to mainstream to run the state affairs.Commenting on the Ashraf Ghani's upcoming visit to Pakistan, Ghulam Mustafa said that many outstanding issues including trade and refugees can be addressed, if Afghan President ...

Sale of dry fruit on peak ISLAMABAD: With the advent of winter season, demand of dry fruit has surged in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad where vendors and dry fruits shops displayed fresh supply of variety of dry fruits.In winter dry fruits are an essential part of diet as they offers more advantages over fresh fruits including a longer shelf life and portability.A health expert Asim Sohail talking informed that dried fruits should be eaten in moderation as they contain ...

Poultry has potential for its export to $2bn: VC LAHORE: Poultry products exports of the country can get a major boost if a proper processing system of is evolved on modern lines. This was stated by Vice Chancellor of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Prof. Talat Naseer Pasha while talking to APP on Monday.He said that poultry products have great export potential, upto $ 2 billion per annum, particularly in middle and far east countries, central Asian states and Russia after ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.807 bln
Exports $1.911 bln
Imports $4.718 bln
WeeklyOctober 20, 2014
Reserves $13.436 bln