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Nawabshah remains closed as a sign of mourning for Peshawar victims NAWABSHAH: Nawabshah city on Wednesday remained closed on the first day of three-day of mourning, people from various walks of life strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Army Public school, Peshawar.People were seen grieved over the unfortunate and tragic incident, which claimed large number of innocent lives.All business centers, markets, shopping centers and shops remained closed, however, traffic plying between Karachi, Hyderabad, Sanghar, Moro and other destinations continued as usual but with thin number of passengers. Banks, offices and educational institutions remained open with thin attendance.Local political figures strongly condemned the cowardly attack on innocent students by terrorist.Meanwhile, Namaz-e-Janaza in absentia was arranged under the auspices of Jamaat-e-Islami that was attended by hundreds of citizens and school children.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014

ICT Private Schools to remain closed on Dec 18 ISLAMABAD: All private schools of Islamabad Capital Territory would remain close on December 18 (Thursday) to express solidarity with the aggrieved families of victims of Army Public School (APS) Peshawar carnage.Talking to APP, President Private Schools Network (PSN), Dr Muhammad Afzal Babar said, the decision to close down the schools for a day was taken after having meeting with all the private associations.He said the schools were opened today and the students, teachers and staff ...

Waseela-e-Taleem Initiative to enrol 1.5mn children in primary schools ISLAMABAD: Waseela-e-Taleem Initiative of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) would target an enrollment of 1.5 million children in primary schools of 32 districts around the country during the next two years.The registration of children under the Waseela-e-Taleem initiative would commence during the next month, an official of BISP informed.The programme, recently picking up the pace, has provided fresh Debit Cards to over 70,000 beneficiaries for receiving quarterly cash benefits of Rs. 4500.BISP has released Rs. ...

Muslim envoys observe silence for victims of terrorists attack ISLAMABAD: Ambassadors of many Muslim countries stood in silence for one minute to express solidarity with victims of Peshawar terrorists attack at a reception hosted by Bahrain's Ambassador to Pakistan Mohammad Ebrahim Mohammad Abdulqader at a hotel here late Tuesday. They prayed for the departed souls on the occasion and expressed condolences with the bereaved families.Bahrain ambassador hosted the reception to celebrate national day of his country. Federal Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Mian Riaz Husain ...

Pakistan urges stronger African Union-United Nations partnership for regional peace UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has stressed the importance of building a stronger partnership between the African Union and the United Nations in conflict prevention and resolution, rapid response to emerging crises, and peace-building."We are deeply committed to collective efforts to strengthen peacekeeping through regional partnerships," Ambassador Masood Khan, Pakistan's permanent representative to the UN, told the Security Council on Tuesday.Speaking in a high-level debate on the 'UN-AU Partnership and its Evolution', he reiterated Pakistan's commitment to ...

FIR of Peshawar school attack registered PESHAWAR: The Police have registered first information report (FIR) against unknown terrorists that attacked students and teachers at army public school on Tuesday at Warsak Road and expanded circle of investigation.According to Police, the case has been registered at the Counter Terrorism Department Police Station under anti terrorism act. Terrorism, murder, attempt to murder sections were incorporated in the case under the relevant laws. Police have formed a high level committee to probe the case. ...

PED release Rs25.15mn for district BAHAWALPUR: Punjab Education Department (PED) has released supplementary grant of Rs 25.15 million for District Education Department Bahawalpur for non-salary budget.According to official sources, grant of Rs 591.6 million has been released to 18 districts of the province including Rahim Yar Khan.The grant will be utilized for expenditures other than salary. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014


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ICT 2014

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.309 bln
Exports $1.957 bln
Imports $4.266 bln
WeeklyDecember 15, 2014
Reserves $13.922 bln