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Pakistan to observe 100th anniversary of poet Maulana Hali ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal Wednesday reviewed arrangements to observe the 100th death anniversary of the legendary poet Maulana Altaf Hussain Hali all across the country.Chairing a meeting to finalize events on the 100th Death Anniversary of the legendary poet Maulana Altaf Hussain Hali, he asked various organizations to arrange programmes, seminars and other activities to mark the day.He asked the Pakistan Post to finalize the design of postal stamp with the Hali's poetry printed on it along with his picture.Prof. Ahsan Iqbal asked the Secretary Information to air series of programs on the legend poet on PTV besides making documentary on his Mussaddas."Academy of Letter should arrange a conference on this occasion", he said added that it should also write letters to the education secretaries of all four provinces to organize Mushairas and speech competition on Maulana Altaf Hussain Hali in schools."We will ...

Shipping activity at Port Qasim KARACHI: Four ships C.V Maersk Kingston, C.V Hanjin Sandiego, M.T Jipro Neftts and M.T Lahore carrying containers, palm oil and furnace oil were allotted berths at Qasim International Container Terminal, Liquid Cargo Terminal and FOTCO Oil Terminal respectively at Port Qasim on Tuesday.Meanwhile another ship carrying containers also arrived at outer anchorage of Port Qasim during last 24 hours.Berth occupancy was observed at the port at 36% on Tuesday, where five ships namely ships C.V ...

APC acknowledges govt efforts to eliminate terrorism: Marvi ISLAMABAD: Chairperson of the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting Marvi Memon said on Wednesday the All Parties Conference (APC) acknowledged the serious efforts being made by government to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country.Talking to a private news channel, she said presence of the country's top political leadership, including Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, at the APC in Peshawar showed the determination of the government to eliminate terrorists.Marvi said that ...

SC rejects petitions challenging ET's decision ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday canceled the petitions challenging the decision by Election Tribunal.A three-member bench led by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk announced his decision regarding the petition against the Election Tribunal's decision.The bench observed that the court doesn't have the authority to declare Election Tribunal's decision void.The petitions were filed by Sheikh Rasheed, Raza Hayat, Muhammad Riaz Malik, Afzal Khokhar and others. The court rejected the petitions stating that the interim decision ...

ISE-10 index stays bearish ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Stock Exchange (ISE) on Wednesday witnessed bearish trend as the ISE-10 index was down by 40.86 points to close at 3727.57 points.According to the ISE data, a total of 24,800 shares were traded, which showed a positive growth of 17,100 shares, when compared with previous day's trading of 7,000 shares.Out of 145 companies, share prices of 59 companies recorded increase while those of 86 companies witnessed decrease.The share price of Ferozsons Laboratories ...

Wasan visits Sukkur jail, checks security measures SUKKUR: Sindh Prisons Minister, Manzoor Hussain Wasan visited the Central Jail Sukkur to review the security arrangements here on Wednesday.During his visit to Central Jail the minister reviewed security arrangements and went round different barracks and protection wall.On the occasion, he also enquired the prisoners regarding food quality and medical facilities being provided to them. Manzoor Hussain Wasan directed the jail officials to beef up security of the jail. Talking to mediamen, Minister said that ...

Pak-China trade volume touches $12.8bn mark in 10 months: Envoy ISLAMABAD: Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong Wednesday said trade volume between Pakistan and China was registered at $ 12.8 billion during the last 10 months, showing 10 percent increase than the corresponding period of last year.Addressing students and faculty members during his visit to the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), he said that Pak-China relations were an example for the other countries. "Our friendship is stronger than iron friendship and it's based on mutual ...


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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 18, 2014
Reserves $14.04 bln