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TDAP measures helped to increase surgical exports SIALKOT: Chairman Surgical Instruments Manufacturers Association of Pakistan (SIMAP), Tahir Ashfaq Friday said that export of surgical instruments has increased considerably due to effective measures adopted by Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), alongside individual efforts of local business community."A delegation of surgical manufacturers and exporters will visit South Africa in May this year for exploring the market and assessing the demand of surgical instruments", he disclosed.In an interview with APP, he said TDAP was making adequate efforts to enhance export of surgical instruments and was organising trade exhibitions in various countries."Export of surgical instruments is US $ 365 million and local industry is producing 120 million surgical instruments, while 1.5 million workers were engaged with this industry", he said.The SIMAP chairman said that Pakistani surgical instruments' demand is increasing, especially in Ethiopia and other African countries. He said establishment of Common Facility Centre (CFC) was direly needed to facilitate ...

5.4-magnitude earthquake hits Mansehra ISLAMABAD: A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck northwest Pakistan early Friday, injuring at least five people and causing minor damage, officials and seismologists said.The quake hit 37 kilometres (23 miles) north-northeast of the city of Mansehra, the US Geological Survey said.It was followed by two aftershocks with a magnitude of 3.2 and 4, Pakistan's meteorological department said.The quake was also felt in surrounding towns and districts, including the capital Islamabad and in parts of Azad Kashmir.Zarif Ul ...

Saira vows to make country polio, measles-free ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for National Health Saira Afzal Tarar Thursday vowed to make the country polio and measles-free, saying that vaccination against the crippling and lethal diseases was being ensured in every nook and cranny of the country.Talking to PTV, she said the government achieved access in all sensitive areas where vaccination drives could not be carried out due to law and order situation. There was just need of launching quality drives to defeat ...

Pb govt decides to introduce reforms in Prosecution Deptt LAHORE: The Punjab government has decided to introduce reforms in the Prosecution Department for speedy disposal of cases.This was decided in a meeting, presided over by Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here on Thursday, to review steps taken in the province under the National Action Plan (NAP). The meeting expressed its satisfaction in this regard and also discussed proposal to give additional incentives and promotion to the prosecutors on the basis of their efficiency.Addressing ...

Measures approved to promote information technology in Punjab LAHORE: A meeting, presided over by Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, on Thursday gave approval to various important measures for the promotion of information technology in the province.The meeting decided in principle to launch "Khadim-e- Punjab Metro Wi-Fi Network Programme" in Punjab and also granted approval to the programme of giving tablets to teachers of mathematics and science subjects from Class-VI to X. Boy and girl students of Class V to VIII of public ...

LHC sets aside appointment of Akhtar Nawaz as DG PSB LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Thursday set aside an appointment of Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera as director general ,Pakistan Sports Board (PSB).Justice Mirza Viqas Rauf passed the orders while allowing a petition filed by Zainul Aziz khan Babar challenging the appointment of Akhtar Nawaz.Earlier, the petitioner's counsel submitted that the PPP government appointed Akhtar Nawaz as DG PSB in violation of merit in 2011. He said the respondent DG did not have required experience and education ...

Govt urged to take notice of substandard LPG's import LAHORE: LPG Association of Pakistan (LPGAP) has urged the government to take cognizance of the import of low quality, spurious and adulterated LPG to avoid any untoward incident. Association's Chairman Farooq Iftikhar in a statement said that some unscrupulous importers were selling low quality and cheaper LPG and playing with the lives of the people beside wasting foreign exchange and loss of tax revenue for the government. Why is this happening? Today a lot of ...


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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 $-1.703 bln
Exports $2.156 bln
Imports $3.859 bln
WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
Reserves $15.944 bln