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Poor children to be provided Rs 250 for acquiring education: Mamnoon THATTA: President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain announced on Saturday that every poor child aged between four to 12 years would be provided Rs 250 monthly for the acquisition of education.While addressing an inauguration ceremony of Benazir Income Support Program (BISP) Waseela-e-Taleem at Makli, Hussain said that 6.7 million children are deprived of education but this scheme will help them in eradicating illiteracy rate through providing education to deprived children.‘Crime rate and extremism have increased due to poverty and ignorance; however, living standard of the people would be made high by providing benefit from this scheme to poor people,’ the president said.He said that Pakistan is facing major issues like poverty, ignorance, lawlessness, terrorism, extremism and load shedding, adding poor children would be provided opportunities to acquire education. ‘The government is offering full chances for the social and economic development through its different schemes like Benazir Income Support Program,’ he said.Meanwhile, ...

EC notifies schedule for by-polls on NA-218 HYDERABAD: The By-election on the NA-218 seat which fell vacant after the recent demise of Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarian's Chairman Makhdoom Ameen Fahim will be held on January 18, 2016.The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had notified the by-polls and a copy of the notice had been delivered to the Regional Election Commission of Hyderabad, said a press release issued by Sindh Information Department. According to the schedule, the nomination papers would be issued and ...

Education only way to eliminate problems: Saad Rafique LAHORE: Minister for Pakistan Railways (PR) Khawaja Saad Rafique Saturday said that government is establishing new educational institutions and it is the responsibility of parents to equip their children with education.He stated this while talking to media, after inaugurating new building of Government Girls School at Chung Khurd area.He said that the role of parents for equipping children with education was vital because this would enable the children to play their due role in the ...

CM urges newly reshuffled ministers to serve people selflessly KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, has said that the newly reshuffled cabinet members have been given target to serve the people of the province selflessly."The performance of the ministers would be assessed after three month."This he said while talking to the newly reshuffled cabinet members who called on him at the CM House here on Saturday.Those who called on him were Senior Minister for Education and Parliamentary Affairs, Nisar Khuhro, Local Government ...

Rangers arrests 17 suspects in targeted raids KARACHI: Pakistan Rangers, Sindh has arrested 17 suspects in separate raids in different areas of the city during last 24 hours.The Rangers spokesman said on Saturday that the suspects including target killers were arrested from Ittehad Town, Lee Market and Shah Faisal Colony areas.The weapons were also recovered from them.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015

Sikh show interest for investment in agri sector: Siddiqul Farooq LAHORE: Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Muhammad Siddiqal Farooq Saturday said Sikh delegates had showed keen interest for investment in the housing and agriculture sectors.Speaking at a press conference here, he said the ETPB would consider to provide land to the Sikh investors as per its laws.Pardhan Pakistan Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee Sardar Shahm Singh, Secretary Board Ikarmul Haq and Additional Secretary Shrines Khalid Ali were also present.He said unprecedented number of Sikh pilgrims ...

Met Office forecast dry, fair weather for Karachi in next 24 hrs KARACHI: The Met Office has forecast fair and dry weather with cool night in Karachi during the next 24 hours.The range of minimum temperature in Karachi would remain between 13 to 14 degrees Centigrade during the period, it was further pointed out.The maximum temperature recorded in Karachi on Saturday was 30.5 degree centigrade whereas the minimum temperature recorded in the city today was 14 degrees Centigrade.Humidity in the morning (at eight a.m.) was 64 percent ...


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Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.197 bln
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WeeklyNovember 30, 2015
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