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60000 miners to press for rights in country wide drive QUETTA: Balochistan's about 60000 coal miners, having denied their due rights since long, have announced to launch a country wide drive to press for a better and well paid working status enshrined by the constitution of the country. The coal miners representative organization National Labour Federation's (NLF) centeral leader Shamsur Rehman Swati on Friday elaborating the campaign said the federation will launch its movement on March,7 by registering a protest against those responsible for Dukki coalmine and Baldia Town incidents. The campaign, he said will be followed by a Labour Convention scheduled to be held in Lahore on March 10 in a demand to press for sufficient safety and security measures at work place for the coal miners.Shamsi said seven coal miners had died inside a mine in Duki area of Balochistan couple of days back due to insufficient safety measures and concerned quarter's cold bloodedness. PML-N Member of National ...

China to import $4 to 5 million jewellery from Pakistan KARACHI: Gems and Jewellery Trade Association of China (GJTAC) here signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with All Pakistan Gems and Jewellery Association (APGJA for import of jewellery and gems from Pakistan valuing dollars 4 to 5 million.The MoU, signed at Expo Centre Karachi on Friday, the second day of 9th ExpoPakistan 2015, is aimed at promoting Pakistan's gems and jewellery in China and for transfer of technology to Pakistan by providing modern machinery for precious ...

Govt urged to pay ST refund immediately KARACHI: Chief Executive Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) S.M.Muneer has said that the business community can convert the mud into gold as Pakistan is very rich in natural resources. Situation is improving, however the government shall have to support the businessmen.Speaking at the first International Textile Conference & Awards 2015 here on Saturday, he urged the government to refund the sales tax (ST) to the businessmen without further delay."If the government refunds this amount ...

PML-N government committed to provide family support under BISP KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League (PML - N) government is committed to provide monetary assistance alongwith family support to the needy women under Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), said its Chairperson and Minister of State, Marvi Memon here on Saturday.Addressing the people at the BISP regional office located in Malir, she said provision for Family Support under BISP is to help women without any compromise to their dignity."BISP is actually the programme of PM Nawaz Sharif ...

Shahbaz, Chinese discuss energy sector    LAHORE: A delegation of Chinese investors associated with energy sector and Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here Sunday discussed prospects of investment in energy sector. Shahbaz Sharif said, there was a great scope of investment in energy sector, adding that facilities were being provided on priority basis for investment in energy sector. While, energy projects were being executed speedily in the province and the programme of generation of energy through coal, hydle, solar and ...

Shahbaz resolves to end energy crisis     LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here Saturday expressed the resolve to overcome energy crisis by completing energy projects expeditiously with missionary zeal for rapid development of Pakistan Chairing a meeting to review progress on energy projects, the Chief Minister said, "We are marching forward seriously for overcoming energy crisis." Shahbaz Sharif said an all-out resources were being utilized for completion of energy projects speedily, as availability of sufficient quantum of energy was vital ...

Shahbaz felicitates new LHCBA       LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here Saturday congratulated newly-elected President Masood Chishti and other office-bearers of the Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA). In a felicitation message, the chief minister has expressed good wishes for office-bearers of the Lahore High Court Bar Association.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
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WeeklyFebruary 26, 2015
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