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 Fog disrupts normal life at most cities in Punjab LAHORE: Thick fog enveloped various areas of Punjab on Wednesday morning as the weather turned frosty disrupting the routine life of citizens.According to local media reports, the flow of traffic was disrupted due to fog as motorway was closed for traffic from Sheikhupura to Pindi Bhattian. National Highway also underwent an interruption in the traffic system. The Motorway Police has advised the general public to avoid unnecessary travelling due to very low visibility in dense fog areas. Drivers have been advised to use fog lights to avoid any mishap or accidents.Cold and dry weather is expected in remaining parts of the country. Foggy conditions are expected in plain areas of Punjab and upper Sindh during morning hours.More rain with snowfall over the hills is likely at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Peshawar, Mardan divisions, FATA, Islamabad, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan during next twelve hours.Copyright Business Recorder, 2017 ...

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CM takes notice of burning of girl LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday took notice of the incident of burning of a two and a half years old girl in Pattoki and sought a report from DPO Kasur.The Chief Minister ordered arrest of the accused involved in the incident.Shehbaz Sharif said that action should be taken as per law against the culprits. He ordered provision of best treatment facilities to the girl.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2017 ...

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PM's National Health Insurance Programme to be expanded: CM LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif presided over a meeting here on Tuesday which decided to expand the scope of Prime Minister National Health Insurance Programme to all the districts of the province. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that National Health Insurance Programme of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was an excellent step for providing treatment to less-privileged segments of the society and that programme would be speedily implemented in Punjab. He ...

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BISP biggest welfare project of South Asia: Marvi ISLAMABAD: Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Marvi Memon Tuesday said the BISP was one of the biggest people welfare project of South Asia.Talking to PTV, she said the BISP was providing financial assistance to 5.4 million deserving women to financially empower them and reduce poverty ratio from the country.She said, "The government has allocated huge funds for the BISP beneficiaries to provide them financial relief as per vision of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif."She ...

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Shakeel Afridi getting fair trial ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed Tuesday that a US spy agency aide Shakeel Afridi was getting fair trial for the crime he had committed against national interest of Pakistan.Responding to a calling attention notice, Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid informed the Upper House on behalf of the Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs that Shakeel Afridi was arrested on charges of anti-state activities in May 2012 and was awarded 33 years ...

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Private schools in Sindh seeks more winter vacations With the dropping temperature and increasing cold weather in Sindh, Private school management has requested schools to extend their winter vacations for another week. Government and private educational institutions in Punjab and Sindh reopened on Monday (January 2) after 10-day winter vacations. But, the current cold waves in different parts of Sindh has caused fall of attendance by 40 percent. All Private Schools Management Association (APSMA) has requested schools to give either a one-week holiday ...

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Government mulling various names to fill post of FBR chief RECORDER REPORTISLAMABAD: The government is considering different names to fill the post of the new Chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) as the incumbent Chairman Nisar Mohammad Khan will be retiring on January 18, 2017. Sources said name of the new FBR chairman is being finalised by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar with the approval of the Prime Minister. At present, there is no possibility of granting any extension in the tenure of existing ...