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Govt spending Rs2bn on welfare of working class: Sarwar LAHORE: Labour Minister Punjab, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar Friday said the PML-N government is pursuing a revolutionary agenda of serving masses and ensure participation of the poor in the development process.Talking to various labourers' delegations at his office, he said the dream of rapid progress and development could not materialize without promotion of education and provision of modern health cover.He said that an effective strategy has been adopted for poverty alleviation and resolving the problems of deprived segments of the society under which welfare programmes have been initiated throughout the province.He said in view of rising unemployment, Sarwar said dozens of schemes have already been initiated under which soft term loans were being provided to skilled jobless people, adding that a huge amount of Rs 2 billion were earmarked for the welfare of working people.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014 ...

Independence Day celebrated in Turkey ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Embassy in Ankara, Turkey celebrated 68th Independence Day of Pakistan.Ambassador of Pakistan, Muhammad Haroon Shaukat hoisted a national flag at the tune of national anthem in presence of Pakistani community, students and Embassy officials.At a ceremony, students of Pakistan Embassy School (PEISG) in Ankara performed and sung national anthem and patriotic songs.Ambassador Haroon Shaukat read out messages of President and Prime Minister on the occasion and said Pakistani leadership has a strong desire ...
Training about risks in use of sub-standard CNG cylinders KARACHI: Around 300 officials and personnel of traffic police and Motor Vehicle Examiners (MVEs) were imparted special training about the risks and danger involved in use of sub- standard CNG cylinders in the vehicles.They were attending the three-day workshop organised keeping in view the incidents of CNG cylinder blasts, said a statement on Friday.The training workshop was supervised by the Hydro Carbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP).Specified awareness about sub-standard CNG cylinder and dangers as ...
Scattered showers likely in Lahore, Faisalabad, Malakand, other divisions LAHORE: Fairly widespread thunder showers with isolated heavy rain is expected over Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Peshawar and Kohat divisions along with Kashmir during next 24 hours.However, scattered thunder showers with isolated heavy falls are expected over Lahore, Faisalabad, Malakand, Hazara and DI Khan divisions, said a Met report issued here Friday.It was learnt that scattered thunder showers are expected over Bajaur, Mohmand, Waziristan Agencies and Gilgit-Baltistan. Meanwhile, all the major rivers are flowing below low ...
Four terrorists killed in Khyber Agency KHYBER AGENCY: At least four terrorists were killed when security forces ambushed them in Soor Dand area of Bara Tehsil in Khyber Agency here on Friday.According to security sources, the clash took place in Bara Tehsil of Khyber Agency when terrorists were planning to launch a bomb attack in the area.Reports said terrorists were shifting explosives from one vehicle to another when security forces ambushed them. In hurry the terrorists could not properly handle the ...
Altaf Hussain appeals Qadri not to enter designated red zone in Islamabad KARACHI: The founder and leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain has appealed to Pakistan Awami Tehreek Chief, Dr Tahirul Qadri to maintain his march towards Islamabad peaceful and also ensure that it does not cross the Zero-Point and enter into the red zone.In a statement on Friday, he said that since the federal government has showed maturity and wisdom in resolving the blockade issue it was now the PAT responsibility to ensure that ...
Flag hoisting ceremony at MQM Central Punjab office KARACHI: The flag hoisting ceremony was organised at MQM Central Punjab head-office in Lahore on the occasion of 68th Independence Day.The members MQM Rabita Committee Syed Aminul Haq, Wasim Akhtar, Iftikhar Randhava and Abdul Haseeb hoisted the national flag.They prayed for the progress and prosperity of the country, said a statement issued by MQM here on Friday.They also prayed for good health and long life of MQM chief Altaf Hussain while President MQM-Central Punjab Amir ...


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