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Pakistan loses 100,000 lives every year due to cigarette smoking KARACHI: No less than 100,000 people die of smoking induced diseases in the country every year against collection of around Rs.70 billion as sales tax on cigarettes only.Prof. Dr. Javed A Khan, a senior pulmonologist and one of the most prominent campaigners fighting for public right to health and quality life talking to APP Friday said there was urgent need that federal and provincial governments set their priorities right."There is absolutely nothing above or more important than right of any citizen to quality life and healthy environment," he said.Regretting inability of the authorities to resist the pressure of tobacco industry, he said easy availability of smuggled cigarettes has severely jeopardised the life quality of both active smokers and passive smokers.Passive smokers, he mentioned are those who do not smoke but are exposed to smoke due to their presence in an environment, be it a room or any other space where ...

NA offers Fateha for military personnel martyred in helicopter crash ISLAMABAD: National Assembly on Friday offered Fateha for the departed souls of military personnel who were martyred in helicopter crash near Mansehra, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.Minister of State for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Pir Amin ul Hasnant led the Fateha. He prayed Allah Almighty to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved families to bear the loss with equanimity.Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015 ...
OEC sends over 900 workers to South Korea in an year ISLAMABAD: Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC) has sent around 900 workers to South Korea in an year and the process is still continuing.According to official sources, Pakistani workers in South Korea are earning a handsome salary per month.He said that Pakistan has also asked the Human Resource Development Department of South Korea to give an opportunity to our labour in the sector like fisheries, agriculture and construction.Health Ministry of Saudi Arabia recently selected 126 medical doctors ...
Pakistanis, Indian make up 37pc of Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman population ISLAMABAD: Pakistani and Indian expats make up more than a third (37 per cent) of the population of three emirates Dubai, Sharjah, and Ajman according to the latest 2014 statistics provided by Euromonitor International, a market intelligence company.The five most populous nationalities in the three emirates, in the same order, are Indian (25 per cent), Pakistani (12 per cent), Emirati (9 per cent), Bangladeshi (7 per cent), and Filipino (5 per cent), the Gulf News ...
Eight new NADRA online centers being set up abroad: NA informed ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior and Narcotics Control Muhammad Baleegh-ur-Rehman on Friday informed the National Assembly that National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) will set up its new online centers in different countries to facilitate overseas Pakistanis.The authority would equip the centers with required staff and machinery for extending maximum facilities to expatriate Pakistanis in getting National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistan (NICOP) and Pakistan Origin Card (POC), he said during the question-hour.To a ...
Polio to be eradicated permanently by 2016: Minister QUETTA: Minister of State for Health, Saira Afzal Tarar has said that the federal government has been providing Rs 100 million for Reproductive and Child and Maternal Health in Balochistan, adding that polio virus would be eradicated on permanent basis by 2016.She along with Provincial Health Minister, Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch was addressing a press conference at the Balochsitan Assembly premises, here on Friday. She said "We are going to initiate Prime Minister Insurance Health ...
PM's policy gave a way forward in political crisis: Minister ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanvir Hussain has said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's reconciliation policy in political crisis have helped the country to move forward and caused strengthening of democracy.Talking to Radio Pakistan, Rana Tanvir Hussain said that after coming into power, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been playing the role of "statesman".He said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif always took those decisions which were in favor of people of Pakistan as well ...


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.378 bln
Exports $2.016 bln
Imports $4.394 bln
WeeklyAugust 27, 2015
Reserves $18.509 bln