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LG polls: Nomination papers filing process for phase-III starts in Sindh, Punjab ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has started receiving nomination papers for the third phase of Local Government (LG) elections in Punjab and Sindh scheduled to be held on December 3.A news channel quoting an Election Commission official on Saturday reported that nomination papers could be filed by Wednesday (Oct 3 to 7).Scrutiny of nomination papers will begin from Thursday and final list of the candidates will be issued on November, 7.12 districts in Punjab including Layyah, Rajanpur, D.G.Khan, Muzaffargarh, Jhang, Khushab, Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Narowal, Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur and Multan, will go for the local government elections in third phase.In Sindh, the local polls will be held in six districts of Karachi including Karachi West, Karachi East, Karachi South, Karachi Central, Korangi and Malir. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015 ...

In demise of Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, Pakistan lost a beacon of intellect, wisdom: Pervaiz ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid has expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Justice (r) Javed Iqbal.In his condolence message, the minister said that in his death Pakistan has lost a beacon of intellect and wisdom.During his life, Javed Iqbal gave authentic explanation of Iqbal's poetry in its true spirit.The minister said that the deceased was an enlightened person, who throughout his life fought against ...
Child Immunization Program to switch bivalent polio vaccine: Saira Tarrar ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar endorsed the national plan of switching from trivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (tOPV) to bivalent Oral Polio Vaccine (bOPV) in the Routine Immunization schedule of the EPI.Reviewing the Switch Plan in a meeting the minister said Tuesday, we are moving one step ahead in unison with the global strategy for polio eradication; with the switch from tOPV to bOPV in the Routine ...
Sahiwal Coal Power Project to start generation from 2017: Shahbaz ISLAMABAD: Chief Minister (CM) Punjab Shahbaz Sharif Tuesday said Sahiwal Coal Power Project would start generating electricity from 2017.Speaking during a visit to 1320 megawatt coal power project at Qadirabad in Sahiwal, he said the project was an important programme of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a news channel reported.He said two coal power projects of 660 megawatt were being set up in Sahiwal. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015 ...
President for broad-based ties with Norway ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Tuesday underscored Pakistan's desire to build a broad-based, substantive and long-term relationship with Norway in all fields including trade, economy and culture.The President stated this in a meeting with the country's ambassador-designate to Norway Ms. Riffat Masood, who called on him here at Aiwan-e-Sadr.The President expressed hope that the ambassador-designate would make all out efforts towards further strengthening the friendly ties between Pakistan and Norway.The President emphasized that the importance attached ...
Imran to visit NA-122 on Wednesday LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan will visit constituency NA-122 and PP-147 to address corner meetings on Wednesday ahead of scheduled by-election on October 11. Top leadership of the party including Punjab Organiser Ch Muhammad Sarwar, Shafqat Mahmood, Umar Sarfaraz Cheema, candidates Abdul Aleem Khan and Shoaib Siddiqui will be present on the occasion. According to party source, PTI has finalised the strategy to contest by-polls for NA-122 and PP-147 in Lahore and door ...
CM for starting crushing season from October 10 KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has directed the Agriculture department to take necessary measures to start forthcoming crushing season from October 10 and start holding meetings with growers and sugar millers to forge consensus for fixing the cane price.The decision was taken by the Chief Minister here Wednesday while presiding over a meeting of Agriculture department in which he was given presentation on Annual Development Programme (ADP) and World Bank project of ...


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Foreign Debt $62.649bn
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