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LHC extends stay against increase in gas prices LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Monday extended stay against 14 percent increase in the price of the gas.The single bench comprising Justice Mirza Viqas Rauf passed the orders while hearing a petition challenging the recent increase in the gas prices.The court extended the stay after Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority's (OGRA) counsel sought time to file detailed reply in the matter.The petitioner through his petition submitted that the OGRA had increased the prices of gas by 14 percent on request of the Gas Companies.He said that the OGRA approved the hike in the prices without holding any public hearing which was a mandatory requirement for the purpose.The petitioner contended that the step was illegal and unconstitutional.He pleaded the court to set aside notification for 14 percent hike in the gas prices. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015 ...

SC disposes of Saad's plea against interim orders of tribunal LAHORE: A two-member bench of the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition filed by Federal Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique against an interim order of election tribunal in NA-125 case, after declaring it ineffective.The division bench headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the matter which was filed in 2014.During the hearing, Saad's counsel Najeeb Chaudhry apprised the bench that the tribunal had already decided the matter and now the appeal was pending before the ...
CM enhances women's quota in govt jobs KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, has decided to increase the quota of women in government jobs from 5 to 7 percent with immediate effect.He also directed the Chief Secretary Sindh to implement it strictly. "It was the dream and mission of our leader Shaheed Mohterma Benazir Bhutto to empower women and my government is committed to fulfill it in true letter and spirit."The CM Sindh took this decision while presiding over a ...
Govt to take action against corruption at district level: Pervez Khattak PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has warned that the provincial government was keeping vigilant eye on district government departments as well through Anti Corruption department and other sources to check menace of corruption. Complaints regarding corrupt practices in government departments at district level are being received, he disclosed. He was addressing the participants of a meeting of the heads of all government departments of district Nowshera held at CM Secretariat on Monday. The ...
Govt to eradicate polio: Sara Tarar KARACHI: Minister of State for National Health and Services, Regulation and Coordination, Sara Afzal Tarar on Monday said that her ministry is committed to eradicating polio virus from Pakistan. She said that for controlling the crippling virus there was further need of improved and concerted efforts and for that Centre and Provinces were eandeavouring hard. Drawing more attention to Karachi for preventing the virus as the city had become a spreading source to other areas, ...
Rs45bn spent on development schemes: Rana Sanaullah FAISALABAD: Provincial Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah Khan Monday said the Punjab government had spent Rs 45 billion on various development projects in the district. He said this while addressing a get-together of newly elected chairmen of city and district councils at Sidhupur here. He said the amount was spent on projects including Canal Express Way, Jhal Chowk Under Pass, Children Hospital, Government General Hospital Haseeb Shaheed Colony and Water Supply Project. He expressed the ...
BISP taking care of 5.15 million women: Marvi Memon ISLAMABAD: Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Chairperson Marvi Memon has said that the programme is taking care of about 5.15 million women.Speaking at a function in Lahore, she said efforts are being made to empower and educate women for development of the country.She said the programme is one of the five biggest social security networks in the world. It will help alleviate poverty and ensure equity among all provinces. She said the government believes in ...


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