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Pakistan - Politics & Policy

BISP embarks upon social mobilisation countrywide KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) government through the platform of Benazir Income Support Programme has embarked upon an ambitious nationwide scheme for social mobilisation and financial literacy of deserving women across the country as per BISP surveyed database, said State Minister and BISP Chairperson, MNA Marvi Memon on Sunday.Addressing a large meeting attended by the social mobilisers and BISP officials from Thatta, Malir and Sajawal districts, she said Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif is absolutely committed towards strengthening BISP so as to streamline empowerment of poverty stricken women of the country."For the very purpose a pragmatic approach has been adopted to ensure that optimum number of deserving women on BISP database genuinely benefit," she said.MNA Marvi Memon said it is not only that the support money has been raised for deserving women from Rs 1000/-to Rs 1200/ and then to Rs 1500 by the PML (N) government but equal attention is ...

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Mushahid Ullah Khan calls for tapping massive clean energy potential ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan has said that renewable energy, which is clean and environment-friendly, is future of Pakistan."Pakistan is abundantly replete with the renewable energy sources, which can help the country cope with deepening energy crises and pave the way for achieving sustainable development goals," the minister underlined.In a press statement issued here on Sunday in the context of the Earth Hour event observed across the world including Pakistan, ...

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CM approves Rs 150bn Khadim-e-Punjab Rural Roads Programme LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, while chairing a high-level meeting on Saturday, approved a three-year 'Khadim-e-Punjab Rural Roads Programme' worth Rs 150 billion for construction and rehabilitation of roads in rural areas of the province. In the first phase, he said, 255 roads of an accumulative length of 2100KM would be constructed and rehabilitated at a cost of Rs 15 billion during current financial year, and all the roads would be carpeted 12 ...

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Shahbaz says school reforms' result encouraging LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said on Saturday that Punjab Schools Reforms Roadmap (PSRR) was yielding encouraging results, as attendance of teachers and students, and educational facilities improved substantially. Chairing a meeting to review the PSRR here, the chief minister expressed satisfaction over the pace of implementation on the programme. While, Department for International Development (DFID) UK, Special Representative Sir Michael Barber gave a detailed briefing on the roadmap. Like Punjab Health Reforms ...

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PTI and JI forms committee for LG election ABBOTTABAD: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) on Saturday formed a committee for the selection of suitable candidates for forthcoming local government elections in Abbottabad.According to the details, committee comprising KPK information minister Mushataq Ahmed Ghani, Ali Ashgar Khan and Sardar Sher Bahadur from PTI and Abdul Razzaq Abbassi, Saeed Abbassi and Mahboob Elahi from JI to decide the contestants in district Abbottabad.The committee will also make a joint strategy for the selection of candidates ...

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Law underway to localize You Tube; NA informed ISLAMABAD: National Assembly was informed on Friday that legislation is underway to localize You Tube in Pakistan to check blasphemous material and avoid future resentment against the website.Minister of State for Information Technology Anousha Rehman told the House during Question Hour that a draft bill is with National Assembly's Standing Committee on IT and once this bill is passed by the Parliament the government shall pursue Google to give Pakistan rights to locally manage it.She ...

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Reply sought from govt on pleas against non-party elections LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Thursday seeking reply from federal and provincial governments on petitions challenging local body elections in Cantonment Boards on non-party basis and other connected matters summoned attorney general of Pakistan for April 3.The court also directed petitioners who had challenged non-party elections to approach the Apex Court.Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah passed the orders while hearing eight-petitions filed by Naeem Ahmad and others.Earlier, the petitioner's counsel arguing before the court submitted ...