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ECP issues schedule for by-poll in PK 95 ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan on Thursday announced to hold by-election in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa constituency PK-95 Lower Dir-II on May 07, 2015.This seat of provincial assembly had fallen vacant after election of Jamat-e-Islami Chief Sirajul Haq to the Senate of Pakistan.According to the schedule issued by the ECP, public notice will be issued by Returning Officer on March 30, 2015 and dates for filing nomination papers have been set for April 02 and 03.Scrutiny of nomination papers will be carried out on April 06 and 07 while last date for filing appeals against decision of Returning Officer about rejection and acceptance of nomination papers has been set for April 10, 2015.Last date for decision on appeals will be April 15 while date for withdrawal of candidature by the contestants has been set for April 16, 2015.Publication of revised list of candidates will be made on April 17 while election will ...

Govt pays Rs 477 per bag subsidy on imported urea, NA told ISLAMABAD: The Government was paying a sum of Rs 477 as subsidy on each 50 kg bag of imported urea, Parliamentary Secretary for National Food Security and Research, Rajab Ali Baloch told National Assembly on Thursday.Answering the question of Ms Nighat Parveen, he said a sum of Rs 41.3 billion subsidy has been paid in the form of feed gas.He said the Government was striving to reduce the input of farmers, adding that he was ...
Govt not to extend amnesty policy of holding dual NICOP, passport: NA informed ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Secretary for Interior and Narcotics Control, Ms Maryam Aurangzeb Thursday informed the National Assembly that the government would not further extend the amnesty policy of holding dual National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) and passport of the overseas Pakistanis.Replying to a Calling Attention Notice, Maryam Aurangzeb said that the previous and present governments announced the amnesty policy four times to facilitate the overseas Pakistanis in 2006, 2009, 2011 and 2014.She said the ...
WAPDA owes Rs. 149,919 million of various IPPs till Feb 2015, NA told ISLAMABAD: Water & Power Development Authority (WAPDA) owed a sum of Rs.149,919 million of circular debt to various Independent Power Producers (IPPs) till Feb 2015, State Minister for Water& Power Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali told National Assembly on Thursday.Answering the question of Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, he said that due to government efforts, there is a reduction in circular debt during the last two- year. A large number of steps were being taken to eliminate ...
Govt initiates various steps to overcome housing shortage, NA told ISLAMABAD: The government has taken a number of steps to overcome housing shortage in the country, National Assembly was informed on Thursday.Ministry of Housing and Works has launched a scheme for Minorities named as "Re-settlement of Christian Community at Quetta" by the previous government during 2009-10.The scheme financed on 50:50 sharing by federal and provincial governments, Minister for Housing and Works Akram Khan Durrani informed the National Assembly in a written reply.He said that federal ...
SHC declares hepatitis drug's purchase process illegal KARACHI: A single member bench of Sindh High Court, comprising Justice Mohammad Shafi Siddiqui, through an order on Thursday overthrew the decision by the provincial health authorities to purchase costly hepatitis drug from two multinational companies (MNCs).The bench acknowledging that this was depriving local pharma companies of level playing ground scraped tender to buy costly hepatitis medicine from MNCs.Justice Mohammad Shafi Siddiqui who had reserved the judgement on March 6, announcing the same Thursday, termed ...
Marvi launches Waseela-e-Taleem Programme in Chillas CHILAS: Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Marvi Memon has said that thousands of deserving women are being provided financial relief through the programme while, a new survey has also been conducted through which a large number of needy women would be benefitted.She was talking to media while launching Waseela-e-Taleem Programme on Wednesday in Chilas. She said that Waseela-e-Taleem Project has been launched in 36 districts of Pakistan including Chilas.She claimed that about 29000 children ...


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