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Cellular companies to be engaged to educate farmers: Bosan ISLAMABAD: Ministry of National Food Security and Research would engage mobile phone companies operating in the country to educate and create awareness among the farmers about modern agricultural practices.The initiatives would help to create awareness among the farming community living in far-flung areas of the country about different crops where other source of communication were not available, said Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sardar Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan.Talking to APP on Tuesday, the minister said the awareness programme would also help in updating the farmers about the proper time of crop cultivation as well as modern techniques of cultivations.The programme would also help enhance par acre crop output by educating the farmers of remote areas about the proper use of fertilizers on appropriate time and use of pesticides, he added.Sikandar Bosan said the move would also help to aware and inform farmers about the weather conditions in their ...

Sana vows peaceful holding of 3rd phase LB polls LAHORE: Provincial Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Rana Sanaullah Khan on Monday said the government would ensure peaceful holding of third phase of local bodies elections in 12 districts of the province."Foolproof security measures will be adopted to maintain law and order and provide security to the voters on election day," he added.Talking to this scribe, the Minister said, the government was determined to conduct local bodies elections in a transparent manner and in ...
Govt committed to protect women from all kinds of violence: Speaker ISLAMABAD: Speaker of the National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq Tuesday said the government is committed to emancipate women and protect them from all kinds of exploitation and violence.In a message on the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women being commemorated throughout the world on November 25, the Speaker said violence against women is a serious human rights abuse that needs to be eliminated through coordinated efforts.The violence against women - both physical and ...
Deceased Employees Package just a signature away: NA told ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly was informed on Tuesday that the Deceased Employees Package announced by the Prime Minister in respect of Federal government servants was just a signature away from implementation.The National Assembly adopted a resolution, demanding immediate steps for implementation of deceased employees package as announced by the Prime Minister in respect of Federal Government Servants.Earlier, when the Speaker of the National Assembly was informed by the Parliamentary Secretary Rana Afzal that the package ...
Bill to eradicate Riba System in Country introduced in NA ISLAMABAD: A private members bill (an Eradication of Riba Bill, 2015) on Tuesday was introduced in the National Assembly to eradicate interest based system in the country.The bill was moved by Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Sher Akbar in the House to amend the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, the Contract Act, 1974, the West Pakistan Usurious Loans Ordinance, 1959, the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, the Land Acquisition Act, 1984, the State Bank of Pakistan Ordinance, 2001, the ...
Railways to introduce modern coaches of Karakoram Express LAHORE: Pakistan Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique is inaugurating upgraded rake of Karakoram express train on Tuesday.According to the PR sources on Monday, members of Senate Standing Committee on Railways will also accompany him.It is pertinent to mention here the PR is introducing state of the art passenger coaches for commuters to facilitate them. The train runs between Lahore and Karachi. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2015 ...
Efforts on to introduce local manufacturing of mobile handsets: Anusha ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunications, Mrs. Anusha Rahman on Monday said local manufacturing of mobile handsets was being given priority to help ensure locally made handsets at affordable price.She said this while talking to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of China Mobile, Liudian Fang, who called on her here.Anusha Rehman asked Chine Mobile to facilitate local manufacturing of handsets in Pakistan by introducing to Chinese vendors the "Concessionary Tax Regime" recently introduced ...


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