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PM to announce special package for drought-hit Thar people: Marvi ISLAMABAD: Chairperson National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting Marvi Memon has said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will soon announce a special assistance package for the drought-hit people of Tharparkar,Talking to a private news channel, Marvi said she visited the drought-hit areas of Thar for preparing a detailed report following the surveys of Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal (PBM) and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).The report, containing recommendations, fact and figures compiled by the PBM and NDMA, would be submitted to the Prime Minister for finalizing the relief package, she said."I have visited Thar drought-hit areas on the directives of the Prime Minister and will present a report to him about the prevailing situation there. The Prime Minister will announce the assistance package for the victims," she added.Marvi said the Prime Minister had directed the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) stalwarts and the departments concerned to visit the affected areas and ...

PPP committed to protect minorities' rights: Wasan KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Prisons, Minerals and Mineral Resources and Anti-Corruption Manzoor Hussain Wasan has said that the Pakistan Peoples Party's (PPP) always protected the rights of Hindus and other minorities and it will continue to do so.Speaking in the Sindh Assembly here on Tuesday, he said that every citizen is free to practice their religious beliefs and no one has the right to force anybody to change his/her faith, said a handout issued here.Manzoor ...
Govt determined to materialize Vision 2025: Ahsan Iqbal ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Professor Ahsan Iqbal said Monday that government was determined to accomplish its economic agenda by materializing Vision 2025.He was talking to a high level delegation, led by Former British Foreign Secretary and President and CEO of IRC, which called on the minister here.The minister said the vision was drawn up after consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, including parliamentarians, representatives of political parties, federal ministries, provincial ...
SC accepts review petition against dismissal of Gas Infrastructure Development charges ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday accepted the federal government's review petition against its decision regarding dismissal of Gas Infrastructure Development charges.The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Nasir-UL-Mulk comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Mushir Alam accepted the petition for preliminary hearing and issued notices to respondents.During course of proceedings, Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt told the bench that the development charges tax was imposed for the development of gas infrastructure in the country ...
Korean Bank to finance technology park in capital ISLAMABAD: Korean Exim Bank has agreed to finance establishment of first technology park in federal capital for which work on feasibility study will be started in January next year."The establishment of technology park in Islamabad is our priority and I am pleased to share Exim Bank Korea has agreed to finance the project," Minister of State for Information Technology, Anusha Rahman said.She was chairing 28th meeting of Board of Directors of Pakistan Software Export Board ...
10 terrorists surrendered to security forces in Khyber Agency RAWALPINDI: As many 10 terrorists surrendered to security forces along with their weapons and ammunition in Bara area of Khyber Agency on Monday.According to ISPR here, since start of operation Khyber-1, a total of 350 terrorists including more than 20 important commanders have surrendered to security forces. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2014 ...
Security issues could not deter Govt determination in fight against polio: Saira PESHAWAR: Minister of State for Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar said Monday security issues in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata could not deter the determination of the government in the fight against polio and the time was not for away when Pakistan will achieve a polio free status. Talking to media persons after presiding over a high-level meeting on polio eradication programmes of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata here at the Office of Chief ...


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Banking Review 2013

Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.380 bln
Exports $2.181 bln
Imports $4.561 bln
WeeklyNovember 13, 2014
Reserves $13.268 bln