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Promotion of economic activities to increase job opportunities: CM LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said promotion of economic activities will result in creation of jobs as well as investment opportunities in the country.Presiding over a meeting which reviewed the steps taken for speedy implementation of Punjab government's development strategy 2018, he said effective implementation of the development strategy for the provision of basic amenities and best services to people was essential.He said under the development strategy for increasing growth rate every department would have to play an active role and take solid measures for the provision of excellent services to the people.He said the policy of balanced development of urban and rural areas was an important element of the development strategy.Half of Pakistan's population comprise women and such steps would have to be taken through development strategy as which could result in empowerment of women so that they could join the mainstream of development, he added.He ...

ECP makes all arrangements to hold LG elections in Sialkot SIALKOT: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has made all the necessary arrangements to hold free, fair, impartial, transparent and peaceful local government (LG) elections in Sialkot district, scheduled to be held on December 05, 2015.According to District Election Commissioner Sialkot Malik Javaid Iqbal,the LG Polls would be held in all the 124 rural union councils of Sialkot district and , in 24 urban union councils of Municipal Corporation Sialkot on December 05, 2015.He said that ...
Shahbaz directs for speedy implementation of development policies ISLAMABAD: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has directed for speedy implementation of development policies aimed at providing basic civic amenities to people.He was chairing a meeting in Lahore on Sunday to review the provincial government's development policy 2018. He said the commercial and trade activities will not only create new jobs but also provide new avenues for investment.The Chief Minister said every department is liable to play its due role for enhancing the growth ...
Pakistan urges humanitarian approach to resolve refugee crisis; Denial of asylum to Muslims morally wrong UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has called for a "clear, resolute and unified" approach based on humanitarian principles to tackle the unprecedented refugee crisis in the Mediterranean basin, while deploring efforts to spread hate and Islamophobia after the terrorist attacks in Paris. Speaking in a General Assembly meeting devoted principally to Syrian asylum-seekers, Pakistan UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said that some nations had blatantly declared they would not accept Muslim refugees, but "compassion has no religion". She ...
Projects being launched in larger interest of country: Saad LAHORE: Federal Minister for Pakistan Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would be a game changer which would not be allowed to politicize.Addressing a function at PTCL Colony Tufail Road, here on Saturday, he said that if one wanted to represent people than he should know the problems of masses and way to solve them.The minister further said the country was moving in right direction towards progress under the dynamic leadership ...
No divide on registration of Deeni Madaris: Sardar Yousaf RAWALPINDI: Dispelling the impression of any divide on registration of Deeni Madaris (religious seminaries), federal minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf Sunday said there was complete unanimity among ulema of almost all schools of thought on the issue.He said a new proforma had been finalized which would be used to start process of their registration."A complete unanimity had emerged among ulema belonging to almost all schools of thought on the issue ...
Govt plans to break influence of middlemen in agri business: Bosan ISLAMABAD: Minister for National Food Security and Research, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan has said that the government is planning to break the strong influence of middlemen in business of agriculture produce by increasing markets in the rural areas. "I have suggested the provincial governments to chalk out a comprehensive plan to facilitate the farmers by reducing the influence of brokers", Sikandar Hayat Bosan said. The minister lamented that the poor farmer had no option but ...


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