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NA body issues directives for purchasing local equipments ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly's Committee on Defence Production Friday directed the federal and provincial governments to prefer purchasing local equipments for encouraging local manufacturers.The Committee met in the Parliament House on Friday here under the Chairmanship of Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, MNA at Parliament House. The committee was briefed about procurement procedure of defence equipment.The committee Chairman Khawaja Sohail Mansoor said Federal and Provinces should prefer purchasing local equipments to encourage indigenous industry.Secretary Defence Production Tanveer Tahir informed the committee that there is a uniform policy for all ministries regarding sending delegates abroad and government is not ready to allow the officials of only ministry.Committee chairman Khawaja Sohail Mansoor directed the federal as well as provinces to prefer locally manufactured equipments for their use. It would boost the local industry.The secretary assured implementing directions of the committee in letter and spirit.In the presence of good quality local equipments there is no ...

Five important aspects of the ‘controversial’ Cyber Crime Bill National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information Technology approved on Thursday a ‘controversial’ legislation on cyber terrorism. However, it has yet to be presented before the National Assembly. Five important points you need to know about this cyber crime bill include: it will be a crime to send text messages or photos to anyone’s email address or phone without the recipient’s consent.Political criticism, opinions, blogs and even jokes will be considered a ‘crime’ and the police, ...

WFP hands over humanitarian response facility (HRF) in Sindh KARACHI: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has officially handed over the Humanitarian Response Facility (HRF) to the Sindh Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) so as to enhance its emergency response capacity.WFP official talking to APP Friday said the HRF network, established in the aftermath of the 2010 monsoon floods, is a joint project between WFP and the Government of Pakistan with the primary objective to increase the emergency and disaster response capacity of ...

1.2mn 3G/4G users addition swells total subscription ISLAMABAD: The addition of 1.2 million 3G and 4G subscribers in February this year has helped total number of mobile broadband users to 10.6 million mark.It was already predicted by both the regulator and industry analysts that the growth will remain slow in the months of February and March because of the ongoing biometric SIM verification campaign.According to provisional figures of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), top position in mobile broadband market is held by Telenor ...

Sindh govt in process to introduce law on Right to Information KARACHI: Sindh government is committed to introduce the law of "Right to Information," in accordance to the spirit of Article 19 9(A), said the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Dr Sikandar Mandhro here on Friday.In a meeting with UNDP's National Technical Advisor on Decentralization and Governance, he said the provincial government is presently reviewing legislation on the right to information as adopted in other provinces including Punjab and KP.The minister said Sindh would not only ensure ...

Dar felicitates nation on for achieving US $17.2 billion ISLAMABAD: Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar has congratulated the nation on achieving foreign exchange reserves of US $ 17.2 billion showing a sign of growing strength of the economy."This is another promise fulfilled" Dar said in a statement issued by Ministry of Finance on Friday.He added that as a sign of growing strength of the economy, the country's forex reserves have crossed 17 billion dollars and currently stand at 17.2 billion. Copyright APP ...


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