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Coronavirus
VERY HIGH Source: covid.gov.pk
Pakistan Deaths
27,135
6324hr
Pakistan Cases
1,221,261
2,51224hr
4.4% positivity
Sindh
449,349
Punjab
420,615
Balochistan
32,722
Islamabad
103,923
KPK
170,738

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Rewarding dishonesty: do amnesty schemes work?

Pakistani governments are fond of pardoning corrupt behavior, and since 1958, time and again, several amnesty schemes have been introduced repeatedly and unsuccessfully aimed to bring more citizens, businesses, investors and traders into the tax net and i
Published 09 Jan, 2017 09:59am
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Cigs on the run

The central banks annual report has sounded an alarm over exponential growth of duty-evading cigarettes.
Published 06 Jan, 2017 09:17am
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Negotiating CPEC

A few days before the 6th Joint Cooperation Committee on CPEC was to be held, the government had planned 29 special economic zones (SEZ) aimed at enhancing productive capacity and exports base.
Published 06 Jan, 2017 09:15am
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Petroleum volumes to take a breather?

Petroleum consumption has increased significantly over the last two years due to lower prices despite the government not passing on the entire impact of lower prices to consumers.
Published 06 Jan, 2017 09:14am
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Saudi Arabia raise prices, makes cuts

Saudi Arabia is reportedly considering reduction in its crude export sales to its partners, by as much as seven percent, in a n attempt to show the first signs of compliance to the Opec deal.
Published 06 Jan, 2017 09:13am
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POL udders running dry for FBR

One of the challenges faced by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar these days is to keep the balance between sales tax revenues from petroleum products and the prices consumer pay in the days of rising international oil prices.
Published 05 Jan, 2017 10:50am
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Cement: Price promises!

Cement players had indicated that cement prices would be increased in accordance with coal price increase globally.
Published 05 Jan, 2017 10:49am
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Retail banking and financial inclusion

The latest annual Payment System Review (the Review) by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) shows an all-round growth in retail payment infrastructure and transaction-mix during FY16.
Published 05 Jan, 2017 10:48am
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Allowing sugar exports

Last week, the Commerce Ministry gave sugar mills the green light to export 225,000MT of sugar, but without a subsidy.
Published 04 Jan, 2017 09:24am
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Sino-isation of farming sector

Continuing this columns recent discussion on the need to attract FDI in unconventional sectors, todays piece would focus on the agriculture sector at large.
Published 02 Jan, 2017 12:03pm
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The regulator's crisis

The announcement of changing the way the power sector regulator works as well its reporting hierarchy has made headlines recently.
Published 02 Jan, 2017 12:01pm
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Tapping into tourism

Earlier this week, this column highlighted the need to adopt a sectoral and country-wise approach to finding solutions for weak exports and FDI (See BR Research column Forex troubles: Need a closer look, published December 28, 2016).
Published 31 Dec, 2016 12:36pm
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It's the linkages

Businesses frequently are quick to blame the government for most of their problems; crying foul on their inefficiency and burdens of bureaucracy.
Published 31 Dec, 2016 12:35pm
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Tapping into tourism

Earlier this week, this column highlighted the need to adopt a sectoral and country-wise approach to finding solutions for weak exports and FDI (See BR Research column "Forex troubles: Need a closer look," published December 28, 2016).
Published 31 Dec, 2016 10:14am
Inflation surges slowly
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Inflation surges slowly

The headline inflation for October stood at 4.21 percent - highest since December 2014. On a monthly basis, CPI also inc
Updated 12 Nov, 2016 07:41am