ISLAMABAD: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has gives go-ahead to the Construction of Infrastructure for the elimination of level crossing from the loop section of Karachi Circular Railways worth Rs20.17 billionDuring the meeting of CDWP which was presided over by Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Mohammad Jehanzeb Khan, recommended the project to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) for further consideration. Senior officials from Planning Commission and Federal Ministries/Divisions also participated in the meeting while representatives from Provincial Governments participated through video conferences. According to officials, the proposed structures will help in eliminating 22 level crossings located on the KCR loop from Drigh Road to Karachi City Station and shall also make it a reliable mode of public transport. Article continues after this advertisementJehanzeb Khan directed all concerned officials to ensure the completion of the projects within the timelines, as the project is crucial for the socio-economic wellbeing of the people of Karachi.
September 21, 2021 16:41 UTC
Pakistan’s largest city and Sindh’s provincial capital, Karachi, has emerged as one of the least safe major cities in the world as it was ranked 59th among 60 peers in The Safe Cities Index 2021 report compiled by The Economist Intelligence Unit. The Safe Cities Index (SCI) 2021 report ranks 60 cities across 76 indicators covering digital, health, infrastructure, personal and environmental security. However, the report placed Karachi among the cities that have a smart city plan or plans to invest in the next five years. The report stated that at the urban level, personal security and income levels are connected. “The correlation between city scores for personal security in the 2021 Safe Cities Index and those for the HDI are, after infrastructure, the closest for any pillar,” it said.
September 21, 2021 13:52 UTC
ISLAMABAD: A collision between a car and a rickshaw killed four people including three women in Punjab on Tuesday, police said. Several others were injured in the accident that occurred after the over-speeding car collided with the rickshaw on the GT road near Rahim Yar Khan, police officials in the area told media. Three people lost their lives on the spot while another succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital, the police said, adding that the accident occurred due to the negligence of the car driver. Following the crash, the police and rescue teams rushed to the site and shifted the victims to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.
September 21, 2021 12:45 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said on Tuesday that hybrid war and fake news were interlinked and these were fake threats that resulted in the postponement of the recent New Zealand and England tours. Fawad said Jammu and Kashmir State Property Budget worth Rs190.383 million for the FY2021-22 had also been approved by the cabinet. Fawad expressed the hope that those members having a conflict of interest in some standing committees would resign themselves. He said that the federal cabinet was told that the country had gained a landmark victory against the crippling disease of polio. Ministry of National Health Services was appreciated and congratulated by the cabinet members on achieving such a milestone.
September 21, 2021 12:11 UTC
KARACHI: The National Accountability Bureau has cleared former Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah in an illegal land allotments case against him. The Sindh High Court on Tuesday disposed of the application against Shah after the investigating officer recorded his statement in the court, giving clean chit to the former. Shah completed his second term as Chief Minister in March 2013. He was once again, for a third time, elected to the office of chief minister of Sindh after the 2013 elections. In July 2016, the PPP decided to replace him with Murad Ali Shah as the provincial chief executive.
September 21, 2021 11:26 UTC
China’s Tianjin Municipality was declared as sister cities to Karachi and Islamabad respectively and sister-province to Punjab to further enhance the bond of friendship between Pakistan and China, Gwadar Pro reported. Pakistan’s ambassador to China, Moin ul-Haque, and Mayor of Tianjin Municipality, Liao Guoxun, signed the “Letters of Intent” for the establishment of sister-city and sister-province relationships. The Mayor of Tianjin Municipality, Liao Guoxun, and other high-level senior officials were also present at the meeting. Ambassador Haque thanked the secretary for making excellent arrangements and warm hospitality during his visit to Tianjin. Ambassador Haque noted that Tianjin Municipality being a key port, transportation and aviation hub, education and cultural centre and with its strong IT industry, could be an important partner of Pakistan.
September 21, 2021 10:41 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Tabish Gauhar stepped down from the post of advisor to the prime minister on power and petroleum divisions, about a year after his appointment, he announced Tuesday. After a year of public service, I’ve decided to call it a day to return to my family. I shall remain indebted to the PM for giving me this opportunity. He is also the founder of Oasis Energy, a management consultancy firm in the power and energy sector that was established in 2016. However, perhaps his most notable role was when he served as the CEO and chairman of K-Electric until 2015.
September 21, 2021 09:22 UTC
Most of the direct income tax collected in this country is paid by professionals working in the private or public sector. Despite having paid taxes all their working life, there is absolutely no relief by the state to senior citizens including those who are above 70 years. Professionals working in the private and public sector mostly do not receive any pension, or the amount is not sufficient enough to meet the minimum subsistence level. Even the most qualified professionals working in the private and public sectors save just enough money to build a house of their own. It is ironic that while in-service salaried persons get a tax-free relief of 6 Lakh on their annual emoluments, those who are retired are given tax relief of only Rs 4 Lakh.
Share:ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister’s Advisor on Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan said Monday that the government would ensure legislation for transparent elections in future and is ready to talk with opposition on electoral reforms as well as electronic voting machines. He said the government contacted with the opposition last week following the directions of Prime Minister Imran Khan and is ready to take confidence building measures on electoral reforms. He said that government would now proceed for electoral reforms and use of EVMs at every cost because more than four years had been wasted. He said that government would now proceed for electoral reforms and use of EVMs at every cost because more than four years had been wasted. He said law regarding use of Electronic Voting Machines will be passed from the parliament soon.
Share:ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court of Pakistan Monday issued notices to the federal and the Punjab governments for not implementing its judgment for adopting Urdu as an official language. Advocate Kokab Iqbal had filed the contempt petition for not complying with the SC judgment on Urdu language, while Dr. Sami, a private citizen’s petition is regarding not implementing the judgment on Punjabi language. The bench noted that the federal government has failed to implement the apex court judgment on Urdu, while the Punjab government was issued notice for not complying with the judgment on Punjabi language. He further said that Article 251 of the Constitution also talks about mother language along with the national language. In September 2015, the Supreme Court had directed the federal government departments to translate their policies and rules in Urdu in three months.
Share:The youth is a great asset to any nation. Young people have a very important role to play in the development of any nation and country. Therefore, I urge the youth of the nation to recognise your worth and not waste your precious time scrolling on mobiles but spend your time in getting maximum education which will brighten your future. Most of the young children of our nation waste their precious time playing games on mobile or wasting their lives in bad company or wasting their time at parties at night. If home conditions are good then children will definitely learn good things and if home conditions are not good then children will be affected.
Share:ISLAMABAD - For the first time Pakistan has showcased its achievements in the peaceful uses of nuclear technology before the global community at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna. The exhibition stands to showcase Pakistan’s achievements in the peaceful uses of nuclear technology in diverse fields such as power generation, health, agriculture, industry and environmental protection. IAEA's Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications Najat Mokhtar also attended the inauguration. Najat Mokhtar, addressing on the occasion, said that Pakistan had made great strides in harnessing nuclear technologies for pursuing socioeconomic development. As a founding member of the IAEA, Pakistan has enjoyed longstanding mutually beneficial cooperation with the organisation mandated to promote the peaceful uses of nuclear technology.
Increase in policy rate is against that claim, he said. PML-N leader said that increase in 25 basis points was a suicide attack on country’s economy. The PML-N president said government was standing on the same point after 15 months in connection with policy rate. Now government, by increasing the policy rate, was going to push the country’s economy into more recession making it stagnant. By increasing policy rate, woes and hardships of people and business community would increase manifold.
Share:LAHORE - Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Barrister Sultan Mehmood Ch met Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar at his office on Monday and thanked him for extending full support in the AJK elections. Both leaders discussed matters of mutual importance, and CM Usman Buzdar also congratulated Sultan Mehmood Ch on becoming AJK President. The CM maintained that PTI’s success in AJK elections showed that the people wanted continuity of policies, adding that the AJK would move on the road to development and prosperity. “Pakistan will continue siding with its Kashmiri brethren as the hearts of Pakistanis beat in unison with Kashmiris,” he continued and vowed that Punjab would support the AJK in its development journey. Sultan Mehmood Ch lamented that India had turned occupied Kashmir into a prison, adding that Kashmiris had sparked the candle of freedom with their blood.
Share:ISLAMABAD - A latest report of an independent economic think-tank has noted that Pakistan Prosperity Index has decreased by 5 per cent due to the slowdown in economy. As per PRIME’s latest report, Pakistan Prosperity Index (PPI) has declined by 5.2 percent, an indication of slowdown in the economy. Purchasing power declined as the Y-o-Y inflation was reported at 8.4 percent, while the M-o-M inflation clocked in at 1.3 percent, an illustration of fall in purchasing power. The private sector borrowing from banks showed a continuous surge with Rs.177 billion Y-o-Y and Rs.17.8 billion M-o-M increase. PRIME Institute publishes monthly PPI report with a lag of two months based on the availability of required data, the current report comprise data from August 2020 to July 2021.