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Pak-China corridor: Govt intends to approve 10,400MW projects by March

KARACHI: As the country continues to take steps in an attempt to tackle the persistent energy crisis, Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan on Wednesday said the government intends to approve 10,400-MW projects that fall under the Pak-China Economic Corridor by March. He said this while talking to media during his visit to the head office of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of ...

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Marble, granite: Mineral development bank proposed

LAHORE: The Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCJCCI) has proposed the establishment of a mineral development bank supported with a conducive policy to explore the potential of marble and granite sector. PCJCCI President Shah Faisal Afridi said,  “Pakistan has enormous potential to promote exports of marble products as it possesses huge marble and granite reserves of around 350 million ...

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Healthcare for all: ‘More than 100 people become vulnerable to LSDs each year’

KARACHI: More than 100 people are likely to be affected every year by treatable Lysosomal Storage Disorders (LSDs). It is estimated that more than 50 children have been diagnosed in Pakistan in the last eight months with LSDs that can be treated, disclosed leading haematologist and bone marrow transplant physician, Dr Saqib Ansari. A panel of medical experts urged upon the ...

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Sugarcane prices: SHC wants details of action against millers

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has summoned the provincial cane commissioner on March 3 along with the complete record of action initiated against sugar mills owners, refusing to pay the officially fixed price of sugarcane to the growers. A division bench, headed by Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi, passed this direction while hearing a petition for action against 25 sugar mill ...

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NADRA workers threaten protest from tomorrow

LAHORE:  The National Registration and Database Authority (NADRA) employees have announced a country-wide protest including boycott of work in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa from Friday (tomorrow), The Express Tribune has learnt. NADRA Punjab Union president Naveed Ahmad Arain said their protest would continue till the management withdrew transfer orders and show-cause notices issued to union members for leading protestors at a token ...

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Red tape: Over 80% CADD education, health budget unutilised

ISLAMABAD:  Over 80 per cent of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) budget for the education and health sectors went unutilised in the previous financial quarter year. The Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) utilised less than 20 per cent of Public Sector Development Funds (PSDP) in the financial year 2014-2015 so far. Over the years, CADD’s performance in health and ...

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Hangu abductions: Kidnapped teacher returns home

HANGU: A government schoolteacher who was kidnapped four months ago returned to his house in Ganjyano Kalay, Hangu on Wednesday. A Hangu policeman said the schoolteacher was set free by the kidnappers after a period of four months. However, he added, the three others picked up with him were released hours after they were taken. The Shia teacher was picked up ...

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Hangu abductions: Kidnapped teacher returns home

HANGU: A government schoolteacher who was kidnapped four months ago returned to his house in Ganjyano Kalay, Hangu on Wednesday. A Hangu policeman said the schoolteacher was set free by the kidnappers after a period of four months. However, he added, the three others picked up with him were released hours after they were taken. The Shia teacher was picked up ...

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Held back: Govt restrained from replacing warders

PESHAWAR:  The Peshawar High Court on Wednesday temporarily restrained the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government from filling posts of warders removed on February 16, weeks after their formal appointment. Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth and Justice Musarrat Hilali issued the order while hearing two connected writ petitions filed by around 400 warders removed from duty by the provincial administration. The court directed the superintendent ...

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Turkish model faces jail terms for ‘insulting Erdogan’

ANKARA: A former Miss Turkey beauty queen faces up to 4.5 years in prison on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on social media, the state news agency reported on Wednesday. Turkish prosecutors said an investigation had been launched against model Merve Buyuksarac after Erdogan’s lawyer lodged a complaint in November 2014 against a satirical poem taken from a magazine ...

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