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For specialisation: FCPS quota reduction in Punjab to affect G-B doctors

GILGIT: The doors for specialisation in Punjab have almost been shut for doctors from Gilgit-Baltistan as the Punjab government has embarked on a new policy for specialisation. The centralised induction policy – under which only a 3% quota has been reserved for doctors outside of Punjab – is likely to hit G-B the most as not a single teaching hospital exists ...

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Vigilante justice: Alleged robbers paraded in village with shaved heads

HARIPUR: Two alleged robbers were paraded half-naked with blackened faces on a camel in Khoi Maira village in Khanpur union council on Wednesday. The locals subsequently handed them over to the police. According to villagers, unidentified robbers barged into the house of a local shopkeeper identified as Munawar in Khoi Maira village on July 26 and stole Rs282,000, gold jewellery, two ...

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Quake-hit schools: Federal govt urged to arrange funds for reconstruction  

PESHAWAR: The federal government has been asked by the Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Muhammad Atif Khan to arrange funds for reconstruction of quake-affected schools in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The minister wrote a letter to Minister of State for Education and Professional Training Muhammad Balighur Rahman on July 26 and drew his attention to the matter of the rehabilitation of schools destroyed ...

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Righting wrongs: Mother of rape survivor knocks on CM, PM’s door for justice

MINGORA: The mother of a woman who accused her father-in-law of raping her has appealed to the chief minister, chief justice and prime minister to provide her justice. The 20-year-old rape survivor is a resident of Bara Durushkhela, Matta tehsil in Swat. She and her mother have asked the relevant authorities to look into the matter after the police failed to ...

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Power woes: Residents of Drosh take to the streets

CHITRAL: Residents of Drosh, Chitral took to the streets on Wednesday against the district administration for not paying attention to their demands. Later, the district administration vowed to heed their requests. A large number of locals from Drosh held a massive shutters-down strike as they had warned the district administration a day earlier. They pressed the district administration and the provincial ...

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Religious freedom hindered: Sikhs face problems while carrying kirpans in city

PESHAWAR: Display of solidarity with the white part of the Pakistan flag seems difficult in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa due to security reasons. The region that has seen many operations against militancy has become so keen on preventing them in future that it has failed to realise that Sikhs can no longer practice all aspects of their religion freely. Kirpan, a small dagger, is ...

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On the cards: Women members can spend 70% of allocated ADP funds

PESHAWAR: Female members will now be allowed to spend around 70% of the 5% of allocated funds for women development sector in the district’s Annual Development Programme (ADP). This has been done to address the grievances of the female members of the district council over funds allocated towards the sector. City naib nazim Syed Qasim Ali Shah told The Express Tribune ...

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Customs act: Strike observed in Malakand Division

MINGORA/ BATKHELA: Business activities remained suspended in all the seven tehsils of Swat district on Wednesday as a strike was observed against the possible imposition of the customs act across Malakand Division. Demonstrations were held to denounce the decision by All-Parties Action Committee in Mingora. Local leaders from all mainstream political parties participated in the protest. Representatives of traders’ unions, local ...

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Missed economic targets

Analysing the performance of the PML-N government over the past three years tells us that the ruling party appears obsessed with infrastructure projects. Has it taken this obsession too far? An independent think tank in its recent report has now stated that the government has missed the large majority of the targets it set out in its election manifesto, abandoning ...

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Human cost: ‘Afghan refugees should not be made targets of escalating tension’

PESHAWAR: Representatives of Afghan refugees in Pakistan have asked the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan to resolve their differences. They have demanded that the refugees living in Pakistan should not be made targets of escalating tension between both countries. Speaking at a news conference outside Peshawar Press Club, Central Shura for Afghan Refugees President Baryalay Miankhail said, “Even if there is ...

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