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ANF recovers 12-ton drugs worth Rs10.2b in countrywide raids


ISLAMABAD: The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) has seized mega cache of 12 tons of drugs, including 7.8 ton opium, 4.4 ton poppy straw and 70 kg hashish worth Rs 10.2 billion during six different operations across the country and arrested five accused drug traffickers besides seizing two vehicles. According to details, an ANF Rawalpindi road check team, while acting on a ... Read More »

Mobile phone import up by 7.95% to $242.45m in Q1


ISLAMABAD: The mobile phone import in to the country surged by 7.95 per cent in first four months (July-October) of ongoing financial year as compared to same period of last year. According to Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), the imports during the period under review were recorded $242.451 million as compared to that of $224.594 million last year. On month ... Read More »

Food minister visits Sunday bazaars

Sunday bazaar

LAHORE: Provincial Minister for Food Bilal Yasin Sunday said that process of holding Sunday bazaars regarding provision of quality of edible items to the people at cheaper rates had proved very successful. Talking to consumers during his visit to Shadman, Wahdat Colony, Gulshan-e-Ravi and Model Town Sunday bazaars here, he said the government had always tried to improve the living ... Read More »

Customs Appraiser censured over unauthorised absence


ISLAMABAD: Moazzam Ali Virk, an Appraiser (BS-16), posted at Model Customs Collectorate of Appraisement, Lahore, has been censured over unauthorised absence from duty. The disciplinary proceedings were initiated against the accused officer under Government Servants (Efficiency & Discipline) Rules, 1973. The officer was served a show-cause notice dated in terms of Rule 2(4) and Rule 3(b) of the Government Servants ... Read More »

FIA arrests most-wanted human smuggler


LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Gujrat Sunday arrested the most wanted human smuggler. According to FIA spokesman, a team of FIA in arrested the accused Imran Ashraf, resident of Mohalla Kasaban Jalalpur Jattan, district Gujrat. The accused was also a court absconder in many cases. Further investigation is underway. Read More »

World Bank lauded for helping Pakistan achieve SDGs


ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid Sunday lauded efforts of the World Bank for helping Pakistan to achieve sustainable socio-economic development goals and alleviate poverty in the country. He said this in a meeting with Senior Director for Climate Change at the World Bank John Roome who was called on the Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid on ... Read More »

CPEC is a corruption-free project: Ahsan Iqbal

ahsan iqbal

ISLAMABAD: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a corruption-free project, said Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal. The minister, in a statement, said that there is no chance of corruption in the projects as out of total $46 billion, $40 billion would be invested in power sector through private investors and private sector would have to get return ... Read More »

Solar energy can help reduce country’s energy crisis: Experts

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ISLAMABAD: Energy crisis is the country’s one of the biggest problems its masses are facing these days. However, the government is striving hard to overcome this crisis by launching several hydel, hydral and coal projects to produce electricity. But experts see a great potential in Pakistan regarding power production through solar energy. A strategy is needed to be evolved to ... Read More »

NAB recovered Rs265.12b of looted money so far


ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has so far recovered an amount of more than Rs265.12 billion of looted public money. This was revealed by NAB spokesman Asim Ali Nawazish, while talking to APP on Sunday. He said that received 282,931 complaints, authorized 6250 inquiries, authorized 3142 investigations and filed 2330 references in the Accountability Court. The figures of complaints, ... Read More »

Consignments from China to Karachi will reach early after completion of CPEC


MULTAN: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will prove to be a “game changer” for the region especially as big booster for the economy of Pakistan. After completion of the corridor, consignments of the businessmen will reach Karachi from Chinese city Urumqi via Gilgit in a couple of days which, these days, take 50 to 60 days to reach the port ... Read More »

AJK govt launches food development projects


MIRPUR: The Azad Jammu and Kashmir government has launched food development projects in different parts of the valley including Mirpur and Bhimbher districts in order to cater the local needs of food in AJK, official sources said. The sources told APP that since the government was determined to make AJK self-sufficient and self-reliant in production of various edible items, the ... Read More »

Importance of Orange Train project highlighted

Orange Metro Train

LAHORE: The civil society has been asked to realise the importance and need of Orange Train and cooperate with provincial government in completion of this vital project. The request was raised by Punjab Chief Minister’s Advisor Khawaja Ahmed Hasaan, while briefing members of civil society on Lahore Orange Line Train Project. He said that Rs1.065 trillion project would ensure provision ... Read More »

Dar lauds MPCL’s decision to add 200 MMSCF gas to system

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has lauded Mari Petroleum Company Ltd (MPCL)’s decision to beef up supply of natural gas. “The country is endowed with precious natural resources and it was imperative that we make full use of them”, the minister said while speaking to a delegation of the company led by its Managing Director Lt Gen (R) Nadeem ... Read More »

Uzbek envoy assures co-op in trade, energy, agriculture

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ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Uzbekistan Furkat A Sidikov has assured cooperation to Pakistan in various fields especially energy and agriculture. Addressing a seminar on “23rd anniversary of the adoption of Constitution of Uzbekistan”, he said Uzbekistan was promoting bilateral cooperation with Pakistan from last several years. The seminar was jointly organized by Preston University, Society of Civilizations Pakistan and embassy of ... Read More »

Railways refutes reports regarding reinstatement of sacked employees

Pakistan Railways

LAHORE: Pakistan Railways has refuted the news regarding the reinstatement of the employees sacked in Pervez Musharraf’s regime. According to Pakistan Railways (PR) spokesman, he refuted a news item published in some newspapers regarding the government’s decision for reinstating 10,000 railway employees which were sacked in (R) Pervez Musharraf’s tenure. He said the news regarding setting up of a committee ... Read More »

Pakistani businesswomen to participate in int’l trade exhibition in Lanka


KARACHI: A delegation of Pakistani businesswomen is participating in an international trade exhibition being held in Sri Lanka next month. The delegation of women entrepreneurs is participating in the event under the umbrella of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) and in collaboration with Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP). Talking to APP here, Karachi Women Chambers ... Read More »

NAB files references against two high-rank officials for corruption


PESHAWAR: The National Accountability Bureau in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has filed three references with the accountability court here against eight persons for corruption. The accused persons also include deputy chief engineer of Pakistan Railways and former executive engineer of Public Works Department (Pak-PWD). In one of the three references, the NAB has charged Pakistan Railways Locomotive Factory, Risalpur, deputy chief engineer ... Read More »

Duty on luxury items will not affect common man: Dar

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said that the newly-imposed duties on imported and luxury items will not affect a common man. While talking to a news channel, he said that the regulatory duty was levied on 350 items, which were only used by the rich, and it was aimed at covering Rs 40 billion revenue losses. The additional ... Read More »

SPI inflation decreases by 0.19%


ISLAMABAD: The weekly inflation, measured through the Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) for the week ended December 03, for the combined income group, has decreased by 0.19 per cent to 218.39 points as compared to the previous week’s 218.81 points. According to the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS), the SPI for the combined group in the week under review increased by ... Read More »

Fertilizer prediction models developed to improve agri production


LAHORE: The local scientists have developed soil-test based fertilizer prediction models to know the required amount of nitrogen and phosphorus for desired yield of major crops. This was stated by Punjab Minister for Agriculture Dr Farrukh Javed, while addressing a press briefing. He said that farmers can use these prediction models to determine the actual amount of nitrogen and phosphorus ... Read More »