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Gwadar to become economic hub, says minister


October 8, 2018

GWADAR: Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi has said that with full functioning of its port Gwadar will become the future economic hub of the country. The minister said this during his visit to Gwadar Port along with Karachi Port Trust (KPT) chairman Rear Admiral Jameel Akhtar on Saturday. The minister reviewed the pace of work at …

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Rs4.5m electricity arrears against ATCs not cleared for two years


October 8, 2018

KARACHI: The provincial government has failed to clear the electricity dues/arrears, estimated at over Rs4.5 million, against the antiterrorism courts that have been outstanding for over two years, it emerged on Sunday. Judicial sources told Dawn that the K-Electric had been issuing bills for two connections provided to barracks 9 in Block-4 and barracks 20 in block 4-A of the Sindh Secretariat, …

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Water scarcity to hit Rabi crops next


October 8, 2018

THE severe water shortage cycle, which began early this year, continues: the country faced up to 50 per cent shortage early Kharif. According to calculations by the Indus River System Authority (Irsa), there are fears of a 38pc deficit for the Rabi season — compromising Pakistan’s entire crop cycle. A little data for context: Irsa has calculated that against a …

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Senate panel wants Rs400bn injected into power sector


October 8, 2018

ISLAMABAD: With power sector defaults exceeding Rs824 billion, a Senate committee led by the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) members has urged the government to inject up to Rs400bn into the system to avoid closure of power plants and ease the problem of circular debt that now stands at about Rs1.55 trillion. The Special Senate Committee on Circular Debt led by PTI’s …

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KSE-100 Index slides 1,328 points amidst global sell-off


October 8, 2018

The Pakistan Stock Exchange’s benchmark KSE-100 Index plummeted 1,328 points (3.39 per cent) amidst a global market sell-off as investors abandoned positions fearing macroeconomic headwinds and trade weaknesses. World stock markets sank on economic worries over China and Italy and alongside the prospect of rising US interest rates, AFP quoted dealers as saying. Asia and Europe also slid on the coat-tails of …

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PML-N demands Shahbaz be allowed to attend NA session, warns of protests otherwise


October 8, 2018

PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah on Monday demanded that Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif, who is currently in the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) custody, should be brought to parliament so he can present his case before the people of the country. Sharif has been arrested on the charge that he tried to influence the transfer of a …

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Podcast: No child’s play


October 8, 2018

How do we protect our youngest generation? On this episode of Policy Forum Pod, we discuss child rights and social policy with Save the Children CEO Paul Ronalds. Children are making the news in harrowing ways. As the international community commemorated World Refugee Day last month, images of kids in cages under Trump’s immigration policy went viral around the world. This …

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Man arrested in death of girl shot in head at Far North Dallas party


October 8, 2018

A man was arrested Sunday night in the death of a 16-year-old girl who was shot in the head at a Far North Dallas party where several people were playing with a handgun, police said. Witnesses reported one of the people had pointed the gun at Jakiyah Wrightsil before she was shot, Dallas police Senior Cpl. DeMarquis Black said. Jakiyah was found dead on a floor at …

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