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Situationer: Dealing with HIV outbreak among children


May 23, 2019

IN July, Baby F* is going to a hospital in Karachi for a third follow-up of her HIV treatment. They will check her CD4 count and viral load and carry out a blood culture test. Her father is hopeful that the virus will grow weaker and soon she will become negative. Baby F was one of the first children diagnosed …

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Rs422m released for renovation of schools under PM’s reforms programme


May 23, 2019

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has released Rs422 million to complete ongoing reconstruction and renovation work in 200 schools in the federal capital. Sources in the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) said work had been halted in almost all schools, causing problems for the students. They said contractors had halted the work in November last year because of unavailability of funds. …

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Dr Alvi’s counsel given last chance to file reply


May 23, 2019

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday allowed more time, as a last chance, to the counsel for filing a reply on behalf of Dr Arif Alvi on a petition challenging his candidature for the presidency. Azmat Rehan had filed a petition in August 2018 before the presidential election and impleaded the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and others …

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KP doctors end strike after successful negotiations with govt


May 23, 2019

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s doctors ended their strike on Tuesday night following successful negotiations with the provincial government, according to Rizwan Kundi — a member of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Doctors Council (KPDC) and Young Doctors Association (YDA). As part of the agreement between the doctor organisations and the government, it was decided that two committees will be formed, both Kundi and the provincial …

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NAB allowed to grill Nawaz inside jail in vehicles case


May 23, 2019

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court has allowed the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to interrogate former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in jail for alleged misuse of vehicles purchased for a South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) conference. The anti-graft watchdog in its application sought court permission to question the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader inside the jail in connection with …

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Cabinet approves Rs100bn scheme for youth


May 23, 2019

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Tuesday approved Rs100 billion Wazir-i-Azam Kamyab Naujawan Programme (WAKNP) under which the youth will be given soft loans up to Rs5 million for establishing their own business. Read: PM approves ambitious youth support programme “Soft loan of Rs100,000 to Rs500,000 will be given at six per cent interest rate and Rs50,000 equity, while loans of Rs500,000 …

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Rs9.98bn contract signed for Mohmand dam project


May 23, 2019

LAHORE: The Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) on Tuesday signed a contract of Rs9.98 billion with a joint venture (JV) for consultancy services regarding construction design, supervision and contract management of the Mohmand dam hydropower project. The JV namely Mohmand Dam Consul­tants Group (MDCG) is led by Nespak and comprises six partners and seven sub-consultants (four foreign and nine …

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Over 2,000 apply for Pakistan visa online


May 23, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Around 2,250 individuals from across the globe have so far applied online to obtain Pakistan’s visa, according to data released by the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) on Tuesday. Nadra, which developed the online system of issuing visas to potential travellers to Pakistan, said that 739 applications had been received during a single week starting from May 6. …

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Opposition parties up the ante against NAB


May 23, 2019

ISLAMABAD: The country’s two major opposition parties — the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan Peoples Party — which have been crying foul over the ongoing accountability process for over one year have slammed National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman retired Justice Javed Iqbal over his controversial interview to a senior journalist, with the former seeking “an explanation” from him and …

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NSC backs govt plan to deal with economic crisis


May 23, 2019

ISLAMABAD: While opposition parties are planning to launch a protest movement against the government over rising inflation after Eid, the National Security Committee (NSC) on Wednesday endorsed the government plan to deal with the economic crisis. “The forum discussed and fully supported the ongoing efforts towards a sustainable and lasting resolution of country’s economic issues,” read the statement issued by …

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