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Govt. has no plans to enhance gas and electricity prices!

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ISLAMABAD: Following the Federal Cabinet Meeting held here today with PM Imran Khan, Information Minister Fawad Hussain briefed the Media about decisions taken. 

Fawad told that government had no plans to change the tax rate for salaried class and increase prices of gas and electricity. He said it was the philosophy of the PTI government not to add burden on salaried class and farmers.

According to details, the cabinet decided to abolish the Ministry for Capital Administration and Development Division. He said Capital Development Authority will work under the Ministry of Interior. Informing that the drive against encroachments in Islamabad would continue, the minister told the government had so far recovered state land worth 7.5 billion rupees from illegal occupants.

The federal cabinet decided to import one hundred thousand tons of urea (for which Rs. 4b will be spent by the Govt.) and ensure the provision of gas to local fertilizer plants to meet urea requirement for the upcoming Rabi crop. Fawad claimed that the previous government did not supply gas to the fertilizer plants and also allowed export of urea, which created a shortage of urea for the next crop.

Giving detail of expenses and income of the ongoing Metro Bus projects, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said the government had to pay a total of eight billion rupees subsidy annually on the Metro Bus services being run in Lahore, Rawalpindi, and Multan. He said 4.2 billion rupees subsidy is being provided on Lahore Metro Bus and two billion rupees each on Rawalpindi and Multan Metro Bus services. 

He said Punjab government will decide whether to continue this heavy subsidy on Metro trains or not. The Minister said on completion, 3.5 billion rupees subsidy will have to be provided on Orange Line Metro Train Lahore. He, however, said Peshawar Metro Bus project will be completed at a cost of 67 billion rupees, and the government will not have to provide any subsidy on it. He said the buses have been purchased instead of hired on rent.

The Information Minister said the dead capital of the government buildings constructed on 34460 Kanal land will be better used for commercial purposes. He said the government has started austerity drive keeping in view the economic condition of the country. He said 2.3 billion rupees were spent by the Prime Minister Office, 2.9 billion rupees by Punjab Chief Minister Office, and 1.4 billion rupees were spent by Punjab Governor House during the last five years. He told that the Dams Fund would be exempted from income tax and withholding tax.

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PM for indiscriminate action against corruption!

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LAHORE: Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday directed the officers of the Punjab Anti-Corruption Department to take indiscriminate action against corruption and expose the corrupt elements.
Chairing a meeting of the Directors of the Punjab Anti-Corruption Department here during his visit, the prime minister said the government was prioritizing the revival of public trust on government departments that had been undermined by the corruption.
He viewed that the corruption was one of the major reasons behind the current economic condition of the country. The country had been dragged to the debt-trap by executing some of the projects in the past which had not been aimed at public welfare rather get the kickbacks.
The prime minister directed the anti-corruption department to improve its working and assured them of government’s all-out cooperation in their crackdown against corruption.
He also directed the department to reform the prosecution system as he desired them to support the poor man who is oppressed everywhere.

 

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Anti-polio campaign to start in Karachi from today

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KARACHI: Mass immunization campaigns, known as National Immunization Days (NIDs), would be started from today to administer anti-polio drops along with the supplement of Vitamin A to over 2.3 million children up to five years of age in all 188 union councils in the metropolis during seven days.
More than 9000 polio teams will perform their duties in the campaign, it was decided in a meeting chaired by Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Sualeh Farooqui, at his office, said a statement on Sunday. Briefing about security arrangements it was told the meeting that foolproof security arrangements have been made to ensure the security of polio teams. The meeting was attended among others by Municipal Commissioner KMC Dr. Saifur Rehman, all Deputy commissioners, all district and town health officers, officials of Police, Pakistan Rangers, Health
Department, Emergency Operation Centres (EOC). The Commissioner stressed the need to work with the focus based strategies addressing issues specifically in all areas.  He said that there is a great need to work for the improvement of micro plan and communication strategy. He asked the Deputy Commissioners to make all-out efforts to make the campaign result oriented. He urged the parents to cooperate with the polio teams to ensure their children are safe as a vaccine, given to them multiple times, can protect them for life. The Commissioner also stressed the need that efforts should also be made to administer polio drops to school going children of up to five years of age.
It was informed to the meeting that the Education department’s private school secretariat has instructed the concerned private schools to help the administration and cooperate with the polio teams in carrying out their duties for providing children the protection from the crippling decease. It was decided in a meeting that awareness campaign of teachers, as well as parents, would be initiated with the support of school administrations in coordination with the Directorate of the Private Schools. He said that polio eradication was a national cause and it would be the top priority of city administration to carry out its efforts for the elimination of poliovirus.

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MAJU, Azerbaijan’s varsity sign MoU for academic cooperation

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Fee-free university to open in Pakistan

KARACHI: Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi (MAJU) and Khazar University, Baku, Azerbaijan have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for academic cooperation with each other.
MAJU Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences, Dr. Kamran Azim and Rector, Khizar University, Dr.Hassan Niknafs have signed MoU.
This agreement is based on the reciprocity principle and expresses the genuine interest of both universities in exchanging students, scholars, academic information and dual degree programs, said a statement here on Sunday.
As per MoU, MAJU and Khazar University besides exchanging students and faculty/ staff will encourage the development and implementation of visiting scholars/tutors, cultural exchange, cooperative /collaborative research projects, cooperative (joint and double) degree and joint summer programs at respective campuses.  The term of this agreement shall be five academic years that is 2018 to 2023.
Both Universities will cooperate for short term training programs/ projects and service – learning programs, cooperative and exchange lecturing plans and lecture content, conferences and seminars, academic supervision of graduate /post-graduate students.
As per MoU in the event of students exchange, specific arrangement for payment of related expenses, including round-trip travel, board, lodging, tuition and health insurance will be agreed upon by both universities in advance.

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