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KMU issues guidelines for students participating in ETEA test

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Medical University (KMU) here Thursday issued guidelines for students who is going to appear in ETEA test on Sunday next for admission in medical and dental colleges of the province.

The KMU Peshawar, Directorate of Academics and Admissions has instructed students to be participating in the Educational Testing & Evaluation Agency (ETEA) entrance test for admissions in Medical and Dental Colleges of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and asked them to follow it otherwise they would not be allowed to sit in the test to be held on July 15 . The test will be held simultaneously at Islamia Collegiate School Ground Peshawar, Haripur University, Haripur, Grassy Ground Saidu Sharif Swat, Gomal Medical College new building opposite Dera Township D.I Khan, Abdul Wali Khan University Garden Campus Near Sheikh Maltoon Township Mardan, Cadet College Kohat and Malakand University Chakdara Lower Dir.

Directorate of Academics & Admissions has instructed the students to bring their admit card along with fresh picture pasted on their admit cards otherwise they will not be allowed to sit in the test. Students are strictly warned not to bring books, calculators, cell phones, smart watches, Jewelry, laptops, Cameras and other electronic and those items which can help them unfairly in the examination. To avoid the rush and participate well in time, candidates should reach their respective centers in the morning at 6 AM. Gates of the test centers will be closed at 8:30 AM, later on, no candidate will be allowed to enter into the test Centre. Students must bring their own clipboards and black pointers with them. To avoid traffic rush parents are advised to prefer to pick & drop instead of parking their vehicles on roads.

In case of any problem, candidates are directed to contact relevant staff at the stage or helping desk at the entry points of the test centers. Students are also advised to follow the given details of centers and roll numbers. It is worth mentioning that candidates from roll no. 00001 to 10000 will appear at Islamia Collegiate School Ground Peshawar, roll No 20001 to 25402 at Haripur University centre, Haripur, from roll no. 30001 to 35405 at Grassy Ground Saidu Sharif Swat, roll no. 40001 to 43772 at Gomal Medical College new building opposite Dhera Town ship D.I Khan, from roll no. 50001 to 56790 at Abdul Wali Khan University Garden Campus Near Sheikh Maltoon Township Mardan, roll no. 60001 to 63250 at Cadet College Kohat and from roll no. 70001 to 73435 at Malakand University Chakdara Lower Dir.

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CPEC: Tribal belt people learning Chinese!

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ISLAMABAD: The effects of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) can be seen in each and every corner of the country, including the tribal belt, where many local people have been learning Chinese at a language center.
The people of Jamrud have started taking classes of Chinese to enjoy the benefits of CPEC at the first Chinese language center of Khyber Agency, now called Khyber district, situated in Jamrud Bazaar area.
While talking to a private news channel, one of the students said the Chinese language is difficult to learn but they were determined to complete the course.
They want to be a part of CPEC projects as they believe the corridor would bring about an economic revolution in the region by providing job opportunities and introducing the latest technology.

 

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China set up power projects under PPA: Ahsan Iqbal

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ISLAMABAD: Member National Assembly Ahsan Iqbal on Monday said that 35 billion dollar energy projects had been set up under China Pakistan Economic Corridor’s (CPEC) Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
Speaking in the National Assembly he said, “We have not taken even a single penny loan to set up power projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor as all the projects had been established by the private sector of China in line with the PPA.”
Under the agreement, he said, the generated electricity will be added to the national grid as per rate determined by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA).
“We should be grateful to China for making such a huge investment in Pakistan when other countries and local investors are shying to invest ten dollars”.
He appreciated the Chinese government for helping Pakistan in difficult times to end load-shedding from the country.

 

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Improvement in mini-budget demands tax net expansion

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ISLAMABAD: The experts here at a seminar expressed that amendments made in the finance bill 2018-19 lacked direction and vision.
Overall the mini-budget did not meet the expectations as taxpayers were further burdened, said the speakers representing business community and civil society during a discussion on ‘Amendments in Finance Bill 2018-19’, organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here on Monday.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Senator Nouman Wazir Khattak said when PTI came to power, the economy was in shambles. The PTI government raised the tax rates on imports of only luxury items to cut the import bill.
He said that the government would take concrete measures in consultation with stakeholders to bring the non-taxpayers into the tax net. He said that the government required at least the next four months to analyze economic crisis and to find ways for coming out of the crisis. For future taxation measures, we need stakeholders’ consultations and also need to take the business community on board, he added. Wazir said the country’s foreign policy had to be aligned with economy and trade.
Former Senator, Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian (PPP-P) Farhatullah Babar claimed that the mini-budget presented by the government had disappointed, as it supports the corrupt mafia of the country.
He alleged that by allowing non-taxpayers and non-filers to purchase land and motor cars, the government had legitimized corruption. He said that the government had failed to provide a comprehensive roadmap to revamp and streamline economy and regional trade. No economy of the world had a sign of improvement without trade with its neighbor, he added.
Joint Executive Director, SDPI Dr. Vaqar Ahmed said that the government had tried to keep the income tax structure progressive through maintaining the low rate of tax on lower income groups.
The advanced tax on transaction through the banking system by non-filers was increased. He said that measure should be accompanied by a reduction in time and cost of becoming a filer, where all scheduled banks should be allowed the powers to facilitate a willing person to become a filer.
He said that the government may revisit its decision to allow non-filers to purchase property and motor vehicles. The exemptions and reduced rates allowed by the government in sale tax and customs duty should be time-bound and not for an indefinite period, he added.
Dr. Vaqar said that to curtail non-essential imports, the government has increased duties on imported vehicles. This increase may not be enough in light of past experience to reduce non-essential imports. Instead of slashing the size of the development budget, the government should focus on reducing the number of ministries merging the attached departments, he proposed.
The government should also aim to remove the current distortions in the tax code such as consolidation of over 60 withholding taxes provisions, over 50 indirect taxes and over a dozen taxes have to overlap with provincial revenue jurisdictions, he added.

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