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$200m World Bank loan for renewable energy project $200m World Bank loan for renewable energy project
ISLAMABAD: The World Bank has initiated the process to approve a credit of $200 million for increasing the installed generation capacity of renewable energy and enhance its development in Pakistan. The project, which will cost $300m, will also receive a loan of $100m from the Green Climate Fund. Renewable energy generation in Pakistan falls far short of realising its potential despite the co...
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Nearly 100 guest houses still operating in residences Nearly 100 guest houses still operating in residences
ISLAMABAD: Nearly a hundred guest houses are still operating in the capital’s residential areas, despite a ban on the nonconforming use of residential properties. The Supreme Court ordered an end to all business activities in residential properties two years ago, after which the Capital Development Authority (CDA) closed down nearly a thousand clinics, media houses, offices and guest houses, mo...
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Action against ‘blasphemous’ websites sought Action against ‘blasphemous’ websites sought
SLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Monday sought a reply from the secretaries of the ministries of interior, information technology, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on a petition seeking a crackdown on alleged blasphemous websites. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui directed the respondents to file the reply by March 7. He also ordered ...
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Senate asked not to pass ‘ineffective’ anti-smoking amendment Senate asked not to pass ‘ineffective’ anti-smoking amendment
WHATSAPP 1 COMMENT EMAIL PRINT ISLAMABAD: A draft bill tabled last year that would ban tobacco product advertisements, even by tobacco retailers inside shops, will be laid before the Senate on Monday. However, civil society representatives who helped draft the bill have asked the upper house to reject it, arguing that it lost its effectiveness after input from the tobacco industry. They ha...
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SC proposes setting up Panamagate probe commission SC proposes setting up Panamagate probe commission
ISLAMABAD: Dissatisfied with the way parties to the Panama Papers leaks hearing developed their case over nine days of proceedings, the Supreme Court on Wednesday proposed constituting a commission to hold an extensive inquiry into the matter. When the five-judge larger bench resumed hearing in the courtroom No.1 after the morning tea-break, Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali asked the counsel f...
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Profile: The CJP who refused to bow to a dictator Profile: The CJP who refused to bow to a dictator
LONG before the March 9, 2007 removal of Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry as the chief justice of Pakistan, military dictator Pervez Musharraf had not only dismissed another head of the apex court but also put him under house arrest. While the two actions were quite similar in nature, the sole reason the dictator sent packing then CJP Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui over 16 years ago was his refusal to take the...
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CRSS report records sudden increase in violence-related casualties CRSS report records sudden increase in violence-related casualties
ISLAMABAD: A report issued by the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) on Thursday shows a sudden increase in incidents of violence and casualties of civilians and law enforcement officials. However, the report – which focuses on the third quarter of this year – also found that militant casualties have fallen compared to the first two quarters. The head of CRSS, Imtiaz Gul told Da...
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ECP Panama leaks hearing: Nawaz seeks disqualification of petitions ECP Panama leaks hearing: Nawaz seeks disqualification of petitions
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday filed an application with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), seeking disqualification of petitions submitted against him by opposition parties in light of the Panama Papers leak. Nawaz termed allegations levelled by four opposition parties against him as “baseless”, saying he has no association with any offshore company mentioned in Panam...
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Audit unearths fake teachers, ghost schools in basic education p
ISLAMABAD: An official audit has unearthed embezzlement worth billions of rupees in the federal government’s Basic Education Commu­nity Schools (BECS) programme. According to the audit brief laid before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) by the office of the auditor general on Wednesday, Rs800 million was unlawfully disbursed for this project and a five-member inquiry committee from the Minist...
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No swine flu case reported in Islamabad No swine flu case reported in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD: Although four suspected swine flu patients have died in Rawalpindi over the last week, no confirmed cases have been reported in the federal capital, health officials said. Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University (SZABMU) Vice Chancellor Dr Javed Akram told The Express Tribune on Saturday that three suspected swine flu patients including one from Gujrat had been brought to th...
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