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June 22, 2017 11:23 PM 622 secondary schools to be upgraded, says minister

Punjab School Education Minister Rana Mashhood has said the Punjab government has decided to upgrade 622 secondary schools to the level of higher secondary schools. He said subject of technical education would be introduced in these upgraded schools. The minister said this while chairing a meeting of a committee formed in this regard by Punjab Chief 4

June 21, 2017 12:00 AM 12,000 camels, sheep forced back to Qatar

DOHA: Around 12,000 camels and sheep have become the latest victims of the Gulf diplomatic crisis, being forced to trek back to Qatar from Saudi Arabia, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. Qatar has so far provided temporary shelter, as well as water and fodder, to 7,000 camels and 5,000 sheep returning from the kingdom, Qatari newspaper The Peninsula said. On June 5, Saudi 3

June 19, 2017 4:07 AM ‘PML-N steering country out of crisis’

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said the PML-N leader steered the country out of crisis and led the nation to economic development and prosperity. Shehbaz expressed these views on Sunday during a meeting with senior PML-N leader and renowned industrialist Chaudhry Ahmed Saeed. Matters of mutual interest and political issues were discussed 8

June 19, 2017 3:39 AM ‘Farmers taking interest in enhancing mango cultivation areas’

MULTAN: Despite cutting of mango orchards for residential purposes in suburban areas of South Punjab, the cultivation area of mangoes is on the rise. This was said by Mango Research Station (MRS) Incharge Abdul Ghaffar Grewal on Sunday. He said, “In the past, mango growers were not taking keen interest in improving mango cultivation but now they are enhancing 4

June 19, 2017 12:00 AM Commission agents stage demo against traffic police

TOBA TEK SINGH: The grain market commission agents staged a demonstration against the traffic police in Gojra on Sunday. The protesters blocked a road for two hours by burning wood. They said that the grain market was small and so the maize growers parked their tractor-trolleys along roads outside the market. They alleged that the traffic police not only harassed 5

June 14, 2017 4:07 AM Finance Bill 2017-18: NA passes budget amid opposition boycott

ISLAMABAD: Amid the opposition boycott, the National Assembly on Tuesday passed Finance Bill 2017-18 with certain amendments, providing legal cover to budgetary proposals for the upcoming financial year. The house adopted a number of amendments proposed by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, senators and MNAs during the debate. Minister for Law and Justice Zahid 10

June 14, 2017 2:15 AM NA stamps budget amid Opp boycott

ISLAMABAD - Amid boycott of the combined opposition, the National Assembly on Tuesday approved the Finance Bill for the financial year 2017-18 by incorporating recommendations of the Senate. The budget, with total outlay of Rs 4.75 trillion for the next year, was presented by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. The finance bill will be effective from July 1 after 4

June 14, 2017 1:59 AM Govt ‘indecision’ on Gulf crisis tops the agenda

* Shah asks on what basis Gen (r) Raheel granted NOC to lead Saudi-led alliance * Opp wants PM to take Parliament into confidence over Qatar rift ISLAMABAD: Lawmakers belonging to the opposition parties in National Assembly on Tuesday demanded a joint session of parliament for discussion on diplomatic crises in the Gulf region, which resulted in Arab countries 2

June 13, 2017 11:48 PM NA passes budget denoting increase in minimum wages, changes in taxes

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday passed "The Finance Bill 2017", giving legal cover to the budgetary proposals for the next financial year that envisage an increase in minimum wages of private employees and labourers and some changes in taxes. The defence budget was passed in the absence of the opposition. The House, while passing the budget 3

June 13, 2017 6:17 PM About 75 Senate proposals to be accepted in budget 2017-18: Dar

Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar Tuesday informed the National Assembly that as many as 75 recommendations forwarded by the Senate were fully or partially accepted for incorporation in the budget 2017-18. Winding up discussion on Budget 2017-18 in the National Assembly, the minister said that the Senate had forwarded 276 proposals for incorporation 3