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October 4, 2017 6:18 PM PM Abbasi for robust policy to strengthen agriculture sector

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday said that the government and the private sector needed to join hands for the formulation of a robust policy for overcoming the existing challenges and to strengthen and promote the agriculture sector. He said this while chairing a meeting with a delegation comprising of representatives from various 7

October 4, 2017 12:13 AM Motorists protest ‘unjust’ traffic fines

SWABI: Unjust fines imposed by the Buner Traffic police at Swabi-Buner entry point has caused great trouble and financial loss to the poor vehicle owners, farmers, traders and transporters operating between the two districts. Speaking to reporters, the drivers and farmers said they had no choice but to protest against the injustice. They rejected the plea taken 4

September 30, 2017 10:47 AM Tourism in Pakistan thrives as terrorism loosens grip on country

As terror attacks recede, the tourism industry of Pakistan has begun to thrive; annual tourist arrivals have more than tripled since 2013, according to Bloomberg. Alan Cameron, a 34-year-old Canadian, was holidaying in Pakistan from his job as an analyst in Jefferies, London. His visit last month highlights how Pakistan’s tourism industry is rekindling 4

September 26, 2017 12:43 AM Indian tomato import ruled out despite high rate

Lahore - Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Bosan has said that the government will never allow import of any vegetables, including tomato and onion, from India despite record high prices of these kitchen items in local markets due to limited local supply. He said that this step has been taken to encourage the local farmers 7

September 23, 2017 12:10 AM Cotton committee approves Rs 690.65 million budget for FY 2017-18

ISLAMABAD: The Board of the Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) on Friday approved Rs 690.65 million for the financial year 2017-18 in order to meet the financial requirements of the committee. The 85th meeting of the PCCC was held here with Minister for Commerce and Textile Industry Muhammad Pervaiz Malik in the chair to discuss the matters of committee 4

September 19, 2017 5:00 AM Losing votes in NA-120 and beyond

We should not read too much into the NA-120 by-election, but we should not read too little into it either. One way to see the contest for former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s seat is that NA-120 should have been a massive victory for the PML-N. Just consider the factors working for Kulsoom Nawaz: the N League is in power in Islamabad, where the Election 6

August 30, 2017 12:06 AM Fertiliser makers fret over unsettled subsidy claims

KARACHI: Fertiliser makers on Tuesday lamented over a delay in settlement of their outstanding subsidy claims by government “much to the frustration of industry.” “One whole month has passed since the ministry of national food security and research was directed by the prime minister’s office to release all the pending amounts urgently, but still nothing 5

August 29, 2017 9:12 PM As agencies respond to storm, some face cuts under Trump budget proposal

As he toured rising floodwater in Texas on Tuesday, President Trump effusively praised his administration’s Hurricane Harvey response, an effort he began touting on Twitter last weekend even before the storm made landfall. But not too long ago, the president proposed a budget calling for cuts to some of the federal government’s most consequential efforts 5

August 29, 2017 12:00 AM ‘People need access to affordable food’

KARACHI: More and more people will need access to affordable and quality food given the growing population of Pakistan, said Faisal Akhtar, managing director of BASF Pakistan. “Feeding more animals and producing enough quality livestock products is the key priority for farmers, feed industry and BASF,“ Akhtar said in a statement. “BASF being a leading 4

August 27, 2017 12:14 AM Nawaz, Imran two sides of the same coin: Bilawal

FATEH JANG: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Saturday that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have failed to come up to the expectations of the masses. Addressing a public meeting in Fateh Jang, Bilawal sought cooperation of masses to put the country on the track of development 8