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January 16, 2019 12:00 AM Govt urged to pass law on child marriages

PESHAWAR: The civil society organisations and human right activists have urged the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to table and pass the pending legislation of Child Marriage Restraint Amendment Bill, 2018 and raise the minimum age of marriage to 18 without any delay. Speaking at a joint press conference at Peshawar Press Club, they said Saudi Arabia’s 34

January 15, 2019 9:30 AM Tickets for PSL matches in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi available online

Tickets for the HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2019 matches in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi are now available online on, the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) official website for the tournament announced on Tuesday. "Details about online Dubai and Pakistan leg tickets will be announced soon while box office ticket sales information for all five HBL PSL venues 17

January 15, 2019 12:00 AM ‘Japan must recognise all Kurils as Russian’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday after meeting his Japanese counterpart that Tokyo must recognise Moscow’s sovereignty over all of the disputed south Kuril islands in order for peace talks to continue. The two diplomats met for the first time since leaders of Japan and Russia agreed last year to increase efforts to sign a treaty 13

January 15, 2019 12:00 AM GST waiver on tractors urged

LAHORE: Farmer body has asked the government to waive general sales tax (GST) on locally-made tractors and implements, a statement said on Monday. Khalid Mahmood Khokhar, president of the Pakistan Kissan lttehad (PKI) said that agriculture sector, being the backbone of Pakistan's economy, contributes approximately 24 percent to GDP. However, presently 16

January 15, 2019 12:00 AM Withholding tax collection rises 14 percent to Rs1.128 billion

KARACHI: The withholding tax collection from non-cash banking transactions has posted 14 percent growth; following introduction of an amendment through the Finance Supplementary Act, 2018. The collection of withholding tax from non-cash transactions, which is applicable only on non-filers of income tax returns, increased to Rs1.128 billion in December 15

January 12, 2019 12:00 AM NA speaker becomes active for formation of NA panels

ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaisar activated himself for finalisation of the formation of Standing Committees of the National Assembly in the upcoming NA session scheduled to begin from Monday. Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaisar on Thursday held a meeting with Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan while on Tuesday 13

January 12, 2019 12:00 AM ‘Tough IMF conditions unacceptable’

LAHORE: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Friday advised the government to avoid tough IMF conditions that would ultimately shrink economy and jack up unemployment, a statement said. LCCI President Almas Hyder said that if IMF funding is necessary than no harmful conditions such as increase in discount rate, more audits for the business 14

January 12, 2019 12:00 AM Government raises drug prices up to 15 percent

KARACHI: The government kicked off 2019 with drug prices raised by between 9.0 percent and 15 percent to provide much-needed relief to the local manufacturers after massive rupee devaluation in recent months, an official said on Friday. Drug Regulatory Authority Pakistan (DRAP) said the current increase is due to 30 percent decrease in value of rupee 15

January 7, 2019 12:29 PM Pakistani civilian martyred in unprovoked firing by Indian forces at LoC

RAWALPINDI: A Pakistani man was martyred and woman sustained injuries as Indian occupation forces along resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LOC) targeting civil population. Inter Services Public Relations, the media wing of the military, said Indian occupation forces along LOC resorted to unprovoked firing in Bagsar Sector along 15

January 6, 2019 12:00 AM Remuneration for withholding agents mulled

KARACHI: Government is mulling a remuneration system for withholding tax agents to encourage them to increase collection, as it faces a daunting challenge to achieve the revenue target of Rs4.435 trillion for the current fiscal year of 2018/19, sources said on Saturday. The sources in the finance ministry said the present government realises the ground 12