National Assembly: Bill on free education passed

ISLAMABAD, November 13, 2012: The second sitting of the 47th session of the National Assembly unanimously passed the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill 2012 on Tuesday. The bill has already been passed by Senate.

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RHCs lack medical equipment and basic amenities

ISLAMABAD, November 13, 2012: Among the 144 Rural Health Centers monitored in September, 88 lacked ECG machines, 54 were without x-ray facilities, 33 had no oxygen tents and 24 did not have sterilizers, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report.

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Senate: Most of the agenda left unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, November 12, 2012: Starting 50 minutes late, the third sitting of 87th session on Monday witnessed low attendance. Only six Senators were present at the outset and 13 were there when the sitting was adjourned.

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Senate: Second sitting witnesses low attendance

ISLAMABAD, November 8, 2012: Starting 40 minutes late, the second sitting of Senate\’s 87th session on Thursday witnessed low attendance of Senators. Only eight were present at the outset while 16 were there at the adjournment. A Standing Committee report on a Bill about setting up Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan was presented before the House.

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Prices of medicines and medical services up

ISLAMABAD, November 08: The prices of medicines and medical services went up in October as compared with the preceding month – Disprin (10-tablets), Panadol (10-tablets), urine test (routine examination) and blood sugar test each recording a 1% increase, a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report says.

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Punjab Assembly: None of the bills on agenda taken up

ISLAMABAD, November 7, 2012: Starting two hours and 30 minutes behind schedule, the third sitting of 42th session of the Punjab Assembly did not take up any of the 11 bills on the Orders of the Day. The House also suspended the Question House for general discussion on the Supreme Court verdict in the Asghar…

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Increase in property-related FIRs

ISLAMABAD, November 6: Property-related cases increased 9% during the June-August 2012 quarter as 85 FIRs were filed per district in August compared with those registered in July (81) and June (78), says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report.

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Senate: First Sitting Marked by Low Attendance

ISLAMABAD, November 6, 2012: Starting an hour and six minutes late, the first sitting of 87th session on Tuesday witnessed low attendance of Senators. Only eight were present at the outset while 16 were there at the adjournment.

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Lack of Quorum Persists

ISLAMABAD, November 5, 2012: Starting an hour and 35 minutes behind schedule, the second sitting of 42th session of the Punjab Assembly witnessed low attendance as only 6% (22 of the total 371) MPAs were present at the outset and 8% at the adjournment due to lack of quorum pointed out by a Member of…

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