60% increase in cases of gastrointestinal infections

ISLAMABAD, August 12: During the March-May 2012 quarter, cases of gastrointestinal diseases, which include diarrhea and dysentery and gastroenteritis, went up by 60% per district. A total of 690,431 such cases were registered in May as compared to 574,168 recorded in April and 372,411 in March.

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Prices of vegetables and fruit up

ISLAMABAD, August 10: Prices of the observed vegetables increased in July as compared to the preceding month with onions registering a hike of 25% and tomatoes 21% as sowing of these two crops began in the monitored period, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report.

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Sindh Assembly: Last Sitting Marked by Low Attendance of MPAs

ISLAMABAD, August 8, 2012: The second and the last sitting of Sindh Assembly’s 37th session which met for two hours and 11 minutes on Wednesday continued to witness low attendance. Nineteen (11% of 168) Members were present at the start while 86 (51%) were there when the sitting was adjourned. The Chief Minister did not…

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FAFEN Calls for Urgent Partnerships to Increase Voter Registration

ISLAMABAD, August 8, 2012: The Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has urged the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to forge a collaboration with political parties and civil society organizations in order to register more voters, and especially women, on Final Electoral Roll (FER) 2012. Political parties, in particular, are urged to cooperate fully with the ECP in this effort for the sake of shared, national interests.

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Only 13 Senators take part in debate on law and order in Balochistan

ISLAMABAD, Aug 5, 2012: Low attendance of Senators and lackluster debates on the presidential address to the parliament’s joint sitting and the law and order in Balochistan marked the Senate’s 84thsession, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) preliminary report on Sunday. The six sittings of the session from July 27 to August 3…

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Sitting marked by low attendance of Senators

ISLAMABAD, August 3, 2012: The debate on the law and order in Balochistan was wrapped up in the sixth and the last sitting of Senate’s 84th session, which met for two hours and 54 minutes on Friday. The Interior Minister spoke on the Motion for two hours and 14 minutes.

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Senate debates law and order in Balochistan

ISLAMABAD, August 2, 2012: Starting 40 minutes late, the fifth sitting of Senate’s 84th session, which met for three hours and 57 minutes, debated the law and order in Balochistan for an hour and 41 minutes.

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Senate Takes Notice of “Anomalies” in new Electoral Rolls

ISLAMABAD, August 1, 2012: In the 4th sitting of the Senate’s 84th session on Wednesday, the Chairman Senate formed a Special Committee to review alleged anomalies in the voters’ list. It was formed after a PPPP female Senator on a Point of Order raised the issue of irregularities in the electoral rolls released by the Election Commission of Pakistan.

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Senate: Low Attendance Persists

ISLAMABAD, July 31, 2012: Starting an hour and 15 minutes late, the third sitting of the Senate’s 84th session, which met for two hours and 13 minutes, continued to witness low attendance. Only nine Senators were present at the outset of the sitting while 18 were there at the adjournment.

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Rise in FIRs for motor vehicle lifting

ISLAMABAD, July 31: Cases of motor vehicle lifting increased during the March-May quarter with 39 per district being reported in May as compared to the preceding month when 32 cases were recorded, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report.

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