Leader of the Opposition speaks on budget for 77% of sitting time

ISLAMABAD, June 4, 2012: Starting 45 minutes late, the second sitting of Senate’s 82nd session, which met for three hours and eight minutes, witnessed low attendance by Senators on Monday. With 16 legislators present at the start and 24 when the sitting was adjourned, a maximum of 46 Senators were observed at any time of the sitting.

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Increase in FIRs for crimes against women

ISLAMABAD, June 4: Reportage of crimes against women registered an increase in March with an average 17 First Information Reports (FIRs) lodged per district as compared to the preceding month when 10 FIRs were filed, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report.

The report released Monday said that although

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Leader of the Opposition stays away from 2nd Sitting

ISLAMABAD, June 04, 2012: The Leader of the Opposition who traditionally opens the debate on budget did not attend the first sitting on Monday after the presentation of budget two days back. Starting an hour and 15 minutes late, the Lower House met for three and 26 minutes. It witnessed low attendance.

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Malaria and dengue on the rise

ISLAMABAD, June 3: Diseases transmitted through mosquitoes saw a significant increase with 2,340 cases of malaria reported in 20 districts in March as compared to 872 in 15 districts in February, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report.

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Senate sitting lasts 14 minutes as budget presented

ISLAMABAD, June 1, 2012: As the federal budget for 2012-13 was presented in the first sitting of Senate’s 82nd session, PMLN Senators protested on the issue of Supreme Court’s verdict in the contempt case against the Prime Minister. The Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue presented the budgetary proposals.

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Budget Speech attracts more than 71% MNAs to NA Sitting

ISLAMABAD, June 01, 2012: Amid pandemonium, the Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue presented the budget during the first sitting of the 42nd session of the National Assembly on Friday. Starting 35 minutes late, the sitting lasted 36 minutes.

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Inflation rate up by 9% in 2012

ISLAMABAD, May 30: The rate of inflation for 44 commodities including wheat, rice, pulses, meat, kitchen fuel and poultry products stood at 9% in April 2012. This is a comparatively smaller increase than the 15% inflation rate in the same month last year. However, the overall rate of inflation over the last two years (April 2010-April 2012) went up by 25%.

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Boys’ high schools lack libraries, lab equipment and playgrounds

A report based on the monitoring of 118 boys’ high schools in 76 districts across Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, May 23: About two-fifths of the 118 boys’ high schools monitored in 76 districts across the country in March had no libraries while a similar number was without playgrounds. Additionally, one-fifth of

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Turkish Prime Minister addresses joint sitting of parliament

ISLAMABAD, May 21, 2012: The joint sitting of the parliament met for 55 minutes, with almost 71% membership of both the Houses present. The sitting started 40 minutes late against the stipulated time of 1700 hours. The sitting was held in the honor of the Turkish Prime Minister, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan.

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Low government oversight of police stations

ISLAMABAD, May 18: Sixty-nine visits were made by government officials/elected representatives to 100 police stations monitored across the country during January-March 2012 which means at least 31 were ignored altogether, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report.

The report released Thursday said that informed and regular government oversight is

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