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%.


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


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.


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


Low attendance of MPAs late starts mark 25th KP Assembly session

ISLAMABAD, May 15, 2012: Low Attendance of MPAs, Points of Order interrupting regular proceedings and late starts marked the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly’s 25th session, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) preliminary report on Tuesday.

The Assembly passed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local


Sitting marked by low attendance

ISLAMABAD, May 14, 2012:  The fifth sitting of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly’s 25th session, which met for an hour and 29 minutes, on Monday witnessed low attendance of Members.   A total of 29 Members (23% of total Membership) were present at the start


Protests, walkouts mar Senate session; consume 34% of time

ISLAMABAD, May 11, 2012: Protests and walkouts by opposition parties and coalition partners interrupting regular proceedings, and low attendance of Senators marked the Senate’s 81st session, leaving 54% of the agenda items listed on the Orders of the Day unaddressed, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) preliminary report on Friday.


Senate witnesses two protests by PMLN and PML

ISLAMABAD, May 10, 2012: The eighth sitting of Senate’s 81st session on Wednesday witnessed a walkout by the opposition PMLN over the Prime Minister’s conviction in the contempt case and a protest by a government ally, PML, over power outages and ministerial absence.


Law and order debate lasts just 91 minutes

ISLAMABAD, May 9, 2012: Low attendance of Members, late starts, Points of Order interrupting regular proceedings and a brief discussion on law and order marked the Sindh Assembly’s 35th session as it adopted a Resolution backing the Prime Minister as democratically elected chief executive, says a