3rd Parliamentary Year NA Registers Improvement in Legislation

ISLAMABAD, April 5, 2011: The National Assembly was observed to be more productive during the third parliamentary year (March 2010 – March 2011) in terms of taking up agenda items and focusing on legislation. Besides, passing landmarks in the form of the 18th and 19th Constitutional Amendments, the Assembly passed 29 out of 94 bills that came on the agenda during the third parliamentary year.

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No Library in Majority of Girls High Schools FAFEN Education Institution Monitor

ISLAMABAD, 4th April, 2011: One in every 10 sanctioned teaching posts in monitored government girls’ high schools is lying vacant nationwide, where one teacher has to teach, on an average, 33 girls. Among the monitored schools, 55% did not have a library and 43% had no playgrounds. The government needs to ensure the availability of staff and facilities for the education of female students in the country, says FAFEN Education Monitor released here Monday.

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Low Turnout, Suspicious Voting Patterns Mark NA-172 By-Election

ISLAMABAD, March 29, 2011: A relatively low turnout, suspicious voting pattern at 11 polling stations, relatively higher participation of women voters and procedural irregularities marked the by-election on NA-172 Dera Ghazi Khan-II held on March 29, 2011 that followed a competitive but expensive election campaign by candidates of major political parties, reports Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report of the By-election observation.

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RHCs Ill-Equipped to Facilitate Child Birth

ISLAMABAD, March 14, 2011: Around one sixth (17%) of Rural Health Centers (RHC) monitored by FAFEN during January, 2011 did not have trained staff to attend to Tuberculosis patients. Similarly, around one fifth (19%) of observed RHCs were lacking operational delivery rooms, according to FAFEN Health Institution Monitor, released here Monday.

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670 Murder FIRs Registered in 60 Districts During December 2010

A total of 23,439 First Information Reports (FIRs) were registered with the police in 67 districts monitored by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) during the month of December 2010. Of the total registered crimes, 1,422 cases (6%) pertained to murder and attempted murder, according to FAFEN’s monthly Pakistan Crime Monitor, the first report of which was released here Tuesday.

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Pakistan Crime Monitor 670 Murder FIRs Registered in 60 Districts During December 2010

ISLAMABAD, March 8, 2011: A total of 23,439 First Information Reports (FIRs) were registered with the police in 67 districts monitored by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) during the month of December 2010. Of the total registered crimes, 1,422 cases (6%) pertained to murder and attempted murder, according to FAFEN’s monthly Pakistan Crime Monitor, the first report of which was released here Tuesday.

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30 Suspected HIV cases Detected in December 2010

Thirty (30) cases of suspected Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and six cases of Probable Poliomyelitis were reported in four districts during December 2010, according to FAFEN’s monthly Health Scan, a report based on the compilation of data of the cases of a selection of diseases collected by the Offices of Executive District Officers (Health) across Pakistan.

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