First Sitting of 25th Session Marked by low MNA Attendance

ISLAMABAD, September 20, 2010: The Twenty-Fifth Session of the National Assembly began with low attendance of Members, with only 47 present at the outset of the sitting and 45 present at the end. The long stretched first sitting left most of the agenda unaddressed and took up a resolution regarding “the support to the people of Kashmir”, which was not on the Orders of the Day. The resolution was unanimously passed by the House.

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Food prices show mixed trend in September, high in flooded districts

ISLAMABAD, September 8, 2010: The prices of some commonly used food items, which skyrocketed at the beginning of Ramadan decreased by the end of this holy month, but this relative price relief was not extended to the consumers in the flood hit regions.However, the prices of some of the food commodities continued to rise, according to FAFEN Retail Price Monitor released here Wednesday.

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Low Attendance Marks Third Sitting of 24th Session

ISLAMABAD, September 4, 2010: The third sitting was marked by low attendance of the legislators, with 41 members present at the outset and only 21 present at the end. The long stretched sitting debated on the Motion regarding devastation of life and property caused by recent floods, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on the National Assembly Proceedings.

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86-minute debate on Floods in almost 6-hour long 2nd sitting

ISLAMABAD, September 3, 2010: The second sitting of the twenty-fourth session met for 5 hours and 45 minutes. A total of five members spoke for only 86 minutes on the Motion under Rule 259 regarding devastation of life and property caused by recent floods, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Lack of facilities and absence of doctors in dispensaries warrant government attention

ISLAMABAD, September 3, 2010: A dispensary is the basic unit in state-run primary healthcare service delivery system. However, this building block of primary healthcare is tainted by poor infrastructure, lack of basic facilities, unavailability of medicines, absence of doctors and female staff and weak oversight, warranting immediate governmental attention, reports FAFEN’s Health Institution Monitor for the month of August 2010, released here on Friday.

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Two-Hour NA Sitting Offers Fateha for Flood Victims

ISLAMABAD, September 2, 2010: The National Assembly did not take up the Motion under Rule 259 regarding devastation of life and property caused by recent floods scheduled for the first sitting of the 24th session that went under way on Thursday, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Food prices register sharp increase in August FAFEN Retail Price Monitor

ISLAMABAD, August 31, 2010: Food commodities have registered a sharp increase in prices during August as compared to July 2010, perhaps due to Ramadan factor and current flood situation in the country.The consumers living in flood hit regions are suffering even more, according to FAFEN’s Monthly Retail Price Monitor released here Tuesday.

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Fraudulent Voting, Suspicious Voting Patterns at 18 Booths Observed in High Turnout NA-155 By-Election

ISLAMABAD, August 5, 2010: High turnout, incidents of fraudulent voting, suspicious voting patterns at 18 booths of 15 polling stations and heavy presence of police and security officials inside polling stations marked the by-election for the NA-155 constituency of the National Assembly [Lodhran-II], reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report of NA-155 By-Election Observation.

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