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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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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Prices of food items rise ahead of Ramadan

ISLAMABAD, July 30, 2010: Prices of most food items have registered an increase in July 2010 in most parts of the country, warranting a prompt government action to enforce price control mechanisms or ensuring steady supplies of items that are most used during the holy month of Ramadan set to begin in mid-August.

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Low Turnout, Suspicious Voting and Heavy Police Mark PP-34 By-Election

ISLAMABAD, July 26, 2010: Low turnout, incidences of fraudulent and suspicious voting and heavy presence of police and security officials inside polling stations marked the by-election for the PP-34 constituency of the Provincial Assembly [Sargodha-VII], reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report of PP-34 By-Election Observation.

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FAFEN Survey of DHQs, THQs Lack of doctors, dissatisfied patients warrant prompt govt interventions

MULTAN, July 12, 2010: Tehsil and District Headquarters Hospitals are the backbone of state-run healthcare infrastructure, but the lack of doctors and nurses, patients’ dissatisfaction about the services and attitude of hospital staff, and poor infrastructure and sanitation at some hospitals warrant prompt government interventions to put this public sector healthcare system back on track, reports FAFEN’s Health Institution Monitor for the month of July 2010, released here on Monday.

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44% female, 31% male MNAs participate in 38-hour general budget debate

ISLAMABAD, July 6, 2010: Only about one-third of the Members of the National Assembly (114 out of 340) took part in discussion and debate on the Federal Budget during the 23rd Session of the National Assembly, held June 3-30, 2010, according to a new report by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN), and many MNAs who did take part in the budget debate focused on extraneous political and other issues, including general comments about terrorism and power shortages.

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