6th Sitting NA Leaves Many Agenda Items Unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, December 28, 2010: The National Assembly left most of the agenda unaddressed during the sixth sitting of the ongoing 27th session as Points of Order took more than half (59%) of the sitting time. The Private Members’ Day sitting with an ambitious list of agenda on the Orders of the Day, started 45 minutes…

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Fifth Sitting of 27th Session Marked by Low MNA Attendance

ISLAMABAD, December 24, 2010: The National Assembly met for an hour and fifty minutes during the fifth sitting of the ongoing 27th session. The sitting witnessed low attendance of Members, with only 30 Members present at the outset and 82 were present when the sitting was adjourned. Although the Quorum was visibly lacking at various sitting of this brief sitting, this was not pointed out by any of the Members.

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Points of Order consume almost half of fourth sitting time

ISLAMABAD, December 23, 2010: National Assembly met for three hours and 10 minutes during the 4th sitting of the 27th session. The sitting was marked by low attendance of the members with only 13% present at the beginning and 9% members present when the sitting was adjourned.

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NA passes The Constitution (Nineteenth Amendment) Bill, 2010

ISLAMABAD, December 22, 2010: The National Assembly unanimously passed the Constitution (Nineteenth Amendment) Bill, 2010 during the course of the third sitting of the ongoing 27th session. The passage of Bill took one hour and 36 minutes of the National Assembly proceedings.

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27th Session of NA Points of Order Consume 44% Time of First Sitting

ISLAMABAD, December 20, 2010: The Twenty-Seventh Session of the National Assembly began with low attendance of Members, with only 20 % of the Members present at the outset and 27% present when the sitting was adjourned. The first sitting, which started 40 minutes late, lasted three hours, debated upon the Registration (Amendment) Bill, 2010, without reaching a conclusive end was deferred indefinitely.

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More Resources Needed to Boost TB Control Efforts

More Resources Needed to Boost TB Control Efforts: FAFEN Health Institution Monitor [December 8, 2010] ISLAMABAD, December 8, 2010: More investments in basic facilities and equipment are essential to improve the services at the Tuberculosis Health Centers (TBHCs) across Pakistan that are relatively better staffed and adequately stocked with medicines

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20% teaching posts vacant in Girls Colleges across Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, November 28, 2010: More than one fifth of the teaching posts at government-run colleges for women, monitored by Free and Fair Election (FAFEN) during September 2010, were vacant across the country, according to FAFEN Education Institution Monitor released here Sunday.

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