60% MNAs Participated in 30th Session

5 Bills including the Acid Control and Acid Crime Prevention Bill Passed More than one thirds of session time consumed by Points of Order ISLAMABAD, May 15, 2011: Almost 60% of the Members of the National Assembly participated in the proceedings of the 30th session of the National Assembly, which was marked by unfinished agenda,…

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Crimes Against Women on the Rise in Punjab

ISLAMABAD, May 13, 2011: Punjab province saw a 21% leap in officially-recorded crimes against women in February 2011 as compared to January 2011, according to FAFEN’s collection of officially documented crime cases in 69 districts across Pakistan. The offices of District Police Officers (DPOs) in 25 out of 28 monitored districts of Punjab reported 700 FIRs of crimes that targeted women in February 2011 while in January the police administration of 23 out of 29 observed districts in the province reported 578 crimes against women.

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Last Sitting of 30th Session takes on all Agenda Items

ISLAMABAD, May 12, 2011: The National Assembly met for two hours and 36 minutes during the last sitting of the 30th session. The sitting was marked by low Members’ attendance, with 72 Members present at the outset, while 108 were present when the sitting was adjourned The last sitting was productive in terms of taking…

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Productive 18th Sitting takes on all Agenda items

ISLAMABAD, May 11, 2011: The National Assembly met for three hours and 20 minutes with low Members’ attendance during the eighteenth sitting of the ongoing 30th session. A total of 74 Members were present at the outset, while 48 were present when the sitting was adjourned. The Quorum was visibly lacking at various stages of…

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17th Sitting More than Half of time consumed by Points of Order

ISLAMABAD, May 10, 2011: The National Assembly met for two hours and 21 minutes during the 17th sitting of the ongoing 30th Session. The sitting witnessed low attendance of Members with only 9% of the legislators present at the outset of the sitting and 20% at the end. The Quorum was visibly lacking at various…

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NA Suspends Regular Agenda to Debate upon Abbottabad Incident

ISLAMABAD, May 9, 2011: The sixteenth sitting of the 30th session of the National Assembly met for three hours and 23 minutes. The sitting was marked by low Members’ attendance, with 92 Members present at the outset and 58 were present when the sitting was adjourned. The National Assembly suspended the regular agenda to debate…

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DHQs Lack Specialized Services, Facilities

ISLAMABAD, May 4, 2011: The state-run healthcare facilities at district level lack many specialized medical services and facilities, pushing the administration of these secondary care hospitals to refer the patients with serious medical conditions to tertiary care hospitals in big cities, which are already overburdened and few in number.

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29 Commodities Register 8% Price Increase in April 2011

ISLAMABAD, April 30, 2011: As many as 29 consumer commodities including fruits, potato, rice and vegetable ghee registered an average increase of 8% during April 2011 as compared to March 2011, while 18 commodities including some important items like onion, tomato, poultry products and pulses registered an average decrease of 5%.

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NA Approves Motion of Thanks on President’s Address

ISLAMABAD, April 29, 2011: The National Assembly dealt with a majority of agenda items listed in the Orders of the Day during the 15th sitting. With the exception of a Calling Attention Notice, all the listed business was disposed off as the House passed “The General Statistics (Reorganization) Bill, 2011” and approved the Motion of…

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Government Boys’ Primary Schools Lack Sanitation and Security Staff

ISLAMABAD, 28th April, 2011: A majority of government boys’ primary schools, monitored during March 2011, did not have the services of sanitary and support staff. According to FAFEN’s Education Institution Monitor, as many as 94% of monitored schools did not have a serving sanitary worker, 81% were without security guards and 70% did not have a peon. Non-teaching staff are important for providing support and assistance in the management and maintenance of schools.

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