Prices of 25 Commodities Decrease, 23 Increase and 4 Remain the Same

ISLAMABAD, June 1, 2011: As many as 25 commodities including vegetables, pulses, poultry and cooked items registered an average decrease of 7% in their prices. Twenty three commodities on the other hand registered an increase of 5% in their prices in May as compared to April 2011. Of the 52 monitored commodities, the prices of four commodities, however, remained the same, says FAFEN’s Retail Price Monitor for the month of May 2011 released here Wednesday.

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25 Commodities Register 7% Decrease in May 2011

ISLAMABAD, June 1, 2011: As many as 25 commodities including vegetables, pulses, poultry and cooked items registered an average decrease of 7% in their prices. Twenty three commodities on the other hand registered an increase of 5% in their prices in May as compared to April 2011. Of the 52 monitored commodities, the prices of four commodities, however, remained the same, says FAFEN’s Retail Price Monitor for the month of May 2011 released here Wednesday.

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45% Girls Primary Schools Lack Clean Drinking Water Arrangements

45% Girls Primary Schools Lack Clean Drinking Water Arrangements

Forty-five percent of the government girls’ primary schools monitored by FAFEN in April 2011 lacked clean drinking water for students. This crucial arrangement was not available in 35 of the 78 monitored schools – eight in Punjab, 11 in Sindh, 12 in KP and in all the four schools monitored in Balochistan.

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Police Stations Understaffed in Punjab, KP and Sindh during January – March 2011

Islamabad, May 30, 2011: The police stations in Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) were understaffed to a varying degree, while those in Balochistan and Islamabad Capital Territory were heavily overstaffed, according to Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN’s) Police Station Monitor. This report is based on information collected by FAFEN monitors who visited 90 police stations in 62 districts across the country during January – March 2011. Of the monitored 90 police stations, 39 were monitored in Punjab, 23 in KP, 20 police stations in Sindh, seven in Balochistan and one in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

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10,831 Confirmed New TB Cases Reported in 35 districts in February 2011

ISLAMABAD, May 26, 2011: As many as 10,831 new cases of tuberculosis reported at state-run healthcare facilities in 35 districts across Pakistan during February 2011 is a cause of serious concern for the government particularly in the Punjab province that accounted for 86% of the reported cases in 18 districts. According to FAFEN’s monthly Health Scan, the number of confirmed cases of TB reported in February 2011 is double than the 4,910 cases of the disease reported a month earlier in 37 districts.

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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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