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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Low attendance marks 21st sitting of 23rd NA session

ISLAMABAD, June 30, 2010: In the last sitting of the 23rd session, the National Assembly met for a total of 04 hours and 18 minutes with low attendance of members. The quorum was visibly lacking at various stages of the sitting, but the lack of quorum was not pointed out by any of the members, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Points of Order Consume 71% Time of 20th Sitting

ISLAMABAD, June 29, 2010: National Assembly in the twentieth sitting met for a total of 02 hours and 28 minutes with low presence of members. There were only 35 members present at the outset, while 64 were present at the end. The quorum was visibly lacking at various stages of the sitting, but the lack of quorum was not pointed out by any of the members, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Low attendance marks 19th sitting of 23rd NA session

ISLAMABAD, June 28, 2010: The nineteenth sitting of the 23rd Session was marked by low attendance of the members, with only 58 present at the outset. The Benazir Income Support Programme Bill, 2009 was passed by the National Assembly after thorough debates and deliberations during the sitting. The Prime Minister attended the sitting for 40 minutes, while the Leader of Opposition was absent, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on the National Assembly Proceedings.

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National Assembly accepts the Finance Bill, 2010 by majority

ISLAMABAD, June 25, 2010: The eighteenth sitting of the budget session witnessed relatively high presence of members with a maximum 63 present attendance. The long stretched sitting voted on the Finance Bill, 2010, which was eventually approved by the House with a majority vote. Members of PML staged a token walkout on non-approval of their demands, the walkout ended after 5 minutes, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on the National Assembly Proceedings.

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Fraudulent Voting, Low Turnout mark PP-160 By-election

ISLAMABAD, June 24, 2010: Incidents of fraudulent voting, low turnout and heavy presence of police and Rangers inside polling stations marked the by-election for the PP-160 constituency of the National Assembly [Lahore-XXIV], reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Preliminary Report

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National Assembly rejects 396 cut motions by majority

ISLAMABAD, June 24, 2010: The seventeenth sitting of the 23rd Session with a relatively high presence of members approved demands for grants for 18 institutions of various ministries and rejected 396 cut motions by a majority vote, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on the National Assembly Proceedings.

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