29th NA Session Low Attendance 5th Sitting Meets for 109 Minutes

ISLAMABAD, February 25, 2011: The National Assembly met for an hour and 49 minutes during the fifth sitting of the ongoing 29th session. The sitting which started 53 minutes late witnessed low attendance of Members, with only 60 Members present at the beginning and 87 present when the sitting was adjourned. A maximum of 112 Members was recorded at one point of sitting.

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Tomato, Potato, Onion Register Price Decrease in February

As many as 19 commodities registered a price decrease, 26 commodities an increase while the prices of 16 commodities remained the same during February 2011 as compared to January 2011, according to FAFEN Retail Price Monitor for the month of February released here Thursday.

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Fourth Sitting of 29th Session Marked by Low MNA Attendance

ISLAMABAD, February 24, 2011: The National Assembly met for two hours and 50 minutes during the 4th sitting of the ongoing 29th session. The sitting was marked by low Members’ attendance, with only 52 Members present at the outset and 48 present when the sitting was adjourned.

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38% Boys High Schools Lack Libraries, Playgrounds FAFEN Education Institution Monitor

As many as 38% government boys high schools do not have a library, 40% lack playgrounds and 42% do not have security guards, according to FAFEN’s monitoring of state-run boys high schools across the country during January, 2011. The government needs to resolve infrastructural issues and ensure the availability of key facilities in order to improve standards of secondary education in the country, says FAFEN’s Education Institution Monitor released here Monday.

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More Than 59,000 Women Voters Barred from Voting in Shangla By-Election

More than 59,000 women voters were not allowed to vote in PK-87 Shangla-l by-election held on January 29, 2011. Women voters were disenfranchised as per accord among all the contesting political parties and candidates at 14 female polling stations and 69 combined polling stations, according to FAFEN’s report on by-election observation.

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Polio Persists Despite 17 Years of Campaigning

One confirmed Polio case was reported in Pakistan’s largest metropolis, Karachi, in November 2010, indicating the persistence of the viral disease despite aggressive vaccination campaigns by the government since 1993 for its eradication.

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