Lack of Quorum, unmentioned, marks 4th sitting of NA

ISLAMABAD, September 23, 2010: National Assembly met for two hours and 53 minutes during the 4th sitting of the 25th session. The sitting was marked by low attendance of the members with only 16% present at the beginning and 17% members present when the sitting was adjourned. However, the lack of quorum was not pointed out by any member throughout the sitting. The maximum number of members attending at one point of sitting was 127 (37%).

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3rd Sitting of NA Points of Order consume 40% of sitting time

ISLAMABAD, September 22, 2010: The third sitting of the 25th National Assembly session met for three hours and 25 minutes. The attendance of members at the outset of the sitting was observed to be slightly better, than the previous two sittings, with 108 present. However, there were only 53 legislators present when the sitting was adjourned. The Quorum was visibly lacking at various stages of the sitting, but was not pointed out by any of the members.

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BHUs under-staffed, ill-equipped to deal with emergencies

ISLAMABAD, September 21, 2010: Patients with emergency conditions do not have access to adequate medical care at the Basic Health Units (BHUs) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Balochistan and Sindh, as most of these building blocks of the country’s healthcare system lack life-saving equipment such as oxygen tents and many of them are under-staffed, reports FAFEN’s Health Institution Monitor for the month of September 2010, released here Tuesday.

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Many agenda items remain unaddressed as POs take 40% time

ISLAMABAD, September 21, 2010: The second sitting of the 25th session was marked by low attendance of members, with only 42 members present at the beginning and 37 present at the end of the sitting. National Assembly in this four-hour sitting took up five legislations and left most of the agenda for this Private Members’ Day unaddressed. Twenty-five Points of Orders (POs) were raised that took up 40 percent of the total sitting time.

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First Sitting of 25th Session Marked by low MNA Attendance

ISLAMABAD, September 20, 2010: The Twenty-Fifth Session of the National Assembly began with low attendance of Members, with only 47 present at the outset of the sitting and 45 present at the end. The long stretched first sitting left most of the agenda unaddressed and took up a resolution regarding “the support to the people of Kashmir”, which was not on the Orders of the Day. The resolution was unanimously passed by the House.

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Food prices show mixed trend in September, high in flooded districts

ISLAMABAD, September 8, 2010: The prices of some commonly used food items, which skyrocketed at the beginning of Ramadan decreased by the end of this holy month, but this relative price relief was not extended to the consumers in the flood hit regions.However, the prices of some of the food commodities continued to rise, according to FAFEN Retail Price Monitor released here Wednesday.

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Low Attendance Marks Third Sitting of 24th Session

ISLAMABAD, September 4, 2010: The third sitting was marked by low attendance of the legislators, with 41 members present at the outset and only 21 present at the end. The long stretched sitting debated on the Motion regarding devastation of life and property caused by recent floods, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on the National Assembly Proceedings.

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86-minute debate on Floods in almost 6-hour long 2nd sitting

ISLAMABAD, September 3, 2010: The second sitting of the twenty-fourth session met for 5 hours and 45 minutes. A total of five members spoke for only 86 minutes on the Motion under Rule 259 regarding devastation of life and property caused by recent floods, reports the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet on the National Assembly Proceedings.

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