Specialised Services Lacking at DHQs; Effective Oversight Required

Specialised Services Lacking at DHQs; Effective Oversight Required

ISLAMABAD: Specialised services were found lacking at the District Headquarter Hospitals (DHQs) monitored in February 2012. Of the 65 such facilities monitored, three-fourths did not offer psychiatry while 61% were without physiotherapy services. Similarly, about two-fifths of the hospitals had no services for cardiology (40%) and chest specialists (43%) while 44% were without orthopedics. Also,…

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Girls Schools Without Support Staff, Playgrounds

Girls Schools Without Support Staff, Playgrounds

ISLAMABAD, April 15: As much as 92% of the 154 government girls’ primary schools monitored in 84 districts in February were without cleaners while about three-fifths did not have peons and security guards, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report. The report released Sunday says that information was withheld on the appointments of support staff by the administration of 57 schools. However, in schools that did share information, an average 10% vacancy rate was observed.

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Provincial Assembly of the Sindh: 33rd Session Report

A three-year-old Bill on domestic violence against women and children was deferred during the 33rd session of the Sindh Assembly. The Domestic Violence (prevention and protection) Bill 2008 was presented by a female Private Member more than three years ago and covers physical, sexual, emotional, social, economic and psychological abuse committed by a person against…

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Rise in Cases of Infant Mortality

Rise in Cases of Infant Mortality

ISLAMABAD, March 30 2012: Cases of infant mortality registered an increase in December last year as compared to the preceding month – an average of 56 deaths per district out of those monitored and reporting such cases – occurring in December and 51 in November, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report. Infant…

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Firs for Counterfeiting Currency Continue to Increase

Firs for Counterfeiting Currency Continue to Increase

The number of First Information Reports (FIRs) filed for counterfeiting currency continued to increase with 44 per district being filed in January 2012 as compared to 37 registered in December and 28 in November 2011. Of the 2,906 cases of threat and fraud, counterfeiting currency was not only the most frequent but also the most…

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13th National Assembly of Pakistan: Preliminary Annual Report 2011-2012

Geo-strategic challenges, national Security, political instability, civil-military relations and executive-judiciary tension largely defined the agenda for the 13th National Assembly during its fourth parliamentary year that ended on March 17, 2012. The outgoing year was particularly tumultuous for Pakistan as well as for the legislature in terms of agenda-setting that was difficult and critical.

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Most Schools in 85 Districts Without Playgrounds

Most Schools in 85 Districts Without Playgrounds

ISLAMABAD – Ninety five boys’ primary schools out of 161 monitored across 85 districts in January 2012 were found to be without playgrounds, says a Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) report released on Thursday. Similarly, 38 schools had no arrangements for clean drinking water for students while only eight had sanitary workers.

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FAFEN Parliament Monitor Senate of Pakistan Annual Report 2011-2012

FAFEN Parliament Monitor Senate of Pakistan Annual Report 2011-2012

National security issues, political instability and executive-judiciary tension largely dominated the proceedings of the nine sessions of Senate held during July 2011 to March 2012. During this period, the Upper House had to respond to urgent matters such as the NATO raid on a Pakistani border post in Salala killing 24 soldiers, multi sector governance…

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