More Districts Report Cases of Honor Killings

More Districts Report Cases of Honor Killings

Cases of honour killings were more widespread in February 2012 as compared to the preceding month – 24 cases being reported in 16 districts as against 19 recorded in 12 districts in January. Despite government’s efforts to eradicate this practice, all four provinces reported at least one such case. It shows that more needs to…

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Most Dispensaries Lack Syringe Cutters, Sterilizers and Medicines

More than three-fifths of the 150 dispensaries monitored by the Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in March were found to be without syringe cutters. Disposing syringes through cutters prevent transfer of disease, ensuring that they cannot be reused for any other purpose. Similarly, three-fifths of the dispensaries did not have sterilizers. The in-house pharmacies…

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Provincial Assembly of the Sindh: 34th Session Report

The Sindh Assembly passed five Government Bills during the 34th session, held from 29th February to 22nd March 2012. The session comprised 14 daily sittings and lasted 28 hours and 45 minutes. On average, each of these sittings lasted for an hour and 36 minutes, and started late by 85 minutes.

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Price of 33 Commodities Increase; 13 Go Down

Price of 33 Commodities Increase; 13 Go Down

The prices of 33 commodities/services increased in March 2012 as compared to the preceding month while those of 13 fell and six remained unchanged. Commodities including pulses, fruit, rice and cooking oils etc. registered an average increase of 5% but prices of poultry products, some vegetables, kitchen fuels, spices and condiments were down 6%. FAFEN’s…

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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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