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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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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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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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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