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Frontier Corps arrest three women for links with ban group

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QUETTA: Frontier Corps arrested three women on the Pak-Afghan border area chaman and they security forces claimed that they were linked to ban group.

Balochistan government spokesman told that the arrested women had crossed from the Pak-Afghan border town of Chaman illegally and that they were arrested by law enforcement agencies on October 30.

However, he did not identify the women and adding that the women had been found to linked to banned outfits as it was revealed in the investigations.

However, the Baloch Human Rights Organization (BHRO) has alleged that the arrested women were the wife and daughters of Balochistan Liberation Front chief Dr Allah Nazar and they protest in front of Quetta Press Club on Tuesday and demanded to release the arrested women or present them in court if they committed any crime.

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Govt revised petroleum prices: petrol price up by Rs2.49 per litre

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ISLAMABAD: The government announced to revise the petroleum prices on Wednesday and increasing the price of petrol by Rs2.49 per litre from 1 November (today).

As per the new prices, the high-speed diesel (HSD) was increased by Rs5.19 per litre and price for light-speed diesel (LSD) was increased by Rs3 per litre.

The government also increased the price of kerosene oil by Rs5.19 per litre.

The Oil and Gas Regulation Authority (Ogra) forwarded a summary to the federal government, seeking an increase in the prices of POL products.

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NDS arrest three suicide bombers in Nangarhar

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NANGARHAR: The security forces arrested three terrorists including two suicide bombers and a suicide attack planners in Jalalabad city of Nangarhar province on Tuesday

Governor Nangarhar province, Gulab Mangal told media and confirmed that the three terrorists were arrested by National Directorate of Security (NDS) from Jalalabad area of Nangarhar while they were trying to carry out attacks in the city.

He added that the bombers came from across the border and they were trying to target the crowded area of the city

The security officials told local media that the attackers were arrested in a Corolla car and the first attacker wanted to carry out an attack in a crowded area in the city and the second planned to attack minutes after the first attack while the people gathered at the scene.

 

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9 killed, 11 injured in Kabul’s Green Zone suicide attack

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KABUL:  At least nine people were killed and 21 others were injured after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives in 14th street in Wazir Akbar Khan area inside Green Zone on late Tuesday night.

Local media reported that hospital officials confirmed that nine people were killed and 21 others were injured in suicide attack and the blast occurred near the Australian embassy in Kabul.

Security forces reached the spot immediately and rescue the victims of the blast and shifted them to hospital for medical treatment.

The Ministry of Defense has an office in 14th Street and it said that the explosion happened close to their building but they were not the target.

The suicide bomber reportedly entered the area through a park bordering the diplomatic zone and was able to penetrate the layers of security and gain access directly into the highly-fortified area that houses numerous embassies, some government offices, guesthouses and a few private companies.

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Eight dead as truck rams cyclist in New York

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NEW YORK: As many as eight people were killed and more than 11 were injured Manhattan after a driver of truck intentionally guided his vehicle into a bike path.

After the attack the driver jumped from the vehicle and ran up towards highway but he was shot by police in the abdomen and arrested him in injured condition.

The arrested suspect is identified as Sayfullo Habibullaevic and he is an Uzbek national who came to US in 2010. Media reported that he underwent surgery and is expected to survive.

The arrested suspect was heard of shouting “Allahu Akbar” before he was shot. Media also reported that a note was found from the crime scene said that the attack was carried out by the ISIS. However the officials said that they have yet to find evidence of direct ties between the arrested driver and ISIS.

Mayor New York, Bill de Blasio told media persons that this was an act of terror and particularly cowardly act of terror as they attacked the innocent civilians who had no idea what was about to hit him.

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CM agrees to regularize NTS qualified teachers, up-gradation of police

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PESHAWAR :Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has in principle agreed to the overall design of the regularization of the teaching employees recruited through NTS in the education department and directed to include all such employees recruited through NTS or other such forums.

It should also include IT related employees and others, in all departments throughout the province.

Chief Minister approved the regularization design in a high level meeting, he presided over here Tuesday at Chief Minister House. Senior Provincial Minister for Local

Government Inayatullah, Chief Secretary Azam Khan, IGP Salahuddin Mehsud and administrative secretaries attended.

The meeting discussing two point agenda that included regularization of teachers and other employees recruited through NTS and up-gradation of police officials and officials in other public sector departments and entities.

The meeting made various decision regarding financial implications and the required approval at proper forum and the subsequent legislations. The Chief Minister issued the required directives for both the regularization and the up-gradation of different posts in all public sector departments and entities.

The Chief Minister in his address to the participants of the meeting directed for a uniform and just approach in both the regularization and up-gradation of employees adding his government would spend billions on the overall design of the regularization and up-gradation.

However, his government expects a matching efficiency from the public servants for the efficient services to the people.

He directed to bring a combined case for the regularization of teachers and other employees to the provincial cabinet for clearance in its next meeting.

Regarding the up-gradation of police and employees of other departments, the Chief Minister directed that the already finalized case of up-gradation should be brought to the agenda of the provincial cabinet in its next sitting. However, he directed the concerned departments to prepare a consolidated case of up-gradation of all departments with immediate focus on studying at level of establishment department in order to support and approve a just and uniform formula for the up-gradation of all employees.

The case should not take more than ten-day he said and asked to remove the disparity at serving level of all public sector institutions.

Pervez Khattak reminded he wanted a structured serving system and formula giving maximum benefit to the public servants in order to enhance their motivational level to their dedicated services to the people.

The Chief Minister directed to finalize everything for bringing a complete case to the cabinet which would be cleared at that forum and would be then put for legislation from the provincial assembly.

Meanwhile the Chief Minister also directed to finalize the regularization of employees both of IT and projects continuous in nature and required for future support to the overall service delivery system and required for good and efficient governance in the province.

He directed for a consolidated case for the up-gradation of public sector employees. All the departments should be on board in the overall up-gradation design as the government would go for one time legislation, he said.Khattak asked for the proper service structure in order to ensure a just system protecting the rights of every employee in the province. Agreeing to the overall up-gradation design, the Chief Minister directed the IGP to sit with the Chief Secretary for the finalization of up-gradation of police employees of different grades.

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KP govt launch centralized Internal Audit cell

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PESHAWAR: As a key financial management reform initiative, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Government on Tuesday formally launched a centralized and comprehensive Internal Audit policy for all the government departments and local governments. The policy formulated by the provincial finance department, provides a mechanism to strengthen internal control, preempt misuse and enable top management to have efficient control. The internal audit function is being developed for the first time in KP’s history. The launching event was attended by senior government officials, secretaries, and participants from the development partners, civil society and media. Minister Finance Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Muzaffar Said Advocate Chaired the ceremony.

“The Internal Audit Policy is intended to build confidence of the citizens by providing unbiased assessment of whether public officials are managing public resources responsibly, effectively, and honestly” said KP Finance Minister Muzaffar said. He said internal audit policy supports the governance responsibilities of oversight, insight, and foresight, Moreover, the oversight intends to address whether public sector entities are doing what they are supposed to do; funds are being spent on intended purposes and laws are being complied with, the Minister said.

He added that sensitization in departments regarding the same policy was necessary as to aware them from its effectiveness. He revealed that initially in 13 departments and district government of Peshawar, the entire audit cells were established while it would be expanded to all the departments and districts of the Province. He maintained that center of these audit cells were established in finance department which only provides support to the entire cells in various Departments.

During the launching ceremony Additional Secretary Finance gave a detail briefing regarding the IAP, while strategic Advisor Rashid also spoke on the occasion. It was explained in the ceremony that the audit policy also defines the broad principles, authority and responsibility of PIAC, Department/District Internal Audit Cells (IACs) and the role of the both in regard coordination, support and functioning.

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FATA economic revitalization program kicks off

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Peshawar: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the FATA Secretariat inaugurated the FATA economic revitalization program here Tuesday.

Representatives from USAID and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed the PKR 1.6 billion (US$ 15 million) award for building sustainable livelihoods in three FATA agencies – South Waziristan, North Waziristan and Khyber –affected by insecurity and displacement.

Speaking at the ceremony, USAID’s Assistant to the Administrator, Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, Gregory F. Huger said, “The FATA Economic Revitalization Program will help to improve quality of life for residents of FATA.  I am confident this new initiative will not only contribute to livelihood and resilience but will also lead to sustainable economic development in the region.”

The governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA, Engr. Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, also spoke at the ceremony, along with the U.S. Consul General Stephen Fakan and USAID/Pakistan Mission Director Jerry Bisson.

The FATA economic revitalization program will benefit nearly 17,000 families over three years, improving access to non-farming livelihoods for people returning to the FATA after being displaced. The program will also foster a partnership among the government and private sector for long-term employment creation and inclusive economic growth.

“This partnership builds on our successes over two years of working with communities under the FATA Transition and Recovery Programme to rebuild livelihoods after years of insecurity,” said UNDP country director Ignacio Artaza.

The United States is helping the government of Pakistan to improve the lives of residents in FATA through humanitarian assistance and housing, educational, and livelihood support to rebuild stable communities.

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Restoration of pension for retired teachers demanded

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PESHAWAR: Retired teachers and employees of Peshawar Public School and College (PPSC) have asked Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) to restore their pensions in order to avoid begging in their old age.

As a month and a half ago, they were deprived of pensions without any reason, due to which the teachers and non-teaching staff were forced to starve, said Ex-Principal of Peshawar Muhammad Jameel Khan while speaking at a news conference on Tuesday at Peshawar press club.

“If no one least, our own students passed out from our school including Dr Haider Ali, Shahram Tarakai, Mahmud Khan and Shakeel Khan influentials and ministers in the provincial assembly, may listen to our cries”, he appealed. Flanked by other retired teachers and employees, he said they were passing through worst critical conditions as their livelihood and medicines depend on the meager amount of pension and now they are moving from pillar to post.

About previous Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, he informed it (govt) had stopped release grant to PPSC in 2000 but unfortunately the incumbent government led-by Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf in the province halted pensions of its employees, which was a sheer injustice to them.

The former principal said, they had rendered many sacrifices for the institution as they raised it from a small school to a top level educational institution across the province but the government gave them reward in shape of compelling them for begging. “Most of my retired colleagues including myself run short of money even for our medicine”, he said with choked voice and added they could not do any other job in this old age.

Peshawar Public School and College is one of the best education institutions in the province, has passed out its thousands students serving in the country and abroad on important position, which credit goes all the retired and present teaching staff.

The stoppage of the pension, he said would cast a dual negative impact on the institution, on one hand, the services of the retired employees would be discredited while on the other hand, the decision of the Board of Governors (BoGs) of the school regarding stoppage of pensions, would discourage the serving employees.

Responding to a query, Mr Khan said, he and his colleagues many times tried to contact the Provincial Education Minister Muhammad Atif Khan and Secretary Education in this regard but to no avail.

They, therefore, demanded of the Provincial Minister for Education to take notice of their issue and resolve it forthwith, otherwise, they would be compelled to stage a sit-in in front of the Chief of Pakistan Tehrik-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan’s residence (Banigala) in Islamabad, and also outside KP provincial assembly while as a last option to move the court.

 

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SBP releases its APR for FY 2016-17

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ISLAMABAD: The Board of Directors of the State Bank approved the financial statements and Annual Performance Review on the working of the Bank and its subsidiaries for the year ended June 30, 2017.

The Annual Performance Review, including financial statements of the Bank and its subsidiaries and the auditor’s report thereon, has been released to the public and transmitted to the Federal Government pursuant to Section 40(2) of State Bank of Pakistan Act 1956.