Editorial

Streamlining healthcare

Khyber Pukhtunkhwa government has finalised a plan of setting up Intensive Care Units for the treatment new born babies in category-A and B hospitals. The plan if approved will cost Rs. 2 billion and funds to the tune of Rs. 10 million will be released in the next fiscal year. At present no such facility…

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Vague policy on Afghan nationals

The deadline for the stay of registered Afghan refugees expires on 30th June and Khyber Pukhtunkhwa government has asked the federal government that further extension in their stay should not be granted. There are genuine reasons for this tough stance if the frontline lines status of the province and periodicity of terrorist attacks on its…

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Raising retirement age limit

Khyber Pukhtunkhwa cabinet has approved amendments in the Civil Servants Act 1973 to raise the limit of retirement on superannuation from 60 years to 63 years. Necessary legislation by the provincial legislature will be required for the implementation of this decision. The financial stringency compelled the provincial government to take this decision for which federal…

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Another power tariff hike

Federal budget for the next fiscal year is under discussion in the National Assembly and finance bill is yet to be tabled but National Electric Power Regulatory Authority has allowed the Power Distribution Companies a uniform increase of Rs.150 in electricity tariff. It is one of the tough conditions included in the staff level International…

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Domicile based transfer and posting

It is really beyond the comprehension of the people as to why Khyber Pukhtunkhwa government is inviting consecutive troubles that impact the lives of the people. Before the passage and enforcement of District and Regional Health Authorities Act 2019 and codification of rules and regulations thereon, mass transfers and posting orders of doctors are being…

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Inviting foreign investment

Addressing the 19th meeting of the Heads of State of Shangai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), Prime Minister Imran Khan highlighted the opportunities of foreign direct investment and available but untapped huge natural resources in Pakistan. He dwelt at length on the creative and productive potential of its 65 percent young population, perhaps making an oblique reference…

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Curative healthcare

Khyber Pukhtunkhwa government has issued instructions to the Districts Health Officers and Medical Superintendents of nine districts to make arrangements for treatment of people who may suffer from seasonal diseases in the aftermath of pre-monsoon rains. The summer season is also heading towards climax and like the previous years Dengue mosquito may spread Dengue fever.…

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Amending tax laws

The government has decided to amend income tax laws to take firm legal action against the tax evaders and people who conceal foreign accounts. A bill was presented in the lower house of the parliament on Tuesday to empower the Commissioners of Inland Revenue Services Department of Federal Board of Revenue to freeze the domestic…

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Illegal mining

Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Minister for mineral development Dr. Amjad Ali has warned to take strict measures to prevent illegal mining. He also underscored greater transparency in the award of mining contracts, while leasing out mining right to contractors. Illegal mining has become a well entrenched activity under the political patronage and collusion of officials of mineral…

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Federal budget 2019-20

The federal budget for the next fiscal year is a mixed bag of heavy taxation, mostly indirect taxes hitting hard the common man, incentives to some industries and symbolic relief measures to the salaried class although it will be offset by lowering the taxable limit of their income. Almost all sector of the economy has…

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