Editorial

Politics causes human rights frictions

Human Rights Day fell on Tuesday this year, in which the US-led Western world has unprecedentedly attacked China on its human rights record. They have let values dominate their perceptions of China, which are devoid of reality and China’s voice. Western media outlets have preset their narrative in reports about the vocational education and training…

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Crisis in auto-industry

The financial crisis in auto sector has deepened as the sale of cars and trucks have significantly declined. Depressed sale, increased import cost of completely knockdown and semi-knock down kits due currency depreciation have stagnated the production activity. The overall demand for all brands of cars assembled by few monopolistic firms have dropped by 39…

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PML-N stance on legislative business

Sharply reacting to protest of Pakistani diaspora in front of Park lane residence of Nawaz Sharif in London, senior PML-N leader Khwaja Asif warned that it was an act of animosity and his party may not honor the commitment made to the National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaisar for smooth running of house and cooperation in…

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Legislation targeting Muslims

Lower House of Indian Parliament, Lok Saba has passed a discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Bill to grant nationality to Hindu migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who migrated to India before 2015. The draft of his tacitly Hinduata imposing legislation was originally tabled in the Indian parliament in 2016 but it got lapsed due to lack…

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Surrendering unutilized resources

The provincial governments have surrendered a surplus of Rs.202 to the center during the first quarter of current financial year. Under the 7th National Finance Commission Award of 2010, the share of revenues of federating units from federal divisible pool had been enhanced from 49 percent to 57 percent. However, due to capacity issues of…

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Towards knowledge economy

Prime Minister Imran Khan formally inaugurated the Science and Technology Park at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) main campus in Islamabad. Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister advised the students to remain always steadfast in pursuit of their studies, future carrier building and must not be discouraged by the setbacks that…

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Taxing marketed smuggled good

In a pragmatic bid the government intends to offer a sort of amnesty to traders who sell non-duty paid goods in their shops. As per conservative estimates smuggled goods worth $10 billion reach the whole sale and retail markets of the country. In the past the anti-smuggling measures could neither bring down the quantum of…

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Rigid circular debt

The monthly flow to swelling circular debt was Rs.38 billion in previous government. The present government decided to implement a comprehensive policy of power sector reforms the major component of which was bringing down circular debt addition of Rs.12 billion per month and completely wiping it out by December, 2020. But the target seems pretty…

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Allaying traders’ reservations

Government has decided to allay the misgivings of traders about the broadening of tax net by bringing retail trade under it under the economy documentation drive. A notification will be issued to constitute committees comprising representatives of traders and officials of tax department .across the country to register business houses which are out of the…

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Power tariff hike

Government has notified an increase of 11 paisa per unit in power tariff as price adjustment to recover an additional amount of Rs. 14 billion from all categories of consumers who honestly pay their monthly bills. NEPRA had recommended an increase of 15 paisa in the original price of electricity. Last month government notified an…

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