India’s sub-standard construction has claimed over 90 lives in less than a year

At least 17 people are now known to have died when a building collapsed in southern Indian city of Chennai.

Some 22 survivors have so far been pulled from the rubble, and 40 others are feared trapped in the debris.

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Police reform: the need of the hour

The encounter between the Punjab Police force and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers has raised questions regarding not only the justness of such action but also the capacity of the police force to function as a responsible and dependable representative of state authority. The Punjab Police is a part of the state machinery, hence, the . . . → Read More: Police reform: the need of the hour

A poor country’s not so poor leaders

The former home of assassinated Pakistan politician Benazir Bhutto – which comes with its own airfield and hanger – has gone on sale for £10 million

The former home of assassinated Pakistan politician Benazir Bhutto, complete with its own airfield and hanger, is to be sold for £10 million.

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NADRA switched off CCTV cameras to facilitate election rigging

The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has finally conceded in its verification report that 259 out of the 325 polling bags of constituency NA-118, Lahore, contained bogus ballots, Express Investigation Cell (EIC) learnt on Wednesday.

According to experts, NADRA had submitted its verification report to . . . → Read More: NADRA switched off CCTV cameras to facilitate election rigging

KP’s new online price control system

PESHAWAR – The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has formally launched online system in the province to control prices of essential commodities during the holy month of Ramzan-ul-Mubarak.

This is part of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government special reforms initiative. This was revealed at a high-level meeting chaired by Additional Chief Secretary Khalid Pervez on the special directives of . . . → Read More: KP’s new online price control system

Should the world accept Afghan election results?

The runoff election of June 14 was unprecedented in the history of Afghanistan. Security arrangements were thorough and voter turnout was high. According to the Independent Election Commission’s (IEC) initial estimation, 62% male and 38% female voters cast their ballots. People waited in long queues under the hot sun to vote for a peaceful and . . . → Read More: Should the world accept Afghan election results?

Over 1000 corrupt officials identified by China

CNN — In the latest move in China’s anti-corruption campaign, more than 1,000 people in Guangdong Province have been marked as “naked officials” — those suspected of storing graft gains with overseas family members.

According to Chinese state media, Xinhua news agency, an unnamed official source says 866 of the implicated officials have been removed . . . → Read More: Over 1000 corrupt officials identified by China

NA-118 rigging activates NADRA

(By Rana Tanveer) LAHORE: The National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) has found rigged votes in the record of ballot papers from NA-118, Lahore, The Express Tribune has learnt.

According to a report submitted by the authority to the election tribunal, the record of only 68 of 251 polling stations in the constituency were provided to NADRA. . . . → Read More: NA-118 rigging activates NADRA

People to suffer Government’s inefficiencies in power management

Amid increasing criticism of a plan to recover circular debt from electricity consumers, the federal government on Monday refused to allocate about Rs300 billion in the budget to pay off the debt on account of leakages and reduced recovery of bills.

The government would only pay subsidies to cover the . . . → Read More: People to suffer Government’s inefficiencies in power management

Massive corruption unearthed in Benazir Income Support Program

By Syed Irfan Raza

The Federal Investigation Agency has claimed to have unearthed corruption of over Rs3.8 billion in the Benazir Income Support Programme launched by the PPP government in 2008 to provide monetary assistance to the poor.

According to an official document available with Dawn, 20 cases of misappropriation of funds, irregular . . . → Read More: Massive corruption unearthed in Benazir Income Support Program