Pakistan energy sector to benefit from Japan’s Rs 5 billion help

The Government of Japan would provide a concessional loan of JPY 5 billion approximately Rs5 billion to Pakistan for supporting the energy sector reforms.An agreement to this effect was signed between Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, Hiroshi Inomata and Additional Secretary, Economic Affairs Division, Ms. Yasmin Masood, said a statement received here Wednesday.Addressing the signing . . . → Read More: Pakistan energy sector to benefit from Japan’s Rs 5 billion help

Our Nation’s website, a National Embarrassment

I tried to be objective; I tried to look at it neutrally, but let’s face it, Pakistan’s official government website is a disgrace.

Building a website isn’t really very expensive and we have plenty of talent here, then why is the website in shambles? Well, I think the main reason is because incompetent politicised government employees made . . . → Read More: Our Nation’s website, a National Embarrassment

Pneumonia Vaccine being introduced today

By Sehrish Wasif

ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan, in collaboration with international donors, is set to introduce the much-awaited Pneumococcal Vaccine in the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) to curtail the death toll from pneumonia among children under the age of five.

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Ravaged by Instability, Censorship and Firewalls

The Government of Pakistan has decided that they need state-of-the-art infrastructure to quickly and effectively censor up to 50 million websites.

I respect the government’s decision to do so, and ask them to follow this course with renewed vim and vigour. Shutting down an avenue of unfettered opinion exchange is without a doubt a time . . . → Read More: Ravaged by Instability, Censorship and Firewalls

New Source of Crude Oil found in Pakistan

We had always heard that Pakistan was home to natural resource wonders but recently we saw a proof of it when around 8 oil wells were found near Mughalkot. It was astonishing to see that the local population has been digging up these wells to extract this oil.

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Unauthorised raid must not serve as precedent, US told

More than 36 hours after the US killed Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a stunning operation in the garrison town of Abbottabad, embarrassed Pakistani leadership tried on Tuesday evening to shrug off some of the discomfiture and, for the first time, came up with its own narrative of the events that had led . . . → Read More: Unauthorised raid must not serve as precedent, US told

A Shutdown of the Mind

Pakistan’s energy crisis, after registering its imprint on the society and economy, is now beginning to target the psychological well-being of its citizens

Loadshedding – most of it unannounced – has now gone to 12-16 hours in urban areas of the Punjab. Throughout last week, Lahore was submerged in darkness, except for a few hours . . . → Read More: A Shutdown of the Mind

Major gold smuggling case comes to light

Hawala and Hundi mafia has dented the country’s economy by causing losses to the tune of billions to the state coffers through gold smuggling to Dubai.

This has been occurring in connivance with officials from the Trading Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), Airport Security Force, Customs and airlines, The Express Tribune has learnt through FIA sources.

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