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Govt, opposition agree over formula for parliamentary committees

ISLAMABAD: The government and the opposition parties have agreed over a formula for the standing committees in the parliament, citing sources ARY News reported on Thursday. A meeting attended by the members of treasury and opposition reached to a formula over the committees. The matter of formation of the committees will be moved in the National Assembly next week, the sources said. The chairmen of various committees will be elected after the motion passed by the lower house. Around 47 parliamentary and standing…

Nation will soon reap benefits of govt’s policies: Khattak

NOWSHERA: Defence Minister Pervez Khattak has said that the nation will soon reap the harvest of welfare-oriented policies of the incumbent government. Addressing the inaugural ceremony of Intensive Care Unit and Cardiac Care Unit at a hospital in Nowshera, he said policies of Prime Minister Imran Khan will eradicate the social evils of corruption and kickback. He said the opposition is making hue and cry by propagating worthless issues and the government is tirelessly working to steer the country out of the crises.…

U.S. delays key agriculture reports due to government shutdown

CHICAGO: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) delayed several major domestic and world crop reports because of the two-week-old partial government shutdown, the agency said on Friday. New release dates for the monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report and other data originally scheduled for Friday, Jan. 11, will be set once government funding is restored, USDA said. Traders regard the supply and demand report as the gold standard for crop forecasts. Its release often roils Chicago Board of…

Shehbaz Sharif elected Public Accounts Committee chairman

ISLAMABAD: The Leader of Opposition in National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif was elected Chairman of the Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in a meeting of the committee at Parliament House in Islamabad on Friday (today), ARY News reported. Shaikh Rohail Asghar proposed th name of Shehbaz Sharif for Chairman of the PAC, which was endorsed by Malik Amir Doggar and Mushahid Hussain Sayed. The meeting of the PAC as per the earlier understanding between the treasury and the opposition  elected Shehbaz Sharif as the…

‘Government focusing on provision of quality healthcare facilities in province’

LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has said on Wednesday that PTI government is especially focusing on provision of quality healthcare facilities to the general public, ARY News reported.  This he stated, while meeting a delegation of alumni doctors of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) from USA and UK, who called on him at his office in Lahore today. “Government is focusing on provision of quality healthcare services to facilitate general public of the province,” said the Punjab CM, adding that the…

Govt to introduce visa-on-arrival facility for 55 countries to strengthen tourism

ISLAMABAD: The Adviser to the Prime Minister for Commerce and Investment, Abdul Razak Dawood, stated on Tuesday that Pakistan is planning to initiate visa-on-arrival facility for almost 55 countries in order to strengthen the tourism sector of Pakistan. According to details, while speaking at a press conference, Dawood informed that a policy is being devised and it will be presented to Prime Minister Imran Khan in early January 2019. He also added, “We will also discuss with the country's security institutions related…

Government working to facilitate small, medium industry: PM Khan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday reiterated his government’s resolve to facilitate small and medium industry and exporters of the country, ARY News reported. Addressing the 42nd award ceremony of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Islamabad, the premier said both are the backbone of commerce and trade in any country. He said obstacles in the way of doing business will be removed to give boost to small and medium enterprises. He said several steps have already been taken to…

Government to help in every possible way for PIA’s revival: minister

KARACHI: Federal Minister for Privatization Muhammad Mian Soomro has said that the PTI- led federal government will provide all possible help for the revival of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), ARY News reported on Sunday. The federal minister visited PIA Headquarters and met CEO of PIA, Air Marshal Arshad Malik to get briefing about the current position of the organization. "Government will help in every possible way for PIA's revival," adding it is moving in positive direction now. Mr Soomro said government…