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Shafqat says govt to introduce uniform education system

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood on Thursday said the main focus of the government would be to introduce a uniform education and certification system with uniform text books "Our main focus will be to bring the 25 million out of school children to schools, to introduce a uniform education and certification system with uniform text books where core subjects are the same to enhance the quality of education and skills," he said while as a chief guest at the 'Best Teacher…

Saudi, UAE introduce VAT in first for Gulf

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates introduced value-added tax from Monday, a first for the Gulf which has long prided itself on its tax-free, cradle-to-grave welfare system. Saudi Arabia compounded the New Year blow for motorists with an unannounced hike of up to 127 percent in petrol prices with immediate effect from midnight. They are the latest in a series of measures introduced by Gulf oil producers over the past two years to boost revenues and cut spending as a persistent slump in world prices has…

Qatar ‘to introduce’ minimum wage for workers

DOHA: World Cup 2022 host Qatar, under global scrutiny over its alleged ill-treatment of migrant labourers, is to introduce a minimum wage for workers, official state media said Wednesday. Qatar News Agency also announced that the gas-rich emirate has signed bilateral accords with 36 countries from which it draws most of its two-million-strong foreign workforce, to provide legal protection for workers headed to the Gulf. The announcements came on the eve of an International Labour Organisation (ILO) meeting that could…

ECP to introduce result transmission system through mobile phone in NA-4 by-poll

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to introduce result transmission system through mobile phone in the upcoming by-election of NA-4, Peshawar. This was announced by Provincial Election Commissioner Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pir Maqbool Ahmad during a briefing in Peshawar on Friday. The system will be used on experimental basis for polling on October 26 of next month for transparency and quick sending of results. The Provincial Election Commissioner said the system had recently been…

Google to introduce child-friendly versions of products

The company will likely create specific versions of its search, YouTube and Chrome products for children aged 12 and under, USA Today reported, adding that Google did not provide a timeline for the rollout. "We want to be thoughtful about what we do, giving parents the right tools to oversee their kids' use of our products," USA Today quoted Diwanji as saying. A Google spokesperson declined to comment, but confirmed that the effort described in the report was accurate. – Reuters