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30 million families to get health cards by February 2019: minister

ISLAMABAD: Minister for National Health Services Aamir Mehmood Kiani on Tuesday said all resources would be utilised for the improvement of health sector. Inaugurating newly installed CT Scan Machine at National Institute of Rehabilitative Medicine in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said budget of the health sector would be increased to provide better facilities to the people of Pakistan. The minister said 30 million deserving people will be issued health cards by February next year. Aamir Kiani said the government was…

Asia Bibi now in Islamabad after jail release: minister

LAHORE: Denying reports that Asia Bibi has flown out of country, Information Minister Punjab, Fayyaz ul Hasan Chauhan, says foreign media reports on the case are totally false, ARY News reported. ‘Asia Bibi is in Pakistan and she’s has gone nowhere,” said the minister while talking to media here. He confirmed that the woman was released from Multan jail and was then flown to Islamabad under tight security. He added that if the top court puts Asia Bibi on the Exit Control List (ECL), it will be acceptable to the…

India minister turns on own party over killing of man-eating tiger

DELHI: An Indian cabinet minister accused a party colleague Sunday of ordering the "ghastly murder" of a tiger and vowed legal action after the man-eating animal was shot in the country's west. The big cat blamed for killing more than a dozen people was shot dead Friday night after a months-long search, capping one of India’s most high-profile tiger hunts in decades. But the shooting in the forests of Maharashtra state sparked immediate controversy and allegations the kill was unethical and illegal. Maneka Gandhi, a…

Govt committed to protect rights of minorities: Shireen Mazari

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari Thursday said that the government was committed to protect the rights of minorities and it had already made some legislation on it. "Pakistan is progressively living up to the commitments; it has made on human rights issues," she said addressing the concluding session of the national and provincial capacity building training workshop on 'Reporting to International Human Rights Mechanism' organised by OHCHR and UNDP here. She said Pakistan was a democratic…

Minister calls for collective efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination Aamer Mehmood Kiani Thursday called for collective efforts of all stakeholders to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). "It is important to recall that SDGs are not just an additional plan, but a shared vision of the world as these form the basis of a new social contract between the leaders and their people," he said while addressing the third Surgeon General International Conference. He said environmental and geostrategic…

Jump-start of special economic zones govt’s top priority: development minister

ISLAMABAD: While highlighting the focus of the government, Minister for Planning, Development & Reforms (PD&R) Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar on Tuesday said it was top priority of the government to jump-start special economic zones (SEZs). “It is our top priority to jump-start SEZs, and Rashakai Special Economic Zone will be the first one in the line,” he said during a meeting with a delegation headed by Chief Financial Officer China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) Dong Futang, who called on him in Islamabad.…

Minister writes letter seeking ban on sugar drinks at educational institutions

ISLAMABAD: Minister for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, Aamer Mehmood Kiani has requested to ban sale and supply of the sugary drinks to educational institutions, shopkeepers, canteens and drink corners in 100 metres of educational institution. In a letter written to the Federal Minister for Education and provincial education ministers for KPK, Balochistan and Gilgit Baltistan, the health minister informed that Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and…

Govt working to simplify procedure for tax filers: minister

ISLAMABAD: State Minister of Revenue Hamad Azhar has said the government is taking measures to simplify the procedure for tax filers to achieve the target set for speedy progress in the country. The urdu version page would be introduced to ensure easiness for every citizen wish to come into the tax net. Talking to a private news channel, he said that taxes would be imposed on those receiving high salaries or income, while the poor persons would enjoy exemption from tax. He was of the view that if the heavy income…

Minister orders special audit of five NHA projects including Lyari Experssway

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Communications Murad Saeed has written a letter to the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP), asking him to conduct special audit of five NHA projects. The projects include Lyari Expressway, Khuzdar-Shahdadkot Highway(M-8), Gwadar-Turbat-Hoshab Highway (M-8), Lowari Tunnel (N-45) Civil Works, and Kalat-Quetta-Chaman Highway (N-25). In his letter, the minister said these five projects of National Highway Authority (NHA) were inordinately delayed, causing price escalation and other adverse…