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Govt gives countrywide polio workers raise on daily wage: sources

KARACHI: The government on Monday decided to raise daily wage of the workers busy in anti-polio vaccination by Rs100 which will make their remuneration Rs500 a day, ARY News reported. Sources said the decision would be applicable to all the 0.2 million polio workers all over the country from February 1. They said the raise had been given for the next three years. The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Friday approved revised emergency plan for eradication of polio at a cost of 986.29…

Aleema Khan reveals sources for purchasing offshore properties

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan’s sister Aleema Khan on Friday revealed financial sources for purchasing her offshore properties, ARY News reported. She said her sources of income had nothing to do with any charity funds. "I bought offshore assets by selling my inherited properties," Aleema Khan said this in a written statement issued through her counsel Salman Akram Raja, while refuting the speculations and rumours about her holdings. The statement read that she had paid some of the taxes on her properties.…

Asia Bibi freed from Multan jail: sources

MULTAN: Asia Bibi, a Christian woman acquitted by the Supreme Court in a blasphemy case, has been released from Multan jail, sources told ARY News on Wednesday night. According to sources, the women's jail in Multan, where Asia was being kept, received her release orders after which she was freed. Last month, the Supreme Court set aside her conviction in the blasphemy case registered against her in 2010. This verdict came on an appeal filed by the woman challenging her capital punishment. Asia Bibi, a mother of…

Imran decides to hold federal cabinet meeting twice a week: sources

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday decided to hold meeting with the federal cabinet twice a week and monitor the ministers' performances regularly, said sources. "I will keep a check on the ministers' performances," he said while chairing a meeting about choosing Punjab cabinet ministers. Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar, Aleem Khan, Naeem-ul-Haq, Fayyaz Chauhan and other PTI leaders were also present on this occasion. Sources said the premier will hold the federal cabinet meetings on Tuesday and…

PTI govt going to abolish CADD ministry: sources

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has convened a meeting of the federal cabinet after Jummah prayers tomorrow in Islamabad in which he will approve abolishment of the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development  Division (CADD), sources said. The Ministry of CADD was introduced by Pakistan Peoples Party government's Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. The ministry has got administrative control of the Capital Development Authority, 422 educational institutes, hospitals in the federal territory. Now the…

India set to miss key target for Japan-backed bullet train project: sources

PALGHAR, India/TOKYO: India is set to miss a December deadline to acquire land for a Japan-backed $17 billion bullet train project following protests by fruit growers, government officials said, likely delaying one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s most ambitious projects. Modi’s office is now monitoring the project week-to-week, as Indian officials seek to reassure Tokyo that the hurdles can be overcome through intense negotiations with sapota and mango growers in the western state of Maharashtra. Protests, backed by…