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Sindh, FBR at loggerheads over imposition of sales tax, federal excise duty on coalfields

Sindh, FBR at loggerheads over imposition of sales tax, federal excise duty on coalfields

KARACHI – The Sindh government and the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) are at loggerheads over imposing Sales Tax and Federal Excise Duty on all coalfields, other than those in Thar, that are being exploited, Pakistan Today has reliably learnt.
The dispute has surfaced despite the cabinet’s Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) approving a fiscal incentive package for all coalfields in Sindh. “The FBR is insisting on bringing all of Sindh’s coalfields under the tax net, but

Home-based women workers demand ratification of ILO Convention C-177

KARACHI – Hundreds of home-based women workers and civil society members on Monday demanded ratification of the ILO Home Workers Convention C-177. In the national convention of Home-Based Women Workers, they demanded introduction of laws as well as ratification of the international law so that they could have legal protection.
The convention was arranged by the Home-Based Women Workers Federation of Pakistan in collaboration with the Labour Education Foundation, HomeNet-Pakistan

Public support sought for Parkinson’s disease sufferers

KARACHI – Sindh Health Minister Dr Saghir Ahmed has sought public support for the people suffering from Parkinson’s disease. In a statement issued on the World Parkinson’s Disease Day 2011 on Monday, he said that in the country, there are 500,000 registered patients of Parkinson’s disease – a degenerative and age related disorder. The minister assured that all possible assistance would be extended to the sufferers at government facilities.
He, however, reminded that most

No holds barred talk

karachi: Following are some interesting parts of the ‘interesting, bold and straightforward’ conversation witnessed between the PPP lawmakers and an official of the Provincial Census Commission, Joint Census Commissioner Farooq Baloch during the briefing:
Nisar Ahmed Khuhro: People need to take half of the housing census process duration just to understanding what it is. You should extend its duration. We (Sindhis) are already hurt.
Baloch: Our staff faces difficulties in

Centre too lazy, Larkana Industrial Estate gets fiscal patronage from Sindh

KARACHI – Disappointed with the Centre’s reluctance to ensure smooth funding for the Larkana Industrial Estate (LIE), the Sindh government has decided to set aside Rs 2.40 billion in its fiscal budget 2011-12 in an attempt to ensure that the project sees the light of day, Pakistan Today has learnt. The LIE project came into existence soon after the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) accede to power, with President Asif Ali Zardari envisioning the scheme in slain party chairperson Benazir

‘Date for completing housing enumeration may be extended’

KARACHI – The ongoing housing enumeration process in the province could be extended if it is not completed within the scheduled date of April 19, Provincial Census Commissioner Noor Muhammad Leghari said on Monday. However, while briefing PPP lawmakers and later speaking at a press conference at the Sindh Assembly building, the provincial census commissioner hoped that the process will be completed within time.
Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, Senior Education Minister

Rental power company packs up, leaves KESC short of another 50MW

KARACHI – The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) on Sunday lost 50 megawatts (MW) electricity supply from rental power plants installed at the SITE Gas Turbine Station and West Wharf. With the closure of these units, fears abound of at least 14 hours of power load shedding from Monday since the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) is also set to reduce gas supply on account of repairs in Bhit Shah gas field.
The 50MW were being generated by a Dubai-based company, M/S EGRICO; the

Transporters put off strike till 13th

KARACHI – The Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI), which was supposed to go on a wheel-jam strike from today (Monday), has postponed its call for another three day – till the 13th – in the hope that the government will soon accede to its demands and allow a two-rupee increase in fares.
KTI President Irshad Bukhari, in a statement issued on Sunday, said that the Sindh government had assured him of soon issuing a notification to publicize the two-rupee hike in transport fares. He

Rabbani, Qaim decide to convene meeting of VCs

KARACHI – Federal Inter-provincial Coordination Minister Mian Raza Rabbani and Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Sunday decided to convene a joint meeting of the vice-chancellors (VCs) of all state-run universities in the province.
Rabbani met Shah at the Chief Minister’s House and discussed the devolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) along with other federal government departments to the provinces under the 18th Constitutional Amendment as well as other related

Is the Rs 274 million PPHI project paying off?

KARACHI – The government of Sindh has so far released Rs 274 million for People’s Primary Healthcare Initiative (PPHI) to improve the infrastructure of the health facilitation centres in the rural areas of the province, but the programme has failed to meet expectations so far.
The Pakistani government has invested about Rs 20 billion in the primary healthcare infrastructure in the last 27 years but very little has been spent on its maintenance.
In this context, the PPHI is a

PPAF, PMN join hands to develop microfinance sector

KARACHI – Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) and Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN) have joined hands to launch an online platform that will allow microcredit lenders and other stakeholders to assess competitive situation in their specific markets.
A statement issued by PPAF on Sunday stated that in an agreement to this effect was signed between by PPAF CEO/MD Qazi Azmat Isa and PMN CEO Mohsin Ahmad. International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Mission Leader

‘Have we forgotten celebrating smaller things in life?’

“Have we become so numb that we have forgotten how to celebrate the smaller things in life?” asks Sana Arjumand.
Arjumand seeks to find out why celebration of life and identity has become a far-fetched idea.
She wants to know why we have to be insecure about ourselves in dealing with issues of this era, such as globalisation and modernism.
“I believe that it is impossible to forget who we are. It is embedded in our conscience. If we embrace what we are

From grade-7 to grade-16 to fugitive – Edu Dept employee dodging investigation?

KARACHI – An investigation into the illegal transfer of a grade-7 employee to the Education Department and his promotion to grade-16 could not be initiated as the defendant has gone missing, sources have informed Pakistan Today.
Complying with the Sindh High Court’s orders, the Sindh Services General Administration and Coordination Department (SGA&CD) had directed the Sindh education and literacy secretary to probe into the matter of Syed Hasnain Abbas, who was transferred to the

Cricket drives SZABIST students’ spirit of charity; fundraiser organised

KARACHI – The recent loss to India at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final in Mohali seems to not have fazed cricket-crazy students in the city. One group from the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) actually went ahead and organised a cricket tournament over the weekend to raise money for a number of causes, including the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) and The Garage School.
The one-day, league-based cricket

Suspected bandit shot dead by Rangers

KARACHI – A man suspected to be a bandit was shot down by Rangers near the Karimabad flyover, the Gulberg police said on Sunday. According to Rangers officials, 30-year-old Jahangir was looting citizens near the Karimabad railway track. Rangers personnel were passing through on motorcycles when they saw Jahangir looting a family. They ordered him to surrender. However, when he tried to escape from the scene, they opened fire on him. His body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.

No public awareness in Pakistan of a disease that afflicts over 6.3m globally

KARACHI – The World Parkinson’s Day would be globally observed on Monday (today) to highlight the importance and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease that has afflicted over 6.3 million people around the world.
A study conducted by the University of Rochester predicts that the number of people afflicted with Parkinson’s disease would double by 2030. However, there is no public awareness regarding the disease in Pakistan.
The Sindh Health Department has not organised any