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‘Imbalanced budgetary preferences hurting social development’

‘Imbalanced budgetary preferences hurting social development’

ISLAMABAD – The budgetary allocations for terrorism, soaring defence expenditure and natural disasters are the main hurdles for the failure in attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and there is a need to advance the principles of localisation of the MDGs.
These views were expressed by politicians and experts on the final day of a two-day event on ‘National Conference on Monitoring the Achievements of the MDGs and Weaknesses of the Existing Budgetary Allocations’,

‘Gender equality a must for development’

FAISALABAD – Gender equality is inevitable for a durable socio-economic development in the society, said Gender Reforms Action Plan (GRAP) Deputy Director Muhammad Anees Chaudhry. He said this while addressing a training workshop held at Allama Iqbal Library organised by Gender Support Unit for the capacity building of union council secretaries.
The speakers were Executive District Officer (Literacy) Asif Tarar, Community Organisation District Officer Saeed Anwar, Gender

Community development centres for eunuchs

KARACHI – The Sindh Assembly was told on Friday that community development centres (CDCs) for eunuchs would be established in Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur. In these CDCs, facilities of residence and food would be made available, and eunuchs would be trained to become beauticians, besides being imparted training in other fields.
Sindh Welfare Minister Nargis ND Khan said that CDCs would be included in the Annual Development Programme of the province.
Member of the Provincial

‘Women’s role vital in development process’

SIALKOT – Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan said women could play a vital role in the development process by following the golden principles of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah. While addressing a girls’ school’s inaugural ceremony, she said female education was imperative for the development of Pakistan and to bring it at par with developed nations. She said the majority of population needed to be educated for accelerating the developmental process in the society.

LCA reviews women’s role in national development

LAHORE – Pakistan has advanced in the field of medical sciences as compared to its status at the time of partition when there were only 121 female doctors, out of whom only 43 were MBBS, former Fatima Jinnah Medical College principal Dr Basharat Yousaf said on Friday during a meeting of Lahore College Associates (LCA). LCA held its annual meeting and reviewed the role of females in national development. Former LCWU vice chancellor and LCA President Prof Dr Bushra Mateen chaired the

Rs 2.36bn development package announced for Gujranwala

GUJRANWALA – Gujranwala Division Commissioner Saeed Iqbal Wahla has announced the implementation of district and city special package from March 15 in the division which will cost Rs 2.36 billion. He made this announcement while presiding over a review meeting attended by the district coordination officers and other officers concerned of all the six districts.
He told the participants of the meeting that the Punjab chief minister had been monitoring the schemes of this package

‘Arrested Development’ set for the silver screen

NEW YORK – Cult hit sit-com ‘Arrested Development’ is set to come to the big screen with creator Mitch Hurwitz confirming that he is writing the film’s script. The sitcom about a formerly wealthy and dysfunctional family, starring Jason Bateman, Portia De Rossi and Michael Cera, stopped airing in 2006 and fans have been hoping for a movie ever since.
“Our fans have been so supportive and we’re so grateful, so I kind of hate to answer the question until I can say, ‘Yes, we’ve shot

KPT embarks on apparently futile internal port development

KARACHI – Karachi Port Trust (KPT) has pushed forward with the internal development of port facilities and has diverted resources to rehabilitate existing general cargo berths in the East Wharf. Simultaneously, it has invested heavily in the Deep Water Container port project, thus bearing the expenditure of building up both facilities.
This act of the KPT management is questionable, given that considerable resources are being committed to the internal development of the port

ICI backs skill development

KARACHI – ICI Pakistan Foundation launched its ‘Ilm-o-Hunar’ skill development programme by signing an MOU with the Construction Technology Training Institute (CTTI) Islamabad to start a vocational training program for painters in February 2011. ICI Paints collaborated with CTTI to foster the training of painters in paint application techniques, trouble shooting, color selection and good safety and environmental practices.
Painters will receive certification at the end of the

‘Efficient resource allocation a must for sustainable development’

LAHORE – Budget is central to the development processes, which is a documentation of resource allocations for the policy makers to focus for the common man’s welfare and providing basic necessities in less developed areas of the country. This was stated by the speakers at the one day provincial conference on “Monitoring and Achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – Weakness and Threats of the Existing Budgetary Process” at Holiday Inn, on Thursday.
The conference

PML-N rejects transfer of curriculum development to provinces

ISLAMABAD – PML-N spokesman Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday said the transfer of powers pertaining to the curriculum development to the provinces would fail the objective of a uniform syllabi and educational system.
“The educational system is controlled by the Centre in all countries of the world, as it helps promote national integrity. The PML-N dissented from the decision of transferring education to the provinces when the 18th Amendment was being finalised because we believe it would

Shahbaz seeks transparent utility of development funds

DASKA – Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif has directed the elected representatives, concerned officials and the district heads of the nation-building departments to ensure the transparent utility of the development funds for the social welfare, besides ensuring the maximum benefits of these developmental schemes to the local people.
Addressing an important meeting of the local elected representatives held for reviewing the pace of the ongoing development projects in

US committed to development in FATA: Raphel

PESHAWAR – Reaffirming the United States’ determination to assist Pakistan in maintaining stability and economic prosperity, US diplomat Robin Raphel on Tuesday said these goals could be achieved by improving sociopolitical situation in Federally Administrative Tribal Areas (FATA).
She was speaking here at a ceremony here which was held in connection with partnership between USAID and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to provide agricultural assistance to farmers in flood affected

PASHA pushes for HR development

LAHORE – Pakistan Software House Association (PASHA) President Jahan Ara has said that there is a dire need of human resource development for the growth of software and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry.
Speaking at the Samsung Galaxy Tab launch meet-up at a local restaurant here on Friday, he said that there were ample opportunities for Pakistani IT professionals in the country and around the globe.
She pointed out that a number of software companies

[email protected] calls for HR development for IT industry

Pakistan Software House Association ([email protected]) President Jahan Ara has said that there is a dire need of human resource development for the growth of software and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry. Speaking at the Samsung Galaxy Tab launch meet-up at a local restaurant here on Friday, she said that there were ample opportunities for Pakistani IT professionals in the country and around the globe. She pointed out that a number of software companies in Pakistan were

CM gives the go-ahead to several development projects

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Friday granted approval to development projects worth billion of rupees for various districts of southern Punjab and other cities of the province. He was presiding over a meeting of divisional commissioners at chief minister’s secretariat.
These projects are aimed at ensuring early availability of education, health, infrastructure, sewerage and other facilities to the masses. CM Senior Advisor Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan

KPCCI, USAID look for industrial development in KP

PESHAWAR: Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KPCCI) and USAID have drafted a vision document for developing a well diversified industrial and manufacturing base in KP. This base would not only be export oriented but it would also help domestic consumers and create employment opportunities.
The vision document was prepared after a detailed discussion among officials of USAID, provincial government and business community of the province at KPCCI on Wednesday.

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