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‘Efficient resource allocation a must for sustainable development’

‘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.

Japan to help with Pasni harbour development

KARACHI: Japan would provide dredgers for Pasni Fish Harbour under its general economic development program of Balochistan. This was disclosed by assistant director economic affairs South-West Asia at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Takashi Miyata, in a meeting with diplomats and representatives of multinational companies that was held in Karachi. He said these Dredgers would be provided to the federal government of Pakistan. The Japanese government has also given its final consent to

Pakistan looks for Chinese support in agri development

SUKKUR: Pakistan is looking forward to Chinese technology assistance to modernise its agriculture sector. “Though an agro-based country, our agriculture productivity is not up to the mark due to use of traditional measures,” said Shah Abdul Latif University (SALU) Professor Taj Muhammad Lashari.
Talking to APP, he hoped that the upcoming visit of the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to Pakistan will give an opportunity to the two countries to further expand bilateral cooperation.

Planning Commission issues guidelines for development schemes

KARACHI: The Planning Commission has decided that development projects will be approved only if disaster-risk-reduction measures are incorporated at their initial stages, Pakistan Today learnt on Monday.
According to the new guidelines, vulnerability from disasters must be kept in view while planning development projects and disaster-risk-reduction measures incorporated at the design, planning and implementation stages. The guidelines have been sent to the chief secretaries of

‘Govt should focus on SME development’

ISLAMABAD: Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector should be supported through relaxation in taxes and financial assistance, said Mahfooz Elahi, President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), addressing a business community here on Saturday.
Elahi said that the SME development was pivotal to economic growth and had great significance in the development of economy.
He stated that SMEs are considered the engine of economic growth in both developed and

‘Cordial ties with India key to development’

LAHORE: Cordial ties between India and Pakistan are integral to the strength of South Asia as a whole and the promotion of economic development and trade. However, greater effort must be placed upon tackling disputes which have been at the root of the region’s poor economic performance for decades.
This was stated by SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) former President Tariq Sayeed at the “Conference on Indo-Pakistan Economic Cooperation: Challenges and Prospects” held

Gilani calls on Japan to invest in power and development projects

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday asked for enhanced Japanese investment in Pakistan’s power, energy and infrastructure development projects, saying his government was keen to increase trade ties with Japan.
The prime minister was talking to Makiko Kikuta, parliamentary vice minister for foreign affairs of Japan, who called on him at the Prime Minister’s House.
Gilani said it was gratifying to note that Japan not only had promptly and timely delivered

Militants get their ‘share’ in FATA development funds

PESHAWAR: The militant groups in the volatile Federally Administrated Tribal Agencies (FATA) are taking their ‘share’ from the development funds, it has been learnt reliably.
Sources privy to the matter revealed to Pakistan Today that the militants would not oppose any development work in areas under their complete control once they got their ‘share’. They said the militants were getting 15 to 20 percent of the money being spent in the development projects, which would some times

PAC seeks report on misuse of development funds

ISLAMABAD
Taking notice of alleged corruption in the utilisation of development funds for members of parliament, the Public Accounts Committee on Monday sought a report from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in on the matter.
The Public Accounts Committee met under Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to review audit objections to Pakistan Railways accounts and misuse of official vehicles by various government departments. The chairman of the prime minister’s

Development projects on hold in militancy-hit Tribal Areas

PESHAWAR
The federal government has put on hold development operations in six militancy-hit tribal agencies, as the funds are available only for peaceful areas, officials told Pakistan Today on Friday.
Officials said development work was on hold in six areas across FATA, which comprises seven agencies and six frontier regions or semi-tribal areas along the Pak-Afghan border.
“The areas development projects have been halted are the Mehsud Areas in South Waziristan,

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