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Senate body asks govt to withdraw GST on food items, medicines

Senate body asks govt to withdraw GST on food items, medicines

ISLAMABAD: Finalising its recommendations, the Senate Standing Committee on Finance has unanimously asked the government to withdraw sales tax on food items, medicine and education-related stationery material, as proposed in the Reformed General Sales Tax Bill 2010.
The committee also asked the government that flood surcharge should not be imposed on people or firms having annual income less than Rs 500,000.
The committee said that all the above-mentioned items were part and

UN says global food prices poised to rise further

ROME: Global food import bills may cross the $1 trillion mark in 2010, says a new UN report, which warns that harder times could be ahead without a major increase in food production next year.
According to the latest edition of the Food Outlook report, released by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), food import bills for the world’s poorest countries are predicted to rise 11 per cent in 2010 and by 20 percent for low-income food-deficit countries.
“With the

Food department cracks down on tainted milk

LAHORE: The Food Department of City District Government Lahore has launched a raid against milk suppliers delivering contaminated milk to the city. Complying with DCO Lahore Ahad Cheema’s orders, District Officer Food Dr Masood has set up a team and launched a drive against impure milk being supplied to Lahore from the city’s outskirts.
Inspection teams have been monitoring four entrances into the city namely Sherakot, Roohi Nala, Sagian Bridge and GT Road Baghbanpura. The food

WFP to halve food supplies to flood victims from tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: Shortage of funds will force the World Food Programme (WFP) to cut 50 percent of its food supplies to flood victims from November 1, while it may roll back the operation completely by December.
“The WFP has extreme shortage of funds, as fresh funding is not available and we have no choice apart from cutting down our supplies by 50 percent. In fact we have stocks for November only. Now in this scenario we have made a strategy to cut down the food supplies to make them

PM directs TCP to move food, fertiliser cargoes to FAP terminal

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has directed the Trading Corporation of Pakistan to move its food and fertilisers cargoes to the new terminal set up at Port Qasim at a cost of Rs 10 billion.
The prime minister issued this directive to the TCP while inaugurating Pakistan’s first fully-automated terminal, built to handle dry grains and fertiliser cargoes in bulk. He said the setting up of the country’s most modern terminal in Karachi would promote economic growth,

Food insecurity looms as government procrastinates

ISLAMABAD: The failure of the government to provide key agricultural inputs on time for flood-affected farmers and rehabilitation of the damaged canal infrastructure pose a major threat to the upcoming Rabi crops, official sources said.
The government estimates to achieve 24 million tonnes of wheat production next year. However, agriculture experts fear a massive decline in production, between 18 to 20 million tonnes against an annual wheat demand of 22 million.
The farmers

‘Punjab Food Quality Control Authority’s first draft prepared’

LAHORE: Recommendations for the first draft of the Food Safety and Standard Act 2010 and the Punjab Food Quality Control Authority have been finalised and the second draft would be prepared in light of these proposals and submitted to the special committee formed by the Punjab CM, Punjab Health Secretary Irfan Elahi said on Monday.
He made these remarks while chairing a meeting in the committee room of the Civil Secretariat, Lahore. The meeting reviewed in detail the methodology

Case registered against factory owner for selling animal food for humans

Police informed the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday that a case has been registered against the owner of Whiskas juice factory for selling animal food for human consumption after repacking it as mango juice.
The Shera Kot Police Station SHO submitted a report in the court of Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed stating that accused Amjad Javed, owner of Whiskas juice factory in Lahore, was arrested and sent to jail after registering an FIR against him. But a local court