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Government urged to write off all loans in flood-affected regions

Government urged to write off all loans in flood-affected regions

National Assembly Standing Committee on Food and Agriculture on Friday urged the government to waive all agriculture loans issued in the flood ravaged areas of the country.
The meeting which was held here under the chairmanship of Javed Iqbal Warraich discussed steps taken by the government of Pakistan, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) and Insurance companies to compensate affected farmers.
Total agriculture loans granted in flood affected areas are about

Government will maintain free market stance, says Mirza Ikhtiar

There is unanimous accord among the major decision-makers that the fundamental principles of the free market must not be disrupted, and the government would not attempt to intervene in setting the domestic price of raw cotton, given prices prevailing on the world stage.
This was stated by Federal Adviser on Textiles Dr Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, while addressing a joint press conference with All Pakistan Textile Mills Association Chairman Ejaz Gohar at the APTMA House on

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

Sindh government and HESCO finally resolve to resolve disputes

KARACHI: In a bid to settle the long running dispute between the Sindh government and the Hyderabad Electric Supply Corporation (HESCO) over outstanding dues of Rs27 billion; the two entities have composed field committees to properly scrutinize the details of the case.
The field committees, constituted of officials of both the Sindh government and HESCO, would evaluate the electricity bills issued to the sub-department of the provincial government in various districts excluding

PPA presses government on surplus wheat

LAHORE: The Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA), in an interesting development, has asked the provincial government to sell surplus wheat stocks to poultry feed manufacturers at Rs 18 per kilogram, which was purchasable for Rs 23.75 per kilogram in the beginning of the season, Pakistan Today learnt on Monday.
PPA Chairman, Raza Mehmood Khursand, has asked the provincial government to sell one million tonne of surplus wheat to poultry feed manufacturers or request the federal

Baloch slams government

A 53 percent price hike and the recent $7 billion International Monetary Fund (IMP) loan was a charge sheet against the government who had made exaggerated claims of providing “roti,kapra,makan” to people before getting elected, Jamaat e Islami (JI) Secretary General, Liaquat Baloch said in a press statement.
The prices of electricity, gas, food items, agricultural inputs and other items had registered a steep rise, he said, depriving the public of their basic rights. The rulers

Federal government decrees removal of sugar mill

Karachi: The federal government, it is alleged, in a surprising move, is directing the Sindh government to pursue the relocation of a functioning sugar mill from Benazirabad (Nawabshah) to the nearby Sanghar district, citing the environment hazard the mill posed.
Interestingly, a senior bureaucrat, a member of the Board of Revenue who also holds the additional charge of Chief Secretary Sindh, Ghulam Ali Shah Pasha has summoned a meeting of the management of the above-mentioned

No government, judiciary showdown in the offing: Gilani

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday said there would be no showdown between the government and the judiciary and October 13 would pass smoothly.
“Those who are giving deadlines for the government’s ouster will be disappointed,” he said while talking to reporters after a dinner hosted in honor of diplomats at the Prime Minister’s House.
Gilnai said the government had a lot of respect for the judiciary and there was no clash between the two

Punjab government resisting 80 percent hike in water tariff

The Punjab government is resisting imposing the 80 percent hike in the commercial water tariff fearing a backlash from the public already unhappy over the government’s performance, Pakistan Today learnt on Friday.
According to a Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) official, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N)-led Punjab government was not deciding the issue of the water tariff for the last six months. He said that the PML-N leaders were attending official meetings

Dutch PM-elect Forms Government backed by Anti-Islam MP

Wilders has been campaigning for an end to Muslim immigration, a ban on the building of new mosques and a head scarf tax.
Dutch Prime Minister-elect Mark Rutte on Friday started work to forge a new rightist, minority government that will rely heavily on the support of anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders.
With Wilders support expected to come at the cost of a burqa ban and a halving of immigration, Rutte met his future vice-premier, Maxime Verhagen, leader of the Christian Democratic