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70% of flood survivors prefer jobs over assistance: report

70% of flood survivors prefer jobs over assistance: report

ISLAMABAD – Around 70 percent of people affected by floods in Pakistan have said that their top priority was employment and not the financial assistance, said a survey conducted by international agency Oxfam.
According to the survey report, made public on Wednesday in a press conference, around 2,040 people, between 15 and 24 January 2011 were interviewed in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Sindh provinces, which provide a compelling insight into the needs and desires

Revolutionary MQM settles on 3,000 jobs for its activists, PPP gets 4,600

KARACHI – In blatant disregard for merit and in an attempt to further the politics of reconciliation, coalition partners in the Sindh government – the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) – have drawn up plans to share at least 7,600 vacancies in government jobs, Pakistan Today has learnt.
There are at least 7,600 vacancies in various departments of the Sindh government in posts from Grade 1 to 14. “Under the agreed formula, at least 3,000 jobs

Clinton pushes for jobs, reform in transitioning Tunisia

TUNIS – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday pledged to help Tunisia create jobs and undertake reforms to keep the momentum behind the revolution that overthrew its president two months ago. The chief US diplomat began talks with interim President Foued Mebazaa, who replaced the ousted Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, after saying that an international donors conference would help to focus minds on Tunisia’s needs.
New govt officials and other Tunisians understand “we need a

All-Deaf-Group demands a separate quota in govt jobs

LAHORE – The All Deaf Group demanded a one percent quota from the two percent quota for the disabled in the government jobs. They complained that whenever an advertisement for a government job appeared in newspapers, it signified that the disabled people had the quota, and on that quota, when a deaf or dumb person applied for the job, he was rejected and discriminated against in the interview.
They termed this treatment as ‘cruel, humiliating and highly unjust’. They said that

THE CASE OF THE PILOT WITH TWO JOBS – Ex-Airblue employee seeks CAA BoD member’s intervention

KARACHI – A former employee of Airblue has written a letter to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Board of Directors (BoD) member and Vice Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, seeking his immediate intervention in the case of CAA Flight Inspector Capt Shafqat Mehmood. Sources have informed Pakistan Today that Capt Mehmood managed to have the CAA Board of Inquiry (BoI) president replaced and the terms of reference (ToR) of the inquiry being conducted against him

Britain axes 11,000 armed forces jobs

LONDON – Britain said on Tuesday it would axe around 11,000 armed forces jobs as part of defence cuts brought in to help reduce the country’s record budget deficit. The announcement added detail to the broad figures outlined by finance minister George Osborne in last October’s spending review. The size of Britain’s armed forces will be reduced by 17,000 personnel by 2015 and will be partly achieved by slowing down recruitment.
“There will be scope for individuals to volunteer to

Steve Jobs ‘visits cancer clinic’

LOS ANGELES – Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, has reportedly visited a cancer treatment clinic. Jobs, 55, who has been on medical leave since last month, was seen at the Stanford Cancer Centre in Palo Alto, California, according to celebrity news website.
Photographs of the Apple boss outside the centre, and looking thinner than usual, were published. They were taken a day after he put in a full day’s work at Apple on Feb 7.
Mr Jobs underwent a liver transplant in 2009 and,

PIA’s top jobs shuffled as new MD takes charge

KARACHI – A reshuffle in the top slots of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) was reported on Monday, as the new managing director of the national flag of his office.
It has been learnt that Captain Ilyas, a pilot, replaced Shuja Naqvi as the Director Flight Operations (DFO) while Senior General Manager (GM) Communication Captain Haroon Abdullah resigned from his position.
Similarly, former Director Administration Haneef Pathan was also re-inducted for the same slot after

Punjab will save Rs 2b by slashing 700 jobs: Tanvir

LAHORE – The Punjab government still has an outstanding loan of Rs 36 billion, out of total Rs 51 billion overdraft from the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) that was converted in to a loan. Also, the provincial government has decided to cut over Rs 2 billion non-development expenditures by removing over 700 posts at districts and provincial levels.
Punjab Finance Minister Tanvir Ashraf Kaira said this while addressing members of Lahore Economic Journalists Association (LEJA). He was

LHC restricts court employees from private jobs

LAHORE – Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry on Friday directed all district and sessions judges of Punjab and Islamabad to stop court employees from engaging in any other private job or business in addition to their official assignments.
A directive issued by the LHC said that the CJ has directed all district and sessions judges to make sure that court employees do not violate the directive and stay away from any business or private jobs if any. CJ

Arif Nizami says he will raise issue of jobs for hawkers’ kin

KARACHI: Founder-Editor of Pakistan Today Arif Nizami has said he will raise the issue of jobs quota for the sons and daughters of hawkers in the media organisations in the country.
“I will raise this issue through articles and my influence to provide quota of jobs for the sons and daughters of the hawkers,” Arif Nizami said in a meeting with the representatives of the hawkers association in Karachi.
The meeting had been arranged to brief the representatives of the hawkers

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