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Chief minister okays merger of 44 departments into 28 new ones

Chief minister okays merger of 44 departments into 28 new ones

KARACHI – Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah approved the summary for merging 44 government departments into 28 on Friday, sources told Pakistan Today.
The Services, General Administration and Coordination Department of the provincial government recently proposed a summary for merging 44 existing administrative departments into 28 new ones to the chief minister. After the “right-sizing” of the federal cabinet, the Sindh government had also decided to shorten the cabinet by

ECC okays changes in Strategic Trade Policy

ISLAMABAD – The Economic Coordination Committee of the cabinet (ECC) on Tuesday approved 18 amendments in the three-year strategic trade policy, approving regulatory changes in the import and export policy orders to boost exports, while the incentive package for attracting new investment in auto sector was deferred until the next meeting.
The meeting of ECC was held under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had already

Senate body okays Election Laws Amendment Bill

ISLAMABAD – The Senate Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights and Parliamentary Affairs on Wednesday passed the Election Laws Amendment Bill 2011 with a few amendments. On Tuesday, the committee could not reach consensus over some clauses of the bill as Senator Raza Rabbani had opposed the formation of local commission, fearing, new body could be used for changing election results.
The committee amended some clauses and deleted the controversial clause for the

Spain okays plan to raise retirement age to 67

MADRID – Spain’s government said Friday it had agreed to raise the retirement age to 67 from 65, a bitterly fought reform aimed at repairing public finances and soothing markets. Closely watched by markets as a sign of Madrid’s determination to keep long-term spending on track, the outline deal was reached after one-and-a-half months of talks with unions and business chiefs.
An agreement with the country’s two major unions was reached in the early hours of the morning ahead of

Punjab Seed council okays 18 wheat varieties

LAHORE – Punjab Seed Council has approved for general cultivation eighteen new varieties of various crops including one wheat variety ARRI-10, one sugarcane variety CPF-246 and one paddy variety Basmati-515.
The approval of these varieties was accorded in 40th meeting of Punjab Seed Council held at Agriculture House chaired by Malik Ahmad Ali Aulakh, Minister for Agriculture, Punjab. Mr. Ameer Khatak Additional Secretary Agriculture Punjab, Muzafar Mahmood Managing Director

PCCR okays SC recommendations on judges’ appointment

ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional Reforms (PCCR) on Friday unanimously approved all recommendations given by the Supreme Court (SC) regarding the appointment of judges.
The committee’s recommendations will now be presented in the upcoming session of the National Assembly. The parliamentary committee for judges’ appointment will have eight members – four each from the National Assembly and the Senate.
The four members from the Senate will continue to

Israel okays immigration of 8,000 Ethiopians

JERUSALEM: The Israeli cabinet on Sunday voted to bring to the country some 8,000 Ethiopians who claim Jewish descent, saying they are living in conditions of disease and hunger.
“There are about 8,000 women, men and children living in the most severe humanitarian conditions,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the weekly cabinet session.”We have a moral commitment as Jews, as the People of Israel, to find a solution.”
Israel began bringing Ethiopia’s Jewish community

Cabinet okays TAPI gas project

The federal cabinet on Wednesday approved the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline in pursuance of a policy to get the country out its energy crisis.
Briefing reporters at the Governor’s House after the cabinet meeting, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira said, “The project would be unaffected even if India backs out.”
Kaira said Pakistan took Iran into confidence at a time when the world had reservations about it.