Rescuers hunt for survivors of massive – 12:00 PM – October 27, 2015
The toll was expected to rise as search teams reach remote areas that were cut off by the powerful 7.5 magnitude quake, which triggered landslides and stampedes as it toppled buildings and severed communication lines.
Pakistan’s military has been mobilised and India — whose relationship with Islamabad is often prickly — said it stood ready to help.
In the most horrifying episode to emerge so far from the quake, 12 young Afghan girls were crushed to death in a stampede as they tried to flee their shaking school building.
The bulk of the casualties were reported from Pakistan, where 214 people were killed and more than 1,800 injured, disaster management authorities said.
“Many houses and buildings have collapsed in the city,” said Arbab Muhammad Asim, district mayor for the northwestern city of Peshawar.
Many people were trapped under piles of rubble, with officials warning that the toll was set to rise.
“The building was swinging like a pendulum, it felt as if the heavens would fall,” Peshawar shop owner Tufail Ahmed told AFP.
Wheat exports post 100% increase in four months – 11:00 AM – November 25, 2015
Wheat exports from the country during first four months of current financial year registered 100 percent increase as compared to the corresponding period of last year.
About 1,061 metric tons of wheat were exported during the period from July-October, 2015 and earned US$ 0.220 million, said data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics here Tuesday.
Meanwhile, exports of rice also witnessed 10.78 percent increase during the period under review as compared to same period of last year as about 898,603 metric tons of rice worth US$ 339.92 million as against 657,420 metric tons of US$ 306.89 million exports of last same period last year.
The data revealed that vegetable exports during last four months has also witnessed an increase of 89 percent as the country was able to export 195,659 metric tons of fish vegetables of different kind and fetched US$56.779 million for the country.
The vegetable exports during first four months of last financial year was recorded at 85,420 metric tons valuing US$ 28.689 million, the data revealed.
During the period from July-October, 2015, meat and meat preparations exports grew by 36.32 percent about 25,925 metric tons of meat and meat products worth US$ 90.218 million exported, it added.
Meat and meat preparation exports from country was recorded at 21,433 metric tons valuing US$ 66.183 million in first four months of last financial year, the data said.
Crackdown announced: Task force looking to stop sale of substandard milk – 11:05 AM – November 27, 2015
The Anti-Adulteration Divisional Task Force will launch an operation against the sale of adulterated and substandard milk and dairy products in the division. The team will also crackdown on shops selling paan carrying substances injurious to health.
This decision was taken at a meeting of the divisional task force held on Thursday at the conference room of the commissioner’s office. MPA Haji Khalid Saeed chaired the meeting.
Divisional Commissioner Capt (r) Nasim Nawaz, RPO Ehsan Tufail, Faisalabad DCO Noorul Amin Mengal, Jhang DCO Nadir Chatha, Toba Tek Singh DCO Amir Ejaz Akbar and Chiniot DCO Shoukat Ali Khichi, ACG Mehr Shafqatullah, Additional Coordination Commissioner Khadim Jilani and officers of the Health Department attended the meeting.
They decided to launch a special campaign against adulteration of dairy products.
Mini budget of 40 bn rupees tax, duty to be increased on edible items – 10:25 AM – November 27, 2015
Regulatory duty will be applied on more than 300 commodities ISLAMABAD (Local TV) – Finance ministry of Pakistan has prepared a mini budget of 40 billion rupees tax. The regulatory duty will be applied on more than 300 commodities, reported Local TV. According to the details, the finance ministry prepared the budget on the pressure of International Monitory Fund (IMF). The meeting of Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) will be held within next two days to approve the decision of increasing the tax. The committee is likely to increase the tax on imported edible items as well. In the mini budget the suggestion of increasing the duty on items like fridges, TVs and other electric appliances is also presented. The meeting of IMF board will be held on 26th of December. Also read: Ishaq Dar gears up effective implementation of Kissan Package Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Sunday has directed for effective implementation of the relief package prepared for farmers. Chairing a meeting in Lahore, he said all necessary measures should be taken to provide relief to the farmers announced by the prime minister. He said the package is manifestation of the importance that the present government attaches to the well-being of the farmers community.
Ishaq Dar said a remarkable economic turnaround has been achieved by the government, which has been recognized by all prominent financial institutions of the world. On the occasion, Punjab Finance Minister gave a presentation to Ishaq Dar on the financial reforms being undertaken by the provincial government. Earlier, federation has clarified the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) that the Kissan package was announced for the relief of impoverished farmers only and has no connection with local bodies elections. The hearing, presided over by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), was conducted in Islamabad during which Attorney General Salman Aslam representing federation and Health Secretary from government appeared before the division bench. The federal government counsel elucidated that Prime Minister (PM) Kissan Package worth Rs341 billion is only for the welfare of farmers. He claimed that the relief package was suspended without hearing the Ministry of Finance which is against the Constitution. He further complained that the respondent had failed to notice ‘relief’ in the Kissan Package, which had also been granted by the previous governments and must not be treated as a special case. Subsequently, ECP