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PM Imran directs to ban export of edible items amid lockdown

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the concerned authorities to ban the export of all edible items ‘consumed by the common man’.
The direction was made during the meeting of the Federal Cabinet today (Tuesday) chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan in Islamabad.
The federal cabinet has also approved an assistance package for healthcare workers fighting on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a statement, “Any healthcare worker, who dies while performing duties related to coronavirus, shall be entitled to the same package as is applicable to government servants in cases of security-related deaths contained in Shuhada Package.” The package will be applicable for healthcare workers in Islamabad, Azad Jammu, and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
On the occasion, PM Imran has said that the federal government was considering offering government-owned land located in major cities to the overseas Pakistanis in order to generate financial resources.
The Prime Minister also directed ministries to accelerate the setting up of think-tank comprising of area experts and professionals in order to bring about qualitative improvement in the overall performance.
The Cabinet approved a proposal to notify that all companies supplying electricity or gas through distribution or transmission lines be members of a Credit Bureau and to furnish information in accordance with the Credit Bureau Act, 2015.
The Cabinet approved, in principle, “Netting of Financial Contracts Bill, 2020” to remove any uncertainty in enforcing the netting rights in case of a termination event, bankruptcy, insolvency proceedings, limits the power of the liquidators to prevent any cherry-picking of qualified financial contracts/transactions.  
The federal cabinet also approved grant-in-aid for the journalists and journalistic bodies especially press clubs. The Cabinet also tasked Information Ministry to finalize SOPs for disbursement of the grant to the deserving journalists.
According to the statement, the Cabinet approved the restructuring of the Board of Directors of Pak-Arab Refinery Limited (PARCO). 
“The Cabinet also approved the request of Inquiry Commission, probing into an increase in sugar prices, to extend the time for submission of the report by three weeks,” the statement said.
The federal cabinet also approved the recommendations of the Cabinet Committee on Legislative Cases made in its meeting. The cabinet also approved the appointment of Shaista Bano Gillani as Acting Chairperson Competition Commission of Pakistan.
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