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Oil import bill shrinks by 21.7% to $6.44bn

ISLAMABAD: The oil import bill witnessed reduction of 21.70 percent during the first eight months of the current fiscal year as compared to the corresponding period of last year. The country imported oil products worth $6445.601 million during July-February (2020-21)

US Congress passes Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill

WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives gave final approval to one of the largest economic stimulus measures in American history, a sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that gives President Joe Biden his first major victory in office. The measure

US Senate passes Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill

WASHINGTON: The US Senate voted to approve a $1.9 trillion relief package in what President Joe Biden called a “giant step” towards reviving the pandemic-stricken American economy. Passed by 50 votes to 49 in a strict party line vote, the

Shehzad Roy hails ‘historic’ bill banning corporal punishment

ISLAMABAD: Musician and education activist Shehzad Roy has hailed the passing of a bill by the National Assembly banning corporal punishment and setting out penalties for physically punishing children. Roy, founder of Zindagi Trust which has been campaigning to get

France irked by President Alvi’s criticism of ‘separatism’ bill

PARIS: The French foreign ministry has summoned Pakistan’s envoy to protest against claims by President Arif Alvi that a French bill cracking down on what it terms “Islamist extremism” stigmatises Muslims. Addressing a conference on religion on Saturday, Alvi said:

Oil import bill shrinks by 20.90% to $5.64bn

ISLAMABAD: The oil import bill witnessed a reduction of 20.90 percent during the first seven months of the current fiscal year as compared to the corresponding period of last year. The oil imports during July-January (2020-21) were recorded at $5640.751

NA committee passes CPEC Authority bill amid opposition

ISLAMABAD A parliamentary committee has passed the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority (Amendment) Bill 2020 with majority votes despite heated arguments from the opposition. The meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Special Initiatives chaired

Senate rejects ‘Anti-Terrorism Third Amendment Bill 2020’

ISLAMABAD: Senate on Wednesday rejected Anti-Terrorism (Third Amendment) Bill 2020 with a majority vote aimed at addressing the issue of terror financing. According to details, the Anti-terrorism bill was tabled by Senator Sajjad Toor. 34 votes were casted against the

COVID-19 survivor receives $1.1 million hospital bill

SEATTLE: A 70-year-old American man who nearly died of COVID-19 has been billed a heart-stopping $1.1 million for his hospital expenses. Michael Flor was admitted to a hospital in Seattle on March 4 and stayed for 62 days. He came

South Punjab province

During the 2018 general elections, the PTI secured crucial victories in South Punjab vowing to end the reservations of the region, usher in a new era of development, and fulfill the long-cherished dream to create a separate province. The party

Bill to be tabled in NA for creation of South Punjab province: FM

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday said the government has decided to table a bill in the National Assembly for creating South Punjab province. Addressing a news conference along with Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous

National Assembly passes Zainab Alert Bill with majority vote

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Wednesday passed “The Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Bill, 2020 with a majority vote, days after the Senate had passed the bill after making certain amendments. The bill is aimed at making provisions for raising

Senate passes anti-money laundering amendment bill

ISLAMABAD: On Tuesday the Senate passed anti-money laundering (AML) reforms and legislation for foreign exchange rules, the bill previously adopted by the National Assembly. All proposals, expected to meet the terms of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), will now

Senate passes bill allowing six-month paid maternity leave

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Monday passed the Maternity and Paternity Leave Bill, 2018, which makes it mandatory for employers to grant six months paid maternity leave and three months paid paternity leave. As per the bill, the leaves policy will

NA passes important bills to comply with FATF requirement

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly on Monday has passed an important bill to exchange information and offenders with countries to satisfy a Financial Action Task Force (FATF) requirements. Initially, the opposition parties tried to block the passage of the bill by opposing

India passes controversial anti-Muslim citizenship law

NEW DELHI: India’s ruling Hindu nationalist government on Wednesday approved the conttoversial citizenship that undermines the country’s secular constitution. The Citizenship Amendment Bill seeks to grant Indian nationality to Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Parsis and Sikhs who fled Afghanistan, Bangladesh

NA passes resolution against Indian ‘anti-Muslim’ bill

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution moved by the Federal Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari on the ‘Citizenship Amendment Act’ approved by India. The resolution condemned the marginalisation of Muslims through the passing of such discriminatory

Bilawal hails driving licence bill for hearing-impaired persons

KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Sunday congratulated people with hearing impairment on the passing a bill that allows them to obtain a driving licence without a fee. “I would like to congratulate the deaf community