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Federal Budget 2017-18: 10 percent salary increase for govt employees. Federal budget 2017-18: Shah condemns use of force on protesting farmers. Share Video ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed strongly condemned the use of force by police on protesting farmers in Islamabad.

Federal budget 2017-18: Shah condemns use of force on protesting farmers

Speaking at the budget’s session on Friday, Khursheed Shah said that there were only 2000 to 3000 farmers who were demanding their rights. “Why were they baton-charged as they were protesting outside the Red Zone,” he questioned. He called for the government to accept the demands made by the farmers. “I want to raise my voice for farmers as I represent the opposition parties,” he said. Earlier, protesting farmers at Islamabad’s D-Chowk clashed with police when they attempted to march towards the Parliament The riot police used force when protesting farmers led by opposition leader Syed Khursheed Shah started marching towards the Parliament. Angry protesters pelted police with stones, prompting the law-enforcers to use water cannon and tear gas shells to disperse the demonstrators. Budget 2017: Sindh to allocate 28% for education. Dar to launch Economic Survey, pre-budget document today. ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, will formally launch the Economic Survey 2016-17 on Thursday.

Dar to launch Economic Survey, pre-budget document today

The minister will share the key economic indicators and the performance of different sectors of the economy with the media here at a press conference. The Finance Minister will also provide an overview of the economic progress made in recent years in Pakistan, official sources said. He will highlight the main features of the comprehensive reforms agenda undertaken by the present government, which had resulted in macro-economic stability and a ten-year high growth rate of 5.28 per cent. Sindh health sector budget goes down the drain? Doctors seek meaningful increase in health budgets. KARACHI: Senior gynecologists and obstetricians have sought meaningful increase in the national and provincial health budgets during fiscal year 2017-2018.

Doctors seek meaningful increase in health budgets

Addressing a conference organised by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Pakistan (SOGP) they also demanded easy availability and access to family planning supplies across the country. Registering their serious concern about the current maternal mortality ratio of 276 per 100,000 live births, the experts sought urgency in strengthening of health, family planning, education and women development departments across the country. Dar to present Rs 4.8 trillion national budget on Friday. Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar addressing launching ceremony of Pakistan Economic Survey 2016-17 in Islamabad on May 25, 2017.

Dar to present Rs 4.8 trillion national budget on Friday

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar will present the fifth Federal Budget of the ruling democratic dispensation with an estimated outlay of Rs 4.8 trillion for the fiscal year 2017-18 tomorrow (Friday). The National Assembly, already in session since May 23, will meet here at the Parliament House on Friday at 1600 hours, after a day break, for presentation of the federal budget. The budget will lend further focus towards improvement in economic growth, maintaining fiscal discipline, reducing non-development expenditures and boosting exports besides providing relief to the masses, promoting investment for job creation, treading the people’s friendly policies for over arching socio-economic prosperity.

Development funding for FATA has also been increased from Rs21 billion to Rs24.5 billion. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to present budget today at 4 pm. ISLAMABAD: Federal Budget for the fiscal year 2017-18 will be presented on Friday.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to present budget today at 4 pm

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar will present the budget in the National Assembly at four in the afternoon. The Finance Minister will also lay in the house papers containing the Supplementary Demands for Grants and Appropriations for the financial year 2016-2017. The Finance Minister will present a copy of the Finance Bill 2017 in the Senate seeking proposals and recommendations from the upper house. Meanwhile, talking to a TV channel, the Finance Minister said per capita income has increased due to effective economic policies of the present government. He said national economy has crossed 300 billion dollars threshold. Report: New taxes in federal budget. Here’s the list of what’s costly after this budget. Economic Survey: Pakistan’s economy crossed $300b last FY. ISLAMABAD: The volume of Pakistani economy crossed the threshold of three hundred billion dollars during the outgoing financial year.

Economic Survey: Pakistan’s economy crossed $300b last FY

This was stated by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar while launching the Economic Survey for 2016-17 in Islamabad on Thursday. Briefing the media about the performance of different sectors, the Finance Minister said that overall economic growth remained five point two eight percent which is the highest in the last ten years. He said the industrial sector contributed twenty one percent, agriculture twenty percent and services sixty percent to the GDP. Giving a breakdown, Ishaq Dar said that agriculture growth remained 3.46 percent, services 5.98 and industries 5.02 percent.

Ishaq Dar said that six percent growth target has been set for the next financial year. Turning to the agriculture sector, the Finance Minister reminded that its growth remained 0.27 percent last year. Under the Kissan package, he said the agriculture inputs including fertilizers were subsidized. Live Updates: Finance Minister presents Economic Survey 2016-17. Large scale manufacturing sector is on a positive trajectory while the construction industries witnessed a growth of 9.05 percent during the outgoing year: Economic Survey The GDP growth rate for next fiscal year has been set at 6% 3.4 percent increase recorded in electricity, gas supply in the existing fiscal year: Dar Economic growth rate remained 3 percent.

Live Updates: Finance Minister presents Economic Survey 2016-17

Inflation rate remained 4.09% while the volume of Pakistan’s economy surpassed $300 billion, he said. Agriculture sector growth remained 0.27 percent last year. “Kissan package worth 341 billion rupees has paid the dividends to raise its growth to 3.46 percent this year.” Panama probe: JIT summons Hussain Nawaz. ISLAMABAD: In connection with the Panama Papers case, the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has called Hussain Nawaz Sharif, the son of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Panama probe: JIT summons Hussain Nawaz

According to our correspondent, 18th meeting of the six-member JIT held today at Federal Judicial Academy Islamabad wherein the panel decided to summon Hussain Nawaz to inquire about Sharif Family’s assets in London and Qatar. However, the date of Hussain Nawaz’s appearance was not disclosed due to security reasons. In order to interrogate Nawaz Sharif, sources said, the JIT has drawn up list of questions, mostly regarding tax returns of London flats. The panel is also likely to call PM’s other son, Hassan Nawaz Sharif, and daughter Maryam Nawaz.

New trailer for Game of Thrones released. Watch Video: Nadia Khan’s daughter assaulted by Hollywood Actor. Five siblings among 16 civilians killed in coalition strikes in Syria. Video: Donald Trump offers his hand to wife who slaps it away. Video: Drop scene of Indian girl’s wedding with Pakistani boy. PAF jets fly over Siachen. Ariana Grande returns to US following Manchester bombing. Ariana Grande returned to the United States on Tuesday, one day after a suicide bomber killed 22 people at the singer’s concert in Manchester, England, as questions lingered over whether she would continue her European tour.

Ariana Grande returns to US following Manchester bombing

Grande, 23, was seen in photographs posted by Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper walking down the steps of a private plane at an airport in her hometown of Boca Raton, Florida, and being met by family members. The Daily Mail images showed the diminutive pop star dressed casually in sweats and appearing downcast as she greeted her boyfriend, the rapper Mac Miller, on the tarmac. Grande had not been seen publicly since an explosion ripped through the packed Manchester Arena at the end of her performance there. Some of the 22 people who died in the attack were teens or young girls. Grande was apparently unharmed. Kulbhushan to be penalized as per law: Ahsan Iqbal. The female Muslim comic standing up to extremism.

JAKARTA: Wearing a red hijab and all-encompassing gown, Sakdiyah Maruf cuts an unusual figure in a dark, smokey Jakarta bar as she reels off taboo-breaking jokes to laughter from a rapt audience.

The female Muslim comic standing up to extremism

She is a rare character in Indonesia — a female Muslim stand-up using humour to challenge prejudice against women and rising religious intolerance. Despite resistance from those who believe a woman’s place is not on stage cracking jokes, even within her own family, the 34-year-old has forged ahead and is winning fans at home and abroad. In the country with the world’s biggest Muslim population, she does not shy away from sensitive subjects.

Her jokes touch on topics ranging from Jakarta’s recent religiously-charged election — which saw the Christian incumbent ousted by a Muslim — to sex and alcohol. “Hijab, niqab, burqa — it saves you from a bad hair day,” she said to laughter from the crowd in the Indonesian capital, a typical gag that gently pokes fun at her own religious customs. Video: Air Force chief flies fighter jet over Siachen. Watch – Dog interrupts female anchor in live broadcast. Manchester attack: Cannes festival to hold minute’s silence. CANNES: The Cannes film festival will hold a minute’s silence on its famed red carpet Tuesday for victims of the pop concert suicide bombing in the British city of Manchester, organisers said. “At 3:00 pm (1300 GMT) we will be at the top of the stairs to observe a minute of silence,” Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux said, adding that a fireworks display planned for the evening had been cancelled.

“I want to express our solidarity with the city of Manchester,” Fremaux said before a screening at the world’s biggest film festival. “We must show that we will not be bowed and that life will continue.” Video: Eyewitness accounts of Manchester blast. Video of deadly blast at Manchester Arena. Supporters of Islamic State celebrate Manchester attack. CAIRO: Islamic State supporters celebrated on social media on Tuesday after a blast at a concert venue in the north of England killed at least 19 people, although the militant Islamist group has not formally claimed responsibility. British police have said they are treating the blast at the Manchester Arena at the end of a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande as a “terrorist incident”. More than 50 people were wounded. Twitter accounts affiliated to Islamic State have used hashtags referring to the blast to post celebratory messages, with some users encouraging similar attacks elsewhere. Some messages described the attack as an act of revenge in response to air strikes in Iraq and Syria.

“It seems that bombs of the British airforce over children of Mosul and Raqqa has just came back to #Manchester,” one user named Abdul Haqq said on Twitter, in reference to the Iraqi and Syrian cities held by the militants where a U.S. Saudi visit: Melania, Ivanka Trump’s outfits under media spotlight. 10 key points from Trump’s address to Muslim leaders. Share Video 1. Trump chose to make his first foreign trip to Saudi Arabia since he wanted to deliver a message of peace and hope. Ivanka Trump says Saudi progress on women ‘encouraging’ RIYADH: US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka said Sunday that ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia has made “encouraging” progress in empowering women but more freedom is needed.

“Saudi Arabia’s progress, especially in recent years, is very encouraging,” Trump’s eldest daughter told a group of Saudi women she met in Riyadh while accompanying her father on a visit to the Muslim kingdom. “But there’s still a lot of work to be done and freedoms and opportunities to continue to fight for,” added Ivanka, who serves as an advisor to her father. “Around the world women continue to achieve unprecedented levels of rights and freedoms. Today you all stand on the frontlines of the fight for gender equality,” she told a roundtable of women led by Princess Reema bint Bandar, deputy president of the Women’s Sports Authority. Saudi Arabia, which applies a strict form of Sunni Islam, imposes many restrictions on women. It is the only country where they are not allowed to drive. WATCH: World leaders fall asleep during speeches by Trump, Saudi King. Five drown in Karachi beaches. Malik criticizes Trump over not mentioning Pakistan’s sacrifices against terrorism.

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From the comfort of a plush sofa on the ground floor, potential buyers can order a Ferrari, Maserati or Lamborghini among other brands, all with the touch of a hand-held device. But Hong said his unorthodox Sg$3.0 million ($2.15 million) solution can boost land use. Watch: Imran Khan’s views on Kulbhushan Jadhav case. PTI stages public meeting in Quetta today. Slight chances for sighting of Ramazan crescent on May 26: Met Dept. Asad Umar points finger at Nawaz-Jindal meeting over ICJ’s order. Salient features of Kulbhushan Jadhav case verdict. International Court of Justice (ICJ) announced the verdict of the Kulbhushan Jadhav case on Thursday.

Here are some key points of the judgment. 1. International Court of Justice stays Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence and states that he will not be executed before the court has given its final decision. Watch Samaa for Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict. Veteran Indian actress passes away due to cardiac arrest.

Video: Irrfan Khan parodies ‘Bik Gayi Hai Gormint’ aunty. Hollywood honors ‘Alien’ filmmaker Ridley Scott. LOS ANGELES: “Alien” creator Ridley Scott said Wednesday he hoped to make movie-goers ponder life’s bigger questions through his latest contribution to the “Alien” sci-fi blockbuster franchise — but also to scare them senseless. Daesh targeting minds of our youth: ISPR chief. UN court to rule on Kulbhushan facing execution.

Karachi: Gas pipeline blown up Manghopir. Showtime for stars as Cannes film festival kicks off. CANNES: The Cannes film festival kicks off its 70th birthday edition on Wednesday with A-listers including Nicole Kidman, Clint Eastwood and Will Smith jetting in for the 12-day movie marathon. The gathering on the southern French coast, where 19 films will be vying for the coveted Palme d’Or top prize and hundreds more will be screened, also comes with a higher security status than in previous years. Ten months after a truck attack in nearby Nice killed 86 people, concrete barriers — in the form of giant flower pots — have been set up to try to block any similar assault. Women wrestlers set to fire up intl event in Karachi.

Misbah gets warm welcome on return. PTI protestors storm Pesco office in Peshawar. Share Video. WATCH: Imran Khan’s message for Balochistan. #MisYou: Pakistanis pay tribute to Misbah, Younis on Twitter. Easy way to get UAE visa for parents. Do’s and don’ts to avoid UAE visa ban. If you are working in the UAE, it is crucial for you to know the different types of visa ban rules that apply to the region. A visa ban prohibits a person from entering the country or taking up a new job. It is important to know the dos and don’ts to make sure you avoid getting a ban. Permanent residency ban: Fozia recovered in Khairpur operation. Why PIA crew taken in custody in UK? Political rivals set aside differences – in China. Watch: Mustafa Kamal’s arrest after violent clashes. Opposition gets ready against government over Dawn Leaks. CJP takes notice of deaf girl’s rape in Nawabshah. Four FC men wounded in Mastung IED attack. Anti-polio campaign underway in country.

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