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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

DINA for the Issue of March 13, 2012

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D A W N I n t e r n e t N e w s A l e r t
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March 13, 2012 Tuesday Rabi-us-Sani 19, 1433
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ECC likely to impose GST on hydropower
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By Khaleeq Kiani
ISLAMABAD, March 12: The Economic Coordination Committee of the cabinet is likely to approve on Tuesday a proposal to export over two million tons of wheat, impose 16 per cent general sales tax on hydropower produced by Wapda, clear Rs6.1 billion commercial loan of Pakistan Railways and consider a proposal to import urea for the coming Kharif season.

A meeting of the ECC, to be presided over by Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, may also discuss financing arrangements for the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project for completing it by December 2014...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/13/wheat-export-funding-for-gas-pipeline-on-agenda-ecc-likely-to-impose-gst-on-hydropower.html


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Naek may become law minister
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By Syed Irfan Raza
ISLAMABAD, March 12: PPP leader Farooq Naek, who left the office of Senate chairman on Sunday, is likely to replace Maula Bux Chandio as Law Minister.

It was stated by a senior official at the presidency on Sunday...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/13/naek-may-become-law-minister.html


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Railways fares up by 15-20pc
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By Our Staff Reporter
LAHORE, March 12: Passenger train fares will go up by 15 to 20 per cent on March 15, the Pakistan Railways notified on Monday.

Passenger fares will increase by 15 per cent while the hike will be 20 per cent for inter-city, mail and express trains...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/13/railways-fares-up-by-15-20pc.html


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War against polio seen as national obligation
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By Ahmad Hassan
ISLAMABAD, March 12: Political rivals in parliament have joined hands to fight the crippling disease of polio that has attacked over 200 children in the country over the past couple of years.

At a news conference at the National Press Club here on Monday, MNAs and senators belonging to the PPP, PML-N, MQM, ANP, JUI-F and PML-Q said that fighting polio had become "a national obligation" because 60 per cent of the polio cases reported in the world last year had occurred in Pakistan...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/13/war-against-polio-seen-as-national-obligation.html


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Ijaz should bear forensic probe cost: Haqqani
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By Malik Asad
ISLAMABAD, March 12: Former ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani requested the memo commission on Monday not to appoint a forensic expert at government expense for verifying the data submitted by Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, a central character in the memo controversy.

"Since the forensic examination is being carried out at the request of Mr Ijaz, its cost should be borne by him and precious/scarce resources of the state of Pakistan should not be wasted for any such purpose," he said in his reply to Mr Ijaz's testimony claiming that he had drafted and delivered the memorandum to the former US military chief Admiral Mike Mullen through former US national security adviser James Jones at the insistence of Mr Haqqani...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/13/ijaz-should-bear-forensic-probe-cost-haqqani.html


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Change of guard goes off smoothly in Senate
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By Iftikhar A. Khan
ISLAMABAD, March 12: Senate's new Chairman Nayyer Hussain Bokhari and Deputy Chairman Sabir Baloch took oath of office after their unanimous election on Monday. In accordance with an agreement among various parties, the opposition did not field any candidate against the PPP nominees.

Mr Bokhari took the oath amid cheers and pro-Bhutto slogans raised by people in the visitors' gallery. He later swore in Mr Baloch. Both were wearing badges of Benazir Bhutto...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/13/change-of-guard-goes-off-smoothly-in-senate.html


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PIA faces action over safety issues
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By Our Staff Reporter
KARACHI, March 12: The European Aviation Safety Agency has suspended PIA's 'maintenance organisation approval' for its failure to meet the required standards.

As a result, sources said, the EASA in its meeting to be held in Brussels next week could ban PIA's European operations...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/13/pia-faces-action-over-safety-issues.html


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ISI always had political wing, says Mukhtar
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By Waseem Ashraf Butt
GUJRAT, March 12: Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar has said there has always been a political wing in the Directorate of Inter Services Intelligence and the prime minister and the president will be informed about the agency's policies and requirements by newly-appointed ISI Director General Zahirul Islam.

Talking to journalists in his office here on Monday, the minister said

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/13/isi-always-had-political-wing-says-mukhtar.html


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Race open for leader of house in Senate
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By Amir Wasim
ISLAMABAD, March 12: After a smooth sailing in nominating loyalists to the offices of chairman and deputy chairman, the Pakistan People's Party leadership has now entered uncertain waters in choosing the leader of house in the Senate.

After all, the one chosen will be representing the prime minister, and so, politically, has to be an ultra loyalist...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/13/race-open-for-leader-of-house-in-senate.html


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Two killed in bomb explosion
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By Hussain Afzal
PARACHINAR, March 12: Two people were killed and 20 others injured when a bomb ripped through a bus near Sadda town in Kurram Agency on Monday.

The bus was going from Peshawar to Parachinar, the Kurram Agency's administrative headquarters, when it was hit by the remote-controlled bomb planted on the road near Pir Qayyum village...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/13/two-killed-in-bomb-explosion.html


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Waheeda case draws SC's attention to service conditions
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By Nasir Iqbal
ISLAMABAD, March 12: The incident of slapping polling staff by Syeda Waheeda Shah has now drawn attention of the Supreme Court to indecorous service conditions of civil servants.

As a result, the three-judge Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Parvez sought parawise comments and suggestions from secretary of the Establishment Division as well as chief secretaries of the four provinces and the chief commissioner of ICT on ways of protecting fundamental rights of civil servants as enshrined under Article 9 (security of person) and Article 18 (freedom of trade, business or profession) of the Constitution...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/13/waheeda-case-draws-scs-attention-to-service-conditions.html


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UK govt sued for aiding drone strikes
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LONDON, March 12: A human rights group and a law firm took legal action on Monday against the British government, accusing it of passing on intelligence to help deadly US covert drone attacks in Pakistan and violating international law.

The challenge is the latest in a string of lawsuits against UK spy agencies for sharing intelligence with foreign governments in ways that may have put victims in lethal danger...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/13/uk-govt-sued-for-aiding-drone-strikes.html


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Patil says India committed to dialogue
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By Jawed Naqvi
NEW DELHI, March 12: Indian President Pratibha Patil has said that India remains committed to resolving all outstanding issues with Pakistan through dialogue.

Speaking at what could be her last budget session of parliament on Monday, Mrs Patil made traditional reference to the government's foreign policy objectives...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/13/patil-says-india-committed-to-dialogue.html


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More radiation detectors planned
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By Baqir Sajjad Syed
ISLAMABAD, March 12: The network of radiation detectors is being expanded around the country under an exports control upgrade for interdicting the smuggling of nuclear fuel.

Several new radiation monitoring portals were being installed to strengthen export controls, an official told Dawn after a meeting presided over by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar that reviewed nuclear safety...

http://www.dawn.com/2012/03/13/more-radiation-detectors-planned.html


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Karachi Stocks Up 17.36 Points:
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KARACHI, Mar 12: At close of trading, the KSE-100 index was at 13370.10, up 17.36 points.
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Forex Update:
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KARACHI, Mar 12: The Pakistani Rupee was traded at 91.2 to the US Dollar in the open market.
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