Summary ISLAMABAD: The civic agency of Islamabad on Tuesday succumbed to the pressure from the top political leadership of the country by agreeing not only to allow the Punjab government to construct a separate track for the metro bus service in the federal capital but also to use the greenbelts for the project. Apart from restricting the use of greenbelts for any project, the CDA Ordinance does not allow any provincial agency to execute work in Islamabad. "But a simple notification from the Prime Minister Secretariat authorised the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) to execute the metro project in the capital city," said an official of the CDA.
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Summary ISLAMABAD: A National Water Summit will be held on the 20th of this month in Islamabad to share ideas about the National Water Policy. This was stated by Minister for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal, while inaugurating an international workshop in Islamabad on safe communities against floods using Geographic Information System. Water experts, stakeholders and representatives from different provinces will be invited to the summit.
Summary ISLAMABAD- Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said the government has embarked upon a plan to increase tax to GDP ratio by one percent annually. "Our government has embarked on an ambitious program of annual 1 percent tax to GDP growth," he said. The finance minister appreciated the chairman FBR and his team for 17.7 percent growth in tax collection during the past eight months.
Summary Islamabad: Saudi Arabia loaned $1.5 billion to Pakistan last month to help Islamabad shore up its foreign exchange reserves, meet debt-service obligations and undertake large energy and infrastructure projects, Pakistani officials have told Reuters. The Saudi assistance has contributed to a sharp recovery of the Pakistani rupee, which rose to a nine-month high of 97.40 from 105.40 against the dollar between March 4 and 12, its strongest rally in 30 years.
Summary The experts in police matters believe that the attack on Islamabad District Courts and subsequent unprofessional and lethargic response of Islamabad Police has manifested that the ICT Police in its present shape is not capable of handling the law & order and crime trends and patterns of a metropolitan city like Islamabad. Similarly, the ICTP continues to be regulated under the Police Act 1861 and is still working under that outdated police Act, though most of the rest of the country is working under modern Police Order 2002. At the time of promulgation of Police Order 2002 in Pakistan, Islamabad Police was kept exempted by the powerful bureaucrats to maintain their hegemony over the police department in the federal capital.
Summary Islamabad, March 13 (IANS) The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has condemned the retrogressive move by the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) to roll back the Muslim family laws and called on the government to stand in defence of women's rights, a media report Thursday said. The edict aimed at giving parents and guardians licence to give away little girls in marriage and freeing men of the need to secure the permission of their first wives before admitting second wives to their harems is nothing short of a vicious attack on women's and girls' fundamental rights, the statement said. "The assumptions underlying the suggestions made by Maulana Shirani and his associates are open to challenge not only on the ground of conflict with the Constitution of Pakistan and universal human rights but also for being violative of the spirit of the religion these honourable men claim to follow," the statement said.
Summary ISLAMABAD - Some 10,000 Afghan settlers are reported to have left North Waziristan Agency (NWA) and other parts of FATA to go back to Afghanistan in the backdrop of the displacements triggered due to the launch of surgical strikes in the northwest. Refusing to comment whether the returned Afghans were mostly the milita ....
Summary ISLAMABAD: The interior ministry has constituted a new joint investigation team (JIT) to probe the attacks at the district courts in Islamabad, after the Supreme Court (SC) disbanded the previous one, sources told Dawn on Thursday. It was working under the supervision of a SP. Being dissatisfied with the investigation of Islamabad police, the SC not only rejected the report submitted by the police regarding the attacks at the district and sessions courts in Islamabad but ordered reconstitution of the team.
Summary The CDA-DWP after thorough discussions and deliberations approved the part of Metro Bus Project falling in the jurisdiction of Islamabad. It was decided in the meeting that the natural beauty, environment and landscape of Islamabad will be protected and preserved. It was also decided in the meeting that one per cent of the cost of the PC-1 would be reserved for the protection of environment and horticulture in Islamabad.
Summary RAWALPINDI: The cost of the Metro Bus Service Project is likely to increase from the estimated Rs38 billion to Rs42 billion if the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) accommodates the objections of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to the design of an intersection at Peshawar Mor. Experts from the finance ministry on Monday told the CDA that up to Rs40 million financial assistance could be required to operate a quality bus service in the capital city. A meeting of the CDA officials and the project development experts from the finance ministry, chaired by the chairman CDA, Maroof Afzal, was held to discuss the implementation of the Islamabad Bus Service (IBS) project.
Summary In this photograph made Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 a Washington Metro bus rolls across the Roosevelt Bridge over the Potomac River in Washington. And with services restored following economy-driven cutbacks, ridership appears set to resume what had been a steady increase. In 2013, the number of trips stood at nearly 10.7 billion, the highest since 1956, according to data compiled by the American Public Transportation Association .
Summary ISLAMABAD - The project "Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Service (Islamabad Portion, length 13.656 km) costing Rs. 23.6 billion was approved on Thursday in principle subject to rationalization of cost and scope by a Committee headed by Secretary Cabinet Division. The selected firms will be responsible for the construction of underpasses, flyovers, roadwork, drainage, bus stations, and others facilities. The CDA official added the CDA has decided in the meeting that the natural beauty, environment and landscape of Islamabad would be protected and preserved.
Summary ISLAMABAD: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on Thursday directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to get an environment impact assessment (EIA) report before proceeding further in the metro bus service project. According to the design prepared by Nespak, a separate seven-metre-wide track would be built on the greenbelts on the I-8 /H-8 and G-8 sides of 9th Avenue and Jinnah Avenue for the metro bus service. Scores of young and old trees will be uprooted to construct the track by the Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) which will execute the Rs38 billion transport project between the twin cities.Two days back, the civic agency of Islamabad succumbed to the pressure from the top political leadership of the country by agreeing not only to allow the Punjab government to construct the separate track but also to use the greenbelts for the project.