March 15, 2009

Big jump in Pakistan National savings (NSS) investments

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By Mushfiq Ahmad

KARACHI: Investment in national savings schemes (NSS) saw a big jump during January thanks to increase in interest rates on different products effected by the government in December.

According to official figures, the government managed to raise Rs 25.96 billion in January, which is the highest amount raised in a month during the current financial year. The previous highest amount was Rs 11.79 billion in October. Total government borrowing through national savings schemes stood at Rs 74.98 billion and the government looks set to achieve its target of raising Rs 150 billion set for the full year.
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Dangerous divergences —Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi

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hasanaskriWhen General Musharraf decided in September 2001 to drop militancy as the primary instrument of foreign policy, he found that militancy had sunk its roots so deep into the psyche of civilian and military officials that the shift he desired would be very difficult to achieve

The shocking March 3 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore worsened Pakistan’s image further, and while there was unanimous condemnation of the incident across political and societal divides, there was lack of consensus on many aspects of the attack: who launched the attack; who was responsible for the security failure; and how could all the attackers escape unhurt?Read More »Dangerous divergences —Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi

Abdul Sattar Edhi

abdulsattaredhiInterview published in Daily Times on 15th March 2009.

Rabeea Shezad interviewed Abdul Sattar Edhi, the founder of Edhi Foundation. Edhi Foundation is the most trusted name in Pakistan when it comes to relief work within distressed areas in Pakistan and the rest of the world.

Edhi Foundation is a non-profit organisation that has been in the business of providing social services like medical care, emergency services, air ambulances, burial services, mental habitats, old homes, child welfare services, abused women safe houses and training facilities for the disadvantaged. Edhi Foundation was founded by Abdul Sattar Edhi, who established the first clinic in 1951.
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