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Friday, July 6th, 2018

 

Avenfield Reference: Former PM Sharif, Daughter and Son-in-Law Handed Jail Sentences, Fines

JUL 6, 2018: Three time ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been found guilty of corruption by state prosecution, sentenced to 10 years in prison, fined 8 million pounds, and all London properties in question will be confiscated by the Govt of Pakistan. The verdict announced Friday by the National Accountability Court comes less than 3 weeks before the general election. This could be the knockout blow for his PML-N party, many politicos say. The court while sentencing the former PM to 10 years in jail and his daughter Maryam toRead More


Major Rivers in Pakistan Contaminated by Substantial Water Pollution, Study Reveals

Only 8% of country’s total municipal wastewater and 1% of industrial wastewater are treated before they are discharged into rivers; The Chenab exhibited highest concentrations of toxic beyond safe limits JUL 6, 2018 (BE2C2): A China-Pakistan joint study reveals three Pakistani rivers are suffering from substantial water contamination. Potentially toxic elements (PTE) were discovered, sourced from raw sewage and industrial effluent, which could spell negative health effects for the country’s citizens while also adversely affecting flora and fauna, says the study report Water & Wastes Digest. Researchers utilized spectroscopy toRead More


Diamer Bhasha Dam Process Jump-Started: Ad Published In Intl Papers For Contractors Prequalification

JUL 5, 2018 (BE2C2): Complying with the Supreme Court order to go ahead with building two new dams on war-footing while promising to raise funds for it even by asking the nation and Pakistanis abroad to donate for their construction, the Water and Power Development Agency (WAPDA) has advertised in international newspapers asking international contractors of repute to submit prequalification documents. The top court on Wednesday said, “The need for water reservoirs is not only expedient but also essential for the survival of the people and economy of Pakistan. All thoseRead More


Tax Amnesty Evoking Poor Response Due to Creep, Fatigue Cycle

IRSHAD SALIM (JUL 5, 2018): Nearly $6 billion worth of foreign assets have so far been declared under the offshore tax amnesty scheme, with Pakistanis repatriating a sum of about $30 million only. The caretaker government has given one-month extension in the one-time tax writeoff scheme till July 31, with both sides racing against time. The government is hoping there will  be more money pouring in, while others are expecting more extensions — for understandable reasons. Initial figures for the period of April 10 to June 30 show that PakistanisRead More


U.S. Govt. Using DNA Testing To Reunite 3,000 Migrant Children, Parents

JUL 5, 2018: The US government is using DNA testing to quickly comply with a court deadline to reunite some 3,000 migrant children separated from their parents. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Thursday told reporters hundreds of government employees were using DNA and other information to verify guardianship before reuniting the children with parents being held in detention. A federal judge said HHS must reunite parents with children younger than 5 by Tuesday, and children between 5 and 17 by July 26. Azar described the court orderRead More