World in Focus

World in Focus

WORLD IN FOCUS October- November 2011

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Gilani renews talks offer to ‘angry Baloch leaders’: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani renewed his offer of dialogue to ‘angry’ Baloch leaders and said he was even ready to go to their doorstep to listen to their grievances. 6,000 Baloch recruits join Pakistan Army: The Pakistan Army inducted, after training, 6000 Baloch recruits in a passing out ceremony. …

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WORLD IN FOCUS September ‘Oct 2011

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Basic food prices rose by 74 pc in 3 years: The cost of basic food items increased by 74 per cent in three years (from June 2008 to 2011), leading to increased hunger and malnutrition, according to official findings. Pakistan, Iran to expedite gas, power projects: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has agreed with Iranian President Mehmoud Ahmadinejad …

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WORLD IN FOCUS August ‘Sep 2011

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Fata people get political rights: President Asif Ali Zardari signed on August 12 amendments made to the century-old Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) which will give the people of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) for the first time the right of appeal against decisions of the political agent. The president also signed the Extension of the Political Parties Order, …

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WORLD IN FOCUS July ‘August 2011

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Corruption touching Rs 3 trillion in Pakistan: While Pakistan has greatly compromised its independence for the sake of a few billion dollars of foreign aid and corruption is rising at an alarming rate, the Transparency International has revealed that during the three years of PPP rule the menace has cost the nation more than Rs 3,000 billion only …

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WORLD IN FOCUS June ‘ July 2011

NATIONAL AFFAIRS CIA chief leaves without deal: Leon Panetta, chief of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), left Islamabad on June 11 after a meeting with Chief of the Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and ISI head Gen Shuja Pasha, but without a deal on resetting the relationship between the spy agencies. Mr Panetta, did not meet anyone other than …

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WORLD IN FOCUS May- June 2011

NATIONAL AFFAIRS India set to squeeze Pak waters while officials sleep; military takes notice: Pakistan’s Armed Forces were alarmed when Sheraz Memon, Commissioner of Pakistan’s Indus Water Commission (PICW) submitted to the Senate Committee on Water secret documents pertaining to the mishandling of projects constructed or being erected by India on Pakistan’s rivers. These include Baglihar, Uri-11, Nimmu Bazgo, Chutak …

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WORLD IN FOCUS April 2011 May 2011

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Relationship on solid footing: The Central Intelligence Agency issued an unusual statement after a meeting between the US and Pakistani spy chiefs, saying that the relationship between the CIA and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence ‘remains on solid footing. Call for ending slab benefits for domestic electricity consumers: Projecting the annual energy import bill to increase to a whopping $50 …

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WORLD IN FOCUS March 2011 ‘April 2011

NATIONAL AFFAIRS Rs 120b ‘mini-budget’ unveiled: In a major development, the government introduced a Rs 120 billion ‘mini-budget’ through presidential ordinances, envisaging Rs 53 billion of additional taxes on income, imports, agriculture and domestic sales of export-oriented items, after having failed to introduce Reformed General Sales Tax through parliament. Davis buys his flight to freedom: A tension-filled saga spread over …

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WORLD IN FOCUS February 2011 – March 2011

Current Pakistan National Affairs PIA strike ends with Haroon’s resignation: A four-day-long strike by Pakistan International Airlines employees, which had collapsed domestic and international flights schedule, ended after the government removed the Managing Director of the national flag carrier Aijaz Haroon on their demand. Some heavyweights left out of 22-member new cabinet: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on February 11 …

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