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Higher potatoes, wheat flour, milk prices push SPI up

ISLAMABAD: The increase in prices of potatoes, wheat flour and fresh milk during the previous week has led to an increase in sensitive price index (SPI) mainly for the lowest income group. The combined SPI for the week ending on Thursday (November 15, 2012), improved marginally by 0.06 percent as compared to the previous week, however the lowest income group earning up to Rs 8,000 per month, faced the wrath of weekly based inflation with an increase of 0.10 percent as compared to the…

Provisions of Article 6 of FCTC worry tobacco farmers

October 24, 2012: While the tobacco growers around the world are trying to voice their concern unanimously against FCTC's vague recommendations, the absurd recommendations have also started raising eyebrows of people sitting at highest echelons of power. The main point of contentions is Article 6 that is directly hitting farmers by suggesting unprecedented increase in taxes and WHO recommendation against tier system of tax. The Article 6 of FCTC says price and tax measures are an…

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