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Goals for the incoming government: Tell us where all our money has gone

The last five years have only strengthened my position that although sound economic policy may not be the answer to all our problems, mishandling issues of public debt has the potential to break the fragile sovereignty that Pakistan stands on. I often hear about roti, kapra, makaan (food, clothing, shelter) and the plight of the vast majority of Pakistanis; the end of the energy crisis, reducing the national debt, handling the law and order situation, and tackling the double-digit…

Government urged not to award MFN status to India

December 29, 2012 Strongly reacting to the statement of spokesman of Pakistani foreign office Moazzam Ahmad Khan that Pakistan is committed to give India status of Most Favoured Nation (MFN), Kisan Board Pakistan has demanded of the government to refrain from any such step. KBP President Sardar Zafar Hussein Khan in a statement issued here on Friday said that India is hatching conspiracy to turn Pakistani lands in to barren by stopping the water of rivers to Pakistan. While…

Farmers urged to vote for supporters of Kalabagh Dam

December 12, 2012 ZAHID BAIG Pakistan Farmers Alliance (PFA), a forum of nine organisations representing growers and the agricultural sector has urged farmers to vote only for those who support the Kalabagh Dam construction. 'The consensus is already there in the Water Accord 1991 hence no new consensus is required,' said PFA convener Dr Tariq Bucha, Chaudhry Hamid Malhi, Sarfraz Khan, Sidique Rehmat and Rabia Sultan while speaking at a press conference here on Tuesday.…

Highly controversial mega project: LHC asks government to construct Kalabagh Dam

HAMID NAWAZ November 30, 2012: The Lahore High Court on Thursday directed the federal government to construct highly controversial Kalabagh Dam. The LHC Chief Justice, Umar Ata Bandial, while disposing of several identical petitions seeking directions for construction of Kalabagh Dam observed that under Article 154(7), it was the constitutional obligation of the government to enforce the decision of the Council of Common Interest (CCI) about construction of Kalabagh Dam. "In the…

Kalabagh Dam: Punjab farmers hail LHC directive to government

M RAFIQUE GORAYA November 30, 2012: Various representative associations of Punjab farmers have hailed the Lahore High Court direction to the federal government to construct Kalabagh Dam on River Indus as was unanimously approved by the Council of Common Interests on 16.09.1991 and subsequently on 9.5.1998. Convenor Punjab Water Council, Farooq Bajwa said besides the CCI decisions, the federal government is bound to build Kalabagh Dam under Article IV, sub-article I of the Indus Water…

Government urged to review wheat support price decision

November 30, 2012: Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) Punjab has urged the government to review its decision of increasing the wheat support price as it will not only ruin the already under crisis flour milling industry but also make unbearable hike in the flour prices for consumers. PFMA Punjab Chairman Chaudhry Abdul Jabbar along with other PFMA leaders including Asim Ahmad Raza, Liaquat Ali Khan and Mian Riaz while addressing a press conference here on Wednesday rejected the…

KBP to stage sit-in today

November 29, 2012 Kisan Board Pakistan (KBP) in second phase of its 'Save Farmer-Save Pakistan' movement will be staging sit-in at all the district headquarters today besides holding demonstration on important thoroughfares and bridges to press the government for acceptance of its demands. Provincial heads and district presidents will lead these demonstrations and sit-in in their respective areas, said KBP Central Secretary Information Haji Muhammad Ramzan here on Wednesday.…

Reko Diq case: Supreme Court resumes hearing tomorrow

November 25, 2012 KHUDAYAR MOHLA The Supreme Court will resume the hearing of identical petitions on Reko Diq mining lease to foreign companies from Monday after two-day break. A three-member bench, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed will resume the hearing on November 26 on Reko Diq case filed by Dr Abdul Haq Baloch and others. During last week's hearings, the Supreme Court said that it would look into…

Flour millers reject raise in wheat support price

November 24, 2012 Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) Punjab Chairman Chaudhry Abdul Jabbar rejecting the decision of the Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) to enhance wheat support price has warned that 20 kilograms flour bag would be available to the consumers at Rs 800 per bag after the fresh increase. He said the decision would not only impact the consumers but also damage the flour milling industry, which was already under severe stress due to hike in the prices…

Does the future of farming in Africa lie in the private sector?

23 November, 2012 Could an alliance between big agribusiness and small-scale farmers produce enough food to feed the continent and beyond? African smallholder farmers are some of the most impoverished people in the world (43% are women) and they account for 80% of food production in sub-Saharan Africa (pdf). Some people argue their future will be driven by the private sector – the UK's Department for International Development has been working to link up businesses with smallholder…

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