newsdailyMarch 28, 2021


ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Sunday wished happy ‘Holi’ to the Hindu commumity.

In a tweet on social media platform Twitter, he said, “Wishing a Happy Holi to all our Hindu brethren celebrating. May this joyous event of colours bring happiness, peace and prosperity for all of us and our region.” “Pakistan stands committed to the rights of minorities,” he added.

newsdailyMarch 28, 2021


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday while taking notice of difficulties facing the applicants, instructed the State Bank and National Bank of Pakistan to facilitate those applying for low-cost housing loan under Naya Pakistan Housing Program.

While Addressing the National Bank of Pakistan’s telethon on low cost housing loan, the prime minister asked the State Bank to instruct commercial banks to ease the loaning process for the applicants.

Simultaneously aired on Pakistan Television and different private channels, the telethon was attended by Senator Shibli Faraz, Chairman of Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority Lt. General (Retd) Anwar Ali Hyder, State Bank Governor Raza Baqir, President of National Bank of Pakistan Arif Usmani and Executive Director SBP Samar Hasnain.

The prime minister joined the telethon telephonically for being in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 a week ago. Imran Khan said that the NBP, being the premier bank of the country, should also instruct its staffers, to facilitate the loan applicants, observing that the bank employees were also not in habit of extending such easy loans to the cashless people.

He said there was no such concept of housing loan for the poor people in the country, that was why the people were facing difficulties in the beginning.

The prime minister said that once the people started building their own house, the construction industry would boom to help boost allied 30 other industries. Consequently, the wealth would create and increase revenue for the country besides creating jobs for the people, he added.

He said this was the first time in Pakistan that the salaried class or the people with no cash were getting opportunity to own a house. Imran Khan said the program had been designed in such a way that the beneficiaries currently giving money to pay house rent would be using the same to pay housing loan installment.

As per details, the beneficiaries of the housing loans would have to pay monthly installment of Rs 6,600 for 1 million loan, Rs 13,199 for two million, Rs 19,799 for three million, Rs 26,398 for four million, and Rs 32,998 for five million loan.

The prime minister said the people across the world like Europe or USA bought their houses through bank loans but it had not been a practice in Pakistan. He said under the program, not only the people would own a house rather the national economy would also get a boost. He said as the country was under debt burden, the wealth creation was direly needed to increase the revenue. “In all ways, this is an important project for the country,” the prime minister remarked.

To a question, the prime minister said the government would give preference to the widows and differently-abled person to give them houses under the program for they being the government’s responsibility.

The people aspiring to own a house under the prime minister’s pro-poor housing program, joined the transmission by calling at 0519215595 and the panelists responded to their complaints.

Governor SBP Raza Baqir said the banks had eased out the loaning conditions. In order to facilitate the applicants, the SBP had standardized the list of documents required for housing loans. The applicants would require to provide copy of CNIC, two passport sized photo, salary slip in case of job or copy of rent agreement of shop or house to make the banks assess the income and fix an installment.

Moreover, the SBP had also established 16 offices to register complaints and guide the applicants of the housing loan. Anwar Ali Hyder said the government has announced to extend Rs 300,000 subsidy for the construction of each first 100,000 houses to be constructed under the Naya Pakistan Housing Program. APP reported.

President NBP Arif Usmani said the people could directly approach him through contact No. 03025567776 in case of any glitch in their loan process. Senator Shibli Faraz said this was the beginning of fulfillment of a dream to develop Pakistan as welfare state. The government has taken multiple steps which were never taken in the country. The previous notions of Roti, Kapra and Makan remained confined to words but this government took practical measures to realize it, he added.

newsdailyMarch 13, 2021


Lahore: Due to the spread of Corona virus across the country, the Punjab government took a major decision and issued a notification to close business centers at 6 pm. According to details, due to the ever-increasing threat of corona virus in Lahore, the Punjab government has taken major decisions for the protection of the people, the Secretary Primary and Secondary Care has changed the working hours of business.

Primary and Secondary Care has issued a notification. According to the notification, business centers in Lahore will be closed at 6 pm. All markets will be closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

All medical services, pharmacies, medical stores, laboratories, collection points will be open 24 hours and 7 days a week, grocery stores, general stores, mills, fruit, vegetable shops, ovens and petrol pumps will be open 24 hours a week Filling plants, workshops, tire puncture, spare parts and agricultural machinery and equipment shops will also be open 24 hours a day, while all government and private offices will adhere to the policy of working with 50% staff.

newsdailyMarch 12, 2021


Islamabad(news daily): Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting,  Senator Shibli Faraz  said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) believes transparency in the elections, therefore the Senate insists on open voting for the elections.

Talking to reporters at the Parliament House in Islamabad today, he said that the opposition parties support secret ballot in the elections because their agenda is corruption. The Federal Minister said that Prime Minister Imran Khan was committed to eradicate corruption from the country. Senator Shibli Faraz said that the camera of the opposition in the polling booth in the Senate has been exposed. In a tweet, the federal minister said that the opposition’s nefarious plan of cameras in the polling booth has also been exposed.

newsdailyMarch 12, 2021


Islamabad: Voting for the Senate election has been completed. The counting of votes has begun at 5 p.m. The meeting resumed at three o’clock after the Friday prayers. After this, the candidates for the post of chairman were announced and the election was carried out by secret ballot.

The result of the election of the Chairman Senate will then be announced. The successful candidate will take the oath of office and preside over the rest of the proceedings of the session. The newly elected Chairman will elect the post of Deputy Chairman and take oath from the successful candidate.

newsdailyMarch 11, 2021


ISLAMABAD: Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan will retire on March 18. A summary has been sent to the Prime Minister for the appointment of a new chief. The command of the Pakistan Air Force will change on March 18.

According to sources, the Defense Ministry’s summary includes the names of the four most senior officers of the Pakistan Air Force for the new Air Chief. The four officers are the most capable and best choice for the new Air Chief. The four officers include Air Marshal Noman Ali and Air Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Babar. The names of Air Marshal Jawad Saeed and Air Marshal Haseeb Paracha are also part of the summary. 

Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan spent an eventful tenure which also saw ‘Operation Swift Retort’ on February 27, 2019 when PAF fighter jets carried out air strikes at six locations in Indian Occupied Kashmir while remaining within the Pakistani air space. The PAF jet fighters also shot down two Indian Air Force aircrafts when they entered Pakistani air space chasing the JF-17 Thunders.

newsdailyMarch 11, 2021


شب معراج النبی ﷺ آج مذہبی عقیدت و احترام سے منائی جائے گی۔ رحمتوں،برکتوں والی رات معراج النبیﷺآج مذہبی عقیدت و احترام سےمنائی جائےگی، مسلمان اللہ کے حضور سربسجود ہو کر اپنےگناہوں کی معافی مانگیں گے اور حاجات کی فریاد کریں گے،فرزندان اسلام کی اکثریت مساجد میں خصوصی عبادات کرے گی،مساجد میں آنےوالے زائرین کی جان ومال کے تحفظ کےلئے ٹرپل اسٹیپ سکیورٹی انتظامات کیے  گئے ہیں ۔ جامع مسجد داتا دربار اور بادشاہی مسجد میں بھی خصوصی محافل کا انعقاد کیا جائےگا جہاں اجتماعی اور انفرادی عبادات کی جائیں گی،نعت خواں حضرات گلہائے عقیدت پیش کریں گے اور علما کرام برکتوں والی رات کی مناسبت سےتقاریر کریں گے۔

سفر معراج پر آپ ﷺ کو رات کے وقت مسجد الحرام سے مسجد اقصیٰ تک سیر کرائی گئی۔ امام الانبیاء کا تاج پہنایا اور پھر عالم بالا کی سیر کا شرف بخشا گیا۔ آپ براق پر سوارہو کر پہلے مسجد حرام سے مسجد اقصی پہنچے، جہاں تمام انبیاء اور ملائکہ نے آپ کا استقبال کیا۔ بعد ازاں آپ کی امامت میں نماز ادا کی گئی، جس کے بعد آپ جبرائیل امین کی معیت میں زمین سے آسمان کی طرف سیر کو روانہ ہوئے۔ اسی موقع پر اللہ تعالی نے آپ کی امت پر 5 وقت نماز کی فرضیت کا حکم دیا۔

شبِ معراج النبیﷺ کے حوالے سےلاہور سمیت صوبہ بھر کی مرکزی مساجد کو سجانے کے علاوہ چراغاں بھی کیا جائےگا۔ محکمہ اوقاف پنجاب کی جانب سے شب معراج النبیﷺ کو شایان شان انداز میں منانےکےلئے انتظامات مکمل کر لیے گئے۔

newsdailyMarch 11, 2021


ISLAMABAD: The Senate would elect its chairman and deputy chairman through secret ballot after oath-taking of 48 newly elected members of Upper House of the Parliament here on Friday.

According to the Senate Secretariat, the session would meet in the morning for oath-taking of the newly elected senators after which the session will be adjourned. After the adjournment of the session, nomination papers for the chairman and deputy chairman would be submitted. Associated press reported.

Later, the session would resume in the evening the same day to elect the chairman and deputy chairman of the Upper House. Names of the candidates would be announced during the meeting and later a secret ballot will be held. The names of winning candidates for the slots of chairman and deputy chairman would be announced after which they will also take the oath.–APP

newsdailyMarch 10, 2021


ISLAMABAD :The Islamabad High Court  dismissed a petition filed by the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Ali Nawaz Awan challenging the victory of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)’s leader Yusuf Raza Gilani in the Senate elections. Chief Justice Islamabad High Court Athar Minallah told Ali Nawaz Awan, “Your case is pending in the Election Commission of Pakistan and you need to use the concerned forum first”.

Chief Justice IHC added that you are a capable public representative and we don’t expect you to bring such petitions here. IHC is not the exact platform to bring such political matters unnecessarily, Chief Justice Athar Minallah remarked by dismissing the plea.

It is to be mentioned here that Yousaf Raza Gillani had defeated PTI candidate Abdul Hafeez Shaikh in an upset victory in the Senate elections. The contest between Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and Yousaf Raza Gillani was being described as the most critical contest among the opposition and the government.

newsdailyMarch 9, 2021


ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has approved an increase of 89 paisa per unit in the price of electricity.

According to resources, the NEPRA Authority had held a public hearing on February 25 on the Central Power Purchase Authority’s request for an increase in electricity. The CCPA had sought an increase of 92 paise per unit in electricity tariffs in the context of the January monthly fuel charges adjustment.  NEPRA had completed the hearing and reserved its decision in this regard.

NEPRA has approved an increase of 89 paisa per unit in the price of electricity. This will impose an additional burden of Rs 6.90 billion on consumers. This will only apply to March bills, but not to Lifeline and K Electric customers. 

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