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The food ministry never issued import permits for Indian mango pulp

The government didn’t issue any import permits for expired Indian mango pulp, Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sahabzada . Speaking to SAMAA TV on its show Naya Din on Friday, he said neither the Department of Plant Protection nor the Plant Protection Release Order issued any import permits for the entry of expired Indian mango pulp in the country.He said the ministry is taking up the matter with the Federal Board of Revenue and Punjab food authorities to find out what happened and take action. “Our department has no information regarding the import, however, the mango pulp might have been imported illegally,” said Sultan.

He said the National Food Security and Research Ministry’s job is to only control imports and issue permits. “Our job is only to control and issue the permits for imports, which in this case we have not.We are now taking up the matter with the FBR and Punjab food authorities to control and cease its distribution to other cities of Pakistan.”Related: Pakistan doesn’t consume tomatoes from India Earlier in a letter to the ministry, All Pakistan Fruits and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association Patron-in-Chief Waheed Ahmed said that some officials in the Import Clearance Department of the Pakistan Customs had allowed the import of Indian mango pulp from Oman.
The product was rejected by Oman because it was expired.“And now the same product is being supplied to various cities in Punjab via trucks after travelling through Sindh,” said Ahmed on Naya Din.“Around 200 to 250 tons of Indian mango pulp packed in blue drums with a pasted packing list of expiry dates of December 12, 2018, and January 2019 was found in Faisalabad,” he said. The association chief mentioned that the expired product was dangerous for human consumption and in extreme cases could result in death.

Recently, numerous incidences of death have been reported due to consumption of expired food in restaurants and hotels.“Expired mango pulp and the concentrate is also a source of spreading major diseases among consumers leading to human sufferings and deaths,” the letter read, adding that expired mango pulp can be used to make juices and jams.We don’t need your tomatoes, Punjab agriculture minister tells IndiaAhmed said that “the illegal import of Indian product is also a threat to the local industry as earlier smaller sized mangos from Pakistan were used to make the pulp.” He remarked that agricultural imports from India pose a threat to Pakistan’s economy and local pulp industry.

“Pakistan is an agricultural country and has invested heavily to not only meet local demand but also earned valuable foreign exchange through export in international markets,” he said.The Pakistan Fruits and Vegetable Exporters, Imports and Merchants Association patron-in-chief urged the government to find those responsible for “playing with human lives” and thoroughly investigate the matter.
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PAEC gets ultimatum over pending projects

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Tuesday directed the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) to either complete five ongoing projects of nuclear fuel enrichment worth Rs 43.5 billion in the next four months or shut them down.

PHOTO: REUTERS These projects, which had been approved in 2007 barring one, have fallen at least six years behind their original completion periods. The decision to take these projects to a logical end was taken during a meeting of the Central Development Working Party (CDWP), which was chaired by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar.The PAEC had sought an extension in the completion period of these schemes. The CDWP has extended the project completion date till June 2019, with the direction that these projects should be shut down if the work still remains unfinished.Furthermore, the planning and development ministry says the PAEC earlier failed to notify the CDWP of delays, and did not get their nod for extensions of project timelines.The total cost of the five schemes was Rs 43.5 billion, however, as of June 2018, the total spending remained at only Rs5 billion or 8.8 per cent.
Four out of the five schemes are located in Mianwali while the other one is based in Faisalabad. The physical progress on these schemes was only up to 15 per cent, according to the officials who attended the CDWP meeting.The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) had approved a chemical processing plant at a cost of Rs22.1 billion in the year 2007.
But till last fiscal year, total spending remained at only Rs 2 billion with only Rs20 million allocation for this fiscal year.A nuclear fuel enrichment plant was approved in January 2010 at a cost of Rs 14.3 billion. However, the total amount spent on the project remained at only Rs1.6 billion till the last financial year, with Rs 100 million allocated for this year.A seamless tube plant project was approved at a cost of Rs 2.7 billion, also in 2007, but the actual spending on the project stands at Rs 445 million, with Rs75 million allocation for this fiscal year. A fuel fabrication plant was approved at Rs 3.3 billion in 2007. The project, too, suffered from mismanagement, with the spending till last fiscal year standing at only Rs 554 million, with a Rs 400 million allocation for this fiscal year.A nuclear power fuel testing project was also approved in the same year at a cost of Rs 1.2 billion.
The spending on the project till last year was Rs 354 million, with an allocation of Rs75 million for this fiscal year.During the same meeting, the CDWP approved four projects worth Rs 806.2 million and referred two schemes costing Rs7.4 billion to Ecnec for final approval.
The CDWP deferred approval of yet another Kachhi Canal Project at a cost of Rs25.7 billion.The Ministry of Water Resources tabled a new PC-I of Kacchi Canal project after the government had earlier declined to further upward revise the original PC-I, whose cost had already jumped to Rs82 billion.Keeping in mind the technical aspects of the Kachhi Canal project, the federal planning minister constituted a committee for detailed review of the project, which will submit its report within 15 days, according to an official handout.
The water resource division presented another project ‘review of feasibility study and detailed design of Burj Aziz Khan Dam Project, Pishin Lora, costing Rs67.4 million’, which was approved in the meeting.The dam envisages a water reservoir of 23 millions of gallons per day (MGD) and the project will supply 21 MGD drinking water to Quetta city.The CDWP approved upgradation of existing facilities at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Islamabad at a cost of Rs200 million.It also approved construction of a hostel for female doctors at PIMS worth Rs222.1 million.The third project of procurement of MRI equipment for the hospital’s radiology department worth Rs316.7 million was also given approval in the meeting.A fourth project related to extension of intensive care department of mother and child healthcare worth Rs3.9 billion was also referred to ECNEC.In physical planning and housing sector, the CDWP referred the project of construction of four sewerage treatment plants and related sewerage system to treat the waste water falling into Korang river, Rawal Lake and their areas of Islamabad worth Rs3.5 billion to Ecnec.

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Police register double murder, encounter cases

LAHORE: Police registered cases of double murder and suspected police encounter separately on Sunday. A man allegedly shot dead his sister and niece over a property dispute in the limits of Factory Area police on Saturday night.He later shot at his eight-year-old nephew, Ahmad, when he made an effort to run for shelter.
Police added Ahmad also injured his other sister, Parveen Bibi, and fled.On hearing gunshots, the residents informed the police and Rescue 1122 officials who shifted the injured boy to a nearby hospital.According to the police, the suspect had a property dispute with his sister. A couple of days ago, Maqsood hurled threats to Nasreen of consequences for not handing over the property to him.After the incident, the police conducted a raid to arrest the suspect. Just as the police reached the site, the suspect opened fire at them.
In retaliation, police also fired back and killed the suspect and his brother, identified as Shahid. SHO Ateeq Dogar and four policemen were also injured during the encounter.They were rushed to a nearby hospital.At least, six people died while 988 others sustained injuries in 833 road accidents in the province during the last 24 hours.
As many as 550 seriously injured persons were shifted to different hospitals, while 432 with minor injuries were provided first-aid by Rescue 1122 officials.Data showed that 397 drivers, 23 juvenile drivers, 134 pedestrians and 457 passengers were among the victims of these accidents.According to the statistics, 216 accidents were reported in Lahore, affecting 233 persons placing the provincial capital on top of the list, followed by 90 in Faisalabad with 101 victims and Gujranwala at third with 59 accidents and 55 victims.As many as 672 motorcycles, 126 rickshaws, 100 cars, 45vans, 14 buses, 33 trucks and 85 other vehicles and slow-moving carts were involved in these accidents.

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Currency rate in Pakistan, 13 February 2019

Karachi: Here is the updated currency rate in Pakistan as 13 February 2019. We collect currency rates from local exchanges and local forex market of different cities including Lahore, Peshawar, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Islamabad, Karachi, Rawalpindi …
We collect currency rates from local exchanges and local forex market of different cities including Lahore, Peshawar, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Islamabad, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Quetta, Sialkot, and Multan.
Forex UpdatesCurrencySymbolBuyingSellingEuroEUR156156.75US DollarUSD138.
7139.05British PoundGBP179180.
25Saudi RiyalSAR36.8537UAE DirhamAED37.
7538Australian DollarAUD9899Kuwaiti DinarKWD458460.5Canadian DollarCAD104105Chinese YuanCNY20.
520.65Indian RupeeINR1.
921.99Which factors affect currency rate in Pakistan?There are several factors that higher or lower the currency rate in Pakistan or any other country.
The Dollar rate in Pakistan has also seen a high rise in last few months.At the end of November, State Bank of Pakistan Reserves decreased by 6.
95% or $560 million to $7.5 billion.
While, commercial banks holdings also reached at $6.494 billion.
In addition, Pakistan’s liquid reserves are also lowered by $576.5 million to $13.
996 billion.A few days back, the US Dollar hit the all time high value of Rs 142 in the inter bank market.
However, the debt has also increased by PKR 760 billion owing to the rise in the value of US dollar.USD to PKR came down as Rupee recovered against US Dollar.
The recovery came after PM Imran Khan secured $6 billion Saudi loan from Saudi Arabia on an annual basis. However, it will be for one year in the form of cash assistance and oil on deferred payments.
This agreement will be in place for at least three years.Also Read: Rupee recovers against US DollarFollowing a steep increase in the US dollar’s price last week, the rupee made a recovery against the dollar in the inter bank market on Friday as it was trading at Rs 132.
40 in the inter bank, down Rs 1.40 and closed at Rs 131.
90, down by Rs 1.87.
The interbank market has seen a 7.5% depreciation of Pakistani Rupee against the US dollar.
However, the dollar was traded below Rs 134 in October.Later, Pakistani rupee recovers against dollar in the inter bank market as ratio came down.
The US dollar was traded at Rs 132.40 and lowered by Rs 1.
40.Also Read: Pakistani Rupee Recovers against Dollar in Inter bank marketSome other factors are provided below for the further understanding.
Changes in inflation cause fluctuation in currency exchange rates.Changes in financing cost influence money esteem and dollar conversion scale.
Current account of any country reflects adjust of exchange and income on foreign investment.Government obligation is open obligation or national obligation possessed by the federal government.
Identified with current records and adjust of installments, the terms of exchange is the proportion of fare costs to import costs.Political state of country and financial execution can influence its money quality.
At the point when any country encounters a retreat, its loan fees are probably going to fall, diminishing its odds to gain outside capital.In the event that a nations cash esteem is required to rise, financial specialists will request a greater amount of that money with a specific end goal to make a benefit sooner rather than later.

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