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Punjab govt utilised Rs300b development funds out of Rs337b in FY21: Bakht

Lahore: Punjab Finance Minister Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht Wednesday said Rs300 billion development funds were utilized from Rs337 billon of fiscal year 2020-21, while 100 per cent funds for ongoing development schemes would be released in the first week of next FY22 starting from July 1.

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Punjab govt utilised Rs300b development funds out of Rs337b in FY21: Bakht
Punjab govt utilised Rs300b development funds out of Rs337b in FY21: Bakht

Timely release of development funds will ensure timely commencement and completion of development schemes in the next fiscal year, he observed during a review meeting at the Planning and Development Department regarding the implementation of the annual development program.

The minister said that effective mechanism is being devised to monitor and evaluate the works while the third-party services will be ensured for transparency in the valuation system. District Commissioners will be mobilized for the success of the District Development Program. In addition to the Chief Minister Punjab, Chief Secretary Punjab, the heads of the concerned departments will review the progress of the projects on a monthly basis so that the issues faced can be resolved in a timely manner.

Hashim said that a timeline has been fixed for each phase of the proposed plan for speedy and efficient implementation of the development program for the financial year 2021-22 by the Department of Finance and Planning and Development Board. He instructed the departments for ensuring the timeline compliance. A comprehensive policy has been formulated for monitoring and evaluation of projects which will be introduced soon after the approval of the Cabinet

Finance Secretary Iftikhar Ali Sahoo and Secretary Planning and Development Imran Sikandar briefed the meeting on the details of the proposed timelines and monitoring and evaluation system. 

The meeting was given a detailed briefing on the action plan for implementation of the annual development program. 

Stressing on the need to select quality contractors for development works, the Chief Secretary Punjab directed the departments to ensure the commencement of development activities with the provision of funds. 

The Secretary Finance informed the meeting that a notification of MRS rates will also be issued alongside 100% release of funds for development schemes.

The Secretary Planning and Development informed the meeting that pre-qualification of consultants has been initiated under the Planning and Development Board. The pre-qualification list will be notified in the first quarter of the financial year.

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COVID-19 kills another 78 as Pakistan continues battle against fourth wave

Islamabad: Pakistan is witnessing daily surge in COVID-19 cases with authorities linking the upswing to the deadly fourth wave. Today country’s positivity rate is on 5.44%.

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As per National Command and Control Center (NCOC), around 2,580 cases of coronavirus were reported while 78 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 26,865.

Pakistan conducted a total of 47,419 tests in the last 24 hours.

As per the NCOC, total confirmed cases are 1,210,082 whereas 5,304 are under critical care.

Punjab            

The number of patients swelled to 415,654 in the province with 12,259 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 446,045 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,177.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 169,040 in the province with 5,290 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 32,618 confirmed cases while 344 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 33,432 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 724. On the other hand, there are 10,168 cases in GB with 182 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 103,125 cases in the capital city while 889 people have lost their lives.

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The UN credentials committee consisting of nine countries will decide the fate of the seat dispute.

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The Secretary-General of United Nations (UN) Antonio Guterres received a communication with the letterhead “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” signed by “Ameer Khan Muttaqi” as “Minister of Foreign Affairs,” requesting to participate in the UN session of world leaders.


The letter said that they no longer recognize Ghulam Isaczai as their representative and nominated Suhail Shaheen as their representative to the UN.

The UN credentials committee consisting of nine countries will decide the fate of the seat dispute.

However, the Taliban participation in the current session is difficult.

Afghanistan is scheduled to give the last speech on the final day of the high-level meeting on Sept 27.

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Pakistan's COVID-19 positivity rate drops to 4.22%

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than previous three COVID waves.

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Islamabad: Pakistan's coronavirus positivity ratio decreased to 4.22% from more than 11% a couple of weeks ago.

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than previous three COVID waves.

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 2,167 cases of coronavirus were reported while 40 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 27,246. The daily Covid-19 positivity rate in Pakistan is at 4.22%.

The total number of cases has reached 1,226,008.

As many as 1,135,038 patients have recovered from the disease with 4,840 critical cases.

Punjab             

The number of patients swelled to 422,790 in the province with 12,407 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 450,787 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,270.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 171,388 in the province with 5,412 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 32,769 confirmed cases while 344 patients have died from the infection so far.

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Islamabad

There are 104,242 cases in the capital city while 902 people have lost their lives

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