Islamabad: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Farrukh Habib said on Friday that the federal government will introduce residential schemes under smart housing concept to facilitate the nine million Overseas Pakistanis.
The federal Cabinet has given approval for launching the state-of-the-art residential projects for Overseas Pakistanis, he said while talking to state news channel.
He said Pakistani expats might purchase the apartments through Roshan Digital Accounts (RDA). The project was aimed at attracting remittances through RDA, he added.
Overseas Pakistanis were asset of the country, they were sending $30 billion remittances annually through RDA which showed their full trust in the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Commenting on the voting rights to Pakistani expats, he said it was first time that any govt recognized the expats services to the country. All credit goes to PM Imran who was strong proponent of Pakistanis rights living abroad, he said.
Farrukh said PTI government believes in empowering Pakistanis expats, wanted their involvement in decision making.
On the sustainability of Naya Pakistan Housing Project, he said nobody can roll back public interest projects, adding that the government engaged private sector for the purpose.
Banks were taking lead in the government residential schemes as it had distributed loans worth Rs40 billion and approved loans worth over Rs120 billion and loan applications worth over Rs160 billion were received, he added.
Talking about Sehat Insaaf Card, the state minister said government introduced complete health package for the citizens that covered multiple medical treatments like heart, child and mother care, surgeries and other major diseases.
A family under the card might get medical facilities up to Rs1 million, he said.
The 2020, he said would be a better year for Pakistan, he said and hoped that the country’s economy would further strengthen during the ongoing year due to prudent policies of PM Imran Khan.
He said PTI was facing challenges at every front but our firm commitment would lead the country towards the path of development and prosperity.
He said PM Imran was determined to bring back the looted wealth of the country, adding that his government would continue to sensitize the public that how Sharif and Zardaris looted the national exchequer ruthlessly and send their ill-gotten money abroad.
Govt to control Inflation before 2023: FM Qureshi
Global economy has also been in crisis for the past two years due to coronavirus, says minister
Multan: Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday said that inflation was a temporary phenomenon and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government would control it before 2023.
He expressed these views while addressing a function at Government Primary School Awanpura Middle School Upgradation and talking to people during his visit to different Union Councils of his constituency NA-156.
He said that the government is not indifferent to people and well aware their hardships. He observed that government was striving hard to address public problems, saying that the global economy has also been in crisis for the past two years due to coronavirus. He however maintained that difficulties were temporary.
“We love dear homeland and would continue to live in the country. We know how to be loyal to the country. We have no flats, no accounts abroad and no one has a plan to go abroad. We are among the people and will remain with them,” FM Qureshi maintained.
The foreign minister hoped that problems of masses would end soon. “We are fighting crises with determination. No matter how much the Opposition marches, there will be no in house change or end to the government. The opposition will face defeat. The democratic government of PTI will complete its term”, remarked FM Qureshi.
He expressed satisfaction and hinted that PTI government’s intentions were positive. “The present government has a credit for not having any corruption scandal”.
Expressing the challenges, Qureshi observed that the problems were much more, compared to available resources which could not be resolved overnight. “We understand the problems and concerns of the people and trying to resolve the issues”, he added.
‘Austria to make COVID vaccines compulsory for adults from Feb’
Nehammer, a conservative who took office in December, said those who didn t comply would face a hefty fine
Vienna: Austria will become the first European country to make Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for adults in February, Chancellor Karl Nehammer said Sunday, acknowledging that it was a “sensitive topic.”
Nehammer, a conservative who took office in December, said those who didn t comply would face a hefty fine.
“We will decide on compulsory vaccination as planned. It will come into force at the beginning of February for adults,” he told a news conference.
Since plans for compulsory jabs were first announced last year, Austria has seen impassioned debate both in parliament and beyond on the issue.
To date 71.5 percent of eligible Austrian residents have had their jabs -- several percentage points below many of the country’s EU neighbours.
Nehammer acknowledged the decision covered "a totally sensitive topic" but said it followed careful consideration.
He warned that after an "entry phase" for the policy, restrictions would be "tightened accordingly" in mid-March on those holding out against the jab, including fines of between 600-3,600 euros ($684-$4,100).
Saturday saw some 27,000 people demonstrate in Vienna against the measure which opponents dub an attack on personal freedoms.
On Thursday Parliament is due to pass into law a bill which initially was set to cover all people from 14 upwards but now will cover adults only.
Exceptions will be made for pregnant women and those who can show they have a medical exemption.
The government has widespread support for a policy which only the far-right is opposing.
Austria has to date seen almost 14,000 Covid-related deaths and 1.4 million cases in a population of some nine million.
Compulsory vaccinations against Covid remain rare worldwide, though Ecuador, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Indonesia and Micronesia have introduced such schemes.
President apologizes to an aged taxpayer over administrative injustice of FBR
Arif Alvi directs FBR chairman to take punitive action against entire chain of decision-makers involved in case
Islamabad: President Dr Arif Alvi has apologized to an aged taxpayer over administrative injustice by the Federal Board of Revenue.
In a press release issued on Sunday, the president expressed dismay over the treatment of an 82 years old tax payer by the FBR and directed FBR chairman to take punitive action against the entire chain of decision-makers involved in the case.
He directed the Chairman of FBR to look into the entire system of irresponsibility and corruption and take punitive action against the entire chain of decision makers involved in the case.
Dr Arif Alvi took exception to the decision of FBR against a senior citizen that refused him to refund a paltry sum of 2,333 rupees on frivolous grounds and dragged him into unnecessary litigation spanning over a year. Apologizing to the senior citizen Abdul Hamid Khan, the President said that our heads should hang in shame for the inconvenience caused by FBR to the senior citizen.
Apologizing to the senior citizen Abdul Hamid Khan, the president said that their heads should hang in shame for the inconvenience caused by the FBR to a senior citizen.
The president took exception to the decision of FBR against the senior citizen in which the bureau had refused to refund a paltry sum of Rs2,333 on frivolous grounds and dragged him into unnecessary litigation spanning over a year.
“Punitive action must be taken along the entire line of decision-makers in this case and Chairman FBR should ensure that those responsible, in particular, and others, in general, go through courses to teach them priorities and courtesies, he directed.
The president while rejecting FBR’s appeal in the instant complaint observed that it appeared that unlawful treatment meted out in the instant case with a view to irritate and humiliate the aging pensioner.
Abdul Hamid Khan (the complainant), a senior citizen of 82 years of age, had claimed a refund of Rs 2,333 on his income tax return for the year 2020 and submitted requisite documents of advance tax deduction of the PTCL and cell phone company bills on 19.10.2020.
The complainant e-filed refund application on 19th October, 2020 followed by representation to FBR Chairman on 24th December, 2020.
The Unit officer of FBR rejected his refund claim, on 29.01.2021, on the grounds that the applicant had failed to furnish the original certificates required for authentication.
The complainant then took up the matter with the Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) to seek redressal of his complaint.
The FTO investigated the matter and ordered FBR on 02.06.2021 to revisit the impugned order dated 19.01.2021 and pass a fresh order under section 170(4) of the ordinance, after providing the complainant the opportunity for hearing as per law.
It further ordered to identify and initiate disciplinary proceedings against the official who passed the impugned order in derogation of the law and procedures and dragged the aging taxpayer into unnecessary litigation as well as report compliance within 45 days. Consequently, FBR filed a representation with the president against the original order of FTO on 24.06.2021.
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