Punjab govt exempts IT sector from smog restrictions | The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: The Punjab government has responded to the urgent plea of the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITeS (P@SHA) by exempting the IT sector, including call centres and international IT centres, from the recent smog-related restrictions. In a move to mitigate unintended consequences on various businesses, the Punjab government, through order NO.SO(G)/P&SHD/4-1/2023, has […]

Smog: SBP announces bank holiday in Punjab districts on Nov 10

An undated file image of the State Bank of Pakistan building. — AFP/File In line with the provincial authorities’ measures to combat smog, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Wednesday announced that all bank branches would remain shut in Lahore and other districts of the province on Friday (November 10). The SBP’s announcement came […]

Chronic air pollution in Punjab | The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: As usual there is again a smog attack in Punjab, especially in and around Lahore, Faisalabad and Gujranwala regions. The problem is so intense that there is a proposal for calling every Wednesday off for the coming few months. Smog causes a variety of respiratory, eyes and skin diseases, making life miserable for the […]

OGDC makes gas discovery in Punjab | The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), the sole operator of Mari East Block, has announced a major gas discovery at the Chak 214-1 exploratory well, situated in the Rahim Yar Khan district of Punjab. The Chak 214-1 well, part of OGDCL’s proactive exploration efforts, was drilled on June 29, 2023, utilising the company’s […]

Punjab: ‘alarming youth unemployment revealed | The Express Tribune

KARACHI: The latest research conducted by Gallup Pakistan and PRIDE has unveiled concerning statistics regarding youth unemployment in Punjab, with an overall unemployment rate of 6.69%. The survey, based on data from the Labour Force Survey 2020-21, highlights gender and regional disparities in unemployment rates. According to the findings, the unemployment rate among females is […]

Punjab beats tax collection target | The Express Tribune

LAHORE: The Punjab Revenue Authority (PRA) has surpassed the revised tax collection target of Rs165.5 billion for financial year 2021-22. According to the provisional figures, the PRA’s collection stood at Rs168 billion until June 28, which was 108% of the original target of Rs155.9 billion and 101.5% of therevised target. According to a PRA spokesperson, […]

Punjab revises business timings to save electricity

People can be seen shopping in a local market in Lahore on April 28, 2021. — APP/File LAHORE: Markets across Punjab will close at 9pm from Monday, the province’s chief minister, Hamza Shahbaz, announced Saturday in the government’s bid to save electricity. The chief minister made the announcement during a meeting with representatives from trade […]

Punjab govt unveils ‘pro-poor and pro-development budget’

Finance Minister Punjab Sardar Awais Laghari unveils the budget for the fiscal year 2022-23 at the Aiwan-e-Iqbal, on June 15, 2022. — Screengrab via YouTube/PTV LAHORE: The Hamza Shahbaz-led Punjab government unveiled a Rs3.226 trillion budget for the fiscal year 2022-23 after a delay of two days as the initial sessions could not take place […]

Punjab spends Rs300 billion on projects | The Express Tribune

LAHORE: The Punjab government has claimed that it has so far utilised Rs300 billion on various development schemes across the province. Talking to The Express Tribune, Planning and Development Board (Punjab) Chairman Abdullah Khan Sumbal underlined that the utilisation of funds in the first eight months of current fiscal year (2021-22) was historic. The development […]

World Bank okays $435m loans for Punjab | The Express Tribune

ISLAMABAD: The World Bank has approved three loans totaling $435 million for the housing sector in Punjab, said the local office of the lender on Friday – the day Prime Minister Imran Khan once again blamed his political rivals for sinking the country into foreign debt. The World Bank’s board of executive directors approved $435 […]

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