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Budget 2020-21: Development outlay of Rs1,319 billion approved by APCC

ISLAMABAD: The Annual Plan Coordination Committee (APCC) on Thursday approved national development outlay of Rs1,319 billion for next budget 2020-21 and recommended to National Economic Council (NEC) for launching Rs100 billion special programme to combat COVID-19 with cost sharing of 50:50 both by Centre and provinces. Out of total national development outlay, the federal Public Sector Development Programme was envisaged...

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Pakistan stock fall by 900 points as uncertainty rises

After the announcement of the deal between Pakistan and International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) suffered a huge blow by falling more than Nine-Hundred points with the benchmark KSE-100 Shares Index shedding 937 points — a loss of estimated more than 2.7 per cent — during intra-day trading. Interestingly, the trading opened at 34,716 points and showed...

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Culture of harassing tax payers will end now: Shabbar Zaidi

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Shabbar Zaidi said on Friday the culture of harassing tax payers will end from now on and the non-tax payers will be informed 24 hours prior to the freezing of their accounts Speaking to media after arriving at the ministry of finance office in federal capital, Zaidi said authority in the FBR will...

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Shabbar Zaidi officially appointed as FBR Chairman on 2yr honorary basis

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Wednesday officially announced the appointment of Shabbar Zaidi as the new chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) in a notification issued today. The notification added that Zaidi has been appointed as the head of FBR on a two-year honorary basis. Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday announced the appointment of prominent economist and...

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PSX close on a negative 423.69 point low

KARACHI: The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) closed below red on Wednesday, with the benchmark KSE-100 Shares Index was down with 18,739.49 points. With 19,304.72 high and 18,529.45 low, total volume dealt remained 113,235,730 shares. Out of 328 companies traded, 38 were positive, 281 were negative and 9 were unaffected. Power generation and distribution, with a total trade volume of 21,502,500...

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IMF chief says US-China tensions ‘threat’ to world economy

PARIS: The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Tuesday that fresh trade tensions between the United States and China were the main threat to the world economy. "Clearly the tensions between the United States and China are the threat for the world economy," Christine Lagarde told journalists at a conference in Paris, adding that recent "rumours and tweets"...

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People had lost trust in tax collection system: Shabbar Zaidi

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s new chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Shabbar Zaidi said that people had lost trust in the tax collection system. Speaking on a local Tv show,  Zaidi said Prime Minister Imran Khan had entrusted him with a major responsibility. “People have a trust deficit with the FBR and the tax collection system. People don’t trust their credibility....

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Assure implementation of FATF action plan: Shaikh

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue, and Economic Affairs Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh said on Tuesday to assure the implementation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) action plan. Shaikh, chairing a meeting to review the progress of the FATF action plan, gave a briefing on the plan's execution so far and instructed all stakeholders to act on...

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PM asked to provide public more relief during Ramzan: Awan

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to PM (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Aashiq Awan said on Monday the Prime Minister Imran Khan has asked to provide more relief to the public during the Holy month of Ramzan and issued instructions to overcome inflation during the month as well. Speaking in a press conference, Dr Awan said the Utility Stores has...

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PM Khan appoints Shabbar Zaidi as FBR Chairman

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday announced the appointment of prominent economist and tax affairs expert Shabbar Zaidi as the new chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). PM made the announcement while talking to journalists in the federal capital. Zaidi's appointment comes days after the dismissal of Jahanzeb Khan as the FBR head and two days after...

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Govt increased petrol prices by Rs9.42 per litre

Federal Government on Sunday increased the petrol price by Rs9.42 per litre upon proposal of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra). The Ministry of Finance, after consulting with the Prime Minister, finalised the rates, petrol now priced at Rs108.31 per litre. The light diesel and kerosene oil prices are now priced Rs86.94 per litre and Rs96.77 per litre. After...

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IMF mission hold talks on fiscal matters with federal and provincial representatives

A statement issued by the Ministry of Finance said that the IMF mission to Pakistan led by Ernesto Ramirez Rigo was heartened by the "shared thinking at the federal and provincial levels" as views were exchanged on Saturday between the mission and senior government officials on the existing fiscal situation of the country, a statement issued by the Ministry of...

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SBP, FBR head removed: sources

ISLAMABAD: According to media reports, the top bosses of Pakistan's central bank and the state revenue body were said to have been asked to step aside, in what comes as another major reshuffle in the government's economic wing. According to sources, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Governor Tariq Bajwa was asked to tender his resignation, which he did to the...

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Inflation in April eased to 8.82 percent: Pakistan’s Statistic Bureau

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s consumer price inflation eased in April to 8.82 per cent on annual basis from 9.41 per cent in March, which was the highest level since November 2013, the Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday. On a month-on-month basis, prices increased by 1.26 per cent in April. Rising petrol and diesel prices, as well as an increase in the...

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Pakistan, IMF hold significant discussions in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are having important discussions in the federal capital on Wednesday to review the proposed bailout package and national economic situation among other concerns. The IMF delegation, which arrived Pakistan on Monday, is likely to wrap up the technical details of the proposed loan by May 6, which is estimated to be around...

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Hafeez Shaikh evaluate NSW development

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh Tuesday chaired the second meeting of Steering Committee on National Single Window (NSW) to review the implementation of the the trade related system in Pakistan. Member Custom (Operations) gave a presentation to the Committee highlighting the concepts and benefits of NSW system. He informed that...

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Facebook gives first look at its promised overhaul

Facebook Inc on Tuesday debuted an overhaul of its core social network and introduced new business-focused tools, the first concrete steps in its plan to refashion itself into a private messaging and e-commerce company. “We believe that there is a community for everyone. So we’ve been working on a major evolution to make communities as central as friends,” said chief...

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