Government plans to name improvement projects after major contributors

ISLAMABAD: In a step towards improving the tax system, the federal government decided to launch a new tax campaign across the country, ARY News reported.

This was announced by the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Youth Affairs, Usman Dar, in a statement on Sunday.

Under the impulse, all development projects will be named as the main contributors and will also open development projects at the local level.

The campaign will be carried out in collaboration with the Federal Revenue Board and NADRA, and these institutions will identify taxpayers at the village and street level.

In the first phase, the unit will start from Sialkot and will be extended to other parts of the country in the next few days.

In a statement today, Usman Dar said that this campaign aims to respect the main contributors, adding that the initiative will further improve the tax culture in the country.

Last month, Karachi, the Large Taxpayers Unit (LTU) of the Federal Revenue Board (FBR), published its semiannual performance report that showed a revenue collection growth of up to 15 percent compared to the year previous.

The unit raised Rs160 billion against Rs144 billion for the corresponding month last year. According to statistics, LTU collected additional revenues of up to Rs90 billion between July and December 2019.

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He added that the unit had also introduced several tax facilitation and enforcement projects during the period. Recording the 128 percent growth in the reimbursement of Income Tax and Sales Tax, the amount of the issuance was Rs17.8 billion, which was recorded up to Rs7.8 billion during the first six months of the Last fiscal year



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Filing of Hayy applications probably from February 24

ISLAMABAD: The submission of Hajj applications to the designated bank branches is more likely to start as of February 24, according to official sources.

According to the details, this year a total of 179,210 pilgrims would fulfill Haj’s sacred obligation, including 60% of them under the government scheme and 40% under the private scheme.

The Haj package of the government scheme has already been reduced to Rs480,000 and Rs470,000 for the northern and southern regions, respectively.

Applicants over 70 years of age must clearly mark the quota column in the application to ensure automatic selection. Applicants, who had already submitted their application in the last three years 2017, 2018 and 2019, must write the application numbers of their last three Haj applications to ensure automatic selection.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on February 11 rejected an increase of Rs 105,000 in Hayy’s annual package previously announced by the Minister of Religious Affairs.

According to development sources, Noorul Haq Qadri stood firm to increase the prices of the Hajj package citing an increase in tariffs by the government of Saudi Arabia.

Read more: The federal government approves Hayy’s policy for the year 2020

The prime minister flatly rejected the claim and said he would not allow such exorbitant prices to be charged to Hajj’s applicants, the sources revealed.

The prime minister ordered the minister to only charge Hujjaj for the increase in air fare and nothing else.



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Government regulates social networks to counteract harmful content: Fawad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD: The Minister of Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhary, explained on Thursday the government’s decision to regulate social networks, said the action was taken to address harmful content and false accounts, ARY News reported.

Social networks are being regulated to discourage harmful content and fake accounts, Fawad Chaudhry said while talking to the media outside the House of Parliament.

He said the acting government was ready to hold talks with opposition parties for amendments to the liability law. “Two rounds of talks were held with the PML (N) and the PPP on the matter. The differences between the two parties are stopping the process. ”

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The minister also rejected the impression that the government aims to curb social networks through regulations.

On Wednesday morning, the Ministry of Information Technology issued a Statutory Notification with a list of Statutory Regulatory Orders (SRO) to regulate social networks in Pakistan.


According to the order, social media companies must meet the demands of the social media coordinator that may include the following:

  • The mentioned website must remove objectionable content within 24 hours of notification.
  • If the content is considered extremely insensitive, the social media platform must remove the notified object within 6 hours.
  • Social networks must maintain the religious and security sensitivities of the region in which they operate.
  • Social networking websites must ensure the reduction of content related to extremism and / or hate speech.
  • Stop the influx of fake news and live broadcasts that could compromise national security.

It has also been revealed that social media giants are headed to open offices in Pakistan soon enough and register with the government



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Oil prices will remain unchanged for February

ISLAMABAD: The federal government decided to keep oil prices at the current level for the month of February, ARY News reported Friday.

According to a notification issued by the Ministry of Finance, the existing prices of January 2020 will remain unchanged during the next month.

The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) on Thursday sent a summary to the federal government to recommend changing the prices of petroleum products.

OGRA recommended reducing gasoline prices up to 6 paisas and 66 paisas in kerosene oil. The authority suggested the increase in prices of high-speed diesel to Rs2.47 and Rs1.10 in light diesel.

At the beginning of December last year, the federal government had increased the price of gasoline to Rs2.61 per liter for the month of January 2020.

Read more: LPG domestic cylinder price down by Rs111 for February

According to one notification, the price of gasoline increased by Rs2.61 per liter, while the price of high-speed diesel increased by Rs2.25.

Oil prices for February 2020 are as follows:

  • Gasoline: Rs116.60
  • Diesel: Rs127.26
  • Kerosene oil: Rs99.45
  • Light diesel: Rs84.51



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The government is ready to launch the ‘Baytee’ application to empower women

ISLAMABAD: The federal government is ready to launch a mobile application called “Baytee”, which aims to empower women through information and communication technologies.

According to the IT ministry, under the “Baytee” program, a mobile application is being launched that will act as a consolidated portal that will defend women’s rights, disseminate information on laws and regulations, seek education schools focused on women , scholarships, training opportunities, job portal, health services, help line, etc.

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Using the mobile application “Baytee”, women can:

  • Find programs to defend women’s rights.
  • Receive news about laws and regulations on women’s rights
  • Consultation on schools and scholarships for women
  • Find job and training opportunities nearby
  • Find health services in your area.
  • Get information about the police station and the nearest hostels.
  • Baytee

It should be noted that former Federal Minister of Information and Technology Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui in November 2019 announced the development of a mobile application “Baytee” for women.

The decision was made during a meeting held at the Federal Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications with federal minister Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui in the presidency.



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Punjab govt proclaims to shut colleges early

LAHORE: The Punjab Schooling Division on Thursday introduced that each one colleges in Lahore will probably be closed at 11 am on January 24, 25 (Friday and Saturday) following the Twenty20 sequence between Pakistan and Bangladesh ranging from tomorrow, ARY Information reported.

“Academic institutes have been advised to let the kids depart early on Friday and Saturday,” stated a spokesperson for the Punjab Schooling Division.

Bangladesh workforce had arrived in Lahore on Wednesday night time for the three T20I match sequence towards Pakistan ranging from January 24.

The second match will probably be performed on January 25 and the ultimate T20I will probably be performed on January 27. The ICC officers have additionally landed in Lahore.

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It should be famous that after the consensus with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) determined to carry sequence in three completely different phases.

Bangladesh workforce will return to play 1st Check on February 7-11 and after PSL, they may return to play one-off ODI and 2nd Check in Karachi’s Nationwide Stadium.



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