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Day: November 18, 2022

Mobilink Microfinance Bank, UMBL sign MoU for housing finance

ISLAMABAD: Mobilink Microfinance Bank Limited (MMBL) and U Microfinance Bank Limited (UMBL) have entered into a strategic partnership for providing housing finance facility for their employees. An MoU was signed between Ghazanfar Azzam, President and CEO MMBL and Kabeer Naqvi, President and CEO UMBL at a ceremony held in Islamabad, according to a statement issued on Friday. Under this partnership, UMBL and MMBL employees can seek housing finance from each other. Eligible employees would have the opportunity to access affordable housing finance of up to Rs3 million to purchase a new house, flat, apartment, or plot for construction, as well as to construct a house on a pre-owned plot or add an extension to an existing housing unit. The loan application process has been simplified to fa...

SHC orders immediate LG polls in Karachi, Hyderabad

Metropolitan Cities
KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) Friday ordered the provincial government to hold local government elections in Karachi and Hyderabad immediately. The court also directed the Sindh government and the provincial IG police to make arrangements for providing security during polls. The court also ordered the provincial government to immediately release the poll schedule. In August, the PTI and JI filed petitions in the SHC after the ECP had postponed for the second time the local government elections scheduled to be held in Karachi and Hyderabad divisions on Aug 28. During its previous hearing on Monday, the SHC reserved its verdict. A two-judge bench of the SHC headed by Chief Justice Ahmed Ali M Sheikh heard the case. During the hearing, Sindh Election Commissioner Ejaz Anwar Chauhan to...

Four killed, one injured in armed attack near Kharan

KHARAN: Armed men gunned down four persons and injured other near Kharan Dairy Farm, police said Friday. According to the police, unknown armed men entered the house of Sheikh Saleem Ahmad near Kharan city late in the night and shot dead four persons and left other injured. The armed men fled to unknown destination after swift operation. The two deceased were identified as Sheikh Saleem Ahmad and Seet Islam. The injured was identified as Dashad. The bodies and injured were shifted to Kharan Civil Hospital for medico-legal formalities and treatment, respectively. Panic gripped the area soon after the incident. The police have started search for the killers. The heirs have demanded of the authorities to arrest the killers and provide justice.

30 Afghan faculty members meet HEC chairman

ISLAMABAD: Chairman HEC Dr Mukhtar Ahmad held an interactive session with 30 Afghan faculty members who are attending a three-week capacity building programme at the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) under HEC Afghan Project. The Chairman urged the Afghan faculty members to act as master trainers and further delegate their key learnings gained through capacity building programme to their colleagues at universities and other academics to continue the learning process. The faculty members appreciated HEC’s initiative for capacity building of Afghan teaching staff and showed interest in future collaborative research and projects. While appreciating e-library facilities in Pakistan, Afghan faculty was interested in learning how to improve digital access of their libra...

Bilateral trade continues to show steady growth: Al-Ansari

Metropolitan Cities
KARACHI: Consul General of Qatar Mishal Mohammad Ali Al-Ansari has said that Qatar was Pakistan’s thirteenth biggest trade partner and in 2021, the bilateral trade volume between the two brotherly countries was over US$2.73 billion which continues to show steady growth. “Qatar and Pakistan have well established relations which are based on shared religion, culture, abilities and geographical proximity”, he added while speaking at a meeting during his visit to the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. President KCCI Mohammed Tariq Yousuf, Senior Vice President Touseef Ahmed, Vice President Muhammad Haris Agar, Former President Majyd Aziz and KCCI Managing Committee Members were also present on the occasion. Referring to last year’s meeting in August in Diwan-e-Amiri, Doha between ...

Higer Bus Fully Prepared for Global Football Feast

Press Release
SUZHOU, China, Nov. 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Recently, the most heated topic must be the world's top football competition which takes place every four years. To provide convenient and free services for football fans from ten days before the event to five days after the event, Qatar has arranged direct bus lines from five key areas of Doha and the main accommodations of fans to stadiums and express bus services from subway stations to stadiums for fans with tickets. Notably, these buses mainly come from a Chinese brand Higer Bus. With buses offered, more than 9,000 drivers, 2,000 ground service providers and over 3,000 business personnel from Mowasalat, a national transportation enterprise of Qatar, will provide efficient picking up of fans. Higer Bus once provided services for t...