Pakistan’s Punjab province govt launches income support program for special persons

Punjab govt launches Khidmat Card Programme for special persons

 

LAHORE (Web Desk) – The Government of Punjab on Tuesday launched Khidmat Card Programme with two billion rupees for providing financial assistance to special persons, the Radio Pakistan reported.

Under the programme, special persons will be provided 3,600 rupees after every three months.

Initially, two hundred thousand people will benefit from the programme.

Addressing the ceremony in Lahore today, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said special persons from the entire province will benefit from the programme.

He said the objective of the scheme is to empower the special persons financially. He said special persons have equal rights in the country.

The Chief Minister said the programme will be monitored at every level, and it will be implemented transparently.

On the occasion, Shahbaz Sharif also distributed Khidmat Cards among special persons.

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Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr: Saudi Arabia executes top Shia cleric

Saudi Arabia has executed the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the interior ministry said.

He was among 47 people put to death after being convicted of terrorism offences, it said in a statement.

Sheikh Nimr was a vocal supporter of the mass anti-government protests that erupted in Eastern Province in 2011, where a Shia majority have long complained of marginalisation.

Shia-led Iran said Saudi Arabia would pay a “high price” for the execution.

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Turkey faces big losses as Russia sanctions bite

Russian sanctions are now affecting Turkish tourism, construction firms and food exports, amid a bitter dispute over the Syria conflict.

The Kremlin reacted with fury when a Turkish F-16 fighter shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber on the Syria-Turkey border in November.

Russia has banned:

  • The import of Turkish fruit and vegetables, poultry and salt
  • The sale of charter holidays for Russians to Turkey
  • Construction projects with Turkish firms in Russia unless a special exemption is granted

There are restrictions now on Turkish citizens working for companies registered in Russia.

And Russia has suspended work on TurkStream – a new Black Sea pipeline that was to boost Russian gas exports to Turkey.

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Pakistan’s Interior minister accused of backing terrorists

Chaudhry Nisar AliInterior minister accused of backing terrorists

ISLAMABAD: Taking cue from her party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, a little known PPP MNA on Friday staged a blistering attack on the powerful interior minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, accusing him of providing support to terrorists and militant organisations.

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