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In a historic first, Farzana Jan on Friday became the first citizen of Pakistan to carry a passport that allows its bearer to select a gender other than male or female. The acknowledgement of members of the transgender community follows years of activism that forced the country’s legal system to recognise gender on the basis of self-identification. The co-founder and president of TransAction Alliance had applied for an urgent passport. However, it took her more than six months to get the passport processed and include a separate column for people,

People of K-P have a tradition of celebrating the departure of Ramazan and the announcement of Eidul Fitr with crackle of gunfire. However, many people are injured and some even die after being hit by stray bullets during aerial firing. To discourage this hazardous way of celebration, K-P administration bans aerial firing on Chand Raat. Section 144 imposed in Charsadda In this regard, Charsadda Deputy Commissioner Tahir Zafar Abbasi imposed section 144 in the district to control aerial firing on occasion of Eidul Fitr. The DC has also banned sale

The PTI-led Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government is all set to present today (Wednesday) the last budget of its tenure for FY2017-18, with a total outlay of Rs603 billion featuring more than Rs208 billion for the Annual Development Programme (ADP). Documents obtained by The Express Tribune show that the budget outlay is 19% higher than the revised estimates of Rs505 billion in the outgoing fiscal year. Similarly, the Rs208 billion ADP is 29.1% higher when compare with Rs161 billion ADP in the outgoing year. The ADP for FY2017-18 contains a massive Rs82 billion

Chairman Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, has announced the fixed amount of fitrana and Roza Fidya for this year’s holy month of Ramzan. The cost has been set at a modest Rs. 100 per head. During a press conference in Karachi, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman directed all Muslims across Pakistan to pay fitrana according to their financial capability. However, Rs. 100 has been set as the bare minimum amount for Muslims. Those who cannot fast due to any number of reasons may also pay a minimum of Rs. 100 Fidya as compensation

The Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University, aka SBBWU Peshawar on Wednesday approved Rs 468.986 million as the university’s annual budget for 2017-18. The budget was approved during the 20th Syndicate meeting of the university held at the main campus here under Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Razia Sultana. The budget is based on a mix of funds raised by the university and assistance from the Higher Education Commission. The syndicate meeting also approved the minutes of the 19th selection board in which several appointments were made in BPS 18 to the posts

Members of the Young Doctors Association (YDA) were briefly arrested on Wednesday as they continued their protest at the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) on Wednesday. Dr Amjad and Dr Waqas of the YDA were taken into custody by the police after they allegedly forcibly suspended health care activities at the hospital. But were released shortly thereafter. The doctors were arrested a day after the health ministry issued directives to all major hospitals to not tolerate any disruption in services to patients. YDA members had taken to the streets and boycotted

China-based Jereh Group is in talks with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Oil and Gas Company (KPOGCL) for setting up an oil refinery in the province. A refinery is being considered to cover for the exploration companies operating in the province, with an estimated capacity of handling 15,000 barrel per day. CEO of Jereh Group, He Li came to visit Peshawar with a technical team to discuss feasibility and plans with KPOGCL CEO Muhammad Raziuddin and DGM Nouman Akbar. Also present at the meeting were KP Energy and Power Secretary Muhammad Naeem Khan

In the upcoming fiscal year 2017-18, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government has proposed allocations for 57 development projects in energy and power sector. These projects include 24 new and 33 existing projects. The K-P Energy and Power Department has sent its proposals for the development schemes to the K-P Planning and Development Department (P&D) in order to be included for completion in the Annual Development Programme (ADP) for 2017-18. According to the documents sent to the P&D – a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune – the proposed

The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has started offering free of cost Chinese language courses for the youth in Government Technical Teachers Training College Hayatabad Peshawar. institutions to enable them to benefit from different project under CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor). The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government took the initiative after talks between CM Pervez Khattak and a Chinese delegation, said Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TEVTA-KP) Chairman and Chief Minister’s Special Assistant Arshad Ali Umarzai while talking to media. The basic aim of this step, is to provide job opportunities in

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has successfully launched e-bidding system. First e-tender was awarded via this system today at town-I Peshawar. There was a healthy competition amongst the contractors. Computer awarded contracts to lowest bidders automatically in front of all contractors or their nominees. Higher Resolution Screen was installed at Town-I office where all proceedings were in front of all stake-holders. High level officers of the Local Council Board, IT Cell LGE&RDD, Nazim concerned, town members and other staff of the Town-I was available on the spot and witnessed the new

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