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Marking World Population Day, UN urges investment in young people -
UNITED NATIONS, July 12 (APP):  With 1.8 billion young people around the world the largest generation of youth in history senior U.N. officials are marking World Population Day with calls for a renewed commitment to helping young people improve their lives and the common future.


UN rights chief voices alarm over rising civilian deaths in Gaza -
UNITED NATIONS, July 11 (APP): Voicing alarm at the Israeli military operations resulting in the killing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza, as well as firing of rockets from Gaza into Israel, the United Nations human rights chief Friday appealed to all sides to abide by their obligations to protect civilians. 


More than half of world’s population now living in urban areas, UN survey finds -
UNITED NATIONS, July 11 (APP): An additional 2.5 billion people are predicted to live in urban areas by 2050, the United Nations today reported, highlighting the need for a successful urban planning agenda and greater attention to be given to smaller cities where nearly half of all people currently reside.


Pakistan urges drug companies to provide affordable medicines -
UNITED NATIONS, July 11 (APP): Reaffirming its commitment to tackle  non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like heart ailments, cancer, respiratory diseases and diabetes, Pakistan has urged world’s leading pharmaceutical companies to fulfil their corporate social responsibility by offering medicines at affordable prices in developing countries.


De Mistura to succeed Brahimi as new UN envoy for Syria -
UNITED NATIONS , July 11 (APP): Veteran diplomat Staffan de Mistura, a former U.N. special envoy to Afghanistan and Iraq, will replace Lakhdar Brahimi as the new special envoy tasked with seeking a peaceful resolution of the ongoing conflict in Syria.


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Younis in Pakistan Test, ODI teams for series against Sri Lanka
KARACHI, July 09 (APP): Veteran batsman Younis Khan was picked in Pakistan's Test and One-day Internationals (ODIs) squads for next month's tour of Sri Lanka.  
 
PCB announces 15-member teams against Srilanka for ODI, Test series
LAHORE, July 9 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board has announced 15-member cricket team separately for One-Day and Test series against Srilanka.
 
Younis would prove lethal for the Islanders: Sarfraz Nawaz
ISLAMABAD, Jul 9 (APP): Former Test Cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz while hailing the inclusion of Younis Khan in the ODI squad for series against Sri Lanka said Khan's experience would definitely prove lethal for the Islanders.

 
Babar’s knock guides Advance Telecom in Peace Cup cricket quarters
KARACHI, July 6 (APP): Pakistan junior star Babar Azam smashed another spectacular 75 as Advance Telecom advanced in the quarterfinal rounds by inflicting 73 runs defeat on Royal Cricket Club in the second Peace Cup Ramazan Floodlight Cricket Tournament here at the Lawai Stadium Naya Nazimabad on Saturday night.
 
Ton up Rameez leads Omer CC to a massive win in KG Ramazan cricket
KARACHI, July 5 (APP): International Rameez Raja smashed the first century in the 29th Omar Associates Trophy Karachi Gymkhana Ramazan Cricket Tournament as the holders Omer Cricket Club thrashed Brothers CC Dadu by whooping margin of 104 runs at KG Ground on Saturday.
 
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NADRA’s smart card to benefit over 2.1 million federal government pensioners PDF Print E-mail
By Karim Madad

ISLAMABAD, Mar 13 (APP): The government under the directives of President Asif Ali Zardari has announced a Smart Card Scheme for all the federal government pensioners majority of them elderly citizens including retired army personals, meeting their long awaited demand. “The smart card would benefit over 2.1 million federal government pensioners including retired army personnels across the country and this project would be completed jointly by the Ministry of Finance and National Database Registration Authority (NADRA),” Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Senator Salmeem H Mandviwalla told a news conference here the other day.
Director General NADRA’s Smart Card Project Gohar Ahmed Khan was also present on the occasion.
Saleem H Madviwalla said that decision of launching NADRA’s Smart Card for federal government retired employees was a big achievement of the present government, which would benefit a large number of the pensioners by utilizing this facility.
“This was the long awaited demand of the pensioners which has been fulfilled by the present government for the relief of the pensioners “, Mindviwalla remarked.
He added that the government’s disbursement of pensioners through different banks and post offices would also continue side by side of the NADRA’s smart card on the choice of the pensioners.
He said that the one smart card of a pensioner would cost Rs.1500 and the Finance Ministry and NADRA would borne the cost on 50:50 basis while the pensioner would get the card free of cost.
Giving details of NADRA’s Smart Identity Card for all federal government pensioners, the Ministry of Finance sources said that Federal Government maintains over 2.1 million pension accounts to support the retired pensioners and their families through regular pension disbursement.
The sources added that the pension is mainly disbursed through network of National Bank of Pakistan and Pakistan Post with some pensioners also benefiting from Direct Credit scheme.
Majority of these pensioners, they added were elderly citizens, who had served the country with honour, dignity and great pride.
However, they said that it has been observed that these elderly pensioners have been facing difficulty in withdrawal of their pension every month, mainly due to long unmanaged queues, accessibility issues, manual record keeping by disbursement agencies, restricted timings and limited outreach of designated disbursement agencies.
The Ministry sources said that President Asif Ali Zardari, took notice of the problems faced by Federal Government Pensioners and instructed  Federal Government Ministries, Divisions and authorities concerned, including NADRA to develop a new transparent and convenient Pension Disbursement System that would integrate seamlessly with the existing pension disbursement mechanism and increase outreach for better facilitation of all Federal Government pensioners.
The NADRA, they said has accordingly devised a new automated Pension Disbursement System that utilizes the latest Smart Card technology for On-Spot Biometric Verification  and pension disbursement.
The NADRA, they added has re-engineered the existing business processes to develop a complete new mechanism that supports enrollment disbursement, settlement and reconciliation  between all stakeholders.
The new  mechanism aims to undertake all transactions electronically, securely and swiftly with complete audit trail to ensure transparency, they remarked.
They further said that free of charge/optional service for Pensioners adding that utilization of this system is kept optional; and it is the pensioner prerogative to decide if they wish to opt and withdraw their monthly pension  through pension Disbursement System developed by NADRA.
Pensioners who opt for payment of pension through this system would be issued smart National ID  Card without any processing fee (charge to the pensioner).
“This fee shall be equally borne by GoP and NADRA (i.e. Currently Rs. 750 GOP and Rs. 750 NADRA”, they said.
The Ministry of Finance sources said that the new system goes beyond traditional pension disbursement procedures and provides pensioners with the opportunity to withdraw pension from their nearest outlets at any time of their convenience.
“NADRA e-Sahulat outlets provide a nationwide nexus of franchises to support the pension disbursement to the pensioners.  The pensioner will have the option to withdraw their pension from around 6,000 NADRA e-sahulat (pension disbursement) outlets; that shall also be expanded to Bank Branches & Post Offices in the near future”, they remarked.
 

     

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