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UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 20 (APP):  A week after a major conference in Cairo on the reconstruction of war-ravaged Gaza, the key UN agency on the ground there has begun scaling up its response to meet critical needs of people in the Strip.


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UN to consult West African governments on coordinating global response to Ebola -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 19 (APP): The United Nations and governments of countries at the forefront of efforts to turn back the unfolding Ebola outbreak in West Africa have agreed to ensure that the UN system adopts a coordinated approach to global support being mobilized for national-level crisis response plans, the UN said Sunday.


ASEM to provide platform for innovative ideas in culture, education: Rashid -
ROTTERDAM (The Netherlands)), Oct 19 (APP): Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid has said that 6th Asia-Europe Culture Ministers’ Conference (ASEM) will provide an opportunity for innovative ideas and practices in the fields of culture, education, science and business.


Pakistan calls for upholding principle of equal and undiminished security for all states -
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 18 (APP) Pakistan has accused major nuclear weapon states of paying only “lip service” to achieving global nuclear disarmament, despite their claims of supporting that goal, and stressed the need for upholding the principle of equal and undiminished security for all states.


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O’Keefe set to make debut against Pakistan in first Test
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Tanvir emerges on top in KBA Bridge
KARACHI, Oct. 20 (APP)- Team Tanvir, having top veterans in their line-up won the Weekly Karachi Bridge Association (KBA) Swiss League Tournament at Aslam Hall on Sunday evening.
 
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KARACHI, Oct 20 (APP)- Pakistan’s duo of Hamza Akbar and Muhammad Sajjad qualified for the last 16 rounds of inaugural Qatar Academy 6-Red Snooker Championship in Doha after three straight victories, according to a message received here on Monday.
 
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KARACHI, Oct. 20 (APP)- Dollar East will be honoring Pakistan’s top cricketers including captain Misbah-ul-Haq, Saeed Ajmal, Asad Shafiq, Kamran Akmal and Sarfraz Ahmed for their meritorious contribution in the sport.
 
Miandad sees Test series as a comeback to form for Misbah
ISLAMABAD, Oct 20 (APP): Legendary Batsman, Javed Miandad sees the Pakistan-Australia Test series as a comeback one for the skipper Misbah-ul-Haq saying Misbah should aim in winning the series and regain his lost form.
 
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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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