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G-B Health dept: ‘NAB to probe appointments scam’

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APP ASTORE: The corruption watchdog will probe dubious appointments in the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) health department during the tenure of the previous government. “National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has initiated inquiry into appointments made in health department between 2010 and 2014,” G-B Parliamentary Secretary for Health Barkat Jameel said on Friday. He said that salaries of employees named in NAB cases have also ...

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Arms trafficking: Five held as large caches of guns, ammo seized

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By Shabir Mir GILGIT: Police Thursday arrested five men and seized large caches of arms and ammunition in two separate raids in Gilgit-Baltistan, thwarting possible terrorist activities in the mountainous region. About 100 firearms and large amounts of ammunition were confiscated during the operations conducted in Chilas Town late on Wednesday and in Gilgit on Thursday. The seizures come a month ...

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Trek: The shepherds’ trail

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At the onset of every spring and winter, the shepherds of Hunza trek through rugged mountains to a higher altitude where they rear their sheep and goats for the remainder of the summer season — they return once the snow sets in. Marifat, my guide, convinces me to try this route favoured by the locals. “The lower Hunza valley will ...

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Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan fusion festival kicks off in Lahore


LAHORE: Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan Fusion Festival-2017 is set for kick off in Lahore today. The three-day long first ever of its kind, featuring music, crafts and cuisines from Punjab and Gilgit-Baltistan is being held at Alhamra Arts Council, The Mall and Greater Iqbal Park from today (Thursday) and will continue till Saturday. This was announced by the Chairman Board of Governors ...

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For gilgit-baltistan: SECP launches company regularisation scheme


KARACHI: The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has launched the Companies Regularisation Scheme (CRS) for the firms registered in Gilgit-Baltistan to enable them to file overdue returns on payment of normal fee as prescribed under sixth schedule of the Companies Ordinance 1984. “The purpose of the scheme is to give relief to the companies registered in Gilgit-Baltistan, which were ...

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GB government to establish 350 million rupees endowment fund to assist needy students

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GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan government will provide financial assistance to the poor and needy students under educational uplift endowment fund scheme. Official sources said the fund set-up by the directives of Chief Mister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman will facilitate the students. An amount of three hundred and fifty million rupees allocated for the endowment fund will be spent to provide books, bags, ...

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Voices from Gilgit-Baltistan

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By Amir Hussain The government faces a series of challenges in exercising its political writ in the remote regions of the country. But it seems to have no palpable plans to address the sense of deprivation, political exclusion and economic marginalisation that exist in those areas. There are a host of political problems which can easily be resolved with some ...

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Loyalty unrewarded: PTI appoints Raja Jalal new G-B head

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GILGIT: Pakistan Tehreek-e Insaf (PTI) has announced new office bearers for their Gilgit-Baltistan chapter, with Raja Jalal installed as the new president. According to a notification issued by PTI Secretary General Jahangir Tareen, Raja will be the regional president, with Shah Nasir supporting him as the vice president while Fatehullah will be the regional general secretary. The decision has left the ...

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Stranded snow leopard rescued in Naltar


GILGIT: Five men trekked four several hours through heavy snow in Gilgit-Baltistan’s (G-B) Naltar valley to rescue a captive snow leopard, officials and rescuers said on Saturday. The leopard, who has been in the custody of wildlife conservationists ever since it was a cub who had gotten separated from its mother nearly three years ago, had recently been shifted from Dhee ...

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Landslides suspend traffic on KKH

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Traffic on the Karakoram Highway (KKH) between Gilgit and Rawalpindi has been suspended as a result of landslides at multiple locations. The landslides were caused by torrential rains over the last 48 hours. According to the Frontier Works Organization, heavy landslides have blocked the road at Lal Pari near Gilgit, Kiyal , Dasu and Barsin in Pattan. Meanwhile, two cars have come ...

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