HEC to organize e-Kachehri on Research Grants on October 21

As per directives of the Prime Minister, Higher Education Commission (HEC) will organize an e-Kachehri on 21st of this month on HEC Research Grants.

HEC Executive Director Dr. Shaista Sohail will respond to the queries during the e-Kachehri.

More details are available on HEC Social Media platforms.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Controller Exams Shocked at Lahore Board’s Intermediate Exam Results

Controller of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore, Tahir Hussain Jafri, has revealed that BISE Lahore conducted the intermediate exams this year in a highly unsatisfactory manner.

These remarks came after BISE Lahore declared the annual result of the 2021 intermediate exams in which 53 students secured 1,100 out of 1,100 marks.

Note that this year’s intermediate exams comprised only of elective subjects due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The marks taken in elective subjects were proportionately given in compulsory subjects in addition to the 5% extra marks.

Speaking to the media, Controller BISE Lahore said that this isn’t the first time that students have received full marks in intermediate exams as this feat has been achieved on several occasions previously as well.

However, there is plenty of room for improvement in the examination and marking mechanisms of BISE Lahore, the Controller added.

The Controller said that hundreds of students received 33 marks in elective subjects despite only writing their names and roll numbers on the answer sheets because it was the board’s Coronavirus policy to grant passing marks to all students.

He revealed that an initial analysis of the BISE Lahore’s 2021 intermediate results has shown that 98.71% of the students cleared the exams, adding that those who failed didn’t appear in the exams because of the Coronavirus policy that prevented them from sitting in the exams.

The Controller said that a detailed analysis of BISE Lahore’s this year’s inter result will be published soon as well.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Ian Smith Excited About Grudge Match Between Pakistan and New Zealand

Former New Zealand cricketer, Ian Smith, believes that the upcoming clash between Pakistan and New Zealand in the 2021 T20 World Cup will be a ‘grudge match’ as Pakistan would be hungry to get back at the Kiwis after they pulled out of their limited-overs tour of the country a few weeks ago.

Smith said that New Zealand was right in calling off their tour as they believed that there was a major security threat to the players.

He said that despite the reasons behind the decision, the disappointment of the Pakistani players and fans is justified as they were eagerly waiting for the series. He added that the incident has added spice to the upcoming clash, and he is eagerly looking forward to the match.

“It’s a bit of a grudge match now on the basis that New Zealand pulled out of the tour over there just recently, and came home, which didn’t please Pakistan at all. We were right in doing what we did, but it doesn’t ease the pain for them, so there will be feeling in that game. It’s the first game that we play, and I think there will be a real edge to that one, so I am looking forward to it,” Smith remarked.

Pakistan will face New Zealand in their second match of the tournament on 26 October at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Source: Pro Pakistani

FBR Collects Extra Rs. 47.4 Billion With 2.47 Million Tax Returns

The Federal Board of Revenue has collected income tax of Rs. 47.4 billion until now, while a total of 2.475 million income tax returns have been filed for the tax year 2021 so far.

Official sources told ProPakistani that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has collected Rs. 47.4 billion through 2.475 million income tax returns that were filed until 15 October.

According to the FBR’s data, the returns filed on the same date last year were 513,000, and the tax paid with the returns was Rs. 9.8 billion. The previous data that was released a few weeks ago showed that the FBR had already squeezed past its tax collection target for Q1 FY 2021-22, posting a growth of 38 percent year-over-year by collecting a total of Rs. 1,391 billion in taxes.

Yesterday, sources told ProPakistani that the FBR will earn an additional Rs. 27 billion from the withdrawal of concessionary sales tax rates on mobile phones under the government’s ongoing exercise of withdrawal of sales tax exemptions during 2021-22.

The government will also impose a 17 percent sales tax on cellular mobile phones in CKD/CBU form under the Ninth Schedule of the Sales Tax Act, 1990. All these taxation measures are part of the exercise to generate additional revenue of Rs. 330 billion from the withdrawal of exemptions during the current fiscal year.

The FBR has advised the nation to file their returns without delay as the deadline is 15 October. In order to facilitate taxpayers, it has enhanced the capacity of its IT System so that the IRIS software continues to work properly.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Lahore Qalandars CEO Promises Next PSL to be the Biggest Ever

CEO Lahore Qalandars, Atif Rana, is confident that the seventh edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will feature top international stars. Rana said that the PSL is getting stronger each year, and more global stars will be attracted to the league after the changes in the new financial model.

Rana said that despite the growth in popularity of the league worldwide, there is still a lot of work left to do, and everyone will have to play their part in growing PSL even further. He emphasized that a lot of effort and attention is required to make the league even stronger.

Rana added that the steps taken so far by PCB’s newly elected chairman, Ramiz Raja, are positive, and if the plans are executed according to his vision, then the PSL and Pakistan cricket will have a bright future. He said that the new financial model is a welcome change as it provides a better opportunity for the franchises to play their part in promoting the game.

“The PCB chairman wants PSL franchises to participate in the league with passion and enthusiasm, and we are ready for it,” Rana remarked.

Rana added that all six franchises had worked hard since the inception of PSL, and they are ready to make the league stronger. He further remarked that it is unfortunate that the previous two editions of PSL were shifted to UAE because of the COVID-19 pandemic and was hopeful that the next edition will be entirely be held in Pakistan.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Lahore: Special desks set up for vaccination of Children

In Lahore, District Administration has set up a special Desks for registration and vaccination of children of twelve to eighteen years of age.

According to a spokesperson of the District government every Saturday will be observed as “Vaccination Day” in all educational institutions of the city to maximize vaccination of school going children.

Source: Radio Pakistan