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GB Council steps in to stop mining lease for Hong-Kong based company

Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The controversy over issuance of a mining license to a Hong Kong-based company took a new turn as members of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) said that the mineral resources fall under their purview. “The chief minister cannot issue any license as it is the council’s job to issue all licenses,” Ibrahim, a...

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Draining water: Decision on Attabad Lake tender soon

Peer Muhammad ISLAMABAD: A high level committee will visit Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) to assess the situation at Attabad Lake and decide whether it contracts for draining out the accumulate water and rebuilding the damaged road would go to local or foreign firms. This was decided during a meeting between President Asif Zardari...

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G-B assembly passes Civil Servants Act

By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly on Tuesday passed two bills on the second day of the house’s proceedings.Law Minister Wazir Shakir tabled the Civil Servants Act 2011 bill in the house which was unanimously approved by the members. He also responded to questions on behalf of Chief Minister Mehdi...

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Revenue generation: G-B set to tax the rich, exempt the poor

By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan government has decided to tax the affluent to increase its revenues, officials told The Express Tribune on Sunday. “The lower income classes will, however, be exempted from paying taxes,” an official in the Chief Minister Secretariat said. During the meeting of the National Economic Council, which was chaired...

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NEF director moves court against employees

Obaid Abbasi ISLAMABAD: Director National Education Foundation (NEF) of Gilgit Baltistan, Yasmin Ali, moved the Islamabad trial court to register an FIR against some NEF officials who forced her to approve “false allegations” against the foundations’ managing director. Additional Session Judge Muhammad Rafat Sultan directed Station House Officer (SHO) Margalla Police...

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