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  • Woman kills her baby in Spanish chapel

    MADRID: A woman was arrested on Wednesday in central Spain after killing her three-month-old baby in a chapel, police and local officials said...

    “She killed her baby in the cemetery chapel,” a police source said, adding that the woman had apparently slit the child’s throat...

  • Portuguese builders keen to invest in Pakistan

    KARACHI: Ambassador of Portugal to Pakistan, Joao Paulo Sabido Costa said on Tuesday that Portuguese builders and developers are keen to invest in Pakistan’s construction sector...

    Addressing the members of Association of Builders and Developers (ABAD), the ambassador said Pakistani builders could take advantage of modern construction technologies used by Portugal...

  • Pemra seeks ARY News response to IB complaint against 'fake news'

    The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Saturday directed ARY News to respond to a complaint filed by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) against its report on a list of lawmakers suspected of links with banned militant groups allegedly compiled by the IB...

    The list first came to light when ARY News programme 'Power Play' aired a report on Sept 25 claiming that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had directed the IB on...

  • Pemra serves notices to ARY, Bol News over 'fake' news regarding cabinet reshuffle

    The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has issued show-cause notices to ARY News and Bol News for airing news items regarding a reshuffle in the federal cabinet and change in the portfolios of some federal ministers, it emerged on Tuesday...

    The two media outlets had aired the news on Monday morning about a possible reshuffle in the posts for Minister for Finance and Minister of State for Interior held by Asad Umar...

  • Irregular payment of Rs4bn made to new airport runway builders

    According to the audit report of the CAA for the year 2013-14 presented to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the joint venture of M/s Lagan and M/s Technical Associates Pakistan were paid Rs4...

    The construction company, M/s Technical Associates Pakistan is owned by Chaudhry Mohammad Munir, whose son Raheel Munir is married to Nawaz Sharif’s granddaughter Mehrunnisa Safdar...

  • Builders protest ‘high’ prices of steel, cement

    KARACHI: Builders are agitating against high prices of steel, cement and ceramics, and have asked the government to protect interests of the general public instead of the industry...

    In a statement issued on Thursday, Association of Builders and Deve­lopers (ABAD) Chairman Mohsin Sheikhani said manufacturers were seeking a permanent anti-dumping duty on the import of steel meant for construction...

  • Builders want steps to make cement cheaper

    KARACHI: Builders welcomed the steps taken in the budget 2015-16 to promote the construction sector, though they were critical that no steps have been taken to bring down cement price...

    Salim Kassim Patel, convenor of Association of Builders and Developers’ (ABAD) budget subcommittee, said: “The budget looks positive as a whole...

  • Builders say 10pc budget proposals accepted

    KARACHI: Builders and developers said that for the first time the government had recognised the importance of construction industry and that 10 per cent of their proposals had been accepted in the latest budget...

    Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Association of Builders and Developers (ABAD) Chairman Junaid Ashraf Taloo said, “If all our proposals had been accepted, the housing cost would drop by 15 per cent and government’s...

  • Builders ignore Sepa notice for hearing

    HYDERABAD: None of the 30 builders who were issued notices for their personal appearance before the Sindh Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) director general turned up on Tuesday for the hearing of their respective projects in Hyderabad and its outskirts...

    The builders were required to satisfy Sepa that their projects would not contribute to environmental degradation keeping in view of fast-changing land pattern being observed due...

  • Builders wary as cement prices continue rise

    KARACHI: Cement prices have gone up by nearly Rs50 on a bag since July last year after manufacturers passed on the impact of additional taxes and duties announced in the last two budgets...

    A rise of Rs50 on a cement bag means you will be paying Rs40 more for a square foot when you have your house built, according to builders...

  • Builders dismayed, auto industry nonchalant

    KARACHI: Builders and developers said on Friday the federal budget will not help the masses get affordable housing...

    According to Association of Builders and Developers (ABAD) Senior Vice Chairman Mohammad Hassan Bakhshi, a rise in the federal excise duty (FED) on cement from Re1 per kilogram to Rs1...

  • Builders slam SECP bill on construction sector

    KARACHI: The Securi­ties and Exchange Commis­sion of Pakistan (SECP) has drafted the Companies Bill 2016 which aims to regulate construction sector, but the proposed law would destroy the industry, Senior Vice Chair­man of Association of Buil­ders and Developers of Pak­istan (ABAD) Arif Yousuf Jeewa said on Tuesday...

    ABAD Expo: The press conference also discussed the upcoming ABAD International Expo, which will be held in Karachi...

  • Builders assured of steps to lift ban on gas connections

    KARACHI: MNA Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, central leader of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), assured builders and developers on Monday that the issue of ban on gas connections for housing schemes and high-rise buildings would be taken up in National Assembly...

    He expressed these views during his meeting with Asso­ciation of Builders and Developers (ABAD), Chairman M Hanif Gohar, and Senior Vice Chairman Moham­mad Arif Jeewa...

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