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  • Barani land turning into a fruit basket

    PUNJAB’S barani land, constituting 30pc of the cultivable area of the province, is fast developing into a ‘fruit basket’ thanks to the adoption of drip irrigation...

    The fruit usually hits the market in early September...

  • PML-N puts all its MoUs in Chinese basket

    ISLAMABAD: If one goes by the number of memoran­da of understanding (MoUs) which the PML-N has signed with China since coming to power, it would appear that the success of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government is firmly tethered to the materialisation of these agreements...

    Ranging from infrastructural development such as roads, rails, electricity production under the much touted Pak-China Economic Corridor; to cooperation in the...
  • China wants to follow rules on currency basket: IMF

    WASHINGTON: China does not want to bend the rules in its favour to include the yuan in the IMF’s basket of major reserve cur­­rencies, the No...

    That push has centred on the Special Drawing Rights, a basket that now contains dollars, yen, pounds and euros and serves as the IMF’s main unit of account...

  • China joins IMF currency basket: Why it matters

    BEIJING: The addition of China's yuan to the select basket of currencies used as a yardstick by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is a sign, experts say, that the yuan may one day become as recognisable as the dollar or euro...

    The IMF added the yuan to the basket of currencies used to calculate the value of Special Drawing Rights, a notional currency used as the standard for dealing with its member governments...

  • The three-basket approach

    The first basket should contain the recent Kishenganga and Ratle issues within the framework of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT)...

    The second basket should contain the addressing or resolution of Pakistan’s suspicions that India is using water as a weapon by building 40-plus projects upstream on the Jhelum, Chenab and Indus rivers over the next few years...

  • China’s red-back in the SDR basket

    China’s reminbi (RMB) became the fifth currency in the SDR basket on Sunday...

    The weight and the composition of the currencies in the SDR are revised every five years (latest one in 2010) by the IMF to determine relative weights of each currency in the basket...

  • Putin's Russia: From basket case to resurgent superpower

    Vladimir Putin and his Russia look more invincible than at any other time in his 18 years in power...

    Since he last faced election in 2012, Russians have invaded Ukraine, annexed Crimea, blanket-bombed Syria, been accused of meddling in the US presidential election and claimed to have a scary new nuclear arsenal
  • Man, beast and burden of fruit

    “This is Mangu,” Dhanna Seth, a fruit seller near the PNS Shifa Hospital behind Cantonment Railway Station, introduces his four-legged friend...

    The trend of fruit and vegetable vendors pushing a cart is changing...

  • Kohat traders again refuse to shift to new fruit market

    KOHAT: The traders have again refused to shift to the new fruit and vegetable market on Bannu road here, saying despite making full payments they are yet to be given outlets for running their businesses there...

    The current fruit market on Hangu road spreading over a 10 kanals of land is seven feet below the ground level and gets flooded during rains, affecting the businesses...

  • Fruit orchards to replace poppy fields in Tirah

     Officials said that they had planned to provide the local farmers with a profitable substitute in the form of fruit orchards as most of the areas of the valley were cleared of militants...

     “No doubt the fruit orchards will take at least three years for their maturity but it will greatly help in encouraging local farmers to desist from poppy and hashish cultivation,” officials said and added that it would boost the local economy... ...

  • Illegal fruit and cattle markets in Peshawar to be removed

    PESHAWAR: The Peshawar district administration has fixed April 17 as the deadline for removal of illegal fruit, cattle markets and plazas along the railways track and other encroachments in the limits of Karkhano market, and warned to take stern action against the traders not complying with the order...

  • PIA flight suspension worries exporters of fruit, vegetables

    KARACHI: Fruit and vegetable exporters are worried over discontinuation of their exports from Tuesday after Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight operations shut down across the country...

    The share of airborne shipments out of country’s total fruit and vegetable exports was 10-15 per cent, of which PIA held 30-40pc share, said Aslam Pakhali, a former vice chairman of the All Pakistan Fruit and Vegetable Exporters, Importers...

  • Punjab hopes soil health cards will bear fruit

    AN imbalanced and injudicious use of chemical fertilisers has been observed to have affected soil health and productivity in some countries and increase the cost of farm production...

    Keeping in view these facts, the Punjab government initiated a plan last year for issuing farmers with “soil health cards”, which will have information about the deficiencies in the soil and the amount of fertilisers needed to create a balance in the soil...
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