DINA for the issue of June 28, 2014

28 June, 2014 / Shabaan 29, 1435
The DAWN Internet News Alert (DINA) is a free daily news service from Pakistan’s largest English language newspaper, the Daily DAWN.

PM raises cash grant for IDPs

Abdus Salam

BANNU: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced here on Friday an increase in cash grant for families displaced from North Waziristan to Rs40,000 for Ramazan.

During a visit to a camp of internally displaced persons, he vowed to eradicate terrorism from the country and assured the IDPs that government and the military would use all available resources for their rehabilitation.

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Karachi Stocks up 121.49 points :
KARACHI, June 27 : At the close of trading, the KSE-100 index was 29310.02,up 121.49 points
Forex Update :
KARACHI, June 27 : The Pakistani Rupee was traded at 99.25 to the US Dollar in the open market.

PTI threatens Independence Day march on capital

Majeed Gill

BAHAWALPUR: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan has threatened to launch a million man long march on Islamabad on Aug 14 if the government fails to accept within a month his demands relating to fairness of elections.

Addressing a large public meeting at a stadium here on Friday evening, he asked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to reveal the names of people who had arranged his speech on the night of May 11 last year, a few hours after voting had closed in the general elections; whether the returning officers were under the Election Commission; who had rigged the polls and what role was played by former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.

IMF provides $555.9m

Anwar Iqbal

WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund on Friday disbursed $555.9 million to Pakistan, completing the third review of the country’s economic performance.

A statement issued by the IMF headquarters in Washington noted that Pakistan was on track with the conditions of the IMF loan programme.

Brazil to meet Chile as knockout round begins today

AP

THE World Cup is all set to enter the sudden death stage on Saturday with a clash between hosts Brazil and neighbours Chile. Colo­m­bia will take on Uruguay in the other game to complete an all-South American show for the opening day.

The thought of elimination is on the minds of Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and his squad. The coach has been doing his bit to soothe the nerves of a nation for which football is like religion.

Extended blackouts during Ramazan feared

Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD: With fuel stocks depleting to a critical level and Pakistan State Oil (PSO) facing five defaults on international payments, the country may be heading towards extended blackouts during Ramazan.

Senior government officials told Dawn that PSO’s receivables had exceeded Rs200 billion and no fresh payments could be made to the country’s largest oil supplier over the next three days of the current fiscal year because power sector subsidies had already surpassed the budgeted amount.

Ramazan to begin in UAE, Saudi Arabia tomorrow

Agencies

RIYADH: Ramazan would begin on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, the state-run Al-Ekhbariya television channel reported on Friday.

Quoting the authorities, it said that because the crescent could not be seen with the naked eye on Friday, Ramazan would begin on Sunday.

Iraqi forces fight for militant-held Tikrit

AFP

BAGHDAD: Iraqi forces fought for a strategic university campus in Tikrit on Friday and bombarded the city in an effort to retake it from militants threatening to tear the country apart.

The military operation came as a top cleric urged the country’s leaders to unite, after Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki conceded political measures were needed to defeat the militant offensive that has killed more than 1,000 people and overrun major parts of five provinces.

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