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KARACHI: Due to Pre-Election Rally Benchmark KSE-100 Index closed in the green (41,796) on week’s 4th trading day following an augmentation of 898 points.

Rs. 13b worth of 337m shares changed hands today. Value of the shares of 253 companies increased, 97 plummeted while 17 remained stagnant.

Commercial Banks, Chemical and Transport Sectors led the trade of the shares today with 46.5m, 41.3m and 31.9m shares respectively.

Today’s top five traders of shares were: K-Electric Ltd., 22.8m shares (+6.03pc); Lotte Chemical Pakistan Ltd., 21.1m shares (+8.42pc); Pakistan Intl. Bulk Terminal Ltd.(R): 20.4m shares (+42.00pc); Bank Of Punjab, 20.1m shares (+3.78pc); Pak Elektron Ltd., 13.7m shares (+4.97pc).

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i) As SCP imposed on the outbound travel of many politicians and bankers, bears attacked the bourse. Benchmark KSE-100 Index closed in the red (39,289) shedding 996 points (that was the third biggest decline in 2018).  Rs. 4.46b worth of 76m shares were traded today. Value of the shares of 265 companies plummeted, 32 augmented while 19 remained stagnant. Today’s top five traders of shares were: K-Electric Ltd., 11.9m shares (-5.38pc); Bank of Punjab, 8.4m shares (-4.63pc); Lotte Chemical, 5.8m shares (-5.09pc); Unity Foods, 5.1m shares (-3.34pc) and Pak Elektron Ltd., 4.4m shares (-4.79pc). (Published on 9th March 2018) 

ii) Benchmark KSE-100 Index closed in the red (40,346) shedding 1,219 points as the investors got panicky when accountability court in Islamabad revealed that the Avenfield case’s verdict would be announced on Friday (6th of July). Rs. 5.8b worth of 117.6m shares changed hands today. Value of the shares of 285 plummeted, 29 augmented while 15 remained stagnant. Top five traders of shares today were: Pak Elektron Ltd., 10.3m shares (-4.99pc); Bank Of Punjab, 7.0m shares (-5.63pc); TRG Pakistan Ltd: 4.5m shares (-4.97pc); K-Electric Ltd., 4.3m shares (-4.78pc); Pakistan Intl. Bulk Terminal Ltd., 4.3m shares (-3.21pc). (Published on 5th March 2018). 

iii) Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Syed Ali Zafar Tuesday hoped that Avenfield reference judgment be announced on July 6 would be based on merit and justice. “All requirements of a fair trial were fulfilled during the proceedings, therefore, the verdict will be based on justice and merit, however, the petitioners will have the right to appeal against the decision,” Ali Zafar said while talking to PTV. To a question regarding implementation of the verdict in the absence of Nawaz Sharif in the country, the minister said the decision would be enforced as soon as Nawaz Sharif returned to the country. “There are a number of cases in which accused staying abroad were awarded sentence and on their return to the country, they filed appeals against the decision, therefore, it is hoped that Nawaz Sharif will return to the country,” he said. To another query, the minister said as per law, court proceedings in other three cases, including Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference, would continue simultaneously even after the former prime minister was awarded punishment in the Avenfield case. Replying to a question regarding any agitation in the country in case possible sentence to Nawaz Sharif, the minister said the court had to issue the judgment according to the law which was its legal responsibility, while in case of possible agitation, the caretaker setup would also fulfill its administrative obligation. He, however, ruled out the possibility of delay in general election saying that the election would be held as per the given schedule at all costs. Ali Zafar said the caretaker government had not the mandate to involve in political matters and it must remain neutral. (Published on 4th July 2018) 

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ISLAMABAD: PM has today directed Board of Investment (BoI) chairman to present a comprehensive plan, listing all the issues in various sectors and their sub-sectors and how the processes could be streamlined to simplify procedures related to government approvals, addressing taxation issues, dispute resolution and facilitating investors/businesses. 
He said this while chairing a high-level meeting to review progress on improving ease of doing business and creating an enabling environment to facilitate the conversion of interest of the local as well foreign investors into actual investments in the country. The meeting was attended by Finance Minister Asad Umar, Law Minister Dr. Farogh Naseem, Commerce Advisor Abdul Razak Dawood, BoI Chairman Haroon Sharif, federal secretaries and senior officials. 
BoI Chairman Haroon Sharif while briefing the prime minister about the steps taken so far said the Board would be serving as an agent of change for facilitating business transactions, removing impediments in the way to the materialization of investors’ interest into actual investments and smooth functioning of the businesses in the country. He also briefed about various issues being faced by the business community including taxation, access to finance, regulation and policy issues and red-tapism.
He said the BoI was also actively working with the provinces and relevant ministries for removing barriers in the way of establishing Special Economic Zones.  He said special efforts were being made to bridge the gap between private and public sector and to reach out to the private sector to revive their confidence in government policies and put in place a framework that facilitates business community in its business pursuits.  The BoI chairman also briefed about Naya Pakistan Diaspora Fund which was being set-up to promote SMEs and rural development in key areas of education, health, and infrastructure development.
He also apprised the prime minister of the investment framework which had been structured for attracting and materializing investment from UAE, KSA, China, Japan, and Malaysia.   It was decided during the meeting that the prime minister would chair a review meeting every month on ease of doing business in the country.

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KARACHI: The Anti-Encroachment Department of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) demolished more than 35 shops and other constructions in front of shops and footpaths with the help of heavy machinery in district West and Korangi on Tuesday.
Metropolitan Commissioner Dr. Syed Saif-ur-Rehman who is monitoring anti-encroachments drive in the city, said that footpaths are for pedestrians and no one can be allowed to block the footpaths by extending shops or putting stuff to create problems for citizens, said a statement. He said that the anti-encroachment drive was meant to bring improvement to the city and make it clean and beautiful.
Traders community have so far cooperated with the KMC in its action against encroachments and removed their stuff and an additional portion of their shops.
He said that the city roads, streets, and footpaths are widened after the removal of encroachments. Meanwhile, senior director anti-encroachments Bashir Siddiqui with his team took action in districts West and Korangi.
They removed the encroachments from different areas including Pak Colony in district West and Malir Saudabad in district Korangi where walls, shops, and other structures were demolished.

 

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TOKYO: Shares here closed lower today as uncertainty caused by factors including Brexit and trade tensions weighed on the market, wiping out early gains.
The benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell 0.34 percent or 71.48 points to 21,148.02 while the broader Topix index was down 0.91 percent or 14.50 points at 1,575.31. Tokyo shares opened higher, rebounding from sharp drops the previous day, with investors apparently relieved that Wall Street eked out gains after a volatile session.
“But sentiment worsened as investors remained cautious amid uncertain elements such as the postponement of Britain’s Brexit vote and the US-China trade war,” Daiwa Securities senior technical analyst Hikaru Sato told AFP. European stock markets and the pound slid Monday after British Prime Minister Theresa May said she was delaying a parliamentary vote on her deal to leave the EU after conceding it would not win sufficient support.
“The market is concerned that the postponement uses up valuable time before the 29th March exit date, and the risk of a no-deal scenario is growing,” David de Garis, director of economics and markets at National Australia Bank said in a commentary. The dollar slipped to 113.10 yen in late Asian trade from 113.35 yen in New York Monday afternoon. In individual stocks trade, SoftBank Group jumped 2.44 percent to 8,827 yen after announcing Monday it aims to raise over $23 billion by listing its Japanese mobile unit next week.
Nissan kept falling, down 3.10 percent at 915.7 yen after tumbling 2.90 percent on Monday as ousted chairman Carlos Ghosn was charged and faced new allegations of alleged financial misconduct. Prosecutors also charged Nissan for filing documents that allegedly understated Ghosn’s earnings. The Nikkei daily reported Tuesday that Nissan plans to book years of under-reported compensation paid to Ghosn as expenses in the year to March 2019 all at once, a move that could worsen the automaker’s balance sheet. Toyota lost 1.09 percent to 6,745 yen but Sony rose 0.72 percent to 5,735 yen.

 

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