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US Senate blocks extension of Patriot Act -
WASHINGTON, May 23 (APP): The United States Senate early Saturday rejected the extension of the Patriot Act, which was enacted in 2001 to help the government in preventing future terrorist attacks.


UN to recognize peacekeepers service in world's hot spots; five Pakistanis to get posthumous awards -
UNITED NATIONS, May 23 (APP): The United Nations is set to honour at a solemn ceremony next week the sacrifices of more than one hundred peacekeepers, including five Pakistanis, who paid the ultimate price in serving the cause of peace in hot spots around the world last year.


Modest global economic growth set to continue for rest of year: UN report -
UNITED NATIONS, May 23 (APP):  A new United Nations report released Friday says that modest paced global economic growth continues, and predicts a gradual improvement in the situation over the second half of 2015 and into next year.


UN chief strongly condemns terrorist attack on mosque in Saudi Arabia -
UNITED NATIONS, May 22 (APP): UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned "in the strongest terms" Friday's terrorist attack targeting a Shia mosque in the town of al-Qudaih in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and  called for bringing the culprits to justice.



UN official calls for 'converting commitments to kilowatts' for people without electricity -
NEW YORK, May 22 (APP):  More than a billion people - one  in five globally - lack electricity to light their homes  or conduct business, according to a World Bank report. 


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Army clinch National Netball Championship
ISLAMABAD, May 24 (APP): Pakistan Army beat Army 31-29 in a nail-biting final to clinch the 54th National Men Netball Championship title here at Hamidi Hall, Pakistan Sports Complex on Sunday.

 
Arrangments reviewed at Gaddafi stadium
LAHORE, May 24 (APP): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials on Sunday reviewed the arrangements at the Gaddafi stadium before beginning of second T-20I.
 
Second entrance point opened for spectators
LAHORE, May 24 (APP): A second entrance point has been opened to facilitate the cricket spectators before the start of second T-20 match between Pakistan and Zimbabwe.
 
National Ranking Tennis Championship from May 27
ISLAMABAD, May 22 (APP): Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) will organize the third edition of PTF Development Series National Ranking Tennis T-III Championship from May 27 at the Clay Courts of the PTF Complex here.
 
Pakistani cueists fly to Iran for Asian Team 6-Red Snooker on Saturday
KARACHI, May 22 (APP): A six-member Pakistan squad is due to leave for Kish Island en-route Dubai and Tehran (Iran) on Saturday to take part in Asian Team event and 4th 6-Red Snooker Championships being staged there from May 24 to 31.
 
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ECP asks winning candidates to submit return of election expenses till May 21 PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, May 13 (APP): The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday asked the winning candidates of national and provincial assemblies  to submit their returns of election expenses with returning officers till May 21. “Section 42(3A) of the Representation of the People Act, 1976, read  with Section 50 and Rule 30 of the Representation of the People (Conduct  of Election) Rule, 1977, requires every candidate returned to the National Assembly and provincial assemblies to submit to the returning officer concerned, a return of election expenses within 10 days from the poll of an election”, said the ECP in a statement here. 

The ECP said,”Under the law “election expenses” means any expenditure  incurred before, during and after an election or payment made, whether by way of gift, loan, advance, deposit or otherwise, for the arrangements, conduct or benefit of, or in connection with, or incidental to, the election of a candidate including the expenditure on account of issuing circulars or publications, aims or objects, but does not include the security deposit required to be made, under section 13 of the Representation of the People Act, 1976.
“The return should be submitted to the returning officer on Forum No. XVII prescribed for this purpose, alongwith an affidavit in the prescribed form (Form-XIX) duty sworn by the returned candidate. The forms prescribed for the return of election expenses are available with the returning officers. Typed or hand-written forms can also be used.
“The return in the prescribed form should contain a statement of all payments made by the returned candidate together with all bills and receipts, a statement of all disputed claims, a statement of all unpaid claims, if any, and a statement of all moneys, securities or equivalent of money received from or spent by any person for the benefit of the candidate specifying the name of every such person.
“The election expenses of a contesting candidate for election to a seat in the National Assembly shall not exceed Rs 1.5 million and and to a seat in the provincial assembly shall not exceed Rs 1 million.
“All vouchers should accompany the account of election expenses, duly arranged according to the date of payment and serially numbered and such serial numbers should be entered in the appropriate column of the relevant account.
“It shall not be necessary, while rendering account to the returning officer, to give particulars of the payees in regard to items of expenditure for which receipts are not required to be obtained under section 49(5) of the Act.
“The return of election expenses and documents submitted therewith shall be kept open to public inspection at the office of the returning officers for a period of one year from the date of their receipt.
“The returning officers shall allow inspection or issue copies thereof to any person making an application in this behalf on payment of the prescribed fees.
“The returned candidates are hereby informed that the returns of election expenses alongwith the supporting documents are not to be filed with the Election Commission or with the offices of the Provincial Election Commissioners but only these are to be filed by due date with the Returning Officers concerned.
“Contravention of the provisions of section 49 with regard to the limit of election expenses is a “corrupt practice’” within the meaning of section 78 and the failure with regard to submission of the return of election expenses within ten days from the poll of an election to the National Assembly/Provincial Assemblies, as laid down under section 50 of the Act, is an “illegal practices” within the meaning of section 83 of the Act.
“In both the eventualities, the returned candidates makes himself liableto the legal penalties, which can lead to conviction.
“All the returned candidates are, therefore, advised in their own interest, that they should take care to file the election expenses returns alongwith necessary vouchers, receipts and the affidavit with the Returning Officers with the ten days from the poll or latest by May 21 positively.
“No extension of time limit for the submission of election expenses returns is permissible under the law.
“It is further clarified that the names of returned candidates who fall to submit their return with statutory time shall not be published/notified  in the Official Gazette.”
 
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