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The mechanics behind the panadol scarcity
Each time Ahmed visits his mom’s home up north, he makes positive to pack some treats from Islamabad that aren’t simple to seek out within the remoted space the place she lives. On most visits, he packs her bread from her favorite bakery or different snacks and trinkets which can be arduous to come back by in additional rural settings. Yow will discover most important objects even in smaller cities and cities, however it’s the little luxuries that evade you.
This time, nevertheless, his mom made a curious request: Panadol. Shocked to listen to that she couldn’t discover one thing as primary as paracetamol from the native dispensary, that was the primary time Ahmed realised that Panadol was brief available in the market throughout completely different cities in Pakistan. In truth, the shortages had hit practically two months in the past and have solely worsened over time.
These are the kinds of little moments that mark the scarcity of a drug like panadol. Whereas it isn’t life-saving in most cases, it’s a crucial over-the-counter choice and its unavailability has resulted in hypothesis that not solely have pharmaceutical corporations decreased or stopped their manufacturing of sure medicine however may be hoarding shops of those medicines to jack up the costs by pressure. The latter idea has gained explicit favour amongst some since a DRAP raid that uncovered a big retailer of panadol at a manufacturing facility. After all, to grasp what’s going on absolutely we should return to the basis of the issue.
Khushhali financial institution to power convert its hybrid debt into fairness. However is it honest?
When Khushhali Microfinance Finance Financial institution (Khushhali financial institution) launched its newest financials for the primary three months of 2023, it reported one more quarter of losses. Even earlier than this, it was clear that the financial institution was in bother. Steady haemorrhaging within the final 12 months had wiped off a giant chunk of the financial institution’s fairness capital. And now the financial institution appears to be scrambling to search out Rs8 billion in contemporary capital. To place this quantity in perspective, it takes Rs10 billion to arrange a model new industrial financial institution in Pakistan. That’s proper. With one other Rs 2 billion the potential traders might as a substitute open, not a microfinance financial institution, which has limitations on what it might and cannot do, however a full service industrial financial institution!
Political patronage and victimisation: Medialogic and the TV rankings story
It occurred quietly and with out warning. Early on the twenty second of Could, a small staff of regulation enforcement officers dispatched by the ministry of inside sealed the workplaces of a seemingly little identified firm known as Medialogic. And because the workplaces had been locked up, Pakistan’s whole promoting and broadcast industries went blind.
Medialogic is (was?) the one supplier of tv rankings in Pakistan. Within the one week since they had been unceremoniously banned tv rankings have disappeared within the nation completely, leaving tv channels and advertisers with no means of figuring out which exhibits are getting the most important viewers and most views.
In a short notification issued on the twenty second of Could, the ministry of inside requested that the functioning of Medialogic be ‘halted’ over allegations of “anti-state actions” that had been supposedly a menace to nationwide safety.
The federal government has not specified what these anti-state actions had been. Each the inside and knowledge ministries have failed to answer repeated requests for feedback on the difficulty. The overwhelming response from inside the business, nevertheless, is that outdated hyperlinks between Medialogic’s founder and former CEO Salman Danish and former prime minister Imran Khan grew to become the trigger.
Paid Parental Go away — This isn’t a drill and it’s positively not a trip
“I bear in mind certainly one of my earlier employers needed to see why they have been unable to retain feminine expertise, in order that they determined to conduct a spotlight group, the place they bought totally different staff, together with senior, junior, married, or single and male or feminine to return collectively and carefully contemplate totally different features of the enterprise. We have been speaking about whether or not we should always have a daycare and versatile timings and what not.”
In March 2023, Muneeza Iftikar, the Head of Authorized at FrieslandCampina shared an anecdote with Revenue from nearly a decade in the past to focus on the plight of pregnant girls at workplaces.
“One of many solely feminine engineers on web site had joined us and whereas this dialogue was occurring, she raised her hand. She was anticipating a child, whereas working and residing on the positioning. The location had only one feminine bathroom on the alternative finish of the plant, and due to the character of the plant, you couldn’t simply stroll round in it. There was once a van that took you round as a result of it was a harmful facility. She informed us that she needed to spend the entire day ready for that van for one or two lavatory journeys throughout the workday, however as she was pregnant, she required utilizing the john extra typically than earlier than,” Iftikar continued.
“We spent thousands and thousands on conducting different variety initiatives, with out realising that our one principal feminine worker doesn’t have entry to fundamental lavatory amenities. So, at occasions there are issues so simple as this and we miss them as a result of girls aren’t part of the dialog,” Iftikar concluded.
And particularly pregnant girls. In 2022, the Worldwide Labour Group (ILO) revealed that three in each 10 girls of reproductive age — or 649 million girls — have insufficient maternity safety that doesn’t meet key necessities of the ILO Maternity Protection Convention, 2000.
On this darkish actuality, there may be lastly a glimmer of hope. On 15 Could, the Nationwide Meeting handed a invoice of profound affect, the Maternity and Paternity Go away Invoice, 2020. The laws has been within the works for years, its first draft was handed by the Senate in 2022 and now, it has lastly seen the sunshine of the day.
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