The number of kidney patients has increased to 20 million in Pakistan due to the lack of proper awareness about the treatment.

Dr Naeem Ahmed Cheema disclosed this while addressing the participants of an awareness raising seminar held under the auspices of Kidney Patients' Welfare Association Sialkot.

He said that $50 billion were spent on the treatment of the 20 million kidney patients annually in Pakistan. He said that early diagnosis of the kidney diseases could help the patients control it and avert the expensive treatment.

17 BOOKED: Police have registered separate cases against 17 accused owners of the houses and shops for letting their properties in various parts of Sialkot district without informing the local police in this regard.

Police arrested Israr Ahmed, Afzal, Nawaz, Ashfaq, Azam, Shehbaz Hussain, Barkat Ali, Aslam, Faisal Waheed, Asif, Aamir, Riaz, Arshad Mughal, Nasir Mehmood and Iqbal and sent them behind the bars.

FBR seeks 1,450 more people under tax net: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has set a target of bringing 7,500 more people in Gujranwala region and 7,000 in Sialkot region under the tax net. It also approved a plan to establish new branches at the regional tax directorates in Gujranwala and Sialkot to facilitate the new taxpayers. According to FBR officials, the Gujranwala regional taxation office comprises Gujranwala and Hafizabad districts, where 7,500 new people would be brought under the tax net.

Sialkot regional taxation office (RTO) comprises Sialkot, Gujrat and Narowal districts where 7,500 people would be brought under the tax net, they added.

It directed the authorities concerned to collect complete particulars of those having precious moveable, immovable properties, residential or commercial plots in the big residential colonies, housing schemes and the luxury vehicles in the regions. If such people do not have NTN numbers, special tax notices be issued to them after assessing the actual worth of their assets, it directed.

FBR has given a deadline till June 30, 2016. It has established five special facilitation cells at RTO Sialkot and six such cells at RTO Gujranwala to facilitate the local tax payers at local level.