Administrator inspects Development Works in Landhi and Koarngi

Karachi, October 14, 2012 (PPI-OT): KMC Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed paid a detailed visit of ongoing development works in Landhi and Korangi along with the Director General Technical Services Altaf G. Memon, Sr. Director Transport and Communication Muhammad Ather, Concerned engineers and other offices. On this occasion he directed to complete the construction work of Korangi Causeway, Korangi Crossing Intersection, 8 thousand and 14 thousand road and Landhi Sports Complex at the earliest.

While visiting Korangi Causeway, he said the development work here entered into the final stages of completion after which it would be a three lane track with New Jersey barriers installed in the middle to separate the incoming and outgoing way and in this way save the people from daily road accidents on this road.

He said the design of Korangi Crossing Intersection had been altered on the directive of Governor of Sindh and now its re-construction would start soon according to new design. Administrator Karachi said the traffic going to Landhi, Korangi and Korangi Creek used to stuck on this intersection especially during the rush hours and the citizens had to suffer a lot due to this condition.

The re-designing of this intersection would separate the Korangi Creek bound traffic from rest of traffic and ease the traffic pressure on this busy intersection. He said a portion of the CBM Bridge was already constructed and the other portion would be constructed soon so that any obstacle in the flow of traffic here could be averted.

Administrator Karachi also inspected the 8 thousand road in Tannery Zone and directed concerned officers to carry on patch working and repairing on this road to facilitate the people travelling in this area. He said rest of roads in this zone will also be constructed on a gradual basis. Afterwards, he went to Landhi Sports Complex which had reached the final stages of its completion.

While inspecting the development works, Administrator Karachi said the youth of adjoining areas would avail the indoor games facilities provided in this complex including badminton, tennis, swimming, shooting.

The instructors posted here would give training of these games and the sports goods will be provided free of cost for this purpose. Administrator Karachi said various sports activities in Landhi Sports Complex would begin in the current month.

For more information, contact:
Administrator Secretariat
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC)
City District Government Complex, 1st Floor, Civic Centre,
Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi
Tel: +9221 9923 2400 -01
Fax: +9221 9923 2406
Email: administrator@karachicity.gov.pk

This year we have surplus wheat, sugar and cotton crop because of government’s good policies: Hafeez Shaikh

Islamabad, October 14, 2012 (PPI-OT): “This year we have surplus wheat, sugar and cotton crop because of democratic governments good policies”, this was stated by Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh Finance Minister while meeting with Haruhiko Kuroda, President Asian Development Bank here today. Says the press release received here today from Tokyo.

Dr. Shaikh said despite a series of natural calamities. Pakistan has been able to raise its agriculture produce because of the government’s good agricultural policies. This has also contributed in well-being of the people in rural areas.

Highlighting the economic situation in Pakistan, the Minister said that measures are being taken to bring macroeconomic stability in the country hence we tried to remain fiscally austere. He said that despite various constraints, the government is trying to mobilize the resources. In the last two years the government has doubled the tax collection. This year the growth rate is expected to be around 4% and we have succeeded in bringing the inflation to a single digit, the Minister added.

President of Asian Development Bank Mr. Haruhiko Kuroda appreciated the Pakistan government efforts for maintaining macro-economic stability in the country. The general economic situation in Pakistan is good, he added.

The President of the ADB reassured the construction of Bhasha Dam Project. He said that Asian Development Bank will take as a first step to move the technical assistance proposal to the IMF Board. The project will help reduce the energy mix prices of the electricity, he maintained.
Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh also held meeting with his Saudi Counterpart at the margins of 2012 annual meeting of World Bank and IMF at Tokyo. Both the ministers reviewed the bilateral economic relations. Dr. Shaikh thanked the Saudi Government for the grant of US $ 100 million. The Saudi Finance Minister assured of his country’s full help and support. He reiterated the commitment of his government’s financial aid will remain continued for the ongoing projects in Pakistan.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326
Email: piopid@gmail.com

Pakistan is the first country which has promulgated the law of awarding life sentence to perpetrators of acid attacks: Pakistan’s envoy in Emirates

Abu Dhabi, October 14, 2012 (PPI-OT): “Pakistan is the first country in the region which has promulgated the law of awarding life sentence to the perpetrators and culprits of acid attacks and the courts of Pakistan have already started implementing this law”, said Ambassador Jamil Ahmed Khan while responding to a question after screening of the Oscar winning documentary “Saving Face” at Abu Dhabi Film Festival. Plastic Surgeon Muhammad Ali Jawad who treated the victims of acid attacks, Ashwaq Hasan Al-Hashmi and people from different walks of life were present at the occasion.

“This is a menace of the sub continent where women mostly from the marginalized segment of society have not been treated well for time immemorial”, said Ambassador Khan. He added that Pakistan, because of its vibrant media, has been able to create awareness for retribution of the potential acid attackers and it has already started becoming a stigma for male gender from lower income group. He said that social and financial protection is being provided to low income group women compounded with legal framework to prevent acid attack cases.

Ambassador Jamil Ahmed Khan said the legislation is a big achievement of the current parliament which is also establishing burn units in different districts of the country to treat the victims of acid attacks. He further said that acid throwing is a heinous crime and the whole society would have to collectively fight against this menace.

He expressed satisfaction that due to the enhanced awareness in the country and strict legislation introduced by the parliament, the cases of acid attacks have started declining sharply. This is a demonstration of the resolve of the government and people of Pakistan to curb such offences directed towards female folk of the country which is a centuries old problem of the sub-continent.

“21st century demand is to empower women with education and skill to enable them to gain confidence and leading them to attain a well-deserved socio-economic status”, said Ambassador Jamil Ahmed Khan.

For more information, Contact:
Miss. Aisha Kiran
Executive Secretary to the Ambassador
Embassy of Islamic Republic of Pakistan Abu Dhabi
UAE.
Tel: 00971-2-4446777
Fax: 00971-2-4447172
Mobile: 00971-50-4143271
Email: aisha.kiran@pakistanembassyuae.org
Website: www.pakistanembassyuae.org

National Assembly Speaker calls for devising Policies to ensure Rural Women Rights

Islamabad, October 14, 2012 (PPI-OT): Dr. Fehmida Mirza, Speaker, National Assembly has said rural women were one of the most vulnerable and marginalized segments of the society despite their significant role in the rural economy. She said that they were also subject to violence, economic exploitation and lack of basic healthcare. She said that in her message on the occasion of International Rural Women’s is commemorated throughout the globe under the auspicious of United Nations on October 15.

The Speaker said that rural women comprise a major chunk of the population and play a significant role in agriculture sector rural development but their contributions were not recognized at any level. She said that with the advent of latest technology in the agriculture sector, the involvement of women had not been decreased and still has to perform extensive agriculture work and in addition to that they carry out vital functions in caring for children, older persons and in household chore.

She underlined the need for officially reorganization of women participation in national economy and asked the government to devise policies for the betterment of women folk in the country and to ensure their rights.

Dr. Fehmida Mirza said that women in our rural socio-cultural panorama were confined to household cores and laborious work in the fields and do not have access to education. She said that education was an inalienable right of every individual; therefore, it was imperative to educate rural women to make them able to understand and face their diverse problems. She asked the government to allocate required funds for establishment of schools for females in the rural areas.

She stressed the need for provision of shelters, livelihood and medical assistance to rural women in affected areas on priority basis. She asked the government to extend SME network to rural areas where enterprising rural women could have excess to credit facilities to make them self-sustaining and economically empowered.

She also stressed the need to establish training and display centers at Tehsil level for rural women artisans so that they could get appropriate proceeds for their crafts and would also eliminate the role of middlemen who economically exploit rural women. She called upon the Banking Sector provide loans to rural women so that they could better contribute in national development.

For more information, contact:
Karamat Hussain Niazi
Secretary
National Assembly of Pakistan
Parliament House, Islamabad
Tel: +9251 922 1082 -83
Fax: +9251 922 1106

Message from President on the occasion of World Standards Day

Islamabad, October 14, 2012 (PPI-OT): The theme of the World Standards Day this year “Less waste, better results – Standards increase efficiency” is a most timely and appropriate call for optimal utilization of resources, reducing waste and maximize efficiency in the production chain. On this occasion let us reaffirm our commitment and think of new ways to optimize the use of dwindling resources and increase efficiency in the production process in a highly competitive world.

Standards have been developed to increase efficiency and reduce costs. The international community has developed state of the art standards for the optimal use of human and material resources. Developing countries like Pakistan must make full use of those standards. This will not only maximize their profits but also enable them to stay competitive in the modern day environment.

For developing economies like Pakistan the need for conformity of its products and services to the internationally recognized standards and quality can not be overemphasized. The need for this has never been as great as it is today as Pakistan has embarked upon an aggressive policy of promoting trade with countries in the region including India and Afghanistan. We must firmly establish our credentials as a country observing international quality standards for environmental protection and minimizing the wastage of scarce resources.

In this context, it is quite reassuring to note that Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority was undertaking strenuous efforts to promote standards and conformity assessment to further strengthen the national economy and also protect the consumers from the businesses malpractices.

The active involvement of civil society, non-governmental organizations and the corporate sector is an encouraging development and promises greater success in our efforts to ensure quality and maintaining standards.

I am confident that observance of this day today will contribute towards creating even greater awareness among the industrialists, businessmen and corporate sector of the country about the importance of adhering to internationally recognized standards in their products and services to the consumers particularly in the area of reducing waste.

Once again, I appreciate the role of PSQCA and commend efforts of the thousands of experts who were involved in developing and promoting standards and quality assessment practices all across the world.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326
Email: piopid@gmail.com

Message of Prime Minister on Word Standards Day 2012

Islamabad, October 14, 2012 (PPI-OT): I am pleased to learn that Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) has joined International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Electro Technical Commission (IEC) and International Organization on Legal Metrology (OIML) is observing the International Standards Day on 14th October, 2012.

This year’s theme “Less waste, better result – Standards increase efficiency” highlights the need of ensuring standards and quality for maximizing outputs. This issue has come to the centre-stage as global challenges like sustainability and financial uncertainty mean that organizations are challenged to achieve better efficiency.

It helps organizations maximize profits and meet their goals, and is crucial for success in today’s challenging and competitive economic environment. Conforming to international standards provides a level playing field for a product to perform in the global market irrespective of country of origin.

In today’s highly competitive and complex world, the issue of sustainability, viewed from an economic, environmental and societal perspective means that businesses must be more efficient.

Standards help organizations meet their customer’s needs while focusing and optimizing company processes. Regulators can use international standards as a means to show compliance and as a base for market and consumer friendly regulations. And consumers can rest assure that international standards promote efficiency on issues that matter to them, like product labeling or safety.

The Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) has developed a wide range of standards for products, services, health, safety and environment etc. These standards have been formulated in the light of parameters set by International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Electro Technical Commission (HEC) and International Organization on Legal Metrology (OLML).

The standards bring together experience of experts. For a company to remain competitive and gain new customers, it needs to maintain competitive prices and high quality. Additionally, Pakistan Standards also provides social benefits such as consumer protection. They help to harmonize technical specifications of products and services.

As we observe the World Standards Day, let us pledge our resolve to further improve our standards to make our products more marketable in the global markets.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326
Email: piopid@gmail.com

Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi urges researchers to focus on innovations inventions

Islamabad, October 14, 2012 (PPI-OT): Chairman IPO-Pakistan Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi has urged researchers to focus on innovations inventions and also get patent to their inventions. He stated while visiting REAP Energy Expo at Convention Center Islamabad. Mr. Afridi said that students are the assets of Pakistan and their interest in research and innovations is very encouraging. He said that in all over the world special emphasis was being laid in innovations and their utility models are being developed according to market demands.

He said God has blessed Pakistan with talented youngsters who had proved their capabilities in all the spheres of life and in order to educate the young researchers about Intellectual Property Rights, awareness program had been started by IPO-Pakistan with the support of academia and research organizations.

Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi also lauded the contributions of Renewable Energy Association of Pakistan for promotion of alternate energy technologies in the country and encourages the foreign companies to invest in this sector. He said Pakistan has great potential of alternate energy and people were being converting to new energy efficient technologies.

Chairman IPO Pakistan said that government has waved off import duty on alternative energy equipments and it is a golden opportunity for researchers and investors to come forward and market alternate energy based equipments. He said we have adequate heat which can be converted to obtained solar energy for domestic as well as commercial purposes.

The Office bearers of Renewable Energy Association on this occasion briefed about new methods and technologies of alternative energy and informed that a number of new foreign investors intend to invest in Pakistan for renewable energy projects.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326
Email: piopid@gmail.com