Karachi to Hyderabad Men’s Cycle Race to be held on December 2

Karachi, November 30, 2012 (PPI-OT): A customary yet significant event of PCF’s calendar, ‘Karachi to Hyderabad, National Road Men’s Cycle Race’ is being organized on Sunday, December 2, 2012 that will be hosted by Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC).

9 teams, one each from Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtoonkuah, Balochistan, Islamabad, FATA, Pakistan Army, Pakistan Railway, Sui Southern Gas and WAPDA will participate in the competition. Each team will consist of 6 riders who will kick-off form SSGC’s head office building located at Sir Shah Suleman Road, opposite Karachi Expo Centre. The 142 kms race will culminate at Al-Zeb Restaurant, first toll check post, super highway, Hyderabad.

SSGC’s Managing Director, Zuhair Siddiqui has consented to be the chief guest at the opening ceremony and Munawar Baseer Ahmad, President PCF would be the chief guest in the awards distribution ceremony at Royal Club, opposite Public School, unit # 2, Latifabad, Hyderabad.

During the opening ceremony, on affairs relating to cycling in the country, PCF’s President Munawar Baseer Ahmad will give a comprehensive briefing to the print and electronic media personnel representing the sports fraternity, who are being cordially invited for a breakfast briefing at SSGC House.

The General Council of Pakistan Cycling Federation will also hold its first GC meeting in Karachi, a day earlier to this event at DHA, Golf Club.

For more information, contact:
Pakistan Cycling Federation
Salman A. Siddiqui
Public Relations Officer: 0322-222-5129
President Secretariat:
164-U, Phase II, DHA, Lahore, Pakistan,
Tel: (+92 423) 589 0408,
Fax: 574 5670,
Email: President@PCF.com.pk

Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front terms Lahore High Court decision a milestone for economic revival of country

Lahore, November 30, 2012 (PPI-OT): Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front (PIAF) Friday termed the LHC decision a milestone for the economic revival of the country.

In a statement issued here, the PIAF Chairman Engineer Sohail Lashari said that the government should immediately start work on this mega project of national importance in the light of recommendations of the Council of Common Interests.

Engineer Sohail Lashari said that the WAPDA had already made it clear that the reservations about the Kalabagh dam are baseless and had no relation to the factual position of this project.

The PIAF Chairman said that an acute shortage of electricity had already played havoc with the country as the industrial closures and massive lay-offs are order of the day while the unemployment graph is going up with every passing day.

He said that early construction of Kalabagh Dam would not only ensure much cherished economic revival but would also help save billions of dollars foreign exchange being spent on import of oil.

The PIAF Chairman said that the other provinces should also support this decision as a number of experts had already warned of severe water shortage in the country in near future.

He said that the technical study undertaken in the year 2004 by the representatives of the four provinces had already endorsed the feasibility of the project therefore the federal government should not delay it any further. It would also be giving much respect to the government as Kalabagh Dam would help bring an end to the loadshedding also.

The PIAF Chairman also urged all the political parties to play their role for the early completion of this project.

For more information, Contact:
Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front
110/s Kot Lakhpat Industrial Estate
Lahore, Pakistan
Phone: (92) 42 5123522
Fax: (92) 42 5123522
Email: Info@piaf.pk

Pakistan Under23 football team leaving for Sri Lanka on Saturday

Lahore, November 30, 2012 (PPI-OT): Pakistan U23 football team is leaving for Sri Lanka on Saturday, December 1, 2012, through WY 328 at 1310 Hours PST from Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore to take part in H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa International Football Tournament from 3rd to 9th Decmber-2012 at Nawalapitiya, Jayathilaka Stadium-Sri Lanka. This exposure of the U23 National team will help to develop its U23 squad for participation in South Asian Games likely to be organized in September, 2013.

According to the press release issued here by PFF, Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, President PFF wished all out success for the national team. He hoped they shall play in an outstanding manner as the peoples of Pakistan are looking for a victory by their players. He expressed his satisfaction on their training and the ability to play well.

The detail of national football team contingents are as follows: Kaleem Ullah (Striker/Captain), Faisal Iqbal (MF/Vice Captain(i)), Saddam Hussain (DF/Vice Captain (ii)), Saqib Hanif, Jahangir Khan and Muzamil Hussain are Goalkeepers, Naveed Ahmed, Mohsin Ali, Ahsan Ullah, Ghulam Fareed, Mohammad Hamid, Mohammad Salman are Defenders, Sher Mohammad, Mohammad Adil, Zia-us-Salam, Bilawal Rehman, Hasnain Abbas, Mehmood Khan are MF, Zakir Lashari and Saeed Ahmed are Strikers.

The officials of the national team are: Milosavljevic Zavisa (Head Coach/Team Manager), Shahzad Anwar (Assistant Coach), Mohammad Aslam Khan (Goal Keeper Coach) and Kamran Mehdi (Physio/Assistant Manager).

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan, Maldives, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to compete four nations Football Tournament for H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa International Football Trophy to be held in Sri Lanka from 3rd December to 9th December at Nawalapitiya, Jayathilaka Stadium. There will be two matches every other day commencing from December 3 where Sri Lanka will play against Maldives in the opening match.

The Pakistan will open their mission on December 3 with the match against Bangladesh at 1530 Hours PST (1600 Hours SST), followed by their games against Maldives at 1330 Hours PST (1400 Hours SST) on December 5 and against Sri Lanka at 1530 Hours PST (1600 Hours SST) on December 7, 2012. The final will be played on December 9, 2012 between Group Winner and Group Runner Up at 1500 Hours PST (1530 Hours SST)

The tournament H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa Trophy is organized collaboratively by the Ministry of Sports in Sri Lanka and National Football Federation of Sri Lanka.

For more information contact:
Pakistan Football Federation
Opposite Punjab Stadium,
Ferozepur Road,
Lahore – Pakistan.
Tel: +92 42 99230821, +92 42 99230822
Fax: +92 42 99230823
Email: mail@pff.com.pk
URL: www.pff.com.pk

Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcome Lahore High Court’s decision on Kalabagh Dam

Lahore, November 30, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry Friday welcomed the Lahore High Court’s decision on Kalabagh Dam and termed it inevitable because of an acute shortage of energy, fast depleting irrigation water resources and frequent occurrence of floods in Indus basin.

In a statement issued here, the LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar, Senior Vice President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh and Vice President Mian Abuzar Shad said that the LHC verdict has given a new lease of life to people that are suffering because of multiple reasons including non-availability of electricity.

The LCCI Office-bearers said that the Federal Government should implement the LHC verdict to save arable lands from turning barren and useless. Only because of government silence over Kalabagh dam, country is suffering annulay a loss of Rs 132 billion annually. This amount could be saved by initiating construction of Kalabagh Dam.

The LCCI office-bearers said that there is no threat to Nowshehra city as it is 150 feet above the water level. They said that it was very unfortunate that the decision makers in this country had nothing to lose rather they continue to enjoy all perks under the sky even if they make a wrong decision, it the masses who suffer. Same is happening today, there is no electricity, but the politicians and the top bureaucrats all are getting it free of cost.

They said that Kalabagh Dam, was not only beneficial to Punjab alone but it would be more helpful in erasing poverty from Khyber Pakhtun Khawa as would be irrigate 800000 acres of cultivable land that is located 100-150 feet above the Indus river level in the province. They said this land could only be brought under cultivation if the river level is raised that is only possible if Kalabagh Dam is built. They said the other alternative is to pump the water that is very costly.

They said that creditable studies have indicated that pumping water for potential cultivable land would cost farmers Rs 5000 per acre per year while canal water after construction of Kalabagh Dam would cost only Rs400 per acre per year.

They said that a further delay in gathering a consensus from all stakeholders on the construction of unduly politicized Kalabagh Dam will cost this country and its coming generations very dearly.

They said that all the stakeholders should show some greater maturity on the issue of Kalabagh dam. It is high time that all baseless reservations should be brushed aside to save the country from that era of darkness for us.

They said that unlike Pakistan, India is constructing dams at every possible site. It has left us decades behind and coming time does not promise any good thing either. The LCCI office-bearers that every one knows that the existing dams are constantly silting up leaving ever decreasing capacity to store water.

The construction of Kalabagh dam along with other new dams is desperately needed to store adequate water. According to a conservative estimate about 30 million acre feet of water is being wasted into the sea because the country has no big water reservoirs to store it.

More importantly, as a result of melting of glaciers due to global warming, a sword of Damocles remains hanging over our heads in the shape of floods. An opinion gained widespread support across the country that the losses of recent floods in Pakistan which are estimated to be more than 45 billion dollars could have been reduced if big dams and water reservoirs were in place.

They said that another significant aspect connected with the construction of Kalabagh Dam is the surety of sufficient amount of electricity at comparatively much cheaper price. The country’s dependence on power generated through thermal sources is costing us way too much causing to face insurmountable challenges to remain competitive both in national and international markets.

Another significant aspect connected with the construction of Kalabagh Dam is the surety of sufficient amount of greener and cheaper electricity. Electricity generation through thermal sources is estimated to cost almost Rs.16 per unit whereas the same can be produced at Rs.2.5 to Rs.3 through Hydel.

They said that the present scenario leads to import oil worth over US$ 12 billion a year which is costing us dearly while causing to face insurmountable challenges to remain competitive both in national and international markets.

For more information, contact:
Shahid Khalil
Information Department
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
Lahore -54000, Pakistan
Tel: +9242 111 222 499
Fax: +92 42 636 885

Bfz-Germany, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority has enabled 18 factories to save 22,000 MWH

Lahore, November 30, 2012 (PPI-OT): Project ESPIRE to be impliement by bfz-Germany, in collaboration with Small and Meium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA), has enabled 18 factories to save 22,000 MWH (Mega Watt Hours) per anum at its the initial stage in Pakistan. It has been clarified by SMEDA spoesperson with regard to a press conferenc held here yesterday.

Due to missing of (H) from “MWH” in our details became the cause of confusion, the spokesperson said. In fact the 18 participating factories from Karachi, Lahore, Faisalabad and Sialkot together have realized energy savings of 22,000 MWh per annum which corresponds to 53 Million PKR.

For more information, contact:
Liaqat Ali Gohar
DGM (Admin. and PR)
Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA)
6th floor, LDA Plaza, Egerton Road, Lahore
Tel: 111-111-456
Fax: (042) 6304926
Email: helpdesk@smeda.org.pk
Website: www.smeda.org.pk

Pakistan International Airlines Hajj Operation successfully completed

Karachi, November 30, 2012 (PPI-OT): PIA Hajj Operation 2012 completed successfully with 85 percent post hajj flights from Jeddah arriving on time. Last Hajj Flight PK-3662 arrived in Quetta early Friday morning.

PIA has brought back about 100,000 Hajjis to Pakistan.

PIA has carried 83000 Hujjaj through 196 flights to Pakistan. 1989 Hajjis were flown back to Rangoon by 4 Chartered flights while over 15000 Hajjis travelled through schedule flights.

The airline’s 21 hajj flights brought back 10353 hajjis to Karachi, 17385 through 35 flights to Islamabad, 16783 through 34 flights to Lahore and 13,973 Hajjis to Peshawar through 43 post hajj flights.PIA carried back 13275 hajjis to Quetta by 41 Post-Hajj flights, 7,006 Hajjis to Multan by 14 flights and 3,491 Hajjis to Sialkot by 07 Post-Hajj Flights.

MD PIA Muhammad Junaid Yunus said that overcrowding at Jeddah Hajj Terminal where 80,000 to 100,000 passengers arrive at the same time for their return journey to other countries through 74 different international airlines cause’s initial delays in departures of flights due to security checks, immigration formalities etc. Besides, as per Saudi law an airline may be penalized and is not allowed to take off without the booked flight passenger.

MD PIA appreciated the airline employees for the success of smooth travel arrangements for about 100,000 Hujjaj without any major problem through sheer team work in this mega operation. It was made possible only because of the dedication and whole-heartedly efforts by each member of the team to make this operation a success. He congratulated the employees on their success and for extra ordinary efforts during this entire operation day and night.

For more information, contact:
S. Sultan Hasan
General Manager, Public Affairs
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)
Tel: +9221 9904 0000
Fax: +9221 3457 2225, 3457 0419

Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry supports World Wildlife Fund Initiative for improving offices’ environmental

Islamabad, November 30, 2012 (PPI-OT): WWF-Pakistan’s Green Office Initiative (GOI) team visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry for giving awareness about Green Office which is a practical environmental program designed especially for offices.

The team comprising of Mrs.Lubna Farooq, CEO, De Goodar Shirkat SMC (Pvt) Ltd, Mr.Rizwan Mehmood, Manager, GOI and Ms.Nazifa Butt, Senior Program Officer, GOI highlighted the objects of Green Office Initiative and said it reduces the consumption of the natural resources by improving offices’ environmental efficiency.

During a Presentation, Ms.Nazifa Butt said that Green Office is suitable for both small and large offices in the private as well as the public sector. She said that Green Office also promotes climate change mitigation by requiring energy saving and use of renewable energy sources.

She cited the examples of various organizations which have adopted this program and save considerable cost in energy and material expenses like Packages Limited and Engro Industries have reduced the consumption of electricity by 14percent and 11percent respectively while Qarshi Industries has reduced the consumption of paper by 46percent by adopting Green Office Initiative practices.

Mrs.Lubna Farooq said that WWF aims to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which human’s lives in harmony with nature by promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. She said that the Green Office diploma and logo is awarded to the offices that fulfill the minimum Green Office requirements and pass the WWF audit.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr.Zafar Bakhtawari, President ICCI appreciated the Green Office Initiative program and said that this program would definitely provides help in maintaining our high standards as responsible stewards of the environment for future generation.

ICCI President said that all available resources should be used to develop Islamabad as a clean, green and environment friendly city. He said that there is greater need to involve school children in tree plantation campaign because tree plantation is not a onetime activity, rather it is a long term healthy and environment friendly activity as the children feel ownership with the trees they plant and see them growing.

He said that all the organization should adopt these Green Office practices as there is greater need to gain a better understanding of the environmental impacts of business activities and build awareness of environmental concerns among employees.

ICCI president said that the total estimated generation of solid waste in Islamabad is 600–700 tons per day and still there is no permanent site to dump the city’s garbage to comply with slogan of ‘Clean and Green Islamabad.’ He proposed to establish proper treatment plants for converting these wastes into bio-fuel which would ultimately overcome the prevailing energy crisis of the country.

For more information, contact:
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Chamber House, Aiwan-e-Sanat-o-Tijarat Road,
Mauve Area, G-8/1,
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +9251 225 0526 and 225 3145
Fax: +9251 225 2950
Email: icci@brain.net.pk
Website: www.icci.com.pk