Pakistan National Football team visits Beaconhouse National University

Lahore, March 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): Pakistan National Football Team visits Beaconhouse National University today. The team received an overwhelming reception from the students at BNU. They were ecstatic to get […]

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Lahore, March 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): Pakistan National Football Team visits Beaconhouse National University today. The team received an overwhelming reception from the students at BNU. They were ecstatic to get a chance to meet their national heroes. The team was shown around by the BNU management; team was taken to the liberal arts school followed by a meet and greet session at the BNU auditorium with the students.

The players were very happy and were really confident in replying to the queries of the students and Kaleemullah at one instance said, ”We will surely win. We have high hopes. We will do our best rest is for Allah to decide.” Whereas Mohammad Adil said, ”We have prepared well for the match against Yemen. There is no reason why we can’t win.

We just need our nation to stand behind us and give us their love.” While talking to the students, PFF Marketing manager Fahad Khan said, “We are thankful to the BNU administration for supporting Pakistan’s national team. It is a high moment that the whole nation should stand behind its heroes and boost their morale as they wear Pakistan colour on their sleeve and represent all of us.”

For more information, contact:
Syed Muhammad Hasnain
Acting Media Manager
Pakistan Football Federation
PFF SECRETARIAT, PFF House,
Opposite Punjab Stadium, Ferozepur Road,
Lahore – Pakistan.
Tel: +92 42 99230821, +92 42 99230822
Fax: +92 42 99230823
Email: mail@pff.com.pk

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National Football team leaves for Qatar

Lahore, March 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): Pakistan Team Left from PFF Secretariat FIFA Football House. PFF Officials including Lt. Colonel (retd) Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi General Secretary PFF, Wing Commander (retd) […]

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Lahore, March 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): Pakistan Team Left from PFF Secretariat FIFA Football House. PFF Officials including Lt. Colonel (retd) Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi General Secretary PFF, Wing Commander (retd) Pervaiz Saeed Mir Director Dev and Com PFF were present.

Pakistan National Football Team Left for Qatar to play the first leg of FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, Qualifier with Yemen. The match will be played at Hammad Stadium Doha at 5.00 pm (Pak time) on 12th March, 2015. 2nd Leg Match on March 17 at Punjab stadium Lahore.

Pakistan Squad:

Muzammil Hussain Goal Keeper, Saqib Hanif Goal Keeper, Ahsan Ullah Goal Keeper, Zeeshan Rehman (Captain) Defender, Nabil Aslam Defender, Mohammad Bilal Defender, Mohammad Ahmad Defender, Mohammad Sufyan Defender, Mohsin Ali Right Back, Ahsan Ullah Left Back, Saddam Hussain Midfielder, Mahmood Khan Midfielder, Naveed Ahmed Midfielder, Bilawal ur Rehman midfielder, Muhammad Riaz LW, Mansoor Khan RW, Muhammad Ali Attacker, Kaleemullah (Vice Captain) Attacker, Hassan Bashir (Vice Captain) Attacker, Muhammad Adil RW, Saadullah Attacker, Habib Rehman RW.

Team Officials:

Shamlaan Al Mubarik (Head Coach), Asghar Khan Anjum (Assistant Manager), Hassan Baloch (Assistan Coach), Tanveer Ahmed (Assistant Coach), Zahid Taj (Assistant Coach), Aslam (masseur).

For more information, contact:
Syed Muhammad Hasnain
Acting Media Manager
Pakistan Football Federation
PFF SECRETARIAT, PFF House,
Opposite Punjab Stadium, Ferozepur Road,
Lahore – Pakistan.
Tel: +92 42 99230821, +92 42 99230822
Fax: +92 42 99230823
Email: mail@pff.com.pk

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International Women Day celebrated by Sindh Government

Karachi, March 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): International Women Day, 2015 celebrated by Directorate of Women Development, Govt. of Sindh. The event was chaired by Mr. Muhammad Hanif Merchawala, Additional Secretary, Women […]

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Karachi, March 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): International Women Day, 2015 celebrated by Directorate of Women Development, Govt. of Sindh. The event was chaired by Mr. Muhammad Hanif Merchawala, Additional Secretary, Women Development Department, Govt. of Sindh. In the participants there were the staffs of Directorate of Women Development, Karachi. Representatives from NGOs, civil society and women from different sphere of life attended the Program.

The main purpose of this program on the eve of International Women DAY, 2015 is to recognize the struggle and achievements of the women and also appreciate the role of women in the society.

Program started with recitation of surah from the Holy Quran by Ms. Urooj Javed and after that Ms. Tehmina Rehman, Incharge/Psychologist, Women Complaint Cell, Karachi in her welcome note, welcomed all the distinguished guests and further she shed lights on the overall outstanding achievements of women of Islamic world and especially from sub-continent and Pakistan. She also described all the efforts of Women Development Department and directorate since its inception to till date.

Ms. Anjum Wasi, representative from NGO and Ex Councillor was invited to highlight the issues hardships faced by women out side home and workplace. She also given examples of the Holy wives of the Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (P.B.U.H) and specially Hazrat Bibi Khatija (R.A) who was a business woman. She emphasized that women and men both are must for each other, so both have to contribute equally to the society or at home.

After that Ms. Urooj Javed, Acting Manager, SBBCW, Karachi delivered her speech regarding the efforts of the Directorate of Women Development about women and so far programmes/events arranged by Women Development. In her view there must be Gender balance in the society. The department empowers women in distress by giving them free legal assistance and counselling.

Ms. Zaib, Legal Officer, SBBCW, Karachi described about the working of SBB Centre for Women. She said that Women centres are working to stop violence and abuse against women and providing free legal aid to poor women to resolve their problems and be aware of their legal rights.

Mr. Muhammad Hanif Merchawala, Additional Secretary, Women Development Department, Govt. of Sindh, welcomed and thanked all the participants to attend the program. In his speech, he said that Women Development Department is working for the empowerment of women.

The women force hold more than 50% of our population, hence their role in national growth is vital. Women Development Department has initiated several projects to bring about the changes for legal, political, economic and culture empowerment of women. He highlighted all the efforts of Women Development Department, to get passed all the Acts so far, such as:

Protection against Harassment of Woman at Workplace Act, 2010

Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act, 2014

Provincial Home based women workers Policy. (Draft has submitted to Honourable Chief Minister, Sindh)

In the end Mr Tariq Waheed Baloch, District Women Development Officer, Directorate of Women Development, Karachi last gave vote of thanks to all the participants.

For more information, contact:
Sindh Women Development Department
Minister WDD
7th Floor, New Sindh Secretariat,
Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-99213889-90
Fax: +92-21-99213886

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Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry warns repercussions if policymakers continue to exhibit laxity

Karachi, March 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra, while expressing sheer dismay over government’s attitude towards resolving the issues being […]

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Karachi, March 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra, while expressing sheer dismay over government’s attitude towards resolving the issues being faced by business community of Karachi, warned of repercussions if policymakers continue to exhibit laxity towards various issues being highlighted by KCCI which is the largest chamber of the country and represents the mainstream of economic and trading activities.

In a statement issued, Iftikhar Vohra pointed out that dozens of letters, followed by reminders were sent to various Ministers, particularly Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir, Chairman Federal Board of Revenue Tariq Bajwa and others. They all were requested to visit KCCI so that some of the most pressing issues could be discussed in detail with a view to look for their resolution but unfortunately none of them have bothered to visit KCCI which is a matter of grave concern.

“These Ministers have plenty of time to spend at talk shows of various TV Channels in order to give political statements, make tall claims, blame and confront their opponents but they have no time for listening to business community’s grievances”, President KCCI criticized, adding that the Karachi Chamber, which represents majority of Karachi city’s business and industrial committee, was constantly being ignored.

“During my personal visit to Islamabad from time to time, I have been requesting senior ministers to at least listen to the problems of business community by visiting the Chamber and they assure to do so but never show up at KCCI which clearly indicates their unwillingness to face the business community of Karachi or take them on board.

He pointed out that Karachi city receives step-motherly treatment, suffers discrimination and arm-twisting tactics while all discretionary powers have been bestowed to various departments in order to further squeeze the loyal taxpayers of Karachi city only. Iftikhar Vohra said that Karachi Chamber has been receiving dozens of complaints every day pertaining to taxation issues, poor law and order situation, electricity, water and gas crisis, infrastructure issues and many other issues affecting the local businesses.

KCCI, which represents more than 21,000 direct members and 50,000 indirect members, has been trying its best to approach the high-ups in Islamabad in order to get these issues resolved and look for ways and means of how to improve the overall situation but it was very discouraging that the concerned ministers were neither interested nor available to assist the business community.

He said that despite extremely unconducive business environment, the business and industrial community of Karachi city was trying its best to stay afloat but lack of will to listen to and resolve various issues has put the business community in a very confusing situation. He said that business community of Karachi, which contributes more than 67 percent revenue to the national kitty, was capable enough to pull the country out of ongoing economic crisis but that can only be done if the government extends full support.

President KCCI said that the Karachi Chamber will make one last attempt to get their attention by writing final letters to various Federal Ministers. The business and industrial community of Karachi was losing its patience and any failure to respond to KCCI’s request would leave no other option for them but to go for repercussions.

Furthermore, President KCCI informed that the Karachi Chamber also plans to invite all heads political parties at KCCI in order to get their consensus on one-point agenda i.e. to devise and implement ‘Charter of Economy’, which was the only solution to the ills being faced by Pakistan nowadays, he added.

He was of the view that the current state of affairs demand to introduce and implement Charter of Economy, an idea floated by Chairman Businessmen Group and Former President KCCI Siraj Kassam Teli some five to six years ago which all political parties must sign and implement.

“To recover the ailing economy, the Government should constitute Charter of Economy”, President KCCI urged, adding that the entire nation was in a dire need to constitute the proposed Charter of Economy or roadmap in consultation with the business and industrial community and endorsed by all political parties.

For more information, contact:
Aamir Hassan
Director Press/Electronic Media and Public Relations
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)
Aiwan-e-Tijarat Road, Off Shahrah-e-Liaquat,
Karachi-74000
Phone: +92-21-99218001-09
Fax: +92-21-99218040
Email: info@kcci.com.pk, secretary@kcci.com.pk
Website: www.kcci.com.pk

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United States Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker inaugurates United States – Pakistan Economic Partnership Week

Islamabad, March 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan today to launch the first-ever US – Pakistan Economic Partnership Week. Her visit is critical […]

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Islamabad, March 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan today to launch the first-ever US – Pakistan Economic Partnership Week. Her visit is critical to the United States’ overall efforts to boost bilateral trade and investment with Pakistan.

Secretary Pritzker met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at his office and joined him in inaugurating the week. “Global investors need to know that Pakistan is opening for business,” said Secretary Pritzker. “It is in the United States’ interest for Pakistan to be a stable, peaceful, and tolerant nation, with a growing economy, at peace with itself and its neighbours. This week, we will focus on ways to increase trade and commercial ties between our countries and create new opportunities for Pakistanis and Americans alike.”

U.S.-Pakistan Economic Partnership Week includes the third U.S.-Pakistan Business Opportunities Conference, a two-day event March 10-11; a working-level Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) meeting between the Pakistani and U.S. governments; and several other bilateral engagements scheduled throughout the week.

Secretary Pritzker, who is on her first official visit to Pakistan, thanked senior government officials for their dedication to improving the U.S.-Pakistan economic relationship and acknowledged the economic relationship between the two countries has, over the years, buttressed the overall relationship and is still growing.

For more information, contact:
Alberto Rodriguez
Spokesman
Information Office Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
U.S. Embassy, Islamabad- Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-2082911, +92-51-2081136
Cell: +92-300-5012640
Fax: +92-51-2278607
Email: webmasterisb@state.gov

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Minister for joint efforts to cope with effects of climate change on water resources

Lahore, March 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): Terming climate change as a key priority for the Indus water resources, Federal Minister for Water and Power, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, has called upon all […]

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Lahore, March 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): Terming climate change as a key priority for the Indus water resources, Federal Minister for Water and Power, Khawaja Muhammad Asif, has called upon all riparian countries to come together and identify common solutions to the common problems of the Indus Basin.

The Minister said that Pakistan is moving towards being a water scarce country from being water-stressed. In order to cope with the situation, the government is making a comprehensive plan and WAPDA is working on various water sector projects to increase the water storage capacity of the country, he said.

The Minister was speaking at the inaugural session of the WAPDA-sponsored Indus Forum meeting, in Lahore, on Monday. Underlining the need for joint action, the Minister said “the nature of our challenges requires collective response and pooling of our intellectual resources to chart out a way out of these problems”.

The Indus Forum, constituted in 2012, includes participation from Pakistan, India, China and Afghanistan. This meeting was jointly organized by the Water and Environment Forum (WEF) of Pakistan and WAPDA. The objective of the meeting is to understand the impact of Climate Change and vulnerability of the Indus Water Resources and consequently impact on the lives of the 300 million people who depend on it.

Addressing the meeting, Chairman WAPDA Zafar Mahmood outlined the reasons for the current water scarcity in Pakistan and said the simultaneous effects of climate change and population growth make the problem even more complex. He said that Pakistan is blessed with water resources of 145 Million Acre Feet per annum on an average and the country has, so far, developed a live storage capacity of 10% of annual flows of its rivers, which is far below the world average of 40%.

Throwing light on impact of climate change on water resources, Chairman WAPDA said that water flows from melting of glaciers will increase first before registering reduction. He said that increasing frequency of extreme weather phenomenon such as floods, tropical storms or droughts are also creating pressure on scarce water supplies of the country.

Former senator Nisar Memon, who heads WEF Pakistan, said “the Indus Forum will try to identify strategic opportunities for collaborative actions for on-the-ground results; as well as work with national governments in the area of water resources management and trans-boundary cooperation”.

Stressing on the link between climate change and poverty World Bank’s Pakistan Country Director Rachid Ben Messaoud said that “tackling climate change lies at the heart of World Bank Group’s strategic engagement and holds great relevance for our twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity”. “The World Bank recognizes that if we do not confront climate change, we will not end poverty”, he added.

Over the next 2 days, the forum will work on identifying research opportunities that will contribute to the creation of a robust knowledge base on climate change impact in the Indus basin; and also innovative strategies to strengthen the adaptive capacity of countries to deal with potential floods and droughts.

For more information, contact:
Muhammad Abid Rana
Director Public Relations
Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)
G-32, WAPDA House, Lahore
Tel: +92-42-99202633
Fax: +92-42-99203144
Cell: +92-333-4458293
Email: mabidrana@gmail.com
Website: www.wapda.gov.pk

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Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Lahore School of Economics sign deal for joint research and seminars on economic issues

Lahore, March 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): In a giant leap towards further strengthening industry-academia linkage, the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and Lahore School of Economics (LSE) Monday inked […]

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Lahore, March 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): In a giant leap towards further strengthening industry-academia linkage, the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and Lahore School of Economics (LSE) Monday inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that would pave way for joint research and seminars on economic issues.

The LCCI President Ijaz A. Mumtaz and Rector of Lahore School of Economics Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhry inked the MOU on behalf of their respective organizations. Former Chairman WAPDA Tariq Hameed, former LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari, Akber Sheikh and Dr. Azam Ch also spoke on the occasion.

The Memorandum of Understanding aims at capacity building programs through training and empowerment; by a mutual collaboration between the business community and educational institutions. The Lahore chamber of Commerce and Industry and Lahore School of Economics would collaborate for the development of joint research activities and enhancement of capacity building. LCCI and LSE have also decided to form a Coordination Committee.

LCCI and LSE would collaborate and undertake projects to help the industry compete with the challenges faced in the 21st century. Both organizations would hold workshops, conferences, symposia and seminars for mutual benefits. Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Ijaz A. Mumtaz said that the Memorandum of Understanding between LCCI and LSE is a significant step in bringing the institutions/academia and trade, industry together.

He said that the economic challenges being faced by the country need tailor-made and workable solutions and this is only possible through strong academia and industry linkage. He said that there is no dearth of resources in Pakistan but it is far behind in the economic race because we have failed to properly tap these resources.

He said that in the developed economies there is a strong linkage between the academia and industry and Pakistan today also needs to adopt that pattern to overcome its multiple issues. Ijaz A. Mumtaz hoped that the Lahore School of Economics will contribute to a great deal in closing the leadership gap through training to potential businessmen in areas relating to economy and international affairs.

LCCI President said that Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two think tanks would help in finding new solutions of the issues being faced by the trade, industry and economy. He also threw light on ongoing economic challenges and stressed the need for collective approach to bring country out of these problems. He said that both the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the LSE have their own strengths and the joining of hands by the two institutions would bring positive change at the economic front.

He said that Pakistan could not make an impact at international level only because of lack of awareness about latest business methodologies. Had awareness been there for the business community, the situation would have been far better today.

The Rector of the Lahore School of Economics Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhry said that LSE would provide support to the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on the economic issues. He said that the Lahore School of Economics would also conduct subject-specific workshops and seminars to equip the businessmen with latest working techniques. He said that LSE would provide support to the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry for finalization of budget proposals.

For more information, contact:
Shahid Khalil
Information Department
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
11-Shahrah-e-Aiwan-e-Tijarat,
Lahore -54000, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-111-222-499
Fax: +92-42-6368854

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Higher Education Commission organises training on leadership and change management for staff of public sector universities

Islamabad, March 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): The Higher Education Commission (HEC) in collaboration with World Bank’s Tertiary Education Support Programme (TESP) and Institute of Management Sciences (IM Sciences) Peshawar has organized […]

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Islamabad, March 09, 2015 (PPI-OT): The Higher Education Commission (HEC) in collaboration with World Bank’s Tertiary Education Support Programme (TESP) and Institute of Management Sciences (IM Sciences) Peshawar has organized training on Leadership and Change Management for staff of public sector universities. Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, Chairman HEC, chaired opening session of the training held here on Monday.

HEC and TESP have launched a series of training workshops for capacity building of the staff of country’s public sector universities, working on management positions in different capacities. In his opening remarks, the Chairman HEC highlighted the significance of capacity building of the university staff. He said that HEC has been given special attention to capacity building of teaching as well as non-teaching staff.

“This year we will train 3500 employees of public sector universities,” he said adding that HEC intends to launch second phase of TESP and would like to train more employees of Tertiary Education Institutions (TEIs). Dr. Mansoor Akbar Kundi, Executive Director HEC commended TESP on organizing the trainings and stressed on the importance of capacity building. He said that main objective is to strengthen implementation capacity of HEC and TEI employees through different trainings.

The annual training plan has been approved by the HEC management and the World Bank, after detailed consultation with all the stakeholders and after need assessment of HEIs. These trainings are being held in the areas of Leadership and Change Management, Human Resource Management and Socialization of HR, Financial Management, IT Management, Research Proposals, Intellectual Property, Capacity Building of Quality Assurance Staff and Project Planning, Implementation and Evaluation.

It is expected that very soon a contract to this effect will also be signed with IBA Karachi as well. TESP has received 1600 nominations from 60 public sector universities for these trainings.

For more information, contact:
Aayesha Ikram
Director (Media)
Higher Education Commission, Pakistan
Sector H-9, Islamabad
Tel: +92-51-90402404, +92-51-90402412
Email: aikram@hec.gov.pk
Website: www.hec.gov.pk

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