UnionPay International Joins Hands with 80 Airport Duty Free Shops to Expand Cardholder Privileges

SHANGHAI, China, Mar. 20, 2015 / Xinhua-AsiaNet / Asianet-Pakistan — UnionPay International announced on March 20 it launched a new privilege program featuring special discounts at 80 duty free shops in 70 airports by partnering with 16 world-renowned duty free groups. Holders of UnionPay cards (card number starting with 62) are able to enjoy exclusive […]

SHANGHAI, China, Mar. 20, 2015 / Xinhua-AsiaNet — UnionPay International announced on March 20 it launched a new privilege program featuring special discounts at 80 duty free shops in 70 airports by partnering with 16 world-renowned duty free groups. Holders of UnionPay cards (card number starting with 62) are able to enjoy exclusive discounts of at least 5% while enjoying the preferential and convenient shopping experiences during their international travels.

“As China becomes the world’s second largest tourism source country, we’re keeping up with the trends that individual and in-depth tours have become more popular to continuously enrich our global cardholder privilege system,” said Dong Li, Chief Branding Officer of UnionPay International.

“Airport duty free shops are must-visit shopping sites for many during their travel, we wish to provide both domestic and overseas cardholders with better card-using experiences at airports around the world by rolling out the latest privilege program.”

The program is an upgrade of the one of last year that features exclusive discounts at 60 airport duty free shops with many highlights.

It covers a wide range including popular destinations such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. A total of 17 airports among the top 20 global ones in terms of passenger flow participate in the program.

Cardholders can enjoy discounts of at least 5%. In the meantime, the program covers the Labor Day and the summer vacation during which Chinese tourists prefer to travel. Around 30% of the duty free shops, including those in Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport and Ngurah Rai International Airport, will extend the offers to the end of 2015.

A large number of new merchants are involved. International airports in emerging tourist destinations including Russia, Italy, Qatar, South Africa, Finland, Belgium and Fiji participate for the first time. UnionPay International also offers privileges in 5 domestic airport duty free shops in Guangzhou, Hangzhou and Kunming to overseas UnionPay cardholders.

Currently, the overseas UnionPay acceptance network has expanded to 150 countries and regions. UnionPay cards are accepted by 26 million merchants and 1.8 million ATMs worldwide. UnionPay has become the preferred payment service provider of Chinese outbound tourists. Since last year, UnionPay International has launched privilege programs featuring discounts at airport duty free shops, core business districts and tourist destinations.

For more information: http://www.unionpayintl.com/

SOURCE: UnionPay International

Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry for 150 basis point cut in policy rate to trigger private sector growth

Islamabad, March 20, 2015 (PPI-OT): Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry has stressed upon the State Bank of Pakistan to make 150 basis point cut in policy rate in the monetary policy scheduled to be announced on Saturday to bring it at 7 percent in order to promote new investment and trigger private sector growth. …

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Islamabad, March 20, 2015 (PPI-OT): Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry has stressed upon the State Bank of Pakistan to make 150 basis point cut in policy rate in the monetary policy scheduled to be announced on Saturday to bring it at 7 percent in order to promote new investment and trigger private sector growth.

Muzzamil Hussain Sabri, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that the trend of tight monetary policy in Pakistan has mostly created problems for the country as it enhanced the cost of credit for private sector and stalled the growth of economy.

Giving some facts, he said between 2007 and 2014, banks funding to public sector went up from Rs.1 trillion to Rs.5 trillion showing an increase of over 400 percent while lending to the private sector during the same period grew just from Rs.2.1 trillion to Rs.3 trillion which shows that banks have deviated from their important role of supporting private sector in full utilization of productive resources.

He said bank credit to private sector in 2011 at 121.49 percent of GDP in China, 106.40 in Malaysia, 104.22 percent in Singapore, 47.15 percent in India, 43.17 percent in Turkey, 26.71 percent in Sri Lanka, but it was just 18.05 percent in Pakistan which proves that private sector in Pakistan normally faced great difficulties in availing easy credit facility as compared to regional countries. He said the tight monetary policy in our country has been the main factor for crowding out private sector from low cost credit facility.

Muzzamil Sabri said this state of affairs needed urgent reversal and emphasized that banks should focus on their core function of channelizing savings to investment in order to contribute more effectively for expansion of private sector and fostering better economic growth.

He said though SBP had made a good move by reducing the discount rate in the last monetary policy, but it was not enough to provide a breathing space to trade and industry. He urged that government should make a notable cut of at least 150 basis points in the discount rate in upcoming monetary policy that would inject fresh blood in the private sector.

He was of the view that the reduced discount rate would jumpstart the economy as it would make available credit facility for the private sector at affordable cost, attract more new investment and give a strong boost to business activities and promote exports.

For more information, contact:
Khalid Chaudhry
Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI)
Chamber House, Aiwan-e-Sanat-o-Tijarat Road,
Mauve Area, G-8/1,
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +9251 225 0526, 2253145, 8432676
Fax: +9251 225 2950
Email: icci@brain.net.pk
Website: www.icci.com.pk

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Conversion of Foreign Currency Deposits, Dollar Bearer Certificates, Foreign Currency Bearer Certificates, Special United States Dollar Bonds and profit thereon March 20,

Karachi, March 20, 2015 (PPI-OT): The following rates will be applicable for conversion into rupees of Foreign Currency Deposits, Dollar Bearer Certificates, Foreign Currency Bearer Certificates, Special U.S Dollar Bonds […]

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Karachi, March 20, 2015 (PPI-OT): The following rates will be applicable for conversion into rupees of Foreign Currency Deposits, Dollar Bearer Certificates, Foreign Currency Bearer Certificates, Special U.S Dollar Bonds and profit thereon by all banks and for providing Forward Cover on Foreign Currency Deposits (excluding F.E-25 deposits) by the State Bank on March 24, 2015.

Currency         Rate in Pak Rupee

U.S. Dollar         102.0704

Japanese Yen          0.8429

Pound Sterling      150.5029

Euro                109.0316

For more information, contact:
Syed Wasimuddin
Chief Spokesman
State Bank of Pakistan (SBP)
Tel: +9221 3921 2562
Fax: +9221 3921 2563
Email: syed.wasimuddin@sbp.org.pk

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Air Chief makes first visit to Naval Headquarters

Islamabad, March 20, 2015 (PPI-OT): The newly appointed Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman made first visit to Naval Headquarters after assumption of Command and met Chief […]

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Islamabad, March 20, 2015 (PPI-OT): The newly appointed Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman made first visit to Naval Headquarters after assumption of Command and met Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah today.

During the meeting, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah congratulated the Air Chief on his promotion and assuming Command of one of the best Air Forces in the world. Referring to the strongly bonded relationship of both the Forces, the Naval Chief said that Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Air Force will continue the endeavors to enhance synergy and seamless integration in all important operational and other inter-services matters.

The Naval Chief expressed his confidence that Pakistan Air Force will further progress and maintain its forceful posture under the able Command of Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman. On the occasion, Air Chief Marshal assured Admiral Zakaullah that he will work in close coordination with Pakistan Navy in order to make defence of the country impregnable.

For more information, contact:
Lieutenant Commander Shakeel Ahmad
Assistant Director
Directorate of Public Relations
Pakistan Navy
Tel: +92-21-20063210
Cell: +92-333-2171764, +92-300-2171038

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Iftikhar Vohra requests Finance Minister to take steps on war-footing basis in order to ensure that dry coconut remains delisted from barter list to save local traders from suffering

Karachi, March 20, 2015 (PPI-OT): President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra, while expressing deep concern over illegal barter of dry coconut under Cross […]

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Karachi, March 20, 2015 (PPI-OT): President of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), Iftikhar Ahmed Vohra, while expressing deep concern over illegal barter of dry coconut under Cross LoC Trade between Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Indian Occupied Kashmir, requested Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to take steps on war-footing basis in order to ensure that dry coconut remains delisted from the barter list so as to save the local traders from suffering severe losses.

In a letter issued to Federal Finance Minister, President KCCI stated that some of KCCI member firms have complained about misuse of Cross LoC Trade between Azad Jammu and Kashmir and the Indian Occupied Kashmir which has brought businesses of dry coconut importers on the verge of complete collapse.

Seeking Finance Minister’s intervention to this serious issue, President KCCI mentioned that under the said Cross LoC Trade, barter trade of goods being produced and manufactured in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and the Indian Occupied Kashmir only was allowed but nowadays, the terms and conditions of Cross-LoC Trade were grossly being violated as dry coconut, which was neither produced in Azad Kashmir nor in Indian Occupied Kashmir, was being bartered.

He pointed out that coconut being cultivated in Kerala was initially being transited to Indian Occupied Kashmir and then bartered with Azad Kashmir which was a clear violation of Cross LoC Trade as dry coconut was not present in the formal barter trade list. Later on, the bartered dry coconut ultimately lands in Rawalpindi which was being sold in various markets of Karachi and other cities across Pakistan, resulting in giving severe losses to legal importers whose business were on the verge of collapse.

Iftikhar Vohra said that misuse of cross LoC Trade was not only affecting the local businesses but also causing grave losses of Rs1 billion per annum which the national exchequer receives from legal importers of dry coconut in shape of various taxes but due to misuse of Cross LoC Trade, the national kitty was likely to get deprived of the substantial contribution being made by the legal importers, he feared.

President KCCI recalled that collective efforts made by the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2011-12 resulted in restricting illegal barter of dry coconut and this item was excluded from the barter list but it appears that unscrupulous elements have somehow succeeded in once again illegally bartering dry coconut and they were desperate to destroy the local traders in Pakistan. “There are speculations that dry coconut might be added in the barter list of Cross LoC Trade which is totally unacceptable for the local businessmen and importers”, he added.

He requested the Finance Minister to take steps to put an end to illegal trade of dry coconut under Cross LoC Trade whereas it must also be ensured that dry coconut was not being added at any cost in the barter list of Cross LoC Trade. Furthermore, every possible step should be taken to encourage legal trade in order to secure the businesses of local importers who have been using legal channels only for importing this product and contributing substantially to the national exchequer, he added.

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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Pakistan gets additional sea area of 50,000 sq km – United Nations accepts Pakistan’s claim for extension of continental shelf limits from 200 to 350 Nautical Miles Karachi, March 20, 2015 (PPI-OT): On 19 March 2015, United Nation’s Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf (UN CLCS) completed its review and accepted Pakistan’s claim for extension of its continental shelf limits thereby extending Pakistan’s sea limits from 200 Nautical Miles to 350 Nautical Miles. This adds over 50,000 sq km of continental shelf, to the existing 240,000 sq km of EEZ, under Pakistan’s jurisdiction. Pakistan will have exclusive rights over the seabed and subsoil resources of the added area. This is a landmark achievement and a momentous event in the country’s history which would bring vast economic benefits through exploitation of extensive natural resources present there. It is a proud moment for the entire nation as Pakistan has become the first country in the region to achieve this remarkable feat. Article 76 of the UN Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) allows coastal states to extend their Continental Shelf beyond 200 NM. However, a coastal state is required to prove its case through technical data to the UN Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf (CLCS); a body of 21 experts in Geology, Geophysics, Hydrography and other related disciplines. Pakistan also has the honour of representation in this august body. Commodore M Arshad SI (M), Hydrographer of Pakistan Navy is member of the Commission. The project to extend Pakistan’s Continental Shelf was started in 2005, jointly by Pakistan Navy and National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) with Ministry of Science and Technology as the sponsor Ministry. After 4 years of dedicated work and collection and processing of voluminous technical data, a comprehensive submission was made to UN CLCS on 30 April 2009. On Pakistan’s turn, a 7 member Sub-commission of UN CLCS undertook in-depth analysis/review of Pakistan’s Submission and after over a year long thorough scrutiny and analysis UN CLCS has now adopted recommendations for extension of Pakistan’s continental shelf from 200 to 350 NM. During this process, a Technical Delegation from Pakistan; comprising Commodore Zafar Mansoor Tipu SI(M) Judge Advocate General of Pakistan Navy, Dr Asif Inam the Project Director and Director General National Institute of Oceanography, Commander Salman Ahmed Khan Pakistan Navy Hydrographic Department, Mr Mohsin Tabrez and Mr Khalid Mehmood of National Institute of Oceanography, undertook this important task and held multiple interactions with the Subcommission. At the final stage, Pakistan’s delegation, headed by Dr Maliha Lodhi, the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to UN, gave the final presentation on 10 March 2015. After extensive deliberation the UN CLCS has now announced the adoption of Pakistan’s claim. Active pursuance and prompt responses of Pakistan’s delegation helped in culminating the whole process successfully in a relatively short timeframe. The accomplishment of this historic milestone, which augurs well for economic well being of the future generations, is outcome of seamless coordination and cooperation between various ministries and departments as well as sustained government support throughout a decade long effort. It is by all means a great national achievement with rich dividends for the nation in future. All those associated with the project deserve commendation. The nation is rightly proud of this achievement. We must now utilize all our resources to exploit the vast economic potential of our maritime zones for the benefit of our nation. For more information, contact: Lieutenant Commander Shakeel Ahmad Assistant Director Directorate of Public Relations Pakistan Navy Tel: +92-21-20063210 Cell: +92-333-2171764, +92-300-2171038

Karachi, March 20, 2015 (PPI-OT): On 19 March 2015, United Nation’s Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf (UN CLCS) completed its review and accepted Pakistan’s claim for extension of its […]

The post Pakistan gets additional sea area of 50,000 sq km – United Nations accepts Pakistan’s claim for extension of continental shelf limits from 200 to 350 Nautical Miles Karachi, March 20, 2015 (PPI-OT): On 19 March 2015, United Nation’s Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf (UN CLCS) completed its review and accepted Pakistan’s claim for extension of its continental shelf limits thereby extending Pakistan’s sea limits from 200 Nautical Miles to 350 Nautical Miles. This adds over 50,000 sq km of continental shelf, to the existing 240,000 sq km of EEZ, under Pakistan’s jurisdiction. Pakistan will have exclusive rights over the seabed and subsoil resources of the added area. This is a landmark achievement and a momentous event in the country’s history which would bring vast economic benefits through exploitation of extensive natural resources present there. It is a proud moment for the entire nation as Pakistan has become the first country in the region to achieve this remarkable feat. Article 76 of the UN Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) allows coastal states to extend their Continental Shelf beyond 200 NM. However, a coastal state is required to prove its case through technical data to the UN Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf (CLCS); a body of 21 experts in Geology, Geophysics, Hydrography and other related disciplines. Pakistan also has the honour of representation in this august body. Commodore M Arshad SI (M), Hydrographer of Pakistan Navy is member of the Commission. The project to extend Pakistan’s Continental Shelf was started in 2005, jointly by Pakistan Navy and National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) with Ministry of Science and Technology as the sponsor Ministry. After 4 years of dedicated work and collection and processing of voluminous technical data, a comprehensive submission was made to UN CLCS on 30 April 2009. On Pakistan’s turn, a 7 member Sub-commission of UN CLCS undertook in-depth analysis/review of Pakistan’s Submission and after over a year long thorough scrutiny and analysis UN CLCS has now adopted recommendations for extension of Pakistan’s continental shelf from 200 to 350 NM. During this process, a Technical Delegation from Pakistan; comprising Commodore Zafar Mansoor Tipu SI(M) Judge Advocate General of Pakistan Navy, Dr Asif Inam the Project Director and Director General National Institute of Oceanography, Commander Salman Ahmed Khan Pakistan Navy Hydrographic Department, Mr Mohsin Tabrez and Mr Khalid Mehmood of National Institute of Oceanography, undertook this important task and held multiple interactions with the Subcommission. At the final stage, Pakistan’s delegation, headed by Dr Maliha Lodhi, the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to UN, gave the final presentation on 10 March 2015. After extensive deliberation the UN CLCS has now announced the adoption of Pakistan’s claim. Active pursuance and prompt responses of Pakistan’s delegation helped in culminating the whole process successfully in a relatively short timeframe. The accomplishment of this historic milestone, which augurs well for economic well being of the future generations, is outcome of seamless coordination and cooperation between various ministries and departments as well as sustained government support throughout a decade long effort. It is by all means a great national achievement with rich dividends for the nation in future. All those associated with the project deserve commendation. The nation is rightly proud of this achievement. We must now utilize all our resources to exploit the vast economic potential of our maritime zones for the benefit of our nation. For more information, contact: Lieutenant Commander Shakeel Ahmad Assistant Director Directorate of Public Relations Pakistan Navy Tel: +92-21-20063210 Cell: +92-333-2171764, +92-300-2171038 appeared first on AsiaNet-Pakistan.

Karachi, March 20, 2015 (PPI-OT): On 19 March 2015, United Nation’s Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf (UN CLCS) completed its review and accepted Pakistan’s claim for extension of its continental shelf limits thereby extending Pakistan’s sea limits from 200 Nautical Miles to 350 Nautical Miles. This adds over 50,000 sq km of continental shelf, to the existing 240,000 sq km of EEZ, under Pakistan’s jurisdiction.

Pakistan will have exclusive rights over the seabed and subsoil resources of the added area. This is a landmark achievement and a momentous event in the country’s history which would bring vast economic benefits through exploitation of extensive natural resources present there. It is a proud moment for the entire nation as Pakistan has become the first country in the region to achieve this remarkable feat.

Article 76 of the UN Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) allows coastal states to extend their Continental Shelf beyond 200 NM. However, a coastal state is required to prove its case through technical data to the UN Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf (CLCS); a body of 21 experts in Geology, Geophysics, Hydrography and other related disciplines. Pakistan also has the honour of representation in this august body. Commodore M Arshad SI (M), Hydrographer of Pakistan Navy is member of the Commission.

The project to extend Pakistan’s Continental Shelf was started in 2005, jointly by Pakistan Navy and National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) with Ministry of Science and Technology as the sponsor Ministry. After 4 years of dedicated work and collection and processing of voluminous technical data, a comprehensive submission was made to UN CLCS on 30 April 2009.

On Pakistan’s turn, a 7 member Sub-commission of UN CLCS undertook in-depth analysis/review of Pakistan’s Submission and after over a year long thorough scrutiny and analysis UN CLCS has now adopted recommendations for extension of Pakistan’s continental shelf from 200 to 350 NM.

During this process, a Technical Delegation from Pakistan; comprising Commodore Zafar Mansoor Tipu SI(M) Judge Advocate General of Pakistan Navy, Dr Asif Inam the Project Director and Director General National Institute of Oceanography, Commander Salman Ahmed Khan Pakistan Navy Hydrographic Department, Mr Mohsin Tabrez and Mr Khalid Mehmood of National Institute of Oceanography, undertook this important task and held multiple interactions with the Subcommission.

At the final stage, Pakistan’s delegation, headed by Dr Maliha Lodhi, the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to UN, gave the final presentation on 10 March 2015. After extensive deliberation the UN CLCS has now announced the adoption of Pakistan’s claim. Active pursuance and prompt responses of Pakistan’s delegation helped in culminating the whole process successfully in a relatively short timeframe.

The accomplishment of this historic milestone, which augurs well for economic well being of the future generations, is outcome of seamless coordination and cooperation between various ministries and departments as well as sustained government support throughout a decade long effort. It is by all means a great national achievement with rich dividends for the nation in future.

All those associated with the project deserve commendation. The nation is rightly proud of this achievement. We must now utilize all our resources to exploit the vast economic potential of our maritime zones for the benefit of our nation.

For more information, contact:
Lieutenant Commander Shakeel Ahmad
Assistant Director
Directorate of Public Relations
Pakistan Navy
Tel: +92-21-20063210
Cell: +92-333-2171764, +92-300-2171038

The post Pakistan gets additional sea area of 50,000 sq km – United Nations accepts Pakistan’s claim for extension of continental shelf limits from 200 to 350 Nautical Miles Karachi, March 20, 2015 (PPI-OT): On 19 March 2015, United Nation’s Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf (UN CLCS) completed its review and accepted Pakistan’s claim for extension of its continental shelf limits thereby extending Pakistan’s sea limits from 200 Nautical Miles to 350 Nautical Miles. This adds over 50,000 sq km of continental shelf, to the existing 240,000 sq km of EEZ, under Pakistan’s jurisdiction. Pakistan will have exclusive rights over the seabed and subsoil resources of the added area. This is a landmark achievement and a momentous event in the country’s history which would bring vast economic benefits through exploitation of extensive natural resources present there. It is a proud moment for the entire nation as Pakistan has become the first country in the region to achieve this remarkable feat. Article 76 of the UN Convention on Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) allows coastal states to extend their Continental Shelf beyond 200 NM. However, a coastal state is required to prove its case through technical data to the UN Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf (CLCS); a body of 21 experts in Geology, Geophysics, Hydrography and other related disciplines. Pakistan also has the honour of representation in this august body. Commodore M Arshad SI (M), Hydrographer of Pakistan Navy is member of the Commission. The project to extend Pakistan’s Continental Shelf was started in 2005, jointly by Pakistan Navy and National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) with Ministry of Science and Technology as the sponsor Ministry. After 4 years of dedicated work and collection and processing of voluminous technical data, a comprehensive submission was made to UN CLCS on 30 April 2009. On Pakistan’s turn, a 7 member Sub-commission of UN CLCS undertook in-depth analysis/review of Pakistan’s Submission and after over a year long thorough scrutiny and analysis UN CLCS has now adopted recommendations for extension of Pakistan’s continental shelf from 200 to 350 NM. During this process, a Technical Delegation from Pakistan; comprising Commodore Zafar Mansoor Tipu SI(M) Judge Advocate General of Pakistan Navy, Dr Asif Inam the Project Director and Director General National Institute of Oceanography, Commander Salman Ahmed Khan Pakistan Navy Hydrographic Department, Mr Mohsin Tabrez and Mr Khalid Mehmood of National Institute of Oceanography, undertook this important task and held multiple interactions with the Subcommission. At the final stage, Pakistan’s delegation, headed by Dr Maliha Lodhi, the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to UN, gave the final presentation on 10 March 2015. After extensive deliberation the UN CLCS has now announced the adoption of Pakistan’s claim. Active pursuance and prompt responses of Pakistan’s delegation helped in culminating the whole process successfully in a relatively short timeframe. The accomplishment of this historic milestone, which augurs well for economic well being of the future generations, is outcome of seamless coordination and cooperation between various ministries and departments as well as sustained government support throughout a decade long effort. It is by all means a great national achievement with rich dividends for the nation in future. All those associated with the project deserve commendation. The nation is rightly proud of this achievement. We must now utilize all our resources to exploit the vast economic potential of our maritime zones for the benefit of our nation. For more information, contact: Lieutenant Commander Shakeel Ahmad Assistant Director Directorate of Public Relations Pakistan Navy Tel: +92-21-20063210 Cell: +92-333-2171764, +92-300-2171038 appeared first on AsiaNet-Pakistan.

Government has announced Public Holiday on 23rd March, 2015 (Monday) on account of Pakistan Day

Islamabad, March 20, 2015 (PPI-OT): It is notified for information of the general public that 23rd March, 2015 (Monday) has been declared as Public Holiday on account of Pakistan Day. […]

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Islamabad, March 20, 2015 (PPI-OT): It is notified for information of the general public that 23rd March, 2015 (Monday) has been declared as Public Holiday on account of Pakistan Day. All government and non-government organisations and educational institutions will remain closed.

For more information, contact:
PRO to Minister
Ministry of Interior, Government of Pakistan
Room No. 409, 4th Floor, R-Block,
Pak Secretariat,
Islamabad, Capital Territory, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9224938 (Additional Secretary)
Tel: +92-51-9207467, +92-51-9207544
Email: info@interior.gov.pk
Website: www.interior.gov.pk

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Usama Qadri directs Provincial Sports Associations and Divisional Olympic Association to celebrate Pakistan Day by organising sports activities on 23rd March

Karachi, March 20, 2015 (PPI-OT): President, Sindh Olympic Association (SOA) Mr. Usama Qadri directed to the Provincial Sports Associations and Divisional Olympic Association to celebrate the Pakistan Day to organize […]

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Karachi, March 20, 2015 (PPI-OT): President, Sindh Olympic Association (SOA) Mr. Usama Qadri directed to the Provincial Sports Associations and Divisional Olympic Association to celebrate the Pakistan Day to organize the Sports Activities on 23rd March 2015 with benefiting manners. The sports event will be conducted on 23rd March 2015 at different places.

1. Fastest man Meet will be held at PSB Coaching Centre, Karachi, organise by Karachi Olympic Association

2. Sindh Baseball Association will organise the exhibition match at Defence Ground, Karachi

3. Sindh Netball Association will conduct the exhibition netball match for girls at Mini Sports Complex, Nazimabad

4. Sindh Throw ball Association will conduct the exhibition match for boys at Mini Sports Complex, Nazimabad

5. Sindh Judo Association is organising the Pakistan Day Judo Championship at Mini Sports Complex, Nazimabad

6. Sindh Badminton Association will conduct the exhibition matches at Badar ul Hasan Sports Complex, Nazimabad

7. Sindh Volleyball Association will conduct the exhibition match for boys at Garden Sports Club, Nazimabad

8. Sindh Handball Association is organising the exhibition Handball Match for boys at Site Area Ground, Hyderabad

9. Sindh Tug of War Association will hold the Tug of war Matches at Malir Ground, Karachi

10. Sindh Cycling Association will organise the Cycle Race at Mirpurkhas

For more information, contact:
Mudassar Razak Arain,
General Secratary,
Sindh Olympic Association (SOA)
Cell No: +92-321-9229711
Tell: +92-21-32059933
Fax: +92-21-35643906
Email: paknetball@gmail.com
Website: www.sindholympic.com

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