Daily Archives: March 7, 2018

WANdisco Launches OEM Sales Partnership with Alibaba Cloud

LONDON, March 7, 2018/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —

  • WANdisco Fusion to be embedded as a standard component in selected Alibaba Cloud solutions
  • Represents WANdisco’s first OEM agreement in China significantly expanding addressable market

WANdisco (LSE: WAND), the Live Data Company, announces it has entered into a non-exclusive OEM (‘Original Equipment Manufacturer’) sales agreement with Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group.

Under the sales agreement, WANdisco Fusion, a solution that seamlessly replicates transactional data at petabyte scale without downtime or disruption, will be sold as a standard component on Alibaba Cloud, covering several key aspects including Live Data migration to Alibaba Cloud, Alibaba Cloud for disaster recovery and hybrid big data with Alibaba Cloud.  The partnership represents a substantial increase in WANdisco’s addressable market and a significant extension of its channel strategy.

Mr. Hong Tang, Chief Architect of Alibaba Cloud, commented:

We believe WANdisco’s unique Live Data platform can significantly help our customers to leverage cloud for their data computing demands, whether it is to migrate their on premise data to our cloud, utilize cloud for disaster recovery solutions or maintain a hybrid-cloud solution, while ensuring their data is always available, accurate and protected.

Mr. David Richards, Chief Executive Officer and Interim Chairman of WANdisco, commented:

Partnering with Alibaba Cloud marks another significant milestone in our emergence as a critical part of cloud infrastructure. Our channel strategy has enabled us to expand our addressable market by; opening up new use cases for WANdisco Fusion, moving into new sectors, and now, growing our platform in new geographies. This is our first OEM agreement in the Chinese market and Alibaba Cloud is the largest provider of public cloud services in China, which adds significant market reach and scale to our business.

About WANdisco

WANdisco is shaping the future of data infrastructure with its groundbreaking Live Data platform, enabling companies to put all their data to work for the business – all the time, at any scale.

WANdisco makes data always available, always accurate, and always protected, delivering hyperscale economics to support exponential data growth with the same IT budget. With significant OEM relationships with IBM and Dell EMC and go-to-market partnerships with Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Oracle and other industry titans – as well as hundreds of customers among the Global 2000 – WANdisco is igniting a Live Data movement worldwide.

For additional information, please visit http://www.wandisco.com.

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Source: WANdisco

SITE Association of Industry demands immediate installation of Combined Effluent Treatment Plant

Karachi, March 07, 2018 (PPI-OT): An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) was held on 6th March, 2018 at SITE Association of Industry to discuss the proceedings being conducted by the Water Commission constituted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan and to formulate a lawful line of action by the industrialists.The EGM further discussed the measures being initiated by the SEPA and to apprise the members of the latest developments in the case filed by the SITE Association of Industry before the High Court of Sindh.

The said EGM was attended by about 200 industrialists. It was unanimously decided in the EGM that the Water Commission would be requested to afford the industrialists an opportunity of being heard in person so that they may substantiate their viewpoint for immediate installation of a Combined Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP).

During the said EGM, it was also decided that the Water Commission would be apprised about the efforts of SITE Association of Industry in getting the funds released from the federal and provincial governments required for construction of the CETP while the PC-I is also ready.The participants of the EGM, therefore, urged the Water Commission to direct the Government of Sindh for setting up of the CETP on urgent basis.

The EGM also decided to send a letter to the Chairman, Water Commission seeking appointment from him for a meeting with the industrialists enabling them to explain their standpoint in the matter. A resolution was also unanimously passed in the EGM held at SITE Association of Industry seeking immediate installation of a Combined Effluent Treatment Plant enabling the exporters to meet the WTO requirements to sell their goods in the international market.

For more information, contact:
Secretary General
S.I.T.E. Association of Industry
H-16, Textile Avenue, SITE, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-32562883, +92-21-32560705
Fax: +92-21-32560704
E-mail: site@site-association.org
Website: www.site-association.org

First-ever National Water Policy would be launched soon: Chairman WAPDA

Lahore, March 07, 2018 (PPI-OT): Chairman WAPDA Lt. General ® Muzammil Hussain has said that first-ever National Water Policy would be launched soon that would help overcome water challenges. He was talking to the LCCI President Malik Tahir Javed, Senior Vice President Zeeshan Khalil, Tahir Manzoor Chaudhry, Mudassar Masood Chaudhry, Mian Muhammad Nawaz and Syed Mukhtar Ali also spoke on the occasion.

Chairman WAPDA said that that energy and food security is as essential as security of borders. He said that country is preserving only 10 percent of flowing water despite the fact that water resources are depleting. He said that Pakistan stood at 15th in the list of water deprived countries. He said that economic worth of water being wasted to sea is around $ 14.5 billion. He said that we have to plan today for our future as population of Pakistan will be crossed the mark of 300 million by 2050. He said that government is working on various water and power projects out of which a number are near to be completed.

The LCCI President Malik Tahir Javaid said that though government has largely overcome the energy shortfall and there has been a considerable decline in electricity load shedding but there is a dire need to bring down the electricity prices to give some relief to industry. He said that some three decades ago the energy mix of Pakistan was roughly 70% from hydel resources and 30% from others.

This proportion has almost reversed. Expensive Energy Mix is causing more problems for us. The high price of energy adversely affects the export competitiveness of country as it takes major share in the production cost. The business community will be much relieved if per unit price of electricity is brought down because that would make our products more competitive in international market.

The LCCI President said that unlike Pakistan, India took right steps at appropriate times while building a number of small and large size dams in the same period of time. We kept hoping against hope and relying mostly on thermal based power plants. Resultantly, we are suffering as a nation on account of not being able to generate sufficient and cheap electricity.

Malik Tahir Javaid said that due to its inherent advantages, hydel power is the best bet for overcoming the energy shortage in Pakistan which ranged from 5000 MW to 7000 MW in the peak season in 2017 according to unofficial sources. A significant push should be made towards building medium and long-term hydel capacity in the country. He said that the main sources of electricity generation in Pakistan are hydel, oil, gas, coal and nuclear power. Among these, hydel power is the only renewable source of energy; the others are mainly fossil fuels.

He said that according to the World Energy Council, the total Hydropower resource in Pakistan is estimated at about 50,000 MW. Most of the resources are located in the North of the country, which offers sites for large scale – ranging from 100 MW to 7,000 MW power projects. Smaller sites having the capacity of less than 50 MW are available throughout the country.

The LCCI President said that in addition, canal system with total of 58,450 km watercourses, farm channels and field ditchers running another 160,000 km in length has a huge hydropower potential at numerous sites/locations on each site, ranging from 1 MW to more than 10 MW hydro plants can be installed. It is indeed a matter of grave concern that the current power generation from hydel sources is less than 15 percent of the total potential.

He said that the scope of hydel power generation needs to be expanded as it will also solve the irrigation problems of the country. Instant development in hydel sector is the urgent need of the hour. It is high time for allocating maximum resources to this sector. The LCCI urges the Government to expedite the completion work on Neelum Jhelum hydropower project and Tarbela 4th extension project before the coming peak season as both of these projects would add more than 2000 MW to the system.

Malik Tahir Javaid said that since Diamer-Bhasha Dam which has a gross capacity of 8.1 million acre feet (MAF) and installed power capacity of 4,500 megawatt (MW) is not a part of CPEC, the Government should strive hard to mobilize maximum local resources for the timely completion of this project.

For more information, contact:
Information Department
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
Lahore -54000, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-111-222-499
Fax: +92-42-36368854
Website: www.lcci.org.pk

Delegation of Shariah academy visits Council of Islamic Ideology

Islamabad, March 07, 2018 (PPI-OT): A Delegation of Shariah academy consisting of Session Judges, Civil Judges, Prosecutors, Officers of Law Division, Ministry of Law and Justice along with coordinator Mr. Asghar Shahzad, visited the Council of Islamic Ideology on 07th, March.

Dr. Ikram-ul-Haq, Secretary of the Council of Islamic Ideology, briefed the delegation about the constitutional status, functioning and performance of the CII. The participants attended the briefing with keen interest, and put useful questions. The session of briefing and questions combinely converted the event into healthy discussion. While giving concluding remarks, the members of the delegation expressed their impressions about the CII.

The delegation was of the view that they had never thought that the CII is doing such a wonderful work. Efforts of research section, IT section, and administration were highly appreciated. They wonderfully watched the presentation about searchable Library project comprising of the recommendations of the CII. At the end the participants took a round of Library and again were very thankful to the all functionaries of the Council of Islamic Ideology.

The delegation while appreciating the efforts of the Council, desired that efforts for legislation in the light of the recommendations of the Council must be accelerated and recommendations should also be made so easy and wide spread in such a way that maximum public may reap the benefit.

For more information, contact:
Council of Islamic Ideology
Plot # 46, Ataturk Avenue,
Sector G-5/2, Islamabad
Tel: +92-51-9205652
Fax: +92-51-9217381
Email: contact@cii.gov.pk

USAID and Pakistan partner to Streamline Trade and Customs Procedures

Islamabad, March 07, 2018 (PPI-OT): The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Pakistan’s Federal Board of Revenue partnered to host a two-day conference on the establishment of a National Single Window (NSW) for trade. The NSW will allow parties involved in trade and transport to file standardized information and documents at a single entry point for all import, export, and transit-related regulatory requirements.

The conference brought together more than 100 government officials from key trade regulators to better understand the challenges involved in institutionalizing Pakistan’s National Single Window for trade. While speaking at the conference, the Minister of State for Finance, Mr. Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan said, “The National Single Window Initiative is one of the most critical reform efforts initiated in the trade-related public sector.”

He added, “This system has the capacity to transform and modernize traditional way of doing business by introducing various trade-related processes and procedures in an automated, paperless environment leading to significant savings to Pakistan’s trade in terms of time and costs. This development will have a positive impact on the efficiency and effectiveness of the public sector regulatory bodies.”

Around the world, bureaucratic processes that burden traders deter business and discourage exports.A National Single Window will expedite the process of cross-border trade, enabling businesses to expand their operations and the government to reduce unnecessary bureaucracy.

While delivering remarks at the conference, Acting USAID Mission Director, Helen Pataki, said, “For Pakistan, boosting exports and enhancing the competitiveness of Pakistani industries is integral to overcoming the current trade imbalance.By making trade simpler, the National Single Window will unlock Pakistan’s economy.”

Development of the National Single Window for trade in Pakistan will be phased in over a span of four years. The National Single Window is only one component of USAID’s enduring efforts to support Pakistan’s economic growth by enabling private sector investment, promoting a vibrant agricultural sector, fostering a strong business enabling environment, and expanding trade opportunities.

USAID’s Pakistan Regional Economic Integration Activity is a five-year initiative that aims to improve the development of Pakistan’s trade sector. The public-private dialogue forum supports the United States’ objectives to improve Pakistan’s trade environment by building the institutional and human capacity of both public and private stakeholders.

USAID’s Training for Pakistan Activity is a multi-year initiative aimed at providing training in the areas of education, energy, economic growth and agriculture, health, and stabilization and governance in line with the development objectives of the Government of Pakistan.

For more information, contact:
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

Capacity building training on Child Rights and Child Protection

Karachi, March 07, 2018 (PPI-OT): Sindh Child Protection Authority organized two days capacity building training of districts focal persons on child rights and child protection in collaboration with DevCon an Association for Rural Development at Training Institute of the Social Welfare Department government of Sindh. The training was attended by Focal Persons of the Authority from 29 districts of Sindh Province.

Addressing the concluding session, Advisor to chief minister Sindh on social welfare Ms Shamim Mumtaz, emphasized that children are our future. There is no space to compromise on the matters related to children. She said our political leadership is very dedicated to work for promotion and protection of the rights of the children. Further, the department is busy in devising future road map as well.She said that this training will enhance the capacity of officers in creating friendly environment for our children to flourish.

Mr. Nisar Ahmed Nizamani, Chief Executive Officer DevCon told the participants that the Association had been engaged with SWD on child protection since 2010 through piloting of Child Protection Unit (CPU) model in different districts of Sindh. The model had proved an effective referral mechanism which envisaged heavy engagement of duty bearers specially the government line agencies.

Mr. Iqbal Ahmed Detho, child rights trainer, emphasized on the role of coordination mechanisms between Police, Woman Development Department, medico-legal services for the children who were the victims of abuse, violence, neglect and exploitation in the society. He told that Sindh Child Protection Authority Act -2011 had the mandate of licensing, monitoring and regulation of Child Protection Institutions both in public and private sectors. He further told that Child Protection Units at districts level needed resource allocation so that they could effectively deal with cases lodged at these Units.

Mr Shahid Shafique, Faculty Member of Sindh Judicial Academy, conducted brainstorming session with the participants through creating a hypothetical situation analysis. The exercise led to making participants understand their role as Child Protection Officers and the appropriate provision in the law for dealing with protection related cases. He also briefed participants on The Sindh Children Act 1955 and role of judiciary in dealing with the cases of children. Secretary social welfare Ms Alia Shahid, Director General Sindh Child Protection Authority Mr. Hafeezullah Abbasi also spoke on the occasion.

For more information, contact:
Information and Archives Department
Directorate of Press Information
Government of Sindh
95-Sindh Secretariat 4-B, Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-99204423, +92-21-99204401
Email: pressinformationzubair@gmail.com
Website: http://sindhinformation.gos.pk