Daily Archives: September 7, 2018

NTDC wins WAPDA Inter-Unit Swimming Championship

Lahore, September 07, 2018 (PPI-OT): National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited (NTDC) secured top position in 48th WAPDA Annual Inter-Unit Swimming Championship with 359 points. Faisalabad Electric Supply Company (FESCO) bagged second position with 224 points, while Gujranwala Electric Power Company (GEPCO) stood third in the competition with 192 points. The three-day competition was organised by NTDC at WAPDA Sports Complex, Lahore.

The shining swimmers of NTDC won 16 Gold Medals, 2 Silver Medals and 5 Bronze Medals. It is pertinent to mention here that Hamza Malik and Haseeb Tariq of NTDC had also represented Pakistan in Asian Games recently held in Indonesia. NTDC team comprises of professional swimmers, hence, managed first positions in all swimming championships during last three years.

Dy Managing Director (AD and M) Mr. Wajahat Saeed Rana was the chief guest of the concluding ceremony of the championship, who gave away trophies to the winning teams. Director General (HR) Muhammad Dilber Ghauri and other officer of NTDC, WAPDA and Distribution Companies (DISCOs) were also present on the occasions.

For more information, contact:
Director Media and PR, NTDCL
National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited (NTDCL)
221 WAPDA House Lahore, Pakistan.
Tel: +92-42-99201020, +92-42-99202211 Ext: 2286
Cell: +92-321-478251
Fax: +92-42-99210894
Email: itdir@ntdc.com.pk

Adhoc Committee of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council calls on Chief Justice of Pakistan

Islamabad, September 07, 2018 (PPI-OT): Adhoc Committee of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM and DC) headed by its Chairman of the committee Hon’ble Mr. Justice (R) Mian Shahkirullah Jan called on the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar at Supreme Court of Pakistan, Islamabad today i.e. 07.09.2018.

The meeting was attended by Mr. Anwar Mansoor Khan, Attorney General for Pakistan and members of the committee. The Adhoc Committee apprised the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan about the progress and the draft rules of PM and DC. They thanked Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan for showing his concern on this grave national issue. The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan also appreciated efforts of Adhoc Committee.

For more information, contact:
Public Relations Officer
Supreme Court of Pakistan
Tel: +92 51 9204184, 9220581
Fax: +9251 9213452
Email: mail@supremecourt.gov.pk

Act Beyond Trade: Indonesia – Pakistan Seeks to Increase Palm Investment

Karachi, September 07, 2018 (PPI-OT): The Indonesian Consulate General in Karachi has held Conference and Exhibition on Indonesian Palm Oil (CEIPO) 2018 in Karachi, Pakistan, on September 6, 2018. The activity consists of seminars and exhibitions in the palm oil sector that are held simultaneously in one day. Present as speakers were the Indonesian Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, H.E. Iwan Suyudhie Amri; Indonesian Consul General in Karachi, Totok Prianamto; Executive Director of the Indonesian Palm Oil Estate Fund Agency, Mr. Dono Boestami; Chairperson of Indonesian Palm Oil Association (IPOA), Mr. Joko Supriyono; Puspo Edi Giriwono, Ph.D. from the Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB), as well as several speakers from the Pakistani private sector.

More than 150 participants in the palm oil and food business in Pakistan attended the event. From Indonesia, participated in as many as 18 officials and members of the Indonesian Embassy in Islamabad, IPOA, Indonesian Oleochemichal Manufacturer Association (IOMA), the Indonesian Palm Oil Estate Fund Agency, and Indonesian Harbour Co.

Totok Prianamto, Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia, conveyed in his opening speech that CEIPO, with the theme “Pakistan – Indonesia Collaboration on Palm Oil-based Industries”, aims to spark discussion regarding the development of cooperation in the palm oil industry between Indonesia and Pakistan in the future. It is hoped that these activities will further increase the exchange of ideas related to the possibility of joint investment to add value to palm oil products.

During the seminar session, the speakers and participants realized that palm oil is the most important commodity in trade between Indonesia and Pakistan. In 2017, around 63% of the trade value between Indonesia and Pakistan is the trade of palm oil. Indonesia meets 80% of Pakistan’s palm oil needs.

However, it was realized that both countries had to act beyond trade for palm oil products. Both must look for new opportunities for investment, joint ventures and bilateral cooperation in the field of oil palm. Delivered that together with local partners, Indonesia can build palm terminals in ports, storage to refineries. With such investment and cooperation, it is not impossible that Pakistan can become an Indonesian palm hub to the South and Central Asian markets.

Meanwhile, speakers from Pakistan stressed that with a population of nearly 210 million and with an increasing number of middle class, untapped markets in Pakistan are very high and need to be developed. Speakers from Sindh Board of Investment (SBI) also explained about special economic zones and incentives to invest in Sindh Province to Indonesian and Pakistani entrepreneurs. For information, there are two main ports in the province, namely Karachi Port and Bin Qasim, where 98% of Indonesia’s palm oil products are processed. In addition, Pakistan also has a newly developed Gwadar port and has a potential special economic zone.

Not only seminars, the event also presented exhibitions of Indonesian and Pakistani palm oil products. Indonesian Palm Oil (a combination of IPOA, IOMA, the Indonesian Palm Oil Estate Fund agency, and Indonesian Harbour Co), Apical Pakistan, Waheed Group, Sharjah Cooking Oil, and Dalda Foods from Pakistan also participated and exhibited their products to visitors.

“We are grateful that CEIPO 2018 was very well received by Pakistani and Indonesian business people, as seen from the welcome and the presence of the big players in the palm oil industry. We believe that CEIPO will be the beginning of many collaborations and cooperation between the Indonesian and Pakistani palm oil industries, “concluded the Indonesian Consul General in Karachi.

For more information, contact:
Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia
Karachi, Pakistan
E/1-5 Shahrah-e-Iran, Clifton,
Karachi (Pakistan)
Tell: +92-21-35874623
Fax: +92-21-35874483

Message from Chief of the Naval Staff on the occasion of Navy Day 8th September 2018

Islamabad, September 07, 2018 (PPI-OT): 8th September, the Navy Day is reminiscent of a glorious chapter in our nation’s history when unmatched courage and unwavering commitment of men in whites quashed the pipe dreams and misplaced ambitions of our adversary. Pakistan Navy through a bold and daring Operation Somnath attacked Indian Radar Station at Dwarka; and right at the onset of the war gained psychological ascendancy and subsequently a single prowling submarine, PNS/M GHAZI maintained unchallenged superiority at sea throughout the war. This effectively led to the might of the Indian Fleet including their Aircraft Carrier being confined inside the harbours.

Pakistan Navy commemorates this day to pay tributes to our Ghazis and War Heroes whose sacrifices and gallant acts instill in us a renewed spirit and unabating resolve. While fondly remembering the daring acts of our officers and men who humbled and frustrated the adversary, this day calls for rekindling the spirit of sacrifice and selfless devotion to the country.

Today Pakistan is facing myriad of security challenges on internal and external fronts. On internal front, certain anti Pakistan players seek to disturb peace and harmony in our country. Armed Forces of Pakistan are at the forefront of the national resolve of eradicating such elements from the country. Pakistan Navy is also playing its due role as part of ‘Operation Radd-ul-Fassad’ in collaboration with Pakistan Army, PAF and other Law Enforcement Agencies.

Prevalent international environment continues to be dynamic and in a state of flux. Pakistan Navy, through its initiatives and diverse engagements with regional and extra regional navies has emerged as a key player in the region’s collaborative maritime security paradigm. In order to pursue national interests with strategic autonomy, Pakistan Navy has instituted Regional Maritime Security Patrols in the IOR, in line with UN Resolutions and UN Charter on Law of the Seas (UNCLOS) with an aim to maintain a robust security posture in critical maritime areas and choke points of the IOR.

Our geo-strategic location, at the cross-road of world energy routes offers us a unique opportunity to achieve socio-economic affluence by initiating economic activities in the maritime domain. To take full benefits of our maritime potential, we have to overcome sea blindness and diversify our national economy by exploiting the Blue Economy. Pakistan Navy is fully cognizant of security challenges associated with the CPEC and Gwadar Port and its seaward approaches; and stands vigilant to safeguard against any conventional or asymmetric threat.

We have strengthened maritime and coastal security through various initiatives including raising of a dedicated Task Force – 88 as well as Coastal Security and Harbour Defence Force. Plans for induction of modern surface combatants, state of the art submarines and aircraft and quite a few indigenously developed weapon systems, is reflection of our commitment to maintain a balanced Navy in order to defend our maritime frontiers.

8th September 1965 will remain a golden chapter in our naval history and continue to inspire our new generation of officers and sailors to be bold and innovative in our professional pursuits. We stand committed to keep the spirit of 8th September 1965 alive and pledge to defend our sea frontiers with unflinching resolve, devotion and commitment.

May Allah (SWT) be our Protector and Guide.

Pakistan Navy Zindabad – Pakistan Paindabad

For more information, contact:
Directorate of Public Relations,
Pakistan Navy
Naval Headquarters, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-20062326
Cell: +92-300-8506486
Website: www.paknavy.gov.pk

Investing in youth will pay dividends for peace and prosperity: UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Islamabad, September 07, 2018 (PPI-OT): The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi Friday said empowering youth and investing in their future will pay dividends for peace, security and prosperity. “Empowering Afghan and Pakistani youth through vocational training and livelihood projects is an important part of strengthening both communities,” said the High Commissioner during his visit to the Construction Technology Training Institute (CTTI) in Islamabad.

The UN refugee agency through the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) enrolled 40 students in January 2018 for six-month vocational and technical skills training in the automobile and heavy machinery trades. The training courses have been completed and graduates have been awarded internationally recognised certificates and start-up tool kits, which will help them to make a sustainable living to meet their basic needs. The High Commissioner also presented certificates to the students.

Pakistan continues to host 1.4 million Afghan refugees and 74 per cent are the second or the third generation born in Pakistan. Of the total registered Afghan refugees, around 64 per cent are youth. “Such projects will have a real impact and enable Pakistani and Afghan youth to play a positive role in the future of their countries,” Grandi said.

Centre director, Colonel Imran Ilahi briefed the delegation on the project. The institute has provided diplomas to some 30,000 Pakistani students so far. Ilahi said this is the first batch presented to Afghan refugees. “We will continue to provide future training opportunities to Afghan nationals in Pakistan,” he said.

For more information, contact:
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Quaid-e-Azam University Road, Diplomatic Enclave 2,
Sector G-4/2, Islamabad
Tel: +92-51-2829502-6
Cell: +92-300-5017939
Fax: +92-51-2279455
E-mail:khand@unhcr.org
Website: www.unhcr.org.pk

Olympic champions gave Red Beach thumb up for its beautiful wetlands

PANJIN, China, Sept. 6, 2018 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/ — Recently, Olympic champions of Liaoning province, who participated in the 13th games of Liaoning province, visited the Red Beach National Scenic Corridor and marveled at its spectacular, according to Panjin Red Beach Wetland Resort Administrative Committee.

In the ticket hall, judo champion Sun Fuming, Yuan Hua, volleyball champion Liu Yanan, rowing double pulp champion Tang Bin, wrestling champion Wang Jiao and epee champion Sun Yujie took group photos with visitors and signed for them enthusiastically. Olympic champions inscribed for the Red Beach National Scenic Corridor and visited the sightseeing bus. Newly named “Olympic champion”, this bus is decorated with the mascot pattern of 13th games of Liaoning province, and will be operated in the scenic area.

The Olympic champions took photos at the core scenic spot, where they were charmed by the stunning scenery and praised the beautiful wetlands and spectacular red beach. Red beach is a treasure to human beings that given by nature. All the scenic spots are consisted by ecological resources, such as red beach, green reed and wetland.

The Red Beach National Scenic Corridor is known as the “red coastline of the world”, also known as “China’s most wonderful leisure corridor” and “China’s most romantic tourist coastline”. Pioneer plant herb of salvia and green reed marshes are the main constituent elements of the Red Beach National Scenic Corridor. In April every year, salvia starts to sprout, reproduce and grow rapidly. With the change of seasons, salvia is growing from pink to flaming to magenta, which makes a magnificent picture of this tidal flat.

Juxtaposed with red salvia are the world’s largest reeds, with 1.23 million hectares. This large area of reeds not only adjust the climate, conserve water and form a good wetland ecological environment, but also provide a habitat for birds to inhabit, forage and reproduce. The reeds are home to 287 species of birds, where is the breeding ground of the black-billed gull, the most northern end of the wild red-crowned crane overwintering and the southernmost point of wild red-crowned crane breeding. There are white swan, egret, heron, white eyebrow duck, swan goose and spotted seals. This is the paradise of seabirds and the heaven of marine life.

Source: Panjin Red Beach Wetland Resort Administrative Committee

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