Mardan Beautification Project is being completed with an estimated cost of Rs1 billionPESHAWAR: The project to further beautify the Mardan city with parks and landscaping was likely to be complete by spring. Additional Chief Secretary Planning and Development Shehzad Khan has directed the district administration to complete all the schemes under Mardan Beautification Project in Mardan by April this year and maintain high standard of construction. This he said while talking to the quarters concerned during his visit to the sites of various projects under construction as part of Mardan Beautification Project. Mardan DC Dr Imran Hamid Sheikh, Tehsil Municipal Officer Asif Khan, Manager Service Delivery Centre Shafique Khan and others were also accompanying the ACS. This he said was the second screen installed so far as first one is already working in front of Deputy Commissioner Office Mardan.
January 21, 2018 04:41 UTC
Exactly a year ago, a Japanese woman from Tokyo set up a small cosmetics business at The Forum, Karachi. “I am in contact with a number of leading Japanese cosmetic companies that want to enter Pakistan’s market,” Makotoya Pakistan CEO Rie Mihara told The Express Tribune. Currently, apart from working for hygiene education, she is helping Japanese companies in learning about business opportunities in Pakistan. More Japanese companies heading towards PakistanLike many Japanese, she was afraid at first to visit Pakistan, let alone starting a business here. Currently, she employs four Pakistani women in Karachi who help her market Japanese soaps, skin toners, lip glosses and other products.
January 21, 2018 04:41 UTC
Two local firms secure order of shipping 65,000 tonsISLAMABAD: Two Pakistani firms have secured an order to export 65,000 tons of white rice (non-Basmati) to Indonesia, said the Ministry of Commerce on Saturday. This would be the first time Pakistan would be exporting white rice to Indonesia. Industry status sought for rice sectorTo address this, Pakistan initiated a review of PTA with Indonesia and, among other things, took up the issue of market access for rice with its trading partner in the Asia-Pacific region. Indonesia has agreed to revise its trade pact with Pakistan, making 20 more items, including rice from Pakistan, duty-free. India would export the rest of South Asia’s rice quota to Indonesia.
January 21, 2018 04:30 UTC
NAB chairman says he is absolutely committed to rooting out corruptionNational Accountability Bureau Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal has said that corruption is cancer which is a silent killer. He stressed upon all NAB officers to double their efforts to come up to the expectations of the nation as eradication of corruption is our national duty. NAB says committed to rooting out corruptionOur overall performance remained excellent as compared to other anti-corruption organisations. Today NAB has motivated its officers to continue hard work always with absolutely professionally, transparently according to law. He said that after implementation of MES in NAB, the performance of NAB officials has improved.
January 21, 2018 04:18 UTC
“They [the opposition] threatened to dissolve provincial assemblies to impede Senate elections. I have a clear message for those who curse parliament to dissolve assemblies, if anyone can. “Those who staged a circus at the Mall in Lahore will come to know what the politics is when they will approach people after dissolving the provincial assemblies. People have not voted them to dissolve assemblies but for resolving national and public issues,” he said. Opening ceremonyAbbasi on Saturday also inaugurated the expanded Faisalabad International Airport.
January 21, 2018 04:18 UTC
One committee will be headed by Dr Burfat himselfHYDERABAD: University of Sindh (SU) Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Fateh Muhammad Burfat has constituted two inquiry committees to investigate the alleged leak of examination papers. The establishment of inquiry committees was prompted by students’ protest due to the postponement of undergraduate exams at SU’s affiliated colleges in the wake of the leaking of examination papers. Inquiry begins after SC’s notice of harassment at SUOne committee will be headed by Dr Burfat himself while Faculty of Pharmacy Dean Prof Dr Abdullah Dayo will head the other. The VC also stated that a revised schedule for the postponed examinations will be announced soon. Read full story
The digitalisation system being implemented includes e-office system — the first step towards a paperless environmentISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has started the process of implementing digitalisation system to make the regulatory body paperless for better functioning and transparency. National Information Technology Board DG Farjeel Javed and project head Bilal Abbasi, gave a briefing regarding the new digitalisation to be installed. The digitalisation system being implemented includes e-office system which is the first step towards automating the working and paperless environment. He said that we shall leave no stone unturned to make things better at PMDC. He added that with this system doctors and medical dental institutions shall be facilitated promptly.
According to judicial sources, Justice (retd) Muslim, while visiting the treatment plant in SITE, conducted a detailed inspection of the building and machines. Justice (retd) Muslim also checked the attendance register and observed that a new register had been placed. This irked Justice (retd) Muslim, who remarked that the secretary himself will be considered responsible for such delays in accordance with the rules. The secretary informed the commission that 800 water supply schemes were non-functional in the province at the moment. “I, however, have put to notice that I will be visiting Karachi and rural Sindh in the intervening period to personally inspect the existing schemes,” Justice (retd) Muslim told the officers.
Victim was on patrol when unidentified people shot himISLAMABAD: Unidentified people gunned down a wildlife guard in the Margalla Hills on Saturday afternoon. Safeer Hussain, was on patrol duty on Trail 6 behind Faisal Mosque in the Margalla Hills when unidentified people reportedly opened fire and killed him on the spot. An employee of Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB), Husain, was on forest patrol along with six other guards when they came under fire. Mohammad Nasir, a fellow IWMB guard, told The Express Tribune that they were on a routine patrol near Nooran Di Gali village in the Margalls. The shaken guards immediately informed their superiors on the CDA picket and subsequently, police and rescue staff rushed to the spot.
PENNSYLVANIA: US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan removed Representative Patrick Meehan from the House Ethics Committee on Saturday following sexual misconduct allegations, Ryan’s office said. Ryan told Meehan to repay whatever taxpayer funds were used to settle the case, the speaker’s spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, said in a statement. Meehan, a Republican congressman from Pennsylvania, denied allegations of inappropriate behaviour brought against him by an employee, his spokesman, John Elizandro, said in a statement on Saturday. Meehan also sits on the Ways and Means committee, the House’s main tax-writing panel. Former Democratic Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, was the third lawmaker facing misconduct allegations to leave Congress following Democratic Representative John Conyers and Republican Representative Trent Franks.
January 21, 2018 03:45 UTC
NEW YORK: Protestors took to the streets en masse across the United States Saturday, hoisting anti-Donald Trump placards, banging drums and donning pink hats for a second Women’s March opposing the president – one year to the day of his inauguration. “We live in an alternate universe – it is so bad,” said Althea Fusco, 67, who travelled to the city from upstate New York with two neighbours. The marches aim to build on the movement launched last year when more than three million people turned out nationwide to voice opposition to Trump. But I’m excited to be able to fix it,” she said, clad in a red and blue Superwoman outfit. Other protests are set for Sunday, notably in Las Vegas, as well as in several European cities including Berlin.
January 21, 2018 03:22 UTC
This is India’s second title win in the Blind Cricket World CupIndia beat Pakistan by two wickets in the final of fifth Blind Cricket World Cup held in Sharjah on Saturday. Pakistan batted first and scored 308 for the loss of eight wickets in 40 overs after they were sent into bat first by India who had won the toss. Pakistan off to winning start in Blind Cricket World CupThis is India’s second title win in the Blind Cricket World Cup. Pakistan has also won the title twice while South Africa won the title once. The Pakistan Blind Cricket Council has invited ICC CEO David Richardson, former Pakistan captain Zaheer Abbas and former Indian wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani to witness the final.
January 20, 2018 19:30 UTC
Damascus on Saturday denied Turkey had informed it of its planned military operation against Afrin, a Kurdish-controlled enclave in the war-ravaged country´s north. “Syria completely denies claims by the Turkish regime that it was informed of this military operation,” a foreign ministry source told state news agency SANA. In comments to media, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his government was informing the Syrian government “in writing” about the Afrin assault. The regime has spoken out against the YPG’s autonomous rule but has also lambasted Turkey’s operations in Syria. On Thursday, Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad warned that Syria’s air force could destroy any Turkish warplanes used in the new offensive.
January 20, 2018 19:18 UTC
To another question, the prime minister said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan should tender an apology for his disparaging remarks against the Parliament. The verdict against former prime minister was implemented but the people did not accept, neither history would accept it. About criticism against the government, the prime minister said it was not a new thing as the executive had always been a punching bag of opponents. Provincial issues had always prompted provincial governments’ response which was clearly defined by the Constitution and the federal government had nothing to do with it, he added. About privatization of national carrier Pakistan International Airlines, the prime minister said this process had been underway since 2002.
January 20, 2018 19:17 UTC
Movement began following murder of Professor Hasan Zafar ArifKARACHI : Political parties on Saturday widely condemned the “Free Karachi” campaign launched by Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London (MQM-L) in the United States. The movement began following the murder of Professor Hasan Zafar Arif who was found dead in the Ibrahim Hyderi area of Karachi last week. The smear campaign “Free Karachi” was seen on taxis and mini-trucks when Americans are observing “Martian Luther King Jr Day”. “This drama is being staged with the help of India, which had earlier started the same campaign using Baloch insurgents. Shah Mohammad Shah of the PML-N and Ayaz Latif Palijo of Qaumi Awami Tehreek in their separate statements condemned “Free Karachi” campaign and called upon the federal government to take the campaign seriously and take prompt action in this regard.
January 20, 2018 19:07 UTC