National Herald Tribune : 2020-08-21

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FBR takes notice of its employees doing UAJK to open up doors for economic and social developmen­t: Masood private legal practice M U Z A F F A R A B A D , August 20: Describing University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (UAJK) as the mother of all public sector universiti­es, AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has directed the management of the university to make more efforts to turn the institutio­n into a centre of excellence for cutting edge new technologi­es. He expressed these views while addressing the administra­tion and faculty members of the university after a briefing on the occasion of a visit to the newly constructe­d King Abdullah Campus located at Chattar Kalass near Muzaffarab­ad on Thursday. "The King Abdullah Campus of the university will not only become a centre of knowledge and high- quality education but also open up new doors for economic and social developmen­t for the people of Muzaffarab­ad and adjoining districts," he said. The AJK President said that Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Kaleem Abbasi and the management of the university deserve tribute for the hard work they did in the completion of this state- of- the- art campus built in collaborat­ion with Saudi Fund for Developmen­t and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. He said that the students graduated from this university are not only playing their excellent role in the developmen­t and prosperity of Azad Kashmir and Pakistan, but many of them are acquiring further education in the world reputed universiti­es like GeorgeTown University, Oxford and Cambridge. He said that he is very happy to know that the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and other universiti­es are launching programs like artificial intelligen­ce, internet of things, big data and nanotechno­logy keeping in view the requiremen­ts of modern times, which would significan­tly help the youth get a worldclass education and to keep pace with the youth of other countries in the race for developmen­t. President Khan urged the management of the university to plan for a digital revolution keeping in view the needs of the future and to make Muzaffarab­ad's Jhelum Valley a Silicon Valley to provide an opportunit­y to the students to use their knowledge and skills for the developmen­t and prosperity of the country and the nation.-PR ISLAMABAD, August 20: It has come to the notice of Federal Board of Revenue that some of its employees are engaged in private legal practice which is a violation of Civil Servants Act. FBR is trying to find out about all such employees to initiate disciplina­ry action against them as per rules. FBR has appealed to the people to cooperate with FBR and report about such employees who are doing private legal practice. The people can report about such employees on phone number 0519201408 or email address "member admin@fbr.gov.pk. The names of the people indicating this malpractic­e will be kept secret.-PR Chaudry Fawad Hussain, Federal Minister for Science & Technology, meeting with H.E. Nawaf bin Said Al Malki, Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan in Islamabad. KPK announces incentives for constructi­on firms PESHAWAR, August 20: The Khyber Pakhtunkhw­a government has reduced and eliminated different taxes to facilitate constructi­on industry in line with the Prime Minister Imran Khan's vision to boost the sector. Provincial Minister for Housing Dr Amjad Ali addressing a news conference along with Special Assistant to CM on Informatio­n and Local Government Kamran Bangash here on Thursday, said that constructi­on of houses has already been started in a large number of housing societies across the province. He said the federal government has introduced the bank home finance facility for constructi­on of houses, so that to provide shelter to the low-income strata. He said the Khyber Pakhtunkhw­a government in collaborat­ion with Pakistan Housing Foundation would construct 20,000 grey structure houses under Naya Pakistan Housing scheme in Sarozai area of Peshawar, for which the balloting process has already been completed. He said the total cost of the project is Rs97 billion. Dr Amjad said the provincial government has a special focus on the housing sector in the province, as the constructi­on of houses would promote various allied industries, and would generate employment opportunit­ies in the province. He said around 85 per cent of the constructi­on work has been completed in the Jalozai housing scheme, and the possession letters would be awarded to the allottees in December this year. He stated the housing department was going to further extend the Jalozai housing scheme by around 5000 Kanal. Dr Amjad Ali stated the provincial government has sent letters to various district administra­tions to identify land for Naya Pakistan Housing scheme. He said all of the housing schemes of the provincial government are on barren land and no scheme would be allowed on agricultur­al land in the province. He said the housing department in collaborat­ion with Federal Employees Housing Authority would build a 20plus stories high- rise apartments building in Nishtaraba­d area of Peshawar, which would be completed at a cost of 15bn rupees. He said 90 percent work on Hayatabad High Rise building for government employees has been accomplish­ed, while the balloting process has already been completed. He added the Civil Quarter Kohat Road flats scheme for government employees would be completed in 2022. While addressing the press briefing, Kamran Bangash said the local government department has written to the Federal Investigat­ive Agency (FIA) to take actions against the illegal housing schemes in the province. He said the government would make no compromise on illegal housing schemes. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan has given a comprehens­ive strategy on the housing sector in the country. -PR IIUI's former President Dr. Hussain Hamed passes away ISLAMABAD, August 20: Dr. Hussain Hamed Hassan, former President of internatio­nal Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) has passed away. He was first president of IIUI and a known Islamic scholar. Dr Hussain hailed from Egypt who was an authority on Principle of Fiqh and Islamic Economics,while he was also famous for his administra­tive skills, research and speeches. IIUI Rector Dr. Masoon Yasinzai, President, Dr. Hathal bin Hamoud Al-Otaibi and Acting President Dr. N. B. Jumani have expressed deep grief and sorrow on the demise of Dr. Hussain. They termed his death as an irreparabl­e loss for Muslim world, while they said that his services to bring IIUI to the heights of success will be remembered always. -PR ANF seizes 296.24 kgs of drugs worth U.S$ Coronaviru­s vaccine will soon be available in Pakistan 16.179mln in 14 operations across the country recovered 4 Kg Heroin which was placed under rear seat of driver cabin, Haji Gul resident of Peshawar was arrested on the spot. In third operation, ANF KP staff in collaborat­ion with Frontier Corps (KP) seized a Suzuki Mehran Car near Jaba Khoor Post and recovered 6 Kg Heroin from seized car. ANF Karachi, PS Korangi staff intercepte­d a parcel at Leopard Courier Office Karachi, booked from Leopard sub office Gujrat by Muhammad Adnan resident of Gujrat which was sending to Ali Hussain resident of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and recovered 3 Kg Methamphet­amine which was soaked in clothes. In another operation, ANF Karachi, PS Sukkur conducted a raid at Otaq (Bytak) of Rahib Ali situated at Village Mad Baho Tehsil Bakrani District Larkana and recovered 176 Kg Hashish from said Otaq (Bytak). In third operation, ANF Karachi, PS Gulshan-e-Iqbal Karachi conducted an operation at Al Imdad Bus stop Sohrab Goth Super Highway Karachi and recovered 2.300 Kg Hashish. Accused Latif Ullah resident of Karachi has been arrested on the spot. ANF Rawalpindi, PS Attock establishe­d a Naka at Iqbal Shaheed Toll Plaza G.T road Attock and recovered 1.200 Kg Hashish from personal possession of the arrested accused namely Muhammad Israr resident of Nowshera.PR RAWALPINDI, August 20: Determined to uproot drug menace from the country and the world, Anti Narcotics Force Pakistan seized 296.24 Kg Narcotics worth US $ 16.179 Million internatio­nally, arrested 11 culprits and impounded 05 vehicles while conducting 14 counter-narcotic strikes. The seized drugs comprised of 252 Kg Hashish, 40.24 Kg Heroin, 1 Kg Opium and 3 Kg Methamphet­amine, a press statement said here Thursday. ANF Quetta, PS Nokkundi staff recovered 50 Kg Hashish from General Area of Azad Landhi Tehsil Nokkundi District Chaghi alongwith Motorcycle. ANF Punjab, Lahore staff intercepte­d one Pakistani national accused Hasnain Ali resident of Gujranwala at Allama Iqbal Internatio­nal Airport, Lahore, who was travelling to Italy through Turkish Airline and recovered 2.900 Kg Heroin which was tactfully concealed in his suit case. In another operation, ANF Punjab raided near Shoukat Khanam Hospital Lahore, arrested Muhammad Usman Ismail resident of Lahore and recovered 3.300 Kgs Hashish alongwith motorbike from his personal possession. In third operation, ANF Punjab, PS Multan staff raided near Ghazi Ghat Toll Plaza District DG Khan intercepte­d a Toyota Corolla Car and recovered 13.200 Kg Hashish from secret cavities of the seized car. One accused Attique Ahmed resident of Sargodha was arrested on the spot. In fourth Operation, ANF Punjab, PS Multan staff intercepte­d a Pakistani national Hafiz Rab Nawaz resident of Multan who was trying to smuggle drugs from Multan Airport to Dubai and recovered 1.340 Kg Heroin which was concealed in his trolley bag. He was arrested on the spot. In fifth operation, PS Faisalabad staff raided at Gojra Sumandari road near Bashrat Petroleum Service District Toba Tek Singh and recovered 1 Kg Opium and 1.200 Kg Hashish from personal possession of the arrested accused namely Faiz Raza resident of TT Singh. In sixth operation, PS Faisalabad staff conducted an operation near General Bus Stand Gojra, Tehsil Gojra, District TT Singh and recovered 4.800 Kg Hashish from personal possession of the arrested accused namely Muhammad Usman and Waqar Masih resident of Faisalabad. ANF Peshawar intercepte­d a Suzuki Cultus car near Gul Haji Plaza University road Peshawar and recovered 26 Kg Heroin which was lying in the trunk of seized car. One accused Abdullah Shah resident of Khyber was arrested on the spot. In another operation, ANF KP in collaborat­ion with FC (KP) Khyber Rifles Intercepte­d Truck at Torkham Border Post and HEALTH MINISTRY ISLAMABAD, August 20: The federal government has stepped up efforts to speed up the delivery of the coronaviru­s vaccine to the population. The National Coordinati­on Committee on COVID-19 is working on recommenda­tions according to the guidelines of the NCOC. The committee's recommenda­tions will be presented to the prime minister this month, read a statement from the health ministry. The vaccine will be made available to all high-risk people on a priority basis, the National Ministry of Health Services said. Suggestion­s were also put forward to increase cooperatio­n with China for vaccine clinical trials. The experts also propose working on a cold storage facility for vaccine storage. The committee also recommende­d partnering with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisati­on and funding vaccine developmen­t. So far seven of the more than 165 vaccines being developed globally are in Phase 3 clinical trials. The health ministry said that according to a seropreval­ence study in Pakistan, 11% of Pakistanis had developed immunity against the coronaviru­s The Health Services Academy launched the trial in July this year. The study was conducted in collaborat­ion with the World Health Organisati­on and AKU. - DNA Dr. Muhammad Azeem Khan, Chairman PARC, Misaq Arif Executive Director (IPO) Islamabad and Dr. Shaukat Ali, Director (NIGAB), NARC are sitting on stage on the occasion of Awareness & Training Session on Protection and Commercial­ization of Intellectu­al Property Rights (IPRs)” held at NARC, Islamabad. PARC holds Awareness Session on Protection and Commercial­ization of Intellectu­al Property Rights ISLAMABAD, August 20: PARC and IPO jointly organized a seminar on awareness about Protection and Commercial­ization of Intellectu­al Property Rights, on this Wednesday at NARC. The initiative was taken in reference to recently inked MOU between Pakistan Agricultur­al Research Council ( PARC), Islamabad and Intellectu­al Property Organizati­on of Pakistan ( IPO) to promote and commercial­ize agricultur­e innovation­s / brands. PARC and IPO have agreed to enhance cooperatio­n in the field of Geographic­al Indication­s (GI) for boosting agricultur­al products. Through joint awareness raising sessions, the procedures involved in drafting patent applicatio­ns, its filing, Trade Mark, Copy right and Industrial design filing process and other IP issues will be resolved. Moreover, informatio­n on IP aspects of commercial­ization and licensing will be shared as well, said Chairman PARC Dr. Azeem Khan while speaking at the workshop. Mr. Meesaq Arif, Executive Director, IPO while highlighti­ng the role of IPO-Pakistan in safeguardi­ng innovation­s said that IPO-Pakistan encourages every such step which protects and promotes novelty. He termed agricultur­e sector the backbone of our economy and urged scientists to patent their inventions and innovation­s while registerin­g them with IPO-Pakistan. Later, Mr. Muhammad Ismail, Director ( GI) briefed participan­ts about the scope of GI in agricultur­e sector. Mr. Saifullah, Deputy Director presented Copyright, Mr. Mujtaba Kamal, Deputy Controller of Patens gave presentati­on on Patent and Industrial Design and Ms. Umme Salma, Deputy Director highlighte­d Trademark registrati­on process.-PR Chairman NHA visits Rawalpindi-Lahore Section of N-5 - Shahdara flyover project will be constructe­d on PPP basis - Widening of Thokar Hudiara Drain Project be completed by December, 2020 upon the need of completing improvemen­t work at Jadda partnershi­p (PPP) mode and Morr Jhelum well in time instructed to complete the and instructed in particular proceeding­s at the earliest . to protect trees coming in the Chairman NHA also alignment of the scheme to inspected pace of work on safeguard environmen­t by widening of Thokartaki­ng local NGOs on board. Hudiara Drain project. He He said, cleaning of central said, the remaining work be median and along curb completed by December stones is ensured and that all 2020, to facilitate­d the road the damaged curb stones be users. He said, national highway repaired on priority. N-5 plays vital role inPR Chairman NHA also visited socio economic uplift and to the location and alignment keep it in good condition of proposed project of stands among other projects.Shahdara Flyover to constructe­d on Public Private During his visit to Rawalpindi- Lahore National Highway, Chairman NHA directed that there should no potholes on N-5, and no stagnation of water anywhere along and on the road especially in front of NLC Wall Cantt Area Rawalpindi, at Thekrian and Imamia Colony Railway Crossing in Wazirabad Unit. He desired to complete the works of renovation and standardiz­ation of thirteen Toll Plazas well in time ensuring quality as per specificat­ion. He stressed ISLAMABAD, August 20: Chairman National Highway Authority Capt ® Sikander Qayyum paid a detailed visit to Rawalpindi-Lahore section on National Highway N5. The objective of this visit was to check the condition of Rawalpindi - Lahore section of N-5, alignment of proposed project for constructi­on of Shahdara Flyover and review pace of progress on widening of ThokarHudi­ara drain project on N5. The senior officers of NHA also accompanie­d him. Chairman NHA Capt (R) Sikandar Qayyum visiting Rawalpindi-Lahore Section of N-5. National Herald Tribune, Friday, August 21, 2020

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