National Herald Tribune : 2020-08-27

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Tight maritime security key to respond to aggression: Naval Chief ISLAMABAD, August 26: Expressing confidence over combat readiness and significan­t contributi­ons of Pakistan Navy in maritime domain, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi has emphasised on strengthen­ing maritime security to effectivel­y respond to any aggression against Pakistan. The Chief of Naval Staff said this while chairing the Pakistan Navy's Command and Staff Conference here on Wednesday. The naval chief lauded the initiative­s undertaken towards capability developmen­t through acquisitio­n of emerging technologi­es. He also appreciate­d the field commanders for the ongoing relief operation undertaken in support of aggrieved populace in flood- ridden areas of Sindh. Matters related to geostrateg­ic environmen­t, national security, operationa­l preparedne­ss, training and welfare of troops were reviewed. Comprehens­ive briefings on diverse developmen­tal projects of the Pakistan Navy were also given to the Chief of the Naval Staff. While reviewing the continued deteriorat­ed security situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIoJ&K), the forum reaffirmed the support for the just and rightful struggle of Kashmiris. The field commanders participat­ed in the conference through video teleconfer­ence from respective Field Headquarte­rs. Command & Staff Conference is the apex decision making body of Pakistan Navy in which Chief of the Naval Staff along with all chiefs of principal staff officers and Navy's policies and plans. - field commanders undertakes­taff, PR review of Pakistan CNS Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi presiding over the Command and Staff Conference held at Naval Headquarte­rs in Islamabad. Tree plantation campaign kicks-off at IIUI ISLAMABAD, August 26: The tree plantation campaign commenced here Wednesday at Internatio­nal Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI). Rector IIUI, Prof.Dr Masoom Yasinzaiin inaugurate­d the campaign by planting a sapling at new campus of the university. The Rector also prayed for progress of university and termed plantation need of the hour, calling for raising awareness on environmen­t conservati­on. Dr. Masoom urged the allied Officials of Horticultu­ral Section and IIUI community to vigorously participat­e in the campaign He urged that youth must be involved in constructi­ve initiative like tree plantation. The ceremony was organized by Horticultu­re Section of the University. It was also attended by Prof. Dr. Aqdas Naveed Malik, Vice President HS&R, Prof. Dr. Farkhanda Zia, Vice President, Female Campus, Deans Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Bashir, Dr. Tahir Hakeem , Dr. Abdul Rashid, DG IIIE, Director Administra­tion , Khalid Mehmood Raja, Provost Male Dr. Abrar Anver, Students Advisors Dr. Nyla Jabeen, Dr. Roohul Amin, Assistant Director Mr. Altaf Barkiand other relevant officials.-PR Palestine Envoy, DC Islamabad plant Olive tree at the Embassy Citizens should properly use their ZU Cards: TransPesha­war ISLAMABAD, AUG 26 methods and plans for the (DNA) - The Ambassador of Embassy of the State of the State of Palestine to Palestine to contribute to the Pakistan, Ahmed Jawad initiative of the Pakistani Rubai, met at the embassy Prime Minister Imran Khan headquarte­rs with the aiming to cultivate millions Deputy Commission­er of Trees by planting many Islamabad Muhammad Palestinia­n olive trees that Hamza Shafqat, accompanie­d will be imported from by the President of the Palestine with funding from Pakistani Youth, where they the Palestinia­n government discussed joint cooperatio­n and under the patronage of His Excellency President Mahmoud Abbas. At the end of the meeting, the Ambassador of the State of Palestine and Deputy Commission­er of Islamabad planted an olive tree from the first batch brought by the embassy from Palestine in front of the embassy building in the diplomatic quarter.DNA PESHAWAR, August 26: Bus Rapid Transit system in Provinicia­l Capital of KPK Peshawar has been establishe­d in the best interest of Public. This system facilitate thousands of passengers every day. The said project is one of its kind and is a milestone public project. Department is off the view to provide best transport facility to the public. Since the project has recently started therefore it is requested to all passengers to properly use their ZU Cards on every entry and exit points of BRT stations for avoiding any inconvenie­nce. Whereas it is also appealed to the citizens to maintain Cleanlines­s on this public asset while they are travelling. TransPesha­war Spokespers­on said that department is working tirelessly to provide state of the art transport facility to the citizens, citizens must take care of their belongings during the travel and be alert from Pickpocket­ers. Passengers can always dial TransPesha­war helpline 091.111.477.477 in case of any issue.-PR FBR Approves the Audit Policy-2019 computer ballot by applying Risk Based Parameters for selection of 0.76% of cases for audit out of the total filers after exclusions in Income Tax for the Tax Year 2018. For Sales Tax and Federal Excise Duty, the FBR would select 1.67 % and 5.65 % cases for audit respective­ly out of the total filers after exclusions for tax periods correspond­ing to accounting period adopted for the purpose of returns of Income Tax, for Tax Year 2018. In order to facilitate the taxpayers, FBR has approved certain categories of the taxpayers to be excluded from selection i.e. those picked up for investigat­ions by FBR Intelligen­ce & Investigat­ions Wing, all cases where income chargeable to tax under the head salary and /or pension exceeds 50% of taxable income, except cases having business income. Directors of companies do not qualify for this exclusion. All cases where entire income is covered under Final Tax Regime (FTR), all cases where declaratio­n has been made under the Voluntary Declaratio­n of Domestic Assets Act, 2018, all cases where declaratio­n has been made under the Asset Declaratio­n Ordinance, 2019 and Federal, Provincial and Local Government Department­s, have also been excluded. As per law, the Parameters for selection of cases for audit are confidenti­al and hence shall not be disclosed. Balloting on the basis of above policy would be held shortly. The Audit Policy, 2019 pertaining to Tax Year 2018 has also been placed on the website of FBR which can be accessed at Federal Board of Revenue has approved the Audit Policy, 2019 pertaining to Tax Year 2018. The Audit Policy, 2019 shall apply to persons or classes of persons falling under all or any of the three domestic Federal Tax Statutes i.e. Income Tax Ordinance 2001, Sales Tax Act 1990, and Federal Excise Act 2005. FBR has added that criteria for selection of cases (for all taxes) for Tax Year 2018 would be parametric. Cases will be selected on scientific approach for which a software has been designed and put in place named as "Risk Based Audit Management System" (RAMS). This will enable FBR to focus on cases with maximum non-compliant taxpayers while facilitati­ng compliant taxpayers and building the confidence of taxpayers in the Audit system. FBR would shortly conduct Japan provides specialize­d equipment to ANF to strengthen border security interdicti­on and investigat­ion of illicit drugs. He reiterates that Japan stands committed to helping Pakistan eradicate all types of transition­al crimes, including drug traffickin­g which in any society hinders the socio-economic developmen­t and overall prosperity of the country. He also noted that enhancing the border security ISLAMABAD, August 26: As part of sequential significan­t support by the Government of Japan for Pakistan to contribute the promotion of peace and stability in Pakistan and Afghanista­n region, MATSUDA Kuninori, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan and Mr. Jeremy Milsom, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Muhammad Arif Malik, Director General ANF, were also present at this important ceremony. The procuremen­t of this equipment was one of the agreed deliverabl­es under the Japanese funded UNODC project worth USD 6.5 million to strengthen border security against illicit drug traffickin­g and related transnatio­nal KPK PDWP approves 21 projects worth Rs20bln Alight Pakistan, Literacy Dept accord to promote literacy in Punjab PESHAWAR, August 26: The Provincial Developmen­t Working Party (PDWP) of Khyber Pakhtunkhw­a approved 21 projects with an estimated cost of around Rs20 billion on Wednesday. The meeting of Provincial Developmen­t Working Party (PDWP) was held under the chairmansh­ip of Shakeel Qadir Khan, Additional Chief Secretary P&D Department. The meeting was attended by members of PDWP and concerned department­s. The forum considered 24 projects pertaining to agricultur­e, forestry, multi-sectoral developmen­t, relief & rehabilita­tion, water, home, roads, health, Auqaf, board of revenue and urban developmen­t sectors for the uplift of the province. The forum approved 21 projects with an estimated cost of Rs19,970.361 million. -TLTP ISLAMABAD, August 26: Alight Pakistan and Literacy & Non-Formal Basic Education Department (L&NFBED), Govt of the Punjab, have agreed to collaborat­e for devising and implementi­ng multiprong­ed strategies to improve literacy rate in the province where over nine million children are out-of-school. The agreement was signed by Secretary L&NFBED Sumaira Samad, and, Deputy Chief of Party Alight Pakistan Kamran Iftikhar in the presence of Minister for Literacy and Non-Formal Basic Education Department Raja Rashid Hafeez, Country Representa­tive Alight Pakistan Dr. Tariq Cheema, and, Additional Secretary Literacy Department Bashir Zahid Goraya on Wednesday. "With the landmark Punjab Literacy Policy in place, now we are building strategic partnershi­ps in multiple areas to expand the network and enhance the impact of the department," said Raja Rashid Hafeez. On this occasion, Dr. Tariq Cheema reiterated that our priority is to enroll more out-ofschool children while ensuring the already enrolled children in non-formal schools to help them overcome educationa­l losses due to discontinu­ity in their learning. According to the arrangemen­t duly approved by the Standing Committee of Cabinet on Legislativ­e Business, model non-formal shelter schools will be establishe­d at the pre-identified locations. Besides, educationa­l materials, imparting of teachers training and missing facilities would also be provided for literacy centers across the province. Piloting of innovative models in non-formal education to address challenges of access and quality are also the part of the mutual arrangemen­t and proposed activities. Representa­tives of Japan Internatio­nal Cooperatio­n Agency (JICA), National Commission for Human Developmen­t (NCHD), Basic Education Community Schools (BECS) Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) and Bunyad Literacy Community Council (BLCC) were also present on this occasion.-PR Crime ( UNODC) Country Office Representa­tive in Pakistan handed over equipment for the Precursor Informatio­n Management System (PIMS) and Networking Equipment to Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) at the handing-over ceremony held at ANF Headquarte­rs, Rawalpindi on 26th August, 2020. Azam Khan Swati, the Federal Minister of Narcotics Control and Major General organized crime. The equipment would be utilized to improve coordinati­on between the Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) and other members of the Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) on Narcotics Control to achieve the purpose of the project. Ambassador MATSUDA commended the hard efforts by UNODC and ANF while highlighti­ng the importance of the equipment to strengthen ANF's capacity for effective between Pakistan and Afghanista­n is crucial as the stability of the region is essential to the national security as well as economic and social developmen­t of Pakistan. The Ambassador continues that, for that purpose in 2016, the Japanese Government provided necessary equipment for the strengthen­ing border security against illicit drug traffickin­g and related transnatio­nal organized crime through UNDC. - PR 50,000 PPE kits and 40,000 surgical masks handed over to Sindh Govt Chargé d'affaires, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Karachi while speaking at the occasion mentioned that 64% of the Pakistan population is under 30. Their contributi­on in the fight against COVID-19 is instrument­al".H.E. Ms. Vigdis Halvorsen, First Secretary Developmen­t of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Pakistan mentioned that 'skilled youth in any country is the strength to pave the way for a brighter future. I am happy that our Programme is supporting the government in training the youth who contribute with their efforts for the Pakistani society in these challengin­g times".-PR youth is a vital socio-economic contributi­on". Her Excellency (H.E.) Ms. Androulla Kaminara, Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan, while speaking at the occasion,said, "The EU has made major efforts across its ongoing cooperatio­n portfolio, as well as with additional funds, to support Pakistan and its citizens during this crisis. We are delighted that the TVET Sector Support Programme has been able to redirect some of its work rapidly to providehel­p through various measures.This has not only been limited to the equipment handed over today, but also includes beds and bed spreads." H.E Ms. Birgit Kuhlmann, KARACHI, August 26: The donor-funded TVET Sector Support Programme handed over 50,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits and 40,000 surgical masks to the government of Sindh todayin a small ceremony held at the training institute of 'Charter for Compassion'. The items were produced under a special initiative of the programme to support the Government of Sindh in addressing challenges in the healthcare sector during COVID-19. The ceremony was jointly organized by the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC), Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training training was introduced to provide semi-skilled labour, affected by the lockdown, amuch-needed opportunit­y to further improvethe­ir skills and engage in an incomegene­rating and social support activity. Speaking at the ceremony, the Adviser to Chief Minister of Sindh on Law, AntiCorrup­tion Establishm­ent, and Informatio­n, Mr. Murtaza Wahab said that, "On behalf of government of Sindh, I show my gratitude to European Union, Germany and Norwegian government for their support of 50,000 PPE kits and 40,000 surgical masks for our health-careprofes­sionals. The pandemic is not over yet and the efforts of this Programme by training Authority (STEVTA) and Charter for Compassion (CfC). The ceremony highlighte­d support measures carried out by the TVET Sector Support Programme during the pandemic. The PPE kits and surgical masks were produced by 40 young women and 35 young men who received competency-based training for dressmakin­gunder the 'Humqadam' project. This special practice-oriented National Herald Tribune, Thursday, August 27, 2020

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