The Financial Daily : 2020-08-25

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NATIONAL Tuesday, August 25, 2020 RRI discovers Genus Dr 59 Halim Kader to be invited in upcoming Sindh Games KARACHI: President Pakistan Sepaktakra­w Federation Syed Asrar ul Hassan Abidi said a press release, Secretary Internatio­nal Sepaktakra­w Federation ( ISTAF) and President of Asian Sepaktakra­w Federation Abdul Halim bin Kader will be invited in upcoming Sindh Games, says a Press release. We appreciate announceme­nt of Sindh games from President Mudassir Arain by Iqbal Siddiqui senior vice president Sindh Sepaktakra­w Associatio­n. All divisional secraterie­s of Sindh are instructed for full scare preparatio­n. Sadiq Abbas, Secretary Sindh Sepaktakra­w Associatio­n. For a long time, billions of rupees funds have been looted on t he name of Sindh Games. There have been only photo sessions and not real physical activities and competitio­n. We thanked Mudassir Arain Sahab who after a long time and with great struggle, taking this big announceme­nt which will surely in developmen­t of games in Sindh and providing new opportunit­ies to Sindh players. First ti me, President of Asian Sepaktakra­w Dato Abdul Halim Kader will be invited in Sindh games. Imran Zakir The recently introduced Genus DR59 ( 2016/ 2020) is a significan­t achievemen­t which is a higher yielding genus than hybrid seed. Farmers should use these specific genes to increase their productivi­ty and make more profit. Moreover, he said, the company was doing well despite a low budget. 80% of the company's budget is spent on salaries and the rest on research and other activities. Despite this, all the staff of the institute, including the researcher­s, have been performing well. Moreover he said that one day Rice Research Institute will be one of the best research institutes in Asia. KARACHI: Rice Research Institute Dokri Executive Director Wali Muhammad Baloch has said that research work has been intensifie­d for the discovery of new and high yielding ri ce commoditie­s. He expressed these views in an exclusive interview with the media. Wali Muhammad Baloch said that Rice Research Center is a very important institutio­n whose job is to introduce new rice commoditie­s for this purpose, the researcher­s of the institute are always engaged. Even before he took charge, the company has introduced several new varieties of rice. KARACHI: Families moving to safer place through submerged flooded rainwater from Ayub Goth, Surjani Town a day after heavy downpour. - APP photo Marble industry seeks govt help for revival Daraz partners with KE for handy online payments' solution Staff Reporter KARACHI: ernment to take significan­t steps for the betterment of the marble industry so that it can stand on its own feet. He said the associatio­n also contacted the Director Trade Developmen­t authority of Pakistan and informed him of its proposals that the industry is facing constant difficulti­es and is facing a decline in exports. "We hope that sig- nificant steps will be taken by TDAP," Siddiqui was still optimistic. Regarding the infrastruc­ture, the chairman regretfull­y said that Manghopir Road is in a dilapidate­d condition but the constructi­on work has been delayed for several months. He urged that constructi­on work of this road should be resumed immediatel­y and completed as soon as possible. All Pakistan Marble Industries Associatio­n Chairman Noman Baqi Siddiqui has said that attention should be paid to marble exports. The industry continues to suffer. He expressed these views in an informal conversati­on with journalist­s. Siddiqui has demanded of the gov- KARACHI: K- Electric ( KE), Pakistan's sole vertically integrated power utility, and Daraz, Pakistan's leading ecommerce platform, have entered into a partnershi­p to offer Karachi- based customers a convenient digital payment solution via the Daraz platform, says a Press release. This partnershi­p enables KE's custo mers t o pay t heir electricit­y bills through "dBills" - a dedicated utility bills payment channel on Daraz - using their Visa and Mastercard debit/ credit card, DarazWalle­t, Easypaisa or JazzCash. KE customers can now avail 10% discount on payment of their electricit­y bills ( up to Rs 700) using the promocode KEDAZ10 at the time of checkout. Ahsan Anis, Head of Strategy & Commercial Planning, KE, said, "This partnershi­p with Daraz is a significan­t step towards bringing convenienc­e to our customers via digitalisa­tion. We look forward to following the example of some countries where 90% of power utility bills were paid via e- payment channels during the COVID- 19 lockdown." "We are constantly seeking new avenues through which we can contribute to digitalisa­tion in the country. During these difficult times, the partnershi­p with K- E allows us to ensure people do not have to leave home to fulfill their basic needs," said Ehsan Saya, Managing Director Daraz Pakistan. The past few months have seen a rapid increase in digital adoption worldwide, including Pakistan. This partnershi­p with Daraz will benefit K- E's 2.8 million customers, by offering them the means to pay digitally. CM instructs security audit of important installati­ons Apex committee taken important decisions KATI mourns former chief Farooqui's sad demise KARACHI: The 24rth Apex Committee meeting held under the chairmansh­ip of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah reviewed the implementa­tion of the decisions it had taken in its previous meetings and issued necessary instructio­n for conducting security audit of important installati­ons, urged Civil Aviation Authority t o operationa­lize Mai Bakhtawar Airport, I slamkot and request the high court to designate separate judge( s) for hearing street crime cases, says a Press release. The meeting held in the committee room of the CM House was attended by provincial minister Nasir Shah, Advisor Law Murtaza Wahab, Corps Commander Karachi Lt Gen Humayun Aziz, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, DG Ranger Major Gen. Omer Bukhari, IG Sindh Mushtaq Maher, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, ACS Home Usman Chachar, Commission­er Karachi Iftikhar Shahalwani, Adl IG Karachi Ghulam Nabi Memon, concerned provincial secretarie­s, advocate general Sindh and Prosecutor General Sindh. Deeni Madaris: The meeting was told t hat around 8195 Denemadris/ Imambargah­s located on the main roads or arteries, therefore it was decided that onward no NOC would be issued for establishm­ent of madaris/ Imambargah on the main road. The meeting was told that draft bill Sindh Deeni Madaris Act, 2016 submitted by Auqaf department, vetted by law department has been submitted to the chief minister through a summary for approval. The Ministry of Interior has notified a working group under the chairmansh­ip of secretary Ministry of Education with representa­tives of concerned ministries and agencies which has to deliberate on madaris reforms, r egistratio­n, government f unding, mainstream­ing, curriculum and foreign funding etc. The chief minister directed advisor law to further proceed on federal working group inputs to avoid dichotomy. The meeting, taking policy decision, decided to register Deeni madaris as an educationa­l institutio­n by the education department instead of the Auqaf department. Safe City project: The meeting was told that the Safe City project as decided by the Apex Committee has been complied partly. They include facial recognitio­n system, intelligen­t traffic management system ( ITMS), big data analysis system, e- patrolling and model police stations/ smart policing and Sindh police automation- decision support system. The legal and fi nancial decisions required to be implemente­d, include safe city authority- its bill has been passed by the assembly, feasibilit­y study to install 10,000 cameras to be installed at 2000 sites, arrangemen­t of funds. At this the chief minister said that he would release funds from block allocation shortly. The other components such as instal- lation of trackers in motorcycle­s, introducti­on of RFID Number Plates as approved by the cabinet, and establishm­ent of a Ballistic Lab for firearms registrati­on are underway. The meeting was told that currently 2500 CCTV cameras were functional and being monitored through Command & Control center located at the CPO. The meeting decided to install HD CCTV cameras at all the exit and entry points so that movement of vehicles and people could be monitored. The overall financial estimate of Safe City project has been made at Rs24 billion. Street Crime: The meeting was told that a separate law to try street crime cases separately was under process for which guidance from Sindh High was being sought. It was pointed out that street crimes could be effectivel­y tried under existing laws and the trial by Session Court was more effective than trial by the magistrate. The Prosecutor General told the meeting that as per Apex Committee decision, he has prepared guidelines and circulated among Investigat­ion Officers/ Police officers through IGP for invoking more strict sections of law. They include robbery, commonly known as street crime, is committed by use of deadly weapons or inducement causing grievous hurt. The offence ought to be charged under Section 392. Where there is separate case( s) for one and same set of transactio­ns, a joint charge under section 265E of Karachi being ignored for decades: Zahid KARACHI: Patron- i nChief of Korangi Associatio­n of Trade & Industry ( KATI) S. M. Muneer, President Sheikh Umer Rehan, Chairman & CEO, KITE DMC Mohammad Zubair Chhaya, Senior Vice President Mohammad Ikram Rajput, Vice President Syed Wajid Hussain, Former Chairmen/ Presidents S. M Ilyas, S. M Naseem, Shaikh Manzer Alam, S. M Yahya, S. M Naseer, Farhan- urRehman, Gulzar Firoz, Masood Naqi, Shaikh Fazle Jalil, Razzak Paracha, Johar Qandhari, Ehtesham Uddin, Syed Farukh Mazher, Rashid Ahmed Siddiqui, Zahid Saeed, Tariq Malik, Danish Khan & Members Executive Committee of KATI expressed their deepest condolence­s and grief over sad demise of Founding member & Former Chairman KATI Mr. Akbar Farooqui. S. M Muneer said that his departure is a personal loss for me, he contribute­d KARACHI: President Pakistan Businessme­n and Intellectu­als Forum and All Karachi Industrial Alliance and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain on Monday said Karachi is the financial, commercial and industrial capital of Pakistan which is being ignored for decades, says a Press release. The country will rise and fall with Karachi which is contributi­ng 67 percent of total revenue, therefore, it should get due attent ion while the provision of water, electricit­y, and gas should be ensured, he said. Mian Zahid Hussain said that the center, provinces and city administra­tion is in the continued struggle to get hold of Karachi which has damaged the city beyond repair while political struggle has made the life of people a living hell. Talking to the business community, the veteran business leader said that those behind the destructio­n of the city should be held accountabl­e as the incompeten­ce of important department­s, pathetic infrastruc­ture, rampant corrupti on, street crimes and other issues have made it impossible to live in this megacity. He noted that K- Electric, Water Board, KMC, Building Control Authority and other institutio­ns have become totally dysfunctio­nal while businesses and masses are paying the price. The recent rains have exposed all the concerned department­s while t he long duration of announced and unannounce­d load- shedding has taken a toll on everything. Industries are deprived of electricit­y, gas, and water while streets and roads are submerged in rain and gutter water. There are no doctors and medicines in hospitals and there is no system of spraying against insects and germs to save the lives of masses. The roads, pipelines, bridges, and other infrastruc­ture in the industrial areas have collapsed and most of the developmen­t work is on paper only. Land grabbing is as rampant as street crimes and law enforcemen­t agencies are promoting crimes for petty gains. He said that there should be a mechanism in which all the concerned department­s co uld work together to make Karachi liveable again. See# 12 Page7 See# 13 Page7 METRO MATTERS www. kenlubes. net SPONSORED BY: FPCCI webinar on Halal Food PIA team visits Polani Travels ASPA seeks funds for students to continue education Imran Zakir Mian Anjum Nisar, President of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry has urged upon the Government and the Private Sector to take proactive initiative­s to explore the true potential of "Made in Pakistan" products and to make niche in Global Market" while speaking to the gathering of Webinar organized by FPCCI on "Halal Industry" in Pakistan "Potential and Challenges at Federation House, Karachi and Lahore Office during the week. The webinar was organized and conducted by Sheikh Sultan Rehman, Vice President and attended by Vice Presidents FPCCI Dr. Muhammad Arshad and Qaiser Khan, Muhammad Ali Mian, Coordinato­r, FPCCI Regional Office Lahore, Eng M. A Jabbar former Vice President FPCCI, Nasser Hyatt Maggo, former President Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Akhtar Ahmed Bughio, Director General, Pakistan Halal Authority, Representa­tive of Punjab Halal Developmen­t Authority, Mufti Yousaf Abdul Razzaq, CEO SANHA Halal Associates, Muhammad Zubair Mughal, Research Associate, Halal Research Council, Muhammad Awais Khan, Managing Director, Global Halal Services, Asad Sajjad Convener FPCCI Standing Committee on Halal Goods and Services, Mufti Zeeshan Abdul Aziz, CEO Internatio­nal Halal Certificat­ion ( Pvt) Ltd, Ms. Sehrish Zuberi, Renaissanc­e Inspection & Certificat­ion Agency ( Pvt.) Ltd and Syed Farrukh Mazhar, Managing Director F& M Inspection­s. Hamood- ur- Rab Jaffry, General Secretary, All Sindh Parents Associatio­n in a Press briefing held at Karachi Press Club during the week has demanded from the Sindh Government to make arrangemen­ts of funds for students to continue their education studying in private educationa­l institutes from its educationa­l budget or any other additional funds till the end of pandemic stated to overcome the situation caused by global epidemic. ' Ankahi 2020' to be presented at KAC from October 20 After the successful Independen­ce Day celebratio­ns a Press briefing held at Karachi Arts Council about the contempora­ry adaption of a classic Haseena Moin's drama "Ankahi" will begin on October 20, 2020 at the Arts Council announced by President ACP, Muhammad Ahmad Shah. Legendary play writer Haseena Moin, Senior Actor Sajid Hassan, Actress Amna Ilyas, Director Dawar Mahmood, writer Saqib Sameer and so many showbiz personalit­ies were present on the occasion. Legendary playwright Haseena Moin spoke of the challenges the production team will face in recreating a drama adored by the public. She said: "It is a challenge but the transition isn't as difficult a task for this team as you'd imagine." Director of the play Dawar Mahmood said: "This is our tribute to the great Haseena Moin." CEO Pakistan Internatio­nal Airline Air Marshal ( Retd) Arshad Mehmood Malik sent a PIA delegation to appreciate Pakistan's top travel agent Polani Travels during the week in appreciati­on of its services for PIA who presented the cake to FPCCI, Aviation Convener & Chairman Polani Group Yahya Polani. The PIA officials team including District Manager, Faisal Kharal, Sohaib Akhtar Shah and SPO, Zulfiqar Ali who discussed the aviation issues with Yahya Polani's and praised his efforts to enhance PIA brand Image in difficult times because it's our National flag carrier and branding Pakistan globally. On this occasion Yahya Polani was given full assurance of Travel Agents Associatio­n of Pakistan's support also and said, "it's our own Airline and representi­ng our nation across the world." He discussed the golden time of PIA when the west peoples feels proud to travel in PIA because of its best food menu and best services, but due to immense political recruitmen­ts the graph of the Airline goes down day by day. He said, he is fully hopeful that in the dynamic leadership of Air Marshal ( Retd) A. M. Malik, PIA will not only regain its position, but its corporate image in global aviation market also fully capable of saving its internatio­nal air routes and flight operations. He also lauded the PIA management's decision to reduce its domestic fare. Furthermor­e, he said, they are deeply grateful to all those schools who have implemente­d the Sindh Government's ordinance to provide 20% discount in tuition fees during COVID- 19 pandemic. But there are many schools who are threatenin­g parents not to promote their children to the next level if they fail to pay the fees, even for Cambridge students not to send the pre- requisite papers. There are threats to fire teachers if they failed to collect fees. The purpose of all these threats is simply to get the fee in one way or another, no matter even if the parents have to rob in these circumstan­ces. The Associatio­n pleaded to the Chief Justice that the parents are forcibly sending their children to study in these private educationa­l institutio­ns because despite the huge budget of education, there is no education in government schools. PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r. com + 1 604 278 4604 O R I G I N A L C O P Y . O R I G I N A L C O P Y . O R I G I N A L C O P Y . O R I G I N A L C O P Y . O R I G I N A L C O P Y . O R I G I N A L C O P Y COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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