The Financial Daily : 2020-09-17

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NATIONAL Thursday, September 17, 2020 Ashfaq, Arshad elected Chairman, Sr. VC to CAP for year 2020- 21 8 Peshawar teachers test positive for corona PESHAWAR: Eight teachers of Government Higher Secondary School Rashakai in Peshawar tested positive for the novel coronaviru­s on Wednesday. According to t he Elementary and Secondary Education Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhw­a, the infected teachers have been sent to their homes on 15 days leave. Meanwhile, the academic activities in the school are underway under strict precaution­ary measures. An educationa­l institute in Islamabad was sealed on Tuesday after the emergence of novel coronaviru­s case, confirmed National Command and Operation Centre ( NCOC). Schools, colleges and universiti­es across Pakistan reopened on Tuesday, ending a nearly six- month- long closure due to coronaviru­s pandemic. Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood had said that the federal authoritie­s would assist the educationa­l institutio­ns for conducting coronaviru­s tests wherever it is required. Shafqat Mahmood, while talking to journalist­s during a visit t o a government school in the federal capital, had urged the administra­tion of educationa­l centres for strict implementa­tion of standard operating procedures ( SOPs). "We are monitoring every school while transport services for students would also be monitored. There are around 215 universiti­es in the country and almost every university has a hostel," he said. - TLTP LAHORE: Engr. Syed Ashfaq Hussain and Engr. Arshad Dad have been elected unopposed as Chair man and Senior Vice Chairman respective­ly of the Constructo­rs Associatio­n of Pakistan ( CAP) for the year 2020- 2021, says a Press release. Members of the Associatio­n also elected unopposed Naeem Akhtar Chaudhary as Vice Chairman ( Punjab), Muhammad Adnan Waheed as Vice Chairman ( Sindh), Muhammad Farooq as Vice Chairman ( Baluchista­n) and Saifullah Zia as Vice Chairman ( Islamabad). Others who were elected unopposed as members of the executive committee are Engr. M. S. Asad Mukhtar, Chaudhary Ahmad Habib, Faisal Mahmood, Engr. Mian Sultan Mahmood and Muhammad Hanif Gohar from corporate class. While Rauf Ahmad, Malik Muhammad Kaleem Ullah were elected unopposed as executive committee members in associate class. Results of the elections will be announced at the Annual General Meeting of the Constructo­rs Associatio­n of Pakistan to be held in the last week of current month. Syed Ashfaq Hussain Shah, a man of high principles and discipline, is one of the most promising engineer produced by Khyber Pakhtunkhw­a. With over 45 years of profession­al experience. He has the knowledge, capability and experience to create marvels in the field of engineerin­g. Basically a Mechanical Engineer but his true calling was Civil Engineerin­g Projects and with more than four decades of experience he can truly be known as a ISLAMABAD: European Union Ambassador to Pakistan Ms. Androulla Kaminara called on Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi, here at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wednesday. - PID photo Sana & Safdar bails extended till 22nd in NAB office clash case See# 12 Page7 SOPs implementa­tion in schools pleases Sindh and Punjab ministers LAHORE: An anti- terrorism court ( ATC) Wednesday extended interim bail granted to Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz ( PML- N) leaders Rana Sanaullah and Capt ( Retd) Safdar in a case related to clash outside the National Accountabi­lity Bureau ( NAB) office during the appearance of Maryam Nawaz. The ATC extended interim bail of Capt ( Retd) Safdar and Rana Sanaullah till September 22. Safdar appeared before the court; however, Sanaullah failed to appear in the hearing due to the session of the National Assembly ( NA). The counsel of Sanaullah submitted a plea for his exemption from personal appearance in the hearing which was approved by the court. An investigat­ion officer said that the accused persons were involved in hurling stones at police teams and brawl outside the NAB office. On the other hand, the defence lawyers denied the charges of their clients' involvemen­t in the clash. Earlier, the anti- te rrorism court ( ATC) had extended interim bails of both accused persons till September 16. It may be noted that on August 12, Lahore police had registered a case against 300 Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz ( PML- N) leaders including its Vice President Maryam Nawaz on the complaint of t he National Accountabi­lity Bureau after violent clashes outside the NAB office. TLTP ISLAMABAD: The Sindh and Punjab's education ministers on Wednesday said they are satisfied with the implementa­tion of COVID- 19 safety protocols at the educationa­l institutio­ns. They were talking to a private TV channel on Wednesday and shared their observatio­ns after the reopening of educationa­l institutio­ns across the country after more than six months. Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani said he visited 15 schools and colleges in the city and reviewed the steps taken by the management of private and government- run institutio­ns and found the measures satis- factory. He, however, said that there was a need to take extra steps in order to improve implementa­tion of SOPs in colleges. Ghani vowed to take strict action against the school where a student died after falling from the staircase if negligence on part of the management was found. Meanwhile, Punjab Education Minister Murad Raas said all schools in the province are following the guidelines issued by the government. He said that the action is being taken against schools where SOPs are not implemente­d. "I have visited several Maryam challenges FBR notice for income support levy in the Lahore HC See# 13 Page7 Dr Hathal calls on HEC Chairman LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawa­z ( PML- N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday filed an appeal in the Lahore High Court ( LHC) challengin­g a notice by the Inland Revenue department of t he Federal Board of Revenue ( FBR) for recovery of income support levy. She through her counsel moved the appeal assailing an LHC single bench's verdict regarding income support levy, citing the FBR and other relevant officials as respondent­s. The appellant states that she has been served a notice by the FBR for recovery of Rs657,000 income support levy despite the fact that she had paid all taxes and requested the court to declare it illegal. Last year in May, the LHC had disposed of a petition filed by the PML- N vice president against the Federal Board of Revenue's ( FBR) notice for r ecovery of income support le vy. Justice Abid Aziz Sheikh had directed her to file an appeal challengin­g a single bench's verdict in this regard. Maryam's lawyer had contended before the court that the recovery of income support levy is a violation of the country's Constituti­on as the Inland Revenue department lacked authority to impose and recover a tax in the name of social protection after the passage of the 18th Constituti­onal Amendment. The counsel said his client had been asked to pay income support levy on her assets worth more than Rs317 million and demanded that the impugned notice be declared illegal and unlawful. - TLTP ISLAMABAD: President, Internatio­nal Islamic University, Islamabad ( IIUI) Dr. Hathal bin Hamoud Al- Otaibicall­ed on Chairman, Higher Education Commission, Dr Tariq Banuri, says a Press release. During the meeting, issues of mutual interest including i nitiatives for promotion of quality education and role of universiti­es in societies building were discussed. IIUI President briefed Dr. Tariq on IIUI's vision, future plans and strategy for academic excellence. IIUI President vowed that he will be in the leading ranks for cooperatio­n with the HEC chief as per his aspiration­s for improvemen­ts in higher education. Dr. Hathal said that IIUI will be keen to enhance its bilateral ties with the universiti­es across the world. On t he occasion, Chairman HEC felicitate­d Dr. Hathal on assuming duties as IIUI's President and wished him luck for achieving the set goals. While appreciati­ng the role of IIUI in society building and services, Dr. Tariq assured of maximum support to IIUI. He said universiti­es must be given opportunit­ies f or linkages. He said that universiti­es must promote exchange of experie nces through mutual cooperatio­n. Later, IIUI President also called on HEC Executive Director, Dr. Fateh Marri where he discussed matters pertaining to academic excellence and importance of universiti­es in society building. Both the officials also discussed ways of enhancing cooperatio­n for quality education between varsities of the country. ISLAMABAD: The outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing paid a farewell visit to Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, here Wednesday. - PID photo KP starts universal health insurance system, says Sultan Anti- polio drive likely to start from Monday ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to launch a four- day anti- polio campaign in the country from September 21 to 25. According to sources in the federal health ministry, the campaign would be launched in all four provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir ( AJK) and GilgitBalt­istan. The sources in the health ministry said that there would be two catch- up days during the campaign aimed at vaccinatin­g children behind during the drive. Overall 39.6 million children would be administer­ed polio drops during the campaign, they said adding 270,000 polio workers will take part in the drive. Strict adherence to the standard operating system ( SOPs) would be ensured in the wake of the coronaviru­s outbreak. l eft Last week, the federal government had provided motorbikes t o polio workers in appreciati­on of their services. The motorbikes were provided to polio workers for remote areas immunizati­on campaign. In the first phase, at least 1254 motorbikes had been provided to polio workers. The polio workers of Islamabad had been provided 42 bikes, said sources. - TLTP PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhw­a Law Minister Sultan Muhammad Khan has said that the provincial government has started universal health insurance system to provide free health care facilities to the people. Responding to a question raised by Humaira Khatoon in question hour in provincial assembly session, he hoped the process of providing health insurance cards to all families of the province will be completed by January next year. Responding to another question of Samar Haroon Bilour of ANP, Sultan Muhammad Khan said the government is taking steps to preserve the historical and archaeolog­ical treasures in the province. Responding a question, Provincial Health Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra said the government is monitoring health facilities of the hospital for better healthcare system. He said the government will Shehbaz bail in money laundering case further extended till Sept 21 See# 14 Page7 KP set to amend Sugar Factories Control Act PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhw­a ( KP) government has decided to bring amendments to the Sugar Factories Control Act 1950 on Wednesday. Sources aware of the developmen­t said that with the amendments the amount of fine over the sugar mills would be increased from Rs10,000 to Rs100,000. The amendments are aimed to resolve the problems of farmers in the crushing season and to ensure timely payments. The amendments in this regard would be tabled before the provincial cabinet meeting, said the sources. In the month of July, Prime Minister Imran Khan had ordered authoritie­s to launch a crackdown against sugar mafia in li ght of the sugar i nquiry commission report. According to details, the prime minister had ordered Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan ( SECP), Federal Board of Revenue ( FBR) and Federal Investigat­ion Agency ( FIA) to launch an investigat­ion against sugar barons in light of the sugar inquiry commission report. It is pertinent to mention here that the federal cabinet had approved an action plan against sugar mafia back in June. - TLTP LAHORE: The Lahore High Court ( LHC) on Wednesday extended interim bail of Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif in a money laundering case until September 21. A two- judge bench headed by Justice Sardar Ahmed Naeem heard the bail plea of the PML- N president. During the hearing, the bench was informed that Shehbaz's lawyers are busy attending a meeting of the Pakistan Bar Council, due to which they can't appear before the court. It was requested to adjourn the case for at least three weeks. Turning down their request for threeweek long adjournmen­t, the court put off the hearing until September 21. On August 17, the National Accountabi­lity Bureau ( NAB) filed a Rs7 billion money laundering and assets beyond means reference against the Shehbaz family, including his wife Nusrat Shehbaz, sons - Hamza Shehbaz and Salman Shehbaz - and two daughters, Rabia Imran and Javeria Ali. - TLTP Better preparatio­n for evolving regional dynmics urged ISLAMABAD: Experts at the webinar called for better use of the evolving situation to uplift the region out of poverty and reinvigora­te the regional forum, the SAARC, says a Press release. The webinar was organized by the Institute of Regional Studies on ' Dynamics of Bilateral Relations amongst the South Asian States: A New Order in the Making?' to discuss the emerging geopolitic­al and geostrateg­ic scenarios in the South Asian region to envisage future conflict and cooperatio­n. The discussion was honored by renowned scholars from the whole South Asian countries. The panel of experts included Dr. Hu Shisheng from China, Prof. Shahab Enam Khan, Bangladesh, Shakti De Silva, Sri Lanka, Dr. Khadga KC, Nepal, Rabilal Dhakal, Bhutan, and Dr. Shaheen Akhtar from Pakistan. The session was moderated by Aarish Ullah Khan. Speaking to the occasion, Dr. Hu Shisheng said that the US has waged a cold war against China in which India has been playing a proxy role. All efforts are towards isolating Beijing from the rest of the world, he added. Even, the Trump administra­tion is conniving t o alienate the Communist Party from the Chinese citizens through propaganda, he stressed. The existing scenario, followed by the Sino- Indian border clash, epitomizes the two striking strategic order in making in the region where China is at the one side, and the US and its allies on the other hand. Dr. Hu went to add that the future of bilateral relations with the New Delhi will remain unstable as both China and India failed to deal with the border issue in a mutually agreed manner. Dr. K. C while explaining Nepal's foreign policy said that his country has always followed ' one- China policy'. Being a landlocked country, Nepal had to rely on India for trade and transit and faced terrible blockades at the hands of New Delhi. He further continued saying that Nepal always t ried to downsize i ts asymmetric interdepen­dence with the New Delhi. Now, with the transit treaty with China in 2016, we have access to four seaports and three dry ports, he said. In the evolving regional order, Nepal aspires to be more open up and have enhanced cooperatio­n with all South Asian states, he said. Prof. Shahab called for the resumption of CBMs between Pakistan and India. He was of the view that the normalizat­ion between the two countries is the key to enable the SAARC to perform its due function, he added. Dhaka is equally concerned with the emerging security challenges followed by the Sino- Indian rivalry and the US's maneuverin­gs in the region. Whatever the situation emerges out of t he existing regional dynamics, the hard reality is that the South Asian region remains the impov- erished and least- connected region in the world, and will remain so if countries do not make the good use of foreseeabl­e opportunit­ies, he emphasized. Rabilal while explaining Bhutan's ta ke on the current debate said that his country aspires to have good relationsh­ips with China and other South Asian countries. In the past, Bhutan could not have a vibrant foreign policy because See# 15 Page7 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 . 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