Belarusian companies visit ICCI to explore development of business cooperation -

Belarusian companies visit ICCI to explore development of business cooperation -

Islamabad (FNNI) A delegation of Belarusian big companies led by Mr. Vladimir Ulakhovich, Chairman, Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry to explore development of business and economic cooperation with Pakistan More »

Google’s DeepMind Is Improving Its Human Speech Abilities

Google’s DeepMind Is Improving Its Human Speech Abilities

With the growing use of virtual personal assistants such as Google assistant, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa, AI speech itself as well as the language it uses is becoming more and more important. Currently, More »

Nats’ Stephen Strasburg Relieved by Elbow Diagnosis

Nats’ Stephen Strasburg Relieved by Elbow Diagnosis

WASHINGTON — He isn’t out of the woods yet, but Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg is already breathing a sigh of relief after arm troubles knocked him out of his first start back from injury. More »



LAHORE ( FNNI ) CM Punjab M. Shehbaz Sharif has felicitated Pakistani cricket team on winning the second one-day match and the series against West Indies. In a message of felicitation, the CM said that Babar Azam played an important role in the victory in the second one-day match and deserve credit for his second consecutive century. More »

Turkish delegation visits ICCI to explore business collaborations-

Turkish delegation visits ICCI to explore business collaborations-

Islamabad (FNNI ) A delegation of MUSIAD visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by Vice Chairman for Fair, Forum and Organization Commission Omur Yildiz and discussed possibilities for further enhancing business collaborations between the private sectors of Turkey and Pakistan. More »



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Lahore (FNNI)NORINCO China Railway Orange Line Metro Train Project Manager Mr. Zhu Pengfei called on Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif. During the meeting, they exchanged in detail words on the progress of civil works of Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project and also expressed satisfaction on the progress of civil works being done on the project. Praising the high quality of civil works of Lahore Orange Line Metro Train, NORINCO China Railway Orange Line Metro Train Project Manager Mr. Zhu Pengfei said that under the dynamic leadership of Shehbaz Sharif quality and standardized work was being done on the metro train project. CM Punjab-2Talking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project was an unprecedented gift of Pak-China friendship, love and devotion. The Chinese President, Premier and the government gave this gift to Pakistan and especially to the people of Lahore. The Chief Minister said that Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project was important in order to modernize the transportation system and high quality work was being done on the civil works of the project. The Chief Minister said that Orange Line Metro Train Project would be a masterpiece in terms of architecture, quality and transparency and would prove to be a game changer in providing international-standard modern, fast and economical transportation facility to the common man. The Chief Minister said that this wonderful gift by China would always be remembered by the people of Pakistan. PML-N Senior Leader Khawaja Ahmad Hassan, MD Punjab Mass Transit Authority and other concerning officials were also present on the occasion.


Lahore (FNNI)Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif chaired a high-level meeting which reviewed progress on the steps taken to improve the healthcare system and ongoing reform programs in the health sector. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that provision of quality and modern medical facilities to people is his mission which will be fulfilled at all costs. With hard work and determination steps are being taken to improve the healthcare system. The Chief Minister said that we had to move forward to serve the ailing humanity. All out resources were available for the provision of better medical facilities to the people. The Chief Minister said that Prime Minister National Health Insurance Program was successfully running in four districts of the province and the scope of this program would be extended to all districts of the province. The Chief Minister said that Punjab government had introduced the modern system of purchase, supply, and distribution of medicines and this new system would end the sale of counterfeit and substandard medicines. The Chief Minister said that the samples of medicines were being sent to foreign labs for examination and those who were performing well in collecting samples of medicines and sending them to foreign labs would be encouraged. This new system of purchase, supply, and distribution of medicines was an important step for the provision of quality medicines to the patients, he added. The Chief Minister said that the program to provide city scan machines in all districts was being implemented. With the installation of city scan machines in districts hospitals, the patients would have city scan facilities round the clock. The Chief Minister also directed for the audit of dialyzer machines installed in all government hospitals and to take immediate steps to overcome the shortage of nephrologists in government hospitals. The Chief Minister said that mobile health units were providing quality medical facilities to people at their doorsteps in far flung areas. The Chief Minister also directed to complete the matter regarding the purchase of more mobile health units. He also directed to present a comprehensive plan for blood bank, blood collection, and blood transfer. The Chief Minister said that motorbikes ambulance service would be introduced soon in 9 divisions of the province and the training for staff of motorbikes ambulance service was going on. The Chief Minister said that the Punjab government has handed over the administration of ambulance service of the hospitals from the health department to Rescue 1122. This new system of ambulance service would improve the service of transferring patients to hospitals on time. The Chief Minister said that Patient Transfer Service was a revolutionary step of Punjab government. He further added that continuous efforts were required for the improvement in the healthcare system which would bear fruits one day. DG Rescue 1122 while briefing said that all steps had been taken for the auction of old ambulances and the auction of 81 outmode ambulances would be done in this month. Provincial Ministers Kh. Salman Rafique, Kh. Imran Nazir, Advisor Dr. Umer Saif, Additional Chief Secretary, Secretaries of the concerning departments, Health Experts, and other high officials also attended the meeting.

44-degree temperature in the month of April has necessitated the need for extensive tree plantation in this agro-industrial city of Pakistan: Mohammad Saeed Sheikh –

FAISALABAD (FNNI) 44-degree temperature in the month of April has necessitated the need for extensive tree plantation in this agro-industrial city of Pakistan, said President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) Engineer Mohammad Saeed Sheikh.

He was addressing a function while receiving the donation of hundred plants of “Bogan Baliye”. These plants were donated by Mr. Mohammad Aslam Saeed Chairman FCCI Standing Committee on Beautification and Tree Plantation.

Engineer Mohammad Saeed Sheikh said that Faisalabad has become a jungle of concrete where the tree is gradually reducing at a much faster pace. The reduction in greenery has increased temperature which has now become unbearable even in the month of April. He said that being responsible citizens we must plant maximum trees to offset the ill impacts of hot weather. He termed canal road as the blessing for the people of Faisalabad as it has enough space for the linear plantation. However, he was critical of the cutting of the healthy trees and said that district administration should clearly identify the space which will be utilized for further development so that new plantation could be made only in safe and protected areas.

Mr. Aslam Saeed Chairman FCCI Standing Committee said that 100 plants will be planted to cover the earthen slopes of the road on the eastern side of the canal and in front of FCCI Complex. It will not only save this slope from erosion but also discourage the use of this slope for dangerous passage by unscrupulous elements.

Later President FCCI also planted a sapling while veteran leader Haji Mohammad Shafee prayed for the success of this tree plantation campaign.

The second batch of Chinese Language Course started in FCCI here today –

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FAISALABAD (FNNI) Second batch of Chinese Language Course started in Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) here today.

Inaugurating the course President FCCI, Engineer Mohammad Saeed Sheikh termed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a true game changer for this entire region. He said that it may have positive as well as negative effects and we must try ourselves to get maximum benefit out of it. He said that Pakistan and China are time tested friends but their relations could not be translated into economic terms only due to the language barrier.fcci logoRealizing the importance of this aspect, FCCI had started Chinese Language Course about two months ago which has been recently completed. On the pressing demand of our members, we have decided to start another batch so that workers of our valued members to learn Chinese language and work with the Chinese Engineers and investors with comfort and ease. He particularly appreciated the efforts of VP FCCI Engineer Ahmad Hasan, Director R&D Mr. M.D. Tahir and Madam Kausar Hameed for making this Chinese Language Course a total success.

SVP Rana Sikandar Azam also appreciated the second batch of Chinese Language Course and said that FCCI was also considering a proposal to start other language courses to cater to the needs of our exporters dealing with different countries. He said that a large number of Pakistani workers are employed in the Middle East. They are sending maximum foreign remittances and hence we should also equip them with the Arabic language for their value addition This will not only help them to get better salaries but also help Pakistan to get maximum foreign remittances.The function was also attended by Dr. Habib Aslam Gaba, Chairman FCCI Standing Committee on Training and Development, Mr. M.D. Tahir and Madam Kausar Hameed.

AFMDC is taking comprehensive and proactive steps to transform this institution into a model, leading and state of the art medical college of the country, Mian Mohammad Address  –

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FAISALABAD (FNNI) The administration of Aziz Fatima Medical and Dental College (AFMDC) is taking comprehensive and proactive steps to transform this institution into a model, leading and state of the art medical college of the country, said Mian Mohammad Address Chief Executive Officer AFMDC.

Addressing the annual prize distribution ceremony of the college, he said that the students should keep in mind that their parents are paying hefty fees for their education and they should make their stay in this institution as most productive and fruitful. He congratulated the students who had achieved distinctions in various fields and said that their participation in curricular as well as extracurricular activities are must for their education and grooming of their personality as a god fearing doctor.
He said that being CEO AFMDC, he is bound to provide best capable and highly motivated faculty and facilities to the medical students. Similarly, the students should also play their role in gaining maximum benefit from their teachers who have rich experience in the profession of the medical education. He said that faculty should pay full attention to their students by satisfying the curiosity of their students as well as their parents. He assured that experienced and highly qualified faculty would be hired to make various faculties more active and dynamic. He said that international experts of acknowledged repute would also be requested to visit AFMDC and deliver lectures in their specific field and topic. “If it was no possible even then the management should arrange such lecture through video conferencing so that the students could directly ask questions from the world fame experts”, he added.fcci logo

He told that a comprehensive system for the evaluation of faculty as well as students has also been evolved. It will identify the areas in which improvements are immediately required. He said that preference should be given to the medical graduates of AFMDC for their selection for house job in this hospital. It will provide them basic experience to independently handle the patients of critical nature. He told that the medical graduated from this college have already been picked for house job and now they are working as under training doctors in AFMDC. He said that he intends to further improve the quality of education in this institution and in this connection the faculty has to make concerted efforts.

The function was also addressed by the principal and other faculty members while Mian Mohammad Address distributed prizes among the top position holder students. Chief Operating Officer Ijaz Hussain was also present during this function.


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LAHORE (FNNI)Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has congratulated Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on the verdict of Supreme Court and said that another conspiracy of opponents has failed just like sit-in and picketing plan went in vain and those who were against Pakistan’s development and prosperity of its people have faced disappointment. pm to cmHe said PML-N government led by Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will not only honour all its promises made to the people but also win 2018 elections with their support and complete development agenda.



FARMERS’ INTEREST WILL BE GIVEN UTMOST PRIORITY: SHEHBAZ SHARIF INAUGURATES WHEAT HARVESTING CAMPAIGN 2017 BY CUTTING WHEAT WITH SICKLE AND HARVESTER AT FATEH-PUR, KASURCM PUNJAB-3LAHORE (FNNI)Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif today inaugurated Wheat Harvest Campaign 2017 at village Fatehpur, Kasur by traditional sickle and later by the harvester. He congratulated the cultivators and talking to media men on this occasion said that Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif-led government of Pakistan Muslim League (N) has protected farmers’ interests and will continue to do so in future as well. The Chief Minister said that he is monitoring wheat procurement campaign and won’t allow anyone to exploit farmers. He expressed gratitude to Allah Almighty and applauded farmers whose diligent work and devotion have driven into the incredible yield of wheat this year additionally expanded farmers’ production per acres. He said that Kisan Package worth billions of rupees introduced by the government has provided positive special subsidies to cultivators as a positive impact of which best wheat crop was acquired. CM PUNJAB-5The cultivators have confronted misfortune in the yield of potatoes, rice, and cotton a year ago, in any case, the true endeavors of Nawaz Sharif to give help to farmers furnished them with low rates fertilizers and power, he shared. Shehbaz Sharif said that Punjab Government shared 50 per cent of the expenses on the Federal Government scheme of providing subsidy on fertilizers. He said that Punjab government has also started implementation of Interest-Free Loan Scheme for cultivators who claim minimum 12 acres which are a landmark in history as before cultivators were deprived of any such privilege since the bank was giving loans only to industrialists, investors and rich people. Additionally, he said that steps are being taken to bring fresh seeds for increasing cotton production. He directed Provincial Minister and Secretary Food to ensure the protection of interests of cultivators and no complaint regarding supply of gunny bags should be received. He ordered strict disciplinary action against the individuals who will attempt to endeavor farmers’ rights and coordinated to maintain a strategic distance from middlemen or commission mafia in this Wheat Procurement Campaign.CM PUNJAB-6 Punjab Government has fixed a target to buy four million tons of wheat this year from the local cultivators even though they have additional reserves of grain. Responding to media query regarding Panama case, the Chief Minister said that we are the civilized nation and will respect the verdict of court whatever it may be as we are confident enough that the decision will be merit based. He said history is witness that in the tenure of Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, cheapest and tastiest electricity projects are being installed and Gas Power Projects of 3600MW have saved 112 billion rupees which are not the cup of tea for a corrupt person as no corrupt person can make such savings nor he can complete projects so quickly. Furthermore, he added that 1180 MW gas Power project of Bhikki was inaugurated yesterday after 18 months of its start and producing electricity of 717MW which is a true precedent of transparency and high speed and in contrary to it Guddu Gas Power Project of PPP government in past was twofold in cost and completed in six years. He said that those involved in negative politics and impeachment need to mend their ways as people are well aware of the fact that Nawaz Sharif has set new records of transparency and speedy completion of projects. Chief Minister Punjab-3He said that contract of Nandipur power project was given without tender notice in PPP tenure and six billion rupees of the nation was plundered ruthlessly are lying in Swiss banks and is enough to prove the worth of those before the public who currently addressing on decency and trustworthiness. He vowed that Nawaz Sharif today’s Prime Minister and will surely be Primer of tomorrow as he is the iron-will man who upheld nuclear explosion despite all pressure and has delivered a lot which his people openly acknowledge. Answering another probe, the Chief Minister said that today these persons are making false charges with a specific end goal to conceal their defilement. Sorrowfully he said that despite the confession of Zardari about Surrey Palace none of the courts was approached against him and on the other side are those rich people who are cherishing luxuries and waived loans worth billions of rupees. Shehbaz Sharif said that Nawaz Sharif who was two times Chief Minister Punjab and now Prime Minister has played the incredible role in 51 billion dollars CPEC projects which also depict confidence of China in Pakistani leadership. He added that 1320 MW Sahiwal Coal Power Project which was installed under CPEC will be inaugurated by Prime Minister next month In Sha Allah. He said lower water level at dams is the main reason behind the increase of load-shedding and we will bring all those culprits who were involved in this increased load-shedding. Nevertheless, energy projects of our government will end-up energy crises by the end of this and beginning of next year.

FCCI Engineer Mohammad Saeed Sheikh has welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision on Panama Papers Case –


FAISALABAD(FNNI) President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry Engineer Mohammad Saeed Sheikh has welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision on Panama Papers Case and urged the political parties to behave cautiously while expressing their political differences in order to avoid any damage to the national economy.

Commenting on the Supreme Court’s verdict, he said that ultimate objective of all political parties is to work for the welfare, progress, and prosperity of Pakistan and for this purpose peace is pre-requisite in which industrial and business activities could flourish. The conducive environment is also necessary as it will facilitate the businesses and create much-needed job opportunities for our youth. He said that this decision has also dispelled the uncertainty prevailing in the national politics. It will restore the confidence of the business community which will pave way for the progress and prosperity of the country.

He said that opposition parties should accept Supreme Court verdict with the open heart. Similarly, the ruling PML-N should not take any extreme step while celebrating this decision as it could hurt the sentiments of the opposition parties. He further said that economic issues are very sensitive and hence our attitude while dealing with this situation should be balanced and positive. It is very important to save the economy from the negative impacts of agitation and protestation etc, he said.

UAE Ambassador eyes €20 billion export potential in Pakistan’s Dairy Sector –


Islamabad (FNNI) The Ambassador of United Arab Emirates H.E. Mr. Essa Abdullah Al Basha Al Noaimi said that if developed on modern lines, Pakistan’s dairy sector has the potential to promote €20 billion exports of dairy products to Europe and other countries. He said UAE considered Pakistan an important country of the Muslim world and wanted to further enhance bilateral trade with it. He said this while addressing business community at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  He said under UAE’s Pakistan Assistance Program, 165 projects were launched in Pakistan in health, education, infrastructure development and other areas that would mitigate the problems of Pakistani people.Graphic1He said UAE was going to organize first international level “Expo 2020” in which 80 countries would participate and about 50 million people would visit this event. He invited Pakistani business community to participate in that Expo and explore new business opportunities. He said businessmen could set up pavilions or hire space in that Expo. He said about 600 Pakistani companies were doing successful business in free economic zones of UAE while about 1.1 million Pakistanis were contributing to its economic development. He assured that UAE would continue to assist Pakistan for its better economic development.

In his welcome address, Khalid Iqbal Malik, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that Pakistan and UAE enjoyed cordial relations while bilateral trade between the two countries in 2014 was around $9 billion. However, he said the two-way trade was still less than the actual potential of both countries.  He said UAE’s bilateral trade in 2015-16 with one of our neighbors was over $50 billion which showed that Pakistan and UAE have great potential to improve the trade figure. He stressed that both countries should focus on promoting strong connectivity between their private sectors to further enhance bilateral trade.

Khalid Iqbal Malik said that UAE extended generous support to Pakistan for better health and education facilities which were laudable. He said UAE had launched Pakistan Assistance Program in 2011 for building schools, colleges, and hospitals which were highly appreciable. He said that there were tremendous investment opportunities for UAE’s investors in various sectors of Pakistan’s economy including infrastructure development, power generation, water management, agro-industries. He said that both countries have good prospects to start joint ventures in many areas including aluminum products, horticulture, farming, dairy farming, livestock, financial sector, prefabricated houses and affordable low-income houses. He said cooperation between SMEs of Pakistan and UAE could fetch more beneficial results for both countries. Khalid Malik Senior Vice President, Khalid Javed, Mian Akram Farid, Zafar Bakhtawari, Sheikh Amir Waheed, Zahid Maqbool, Fatima Azeem and others also spoke at the occasion.



SAYS PEOPLE TO GET 17 SERVICES UNDER ONE ROOF; DRAFT OF RIGHT TO SERVICES ACT 2017 IS READY; ALL KHIDMAT MARAKIZ TO BE FUNCTIONAL BY CURRENT YEARCM PUNJAB-1LAHORE (FNNI)Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif presided over a high-level meeting here today in which establishment of Khidmat Markaz in 36 districts of Punjab was approved. As many as 17 services will be provided under one roof in every Khidmat Markaz. Addressing the meeting, the Chief Minister said that provision of better services and facilities is mission of Punjab government and establishment of Khidmat Markakis is a vital step in this regard. He said Khidmat Markaz have been set up in six districts while state-of-the-art Khidmat Markaz in remaining districts will be made functional by the end of current year where people will be able to get 17 services under one roof. He said that establishment of Khidmat Markaz is a brilliant decision of Punjab government and problems of the people will be resolved under one roof and they will not need to visit various offices for resolution of their problems. He said third party validation and financial audit of Khidmat Markaz will also be carried out. He said an excellent Khidmat Markaz centre has been established in Faisalabad for which Provincial Minister, Chief Secretary, Chairman PITB and the whole team deserve appreciation. He said model of Khidmat Markaz in Faisalabad should be replicated in other districts. He said that Khidmat Markaz is also functional in Rawalpindi, Lahore, Sargodha, Sahiwal and Gujranwala apart from Faisalabad. He said an awareness campaign should be launched to make people aware of Khidmat Markaz. Shehbaz Sharif said that strict monitoring of Khidmat Markaz will be carried out. The Chief Minister constituted a committee headed by Chief Secretary to present its report in one week on recommendations on new system of services, its monitoring system and other matters. He said project management unit should also be constituted and necessary legislation is also being carried out for implementation of the programme. Draft of Right to Services Act 2017 is ready and it will be presented to the assembly for approval. Giving briefing to the meeting, Dr. Umer Saif said an effective system has been made for applicants to know about the status of their applications submitted in Khidmat Markaz. Ten Khidmat Markaz has been set up throughout the province and six out of them are functional. Provincial Finance Minister Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Adviser Dr. Umer Saif, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Acting IGP, concerning secretaries, and senior officials were present on the occasion. The Chairman P&D participated in the meeting via video link.