Monthly Archives: April 2017


Lahore (FNNI) Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has expressed the deep sense of sorrow and grief over the death of father and three children due to the explosion of rickshaw gas cylinder caused by the collision between truck and rickshaw. The Chief Minister offered sincere condolences to the bereaved family. The Chief Minister directed for the provision of best medical facilities to the injured women. The Chief Minister also sought a report about the accident and ordered to initiate proceedings as per law against the truck driver.



 Lahore (FNNI) Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that International Labour Day revives the memory of struggle of workers of Chicago in 1886 for their fundamental rights and sacrifices they offered in the attainment of their objectives. In his message on International Labour Day, the Chief Minister said labourers and workers play a key role in strengthening of national economy and targets of development cannot be achieved without prosperity, empowerment and due respect of the workers. He said Islam has declared the labourer as a friend of God and as such acknowledged his dignity. 123labourHe said role of labourers and workers is very important in the progress and development of the country. The more the workforce will be empowered, the soon we achieve targets of development. The Chief Minister said under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the PML-N government is paying full attention to the welfare and upliftment of the workers’ community, adding that workforce of the country has full potential to achieve the targets of development. He said thousands of youngsters have been imparted training under the Skill Development Program of Punjab government. Besides, 87,000 children of brick-kiln workers have been enrolled in different government-sponsored schools for providing them free education, he added. Shehbaz stated that establishment of quality educational institutions for the children of labourers besides social security hospitals and labour colonies are a proof of labour-friendly policies of Punjab government. He said welfare measures for labourers would continue in future as well. “On this day, there is a need to renew the pledge that all out support would be extended for the welfare of labourers and protection of their rights,” he added.

FCCI Chinese Language participants may be offered an opportunity for further training in Technical and Business Language in China: Muhammad Saeed Sheikh –


Faisalabad (FNNI) FCCI Chinese Language participants may be offered an opportunity for further training in Technical and Business Language in China said Engr. Muhammad Saeed Sheikh, President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI). In this regard, FCCI Chinese Language Course participants headed by Muhammad Din Tahir, Director Research & Development Department visited the Chinese Cultural Centre Islamabad and handed over the written proposals from President FCCI before H. E. Sun Weidong, Ambassador of China to Pakistan.

FCCI 33In this regard, Muhammad Din Tahir also presented invitation letter to H. E. The Ambassador of China to visit FCCI for a business meeting with the Executive Committee and Members of FCCI.

During the visit, the Course participants also attended the opening ceremony of China Cultural Centre in Islamabad. In this regard, a significant number of businessmen and civil society members from all walks of life attended the Ceremony. Moreover, Muhammad Din Tahir, on behalf of President FCCI, presented FCCI Study Report on ‘CPEC – Opportunities & Challenges’ to H.E. the Ambassador of China and Cultural Counsellor of the Center.


‘Pakistan has great energy resources and with smart Building, concepts can save substantial energy costs’ stated by Malik Abrar Ahmad, Chairman PHA  –

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Rawalpindi (FNNI)Pakistan has great energy resources and with strategic planning and implementation of Building Codes and constructing Energy Efficient buildings, we can save substantial energy”, this was stated by Chairman Parks & Horticulture Agency Rawalpindi Malik Ibrar Ahmed MNA while speaking at the seminar on Building Codes “Building the Future Together”, organized by the “Punjab Energy Efficiency & Conservation Agency (PEECA)” on Saturday in Rawalpindi..

The MNA appreciated the efforts of PEECA and further stated that by smartly constructing our buildings, we can save substantial costs and resources which will lead in enhancing a nature-friendly environment and by conserving existing resources of mines mainly coal & natural gas.

The seminar presented the comprehensive overview on developing building codes and highlighted the importance of building codes to builders, small & midscale constructors, architects, housing scheme developers and ABAD members and to develop understanding between the stakeholders in following the building codes to avoid disasters.

Meanwhile, Mr. AbdurRahman, Program Manager PEECA, in his opening remarks welcomed the distinguished guests and described the vision of PEECA to create awareness among the masses for the promotion of energy efficiency and conservation measures in Punjab, by conducting regular Awareness Programs under the umbrella of Punjab Energy Department, Government of Punjab.  

“Building the Future Together”, turned out to be a high-profile gathering of country’s prominent speakers from various recognized forms of the related industry and private and government organizations, presented their papers and discussed the topics on : BECP Energy Provisions-2011, PEECA’s work on ECBC, Pakistan Green Building Guidelines, and an interactive roundtable session on Pakistan’s Energy Scenario and need for Energy Conservation.Pic energy seminar English NewsThe high-profile speakers included: Engr. AsadMahmood, Ar. ZahidUsman, Enr. FaizBhutta, Mr. AqrabRana, and Mr. SuhaibTahir. The Speakers emphasized that through implementing the Building Codes and by developing Energy Efficient Buildings, we can reduce carbon emissions, conserve & save energy to reduce the burden on the National Grid and to create a safer Pakistan by encountering disasters.

“Punjab Energy Efficiency & Conservation Agency (PEECA), has successfully organized various seminars on energy-related issues, to enhance Punjab Energy security and fuel economic growth by creating an environment that reliably meets the energy demands of all sectors of Punjab’s economy through a sustainable and affordable energy mix and its efficient use.


LAHORE (FNNI)Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said hollow slogans don’t serve the purpose of public service rather it needs dedication and devotion so it is his message for all those who are after power that he will continue serving his people selflessly as their baseless allegations can’t shatter his passion. He said that people who are indulged in the power-lust game have no preference for public interest and added that the days of politics based on impeachment are numbered as sensible people know that who have served them truly.images Shehbaz Sharif said that national resources were plundered ruthlessly by leaders in the past but PML-N government has put the country on the road to progress and prosperity under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. Furthermore, he added that these evil minded elements through their negative politics have created a lot of hurdles in public welfare projects for their vested interests and hopefully astute people of Pakistan will reject them again in 2018 elections.

Meeting of District Council Thatta was held under the chairmanship of the Chairman District Council Ghulam Qadir Paleejo at Shaheed Benazir Hall here on Friday. –


Thatta (FNNI)In the Session Female members Faiza Khaskheli, Rabia Paleejo, Sanam Babar, Hajani Shaikh & Others alleged that they have been neglected by the Chairman in the developing schemes and funds they said there is no equality for all the members, added that Chairman is not serious about solving basic and needy issues, Female members seemed very emotional when a male member named Ghulam Mustafa Jakhro said that male members are elected and they are more responsible than female members added that females have no any right because there is no special responsibility upon female members . Fast_News_Network_International_FNNIIn the session District Councilors Hameed Panhwer, Abdul Khaliq Soomro, and others declared Irrigation department as irresponsible and have failed in the distribution of irrigation water supply in the district, the expressed grave concerned over acute shortage of water during the current Kharif season of paddy rice. The council passed a Unanimous resolution appealing the chief Minister Sindh to address the irrigation water shortage as early as possible. The members expressed their reservations regarding census and said district administration and Census department is not ready to for sharing, they demanded a committee should be established under presiding District Council Chairman so as to monitor the ongoing Census process.

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LAHORE (FNNI) The Punjab government has launched free internet service (wifi hotspot) at over 200 places of five big cities of Lahore, Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan and Bahawalpur while this service will also be available at 16 places in Murree. Lakhs of citizens will benefit from this service and they will get convenience in making contacts. Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif inaugurated the free internet service at a ceremony held at IrfaKareen Software Technology Park by pressing a button. Addressing the ceremony, the chief minister said the launch of the free internet service at five big cities is a huge step toward converting the province to the digital system. He said the Punjab government has taken revolutionary measures for the promotion of the IT and performance many of several government departments has been enhancing by utilizing IT. He said old system of patwaris has been replaced by the Land Record Information Management System which has provided relief to the people and the land matters have been made the easy and rural population of five crores and 60 lakh has been directly benefited from this system. He said in the old system a farmer used to get ownership document of their land after paying bribes and spending a lot of time, but in the current system ownership document can be obtained in 30 minutes without any bride while matters of transfer of land take place in 45 minutes. He said patwari culture, bribes, and corruption have been eliminated through the new system and it has provided relief to the people. He said the credit of this project launched with the cooperation of the World Bank goes to the whole team of the Punjab government.Chief Minister Punjab-3 Shehbaz Sharif said all police stations have been computerized and FIR is registered through the computer and this process has been made paper-free and no change in FIR is possible now. He said former IGP Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhera has played the vital role in the computerisation of police stations and he hopes the new IGP will also continue his legacy because ‘afsarshahi’has been eliminated by computers in police stations. He said IT labs have been set up in all government schools in Punjab and now 50,000 tablets will be also distributed that is another giant step towards utilizing the latest technology. He said during dengue epidemic IT was used and this epidemic was controlled. He said the dengue control through IT is the great lesson to follow this model in all fields of the life. He said the future of Pakistan is connected to IT and we can move forward by utilizing modern knowledge. The chief minister said IT University is operating in Irfa Kareem Technology Park while new campus of the university is being set up by acquiring land worth billions of rupees on Badian Road and the land has been handed over to its VC Dr. UmerSaif who has promised to set up the new campus in one year. He said the IT University will be great achievement and funds for it will be earmarked in the forthcoming budget. Shehbaz Sharif said the foundation stone ofBhikki power plant of 1180MW was laid on October 9, 2015, and this project was inaugurated on April 19, 2017, and a sum of Rs50 billion has been saved in this project and this saving is the real saving. He said the performance of turbine at Bhikkiis most efficient in the world. He said the performance of turbine in Guddu power plant installed in the past was 54 per cent and benchmark of Nepra is 57 per cent while the efficiency of the turbine of Bhikki is 61.9 percent that is the top efficiency in the world. He said, on the one hand, there is Neelum Jhelum project of 985MW that is still incomplete despite the passage of 18 years while on the other hand there is 1180MW Bhikki power plant that has been completed in the record minimum time of 18 months and this project has started proving 717 MW to the national grid in the first phase.CM PUNJAB-2

Chairman PITB Dr. Umer Saif briefed about steps taken to introduce e-governance and the use of the IT in education, health, police and other sectors. He also told about the purpose of free internet service. He said CM Shehbaz Sharif has extraordinary capabilities and ensures the completion of projects at the fast pace due to which the term ‘Punjab Speed’ is known in the whole world. He said IT has brought about the revolution in several departments while KPK and Sindh governments have sought cooperation from the Punjab government to bring about improvement in the performance of government departments and CM Shehbaz Sharif has directed to provide all-out cooperation to both provincial governments. Finance Minister Dr. Ayeshah Ghaus Pasha also addressed the ceremony. Provincial ministers, lawmakers, senior officers of Punjab and IT experts also participated in the ceremony. At the end of the ceremony chairman PITC, Dr. Umer Saif presented a shield to the chief minister. While CM Shehbaz Sharif presented shields to Project Manager of Free Internet Service Sajjad Ghani, experts, and officers.

EOBI Chairman assures to address encroachment issue in I-8 Markaz to facilitate traders –

Islamabad (FNNI) Khaqan Murtaza, Chairman, Employees Old Age Benefit Institution along with Director General Operations Abdul Wahid and Deputy Director General Syed Iqbal Haider Zaidi visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry and addressing the business community assured to address the issue of encroachments in I-8 Markaz due suspended EOBI projects so that traders of area could get rid of multiple problems. He said due to cases in court, work on EOBI projects in I-8 Markaz was on hold, but efforts were being made to resolve this issue through negotiations. He said about 18 projects of EOBI were suspended due to court cases and the department was suffering losses of millions of rupees.He EOBI was providing pension to 40 million pensioners while 40,000 employees were being insured every year. He said if this trend continued, EOBI pensioners would touch the figure of 400 million in coming times. He said EOBI has taken steps to facilitate its beneficiaries and has issued ATM cards of Bank Al-Falah to 3 Lac 63 thousand pensioners so that they could draw pension through ATMs. He said EOBI has assets of over Rs.300 billion and it was making investments in PIBs and other safe instruments. He admitted that minimum pension of Rs.5250/month was quite insufficient, but added that pension case was in Supreme Court. He asked the business community to cooperate in the registration of employees in EOBI so that maximum workers could take benefit of its pension.

Speaking at the occasion, Khalid Iqbal Malik, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that EOBI was paying minimum pension of the only Rs.5250/month which was totally insufficient to meet even the minimum basic needs of life and urged that EOBI should enhance its minimum pension to at least Rs.10,000/- to ease the woes of its pensioners. He said government used to increase the pension of its employees almost every year, but EOBI was giving rise in pension after a gap of many years. He said that EOBI should link the increase in pension with annual inflation to provide better relief to its pensioners.

He said due to suspended projects of EOBI in I-8 Markaz, parking of the areas was occupied by construction material while footpaths, toilets and other infrastructure has been badly damaged due to which business activities were badly suffering. He said EOBI should remove its encroachments from I-8 Markaz to facilitate the traders.

He said EOBI’s online facilitation system was available only for five days from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm while FBR online system was available for 24 hours. He stressed that EOBI should further streamline its online facilitation system and make it available for 24 hours to facilitate the industrial and commercial establishments. Khalid Malik, Senior Vice President ICCI, Tariq Sadiq, Zafar Bakhtawari, Mian Akram Farid, Sanaullah Khan and others also spoke at the occasion.

Pakistan can get maximum benefits from CPEC project through joint ventures and transfer of technology from China:  Muhammad Saeed Sheikh –



Faisalabad (FNNI)Pakistan can get maximum benefits from CPEC project through joint ventures and transfer of technology from China, said Engineer Muhammad Saeed Sheikh while addressing to the female batch of 50 students of Government College Karkhana Bazar Faisalabad headed by Professor Night Parveen. In addition, the Secretary-General FCCI Mr. Abid Masood said that about $1trillion worth trade is expected through CPEC project. In this regard, Government of Pakistan is making all out efforts to provide infrastructure and completion of the project of Gawadar Port while briefing about FCCI activities he said, The main objective of FCCI is to bridge the gap between public and private sectors. Moreover, foreign ambassadors and high profiled government functionaries, federal and provincial ministers visited FCCI and held a meeting with traders and industrial community. FCCI 30Earlier, Miss Nighat Parveen Associate Professor English (Government College Karkhana Bazar Faisalabad) extended her gratitude to FCCI management for providing an opportunity to finance and accounting students to interact with the FCCI Management.

Furthermore, Mr. Muhammad Din Tahir (Director R&D) described the CPEC project to the students and said that it is a project of $58 billion investment which will enhance the ties between the Pakistan and China and will also prove to be a milestone for the future of Pakistan. He said that R&D section of FCCI has also compiled a comprehensive study report on CPEC, which clearly identifies its pros and cons. This book has been provided to the government departments policy makers in order to redress the irritant. He further said that language was yet another barrier, however, FCCI has started Chinese language course to bridge this gap. Later, at the end, Mr. Abid Masood presented CPEC book to Miss Nighat Parveen.


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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.