Belarusian companies visit ICCI to explore development of business cooperation - Fnni.org

Belarusian companies visit ICCI to explore development of business cooperation - Fnni.org

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 »

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Google’s DeepMind Is Improving Its Human Speech Abilities

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Nats’ Stephen Strasburg Relieved by Elbow Diagnosis

Nats’ Stephen Strasburg Relieved by Elbow Diagnosis

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CM FELICITATES PAKISTANI CRICKET TEAM-Fnni.org

CM FELICITATES PAKISTANI CRICKET TEAM-Fnni.org

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- Fnni.org

Turkish delegation visits ICCI to explore business collaborations- Fnni.org

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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CM INAUGURATES FREE WIFI HOTSPOT AT 200 PLACES OF 5 BIG CITIES – Fnni.org

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SAYS ALL POLICE STATIONS IN PUNJAB HAVE BEEN COMPUTERISED; NO CHANCE OF ALTERING FIRS; COMPUTERIZATION OF LAND RECORD ELIMINATED PATWARI CULTURE; COMPLETION OF 1180MW BHIKKI PROJECT IN 18 MONTHS IS WORLD RECORDCM PUNJAB-1

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.

Imran Aziz Mian enchanted qawwali lovers at RAC – Fnni.org

Rawalpindi (FNNI)Following the footsteps of his father, Imran Aziz Mian Qawwal enthralled the audience on Saturday night while performing at a Mehfil-e-Sama organized as a tribute to the renowned Sufi saint Syed Hussain Sharafuddin Shah Willat.

The event, organized by Anjuman Saddaat Amroh in collaboration with Rawalpindi Arts Council, hosted a large number of qawwali lovers, including men and women.PP-01 Imran Aziz performed with great zeal, like his father and compelled listeners to applaud profusely. He also performed compositions dedicated to Hazrat Khawaja Nizamuddin and Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin.

Imran’s team of performers includes members of his father’s team, who propel his enchanting style of performance.

Classic qawwalis like Man Kun Tu Maula, Allah hi Jane Kaon Bashar Hai or Main Sharaabi Mein Sharabi along with others were instant hits even with the younger audience.

The tunes from Imran Aziz let the slow improvisations overlap the gifted vocals of his troupe that would often sustain notes for several seconds while the tabla players drove the accelerating rhythms.

 

Students work put on display at RAC – Fnni.org

Rawalpindi (FNNI) Rawalpindi Council arranged a display of artwork of its classes aim to provide a platform to the new talent of the area here on Friday. Additional Secretary Culture, Information and Culture Department, Saman Rai flanked by Naheed Manzoor and Resident Director RAC Waqar Ahmed inaugurated the exhibition.The students from more than 20 training courses including Fashion Designing, Textile Designing, Stain Glass, Interior Decoration, Painting, Flower Making, Glass painting, cutting & sewing and Pottery Decoration class put their work on display.

Addressing at the inaugural ceremony, Additional Secretary Culture, Saman Rai said that professional education is a great source to lessen unemployment and the youth would be able to get respectable jobs and Rawalpindi Arts Council is imparting practical and technical education to the young talent which is an appreciable step.

Naheed Manzoor said by giving practical training to our youth is according to the vision of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif.

RAC Resident Director Waqar Ahmed gave a detailed briefing about the cultural activities arranged by the Council.

At the end of the inaugural ceremony, Additional Saman Rai distributed certificates among the participants at the end of the exhibition.

In connection with Pakistan Day celebration a photographic exhibition titled “Beautiful Pakistan” held in the RAC – Fnni.org

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Rawalpindi(FNNI) In connection with Pakistan Day celebration a photographic exhibition titled “Beautiful Pakistan” held in the Art Gallery of the Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) in which about 50 photographs of the natural scene of Pakistan were showcased. MNA Tahira Aurangzeb inaugurated the exhibition, while Naheed Manzoor and RAC resident director Waqar Ahmed attended the exhibition as special guests.cab pic Photographs of natural scenes of Pakistan by Photographer Zafar Iqbal Raheem were showcased in the exhibition. Speaking on the occasion, MNA Tahira Aurangzeb said the RAC always arranges special programs on national days and the photographs exhibition is a valuable addition to programs of the Pakistan Day celebrations. She said Pakistan is blessed with wonderful and breathtaking natural scenes and Zafar Raheem has taken pictures of these scenes very skillfully. She said these pictures show Pakistan is among the most countries of the world.

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Chitral Cultural Night will be held on today at the auditorium of Rawalpindi Arts Council – Fnni.org

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Rawalpindi (FNNI) On the instructions of Mian Muhammad Shabaz Sharif Chief Minister, Punjab in connection with Inter Provence Harmony, The Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) will arrange Chitral cultural and musical night on 18th March 2017 Saturday at 6:00 pm at its auditorium. Chitrali songs and Cultural dances will be presented on the occasion.chtral1 Chitrali singer Mahtab Ziyab is among the organizers of the program. Resident Director (RAC) Waqar Ahmed said the arts council is not only playing its role in the promotion of the culture of Punjab, but the cultures of other areas outside Punjab are also being promoted. He said Chitrali songs and culture are very popular due to their distinctive style. He said RAC is the hub of the cultural promotion of all parts of the country.

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Rawalpindi Arts Council will arrange Chitral cultural and musical night – Fnni.org

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Rawalpindi (FNNI) The Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) will arrange Chitral cultural and musical night on 18th March 2017 Saturday at 6:00 pm at its auditorium. Chitrali songs and dances will be presented on the occasion.Chitral singer Mahtab Ziyab is among the organizers of the program. Resident Director (RAC) Waqar Ahmed said the arts council is not only playing its role in the promotion of the culture of Punjab, but the cultures of other areas outside Punjab are also being promoted. He said Chitrali songs and culture are very popular due to their distinctive style. He said RAC is the hub of the cultural promotion of all parts of the country.

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An evening with the Pakistan origin and the US resident poetess, Beena Goindi held at the RAC- Fnni.org

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Rawalpindi (FNNI) An evening with the Pakistan origin and the US resident poetess, Beena Goindi held at the Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) for which she was paid rich tributes for her poetic and artistic skills. The program was organized by the RAC in collaboration with Kasab Kamal, Bazme Ihbab Qalam and Bazme Urooj Adab Pakistan. The program was presided over by Professor Dr. Munawwar Hashmi, while Canada-based poetess Seema Naqvi was the guest of honor.Cap PicSpeaking on the occasion, RAC resident Director Waqar Ahmed Ch said Beena Goindi has authored two books of poetry “Soochti Aainkhen” and “Jo Tum Ne Dekha” while she has also contributed articles to newspapers in which she highlighted our social problems. He said she also runs an institution “Ghronda” in the US in which she teaches Urdu. He said Beena has combined our local traditions with the latest poetic techniques in her poetry which make her a prominent poetess. He said Beena has also highlighted social issue and problems of women in her poetry.

Naseem Sahar, Wafa Chisti, Amin Kunjahi, Khalid Siddiqui, Mazhar Shahzad, Naeem Qureshi, Ali Asghar, Abdul Qadir Tabban, Commissioner Muzzafarabad Ahmed Atta, Qyum Tahir, Mehboob Zafar, Majid Jehangir, Rehman Hafeez, Quratul Ain Naqvi, Rifat Waheed, Pir Antique Chisti, Khurram Khaliq, Rashida Maheen Malik also presented their poetry on the occasion.

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SHEHBAZ FELICITATES HINDU COMMUNITY ON HOLI – Fnni.org

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LAHORE (FNNI) Punjab Chief Minister  Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif felicitated the Hindu community of Pakistan on the eve of Holi. In his felicitation message, the Chief Minister said that the Holi festival spread brotherhood feelings and goodwill gesture and this colorful festival is a symbol of happiness and vigor in lives. The Chief Minister said that all the minorities including the Hindu community are equal citizens of Pakistan and they have the equal rights. holiThe role played by Hindu community in the socio-economic and political fields is appreciable. The Hindu community residing in Pakistan has played a great role for the progress and prosperity of the country. The Chief Minister said that the protection of rights of minorities had an important place in religious teachings and protection of human rights without any discrimination is the recognition of Islamic society. Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah also stressed on the equal rights of minorities. The Chief Minister said that it was the responsibility of the state to provide basic rights to minorities and also to protect their rights. We respect the Hindu community residing within Pakistan and all the minorities living in Pakistan are our valuable asset, he added. The Chief Minister said that the Hindu community had rendered invaluable services for the progress and development of Pakistani society. The Chief Minister said that the PML-N government had ensured the rights of minorities and by providing equal opportunities to minorities they had been included in the national mainstream. The protection of rights of minorities in Pakistan has highlighted soft image of the country at the international level. The Chief Minister said that all the minorities enjoy complete freedom in Pakistan. The Chief Minister said that taking part in the happiness of others would spread the message of love, tolerance, and brotherhood. The Chief Minister said that if we would share the grief of one another than it would promote brotherhood, tolerance, unity and peace in the country. The Chief Minister said that by taking part in each other’s celebrations we had to spread the message of peace and brotherhood and on this eve of Holi we had to promise to spread this message of love, tolerance, and brotherhood to the length and breadth of the country.

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Women Empowerment: Winds of Change – Fnni.org

Women Empowerment: Winds of Change – Fnni.org

written by:  Isma Anum 

We are living in an era of women empowerment. Women from the entire world over are working shoulder to shoulder with men. All around, they are now empowered to take a decision about different aspects of their life and profession. Women empowerment has become a significant topic of discussion in development. Women Empowerment helps to make the society and the world a better place to live in and march forward on way to inclusive participation. To celebrate women empowerment, International Women’s Day is observed on 8 March globally. On this day, social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women are being celebrated and it is also a call for gender equality. This day has been observed since in the early 1900’s when the world was moving towards an industrialized economy and ideologies of people were also changing. International Women’s Day is an opportunity for the global community to come together and celebrate the many achievements by women in various fields, and reflect upon what more needs to be done.

Due to long-prevailing gender discrimination and dominance of men in the Pakistani society, women have been suppressed in their families and society at large. Even they have been prone to violence and various discriminations by the male members, even in their own families. In rural areas of Pakistan, the condition of women is far from satisfactory and their contribution to the economy is also negligible. Though women comprise almost 50% of the population of the country, they have not been empowered enough to get equal opportunities in realizing their fullest potential. In such condition, we can say that our country cannot become a developed nation unless we empower women in the true sense of the term. It is very necessary to pay proper attention to their development by providing them equal opportunities in all areas of human activity. Although women have been given a special place in Islam, still many ill practices have been going on against women as a norm since ages. But positive changes are now visible. Women are now claiming the socio-political rights (right to work, the right to education, right to decide, etc) for themselves. There is an increasing awareness about women’s rights which is evident in the emergence of several NGOs and self-help groups. At the individual level too, women are now breaking the barriers of suppression and making their voices heard for their rights. The Punjab Government have implemented various constitutional and legal rights to help women lead purposeful and meaningful lives. Laws have been enacted or amendments made in existing legislation to address acid attacks, honor killings, and sexual harassment. Punjab Government has passed laws to protect women against domestic violence than can be physical or otherwise. In order to safeguard rights of the women, the Punjab Assembly has passed the law titled “Punjab Protection of Women against Violence Act” that is enforced in different areas and different times across the entire province of Punjab.  This ‘Women Protect Act’ aims to meet needs of the existing legal system which had failed to effectively address the violence against women. The bill has been passed by the Punjab Government which envisages rehabilitation and justice to women if they become a victim of domestic, emotional, psychological violence, verbal abuse, stalking and cyber crime. Under this law, District Women Protection Officers (WPO) has been appointed to take care of everything of the victim women in addition to getting them relieved from the court of law. The victim women also get help from Women Protection Committee, protection center, and shelter homes. Under the ‘Women Protect Law’, Punjab Government has taken some initiatives for women protection and rights. In previous times, women were not given the right to the property but Punjab Government has passed a bill, according to which women are now given equal right in the property as to men. Additionally, Punjab Government has also announced 15% quota for women in any public service employment. Such measures taken by Punjab Government may help address the major concerns most women have of reporting violence in the first place i.e. fear of police treatment and family pressures to silence the issue. These measures have also helped women to attain a respectable lace in the society and to achieve success in various fields of life.

There is no doubt that women have come a long way globally to gain equal rights as that to men in various aspects of society. Women still need to struggle a lot more to break glass ceilings and to push society as a whole out of their old ways of thinking to realize the crucial roles women can and do play in helping to build democratic systems and sustainable economies. However, despite the growing participation of women in politics and various leadership roles in government, business, and society, gaps still exist in both developed and developing countries that need to be addressed. It is high time that we start respecting our women and let go of the double standards we have towards the two genders. Before becoming the moral police for others, let’s learn to correct our own imperfections first. If we want to bring about women empowerment in the true sense, there is a need for the elimination of the male superiority and patriarchal mindset. Also, women need to be given equal opportunities for education and employment without any sense of discrimination. Unless there is an attitudinal change in society towards women, merely giving them legal and constitutional rights will be simply inadequate.

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Poster competition on government initiative towards Women Development – Fnni.org

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Rawalpindi (FNNI) The women played a central role in Pakistan Movement and has a key role in the development of the country in every sector which has been acknowledged by every stakeholder in society. Prominent Hurriat leader Mishal Malik wife of Yasin Malik expressed these views as chief guest at prize distribution ceremony of posters competition entitled “Present Government initiative towards Women Development” under aegis of Rawalpindi Arts Council to mark International Women Day. More than 60 male and female students showed their talent using poster colors and white paper sheet.P-01 The competitors highlighted the initiatives by Punjab Government for the betterment of women. The different themes like Women Ombudsmen, Harassment Laws, Education, Property issues, the establishment of inquiry committees and other important matters. The first prize went to Waqas Ahmed of RAC, second to Namia Saleem of Girls College Dhoke Ratta, the third position taken by Roumaisa of Punjab College of Commerce, while fourth also went to Ayesha Rashid of same institution Punjab College of Commerce. Prominent Hurriat leader Mishal Malik addressing on the occasion said that every woman should know her rights and would not compromise on it. She appreciated the efforts of Punjab Government for empowering women in every field of life. Mishal also remembered Kashmiri women who sacrificed for the right of self-determination. She also applauded RAC efforts for raising women’s rights.    

Talking about the objectives of the poster competition, Resident Director RAC Waqar Ahmed said that the key purpose is to recognize, appreciate and raise the women’s rights and their achievements to inspire the generation next.

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