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 »

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 »

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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FCCI is making strenuous efforts to put Pakistan on the road to progress and prosperity: Rana Sikandar-e-Azam – Fnni.org

FAISALABAD (FNNI) Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI) is making strenuous efforts to put Pakistan on the road to progress and prosperity with the active collaboration of the business community of Faisalabad, said Rana Sikandar-e-Azam senior vice president FCCI.

He was addressing a joint meeting of the FCCI Standing Committee of Foundry & Textile Engineering and Standing Committee on Agriculture and Allied Engineering here today. It was also attended by Mr. Jalil Ahmed Malik Chairman FCCI Standing Committee on Foundry and Textile Engineering and Amjad Ali Amjad Chairman FCCI Standing Committee on Agriculture and Allied Engineering in addition to 30 participants from the concerned sectors.Rana Sikandar Azam termed the Foundry and Agriculture as the basic and fundamental industry of Pakistan towards repaid industrialization. He especially appreciated the efforts of Vice President Engineer Ahmed Hassan and said that he is taking a keen interest in the overall development of these sectors. Rana Sikandar urged upon the participants to cooperate with him so that he could resolve the issues confronted by these important segments of the national economy.

Engineer Ahmed Hassan underlined the importance of the youth for the speedy and scientific development of foundry industry in Pakistan and said that it has made tremendous progress at the international level but we are still sticking to the century old technology. He said that the old guards should realize that introduction of new technology in foundry industry is imperative to improve the productivity as well as the quality of their products and for this propose latest technologies should be introduced in our foundries and manufacturing units.

He also urged upon the participants to introduce better management practices in their units to ensure optimum utilization of available resources, energy, and human forces. He said that we should invest in the training of our workers in order to improve their skills which will ultimately give us benefits in the form of the production of high-quality products. He said that he will organize training workshop for the efficient workers at the local level in addition to sending them abroad for training proposes. He said that this phase should be completed immediately so that we could harvest the maximum benefits of CPEC. Continuing Engineer Ahmed Hassan said that China is getting 80 pounds per acre yield of wheat with mechanized farming whereas our production is hardly 35 to 50 mounds.

He said that we should manufacture latest and hi-tech agricultural appliances to cater to the needs of our small farmers. He said that he will have an exclusive sitting with Vice Chancellor UAF so that we could manufacture highly efficient but cheapest agricultural machinery in collaboration with UAF and China.

Amjad Ali Amjad chairman FCCI Standing Committee on Agriculture and Allied Engineering explained in detail the establishment of M-3 Industrial Estate which will give impetus to the establishment of a new industry in this region.

Haji Abdul Razaq, Muhammad Ashraf, Rana Shabir Ahmed, Muhammad Ismail, Abid Nazeer, Mirza Muhammad Muneer, Muhammad Abid Mr.  Abdul Rauf ,Tanveer Ahmed, Mirza Muhammad Nadeem, Shahid Mehmood, Abdul Rehman, Muhammad Abdullah, Muhammad Shakir, Tahir Shaukat and other members from the foundries of the Samundari road also participated in this meeting.

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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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IMPROVING HEALTHCARE QUALITY IS THE ONLY  WAY FORWARD: SHEHBAZ – Fnni.org

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LAHORE (FNNI) Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif here today chaired a high-level meeting in which a delegation led by Chairman Health Impact Committee of Abraaj Group Sir David Nicholson also took part. In the meeting, Abraaj Group expressed interest in the cooperation with the Punjab government for improvement in the healthcare system, training of doctors and nurses and coordination for diagnosing of diseases. In this regard, the joint committee by the Punjab government and Abraaj Group would present the final recommendations on the future plan in the next few days. While presiding over the meeting, the Chief Minister said that for quality healthcare facilities we would have to take immediate steps wasting no time. To improve healthcare services was my mission and we considered the cooperation of Abraaj Group with regard, he added. The Chief Minister said that the aim of my government was to serve the ailing humanity and for this, we had to work together.CM-PUnjab-Shahbaz For further improvement in the healthcare system, we had to set the targets and ensure their achievement. The Chief Minister said that the Punjab government has taken the management of ambulance service of the hospital from the health department and handed it over to Rescue 1122. The Chief Minister said that Punjab was the only province of Pakistan where ambulance services were being run on the coordinated system for the first time and with the introduction of new ambulance service system, improvement had been seen in the timely shifting of patients to the hospitals. I am confident that hard work, determination, and passion for improving healthcare system will bear fruits one day, he added. The Chief Minister said that training of doctors, nurses and other paramedic staff as per international standards is need of the hour and in this regard, we want to take benefit from the experience and expertise of Abraaj Group. The Chief Minister said that we had to set the targets for improvement in the healthcare system in order to ensure their achievement within a specified period of time. Abraaj Global Healthcare Chief Executive Officer expressed his resolve to work with the Punjab government for improving the healthcare system in the province. Abraaj Global Healthcare Chief Executive Officer Khawar Mannan, other experts, Provincial Ministers Khawaja Salman Rafique, Khawaja Imran Nazir, Additional Chief Secretary, Chairman Planning & Development, and concerning officials and medical experts were also present on the occasion.

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HOLI CELEBRATED IN PROVINCIAL CAPITAL WITH TRADITIONAL ZEAL AND FERVOUR- Fnni.org

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LAHORE (FNNI) Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu has felicitated the Hindu Community of the province on the eve of Holi; the festival of spring and colors according to which was marked today by many Christians, Sikh and Muslims alongside Hindus with traditional zeal and fervor in the city.Minister Minorities 1 Minister Human Rights Khalil Tahir Sandhu participated in the main celebrations of Holi Festival at Krishna Mandir along with MPA Shehzad Munshi and others. Members of the Hindu community offered prayers for national progress and daubed one another with colors throwing scented powder and perfume at each other. Muslims, Christians, and Sikhs from various walks of life also joined their Hindu brethren to partake in the celebrations. Chairman Pakistan Hindu Welfare Council Dr. Manohar Chand said that the community was celebrating Holi as the festival of love and gaiety. The celebrations were started with a puja. Prashad, a religious offering, was also distributed among those present on the occasion. Minister Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Khalil Tahir Sandhu said that Holi surmounts the barriers of age, sex, status and caste bringing people together.Prayers for national progress and prosperity were also offered on the occasion. People from the minority communities along with Christians and Sikh said that they were equally responsible for the nation’s progress and were cognizant of the pivotal role they had to play in this regard.

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CM TALKS TO SPECIAL ATHLETES PARTICIPATING IN AUSTRIA OLYMPICS – Fnni.org

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GIVES THEM RS 300,000 EACH FINANCIAL AID; ANNOUNCES FREE HOME FOR MOTHER OF SPECIAL ATHLETE FARRUKHIHSAN

LAHORE (FNNI) Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif here today talked to special athletes Abdullah Tahir, Farrukh Ihsan and Mehwish Tufial who will depart for Austria to participate in the World Winter Olympics. He gave the athletes checks for Rs. 300,000 each and every possible financial help for their families.CM Punjab-2 On the request of the mother of the special athlete, Furrukh Ihsan, the chief minister announced to give a house, while he also announced financial assistance for the mother of Mehwish Tufail. Talking to the special athletes, CM Shehbaz Sharif said you all are representing Punjab and Pakistan in the winter Olympics and hopefully you will give a wonderful performance. He said your participation in the Olympics is the matter of pride for the whole nation and hopefully you will win medals for the country.
CM Punjab-3 (1)He said special people are gifted with special talent and the Punjab government is making all-out efforts for their welfare. He said the government will give every possible facility to the special athletes and encourage them. He said the whole nation is praying for their success. Provincial minister Ch Muhammad Shafique, Jehangir Khanzada, secretary sports and concerning officials also attended the meeting.

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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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Women belonging to all walks of life attended ceremony held regarding Women’s International Day – Fnni.org

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Zulam Bachey Jun Raha Hey Kucha-O-Bazar Mein

Adal Ko Bhi Sahib-E-Aulad Hona Chahey

LAHORE (FNNI) Women belonging to all walks of life attended the ceremony held regarding Women’s International Day. During the speech of the Chief Minister, women raised slogans in an enthusiastic manner.CM PUNJAB-1 Women Ministers of Punjab Cabinet including Begum Zakia Shahnawaz, Hameeda Waheed-Ud-Din, Ayesha Ghaus Pasha and Naghma Mushtaq were sitting on the stage with Chief Minister. Consul Generals of China, America, and Turkey also attended the function.
Women also got the honor of recitation from Holy Quran and reading Naat. A documentary film regarding struggle and services of Pakistani women including Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah achieving prominent place through their abilities in different sectors was exhibited on the occasion. The Chief Minister along with women sang a special song in connection with Women’s International Day at the conclusion of the ceremony. He also read the following couplets:

Khushbuon Ka Ik Nagar Abad Hona Chahey

Is Nizam Zar Ko Ab Barbad Hona Chehey

In Andheron Mein Bhi Manzil Tak Ponch Saktay Hein Hum

Jugnoon Ko Rasta To Yad Hona Chahiye

Khwahshon Ko Khubsurat Shakal Deney Ke Liye

Khwahshon Ki Qaid Sey Azad Hona Chahey

Zulam Bachey Jun Raha Hey Kucha-O-Bazar Mein

Adal Ko Bhi Sahib-E-Aulad Hona Chahey

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COUNTRY DIRECTOR ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK CALLS ON SHEHBAZ SHARIF – Fnni.org

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LAHORE (FNNI) Country Director Asian Development Bank (ADB) Dr. Werner E. Liepach called on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, here today and discussed the progress made on different projects underway with the cooperation of Asian Development Bank in Punjab. Country Director Asian Development Bank Dr. Werner E. Liepach congratulated Shehbaz Sharif on successful holding of final match of Pakistan Supper League and said that under his leadership, Punjab government made best arrangements for making final match a success.CM PUNJAB-2 He said that holding of the match in a peaceful environment in Lahore is a positive message for all. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that successful holding of PSL final match became possible due to the cooperation of all concerned departments. He said that Pakistan succeeded and terrorists defeated with the holding of PSL final match in a peaceful atmosphere. Shehbaz Sharif said that the whole nation displayed exemplary unity on the occasion of final match. Asian Development Bank expressed willingness on assisting Punjab government in purple line and blue line projects during the meeting. The Chief Minister said that Asian Development Bank is an important partner of Pakistan in various sectors and irrigation and other projects are being successfully implemented with its cooperation in Punjab. He said that cooperation of Asian Development Bank is welcomed in the programme of installation of solar panels in schools and this programme will be forwarded speedily. He said that the cooperation of Asian Development Bank regarding improvement of civic amenities is laudable and the programme started for this purpose is being implemented successfully. He said that Punjab government is implementing a comprehensive programme of provision of quality, durable, economical and safe transport facilities to the citizens and millions of people are benefiting daily from Lahore and Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus Projects whereas metro bus has also been started in Multan successfully. Likewise, initial work has also been started in connection with blue line and purple line projects and cooperation of Asian Development Bank will be welcomed in this regard. Country Director Asian Development Bank Dr. Werner E. Liepach informed about the progress of implementation on various projects continuing with the cooperation of ADB and said that the bank will extend all out cooperation for converting schools of Punjab on solar. Cooperation in irrigation, clean energy solutions and other sectors will also be extended, he added. He appreciated the Chief Minister on forwarding the projects speedily and transparently. Provincial Minister for Finance Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Chairman Planning & Development, Secretaries of concerned departments and senior officials were also present on the occasion.

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CHIEF MINISTER’S SPECIAL MESSAGE ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – Fnni.og

EMPOWERING WOMEN IS A PROFITABLE INVESTMENT FOR THE FORMATION ENLIGHTENED SOCIETY

LAHORE (FNNI) Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has put an emphasis on the role of females in development and progress of our country. There is a special protocol given to the females in Islam and our religion puts a great emphasis on making females empowered and also on giving them their rights. Empowering women is a profitable investment for the formation enlightened Society, He added.inernational-womens-day-cartoon Furthermore said in order to strengthen Pakistan females should play a vital role in their professional disciplines. Pakistani women are strong, educated, talented and hard working, they have also proven their capabilities in every walk of life. It is our priority to empower our females socially and economically and this is the reason Punjab Government has taken exemplary steps for the development of females and given them their due rights. We have increased females quota from 5 percent to 10 in government jobs and likewise, we have also given age relaxation to females. To stop violence against women, Punjab Government is building its first violence against women center in Multan, same facilities will also be provided in Punjab’s different cities. For facilitating working women, Punjab Government is also building working hostels and females are also being trained under Vocational Training Council. Females have also been given 33 percent of representation in all decision-making boards and committees. Female representation is made mandatory in the recruitment board for government jobs, in order to empower females financially the government is giving interest-free loans. We have also ensured that females get their inheritance rights through Land record management system and law and order. It is our priority to keep females on the pace of success and development and we should take every possible step to keep them in the success loop.

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