USAID trains 180 women in honeybee farming in Khushab

FAISALABAD (INP): Governance Institutes Network International (GINI) launched the project ‘Economic Empowerment of 180 Women through Honeybee Farming’ in District Khushab on Sunday.  This project aims to empowering 180 women in Soon Valley of district Khushab through training on domestic honeybee farming, provision bee farming boxes, tools and connecting women bee farmers with the network of honey buyers. The Project is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Programme.

The GINI organised a launching ceremony here at Noushera, District Khushab on Sunday for this USAID funded project, this was attended by representatives of line department, political and other influential of the area, honeybee traders, community elders, social workers, representatives from CBOs, media and most importantly the women involved in honeybee farming.

While talking to the media the Country Manager of GINI said that; Soon Valley is an ideal location for organic honeybee farming as winters are not as harsh as they are in north of Pakistan, therefore honeybee thrives and produces more honey. He further added that the market access and road connections are better developed in this part than mountains of north where honey producers have to spend a good amount on transportation, making this valley market competitive.

Petroleum ministry provides over 1.863m domestic gas connections

ISLAMABAD (APP): Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has provided over 1.863 million gas connections to domestic consumers during the last five years which shows the outstanding performance of the ministry in current scenario. Apart from the domestic gas connections, the ministry has also provided as many as 19117 commercial and 2420 industrial connections. The official stated that the ministry has set priority for providing gas connection and the domestic consumers are on the top of this list. The figures show that over 1.863 million gas connections to domestic consumers from 2009 till the end of last year is satisfactory, he maintained.

The officials remarked that the ministry had a target to provide gas connections to all and sundry without any discrimination.

Govt to focus on energy projects in upcoming budget

ISLAMABAD (Online): The government plans to focus on energy projects in the next budget to overcome power shortage in the country. According to media reports, Rs260 billion will be allocated in the 2014-15 federal budget to initiate several new energy projects besides expediting work to complete ongoing schemes. The new energy projects include Diamer-Bhasha Dam and Dasu Hydropower Project which will generate over 8000 megawatt electricity. The work on 969 megawatt Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project will also be expedited. Similarly, special allocation is being made for upgrading generating units at Mangla Dam which will add 310 megawatt electricity to national grid.

It has also been decided to launch Tarbela Dam 4th Extension Hydropower Project in the next financial year, which will generate 2800 megawatt electricity.

Special allocations will also be made to complete 7100 megawatt Bunji Hydropower Project in Gilgit-Baltistan and Golen Gol Hydropower Project in Chitral.

Economy is on positive trajectory

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Chairperson National Assembly Standing Committee on Information, Marvi Memon has said as a result of difficult but visionary decisions of the PML-N govt, the negative outlook of the economy has changed and it is now on a positive trajectory. In an exclusive interview with state-run Radio, she said the present Government inherited a very weak economy as both the PPP and interim govts did not take the much-needed measures to rectify the ills of the economy.  Marvi Memon said GDP growth rate hovered around less than three percent during PPP tenure but now it has increased to 4.1pc and the Govt is eyeing at 5pc for the next year and 6pc for the following year.

She said there was double digit inflation when the present government took over. The economic team of the PML-N has successfully brought it down to single digit, which is a big achievement.

Zameen.com signs investment deal

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): Zameen.com has closed a venture round with Singapore-based Catcha Group and Frontier Digital Ventures. Both Catcha Group and Frontier Digital Ventures have acquired a substantial but non-controlling interest in Zameen.com.  Zameen.com has welcomed Patrick Grove, Co-founder & CEO of Catcha Group, and Di Gregorio on to its BoDs. Both gentlemen command immense respect in the entrepreneurial world, especially when it comes to property portals. The company epitomizes the kind of business that Frontier Digital Ventures is seeking to invest in. We love frontier and emerging markets and have a wealth of expertise and a proven track record of extracting value in the opportunities these markets present.