Railways fetches Rs1,488m in 3 years


ISLAMABAD (APP): Pakistan Railways has fetched Rs 1487.691 million in last three years through transparent auction of scrap. Giving year wise details, an official in the Ministry of Railways told APP that in 2013-14 Pakistan Railways sold Rs979.883m, in 2014-15 Rs 450.806 million and in 2015-16 sold Rs 57.002 million scrap. He said the names of ten main buyers including M/s. Nawaz Khan Trading Company, Lahore, M/s. PIOMA Trading Corporation, Lahore, M/s. Zahir Khan & Brothers, Islamabad, M/s. Scrap Point, Lahore, M/s. K & Y Trading Co. Lahore, M/s. Bismillah Metal Impex, Gujranwala, M/s. Qaisar Metal Mart, Gujranwala, M/s. Al-Karam Enterprises, Gujranwala, M/s. Javed Rehman, Lahore and M/s. A.M Trading Company, Lahore. "It is intimated that Pakistan Railways never purchased scrap for its departmental use as this requirement is also met out of the scrap generated within the department as a regular feature," he added. Regarding the policy of scrap, he said the tenders are widely publicized through advertisement on daily newspaper and Pakistan Railways website.



Livestock role in economy lauded


MULTAN (APP): Having a handsome share in GDP of Pakistan livestock plays an important role in strengthening the economy by earning about 13 percent of foreign exchange. Once considered to be merely an additional family support instrument for farming community, livestock in Punjab now appears to be on the launch pad to exploring its full potential to transform rural life.  The Agriculture Sector contributes 21% of GDP of Pakistan, which consumes 46% of direct labour force coming from 67% of population. Out of Agriculture, the share of livestock sector is 56%. However, the head count involved in both sectors is same as livestock and agriculture supplement each other in the rural landscape, officials said. The share of livestock products in the generation of foreign exchange is about 13%. More significantly, livestock is an integral part (30-40%) of livelihood of about 30 to 35 million rural farmers. Presently, the reported gross value addition of livestock stands at PKR 1,172 billion, whereas livestock share in export is 8.5%.



SCA flays cut in support price of rice


HYDERABAD (APP): The Sindh Chamber of Agriculture (SCA) has complained that the support price of IRRI-6 crop of rice has reduced to Rs 750 to Rs 800 per maund due to manipulation by the middlemen and hoarders. A meeting of the SCA here Sunday, which was also attended through the video link by representatives of farmers from Karachi, Ghotki, Sukkur, Larkana and Sanghar districts, expressed deep concern over the financial losses being caused to the rice growers. The meeting, which was chaired by SCA President Dr Syed Nadeem Qamar, demanded of Sindh Govt to enforce the official procurement rate of Rs900 for the IRRI-6 rice and stop exploitation of the farmers. The meeting further asked the provincial government to increase the official support price to Rs1,000 so that the farmers could recover their losses and feel encouraged to sow rice in the next season. It observed that Pakistan exports of rice fetch $2 billion adding that share of IRRI-6 rice alone was $1.3 billion in the net rice exports.

"But for last 3 years the IRRI-6 rice growers haven't been getting the right price which is discouraging many farmers from growing this high export potential crop," said Dr. Qamar.

He expressed concern that the exports of rice could drop if the downward trend in the support price of rice continued. "Sindh is the only province where IRRI-6 rice is produced. But I fear a reduction in sowing of the IRRI-6 crop next year," he warned. Meanwhile, the meeting also urged the government to ensure that the sugar mills begin the purchase of sugarcane from November 15 as was decided in a recent meeting chaired by Sindh Agriculture Minister Suhail Anwar Siyal.

SCA's General Secretary Nabi Bux Sathio and other office bearers including Zahid Ali Bhurgari, Mohammad Khan Sarejo, Ghulam Hussain Chachar, Babu Shah, Siraj Rashdi and others attended the meeting.




PIA crew to be given a new look


KARACHI (Staff Reporter): Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) crew members will receive a brand new look by January 2017. Under the initiative taken by PIA Chairman Azam Saigol and CEO Bernd Hildenbrand, Director Customer and Premier Service Ms Tabassum Qadir has been given the task to carry out “grooming makeover.” Initial sessions were held for four days at different PIA’s training centres in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, under the expert tutelage of renowned stylist Tariq Amin and his team. Tariq is a pioneer in the Pakistani fashion industry with over 30 years of experience in hair cutting, make-up and grooming, having won several local and international awards. The sessions, inducting 25-50 crew members per sitting, will be held bi-monthly at different PIA’s training centres. During these sessions, an assessment will be done about the crew’s present hair and makeup grooming, besides tutoring them on basic skin, hair and nails grooming and a deconstruction in order to reveal their new look.