‘Buksh’ achieves upfront solar tariff for IPP

LAHORE (PR): Buksh Energy has secured an upfront solar tariff for 10 megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Cholistan approved by National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra). The development was witnessed after a recent call for proposal announced by the Government of Pakistan for 50MW from the Independent Power Producers (IPPs).

The country has solar irradiation of 5.9kWh/sqm, which can prove to be a major contributor in the current energy portfolio.

Asim Buksh, Chairman Buksh Energy said: “Pakistan is facing one of the worst electricity shortages of all times as problems in provision of electricity are continuously affecting nation’s economic output. The 10 MW Solar IPP would serve as a demonstrative pioneering Solar IPP in Pakistan; therefore, resolving immense energy crisis of the country with a profitable, sustainable and environmentally friendly solution for all stakeholders involved.”

Cholistan is one of the most suitable locations for installation of solar energy projects as it receives solar light for almost 300 days in a year with an average of 5.9 kWh/m².Thus generation of electricity though Solar Energy would be most feasible and viable in such a location.

Fiza Farhan, Director Buksh Energy, said: “Buksh Energy aims to contribute 0.14% to the total shortfall in the country through its solar energy projects. Looking at the current energy crisis, the renewable energy sources seem like the only viable solution of being sustainable and scalable. Average dependable electricity capacity in summers reaches up to 15,000 MW. Pakistan is losing up to 3% of its GDPbecause of frequent power shortages hence IPPs have to collaborate with the government in order to bring the energy crisis under control.”

Samsung opens service centre in Lahore

LAHORE (PR): Samsung Electronics, market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, and telecommunications, has launched Greentech Service center and repair lab in Lahore.

A special inauguration ceremony was held at the Greentech service center located on Al-Hafeez shopping mall, Main Boulevard. Gulberg. Samsung’s Managing Director, John Park attended the ceremony as the chief guest and addressed the gathering. John Park said; “Greentech Service Center and repair labs are designed to give high technology output and easy solutions for electronic products.   Samsung is committed to provide the Pakistani consumers with the best possible solutions for the better.

 Greentech will cater all Samsung’s hand held products.”

Greentech Service Center is a One-Stop solution for all the company’s consumer electronics items.

China Red Cross to

support PRCS

ISLAMABAD (PR): The Red Cross Society of China to support Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in rescue and emergency ambulance services.

This was informed at a meeting between PRCS Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi and a high level delegation visiting delegation of China Red Cross. The delegation included Ms Liu Na, Vice President Red Cross Society of China Beijing Branch, Ms Wang Hongmei, Official of Relief Department RCRC Beijing Branch, Ms Wu Yan, Official of Administrative Office RCRC Beijing Branch, Tian Chunshe President Beijing Shijingshan District Red Cross and Wu Guoqiang Vice President Beijing Dongcheng District Red Cross.

Talking to the delegation, PRCS Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi welcomed the delegation to the PRCS National Headquarters. He said that Pakistan and China enjoy excellent relations and the Chinese nation stands with the Pakistani brethren in every critical time.

The Chairman said that the affection and love shown by the Chinese brethren through thick and thin is a proof of Pak China friendship.

He said that the cooperation between the Pakistan Red Crescent and China Red Cross will be further extended as two national societies can build better models of humanitarian relief and respond to natural disasters not only at the national level but also at the international level.

The Chairman also briefed the delegation about the new initiatives of the Red Crescent that include Ambulance Service 1030 for Islamabad, increasing volunteers to 5 million by 2016 and free mobile health clinics for the underserved areas.

The Head of Chinese Red Cross Delegation Ms. Liu Na appreciated the steps being taken by the PRCS under the leadership of Dr Saeed Elahi and hoped that cooperation between the two national societies will further increase in future.

Na said that China as a brotherly country will continue supporting Pakistan and the Chinese people has always extended their hand to Pakistani brethren based on their historical and mutual friendship between the two nations.

She said that the Chinese Red Cross is keen to further increase cooperation with the PRCS in Disaster Management, Health Services and capacity building programmes.

The PRCS and China Red Cross also signed an MoU for future cooperation among the two national Societies.

Later, the PRCS Chairman presented shields to the visiting delegation members. PRCS Assistant Secretary General Ateeb Siddiqui was also present on the occasion.

KASB wins 3rd QMobile Bankers Champions League

KARACHI (PR): KASB Bank Cricket team has won 3rd QMobile Bankers Champions League 2014. The final was played between Bank Islami and KASB Bank at Moin Khan Cricket Academy, Karachi.  Bilal Mustafa President & CEO KASB Bank congratulated the team on this victory and appreciated the players for their outstanding performance throughout the tournament.

PhD degree awarded

LAHORE (PR): The University of the Punjab has conferred PhD degree in Zoology subject on Naveed Ahmad son of Khushi Muhammad here on Friday after approval of his thesis titled “Embryotoxic effects of Hexavalant Chromium in mammals”. It is to be noted that Naveed Ahmad completed his thesis under the supervision of Dr Asmatullah, Associate Professor, Zoology Department.