Historical Moments; Mazar-e-Quaid Turns Pink

KARACHI (PR): Pink Ribbon Campaign, in collaboration with the federal government, National History and Literary Heritage Division and administration of Mazar-e-Quaid, illuminated one of the most sanctified places in the country – The Mazar-e-Quaid in solidarity with 40,000 women, who die each year due to breast cancer.

The initiative, sponsored by Gul Ahmed, was taken to draw attention to early detection of breast cancer and in camaraderie of patients and survivors of breast cancer in Pakistan. Pink Ribbon Campaign celebrates this month as PINKtober to urge people to become a beacon of hope for women and families who have lost their loved ones. Chief Executive Pink Ribbon Omer Aftab thanked every individual and organizations for supporting the cause.

Rotary award to be given to Coca-Cola

LAHORE (PR): Coca-Cola Pakistan has been selected by Rotary International for the “Rotary Responsible Business Partner” award, to be given on Rotary Day at the United Nations in New York in early November, in recognition of its support to Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign in Pakistan. Coca-Cola Pakistan is one of only two companies shortlisted for this honor out of 20 nominations from all around the world, and a company from Pakistan has secured this award for the first time ever.

Rotary Day at the United Nations is an annual, high-profile event where more than 1,500 Rotary members, UN officials, NGO leaders and guests gather at the UN Headquarters to learn about and discuss humanitarian challenges, while recognizing and celebrating the positive impact Rotary, partner companies like Coca-Cola Pakistan and others are making in our world today. This year’s event will focus on Economic and Community Development with the title, ‘Responsible Business, Resilient Societies’.

The End Polio Now campaign involves awareness and advocacy campaigns to improve literacy levels regarding polio in underprivileged communities, and improving environmental conditions through treatment of open sewage systems, which are a major breeding ground of viruses causing polio and other diseases. To this end, Coca-Cola Pakistan is supporting the installation of solar-powered water filtration plants in 7 areas across the country, providing the residents of the community with safe and clean drinking water and improving the health status of children and adults. The first such plant was installed in the Malir area of Karachi and studies have shown that there is a reduction in water borne diseases by 56 percent already.

General Manager of Coca-Cola Pakistan, Rizwan U. Khan said, “This award is a great honor, and a testament of Coca-Cola’s philosophy that a business is only as strong as the community it operates in.This year, there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of polio cases reported over last year. It has been a gargantuan effort for which many organizations, individuals, volunteers and polio health camp workers, national and international, have worked tirelessly to support the government of Pakistan.”

PPL’s Sui Compressors Revamping Project

SUI (PR): Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi inaugurated the Compressors Revamping Project at Pakistan Petroleum Limited’s flagship Sui gas field on Monday. The event was attended by provincial and local government officials, area notables and media representatives, besides PPL’s management and staff.

The Compressors Revamping Project was undertaken in continuation of PPL’s endeavours towards production enhancement and reserves replacement. The project was completed well ahead of time with an actual cost of Rs. 3 billion against the budgeted Rs. 4 billion.

This has enabled additional recovery of almost 217 BCF gas reserves and 25-30 MMscfd increase in gas production from the compressors.

As a result of this and other initiatives, the annual historic production decline of 6 percent from Sui Gas Field has not only been arrested but also reversed with production being approximately 5 percent higher than the previous year.

Breakout takes up Pink Ribbon cause

LAHORE (PR): In observance and support of breast cancer issue, Breakout, Pakistan’s fastest growing high street clothing brand, has collaborated with Pink Ribbon, the leading charity organisation for support of breast cancer patients. October has been proclaimed as Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The Pink Ribbon donation boxes have been placed at all Breakout stores nationwide throughout October in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness.

The boxes will help cater to the need of medical services for breast cancer and contribute to Pakistan’s first dedicated breast cancer hospital built by Pink Ribbon so that few people will suffer the horror of losing a mother, a sister, a wife or a daughter. Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in females in Pakistan, and this is one step closer to technological and medical advancements in the early detection and treatment of this nerve-racking disease.

PBIT puts up first draft for IT Policy online

LAHORE (PR): Punjab Information Technology Board has put up the first draft for the Punjab IT Policy 2016 online for public consultation.

At the 2nd PITB Roundtable Conference held in April 2016, Dr Umar Saif had acknowledged the need for a comprehensive policy on information technology and had resolved to introduce the same for Punjab.

Today (Tuesday), the document would also be discussed in detail by key stakeholders at 3rd PITB Roundtable Conference. More than 200 key representatives from IT industry have been invited by Dr Umar Saif, who will then deliberate to finalize the policy commitments.

Telenor announces 2 delegates for TYF

ISLAMABAD (PR): Twenty-six talented millennials from Telenor’s 13 markets were selected from a pool of nearly 5,000 applicants to represent their countries in the fourth annual Telenor Youth Forum (TYF) and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize activities. TYF is a programme run by Telenor Group and the Nobel Peace Center, with the aim to empower youth to solve social issues through technology.

Two delegates will represent Pakistan at Telenor Youth Forum2016.

Over 2,700 applications were received for the Telenor Youth Forum, and through essays, video interviews, event appearances and other screenings, two delegates were chosen.

The one-year TYF program begins in Oslo, Dec 8 – 11, during Nobel Peace Prize week. The selected delegates will take part in events related to honoring the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, in addition to working in teams to design solutions to major social challenges.

Lifebuoy event

KARACHI (PR): Lifebuoy called out to the nation recently at PAF Museum to celebrate Global Handwashing Day. The event was attended by some of the nation’s biggest names like Fahad Mustafa, Saira Kabeer, Anoushey Ashraf, Adnan Siddiqui and Yasir Hussain, who encouraged the crowd to play their role in raising hygiene awareness.