UAE launches $1.2 million project in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (APP): The President’s initiative aims to support the people of Pakistan, contribute for developing its provinces and cities, and provide them with modern developmental facilities.     In implementation of the directives of the President, Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has announced the launch of new projects to provide pure drinking water in Pakistan at a cost of $1.2 million. The President’s initiative aims to support the people of Pakistan, contribute to developing its provinces and cities, and provide them with modern developmental facilities, in addition to securing basic services like roads, bridges, education, health and water for the community.

The administration of the UAE PAP pointed out that the new projects

mark the commencement of the second phase of its working plan, in the light of the directives and generous initiatives of Shaikh Khalifa, General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the relentless efforts of Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.

   In a statement, the UAE PAP said that it had approved and started work on the new projects, in addition to establishing water treatment and purification plants and extending delivery networks to provide water to 12 villages in remote areas in Northern Waziristan.

   It also aims to secure basic needs of clean water for people in remote areas, who suffer from health problems.

The UAE PAP is continuing to provide aid to all Pakistan regions and cover the largest segments of society, especially in the field of infrastructure, where the first phase witnessed the implementation of 64 projects which serve 64 villages in the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, South of Waziristan and Bajaur region, at a total cost of $5,773,135.

   The beneficiaries hailed the initiatives of Shaikh Khalifa to improve their standards of living and alleviate the suffering of the Pakistani people.

Railways to receive 58 locomotives from China next month

ISLAMABAD (APP): Pakistan Railways would receive 58 new locomotives from China by next month that would be mainly used for freight operations.  Freight train operations will gradually be increased which would play a pivotal role in restoring the prestige of Railways, an official told APP. The official said that by the end of this year, at least six freight trains would be made operational which would help generate revenue of Rs 20 to 25 million per day. At present,three to four freight trains were being operated upon on daily basis which has resulted in increase of revenue for the organization, the official added.  

 Referring to the passenger trains, he said a fair structure has been re-adjusted to facilitate and attract more passengers to avail the facility of train services.This,he said,would help increase revenue generation by seven to 10 percent.

   He said that public-private partnership would be sought for launching joint ventures to provide better travelling facilities to the passengers.

   He said Pakistan Railways was in the process to procure 208 new locomotives besides rehabilitation of dysfunctional locomotives.

   The entire fleet of locomotives has lived its age and the older locomotives need to be replaced with new ones as soon as possible, he added.

   On the direction of the Minister for Khawaja Saad Rafique, he said all out efforts were being made to ensure timely arrival and departure of trains and make Pakistan Railways profitable organization.

   He said that construction of dual track from Lodhran to Lahore would be completed by next year.

Energy savers’ distribution to save 1000MW electricity

ISLAMABAD (Online): - The distribution of 30 million energy saver bulbs under Prime Minister’s Energy Saver Programme will ensure saving of precious 1,000 MW electricity in the country, stated media reports on Sunday. Official sources said this environment friendly programme is another step to control load-shedding‚ under which each household will be provided two energy savers bulbs free of cost. The sources said it will also help the consumers to save Rs1,600 in their electricity bills per annum. They said two common bulbs in each household will be replaced with energy savers having two years warranty.

Mobile phone imports decrease 7.22pc in five months

ISLAMABAD (APP): The mobile phone imports into the country decreased by 7.22 per cent during first five months of the year 2013-14 over the same period of last year. The imports of mobile phone into the country during July-November (2013-14) were recorded at $265.654 million against the imports of $286.323 million during July-November (2012-13), according to the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). Similarly the mobile phone imports into the country during the month of November 2013 also decreased by 23.55 percent and 20.74 percent when compared to the imports in November 2012 and October 2013 respectively.

The mobile phone imports during November 2013 stood at $48.072 million against the imports of $62.881m in November 2012 and $60.652 million in October 2013, the data revealed.

It is pertinent to mention here that the country’s trade deficit

narrowed by 5.52 percent during the first five months of the current fiscal year as exports expanded by 3.1 percent while imports witnessing decrease of 0.77 percent as compared to the same period of last year.

   The exports from the country during July-November (2013-14) were recorded at $10.367 billion against the exports of $10.055 billion recorded during July-November (2012-13).

On the other hand, the imports into the country during the first five

months of the current fiscal year were recorded at $18.11 billion against the imports of $18.25 billion during the corresponding months of last year.

PSQCA notices to 59 bottled water firms for defying standards

ISLAMABAD (APP): Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) has issued notices and filed cases against 59 companies manufacturing bottled drinking water for not adhering to quality standards. A total of 59 companies were issued notices including 24 from Punjab, two from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, eight from Islamabad and 25 from Sindh. He said that the PSQCA has also cancelled licenses of 12 companies and filed cases against three companies.    It is fact that many samples of bottled drinking water tested by the PSQCA and PCRWR have been found not to conform to the Pakistani standards, he added.

The official said that the PCRWR publicizes its finding on quarterly basis through print and electric media.

According to the latest report for the quarter of July-September, 2013, out of samples of 84 brands of mineral water which were collected from 12 major cities including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore Faisalabad, Sargodha, Sialkot, Bahawalpur, Tandojam, Karachi, Quetta, D.I Khan and Peshawar, 63 brands were found to be safe whereas, 21 brands were found to be unsafe, due to chemical and microbial contamination.