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China asked to boost Pakistan’s SME sector

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The Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) pointed out that the government must develop an effective strategy to attract Chinese investment in joint ventures in the SME sector which offer low-cost job creation and rapid poverty reduction. Atif Ikram Sheikh, Chairman Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Regional Committee on […]…Read More

Govt asked to revive troubled water industry

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STAFF REPORT LHR: Chairman of the United International Group Mian Shahid has asked the government to take steps to revive dairy industry which is facing problems due to increased cost of inputs. Additional cost of inputs has pushed the vibrant dairy sector into crisis as the cost of doing business has increased by seven percent, he said. Mian Shahid said that local and foreign investors have invested around 700 million dollars in the dairy sector in last five years which is being…Read More

Cellcos asked to explain discrepancies in on-net, off-net tariffs

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article image STAFF REPORT LHR: The PTA has given one month to cellular mobile operators (CMOs) to explain discrepancies in their on-net and off-net tariffs, which are leading to unhealthy competition and price wars, thus impacting the overall industry. The telecom authority has issued a consultation paper highlighting that although CMOs have positive gross margins, some are sustaining losses. Moreover, consolidation in the industry is taking place to deal with such low tariffs. …Read More

USF asked to expedite setting up telecentres

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STAFF REPORT ISB: The Board of Directors of Universal Service Fund Company (USF) has directed the management to expedite the implementation, bidding process and establishment of Universal Telecentres. The decision was taken in the 43rd Board of Directors meeting of the USF, which has recently been held with Minister of State for IT and Telecom Anusha Rahman in the chair. The meeting took deep interest in the implementation of Universal Telecentres project, which is aimed at…Read More

PCSIR asked to move against substandard water supply

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article image STAFF REPORT RWP: Safe drinking water, dairy products and other edibles including ghee are not available to many consumers in the country, said Federal Minister for SandT Rana Tanveer Hussain. He was addressing inauguration ceremony of First Indigenous Hydroponic/Soil Less System of Pakistan introduced by PMAS-AAUR at Rawat. There are several water purification companies which are allegedly involved in providing contaminated drinking water to the people whereas a large number of…Read More

Pakistan asked to upgrade flash floods guidance system

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The world weather body has asked Pakistan to upgrade its current flash floods guidance system and expressed its willingness to help the country in this regard. In a letter to Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has said that although Pakistan is already leader in South Asia and using flash flood guidance system, it can become regional centre by upgrading its system to South Asia Flash Flood Guidance (SAsiaFFG…Read More

Pakistan asked to upgrade flash floods guidance system

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The world weather body has asked Pakistan to upgrade its current flash floods guidance system and expressed its willingness to help the country in this regard. In a letter to Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has said that although Pakistan is already leader in South Asia and using flash flood guidance system, it can become regional centre by upgrading its system to South Asia Flash Flood Guidance (SAsiaFFG). The…Read More

Govt asked to divert PSDP funds to construct dams

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STAFF REPORT LHR: The LCCI Standing Committee on KBD, anticipating a water crisis in the wake of extreme weather conditions, has asked the government to freeze the country’s entire development programme for five years and divert funds for construction of major water reservoirs, including KBD, on war footing as a national priority. The Standing Committee Chairman Abdul Basit said construction of mega storages on priority basis is in the best interest of public, as IRSA suggested in its…Read More

Mobile operators asked to expand network in rural areas

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article image STAFF REPORT ISB: The National Assembly Standing Committee on ITandT has recommended the PTA to direct the mobile companies to expand their network of services to under-developed and rural areas of Pakistan. The committee made these directions while discussing suggestions to improve the performance of mobile cellular companies after induction of 3G and 4G technologies. The committee appreciated the efforts of the Ministry of Information Technology for making efforts to dredge out &…Read More

Growers asked to protect kinnows from leprosy

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STAFF REPORT SARGODHA (APP): Kinnow growers have been advised to save citrus fruit from leprosy disease as it is damaging the quality of produce. Talking to media in Islamabad, agriculturists said that kinnow has a great importance after grapes, adding that citrus was cultivated at 2000 acre land in the country and Pakistan stood 13th number in the world regarding cultivation of citrus. Regarding citrus produce, they said that annual production of citrus in Pakistan swas two million ton.…Read More