Raza Hasan of Northern’s Second XI has been sent home following a breach of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Covid-19 protocols. The decision means he will not be allowed to take any further part in the 2020-21 domestic season.
Raza had left the bio-secure premises at a local hotel without seeking a prior clearance from the medical team as well as the PCB’s High Performance department.
PCB Director High Performance, Nadeem Khan: “It is sad and unfortunate that despite several reminders and educational programmes on the significance and importance of respecting and following Covid-19 protocols, Raza Hasan decided to take matters in his hand and overstepped the line. As such, he has been expelled from the tournament and will not be allowed for the remaining season.
“The PCB has a zero-tolerance approach towards Covid-19 breaches as these are designed to not only ensure health and safety of all participants but to also demonstrate to the world that we can successfully organise and deliver domestic competitions.
“I sincerely hope Raza Hasan will use this time to reflect on his irresponsible actions and the potential damage his breach could have caused to the event in general and Pakistan cricket in particular.”
The fifth power show of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) was held on Monday at Multan’s Ghanta Ghar Chowk after days of conflict between the city administration and opposition workers over holding a public event at a time when the incidence of coronavirus is rising.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-(F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz and PPP’s Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari, along with other PDM leaders and their respective supporters attended the public meeting.
Aseefa, who attended the rally on her brother and PPP chief Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s behalf, said that the public has given its verdict and the “selected will have to go now”.
“I have come among you today at a time when my brother, your brother, Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari is suffering from coronavirus. I hope that just like you supported the mother of democracy and the daughter of the east, you will support Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on PDM’s platform. And I promise that I will support Chairman Bilawal and you at every step.”She said that if the government arrested their brothers, PPP’s women will step out to struggle and save the country.
“If they think we will be scared of arrests, they are deluded. If they arrest our brothers, every female worker of PPP will step outside to save our brothers and the country,” Aseefa told a charged crowd.
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PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan on Monday formally launched a five-day anti-polio drive in the province by administering polio drops to a child.
During the drive, over 6.4 million children below the age of five years would be vaccinated against poliovirus. A total of 28,681 teams have been deployed for the purpose which include 25,579 mobile teams, 1,868 fixed teams, 1,104 transit teams and 130 roaming teams.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister termed complete eradication of poliovirus from the province one of the top priorities of his government and said the provincial government, in collaboration with other partner organizations, was taking concrete steps under a well devised strategy.
He expressed the hope that owing to the efforts of the provincial government, the province would soon be free of polio virus.
The chief minister said special arrangements have been made and teams were trained to avoid the spread of coronavirus during the campaign. He said due to the corona situation, last year polio cases had increased in the province, but due to serious efforts of the provincial government now there has been considerable reduction in polio cases.
The chief minister termed the eradication of polio virus as a national cause and urged upon all segments of society, including ulema, political leaders, teachers, parents and media to join their hands with the government efforts to eradicate polio virus and give a safe future to our next generation.
ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz Monday said the public gatherings of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) posed no threat to the government as the entire nation sttod firm behind Prime Minister Imran Khan, who came into the power with the people’s mandate.
Addressing a news conference here, Shibli Faraz said the PDM leadership believed that the government would be sent home by holding public rallies but their dream would never come true as the people knew that the prime minister was an honest person.
“They are giving the date of December 15 [for the government’s ouster], but let me clarify that they cannot even do a little harm by holding such 150 public gatherings,” he maintained.
Terming the opposition leaders ‘political orphans’, he reiterated that the government would not give them any concession like that of the NRO (National Reconciliation Ordinance) by giving them relaxation in the corruption cases being investigated by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).
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ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): The Government and people of Pakistan expressed sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and its member states for reaffirming strong and unequivocal support on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute during the 47th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) held in Niamey, Niger recently.
The CFM, attended by foreign ministers and representatives of OIC member states, adopted a comprehensive and strongly-worded resolution on the Jammu & Kashmir dispute. Some of the other resolutions adopted by the CFM also included strong references to the Jammu & Kashmir dispute.
“We extend our deep gratitude to Niger (as the new CFM Chair), Saudi Arabia (as Chair of 14th Islamic Summit), and Turkey (speaking on behalf of the Asian Group) for highlighting the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in their respective statements during the Opening Plenary Session of the CFM.
“Pakistan is grateful for the explicit reiteration in the ‘Niamey Declaration’ of the OIC’s principled position on the Jammu & Kashmir dispute for a ‘peaceful settlement in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions’,” Foreign Office spokesperson said in a press release.
Pakistan also welcomed adoption of other resolutions by the CFM, including Resolution on Destruction of the Babri Masjid in India and Protection of Islamic Holy Places; Resolution on Safeguarding the Rights of Muslim Communities and Minorites in non-OIC states; and Resolution on Maintenance and Promotion of Regional Peace and Security in South Asia.
It welcomed the report of OIC Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Jammu and Kashmir on his visit to Pakistan and the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), which was submitted to the CFM.
“The OIC has always steadfastly supported the Kashmir cause as reflected in decisions and resolutions of the Islamic Summit and CFMs as well as statements by the OIC and its human rights body, Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC),” the press release further said.
Pakistan also expressed gratitude to the OIC for the unanimous adoption of the Resolution on Islamophobia that, inter alia, designates March 15 as “International Day on Combating Islamophobia”, in line with Prime Minister Imran Khan’s consistent endeavours to highlight concern in the Muslim Ummah regarding desecration of the Holy Quran and re-printing of the caricatures of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).
The Foreign Office further extended warm felicitations and best wishes to Ambassador Hussein Ibrahim Taha, from the Republic of Chad, on his election as the new OIC Secretary General.
“The Government of Pakistan would extend all possible support to him in promoting the OIC as the collective voice of the Muslim Ummah.
We also commend the incumbent Secretary General, Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, for his effective stewardship of the Organization and his efforts to promote Muslim causes, including the Jammu and Kashmir cause,” the spokesperson further said.
The FO said Pakistan looked forward to hosting the 48thCFM Session in 2021. “As the prospective CFM Chair, Pakistan stands ready to constructively engage with the entire OIC membership to promote unity, peace and prosperity among the Muslim Ummah.”
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ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): The Joint Working Group (JWG) on Gwadar under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was informed here on Monday that the Eastbay Expressway would be completed in 2021 and all pending issues had already been resolved on priority.
The Expressway will connect the port with the 2nd Phase of the Free Trade Zone (FTZ) which will facilitate the business climate of the zone and the port alike.
The 5th meeting of the committee was held through a video that was co-chaired by Secretary, Ministry of Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives (MoPD&SI), Mathar Niaz Rana from the Pakistan side and Director General, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Ying Xiong, from the Chinese side.
In his opening remarks, Director General, NDRC said that the development of the Gwadar is a priority and will be pushed forward with vigor and zeal.
The Secretary, PD&SI acknowledged the continuous support extended by Chinese government for the development of Gwadar and assured the Chinese side of Pakistan’s unwavering commitment to accelerate the development projects in Gwadar.
The meeting reviewed the progress of projects in Gwadar. Both sides expressed satisfaction over the progress made in port development and Chinese side appreciated the support provided by Pakistan in the port operationalization particularly enabling the Afghan transit trade through Gwadar.
It was agreed that this step would greatly reduce the logistic cost and facilitate the transshipment trade.
The Chairman, CoPHCL explained the development of the port in detail and highlighted renewed interest of the entrepreneurs in investing in Gwadar port and Free Zone area.
Other projects discussed included New Gwadar International Airport (NGIA) and M-8 Motorway for seamless connectivity of Gwadar with the rest of the country and beyond. The progress on the NGIA was noted with satisfaction.
The Chinese side appreciated progress on the Energy Project in Gwadar. The Power Purchase Agreement of 300 MW Coal Power Project was made as a deliverable for the forthcoming 10th Joint Coordination Committee (JCC).
The project upon completion will energize industry in Gwadar and will improve the social and economic well-being of the local community.
Other projects in the social sector discussed during the meeting include Pak-China Friendship Hospital in Gwadar and Vocational & Technical Institute in Gwadar.
The Secretary, MoPD&SI highlighted that the hospital project is of vital importance for the people of Gwadar and needs to be expedited.
The Secretary suggested to expedite work for timely completion of the project. For the Vocational & Technical Institute, both sides agreed to push ahead create job opportunities for the youth.
For the development of Gwadar as a smart port city, it was reiterated that the provision of fresh water is of utmost importance. In this regard, the 1.2 MGD Desalination plant project was termed critical. Both sides agreed to take necessary measure to complete the project in time.
The dredging of Berthing Areas is important for large vessels to access the Gwadar port which will improve the operationally of the port.
For the construction of Breakwater, the timely completion of the project was stressed as a crucial intervention required for the fishermen community in Gwadar.
The Secretary, PD&SI proposed to divide the project in to two phases for better implementation of the project. DG, NDRC replied in affirmative and appreciated the idea.
The Secretary PD&SI also appreciated the projects under Corporate Social Responsibility including Fraternity Emergency Care Centre of the Red Crescent Society of China, Pak-China Faqeer Colony School and other initiatives of the China Overseas Port Holding Company.
In the end, the Secretary, PD&SI apprised about other social sector development projects, being undertaken by GoP under the Prime Minister’s development package for South Balochistan. The Director General, NDRC applauded the development package and reiterated China’s full support for the socio-economic well-being of the region.
The meeting was concluded with signing of the minutes along with finalization of the agreed deliverables of the JWG on Gwadar for the forthcoming 10th JCC.
The meeting was also attended by other senior officials of the M/o PD&SI, representatives of the Government of Balochistan, Civil Aviation Authority, Board of Investment, and Ministry of Maritime Affairs amongst others.
ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday said Pakistan was gifted with huge tourism potential owing to rich natural resources and promotion of the sector could not only strengthen the national economy but also help in eradication of poverty.
Chairing a meeting of the National Coordination Committee on Tourism, the prime minister directed for restoration of tourists spots in their original conditions, PM Office Media Wing said in a press release.
He also directed for construction of chairlifts or walking tracks to access all the tourists spots instead of usage of vehicles, so that the natural beauty of those places could be preserved.
The meeting was attended by PM’s Special Assistant Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari and other senior officials.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, Advisor to Chief Minister Punjab Asif Mahmood, and chief secretaries of all provinces, including Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir attended the meeting through video link.
During the meeting, the prime minister also passed directions for controlling encroachments at the tourists spots, proper system of cleanliness, construction activities according to approved layouts and framing of legislation for timely resolution of different issues.
The meeting was briefed over the steps taken by the Punjab government for upgradation of Taxila and Lahore museums, development of Gurdwara Panja Sahib with the financial assistance of the World Bank, opening of Attock Fort for the tourists, launch of mobile apps for 511 tourists spots and removal of garbage.
The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa briefed the meeting over outsourcing of 144 official residences, dismantling of encroachments at tourist places, and development of new tourist spots and extension of loan facility to the local people for the construction of residences for tourists.
The meeting was also briefed over the steps taken by Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan with regard to promotion of tourism.
It was further informed that in the Sindh province, steps were taken for geo-maping of 868 tourist spots, arrangements made for the Thar desert safari and promotion of tourist activities at Kenjhar Lake.
A briefing was also given over the construction of five beach parks and different steps for promotion of tourism in the Balochistan province.
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ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): Like other parts of the globe, World AIDS Day will also be observed in Pakistan on December 1 (Tuesday) to create awareness of the pandemic and its prevention aspects in public.
On this occasion, in a message WHO Representative in Pakistan, Dr Palitha Mahipala said “WHO remains committed to continue supporting the efforts of Government and other stakeholders including civil society organizations and PLHIV, to strengthen health systems to increase their resilience”.
He said “Use innovative HIV services to ensure continued HIV care. There are many new approaches that WHO is adopting to ensure HIV care during the COVID-19 pandemic like providing multi-month dispensing of HIV medicines and courier distribution and virtual support groups to protect the health of people on HIV treatment and to reduce the burden on a stretched health services.”
“Today we are commemorating the ‘World AIDS Day, 2020. This day was intended to be a milestone year for achieving the global 90-90-90 targets because by 2020, the aim was to ensure that, 90% of people living with HIV knew their status, 90% of people with diagnosed HIV infection received treatment, and 90% of those receiving treatment were virally suppressed.”
He said “However, we were already behind on these global targets and then came the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused widespread disruption and has threatened to reverse many gains made in health and other developmental areas.
Dr Palitha said “We have worked tirelessly to respond to COVID-19 and ensure that affected essential health services, including HIV prevention, diagnosis and treatment are least disrupted.”
He said that COVID-19 has come at a critical time for the HIV epidemic, in Pakistan. There are an estimated 190,000 people living with HIV (PLHIV) and the epidemic is evolving on an unprecedented scale.
In the year 2019 alone, 25,000 new HIV infections occurred in the country, a 75% increase compared to the baseline year of 2010. Yet only one third of PLHIV in the country have been diagnosed and only 15% are accessing antiretroviral therapy, he added.
He said that during lockdown measures, it became difficult for PLHIV to get to the health facilities, for outreach workers to reach out to key populations and for health services to cope with COVID-19 alongside other diseases.
He said that the HIV services workforce has been depleted, either due to redeployment in the COVID-19 response or, unfortunately, COVID-19 infection. This has put many PLHIV at risk of not receiving their life-saving medications and services on time.
He said that the pandemic has also offered an opportunity to introduce innovations such as multi-month dispensing and courier distribution of medicines, and virtual support groups and consultations with patient.
Similarly, partnership with civil society has been a key in ensuring continued engagement with HIV service clients, maintaining continuity of their services and supporting their adherence during this difficult time, he added.
“The challenges and disruption have revealed a lack of resilience in our health systems, including HIV programmes. For this reason, our regional theme for World AIDS Day 2020 is ‘Resilience of HIV services’.
Our goal is to help country to build stronger, more networked and more integrated HIV health services which remain strong when faced with emergencies.”
He said that everyone has the right to the highest attainable health standard, and preoccupation with an emergency should not deter us from maintaining essential health services for those who need them.
ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Petroleum Nadeem Babar Monday said that the previous government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ruined gas sector by setting up two LNG terminals in haste under expensive agreements and that too without constructing storage facilities.
Addressing a news conference along with Minister for Energy Omar Ayub Khan, he said contrary to the world-wide practice, the past government set up Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals sans storage facilities for a huge market like Pakistan.
“Whenever LNG terminals are installed in any part of the world where Pakistan like gas infrastructure exists, storage facilitates are must be constructed there,” he said.
The SAPM said the LNG terminals were set up at fixed payment (take or pay method) at around $ 0.5 million per day, but remained reluctant to construct any storage, which eventually caused huge loss to national exchequer.
He said, since the PTI government came into power, there were nine such months during which only 800 Million Cubic Feet per Day (MMCFD) or less LNG was sold due to less demand from consumers.
“It means that we have wasted a huge amount under half-a-million dollar per day contract, signed by the previous government.”
Setting aside misleading figures given by a former prime minister [without taking name] in media, Nadeem Babar said for a 12-month period (January-December 2020), the government had purchased 19 spot cargoes on the average cost of around 22-25 million dollar per cargo, which stood around Rs 75-76 billion.
“Our spot purchases are so beneficial that if all cargoes are obtained free of cost, even then the cargoes cost remains around Rs 75-76 billion.”
He rejected the misleading notion that the spot buying caused Rs 122 billion loss to the national kitty.
The SAPM explained that the spot market was always down during summer and high in winter as per the ‘market trend’ and .financial disciplines.’
He said if a cargo was available at 10 percent of the Brent in summer, but it would not be not be available in December at the same price. “Seller will quote projected cost of the Brent for six-month forward delivery. December price will not be available in summer.”
Nadeem Babar said during 1 September-2018 to 30 November-2020, the government had bought around 35 spot cargoes at average cost of 10.4 percent of the Brent, if it was compared with 13.37(as per the previous government’s expensive agreements) there was around $200 million savings.
He said the former prime minister had misled the public by giving distorted facts and figures about gas-sector circular debt, adding the PML-N government had left around Rs 300 billion circular debt.
He said the previous government did not increase the gas price for political gains during its five-year term, ignoring the tariff determined by the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) from time to time which caused a huge loss to the national exchequer.
He said it was the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government which had taken bold initiative in supreme national interest and increased the gas price twice, expressing the confidence that the old circular debt would be cleared gradually in the coming years.
Answering a question, the SAPM said he would never suggest setting up the LNG terminals as per the practice of previous government as it hurt national interest.
That’s why, he said, the PTI government, under its ease-of-doing strategy, was encouraging private sector to set up their own terminals and import LNG to compete the public sector companies and meet the consumers’ ever-growing demand.
ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): The Adviser to Prime Minister of Pakistan for Commerce and Investment, Abdul Razak Dawood on Monday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved the formation of a National Export Development Board (NEDB) under the Strategic Trade Policy Framework (STPF) 2020-25.
The National Export Development Board will hold its meetings monthly where all the issues relating to Pakistan’s export will be discussed; the adviser said this on his official twitter account here.
He said that “I just met the Prime Minister, Imran Khan” and the National Export Development Board will be headed by the Prime Minister and will also include exporters.
He said that as far as trade matters are concerned, it was agreed that trade will not be disrupted and that the principle of open and secure borders will be pursued.
Razak Dawood said that “our exporters must aggressively pursue our bilateral trade as now our borders will remain continuously open.”
At a meeting on border management under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister, several matters relating to coordination and management of all activities at the border came under discussion, he informed.
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ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting Senator Faisal Javed Khan on Monday called PDM’s Multan public gathering as yet another flop show but at the cost of people’s lives.
In a statement he said Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) doing all this to seek relief from Prime Minister Imran Khan in corruption cases against them.
“It’s an attack on the safety of people and growing economy” he said.
Senator Faisal Javed said that this blackmailing will not work at all, adding that “It’s all curtains for PDM Inhumane PDM”.
He said that despite good hype created by the Government, adding that It’s a sensitive call as they had to make precautionary arrangements for the safety of the people.
Senator Faisal said that tried their best to avoid any clash and kept trying to convince the opposition. “We need to act as responsible citizens following SOPs” he added.
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ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday directed for creation of a special division on border management system under the supervision of an additional secretary of the Ministry of Interior.
The prime minister was chairing a high level meeting on further improving and making the border management system more efficient, the PM Office Media Wing said in a press release.
The meeting was attended by Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz, Minister of Interior Brig (retd) Ijaz Ahmad Shah, Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, PM’s Special Assistant Moeed Yousaf, and military and civilian authorities.
It was apprised that about 10 different federal ministries and provincial governments were linked with the border management; however, no central department at the federal level existed to look after these issues.
It was further stressed that there was need for collection of information/data at one place of all those people entering Pakistan through land, air and sea routes.
The meeting was also briefed about the system installed at different border crossings and progress on the border fencing.
It was informed that the closure of illegal routes and control over smuggling had resulted in billions of rupees profit to the country’s economy during a period of one year.
The prime minister directed all the relevant departments for timely information/data sharing.
During the meeting, the prime minister observed that the government believed in secure borders.
Besides securing the borders, he also directed for taking practical steps for promotion of trade activities especially with regard to trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
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ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) on Monday said that 341 new Covid-19 cases were reported from the federal capital during the last 24 hours.
According to an official of NCOC, as many as 355 cases were reported on Sunday while 447 cases were reported on Saturday which was the highest number of cases reported in a day during last two months.
He said so far 30,123 cases were reported from the federal capital while 314 deaths were reported from Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). He added 23,736 patients had been recovered completely.
Meanwhile, on the direction of Ministry of National Health Services, the district administration of Islamabad had continued smart lockdown in different streets of the capital to reduce transmission of the infection in the selected streets and other sectors.
They also started taking actions on violation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) related with the coronavirus while visiting marriage halls, markets and petrol pumps by its inspection teams.
The administration also sealed schools, shops, workshop and restaurants on violation of SOPs.
The inspection teams also issued notices to marriage halls besides imposing fines on owners of different shops.
Commenting on the situation, an official of Ministry of National Health Services said several local level administrative decisions were made to control the disease. He advised the citizens to continue following the social distancing, use of mask and other precautionary measures to stop increasing local transmission of COVID-19 in the city.
He said the government had adopted effective strategy to combat Covid-19 that resulted reduction in coronavirus cases in the country.
He said a strategy was made to control Coronavirus keeping in view the global information, focusing on data with integration of local data in a scientific way.
He said the ministry had also asked the schools administrations of the ICT to strictly monitor the SOPs to ensure protection of students from the COVID-19.
ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz Monday expressed the hope that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders would have done retrospection on the PPP’s 53rd founding day as to how they had confined a federal party to the province of Sindh.
The minister, in a tweet, said the people of Sindh were wailing for getting rid of the ‘incompetent’ gang, which had been imposed on them for the last 12 years.
The PPP had probably enacted the 18th Constitutional Amendment the purpose, he asked.
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ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh Monday emphasized upon the provincial governments to ensure smooth supply of essential items to the masses.
Chairing the meeting of National Price Monitoring Committee (NPMC), the advisor also urged the need for taking necessary administrative measures to reduce high profit margin between Wholesale and Retail levels.
He held a detailed discussion with the Provincial Chief Secretaries regarding position of wheat and Sugar stocks in the provinces and it was informed that at present, sufficient quantities were available to meet existing demand.
“It is our responsibility to ensure availability of the essential items for the consumers at affordable prices,” he stressed, according to press statement issued by the Finance Ministry.
Shaikh expressed satisfaction over declining price trend in wheat flour, sugar, onion and tomatoes in the month of November as compared to October 2020.
He, however, appreciated the efforts being taken by all the federal ministries, provincial governments and other relevant stakeholders for price control.
He added the same momentum must be maintained to provide maximum relief to the general public and stressed that the provincial governments should workout plan to ensure smooth supply of perishable items to avoid any undue price hike.
Among others, the NPMC meeting was attended by Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar, SAPM on Revenue Dr. Waqar Masood, Federal Secretary Finance, Federal Secretary National Food Security and Research, Secretary Industries and Production, Secretary Commerce, Chairman TCP, MD PASSCO, Chairperson CCP and Manager Utility Stores Corporation also participated in the meeting. The Provincial Chief Secretaries joined the meeting through video link.
The NPMC reviewed the price trend of the essential commodities namely wheat flour, sugar, tomatoes, onions, vegetable ghee, potatoes and chicken on weekly basis.
The finance secretary while presenting the price trend of essential commodities informed that according to latest SPI released by PBS, there is decline in the prices of 10 essential commodities for instance wheat flour, sugar, onions, tomatoes and chicken while the prices of 11 commodities have increased slightly. Price of 30 items remained stable.
On the occasion, Secretary National Food Security and Research presented a brief update on import of wheat during the meeting. He said , the Logistics Committee played a key role in resolving issues related to wheat and sugar stocks among provinces.
He said, the provincial governments and Utility Stores Corporation (USC) should reassess their import requirements for wheat and sugar and take up with the Ministry of NFS&R accordingly and the matter may be placed before ECC for approval.
The Ministry of Industries & Production would take up the requirement of wheat and sugar for USC with PASSCO & TCP immediately.
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Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood on Monday reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolve to strengthen ties with Tanzania in an across the broad spectrum.
The Foreign Secretary expressed these views as he received a delegation of businessmen from Tanzania, here at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Foreign Secretary highlighted “Engage Africa” initiative and the Prime Minister’s vision to deepen cooperation with Africa.
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RAWALPINDI, Nov 30 (APP): Chinese Minister of National Defence General Wei Fenghe, who was on his official visit to Pakistan, called on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) General Nadeem Raza here at Joint Staff Headquarters.
Both the dignitaries discussed matters related to changing geostrategic environment and further strengthening of security and defence cooperation between the two countries, said an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release.
Both the sides reaffirmed their commitment to ‘Iron Brotherhood’ and ‘All-Weather’ friendship with continued efforts to forge deeper strategic ties for a shared future and security vision.
Earlier, upon arrival at Joint Staff Headquarters, a smartly turned out tri-services contingent presented ‘Guard of Honour’ to the visiting dignitary.
ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) would organize the Level-II Coaching Course in the 2nd quarter of 2021.
The participants for the course should have a minimum age of 20 years and should be PSF Level-I Certified Coach, said a press release issued here.
PSF has been putting efforts on faculty development by organizing coaching courses and referees clinics, etc.
As part of the plan, PSF Level-I Online Coaching Course was organized this year in July, wherein around 50 players and coaches participated.
The main purpose of this arrangement was to keep the players and regional coaches involved in squash activity during COVID-19 pandemic, and educate them on the changing rules of the game, development techniques, physical fitness and stamina of the players, for better performance and results.
In continuation of the plan, PSF was holding the Level-II Coaching Course in mid of the 2nd quarter of 2021.
The participants for the course should be physically fit and must be able to communicate in English language.
Moreover, the participants should have experience of playing squash at national and international level and should also have done at least club level coaching.
This course would help PSF to increase the pool of coaches in Pakistan and raise their qualification level in the coaching profession.
ISLAMABAD, Nov 30 (APP): As many as 21 matches were decided on the opening day of the main draw matches of the General Tyre ITF J5 Junior Tennis Championships week II at the PTF Complex, Islamabad on Monday.
All the seeded players moved into the second round by winning their respective matches in straight sets, except the fixture between Ruslan Serazhetdinov of Russia and Mahatir Muhammad Khan of Pakistan.
Ruslan struggled hard to win his encounter against Mahatir in a well-contested three-set match. The match lasted for one hour and 45 minutes.
The other best match of the day was played between Subhan bin Salik of Pakistan and Aki Zuban Rawat of Nepal. Subhan won the first set at 7-5, after breaking 11th game of Rawat.
Rawat won the second set at 6-4 by breaking 10th game of Subhan at the score of 0-40, by hitting some shots down the line.
In the final set Rawat was in full command and did not allow Subhan to settle down throughout the set with his powerful forehand and backhand drives and won the final set at 6-1 by breaking 4th and 6th game of Subhan.
In the girl’s singles, Maleeha Khalid, daughter of former Davis Cup Captain Muhammad Khalid, who is featuring in her first international tournament and won the match against compatriot Sheeza Sajid.
Results in brief:
Boy’s Singles 1st Round Matches:
1. Muhammad Shoaib (PAK) bt Bilal Asim (PAK) 6-2, 6-1
2. Hamid Israr Gul (SNGPL) (PAK) bt Abdul Hanan (PAK) 6-2, 6-2
3. Ruslan Serazhetdinov (RUS) bt Mahatir Muhammad Khan (PAK) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
4. Aryan Giri (NEP) bt Ahmad Nael Qureshi (PAK) 6-3, 6-2
5. Ahmed Kamil (PAK) bt Abdullah. (PAK) 6-2, 7-6(1)
6. Zalan Khan (PAK) bt Yahya Luni (PAK) 6-0, 6-0
7. Siddhartha Lama (USA) bt Muhammad Talha Khan (PAK) 6-2, 6-4
8. Aoi Ooka (JPN) bt Sami Zeb Khan (PAK) 6-2, 6-1
9. Rohan Belday (USA) bt Huzaima Abdul Rehman (PAK) 6-1, 6-0
10. Roy Keegan (GBR) bt Hasheesh Kumar (PAK) 7-5, 6-2
11. Muhammad Haider Ali Rizwan (PAK) bt Saim Choudhry (PAK) 6-1, 6-2
12. Aki Zuben Rawat (NEP) bt Subhan Bin Salik (PAK) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
13. Aarav Samrat Hada (NEP) bt Mustansir Ali Khan Barons (PAK) 6-0, 6-0
14. Muhammad Huzaifa Khan (PAK) bt Muhammad Hamza AASIM (PAK) 6-2, 6-2
15. Alexander Karman (USA) bt Nalain Abbas (PAK) 6-0, 6-0
16. Raja Azan Ahmed Sajid (PAK) bt Ryaan Khawaja Saud (USA) 6-0, 6-3
Girl’s Singles 1st Round Matches:
1. Zahara Suleman (PAK) bt Fatima Ali Raja (PAK) bt 6-3, 6-1
2. Labika Durab (PAK) bt Mahrukh Farooqui (PAK) 6-3, 6-2
3. Maleeha Khalid (PAK) bt Sheeza Sajid (PAK) 6-1, 6-4
4. Zoha Asim (PAK) bt Ekaterina Suvorova (RUS) bt 6-4, 6-2
5. Saher Aleem (PAK) bt Zara Khan (PAK) 6-4, 6-4
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