Civil works for the CETP are 90% complete while
around 60% completion has been achieved in its mechanical and
electrical works. The plant is expected to enter the commissioning
phase in 6 months time after completion of the construction works.
Upon its completion, the plant would be able to
treat 16,500 cubic meters per day of tannery effluent and 26,500 cubic
meters per day of municipal sewage that is presently being discharged
into the Korangi Creek without any treatment. Effluent treated by the
plant would meet the National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS).
After visiting CETP, the Chairman EPB paid a visit
to the National Institute for Leather Technology (NILT) also located
within Korangi Tannery Cluster. A presentation on the working of the
institute was made by Mr. Naeem Javed, Chairman NILT and District
Nazim Sialkot. Subsequently various aspects of the working of NILT
were discussed at length between Chairman EPB and members of the
management committee of NILT.
The institute is conducting regular classes from
1998 for its two-year diploma and one-year certificate programmes in
the filed of leather technology. It has also conducted several short
courses for skill development of the human resource serving the
leather industry. The NILT is about to start new courses in field of
leather garments and leather goods.
WORLD CLASS COMPRESSORS
Rastgar & Company Pvt. Ltd. (RASTGAR) exhibited
a range of world class branded compressors at the 1st Hardlinks
Exhibition 2003 held in Karachi. The Pakistan Hardware Merchants
Association organized the exhibition.
RASTGAR, the exclusive distributors of CompAir
Compressors and Ultrafilter in Pakistan received a tremendous response
from visitors including, industrialists, entrepreneurs, engineers and
The equipments and compressors displayed by RASTGAR
were widely received, as the attendees were able to gain extensive and
invaluable information about the latest technologies available to them
for swift and cost effective operational productivity.
The RASTGAR products at the display were, CompAir
Compressors, Ultrafilter Refrigerant Air dryer, Ultrafilter Pre-Filter
and Ultrafilter Sub micro Filter.
Mr. Maqsood Zulfqar, Director, Rastgar & Co.,
said "through this platform, Rastgar being amongst the premier
distributors of quality compressors and ultra filters, would like to
emphasize the fact that branded machinery plays a vital role in
enhancing performance and productivity."
ICCI CONDEMNS ATTACK ON PRESIDENT'S CONVOY
Mr. Zubair Ahmed Malik, President of Islamabad
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) has vehemently condemned the
dastardly attack by terrorists on President Musharraf's convoy in
Rawalpindi. He expressed his deep concern at the two pronged suicide
attack in which sixteen people lost their lives and as many as 50 were
HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
Mr. Zubair Ahmed Malik, President of Islamabad
Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) has stated that good
governance and market economy are vitally linked together and
Pakistan's existing system of management needs revolutionary reforms
to achieve the objectives of a modern Islamic State. Mr. Malik made
these remarks while addressing a seminar.
Elaborating his views, Mr. Malik stated that
although Pakistan has grown much more than other low income countries,
it has so far failed to achieve social progress commensurate with its
income growth. He stated, lack of access to drinking water, poor
sanitary conditions and poor quality of education are serious
challenges for the Government's policy and decision makers.
It is true that through sound policy formulation,
the country has turned a deteriorating macro economic situation to a
rapidly improving scenario. However, the ground reality is that
poverty in Pakistan continues to be a serious concern. It is estimated
that almost 40 percent of our population of 145 million people are
faced with poverty. We lag behind countries with comparable per
capital income in most social indicators. Only 44 percent of our
population is literate, compared to an average of 64 percent of the
population in countries with similar per capital income. There are
also significant gaps in both literacy and health status. Gender
disparities in education remain significant. Government must utilize
the foreign exchange for the prosperous of common people.
PALPA ANNOUNCES CELEBRATIONS TO MARK ITS 50 YEARS
Pakistan Airline Pilots' Association announced a
series of events to commemorate its 50th year of operations.A
month-long celebrations have been in progress since December 10, 2003
and will continue up to January 10, 2004, with several fun-filled
activities planned for PALPA members throughout Pakistan. The events
include a Golden Jubilee Mascot design competition for PALPA kids,
Gala Fun Fair, Cricket Tournament, entertainment evenings in all major
cities culminating in an Air Safety Seminar on Flight Duty Time (FDT)/Fatigue.
Many foreign and local experts will speak about the repercussions of
FDT in particular and flight safety in general.
Highlighting the role of PALPA in the aviation
industry, Captain N. A. Bucha, President PALPA said; "PALPA is an
association of Pilots with one voice and a singular mission, that is,
aviation safety and security for both passengers and pilots, and FDT
is a major concern in ensuring this mission." ~
UNILEVER INTERNATIONAL ART PROJECT for SCHOOLS 2003
Zain Rizvi, a 16-year-old student from Frobels,
Islamabad has been selected as one of the winners for the Unilever
International Art Project for Schools 2003, for his impressive entry
entitled "Memories of California". The talented young
artist's work is being exhibited at the Tate Modern Gallery of London
— a great achievement for the youngster and a source of great pride
for the nation.
Cathay Pacific Airways recently awarded the winners
of its Sell, Dial & Win Competition in Pakistan. The three grand
prizes of the competition were cash prizes of Rs.200,000, Rs.100,000
and Rs.50,000. The competition was held amongst frontline travel
agents. Seen in the picture are the winners of the competition along
with Darayus Happy Minwalla, General Manager Cathay Pacific Pakistan,
Afghanistan and the CIS, and Richard McCallum, Assistant to GM Cathay
Pacific Pakistan, Afghanistan and CIS.
Pakistan State Oil (PSO), the country's largest oil
marketing company, signed an agreement with United Nations
International Development Organization (UNIDO) for the promotion of
E-learning in Pakistan. On PSO's behalf, the Managing Director, Mr.
Tariq Kirmani, inked the agreement while Dr. Carlos Chanduvi-Suarez
represented the UNIDO.
Under this agreement, PSO would be exclusively
sponsoring 10,000 E-learning cards to promote training and
self-training skills for meritorious individuals in selected
institutions in collaboration with UNIDO.The promotion for this
support for education will be done by PSO through its extensive
The E-learning initiative will be based on scratch
cards, which will be donated to local institutes, universities and
NGOs. These can be accessed through the PSO website (www.psocl.com)
through the Long Life Learning Portal.
The user can register into the system by obtaining
scratch card/PIN code and create a user account. This will allow
students to view the catalogue of available courses, select one and
download the course. Upon successful completion of course, the
end-user would be awarded on E-certificate.
More than 400 courses developed by top companies
and experts in their respective fields are easily accessible from any
location in the country. These include general management courses,
communication and presentation skills, IT courses including CISCO,
Oracle, Microsoft, programming and E-Commerce.
This unique initiative from PSO further adds value
to strategic corporate citizenship, under which PSO is already
sponsoring various programs in education, health traffic and road
safety. The company has also maintained an admirable record of
accomplishments with regard to donations and charities as part of its
social corporate responsibility.
PSO's initiative in E-learning augments the
Government of Pakistan's programme to support and promote education in
general and computer-based learning in particular for human capital
development in Pakistan.
ALLIANZ EFU LAUNCHES 'PRODUCT FOR MASSES'
The specialized global healthcare insurer in
Pakistan has recently launched 'Product for Masses' in Pakistan,
bringing forth opportunities to the people in the country to obtain
specialized healthcare at extremely affordable prices.
With exceptional offerings, such as cover for
pre-existing ailments along with individual hospitalization coverage
for each insured person and 24 hours 'hospitalization admissions
assistance' the product is designed as a unique facility to common
All full time workers along with their spouses and
dependent children upto age 25 can be covered under the scheme.
Maximum benefit limits available are as high as Rs 50,000, which
includes hospital, care. The product is priced at a very low and
affordable premium rate of Rs100 per month.
Mr. Ahmirud Deen, the Managing Director & CEO,
Allianz EFU stated, "We take pride in our product offerings to
Pakistan. It is in line with our objectives of making quality
healthcare available to all. The new launch, 'Product for Masses' will
bring about a change in which health care is viewed in Pakistan."
Allianz EFU is Pakistan's first and only
specialized health insurance company. It is the only company that
offers health insurance solutions to individuals, families, companies
and voluntary groups. Allianz EFU Health Insurance is a joint venture
between Allianz Group and EFU Group. Founded in 1890 in Germany,
Allianz AG has 60 million clients in over 70 countries, with a broad
range of services via an international network of subsidiaries.