The antibacterial properties of the silver nano
particles has enabled LG secure approvals for quality and safety
from accredited international bodies like the US Food and Drug
Administration, US Environmental Protection Agency, Japan's SIAA and
Korea's Testing and Research Institute for Chemical Industry, among
SHELL PAKISTAN FORMALLY LAUNCHES "SHELL
Shell, one of the most prestigious brands in the
world and one of the largest oil marketing company of the country,
in an initiative taken to provide its valued customers a secure
alternative to cash & chit system, formally launches "Shell
A ceremony in this regard was held recenty to
introduce Shell card. The event was attended by a large number of
people including the representatives of renowned local &
multinational companies, dignitaries and the media stakeholders. Mr.
Farooq Rahmatullah, Country Chairman & Managing Director —
Shell and Mr. Ismail Zaiviji, General Manager — Retail Sales &
Operations were also present on the occasion.
Shell card enables customers to refuel their
vehicles round-the-clock from selected Shell stations throughout the
country. It is expected that Shell card due to its unique features
will get a warm response amongst the customers and will prove to be
one of the most advanced and superior cards in fueling business.
A seminar on Environment Management was held at
Preston University, Islamabad campus last week. Maj. (Retd) Tahir
Iqbal, Federal Minister for Environment, was the Chief Guest. Mr.
Sohail Altaf, Vice President and Chairman Federation of Chambers,
Commerce and Industries, Islamabad and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Irfan
Khan, Head of the Department of Environment, Allama Iqbal University
were the main speakers.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest Maj. (Retd)
Tahir Iqbal, Federal Minister for Environment, unfolded the policies
and plans of the Federal Government regarding environment. He said
that the Government of Pakistan realizing the importance of the
issue initially established a small section on environment which was
later upgraded into a full fledged division, he aded by a Secretary
and Minister. He further said that with the finalization of National
Conservation Strategy, Pakistan has joined a small group of nations
who are seriously concerned about environment degradation and are
making sustained efforts to address it. He maintained Pakistan is
not lagging behind the world in dealing with this important issue.
He informed the participants that the first environmental
legislation was brought about in Pakistan in 1983, whereas USA, one
of the most developed countries of the world, introduced the
Environment Protection Agency in the year 1976.
Dr. Abdul Basit, Chancellor, Preston University
welcomed the guests and informed that Preston University has
arranged a series of seminars, to address current issues of national
and international importance, to promote academic activities. Dr.
Basit praised the efforts of the government to address environmental
issues. He was of the view that in the present scenario, it may not
be possible for the government to have its policies implemented
without involving the real stakeholders — the Private Universities
and Private and Public Sector entrepreneurs. Dr. Basit proposed that
government should prepare policies and plan, in which private sector
universities and industry is extensively associated. Dr. Basit
offered Preston University's services to implement research and
other study programmes in environment, for the Government of
Pakistan and donor agencies.
P & G
The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) has
been selected as the "Non-cyclical Goods & Services"
industry sector leader in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index
(DJSI) listings for the fifth year in a row.
The Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI),
launched in 1999, are the first global indexes tracking the
financial performance of the leading sustainability-driven companies
worldwide. Only the top 10% of the 2,500 largest companies are
selected as components of the DJSI world based on their
sustainability performance. P&G has been a component of the
index since its conception and the industry leader for the
Non-cyclical Goods & Services market sector since 2000.
"P&G integrates sustainability as a
promising business concept and ranks as the sustainability leader in
its industry," said DJSI.
PAKISTAN TO HOLD CONSULTATIONS WITH EC ON NEW GSP
Pakistan will hold consultations with the
European Commission (EC) regarding their New Generalized System of
Preferences (GSP) scheme. For this purpose, Commerce Secretary, Mr.
Tasneem Noorani has left for Brussels to hold parley with Mr.,
Pascal Lamy, EC's Trade Commissioner and other high officials of the
European Commission on GSP scheme, anti-dumping and early release of
textile quota. The discussions will continue from 13 to 15
The European Commission (EC) is in the process of
launching a new GSP scheme from 1st January 2006, which will be
valid till 2015. The amount of custom duties levied on Pakistan's
export to EU under its GSP scheme will directly affect Pakistan's
export competitiveness. The EC Trade Commissioner, Mr. Pascal Lamy
has offered to consult with Pakistan before finalizing the new GSP
The EC has also initiated review of anti-dumping
duty on the export of bed linen from Pakistan. The secretary will
hold discussions with European Commission for a positive finding.
Another urgent issue to be discussed with the EC
relates to early release of additional quota to the extent of 4000
MT. Any delay by EU on this account will hamper Pakistan's clothing
exports to the EU. Mr. Noorani will advocate the case of Pakistani
exporters for the early release of this quota.
CONFERENCE ON HOUSING INDUSTRY & FINANCING
Federal Minister for Housing and Works Syed
Safwanullah said all the provinces have been asked to identify 100
acres land for low cost housing projects to accommodate majority
Speaking at one-day national conference on
"Housing Industry & Financing" organised by Publicity
Channel in collaboration with National Bank of Pakistan, he told
laws relating to housing and land are being amended to remove
bottlenecks in launching low cost housing units in the country.
Executive Vice President National Bank of
Pakistan Amir Siddiqui, Managing Director House Building Finance
Corporation (HBFC) B. H. Qureshi, Managing Director Bank of Khyber,
Dr. Munir Ahmed, Former Vice Chancellor Karachi University Abdul
Wahab, Chief Controller of KBCA Brig. A.S. Nasir, Chief Executive
Publicity Channel Mr. Naeem Qureshi and Mr. Sirajuddin also spoke on
Safwanullah said government is trying to
introduce concept of large scale system of built offering housing
units to people after their completion instead of taking advance
from them first and initiating construction at later stage.
SINDH CHIEF MINISTER WILL INAUGURATE SSGC'S NEW
GAS PIPELINE PROJECT
The Sindh Chief Minister Dr. Arbab Ghulam Rahim
will be the Chief Guest on the ground breaking ceremony for
construction of SSGC's 24 inch dia 116 kilometers long "Hyderabad-Karachi
Gas Pipeline" which is being held on Wednesday, 15th September,
2004. The Chief Minister will inaugurate the construction work of
the project by welding the first joint near Pakland Cement at
National Highway, about 56 km from Karachi.
The said pipeline is the first phase of the 24
inch, 296 km, Rs. 7.50 billion, Karachi Nawabshah pipeline, which is
a part of SSGC's Rs.37 billion "Gas Infrastructure
Rehabilitation & Expansion Project" (GIREP-II), being
implemented in phases from 2004 to 2008. The GIREP-II aims to
provide the requisite infrastructure capability and reliability for
effective utilization of additioal indigenous gas expected to be
available from the prospective gas discoveries in the blocs of Sawan
Tando Allah Yar, Khipro, Mirpurkhas, Badin and Sinjhoro gas fields.
The project aims to increase SSGC's system capacity by 50% from
1,200 mmcfd at present, to 1,800 mmcfd by the year 2008.
The Karachi-Hyderabad pipeline section would
enable SSGC to expand its transmission capacity 100 million cubic
feet per day, which is planned to bring gas from Naimat Basal Gas
and Kausar gas fields of M/s Orient Petroleum Inc, Sawan gas field
of M/s OMV of Austria and Singhoro & Tando Allah Yar gas fields
of M/s OGDC, by taking it into SSGC's Left Bank Pipeline System.
This segment of pipeline would incur a cost of Rs. 2.30 billion
which will be arranged from company's own resources and local
The entire pipeline route passes through the most
difficult rocky and hilly terrain of about 45 kms and 71 kms
compacted soil mixed with gravel & boulders, involving 115
turning points, over 500 vertical bends, about 28 major nala
crossings and 4 roads. The project is planned to be completed by
The pipeline has been conceived, designed,
engineered, and being constructed on latest specifications by SSGC's
own technical staff.