Aug 312016
 
Senate Committee defers discussion on Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja’s Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Islamabad, September 01, 2016 (PPI-OT):Senate Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights in its meeting decided to defer the Constitution (amendment) Bill moved by Senator Karim Ahmed Khawaja which relates to promotion of regional languages. The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Javed Abbasi here at the Parliament House on Thursday. Federal minister for Law, justice and human rights Zahid Hamid gave details about Articles 28 and 251 of the Constitution which deal with languages. It was told that in order to work for preservation and promotion of any regional language of Pakistan, provincial assemblies are the relevant forum. Senator Babar Awan pointed out that naming a few languages in the amendment and leaving others will further complicate the problem. It was agreed that while it is state’s obligation to achieve the objective the mechanism for doing the same has to be seen in detail and hence the matter shouldn’t be dealt in urgency. Senator agreed to defer the agenda till next meeting of the committee to come up with appropriate suggestion for the constitutional amendment. Chairman committee observed that committees are mini-parliaments and no legislation should go on personal likes and dislikes of one or more members. The committee also adopted the finalized report of Committee on proposed amendments in Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority Act, 1996. The committee was told that although the law ministry has informally vetted the amendment bill, the bill has to be owned by the parent ministry which in this [Read More…]

Aug 312016
 
Defence Ministers condoles on death of Zahid Malik

Islamabad, September 01, 2016 (PPI-OT):Federal Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif and Federal Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain have expressed their heartfelt condolence over the sad demise of the renowned journalist and Publisher, Mr. Zahid Malik, Editor-in-Chief of Pakistan Observer. The Ministers prayed to Almighty Allah to shower His blessings on the departed soul and grant courage and fortitude to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with patience and equanimity. For more information, contact: Haji Ahmed Malik Principal Information Officer Press Information Department (PID) Tel: +92-51-9252323 and +92-51-9252324 Fax: +92-51-9252325 and +92-51-9252326 Email: piopid@gmail.com

Aug 312016
 
Pakistan Mango Festival in Ankara, guests appreciate special taste of Pakistani mangoes

Ankara, September 01, 2016 (PPI-OT):In order to popularize Pakistani mangoes in Turkey and facilitate their availability in the Turkish market, the Embassy of Pakistan in collaboration with Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and Swissotel Ankara organized a “Pakistan Mango Festival” on Wednesday evening. Key political figures, representatives of the food and beverages industry, fruit importers, diplomats and media representatives had a first-hand experience of the taste, juiciness and aroma of Pakistani mangoes. The “Pakistan Mango Festival” included a wide-range of mango delicacies such as mango ice cream, mango soufflé, mango mousse, mango trifle, mango tart, mango pudding, mango salad, mango milk-shake, mango lassi, and mango cake, made of freshly-arrived mangoes from Pakistan were served to the guests. Pakistani cuisine including ‘Biryani’ made of famous Pakistani Basmati rice was also served. Welcoming the guests to the Festival, Ambassador Sohail Mahmood said Pakistan was the 5th largest producer of mangoes in the world and 6th largest exporter of this “King of Fruits.” He added that Pakistan was exporting mangoes to 57 countries including the US, European Union and Japan. He also informed the participants that there were over 110 varieties of high quality mangoes including Sindhri, Anwar Retaul, Lungra, Malda, Dusehri, Fajri, Chaunsa and others. Ambassador Sohail Mahmood added that the Pakistan Embassy had further intensified its efforts to popularize mangoes and in this context a promotional event was also organized at a leading supermarket in Ankara last week. “Pakistan and Turkey are moving towards concluding the Free Trade Agreement (FTA)” [Read More…]

Aug 312016
 
National Vocational and Technical Training Commission notifies assessors across the country to conduct assessment of the Competency Based Training

Islamabad, September 01, 2016 (PPI-OT):National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) has notified around 200 assessors across the country to conduct assessment of the Competency Based Training (CBT), which is being piloted in 130 TVET institutes with the support of the TVET Reform Support Programme. To encourage the notified CBT assessors, a certificate distribution ceremony was held here at a local hotel in which the Executive Director NAVTTC, Mr. Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema was the chief guest. The notification of the assessors is one of the milestones towards sustainable implementation of the CBT approach in Pakistan, Cheema said. He said that the introduction of competency based training courses is a paradigm shift in the TVET delivery, which the NAVTTC is currently spearheading. He further added that CBT is one of the innovative approaches to reduce unemployment ratio in the country. Moreover, the CBT programme provides the basis for the implementation of the National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF) at a national level, he said. Under this paradigm shift, the training programs are designed and delivered by adopting a systematic approach, focusing on better employability of the trainees with a strong link to the market. The duration of these new special training programmes ranges between 6-12 months. On this occasion, Mr. Zulfiqar Cheema and renowned industrialists distributed certificates among the assessors. The executive director said that the quality training and qualified teachers/assessors are the key elements of successful TVET implementation in the country. He encouraged the notified assessors to perform their duties with [Read More…]

Aug 312016
 
Under Secretary General (United Nations) calls on Federal Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif

Islamabad, September 01, 2016 (PPI-OT):The Under Secretary General (UN) for Field Support to Pakistan Mr. Atual Khare, alongwith three member delegation, called on Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Federal Minister for Defence at Ministry of Defence, Rawalpindi. It may be noted that Pakistan has played a key role in peace keeping missions of United Nation since 1960. Minister for Defence, Khawaja Muhammad Asif highlighted Pakistan Military’s role in UN Peace Keeping program in different parts of world. Minister for Defence stressed on the setting up of Integrated Trauma Care to handle emergencies, as opposed to prevailing practice of units deployed from multiple countries. Federal Minister also suggested provision of Loan Equipment and Training to smaller and newer Troops Contributing Countries (TCCs). Moreover smaller TCCs can gain experience by imbedding them in Pak Army units deployed in the operational areas and provision of medical care from Pakistan to the UN personnel deployed in Afghanistan. During the meeting Under Secretary of UN acknowledged the role played Pakistan in Peace Keeping and paid a tribute to those Pakistani peace keepers who have laid down their lives while deployed in UN Missions. He also highlighted that Pakistani peace keepers have been keenly engaged in humanitarian assistance, social services and quick impact projects. Minister for Defence on the occasion also highlighted importance that Pakistan attaches to the world peace. He said it is a part of a comprehensive approach to conflict prevention and resolution. He suggested area of future consideration to ensure long term sustainability of troops [Read More…]

Aug 312016
 
Posten Norge selects Gemalto ID Verification to strengthen fraud protection for Norway

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands, Sept. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Gemalto (Euronext  NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, has won a major contract to supply Posten Norge, Norway’s national post and logistics service, with its Coesys ID Verification solution that enables customer credentials such as identity cards and passports to be checked quickly and easily by branch staff. Coesys ID Verification will deliver a robust solution for the authentication of identification documents and allow Posten Norge to act as a highly efficient Know Your Customer (KYC) hub for the country’s financial services sector, in line with the requirements of the latest EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AML4). The new solution is to be deployed in 1100 branches at first, with the potential ultimately to cover Posten Norge’s entire, 1400-strong national network. Verification of identity credentials will be performed by existing staff using a specialized passport and ID card scanner. Documents are checked instantly for discrepancies against Gemalto’s comprehensive database of worldwide passports and identity documents. Posten Norge will initially use Coesys ID Verification for tasks such as checking that letters and parcels are collected by their legitimate recipients. They will also assist banks and other financial enterprises by confirming the identity of customers picking up new payment cards, for example. In the long term the solution will create a platform for innovative new services and position Posten Norge as the country’s leading provider of document authentication. “The scale and sophistication of identity fraud continues to grow worldwide,” said John Eckhoff, [Read More…]

Aug 312016
 
Calling All Students Ages 13-18 Years Old to Participate in Global Science and Math Video Contest

Breakthrough Prize “Junior Challenge” Opens Call for Original Science Video Submissions through October 10, 2016 $400,000 in educational prizes to be awarded for an original student video bringing scientific and mathematical ideas to life SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Breakthrough Prize Foundation announced today the launch of its second annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a global student science and mathematics competition designed to inspire creative thinking about fundamental concepts in the life sciences, physics or mathematics. “The Breakthrough Junior Challenge encourages the next generation of scientists and leaders to help us all see scientific principles in new, fresh ways,” said Breakthrough Prize co-founder Dr. Priscilla Chan. “We hope students from around the world will take part in the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, and I’m looking forward to seeing their incredible work. As we learned last year, these students’ unique perspectives and innovative thinking can teach us all about the importance of complex scientific principles in our daily lives.” A video of Dr. Chan launching the Breakthrough Junior Challenge can be viewed here: Breakthrough Junior Challenge Launch Video. Students ages 13-to-18 from countries across the globe are invited to create original videos (up to five minutes in length) that illustrate a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics. The submissions will be judged on the students’ ability to communicate complex scientific ideas in the most engaging, illuminating, and imaginative ways. The deadline for submissions is October 10, 2016. Students must register to participate at www.breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org. One winner [Read More…]

Aug 312016
 
Number of changes expected in 4th Pakistan-England ODI

Pakistan cricket team on Wednesday reached Yorkshire County’s home ground Headingley Leeds where the green shirts attended a practice session ahead of 4th ODI to be played against England on Thursday. England had beaten Pakistan in third ODI, taking an unassailable lead of 3-0 in five-match series. A number of changes are expected after massive defeat in the previous match. Final ODI between both the team would be played at Cardiff on Sunday.  

Aug 312016
 
Rose, Willett confirm Hong Kong Open participation

NEW YORK: US Masters champion Danny Willett will pose a serious threat to compatriot Justin Rose’s title defence at this year’s Hong Kong Open after the Ryder Cup teammates confirmed their participation in the December 8-11 tournament. Englishman Rose pipped Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard by one shot last year and is keen for a repeat triumph at the event co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and Hong Kong Golf Association. “Winning at Fanling last year was great so I am really looking forward to defending my title,” the 36-year-old was quoted as saying in an Asian Tour statement on Wednesday. Rose is on a high after becoming the first man in 112 years to win an Olympic gold in golf at the Rio Games. “Winning the Olympics was very special. I have to say it was one of the greatest weeks of my career,” the world number 10 added. “I think all of the golfers who were a part of the Olympics felt how special it was to be a part of the biggest sporting event in the world and it was great to see such great crowds in Rio.” It has been an equally memorable year for Willett, who overhauled Jordan Spieth on the back nine to win his first major at Augusta National, represented Britain in Rio along with Rose and will play in his first Ryder Cup at the end of September.

Aug 312016
 
Six olympians sanctioned for failing dope tests

ZURICH: The International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday it had disqualified six sportspeople, including three Russian medallists, for failing doping tests at the Beijing 2008 Games. The sanctions come amid a crackdown on Olympic athletes’ use of banned performance-enhancing substances that has now spilled over to the Paralympics Games as well. Controversies over doping overshadowed the build-up to this year’s Rio Olympics and flared anew as US and Australian competitors branded their Russian and Chinese rivals drug cheats. In the latest move, the IOC disqualified Russian bronze-medalist weightlifter Nadezda Evstyukhina, silver-medalist weightlifter Marina Shainova, and Tatyana Firova, who finished second with teammates in the 4x400m track event. The Russian Federation team was also disqualified from the women’s 4x400m relay. All the sanctioned athletes were ordered to return any medals, pins or diplomas they had won in Beijing. Bronze-medal-winning weightlifter Tigran Martirosyan of Armenia and fellow weightlifters Alexandru Dudoglo of Moldova and Intigam Zairov of Azerbaijan were also disqualified, the IOC said in a statement. It called on sports federations to modify the results of the Beijing Games that were affected and consider what other steps they found appropriate. The IOC stores athletes’ samples for a decade to test with newer methods or for new substances, and has in the past stripped medal winners of their prizes.