May 312017
 
Four Canadian provinces award new contract to Gemalto for secure driver’s license cards and issuance

Amsterdam- June 1,  2017 – Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces that it won four contracts to provide a new, highly-secure polycarbonate driver’s license in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The Atlantic Provinces sought a provider with a strong position as an innovative partner capable of producing laser-engraved polycarbonate in Canada, in order to bring their residents better identity protection through a more secure driver’s license. Gemalto will provide its Premium polycarbonate and help transition the provinces from an over-the-counter issuance process to secure central issuance. This not only enables the enhancement of the credential with the advanced, fraud and tamper-resistant security features only possible through central issuance, but also creates a more efficient process for Registry of Motor Vehicle operators by eliminating on-site printing. In addition to the credential issuance itself, Gemalto will also implement a comprehensive enrollment solution that will include photo capture, digital signature pad, and a facial biometrics recognition system compliant with the latest International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. This advanced, end-to-end solution will streamline existing processes and provide a foundation for future supplemental technologies such as an electronic ID (eID) or digital driver’s license (DDL). “The Atlantic Provinces had a strong, unified vision of what we wanted to achieve as a result of this contract and provider evaluation process,” said Paula Biggar, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy for Prince Edward Island. “We selected Gemalto because their broad experience and security capabilities can [Read More…]

May 312017
 
OIC secretary general receives representative of European Union to OIC

Jeddah (IINA) – The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, received on Thursday, The representative of the European Union to the OIC, Ambassador Michele Cervone. Cervone was at the General Secretariat in continuation of talks between the OIC and the EU on strengthening collaboration on shared interests between the two sides. Dr. Al-Othaimeen and the EU envoy reviewed the outcome of OIC-EU meeting held in Brussels, and both sides agreed on the need for developing the modalities of moving forward to a concrete action on the agreements reached by both parties. During the meeting, the OIC chief restated the importance of the EU as an important partner in the OIC’s continued efforts to promote peace, tolerance, and dialogue; as well as countering extremism and terrorism. In this connection, Dr. Al-Othaimeen reiterated the principled position of the OIC that vigorously denounces any and all acts of terrorism and violent extremism in all forms and manifestations, just as it categorically rejects any justifications for terrorism. Source: International Islamic News Agency

May 312017
 
OIC secretary general receives representative of European Union to OIC

Jeddah (IINA) – The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, received on Thursday, The representative of the European Union to the OIC, Ambassador Michele Cervone. Cervone was at the General Secretariat in continuation of talks between the OIC and the EU on strengthening collaboration on shared interests between the two sides. Dr. Al-Othaimeen and the EU envoy reviewed the outcome of OIC-EU meeting held in Brussels, and both sides agreed on the need for developing the modalities of moving forward to a concrete action on the agreements reached by both parties. During the meeting, the OIC chief restated the importance of the EU as an important partner in the OIC’s continued efforts to promote peace, tolerance, and dialogue; as well as countering extremism and terrorism. In this connection, Dr. Al-Othaimeen reiterated the principled position of the OIC that vigorously denounces any and all acts of terrorism and violent extremism in all forms and manifestations, just as it categorically rejects any justifications for terrorism. Source: International Islamic News Agency

May 312017
 
CM REVIEWS SUGGESTIONS FOR COMMENCEMENT OF ROPEWAYS TRANSPORT IN PUNJAB

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif chaired a meeting to review suggestions for the commencement of ropeways transport in the Punjab. He directed concerned authorities to prepare feasibility report to run ropeways transport on four different points. i.e. Imamia colony to railway station, tomb of Jahangir to the greater Iqbal Park, Jallo Mor to Thokar Niaz Baig and Murree to Islamabad. He said that a foreign ropeway manufacturing company also shown interest to work on this project in collaboration with Punjab government. Talking to ex-federal minister Abbas Khan Afridi, who called him today, Chief Minister said national economy is thriving due to the concrete measures taken by the government. Shahbaz Sharif said the country is heading towards progress and prosperity as compared to 2013. He said that the Pakistan of 2018 will be safer and more developed than today’s Pakistan. Source: Radio Pakistan

May 312017
 
From waste to power

Piles of garbage are scattered everywhere in Karachi. The Sindh government has been unable to resolve the issue. The condition of Karachi is further complicated when this wastes is burnt, increasing the temperature of the city. Pakistan is the seventh most vulnerable country to climate change. In order to resolve the issue, the provincial government needs to learn lessons from Sweden and Singapore. These countries have set up waste-to-energy power plants for the generation of electricity from solid waste and garbage. Singapore generates three percent of the country’s electricity from its four waste-to-energy power plants. The National Environmental Agency of Singapore is planning a fifth waste-to-energy power plant by 2019. Karachi should follow the example set by Singapore. On the other hand, Sweden imports garbage for generating energy. 950,000 homes are heated by trash across Sweden. Less than one percent garbage now ends up in the dump in Sweden. Waste now constitutes 19 percent of the fuel used by Sweden that makes it the world leader in generating energy from garbage and waste. Although garbage-infused smoke sounds highly poisonous, modern electric filters give the particles a negative electric charge which become nontoxic carbon dioxide before release. The Sindh government should follow the example and set up waste-to-energy power plant to produce electricity from garbage. Developing countries like Pakistan may get access to funding from the UN affiliated Green Climate Fund to invest in waste-to-energy power plant. This is how Karachi will be able to get rid of garbage and solid [Read More…]

May 312017
 
Saving the wild

In Pakistan, the list of endangered species is growing at a rapid speed. The reasons for animal extinction are a loss of habitat, environmental degradation, hunting, etc. Many animals in Pakistan, including Markhor and Indus river dolphins, are disappearing at an accelerated rate. Experts have speculated that a few species of plants are close to extinction as well. This imbalance in the ecosystem carries a great risk to humans as well. It is estimated that, in Pakistan, at least 12 percent of the flora is threatened and several of the faunal species are threatened too. To protect endangered wildlife, the eco-sociological perspective or the human factor need to be made an important shareholder in the process of conservation. Steps should be taken to save wildlife. Urooj Khan Karachi

May 312017
 
Kashmir bleeds

Indian atrocities in Indian-held Kashmir are rapidly gaining momentum. The Indian army declares freedom fighters terrorists and brutally kills them. A few days ago, Indian forces brutally killed Sabzar Ahmad and 12 other young Kashmiri freedom fighters. After these brutal killings a large number of citizens staged protests. The Indian army did not stop at this but continued its atrocities. Pakistan has requested the international community to step in and stop bloodshed in the valley. India has crossed all limits of decency and humanity to keep its control over the disputed territory. India should realise that it has been playing with fire and it cannot stop the freedom movement through coercion. Citizens want freedom and will continue their struggle for the ultimate goal. Muslim countries should support the people of Kashmir in their struggle for freedom. The international community should also play its role to stop this genocide. Javaid Bashir Karachi

May 312017
 
Here comes the bus

Residents of Islamabad were pleased to know that the government has approved the construction of a Metro bus track on the Kashmir Highway from Peshawar Morr to the New Islamabad International Airport. The government plans to connect Metro bus stations with every residential sector in Islamabad. However, nothing is being done to connect the G-15 and F-15 sectors with a Metro station. The residents of the sectors have raised concerns over this issue. Hundreds of people will be deprived of a good facility, if the government doesn’t connect the sectors with the station. Currently, the residents of both the sectors travel a distance of 10km to a Metro bus station in Badhana Village. The concerned authorities have approved the construction of bus stations in the areas that are less populated, but it has conveniently ignored the thickly populated G-15 and F15 sectors. It is hoped that the authorities will take notice of the issue. Raja Manzoor Ahmad Kayani Islamabad

May 312017
 

RIYADH: A “disgruntled” ex-employee of a Saudi private school shot dead two staff members and injured a third on Wednesday, the school’s chairman said, but no children were present. The rare shooting happened at Kingdom School, which is owned by billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. Police were hunting a suspect of Iraqi origin, a security source said, describing the suspect as a teacher. The man “who was dismissed from the school four years ago on the basis of anger issues and an unstable personality” opened fire at the administration offices, Talal Al Maiman, the school chairman, said in a statement. Maiman gave no further details of the victims or suspect but called the gunman “disgruntled”. The security source identified the victims as a Saudi and a person of Palestinian heritage. The 6 most mysterious unsolved murders of all time “A teacher took a gun and then he went to the school room and he killed the assistant school principal and one of the employees,” said the source who asked not to be identified because a formal statement would come later from Riyadh police. Investigators were treating the case as a criminal matter and “not a terrorist incident,” the source said. Saudi media spoke of “disagreements” between the suspect and victims. “There has been a shooting at Kingdom School in Riyadh,” the US embassy said in a Twitter post, urging people to avoid the area. “School (is) closed, no children present,” it added. There has been a shooting at Kingdom School in [Read More…]