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Sialkot Airport to start Flights from 30th November.
Sialkot: Sialkot International will be operational from 30th November 2007. PIA (Pakistan International Airport) will be flying twice each week on Fridays and Tuesdays regularly. The travel time between Sialkot and Karachi will be 1 hour 50 minutes with flights departing at 1330 hours from Sialkot on Tuesday and Friday.
Schedule of Each Tuesdays & Fridays:
Departure from Karachi: 1100 hrs
Arrival at Sialkot: 1250 hrs
Departure from Sialkot: 1330 hrs
Arrival at Karachi: 1520 hrs
Sialkot to have two more labour complexes
SIALKOT: Two new labor complexes costing more than Rs700 million would be constructed to facilitate the industrial workers of Sialkot.
Official sources said the proposed labour complexes would be established at Sialkot-Wazirabad Road and Sialkot-Gondal Road.
Each labor complex would consist of a utility store, a school, a dispensary and a community hall. The step is being taken keeping in view the importance of Sialkot and to reduce the growing accommodation problems being confronted by the industrial workers of Sialkot.
Besides, two new high schools for girls would also be set up at Sialkot and Daska and work on these projects would soon be initiated. Besides this, the construction of a social security dispensary and a utility store had already been started in existing labor colony to facilitate the dwellers.
The development work on 100 beds social security hospital is underway which is expected to be completed in near future, sources said.
The government would ensure all modern treatment facilities in the hospital aimed at providing maximum health care facilities to the industrial workers and their dependents at their doorsteps, sources added.
Physiotherapy units in social security hospitals soon
The Punjab government has initiated a plan for setting up Physiotherapy Units in all social security hospitals to provide modern healthcare to the industrial workers.
Official sources told APP here Sunday that work on this programme would soon be started. Apart from this, modern social security hospitals of 100-beds were being established in Sialkot, Gujrat, Muzaffargarh and Manga.
Besides, Rs230 million had been allocated during the current fiscal year for the purchase of quality medicines for the social security hospitals functioning across the Punjab.
Inauguration of Sialkot International Airport Delayed
Sialkot: Inauguration of Sialkot International Airport has been delayed due to the prevailing situation in the country. President Musharraf was due to inaugurate the airport on 5th November. Due to current emergency imposed, his visit has been cancelled. No date has been announced as to when this airport will be inaugurated now.
The Sialkot International airport is ready to start cargo flights, which is the first stage of its operation. In the second stage flights to major cities will be started.
Sialkot Businessmen belonging to various industries were dejected to hear this news. However, they hoped that inauguration will be held soon to start the airport operation.
Emergency imposed in the Country & Constitution held
ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Pervez Musharraf on Saturday has imposed a state of emergency in the country and promulgated a Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) holding the Constitution in abeyance.
“Chief of Army Staff General Pervez Musharraf has imposed a state of emergency in the country and issued a Provisional Constitutional Order,” an official statement said, without using the word “president” for Gen Musharraf.
However, General Musharraf did not suspend the Senate, National Assembly or the Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan assemblies. The local governments will also continue to work. The Prime Minister alongwith the cabinet, provincial governors, chief ministers of Punjab, Sindh, NWFP and Balochistan and their cabinets will remain in place.
The PCO empowers the president to amend the Constitution. Under the PCO, fundamental rights under Articles 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 19 and 25 of the Constitution will remain suspended while all provisions of the Constitution under Articles 2, 2A, 31, 203A to 203J, 227 to 231 and 260(3a and b) will remain in force.
The Emergency order cites :
increasing interference by some members of judiciary, and
increasing terrorist attacks as justifications.
The decision to impose an emergency and promulgate the PCO was taken at a high-level meeting attended by senior army commanders and chaired by Gen Musharraf.
All private local and foreign TV news channels were taken off air at 5:05pm and Pakistan Television (PTV) made the first announcement about emergency rule at 6:05pm. Army troops, Rangers and police were deployed at the PTV headquarters, Radio Pakistan, parliament building, Constitution Avenue, airport and other government buildings.
First Flight at Sialkot International Airport Lands
SIALKOT: Air Blue made first historic flight to Sialkot. It landed at Sialkot International Airport on September 30th. The 3.6 km long runway is the longest of Sialkot. It is assumed that Sialkot International Airport will play an important role in development o Sialkot Industry and would provide it the much anticipated boost.
The SIAL (Sialkot International Airport Limited) is privately owned by 240 industry members, who were invited during the historic flight. The CEO Khawar Anwar Khawaja informed that cargo flights will start from December 2007 and in 2008 proper passenger flight will operate as well.
UAE-based airline, SIAL sign accord
SIALKOT: The UAE-based international airline APA and the Sialkot International Airport Limited (SIAL) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding regarding early provision of cargo facilities and passenger services at the airport.
APA’s managing director Pervaiz Ansari, SIAL’s chief executive Khawar Anwar Khwaja and chairman Babar Iqbal inked the MoU.
Addressing the participants, Pervaiz Ansari said the UAE-based airline would provide quick cargo service at Sialkot airport, besides generating a cargo capacity of 40 to 50 ton daily through Kabul, Sialkot and Sharjah.
He said this airline had also offered to launch a parallel passenger and cargo service from Sialkot airport to all main international routes.
Khawar Anwar and Babar Iqbal said the Sialkot airport would become operational in June. They said the Pakistan International Airlines, Air Blue, TCS and DHL had also announced launching of their passenger and cargo services at the Sialkot airport.
Later, APA’s officials visited the site of under-construction airport near Sambrial.
He said it would boost the transportation of Export Cargo by air and facilitate a great number of businessmen and Overseas Pakistanis of this particular region.
SIA chief executive said Sialkot airport would further attract worldwide clients. He said: "We foresee major strategic changes in Sialkot region which would change the mind set of industrialists, exporters and business community and it will direct unprecedented trade and business activities."
Sialkot airport would bring about a great industrial revolution particularly in the employment of the residents of cities of export triangle, he added.
PIA flights schedule from Sialkot soon
SIALKOT: Pakistan International Airline (PIA) would announce its tentative flight schedule within a couple of days for plying flights between Islamabad and Sialkot, said Sialkot International Airport Chief Executive Khawar Anwar Khawaja at a special ceremony held on the landing of PIA test flight PK-613 at the Sialkot International Airport the other day.
He said PIA would initially start three flights between these cities.
The mega project of Sialkot International Airport costing over Rs 2 billion has a great significance because it has been solely financed by the private sector and so far the private sector has not built a project of this magnitude and size in the country even in South Asia, whereas the new Islamabad airport would be built at an estimated cost of Rs 20 billion.
President Pervez Musharraf had approved the project of Sialkot International Airport and had helped in fulfilling dream of the business community of this export-oriented city and hub of cottage industry of the country, Khawar Khawaja said.
He said the business community of Sialkot had played a dominating role in undertaking the mage project elegantly on self-help basis on order to fulfil their dream.
He appealed to the PIA chairman to take adequate steps for starting the passenger and cargo flights between Sialkot-Lahore and Karachi at the earliest possible to facilitate the general public and the business community of the area.
Speaking on the occasion, Flight Services General Manager Zulfiqar Ahmad said the Sialkot International Airport is an ideal airport that has all the modern facilities of international standards.
The Sialkot airport would be the busiest airport of the country in the future, he said, adding it would play an instrumental role during bad weather especially in foggy season and for ensuring landing of diverted flights.
The runway of the airport is excellent having the facilities of international standards, he said.
He assured that direct flight for Europe and Middle East as well as other destinations would be introduced from Sialkot.
PIA Operation Deputy General Manager Ziaur Rehman also spoke on the occasion and expressed his full satisfaction over the facilities provided at the airport.
The airport has a most modern apron having parking capacity for six wide-body aircraft or three airbus plus F-27 aircrafts had been constructed at the airport apart from 3,600 meter-long, 45-meter wide taxiway has been constructed.
The longest international runway of the country measuring 3.6 kilometres has been constructed and it will cater the requirements of all aircrafts used for international and domestic cargo and passenger traffic.
The work on main passenger terminal is in full swing and temporary arrangements had been made accommodating domestic passengers at the airport.
The airport is modern and professionally designed and has been built on build, own and operate (BOO) basis and has been developed over 1,004 acres of land and is fully equipped for handling B747-400, A300 and 737 aircrafts.
The potential traffic forecast for Sialkot international airport has been scaled down at the time of opening to 530,339 passengers a year, while the estimated cargo tonnage at the time of opening is expected to be 28,515 tons. This means that by the end of year 2012 about 53,000 tons of cargo would be lifted from the Sialkot International Airport.
Due to the provision of passenger facilities at Sialkot International Airport, it was estimated that the general public would benefit to the tune of over Rs 2 billion in terms of time and money savings.
Similarly, cargo handling at the airport would save over Rs 1 billion for the businesses with total saving of at least Rs 3 billion annually would be a perpetual benefit.
The PIA general manager flight services and technical staff of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) were received at the airport by the Chairman Baber Iqbal, Sialkot International Airport Chief Executive Khawar A Khawaja and Task Force on Trade and Industry Chairman Mian Muhammad Riaz.
University Campus for Women
ISLAMABAD: The Government of Punjab will soon establish a campus of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) in Sialkot, as campuses of other universities have already been established in different cities for promotion of education.
This was stated by Governor Punjab Lt-Gen (retd) Khalid Maqbool on Wednesday while addressing the 7th convocation of FJWU here at the Convention Centre.
In the convocation 654 students, 566 of masters programs and 88 of undergraduate programs, of 2005-2007 session were awarded degrees. Top position holders in different subjects were also awarded gold and silver medals.
The governor said that extra land had been allotted to all the universities in the province for their expansion in order to meet the educational requirements of the province in the next 10 years.
“The provincial government will establish an FJWU campus in Sialkot soon, while campuses of the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore have already been set up in Rachna, Gujranwala and Faisalabad,” the governor stated.
Governor Maqbool said that the provincial government and the HEC had provided Rs300 million and Rs500 million to FJWU respectively. Furthermore, he added, funds were allocated to four departments of FJWU under the initiative of “Strengthening of the existing departments”.
“The Department of Communication Sciences of FJWU will have a modern radio station and television studios with all the facilities,” he said.
While addressing the convocation, HEC Chairman Prof Dr Attaur Rehman said that HEC was sending 1,000 students abroad every year for higher education and added that this process would transform the status of higher education in Pakistan.
In her keynote speech, Prof Dr Diana Leonard, professor emeritus at Graduate School of Education in the University of London, said that universities should increase their research output, especially in the areas of science and information technology, to make it commercially relevant so as to increase their contribution to national growth. But this trend should not sideline arts and humanities, which were the main areas of women’s interest.
Portraits on needles
SIALKOT: A local youth has claimed to have set a world record by drawing miniature portraits of Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on needles.
The 23-year-old miniaturist, Muhammad Awais, a resident of Uggoki, said he made Qauid-i-Azam’s portrait on a 0.85mm needle, and that of Allama Iqbal on a 0.90mm needle.
He claimed that he had broken the 21-year-old world record set by a Chinese miniaturist, but added that the Chinese artist had used comparatively thick needles to paint on. Awais has also painted Indian tennis star Sania Mirza, besides the ten army men who had been awarded Nishan-i-Hyder, on rice grains.
Sialkot Airport to be operational by December 7, 2007
SIALKOT: The construction of Sialkot international airport is in the final stages of its completion and it would likely be operational by December, 2007, a mega project initiated by opulent Sialkot business community on self-help basis.
Sialkot International Airport (SIA) Chief Executive Khawar Anwar Khawaja stated this while talking to the newsmen, here. SIA General Manager Muhammad Saleem was also present on this occasion.
He said the airport would be helpful in doubling the Sialkot exports from existing $1 billion(wow!), besides, opening the new vistas of socio-economic and human development in this Pakistan's first ever golden export triangle comprising Sialkot, Gujrat and Gujranwala districts.
Pakistan's first ever export triangle is internationally famous for producing and exporting sports goods, gloves, leathers goods, surgical and musical instruments, sports wears, cutlery, ceramics and leather garments.
Khawar Anwar said the airport, a unique project in private sector, was being speedily constructed in an investment-friendly atmosphere, incorporating the best airport facilities meeting international standard.
Giving the details of the Sialkot airport project, he said the airport site covering 1036 acres was located at 16 kms to the west of Sialkot city near Sambrial and at 30-minute drive from Gujrat and Gujranwala cities.
Power outages cripple Sialkot business activities
SIALKOT: Power outages are affecting the people's life badly. Industrial production has started going down and about 20 to 25 per cent decline is seen due to three to five hours unannounced load shedding. Businessmen, shopkeepers, banks, industries etc are suffering heavy loss daily. It is not possible for the Wapda to overcome the power shortage. The situation has gone out of control. The demand and supply gap has outclassed the capacity. The power shortage will affect the industrial growth and it would be difficult to sustain the existing GDP growth rate. Frustration is seen in knitwear, sports goods, leatherwear industries etc where workers lose their concentration and are not able to produce quality goods on time. The invisible losses are the logical outcome of this attitude. Power failures have become a routine matter and nothing is being done to improve the situation. Despite all the protests by the general public the problem is still persisting and is not solved yet. And now it is becoming more political rather than general issue for the people of Sialkot. The unannounced breakdown of electricity is damaging the domestic electric appliances besides affecting the businessmen, traders and industries badly. Frequent power failures have paralyzed the industrial and commercial activities, which lowered the production and increased the cost of business. Industrialist, businessman and traders of different localities showed their immense resentment at the unannounced power breakdowns in the city surveyed by this scribe.
Sialkot to have another underpass soon
SIALKOT: The Sialkot Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) has announced the immediate construction of an underpass along railway crossing level near city's congested Allama Iqbal Chowk to overcome the menace of hours-long traffic jams on all the railway crossings in city.
Tehsil Nazim Imtiazud Din Dar disclosed this, while, addressing an important meeting of the heads of all the main trade bodies, held at Sialkot Fort, here, to find out the amicable solution of perturbing hours-long traffic jams at the railway crossing levels in the city.
He said the early construction of an underpass would solve all the traffic problems in the city now the TMA would construct the proposed underpass near congested Allama Iqbal Chowk in active collaboration with the opulent business community.
He said the traffic jams problems had been hampering the trade and business activities of Sialkot since long due to which the local businessmen were very perturbed.
Child Protection Bureau at Sialkot soon
The Punjab government will soon establish a Child Protection and Welfare Bureau Institution at Sialkot to curb the menace of child beggary through ensuring the complete protection of rights of the destitute and neglected children at local level in district in active collaboration with Unicef and opulent business community.
DCO Capt (r) Atta Muhammad Khan told the newsmen, Friday that the Child Protection Court would also be established for providing the complete legal protection to the lost, missing, runaway and kidnapped children.
He said the government was making all-out efforts for protecting the rights of the children and curbing the menace of the children beggary on top priority basis.
Sialkot jail chief booked for violating court order
SIALKOT: On the order of the Daska Additional District and Sessions Judge Khawaja Muhammad Ajmal, the city police have registered a case against the accused Sialkot District Jail Superintendent Gulzar Butt, who allegedly kept accused Muneer under detention in the jail for four days, violating the courts order regarding the immediate release of the detained accused by the said court.
According to details, the court had ordered the immediate release of the accused Muneer from Sialkot jail on October 06, 2007, but the jail superintendent kept the accused under detention four further consecutive days and released him on October 10, disobeying the court's orders regarding the immediate release of the accused. Further investigations are underway. Meanwhile, jail superintendent has been transferred to Faisalabad jail.
Musharraf’s win to boost economic progress: Ameer
SIALKOT: National Assembly Speaker Ch Ameer Hussain has said the re-election of President General Pervez Musharraf would accelerate the pace of socio-economic and human development in the country.
He said this while addressing the participants of an Iftar-dinner hosted in his honour at Sambrial here.
He said the government was making all-out efforts for boosting the national economy, besides, raising the living standard of the people by ensuring the early and smooth provision of all the basic facilities at their doors steps.
He said President Pervez Musharraf had made the defence of the country as hard to beat, as the country's defence was in strong hands.
Rs 50m released for gas supply to Daska: Ch Mumtaz
SIALKOT: The government has released a special grant of Rs 50 million for the early provision of the suigas facility to the Daska city's several neglected congested residential areas.
MPA Ch Mumtaz Ali disclosed this while talking to the newsmen at Civil Rest House Daska, here, on Tuesday.
He said that the construction of new grand building of Daska THQ Civil Hospital was briskly underway with a total cost of Rs 160 million, the rectification and rehabilitation process of Daska city's decades old chowked sewerage and drainage system would be completed in a stipulated period of one year with total cost of Rs 160 million, while the construction of dual bridge over BRB Canal Daska was also being completed rapidly with estimated cost of Rs 40 million. This project would be helpful in averting the hours-long daily traffic jams over this narrow bridge.
MPA said that the Sialkot District Nazim Muhammad Akmal Cheema has also released a special grant of Rs 35 million for the early construction of Daska city's prolonged dilapidated main roads including Daska-Sambrial Road, Nisbat Road, Awami Road and College-Kutchery Road.
Dist govt spending Rs400m on roads
SIALKOT: District government is spending more than Rs400 million during the current fiscal year on the construction of 200 km long new roads in Sialkot, Pasrur, Daska and Sambrial tehsils of the district.
The work on this project would soon be started in all tehsil headquarters of the district. Official sources told APP Sunday that the construction of 93 roads had already been completed during the last two years by the district government at a cost of more than Rs356 million while repair and rehabilitation of 85 roads at a cost of Rs230 million had also been completed during the same period for ensuring speedy and better travelling facilities to the masses of the district.
The aim of the construction of the roads was to improve the means of communication and linking far-off areas with tehsils headquarters, sources added.
Police fail to control traffic mess in Sialkot
SIALKOT: Violations of traffic rules and regulations are on the rise in all the three tehsils of Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur.
The traffic police have allegedly failed to control the violation of traffic rules. Sialkot traffic police officials said that the main cause behind the larger scale traffic violations was the shortage of traffic police personnel in the district.
There are only one hundred traffic police personnel for the Sialkot district's more than 3.4 million population.
According to the official sources, the Sialkot traffic police have one DSP, seven inspectors, 11 sub-inspectors, 23 assistant sub-inspectors, 17 head constables and 100 constables. There was a shortage of five traffic police inspectors, three sub-inspectors, four assistant sub-inspectors, 17 head constables and 70 constables against the approved official number of the traffic police personnel in the district.
The officials of the Sialkot traffic police confirmed that more than 0.4 million small and medium sized vehicles of different types were being plied on all the small and main roads in the district. They said that the situation of rising traffic rules violations could not be controlled due to shortage of traffic police. The hours' long traffic jams have become a routine matter in Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial, Pasrur and the surrounding areas. Sialkot-Daska-Gujranwala Road, Sialkot-Sambrial-Wazirabad Road, Sialkot-Pasrur Road, Zafarwal-Kingra-Narowal Road and all the link roads leading to the remote bordering rural areas are facing traffic mess and affecting trade activities. People have urged the government to look into the mater.
The Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and the business community strongly criticised the poor performance of Sialkot traffic police.
The business community expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of the traffic police and said that traffic mess in Sialkot could speak the volume of the negligence of traffic police as the Sialkot traffic police and Sialkot Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) could not rectify all the out of order traffic signals.
The SCCI former president Qaisar Ali Shabir said that all the traffic signals had been out of order for the last several months in the city and no one bothered to rectify them.
The Sialkot exporters also alleged that the officials of traffic police often found making fake challans of the vehicles besides extorting money the transporters, drivers and conductors of all the congested areas of the district.
Govt considering export ban on semi-finished surgical goods
SIALKOT: Task Force on Trade and Industry chairman, Mian Muhammad Riaz, has said the government has adopted a far-reaching approach for bringing out the surgical industry from stagnation.
In an interview with The post, he said the step was being taken for enhancing the export-volume of surgical industry of the country.
The surgical industry was enjoying the monopolistic position globally and the surgical instruments are most economical and coupled with unconditional guarantee of the finest quality, he added.
On the pressing demands of exporters and manufacturers engaged in surgical industry the government was considering imposing ban on the export semi-finished and unfinished products for protecting the surgical industry from decline, he said.
The government had allowed the duty-free import of raw material for facilitating the industrial sector but the rates of raw material were increasing apace as a result of which the cost of production was increasing rapidly, he said.
Riaz said setting up of a 'raw material bank' was under active under consideration of the government aimed at providing raw material to the surgical manufacturers and exports on fixed rates.
He called upon the investors especially the overseas Pakistanis that they should focus on investing in stainless steel sector for improving the production standard of Pakistani steel, adding that quality stainless steel had become more imperative because the foreign buyers had become more quality conscious.
Despite various hurdles and rapid variation in the prices of raw materials the business community of Sialkot was making hectic efforts in maintaining the quality and standard of the surgical instruments, he added.
Mian Riaz said the government had focused its special attention on bringing revolutionary changes in industrial sector of the country with the concept of ensuring strong export base.
Undoubtedly, Pakistan had become a very attractive hub of foreign investment due to the strong and effective economic policies of the government, he said. To cope with the shortage of trained and skilled workforce, the government has taken numerous steps to produce trained and skilled force in the country, he added.
He said a full-fledged Institute of Surgical Technology costing Rs 160.459 million was being established and this institute would play a pivotal role in the provision of surgical nursery to the manufacturers of surgical instruments.
The work on this project would be carried out shortly and this institute would impart training to 250 students in various fields of surgical manufacturing and it will be equipped with latest machinery, he added. He claimed that the institute will usher in a new era in the development of surgical industry.
The step would not only help reduce unemployment graph but also supportive in increasing the overall production of surgical units as well as help in increasing the export volume, he added.
Land for tanneries zone not yet selected
SIALKOT: As many as five years have passed and the provincial and district governments still remain unable to select a suitable land for the early establishment of Sialkot Tanneries Zone due to some unknown reasons.
The then district government had envisaged this project in 2002, but despite the passage of five years no suitable land has yet been selected by the government, in this regard.
Punjab Chief Minister Ch Pervaiz Elahi has already released a special grant of Rs 90 million for the Sialkot Tanneries Zone project. Under this project, all the 264 main and small sized tanneries scattered in and around the Sialkot city would be shifted to this proposed Sialkot Tanneries Zone with a sole aim of curbing the menace of the environmental and industrial pollution caused by these tanneries.
Govt urged to give subsidy on exports
Chairman Pakistan Sports Goods Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PSGMEA) Prof Sheikh Safdar Sandal has urged the government to give a special subsidy to the Sialkot-based exporters and industrialists on the all the exported goods, enabling them to compete in the international markets, especially with our neighbouring country India.
PSGMEA chairman urged the government to announce the direly needed early increase in the research and development fund for booming up and flourishing sports goods industries.
He said soccer ball manufacturers and exporters are in dire need of the advanced manufacturing technology, its education and promotion for meeting the global challenges.
He urged the federal government to make sincere and solid efforts for pulling out soccer ball industry from the persistent crisis, besides, considering on a proposal of giving a special package of incentives for this industry to boom it and modernise it for meeting the global trade challenges under this WTO regime.
He said that soccer industry should soon be modernized in the larger national interest in active collaboration with the trendy business community.
Christian family embraces Islam
PASRUR: Pasrur-based Christian family of Younas Masih Thursday embraced Islam at the hands of Khateeb Jamia Masjid Muhammadia Fatehgarh, Sialkot.
TMA negligence causes water-borne diseases
SIALKOT: Waterborne diseases (WBD) are spreading due to the use of the dirty water being supplied by the Sialkot Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA).
Official sources in the health department confirmed that the number of patients with WBDs, including hepatitis, gastroenteritis and cholera, was rising and the situation has become 'alarming'.
The health, environment and public health engineering departments have already declared water being supplied by the TMA unfit for human consumption.
The environment department officials told newsmen the other day that the department recently collected samples from all 33 tube-wells supplying water in the city and sent them to Lahore for test.
They were declared unfit for human consumption; health officials confirmed the result of the water tests. They said the major cause of water contamination was rusted pipelines. These pipelines have been broken and sewerage water mixed with the clean water at many points.
They suggested to the TMA to install water filtration plants to overcome the problem. TMA officials said Rs35 million were required to change the rusting and damaged pipelines.
Murderer held after 13 years
SIALKOT: The Head Marala police have arrested accused Sajjad alias Sabir, who had killed a minor child Naveed after his abduction in village Khambraanwala-Sialkot about 13 years ago.
The accused killer had been a fugitive proclaimed offender in this case. The police, today, produced the accused before the court of the local magistrate Suleman Ghuman in Sialkot. The court sent the accused to Sialkot district jail on 14 days judicial remand in this case.
FIA nabs human trafficker: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) have arrested a human trafficker Qaisar Ali from Sialkot. The accused has been sent behind the bars. FIA have started investigation after registering a case against him.
Forests block officer kidnapped: Some armed accused forcibly kidnapped Forest Department's Pasrur based Block Officer Pervaiz Butt at gunpoint along with his car near village Kotli Bawa Faqeer Chand on main Daska-Pasrur Road, here, Wednesday.
Kidnapped block officer's wife Shagufta Khan told the newsmen at Pasrur that the local forest department's two accused guards Azam and Afzaal were directly or indirectly involved in this abduction. Pasrur Saddar police have registered a case, with no recovery or arrest, in this regard.
Rs 150m for disposing industrial estates' water
SIALKOT: The Punjab government has released a grant of Rs 150 million for disposing Sialkot, Lahore and Multan small industrial estates' water into the rivers after cleaning it.
Punjab Minister for Industries Muhammad Ajmal Cheema stated this while talking to newsmen at Daska City Sunday. Sialkot District Nazim Muhammad Akmal Cheema and Chief Executive Sialkot International Airport Limited (SIAL) Khawar Anwar Khawaja were also present on the occasion.
He said that the provincial government would also establish Combined Waste Treatment Plants in these small industrial estates, besides ensuring the early establishment of environmental pollution controlling equipment in all the small industrial estates in Punjab. He said that under a new law, no industry would be established in Punjab without having the dust & environment pollution controlling equipment.
Cheema said that the provincial government had successfully started implementation on a multi-dimensional comprehensive plan for jazzing up the pace of strong industrialisation through the preparation of skilled labour force and expert manpower. He said that the multi-phased programme would be helpful in creating maximum job opportunities in the province, besides giving necessary training of advanced industrial technologies to industrial workers as per demand and need of industries on top priority. He said that the plan would be a milestone towards the goal of establishing a strong industrial base in Punjab.
Ajmal Cheema said that the government had also evolved a comprehensive strategy to bring boom in the national economy, which would also help raise living standard of the people through the provision of a strong industrial base. He said that the provincial government would also establish the Cluster Development Centres in Punjab's big industrial cities for the rapid growth of different industries in Punjab.
Cheema said that the government had also focused on providing the business-friendly atmosphere in the industrial units and factories, which had now become vital for speeding up industrial and economic activities.
Punjab Minister for Industries said that the provincial government would soon establish new small industrial estates in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Sialkot, while the efforts were also being made to dispose off the used water of the Lahore's Sundar Small Industrial Estate and Multan small industrial estate into the nearer rivers after the cleaning of the used water under a foolproof plan.
Plan chalked out to protect labourers' rights, says nazim
SIALKOT: Sialkot District Nazim Muhammad Akmal Cheema has said that the Sialkot district government has chalked out a comprehensive multi-phased plan to protect the rights of labourers and industrial workers besides promoting good working relationship between employer and employee through smooth provision of peaceful business atmosphere in factories, enabling them to struggle hard mutually with full devotion, dedication, enthusiasm and complete peace of mind.
He disclosed this while addressing a meeting of District Labour & Human Resource Board Sialkot Sunday. Sialkot DCO Capt (Retd) Atta Muhammad Khan, Sialkot DO (Coordination) Saif Anwar Jappa, Sialkot EDO(C&D) Javaid Gill and various leaders of labour organisations including Mian Abdul Shakur also attended the meeting.
Sialkot District Nazim Muhammad Akmal Cheema said that the district government would make necessary legislation for protecting the rights of industrial workers and labourers besides making some effective and positive measures for the welfare of industrial workers, labourers and their dependents.
He said that the government was making all-out efforts to promote good working relationship between the employer and employee in factories on top priority basis, which was vital for establishing a strong industrial base in the province.
District Nazim said that the government was making adequate efforts for protecting the rights of workers and labourers, besides preparing a comprehensive plan for promoting friendly atmosphere in industrial units and successful working relationship between employer and employee for enhancing the functioning pace of industrial units in Punjab through the maximum welfare of industrial workers and labourers to enable them to struggle hard for strengthening the national economy.
Muhammad Akmal Cheema said that the Punjab government had also approved another grant of Rs 50 million for the early establishment of a primary school, dispensary and a labour community hall in Labour Colony Sialkot.
He disclosed that another labour colony of 1,000 residential flats would soon be established near Sambrial-Daska with a cost of Rs 500 million and advanced labour complexes at Chawinda-Pasrur and Sambrial-Daska would also be constructed soon. He said that the construction of 100-bed social security hospital in Sialkot was under way with a cost of Rs 220 million. He said that a well-equipped Heart Unit would also be established in the hospital.
Sialkot District Nazim Muhammad Akmal Cheema said that Punjab Chief Minister Ch Pervaiz Elahi had also focused on providing advanced medical, health, education and residential facilities to industrial workers, labourers and their dependents closer to their work places. He said that the provincial government had also established a Joint Venture Company in active collaboration with the business community.
Sialkot allocated Rs 400 million for road construction
SIALKOT: Sialkot District Government has allocated more than Rs 400 million in 2007-08 budget for the construction of new roads of 200km length in Sialkot, Pasrur, Daska and Sambrial tehsils of the district. District nazim Akmal Cheema told newsmen here on Thursday.
He said the construction of 93 new roads costing over Rs 356 million had been completed, repairing and reconstruction work of 85 roads costing Rs 230 million also completed.
District nazim disclosed that Rs 3.9 million had been set aside for the welfare of handicapped children, while free textbooks, uniforms, wheels chair and hearing aids will also be provided to them. Other facilities included a stipend of Rs 200 to each student, and pick and drop facility. He said 20 education schemes at a cost of Rs 55.1 million were initiated of them 11 schemes have been accomplished.
Rs 50m for Sui gas to Daska
SIALKOT: The government has released a special grant of Rs 50 million for the early provision of the Sui gas facility to the Daska city's several neglected congested residential areas.
Daska-based MPA Ch Mumtaz Ali disclosed this while talking to the newsmen at Civil Rest House Daska.
He said the construction of new grand building of Daska THQ Civil Hospital was briskly underway at a cost of Rs 160 million, the rectification and rehabilitation process of city's decades old choked sewerage and drainage system would be completed in a stipulated period of one year with total cost of Rs 160 million, while the construction of dual bridge over BRB Canal Daska was also being completed rapidly with estimated cost of Rs 40 million.
This project would be helpful in averting the hours-long daily traffic jams over this narrow bridge. MPA said the district nazim has also released a special grant of Rs35 million for the early construction of Daska city's prolonged dilapidated main roads including Daska-Sambrial Road, Nisbat Road, Awami Road and College-Kutchery Road.
LGs provide solution to problems
SIALKOT: District Nazim Muhammad Akmal Cheema has said the local government system is playing an instrumental role in solving people's problems on their doorstep besides removing backwardness from the ignored and far-off areas of the country.
He stated this while addressing a big public meeting at village Palora Kalan-Sialkot, here. He said the government was also making all-out efforts for raising the living standard of the people by providing them all the basic facilities at their doorsteps.
He stressed the need for forging unity among the ranks for crushing anti-Pakistan lobbies, which were creating obstacles in the process of development.
80 cameras to be installed at sensitive places
SIALKOT: The police have planned to install the special surveillance close circuit cameras in 80 sensitive places in the district under a foolproof security plan to curb the menace of the heinous crimes situation.
DPO Muhammad Ameen told the newsmen, here, Saturday Rs 2.5 million would be spent on this project. He said as many as 30 close circuit surveillance cameras would be installed in different places including bazaars, markets of city, 15 in city, seven in Pasrur city and seven in Sambrial city in active collaboration with the local business community.
DPO added that the special a special control room was also being established in Sialkot to ensure the 24 hours special monitoring of the district through these close circuit surveillance cameras.
Govt out to raise living standard of common man, says NA speaker: Speaker National Assembly Ch Ameer Hussain said the government was making all-out efforts to raise the living standard of the people by providing them all the lacked basic and advanced facilities at their door steps, as a large number of public welfare projects have already been initiated for the uplift of neglected areas trough banishing the poverty from country's neglected areas on priority basis. He said the govt had focused on bringing these neglected areas at per with developed areas.
He stated this while talking to various delegations at Head Marala and Bajwat-Sialkot, here, Saturday. He said current local bodies system was playing an instrumental role in resolving the people's problems on their doorstep besides help removing the backwardness from the ignored areas and rising people’s living standard by providing them all the basic facilities at their doorsteps.
NGOs working against narcotics to be encouraged, says Cheema: Punjab Minister for Industries Muhammad Ajmal Cheema has said the government would encourage all the active NGOs at every level, which were busy in providing the meritorious services o the ailing humanity, especially working against the curse of the drugs and remaking the rehabilitated addicts as the useful citizens of the society.
He stated this while talking to newsmen at Daska city, here, after this noon, after visiting the 'Aas Centre Daska' (The Drugs Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Hospital) being run by NGO 'Daska Young Blood Foundation'. District Nazim Muhammad Akmal Cheema, DCO Capt Atta Muhammad Khan, Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) president and leading exporters and industrialists and Daska Young Blood Foundation chairman Bashir Ahmad Naz were also present on this occasion. The minister announced a grant of Rs100,000 for the treatment of the drugs addicts and he highly hailed the sincere efforts of this NGO. He visited the drugs treatment and rehabilitation hospital and witnessed the different process of the treatment of the addicts and their rehabilitation.
SIALKOT - Rs 5b for colleges’ reforms
SIALKOT: The Punjab government would soon launch a comprehensive 'College Reforms Programme' in the province's all public colleges and under this program, the provincial government would spend Rs 5 billion for providing all the missing basic facilities in these colleges.
Punjab Education Minister Mian Imran Masood disclosed this while talking to newsmen here Saturday. Sialkot District Nazim Muhammad Akmal Cheema was also present on the occasion.
The minister said under the 'College Reforms Programme', the provincial education department would select four public colleges from Punjab's all the districts and one college would be made a model college out of these four colleges in every district for the promotion of quality education through the provision of all the basic missing facilities. He said that now the principals and administrations of these (four colleges in every district) colleges would be delegated the special powers to start the needed new subjects' education in their respective colleges including the subject of Sports Sciences.
Mian Imran Masood said the provincial government was spending Rs 70 billion annually on the promotion of quality education and the budget would be increased to Rs 80 billion from the next fiscal year. He said the promotion of quality education was top priority of the provincial government and it was making all-out efforts for the purpose.
He said the provincial government would soon recruit as many as 34,000 teachers on contract basis for curbing the menace of the shortage of the teachers in all the government schools in Punjab, besides, recruiting the lecturers through Public Service Commission for the government colleges. He was optimistic that these revolutionary steps would be helpful in enhancing the literacy rate, besides, reducing the drop out ratio of the students in the government schools and colleges.
He said the Sialkot had the highest literacy rate in Punjab, as the literacy rate in Sialkot district is 95 per cent, while, there is 100 per cent enrolment in all the government primary schools in Sialkot district under the Universal Primary Education (UPE) Programme.
The minister said the Punjab Education Department had urged the federal government to increase the GDP to 4 per cent from existing 2.4 per cent, enabling the provincial government to increase the salaries of the teachers.
Speaking on the occasion, Sialkot District Nazim Muhammad Akmal Cheema said the district government had successfully started a programme for providing the potable drinking water in the government educational institutions by spending millions of rupees. He said the special teams of Sialkot health department were collecting the samples of water from all the government educational institutions. The nazim announced that the potable drinking water would be provided in all the government educational institutions, especially the schools during a stipulated period of one year.
He said the Govt Murray College Sialkot (the alma mater of Allama Iqbal, the poet of the East) would soon be made a model college under the comprehensive "College Reforms Programme".
Construction of Sialkot-Lahore Motorway to start soon
The construction of Sialkot-Lahore Motorway would be started very soon, as the federal and provincial governments have approved the establishment of two universities, a sports city, Information Technology Park and many other social sector and infrastructure projects along the said motorway by spending billions of rupees.
Sialkot District Nazim Muhammad Akmal Cheema disclosed this while talking to newsmen here Friday. The nazim said three advanced industrial estates had also been proposed along this new economic corridor, which surely augment industrial production in the region.
While briefing about the Sialkot-Lahore Motorway, Cheema said that the early establishment of the project would open the new vistas of socio-economic development in the region, besides, providing a strong industrial base and pave the smooth way towards the goal of economical stability and maximum industrialisation. This motorway would also jazz up the speed of trade and industrial activities in the region and would also provide maximum job opportunities to the unemployed skilled people at local level. The two and half hours long distance between Sialkot and Lahore would also be reduced to only one hour after the completion of this mega project.
He said that the construction of the motorway would be started soon and the project would be completed in a stipulated period of three years.
The nazim said there would 6 lanes of this motorway, while 7 interchanges, 8 flyovers, 40 bridges, 70 underpasses, 3 industrial zones and two international standard universities would also be established along the motorway.
Cheema said the Sialkot-Lahore Motorway and improved connecting road network would also contribute in enhancing farm and agricultural industry of the Sialkot's adjoining areas, thus positively contributing to poverty alleviation drive in long neglected population of bordering districts/towns spreading from Narang Mandi, Narowal, and Pasrur to Sialkot. There would be minimal exploitation of natural resources, sixty thousands threes would be planted along the motorway which would be very useful in sustaining ecological balance.
The nazim the government was making all-out efforts for bringing boom in national exports, besides, creating strong industrial base through the provision of maximum job opportunities to the unemployed youth.
He said the Sialkot-Lahore Motorway project was the biggest ever project in the history of Punjab, as the provincial government would spend Rs 23 billion on this mega project.
PML-N sets up legal aid cell for Double Shah victims
SIALKOT: After deciding to raise Double Shah issue before the Lahore High Court, the PML-N has established a free legal aid cell in Daska city for providing all necessary guidance and free legal aid to all the clients of the Double Shah across Pakistan.
Talking to newsmen in Daska Friday, PML-N International Affairs Senior Vice-President Dr Khalid Luqman said the party had taken this initiative in the larger interest of all the clients of the Double Shah. He said this special cell was rapidly collecting the complete data of all the clients of Wazirabad-based Double Shah across the country.
Dr Khalid would be the patron-in-chief of this well equipped PML-N cell established at Rustam Road Daska City, while, Syed Javaid Ali Shah, Muhammad Arslan Khan would be the coordinators and Mian Qaisar Mukhtar Advocate has been appointed as the legal advisor of this cell. Begum Shakeela Khalid Luqman (President PML-N Women Wing USA) would head this cell's women wing.
Double Shah remanded in NAB custody
An accountability court in Lahore on Saturday remanded till May 12 in the NAB custody Sibtul Hasan Shah alias Double Shah, who had been arrested on charges of cheating people on pretext of doubling their money in 70 days.
Ghakkar Mandi police had arrested the accused on April 13. Later, he was handed over to the NAB, which had charged him with committing fraud worth two billion rupees with the public.
The NAB counsel alleged that within two years the accused had won trust of the public and now wanted to escape along with their hard-earned money.
The counsel requested the court to remand the accused in NAB custody for further investigation.
The accused also made a statement before the court in which he said that he used to invest people’s money in different businesses, doubling their amounts, adding that he had committed no fraud. He said there was not a single complaint against him.
SIALKOT - Double Shah victim dies
SIALKOT: A victim of Double Shah scam died here of cardiac arrest while 43 more claims were filed with the police, The Post learnt here.
Ahmad Ali of Gorian, a suburban village of UC Monghar, had deposited Rs 700,000 with Double Shah to get the amount doubled. Fearing loss of money following the arrest of Double Shah Ahmad Ali suffered heart attack and died.
On the other hand, 43 more claims were filed with Gakhar police station on Wednesday for the return of money swindled by Double Shah. The number of claims filed with the authorities has risen to 518 with total claimed money estimated around Rs 5 million.
The police are providing free forms, and those people who get forms and deposit it to police station after filling them, are allotted entry numbers. UC Nazim Malik Asif Ali has expressed his grief over the death of Ahmad Ali and promised to help the people get their money back.
ADB Releases grant of Rs. 3.52 billion for Barani Areas
SIALKOT: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a Rs3.52 billion grant for the uplift of Barani areas in Sialkot and Narowal districts.
District Nazim Muhammad Akmal Cheema disclosed this while speaking at a workshop on “Sustainable Livelihood for Barani Areas Development” held here on Thursday under the auspices of the Agency for Barani Areas Development (ABAD).
He said the project would help provide sustainable livelihood to the local people, better look after of the available natural resources, maximum job opportunities by promoting agricultural development schemes and training to local women in Barani areas in active collaboration with the ABAD.
Mr Cheema said that ADB-funded project would also provide guidance to government functionaries concerned for upgrading the agricultural sector at the local level, besides advancing maximum farm loans on soft-term to small farmers.
Sialkot DCO Capt Atta Muhammad Khan (retired), ABAD’s Islamabad project manager Waseem Afzal Chaudhry, district project manager Arshad Mehmood Asim, EDO (agriculture) Ehsan Ahmad Leghari, EDO (finance) Rana Azhar Ali, EDO (community development) Javaid Gill, ABAD officials and representatives of growers also attended the workshop.
Chinese trade delegation visit SCCI and various industrial Units
A delegation of Chinese traders visited the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) here on Thursday.
The delegation, led by Chen Ji Vice, also held a meeting with the local business community and discussed in detail the matter of mutual interest. The SCCI president was also present on the occasion.
Later, Chinese traders also visited various leading industrial units in Sialkot.
SIALKOT - 3 year health plan to be initiated
A three-year health plan costing Rs 220 million would soon be initiated in Sialkot, Daska, Pasrur and Sambrial tehsils of Sialkot district and the Punjab government had released Rs 30.50 million as first instalment for the programme revealed District Nazim Sialkot Muhammad Akmal Cheema.
He said that under the programme a new dental unit, provision of dialyses machines and x-ray unit and a fully equipped ambulance was being provided to Allama Iqbal government hospital, he disclosed.
The District Nazim further said that under the programme gynaecology and obstetrics words were being upgraded in Tehsil headquarter hospital Pasrur while fully equipped ambulance would also be provided to the hospital. Similarly, a fully equipped ambulance would also be provided to Sardar Begum government hospital Sialkot to facilitate the patients, he said.
Under the three-year programme efforts would be made for equipping the government hospitals with modern machinery for mitigating the peoples problems and ensure quality treatment facilities, he said. Akmal Cheema said that Allama Iqbal hospital would be converted into a model hospital aimed at making it a good nursing home for sick and solace for the ailing.
The Sialkot district Nazim disclosed that in order to improve the means of communication system a special development plan had been initiated in Sialkot district. Under the programme as many as 85 roads were being constructed at cost of Rs 1.22 billion and development work on these roads was on different stages, he said.
Akmal Cheema said that special step was being taken to check the quality of material and assess the pace of development work on different projects being carried out Sialkot, Pasrur, Daska and Sambrial tehsils of the district. The District Nazim disclosed initial on mega project of Sialkot-Lahore motorway costing Rs 20 billion would soon be initiated and the completion of this motorway would open new era of development and prosperity in the area besides reduce the travelling distance between Sialkot-Lahore.
Rs 60m grant approved for computer training centre
The Federal government has released a special grant of Rs 60 million for the establishment of a well-equipped computer training centre here. The centre is aimed at promoting digital manufacturing by giving the computer training of designing and digital manufacturing to skilled youth and industrial workers in collaboration with the local business community.
Rs.260m being spent on improvement of health facilities
Sialkot district government is spending Rs 260 million on the improvement and up-gradation of rural health centres, basic health units and Tehsil headquarter hospitals in the district.
Official sources told reporters here on Monday that the steps were being taken to provide maximum health facilities to the masses at their doorstep as well as to reduce the pressure of district headquarter hospitals.
The district government was making all out efforts to convert Allama Iqbal Hospital into a model hospital, which would be equipped with latest equipment for extending all possible treatment facilities to the patients at local level. In addition to this, condition of Tehsil headquarter hospitals was also being improved and activated in Sialkot, Daska, Pasrur and Sambrial Tehsils of the district.
It may be added that the district government had established "Hepatitis Cell" in Allama Iqbal Hospital and 160 poor patients suffering from hepatitis would be provided free treatment facilities at this cell, sources added
Green fund' to help facilitate conversion of rickshaws into CNG
Provincial government has set up a "Green Fund" with an amount of Rs one billion for extending loan facilities for undertaking projects pertaining to conversion of rickshaws into CNG and for the purchase of CNG buses in the Punjab.
Official sources told reporters here on Sunday that under the programme government would encourage the projects pertaining to environment and interested people could obtain loan facility for initiating the projects.
The two stroke rickshaws would be converted into CNG in Multan, Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad by December 2007.
The government had allocated Rs150 million for the installation of combined treatment plants in Multan industrial estate and Sunder industrial estate Lahore. The work on the project would be undertaken shortly and later on this programme would be expanded to other major industrial cities of the Punjab.
The government was also making hectic efforts for the early establishment of Sialkot Tanneries Zone aimed at shifting all existing tanneries functioning in and closed to Sialkot into the proposed tanneries zone. In addition to this adequate steps would also be taken for the disposal of solid waste of four tehsils of the district.
According to a survey conducted by district administration Sialkot revealed that as many as 647 tons of solid waste was being generated daily in Sialkot, Daska, Pasrur and Sambrial tehsils of the district. According to the survey only 392 tons was being lifted while 255 tons of solid waste remained un-lifted in four tehsils of the district. The un-lifted solid waste is naturally decomposed and disposed through open nullahs in the district.
The government on its behalf was utilising all channels and resources for reducing industrial pollution aimed at ensuring pollution-free environment for the industrial workers, dwellers and to enable the business community to fulfil the international standards and requirements sources added.