Punjab okays Rs410.88 million developent scheme

Lahore (Staff Reporter): The Punjab Provincial Development Working Party approved development scheme in health sector on Tuesday to be completed at an estimated cost of Rs410.886 million. The scheme was approved in the 8th meeting of Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) of current fiscal year 2016-17 presided over by the Punjab Chairman P&D Board Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan. Secretary P&DD Iftikhar Ali Sahoo, members of the Planning & Development Board, provincial secretaries concerned and other senior representatives of the relevant provincial departments also attended the meeting.  According to the spokesman for P&DD, the approved development scheme is 100 Bedded Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif General Hospital, Multan (Phase-I) at the cost of Rs410.886 million.

CPEC to be hot topic at Karamay Forum, say officials

BEIJING (INP): China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Silk Road Economic Belt will be the hot topics at a three-day seminar that began in Karamay city, Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region of China on Tuesday. The participants will discuss how to strengthen cooperation among the countries along the Belt and Road to promote economic and social development. “CPEC is highly important since this is the major and pilot project of One Road One Belt initiative,” officials said. The forum, under the theme of regional, industrial and economic cooperation, will attract more than 500 leading figures from China, Pakistan and Kazakhstan. Also in attendance will be businessmen and representatives of think-tanks. The seminar aims to build a communication bridge between South and Central Asia by discussing infrastructure development, energy cooperation, cultural exchange and information technology.

PIA employee sacked over heroin smuggling attempt

Islamabad (Staff Reporter):  Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has terminated the services of a catering official posted at Lahore airport for his involvement in a heroin smuggling attempt. PIA spokesperson said in a statement issued here on Tuesday that during interrogation the official had confessed that he was involved in the recent attempt of heroin smuggling through a PIA fight from Lahore airport. In a related development, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has acquired three Airbus A330 aircrafts from Sri Lankan Airlines on a wet lease. The aircrafts will be used for the Islamabad-London 'Premier Service', which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Aug 14. Each aircraft will travel 11 hours per day and will cost PIA $88,000 daily, which will add up to $264,000 for three aircrafts.

Call to suppress conspiracies against CPEC

Lahore (Staff Reporter): The Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) office-bearers have said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is highly significant for Pakistan, and it should be completed at every cost. “Conspiracies are being hatched to stop work on it that should be tackled with iron hands,” they said emphatically. In a statement issued here on Tuesday, LCCI President Sheikh Muhammad Arshad, Senior Vice President Almas Hyder and Vice President Nasir Saeed said that anxiety amongst anti-Pakistan elements was an ample evidence of the enormous importance and usefulness of the mega project. “Therefore, this project should be completed at all costs,” they reiterated. They urged the government to ensure timely completion of CPEC, as it was bound to turn Pakistan into a great investment destination. The LCCI office-bearers said that CPEC would start a new era of progress and prosperity in the country; therefore it should be handled with extra care. They said that it would not be wrong to say that the economic benefits of the project were hard to estimate.

“China has already promised to invest more than $46 billion in this connection,” they concluded.