APWC demands far-reaching reforms in budget

LAHORE (PR): All Pakistan Workers Confederation has demanded to the Federal Minster for Finance & Economic Affairs to include the workers just demands in annual federal budget 2015-2016 to tackle the problems facing the working class and peasants, common citizens in the country by introducing far reaching economic and social reforms.

These and other demands were sent to Federal Minister for Finance by veteran trade union leader Khurshid Ahmad, General Secretary of the Confederation, on Saturday.

It was also demanded to the government to introduce agrarian reforms in the country and to distribute surplus land to the landless peasants. It was pointed that working class and poor segments of the society have been facing the serious problems of the low wages and unsafe working conditions and aggravating unemployment and irrational gap between the rich and poor in the society. The government should develop the national industries and agriculture and provide uniform meaningful education and skill development opportunities to each male and female child since the children of the poor were being denied the fundamental rights of education. Thus, they become victim the abuse of child and bounded labour. The government should raise the wages and salaries of the workers employed both in the public and private sectors by at least 30% of their wages and raise the old age pension in same rate and fix minimum wages at least Rs.15000/- per month and utilize the billions of rupees of Workers Welfare Fund lying in the kitty of Finance Division and utilize it for provision of education to the children of the workers and provisions of residential facilities to the workers.

The confederation also demanded to introduce austerity in all the walks of life from President to downward and utilize the national resources to provide basic needs to down trodden and breaking the chains of heavy debit of World Bank and IMF.

Pak-Bahrain media interactions to further boost ties

ISLAMABAD (PR): Mohamed Ebrahim Mohamed Abdulqader, Ambassador of Kingdom of Bahrain in Pakistan, has appreciated the initiative taken by Malik Saad (Shaheed) Memorial Sports Trust (MSSMST) to invite a Bahrain Sports Media Council (BSMC)’s 7-members delegation to visit Pakistan in order to further strengthen the both countries’ friendly & brotherly relations, saying this visit from leading Bahrain mass media will further improve the bright image of Pakistan in Bahrain through their impressions taking from their visit. Ambassador Ebrahim was talking with visiting BSMC delegation that called on him at Embassy under the leadership of Mohammed Qassim, President BSMC & Secretary-General Asian Sports Press Union. Ambassador lauded the aim & objective of this visit and expressed his desire that this type of people’s to peoples interactive visit should be arranged on regular basis. Ambassador was informed that BSMC delegation also included head of sports sections & channel from Bahrain Print & Electronic media. While briefing Secretary Information,  Amjad Aziz Malik Secretary MSSMST informed that the purpose of this visit is to further strengthen the relations & interaction in Sports Media community of both countries.

The delegation arrived on 4th May 2015 late evening and on 5th May 2015 called on KPK Chief Minister, IGP apart from visiting KPK Sports Board & Olympic Association and media offices.

As Asia office of AIPS is in Bahrain so MSSMST & PSWA intend to further enhance the interaction for sports Journalists to arrange workshop and study tours of various training events. The Bahrain Ambassador was informed that MSSMST was established in 2010 and till now established more than 150 sports academy of various disciplines throughout KPK & FATA for various Sports/Games and invited to visit the MSSMST in Peshawar. The Ambassador was informed that visiting BSMC delegation also extends the invitations to the MSSMST team to visit Bahrain and share the expresses of both countries in the field of Sports in-line other fields of life. The visiting delegation also expressed their appreciations & thanks for friendly hospitality they received during their visit to Pakistan.

5th Int’l Mechanical Engineering Congress

KARACHI (PR): The Institution of Engineers Pakistan (IEP) in collaboration with NED University of Engineering & Technology, Federation of Engineering Institutions of Islamic Countries (FEIIC) and Federation of Engineering Institutions of South & Central Asia (FEISCA), organized the 5th International Mechanical Engineering Congress on Saturday. The theme of the congress was “Energy Sustainability and Mechanical Design”.  

Speaking at the inauguration session chaired by Prof Dr Afzal Haque Vice Chancellor, NED University, said: “The institution is the premier body of qualified engineers in Pakistan and has made significant contribution of the development of the country. The role played by the institution in spreading modern skills and technology is highly commendable.

Recent advancements in science and technology have placed enormous power at the disposal of man which must be harnessed for the welfare of humanity”.

He further said that “I believe that the 5th International Mechanical Engineering congress being attended by engineers from all the provinces of Pakistan will provide an excellent opportunity to the participants to benefit from the experiences of one another and to find solutions to our current national problem.”

The congress will have 6 technical sessions in which 24 papers will be presented which Engineers from all over Pakistan and abroad such as, Oman, Jordan, South Korea, China and Malaysia presented technical papers and participated in discussion on engineering matters of national and international importance in the realm of Mechanical Engineering in this Congress.

Engr Syed Jamshed Rizvi President IEP, Engr Farhat Adil Chairman, IEP, Karachi, Engr Ayaz Mirza Secretary, IEP, Karachi Centre and Engr Sohail Bashir Chairman International Affairs also spoken on the occasion.

COTHM, signs MoU with IRC

LAHORE (PR): College of Tourism & Hotel Management (COTHM) has signed an MoU with International Rescue Committee (IRC) to work for the betterment of people of Pakistan.

This partnership will support humanitarian causes and will provide the youth from displaced population to receive skills and technical knowledge required to gain employment and engage in businesses. Ahmad Shafiq CEO, COTHM Pakistan, Zaheer Ahmad Director Operations, COTHM, Pakistan, Sanna Johnson, IRC’s Regional Director, Mr Khan and Mr Junaid were present at the ceremony.