RCCI to organise Rawal

Shopping Festival

RAWALPINDI (INP): President Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) Syed Asad Mashadi Saturday said that Rawal Shopping Festival will be organized from May 2 to May 10, 2015 in all the markets of Rawalpindi at the same time, in which heavy discounts will be offered to customers by the shopkeepers on all products. Basic idea behind organizing this event is to promote business activities in the city as such activities were badly hampered owing to Metro Bus Project and traders’ community of Rawalpindi faced worst ever time as far as business is concerned, Mashadi said this while talking to media here at Chamber on Saturday.

Asad Mashadi said that initially Rawal Shopping Festival was announced to be held in first week of April but as we were informed about the delay in Metro Bus Project RCCI extends festival dates and now it will be held on May 2-10, 2015.

To a question, he said that Chamber want all roads specially Murree Road and other adjacent roads clear for traffic as we are expecting 1.5 million people to visit Rawal Shopping Festival and Commissioner Rawalpindi Zahid Saeed also ensured us that development work on these roads will be completed before festival. He said that RCCI mulling to announce Bank Road as walking street during the festival to provide easy access for families.

He said that Executive Officer Cantonment Board Fahim Zafar taking special initiatives to complete development works in Cantt area before said festival.

President RCCI said that business community of Rawalpindi has scarified a lot for this Metro project and Chamber aimed to provide an opportunity to all affected businessmen to regain their momentum by offering lucrative sales offers to get maximum cash flow. He said that special discounted package will be offered to everyone on almost every sector products e.g daily use items, garments, electronics, motor vehicles, bike, crockery, furniture etc. Mashadi said that besides sale offers enormous mega and super prizes like Cars, motorbikes, electronic goods etc will be awarded to customers through lucky draws.

He said that music concerts, fashion shows, and playing fields for children will be also be set up for complete family entertainment. He urged the residents of twin cities to come out and visit your nearest market on May 2 to get surprise discounts. He said that Saddr, Murree Road, China Market, Raja Bazar, Moti Bazar, Murree Road, Commercial Market satellite town, Scheme III commercial market, Shamsabad, Faizabad and Bahria Town areas will be included in the festival.

UAF making efforts to

flourish agri sector

faisalabad (Staff Reporter): Vice Chancellor (VC) University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan has said that the University is making all out efforts to flourish the agriculture sector with trained manpower and researches. Addressing the concluding session of UAF’s 7th five-day Indigenous On-campus Training organized by the Office of Research Innovation Commercialization (ORIC) on Saturday, Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that keeping in view the latest demand, the UAF has paced up its outreach programme to transform the knowledge at the doorstep of the farming community. He said that skilled manpower will open up new chapter of progress for the country.

The training was an initiative of Higher Education Commission (HEC) aimed at sharpening the management and administrative skills of the staff. Speaking on the occasion, ORIC Director Prof Dr Asif Ali said that we need to get the benefit from the modern technologies. He said that training was aimed at polishing the skills of the administrative staff. He said the skilled manpower was the guarantee of the bright future.

The trainers included Quality Enhancement Cell Director Dr Ahrar Ahmad Khan; Director IT Farjeel Javed, Computer Sciences Chairman Tasneem Mustafa, Assistant Prof Dr Saqib Ali, Lecturer Salman Afsar, Lecturer Wajeeha Azmat, Ayesha Asghar and others.

LPGAP appreciates cut in prices

LAHORE (APP): Liquified Petroleum Gas Association of Pakistan (LPGAP) here Saturday appreciated government’s efforts to reduce LPG producer prices and bring them at par with Saudi Aramco Contract Price. Since November 2014, local PG Producers had kept their prices far higher than the international Saudi Aramco Contract Prices, forcing the consumers to pay more for locally produced LPG, said the LPGAP Chairman Farooq Iftikhar. He said though government was quick to pass on the benefit of a reduction in global oil prices to the consumers, no such relief was provided in LPG prices, which led to a surge of substandard LPG imports which ultimately forced producers to reduce their prices.

The LPG Producers, he added, realized that they were losing their market share to importers and began reducing their price at the start of the month, albeit still higher than Saudi CP, however due to the Association’s repeated requests, under the guidance of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Resources, Sui Southern Gas Company Limited had reduced its price to match the prevailing month’s Saudi Aramco Contract Price of Rs. 47,515 (excluding taxes and duties).

Industrial exhibition in Chakwal

CHAKWAL (Online): Industrial exhibition entered into fourth day on Saturday as Nepal’s Ambassador Bharat Raj Padyal was the chief guest at the occasion. Nepal’s Ambassador Bharat Raj Padyal reached the industrial exhibition at community center and was welcomed by ex-president Islamabad Chamber of Commerce Zafar Bakhtawari, President Chakwal Chamber of commerce Qazi Mohammad Akbar and with other office bearers. While speaking on the occasion, Padyal was of the view that Pakistan and Nepal have a very close relation and both countries have the potential to expand business activities with each other. He further told that Pakistan had the history of old civilization and a very progressive country, while its people are very hard working.

 Jamat e Islami leader Hameed Ulla Malik, president of District Bar, Chakwal Ch. Iftkhar Ahmed, Secretary District Bar Ch. Ahmed Raza, Chairman of Chakwal Press Club Khawaja Babar Saleem Mehmood were also present at this exhibition. Qazi Mohammad Akbar said he was confident that after the industrial exhibition, Chakwal industrial face was highlighted at the international level. He was convinced that in near future an industrial zone at Lahore Islamabad motorway near Neela interchange would be established as it was already approved by PM of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif. The industrial exhibition will be ended on today on Sunday as ambassador of Bangladesh will be the chief guest as senator Lt Gen. (R) Abdul Qayyum will preside the concluded session.

Iran to build nuclear power plants

TEHRAN (NNI): Iran has plans to build small nuclear power plants and desalination facilities in the coming years, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said Saturday. Building small power plants will be implemented within the next decade, which will be used for a variety of purposes, Kamalvandi was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency. The Iranian official pointed to the agreement signed between Iran’s AEOI and the Russian Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation in last November, saying that “a Rosatom delegation is expected to travel to Tehran late in April for talks on the construction of two power plants and production of fuel,” according to Press TV.

On November 11, Iran and Russia signed an agreement for the construction of two nuclear reactors in the Islamic republic by the Russians in Iran’s southern Bushehr province to expand Iran’s existing 1,000 megawatt Bushehr reactor, which was completed by the Russian company and started operation in 2013.

Iran’s plan to construct small nuclear power plants will further enhance the country’s capacity to produce nuclear energy which was already limitted to Bushehr plant’s output.