Govt should ban tobacco ads: PEW

ISLAMABAD (Online): The Pakistan Economy Watch suggested steps to discourage rising trend of smoking. General Secretary of the Pakistan National Heart Association said that smoking or chewing tobacco in form of gutka, naswar and paan causes slow death, which kill a person by damaging his internal organs step by step. Over 22m Pakistani smokers are not just harming themselves but also their co-workers and family members, etc., as passive smoking has now been directly linked with some cancers, he added.  President PEW Dr. Murtaza Mughal said that a WHO reports says that by 2030, mortality from smoking-related disease is expected to rise to 10 million with over 70pc of these deaths will be in developing countries like Pakistan.

Around twelve hundred youths and start smoking in Pakistan everyday continue it for the rest of their lives as a result of tobacco advertisements and promotion.

Mughal said that government should ban tobacco ads, enforce anti-smoking laws properly and slap 100 per cent additional tax on cigarette manufacturers while spending half of the income from tax on treatment and wellbeing of the smokers and the other half to meet the revenue target.

Illegal exchanges raided, several

arrested, equipment confiscated  

ISLAMABAD (INP): PTA in its ongoing efforts to control grey trafficking has conducted 16 successful raids in different areas of Lahore, Kohat, Larkana and Chaman. A successful raid was carried out along with FIA team at Faisal Town Lahore and 10 illegal VoIP gateways along with 136 ports and allied equipment such as laptop, switches, SIMs were confiscated.  A person was also arrested.  Second raid was carried out at Kohat and 2 illegal gateways along with 16 ports and 32 SIMs were confiscated. Third raid was conducted at Larkana where 4 illegal gateways, 32 ports, SIMs, Network switch and laptop were confiscated.

In fourth raid at Chaman near Afghan Border 4 illegal gateways were confiscated whereas 2 persons were arrested from the spot.  All arrested persons were in custody of FIA for interrogation.

USAID provides solar water pumps for Balochistan

QUETTA(APP): The USAID provided grant for installation of 400 solar water pumps and construction of water tanks for the remote villages of district Noshki under its small grants and Ambassador’s Fund Programme, this project was implemented by the AZAT Foundation Balochistan. This initiative has contributed to access to pure drinking water,  Dastagir Badini Member Provincial Assembly expressed these views on closing ceremony of AZAT Foundation project here. CEO of AZAT Foundation, Zahid Mengal said that clean portable water reduced the risk of water borne diseases such as cholera, typhoid, diarrhea, intestinal worms and hepatitis in local communities.

Female used not a pure water for for drinking and daily usage, but after provision of solar water pumps it has ensured supply of pure drinking water that has reduced the burden of diseases and work load on local women and grills.

SRB seeks proposals to formulate budgetary measures

KARACHI (APP): Sindh Revenue Board (SRB) has invited proposals from concerned tax payers alongwith tax bars, chambers of commerce, cotton exchanges, business councils, institute of chartered accountants in relation to Sindh ST on Services Act 2011. Under Circular No.SRB-3-4/2015/54966, dated 12/12/2014 the board proposes to formulate budgetary measures (for the Sindh Budget 2015-2016) in relation to taxation and procedural provision of Sindh ST on Services Act 2011. The  reforms are also intended to encompass the Sindh ST on Service Rules, 2011, the Sindh STSpecial Procedures Rule,2014 (“the 2014 Withholding Rules”) and the notifications issued under the said 2011-Act.

The officials said that since it was SRB policy to consult all stakeholder, tax payers, chambers associations and groups before finalizing the budgets proposals therefore all relevant stakeholder have been approached to forward their respective recommendations.

Chambers of commerce and industries, tax payers in their individual capacities, cost and management accountants, chartered accountants, tax bars and so-forth have been asked to  furnish their proposals, if any, by December 26.

13 surgical instrument firms

complete training

ISLAMABAD (APP): Around 13 companies of surgical instruments have completed training and successfully participated in a programme launched by the Netherlands to promote this important trade. The Centre for Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries, Netherlands had launched the Export Coaching programme (2010-15) for Medical Products and Laboratory Equipment and these companies were selected for training.  Highlighting the initiatives taken by Ministry of Commerce to boost exports of surgical goods, officials on Monday said for the purpose, Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) facilitated participation in several exhibitions, and trade fairs all around the world.

They said to meet international standards in surgical goods market, Sialkot Material Testing Laboratory (SIMTEL) has also been established in collaboration with Association of Surgical Goods.

Moreover, the ministry announced Strategic Trade Policy Framework (STPF) last year which provides a medium term roadmap to address challenges and improve export competitiveness through export development initiatives. The sources said the government has announced mark-up rate support of 2 % under Export Finance Scheme (EFS) for exports of selected sectors which includes surgical goods as well.