Introduction of quality petrol demanded

ISLAMABAD (DNA): The United Business Group (UBG) of FPCCI on Friday demanded immediate introduction of Euro standard petrol across the country which will help masses save billions in repair costs. Pakistan is using dirtiest petrol called RON (Research Octane Number) 87 which is used by Somalia only, said Secretary General of UBG Zubair Tufail. He said that the difference of price between RON 87 and quality petrol is less than three rupees per litre but it is not being imported. However, Zubair Tufail lauded the efforts of petroleum minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to introduce quality fuel to replace substandard fuel being used since decades. Quality petrol RON 92 and RON 94 etc. is not only environment friendly but also save repair costs as the consumption on petrol in country is up to 17,000 tonnes per day in which over fifty percent is consumed by motorcyclists. He noted that continued import of substandard fuel has pushed away international suppliers from Pakistani market leaving government depended on few suppliers with no competition.

Oil industry should invest in technology up-gradation, storage enhancement and import quality fuel to save their maintenance cost.

He informed that some stakeholders want government to allow petrol sale of three different qualities with 87, 92 and 95 RON with price differential to allow various consumer groups to have a choice according to their purchasing power.

However, experts say that as it can lead to blending and adulteration in the market which will go against the interests of masses. Higher the RON, better the quality and engine performance and cleaner environment, said Tufail.

Progressive Group launches campaign for LCCI polls

LAHORE (PR): Progressive Group, a representative platform of businessmen and traders of Lahore, has launched the ‘door to door-voters contact’ campaign for the upcoming annual elections of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI). Polling for the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry elections for Corporate and Associate class will be held on September 26 and 27, 2017 respectively. Progressive Group Secretary Information and Deputy Secretary Ijaz Tanveer said here on Friday that the Group chairman Khalid Usman, while presiding over a meeting, constituted committees for this voters contact campaign which would visit different markets and industrial areas to convince the voters to vote for Progressive Group backed candidates. Corporate class’ voters contact campaign in charge will be Syed Hassan Raza while Abdul WadoodAlvi will look after the committees contacting Associate class voters.

Gwadar airport to have one window facilitation desk for overseas Pakistanis

ISLAMABAD (APP): Gwadar Airport will have `One Window Facilitation Desk’ by October this year to provide all necessary information to Overseas Pakistanis (OPs) before their departure to different countries, ensuring their safe travel. The facilitation desk is being established on the directives of Federal Ombudsman, said Grievance Commissioner for Overseas Pakistanis to Federal Ombudsman, Hafiz Ahsan Ahmad Khokhar on Friday. Talking to APP, he said that eight facilitation desks for OPs were earlier established at Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Multan, Sialkot and Faisalabad Airports. “And now the next Facilitation Desk will be set up at Gwadar Airport to help OPs resolve their minor as well as major issues”, he said. Hafiz Ahsan Khokhar said the facilitation desks for OPs at eight airports have received overall 32,476 complaints since operational, including 947 formal complaints. The complaints were instantly resolved through a mechanism devised by the Federal Ombudsman, he added.

A total of 455 complaints were received from the facilitation desk at Islamabad Airport, 298 from Lahore, 173 from Karachi, 11 from Peshawar, one from Quetta, six from Multan and seven from Sialkot.

Hafiz Ahsan Khokhar said that the complaints filed by the Ops were mostly related to lost luggage and issues related to Passport and National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) etc.

The facilitation desk also provide all the necessary information to the OPs for travelling whenever they need, he added.

The Federal Ombudsman had involved 12 agencies for resolving the complaints including Federal Investigation Authority, Overseas Employment Corporation, Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment, Directorate General Immigration and Passports, Civil Aviation Authority, Pakistan International Airline, Anti Narcotics Force, Airport Security Force, Pakistan Customs, Ministry of Health and Airlines Representations.

Growers advised to adopt precautionary measures before picking cotton

FAISALABAD (APP): Growers have been advised to adopt precautionary measures before the start of picking cotton in the fields. Director Cotton Department of Ayub Agricultural Research Institute (AARI) Dr Sagheer Ahmed on Friday asked the farmers to ensure that about 50 percent cotton bolls had opened in the field before starting picking them so that impurities free picking of cotton could be made. He said that to avoid impurities such as dust and trash mixing in the seed cotton, the picking should be done from lower side towards top which leads to clean cotton picking. He said that picking of cotton should be done after drying of humidity and dew drops from the crop. He said that timely picking of cotton must be followed and after first picking interval of 15-20 days should be maintained for second picking. He asked the growers to store picked cotton on plain cotton cloth to save it from humidity or impurities. He said that different varieties of picked cotton should be stored separately.