No Railway section closed in one year: Official

ISLAMABAD (APP): Pakistan Railways did not close any of its sections during the last one year as it was following the policy of current govermnet to provide maximum facilities to the people. An official of Ministry of Railways talking to APP here on Wednesday said the previous government had closed down some of the sections mainly due to revenue problem and shortage of locomotives. To a question regarding the faulty locomotives imported from China, the official brushed aside the notion saying that only a few had minor defects which were removed by the railway engineers.

 Giving details of the locomotives, the official said, “It was for the  first time in the history of the country that Pakistan Railways has installed fully computerized locomotives.”

To another question, the official said that the Railways would ply special Eid trains to facilitate passengers like past on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Textile policy to be announced

in first week of July

ISLAMABAD (APP): The govt is all set to announce Textile policy for 2014-15 in first week of July this year an official of the ministry said. Federal Secretary Textile Industry Mrs. Rukhsana Shah saidTextile policy 2014-15 would be announced in first week of July with main focus on infrastructure and HR development. She added that other focus of the policy would be on compliance  export also to be established export buying house and awareness, skilled development programme for the professionals. Secretary Textile said that awareness and skill development programmes would be started to enhance the capacity of textile manpower to meet the standard of developed countries professions.

Rukhsana Shah said that the government would also establish more garments industrial units in different cities which would also help economic empowerment of women as most of them are associated with the sector. 

She said that top priority of the government is to focus on value addition to enhance the trade volume and to earn more foreign exchange for the development and prosperity of the country.

Women skill development training of marble launched

ISLAMABAD (APP): Pakistan Stone Development Company (PASDEC) on Wednesday launched a women skill development training of marble to achieve gender parity by upgrading their position. The skill development training of marble and handicrafts is being arranged under Creative Entrepreneurship for Women (CREW) project which is funded by government of Germany. The direct beneficiaries of trainings will be 560 women from the most vulnerable strata of areas surrounding industrial hubs in Hazara region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) and rural Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

At least fifteen members of family or locality will indirectly benefit from the direct beneficiaries. Hence, 560 direct beneficiaries of training programme will further train approximately 8,400 women from their communities.

A total of 8,960 women will benefit directly and indirectly from the project which will broadly impact on security improvement and poverty reduction.

According to PASDEC here, through such activities, the Company aims to achieve gender parity by upgrading position of women within the value chain development by inserting high value added sub-sectors in which women can participate as entrepreneurs, producers and workers.

Two centers have been established at Charrah ICT and at Abbotabad, Hazara Division. The first Mosaic, Crafts and Inlay center has been established at Charrah in Islamabad and about 40 women have been enrolled for training.

Chief Executive Officer of PASDEC, Lutuf Rehman and officials of GIZ and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) visited the Center and expressed their satisfaction on training activities.

It is pertinent to mention that the Mosaic, Crafts and Inlay (MCI) as sub-sector of marble and granite possess immense potential for women entrepreneurship development, skill development, employment generation, promotion of an entrepreneurial culture and creation of value added products including decoration pieces and furniture from marble waste.

Australian high commissioner calls on Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD (APP): Australian High Commissioner in Pakistan Peter Heyward accompanied by Geoff Podger, an international water expert from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), called on Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Professor Ahsan Iqbal here on Wednesday. The meeting was focused on integrated water resources development in Pakistan, realization of vision 2025 and managing emerging water crisis in the country. The Australian High Commissioner highlighted the contribution made by Professor Ahsan Iqbal for promoting water sector investment and reform programme in an holistic manner.

Speaking on the occasion, Ahsan Iqbal said that water security is critical for Pakistan’s future adding that failure in future planing will result in a far more serious crisis in water sector than the country are currently facing in energy sector.

He said that Pakistan’s depleting water resources have pushed us in water stressed countries category.

OPF provides best welfare services to expats

ISLAMABAD: Managing Director (MD) of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF), Iftikhar Babar said that a post graduate college and a boys hostel would be constructed in Islamabad to provide higher educational facilities to children of overseas Pakistanis. Addressing the oath-taking ceremony of OPF employees union he said that overseas Pakistanis are ambassadors of the country and are playing a significant role in strengthening of country’s economy. He said that in order to provide comprehensive health care facilities to overseas Pakistanis and their dependents, OPF has signed a memorandum of understanding with Punjab Social Security Institute (PESSI).