Rs 2 billion allocated for Lowari Tunnel project in PSDP 2015-16

ISLAMABAD (APP): The govt has allocated Rs2b in Public Sector Development Programme 2015-16 for early completion of the Lowari Tunnel project, located in Dir district on Nowshehra-Chitral Highway. The estimated cost of the project was Rs18,132.544m while Rs11,935.551m have been spent so far. According to an National Highway Authority (NHA) official, the work on the Lowari Tunnel started in September 2005 and it was to be completed in September 2010 as per the original plan. However in 2009, the then government converted the project from rail to road tunnel and revised the completion date to October 19, 2017. The official said PM Nawaz Sharif had directed the authorities ensure the project’s completion by its due date.

The 8.75 kilometre long tunnel, a highly strategic transportation project, will connect Dir district with Chitral Valley. It can be used for establishing trade and commerce links with Afghanistan and Central Asia.

Pulses cultivation at domestic level urged

MUZAFFARGARH (APP): District Officer agriculture (extension) Maher Abid Hussain urged the growers to promote cultivation of pulses at domestic level to meet the need of pulses. Addressing a seminar held at Seetpur tehsil Alipur, he said growers should also make all efforts to get better production of the pulses to meet the need of pulses on domestic and country level. He said growers could enhance the production by cultivating pulses in lining through drill and utilizing phosphorous while cultivating. He said four multi-crop drills and one drill to each tehsil had been provided on half rates across the district. He said enhancement of pulses production project launched by the agriculture department would prove a milestone.

to meet the need of pulses and enhancement in production also.

Mango captured major space at fruit market

ISLAMABAD (APP): Mango, `the king of fruits’ captured major space at fruit markets with variety of species available at affordable rates. The delicious sweet fruit with a marvelous odour is the special delight of summer season which grips customers attention. Pakistani mangoes famous around the world for number of varieties, mouth watering taste, mesmerizing fragrance, high nutritious value and attractive shades and colours. It is high in fibre, low in calories and contain a small amount of carbohydrates, calcium, iron, potassium and a little protein. It is also rich in vitamins A, B and C and also contain other antioxidant vitamins. There are a number of varieties of this fruit including Sindhri, Langra, Dusehri, Anwar Rataul and Gulab Khas.

, Sunera, Chaunsa, Black Chaunsa, White Chaunsa, Began Phali, Fajri etc.

As a home product mangos are available at affordable rates in the market which varies from Rs 60 per kg to Rs. 120 in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad according to the quality of the fruit.

In the forthcoming month of Ramzan when all Muslims endeavour to take nutritious diet to keep body function normal, mango is in high demand for fasting people.

Mango is also used in number of sweet dishes in different forms, different kinds of shakes and also as a paste in various cuisines.

Usman Ali a fruit shopkeeper owner at Karachi Company said, “It is peak time of Mango and best quality of the fruit is available in the market now”.

He said as the fresh supply of Mango has just arrived in market so its rate is quite nominal and in the range of common man. The Mango is highest selling fruit now a days as almost 40 to 50 kg had been sold daily, he added.

This demand would continue till next two months, he said.

Hosiery industry shows 7.54 pc growth with $1.792b exports

ISLAMABAD (APP): The hosiery industry has registered 7.54 per cent growth with exports of $1791.789m during first nine months of the ongoing fiscal year against $1666.143m last year. In quantity terms, the export of knitwear industry has increased by 1.67pc. There are about 13,372 circular knitting machines, 10,646 flat knitting and 23,241 socks knitting machines spread all over the country. The capacity utilization is approximate 70 per cent and there is greater reliance on the development of this industry as there is substantial value addition in the form of knitwear. Besides, locally manufactured machinery, liberal import of machinery under different modes is also being made and the capacity based on exports is being developed.

Per capita income records 9.25pc growth

ISLAMABAD (APP): Per capita income in dollar terms has registered a significant growth of 9.25 percent during this year and increased to US $1,512 from US $1,384 last year. The per capita income, an important economic indicator is mostly used to measure economic development of a country and also make comparison of well-being among various countries of the world, had recorded 3.83 percent growth in 2013-14. As per official figures, the main contributing factors of rapid increase in per capita income included acceleration in real GDP growth, relatively lower growth in population and consistent appreciation of Pak Rupee. It is mentioned here that per capita income provides simple reflection of the average standards of living of the people.

in a country and is defined as Gross National Product at market prices in dollar term divided by country’s population.