Pak-China Joint Chamber conducts

Chinese language proficiency test

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry successfully conducted Chinese Language proficiency test HSK-level one on Saturday. HSK is an official examination conducted by Confucius institute under the auspices of Chinese government to gauge the proficiency level of Chinese language. Secretary general Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry, M Salahuddin Hanif explicated that the test holds great importance in Chinese language learning. He said that it is basically an evaluation test directly conducted with the involvement of Chinese government. He informed that the test is rarely conducted in Lahore by very few institutes but PCJCCI has made it easy for every student learning Chinese language to get registered at PCJCCI and other documentation procedures for the test are also completed by Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

 

Engro Foundation, Seed Ventures sign memorandum of understanding

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between Engro Foundation and SEED Ventures, which will result in developing and implementing structured programms for corporate incubation and impact investment. Furthermore, the two entities will be working together to develop the enterprise and social enterprise landscape of the country. The MoU was signed by Head of Engro Foundation Aman ul Haque and SEED Ventures’ Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder Faraz Khan in Karachi, in the presence of Director & Co-Founder SEED Ventures Khusro Ansari, Director Engro Foundation Favad Soomro, and senior management from SEED. According to the MoU, SEED and Engro Foundation have agreed to work collaboratively as partners through various programms that would promote and enhance the entrepreneurial capacity of various cities across Pakistan.

The partners are also focusing on impact investments engaging local stakeholders and studying the landscapes of cities across Pakistan for the best possible interventions.

 

 

Govt may fix duties, taxes on

import of laptops

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Revenue Senator Haroon Akhtar Khan has said that the government is considering a budget proposal of the computer industry to fix duties and taxes on the import of laptops to check the smuggling of computer equipment. Responding to a query at a pre-budget seminar held here on Saturday, he admitted that the industry is facing serious issue of smuggling of computer items in the country. It is a viable proposal to fix duties and taxes on the import of laptops to generate revenue and control smuggling through policy measures and tax rationalization. During budget exercise, the government is seriously considering the proposal of the computer industry, he added. Meanwhile, Pakistan Computer Association (PCA) chairman Munawar Iqbal urged the government to accept its proposals in letter and spirit in the interest of the growth of IT business and business community in the country.

 

 

Power position being monitored

constantly: NTDCL

LAHORE (APP): National Transmission and Dispatch Company Limited (NTDCL) said on Saturday that Ministry of Water and Power was constantly monitoring the power position in the country, and local faults were being rectified by special DISCOs (distribution companies) teams on immediate basis. The NTDCL spokesman said here that power generation position on May 21 at 9:00 a.m. was recorded at total of 14,876MW with hydel 5,073 MW, thermal 9,803MW and wind 186 MW, while demand of DISCOs was 18,200MW and there was zero megawatt forced load-shedding. He said that no unannounced loadshedding is being observed in the country, and normal predictable load management of 6 hours in urban and 8 hours in rural areas, and zero loadshedding for industries is being carried out by the DISCOS. Areas with higher losses and theft are having higher load management hours according to the percentage of losses.

Giving a comparison of peak generation, he mentioned that highest power generation recorded in May 2013 was 12671 MW, 13217MW in 2014, 14121MW in 2015 and on May 20, 2016 it reached up to 16044 MW, highest ever for the month of May. Power sector is also striving to meet the challenges of the unprecedented heat wave, he asserted.

The spokesman said that the Ministry has appealed to the consumers to register their local complaints with their concerns area complaint centers, which are provided on their monthly bills. In case of any difficulty faced by the consumers, complaints can also be registered at federal level with Ministry of Water and Power Federal complaint cell on telephone Nos 051-9204430, 051-9103888 and 051-9206834. Online complaints can be registered at www.mowp.gov.pk.

The ministry has also urged the consumers to adopt energy conservation measures and avoid wastage of electricity to help in provision of electricity to the consumers as per the schedule, he concluded.