Forests play critical role in regulating climate through carbon cycle

ISLAMABAD (APP): Forests play a critical role in regulating  the Earth’s climate through the carbon cycle, removing carbon from the atmosphere as they grow while storing carbon in leaves, woody tissue, roots and organic matter in soil. This was stated by Kashif Salik, an environmental expert who is working at Sustainable Policy Development Institute (SDPI). Salik said that after seas, forests are the second largest storehouse ofthe carbon. “The world’s forests absorb 2.4 billion tonnes of CO2 each year, or about one-third of the carbon dioxide released through the burning of fossil fuels,” Salik.

He  said that forests also represent the world’s most significant terrestrial carbon store, containing an estimated 77 percent of all carbon stored in vegetation and 39 percent of all carbon stored in soils. He said the twice as much carbon as is present in the atmosphere while around 50 percent the dry weight of a tree accounts for carbon.

“Deforestation is the second leading contributor of carbon emissions worldwide after the burning of fossil fuels,”

Kashif Salik added.  

A small to mid-size car travelling 100 km a week contributes

1.3 tonnes green house gases (GHG) emission per year. According to carbon foot print calculator, planting 4 trees will counterbalance the emissions in a year.

People throng weekly bazaars to buy fruit, vegetables

ISLAMABAD(APP): Fruits prices have decreased while vegetable prices are still high in the local market as well as at weekly bazaars of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. According to rate list issued by Capital Development Authority, Directorate of Municipal Administration (DMA) for the weekly bazaars of capital city, tomato are being sold at Rs 66 per kilogram, lady finger Rs 100 per kg, bitter gourd Rs 80 per kg, green peas Rs 66 per kg, turnip Rs 40 per kg, carrot Rs 30 and brinjal at Rs 16 per kg. “The weekly bazaars of the federal capital attract a large number of people due to availability of all kinds of essential commodities under one roof,” said an official of G-6 weekly bazaar.

He said that this was beauty of weekly bazaars where specific sections had been developed for different products.

“There are all kinds of commodities and different stalls including vegetable, fruit, essential items, foot wears, garments, new as well as second hand and decorations pieces, crockery, fish, chickens and eggs have been established to facilitate customers,” he added.

Shoppers said that in weekly bazaars, all kinds of commodities were available on cheaper rates in comparison with open market.

Days of dictatorship in FPCCI over: Malik

ISLAMABAD (INP): Chairman of the United Business Group Iftikhar Ali Malik and Patron SM Muneer on Sunday said that a new era of democracy will begin in the FPCCI tomorrow after the elections. From tomorrow, the FPCCI would not be a tool in the hands of few but would serve the business community of Pakistan without any distinction, they said. They said this while speaking to the business community. Presidential candidate for FPCCI Mian Idrees, candidate for SVP Abdul Rahim Janoo and others were also present on the occasion. Iftikhar Malik and SM Muneer said that the performance of FPCCI has deteriorated and its role in enhancing exports has remained zero in the last eight years.

“We would send genuine businessmen in delegations and discourage those who want to visit foreign countries without any purpose but vacation,” they said.

They lauded the role of business community of Karachi and said that they are proud of services of Memon community. Government must launch a war on corruption in public and private institutions after winning the ongoing war against terrorists, they demanded.

Lashing out at EU and UN over their opposition to capital punishments, the business leaders said that criminals deserve punishments not medals.  EU can take all the criminals to their soil if they are so concerned about their welfare, they said.

Rs 480.366m being spent on upgradation of Taxila-Haripur Highway

ISLAMABAD (APP): NHA has been maintaining Taxila-Haripur Highway through Periodic Maintenance through its own resources and the NHA intends to improve the road to 7.3 meter wide asphaltic carriageway. An official of the NHA said that for this purpose, Periodic Maintenance contracts amounting to Rs.480.366m have been awarded to various contractors. He said that rehabilitation and upgradation of 43-kmTaxila-Haripur Highway will boost trade, tourism, industry facilitate the people in their travel in the area. This highway starts at Taxila on Peshawar-Rawalpindi  section of Grand Trunk Road (N-5) and reaches Haripur via Khanpur and this is an important link between Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

About seven kilometre portion

of this highway falls in the Punjab while its 36 kilometers portion

falls in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

With the completion of this highway, links between Punjab and

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be strengthened that will improve trade and

business activities in both the provinces,he said.

It is worth mentioning that this road was federalized in 2010

and declared a national highway.

Chicken prices register sharp increase despite cut in fuel cost

ISLAMABAD (APP): The extremely cold weather has multiplied the demand of chicken and as a result its prices have registered a sharp increase during the last week in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Normally in winter season, the use of poultry products increase which ultimately result in escalating prices.  But, according to market sources, the priceso of two essential commodities including chicken and eggs  have increased from Rs. 150 per kilogram to Rs.180 kilogram and Rs 115 per dozen to Rs 125 per dozen respectively. The chicken is being sold up to Rs 18 per kilogram, eggs up to Rs 125 per dozen in the different markets of the twin cities which is not affordable price for a common man.

A couple of a week ago, the chicken prices was around Rs 150 per kg and eggs Rs 115 per dozen but despite the decrease in the prices of petroleum products, the poultry prices are going up.

Most of the people use eggs in their daily breakfast as it contains sufficient proteins which help maintaining good health but now they have to go for an alternative energy intake source.

Imran Ahmad, an employee of a private office said that the demand of eggs usually increases in the winter season and subsequently the prices shoot up.

Eggs are an absolute priority in breakfast and people are forced to purchase them on high prices.

A student, Waqas Majeed said it never happened in the past that the prices of eatables shoot up to this extent.

The concerned authorities should chalk out a mechanism to control prices of kitchen items especially chicken and eggs which are essential for a sound health, Sadia Sajjad, a house wife, suggested.

When contacted, a representative of the Poultry Association held costly feed, rise in electricity prices responsible for increasing prices of the poultry products.

He claimed that despite cut in fuel prices, the transporters have not cut down transportation charges.