ICT benefits should be reached to women: Anusha

ISLAMABAD (Staff Reporter): State Minister for IT Anusha Rahman on Wednesday said that in the age of innovation and technological advancement steps should be taken that the benefit of ICT reaches girls & women. According to a handout from her office, Rehman while inaugurating a newly constructed ICT block in Lahore College for Women University, said that with the addition of an exclusive state of the art ICT block in the university girls would be having a technical learning in the institution environment. She emphasised that along with the students of the IT department, the students of the other departments should also take advantage of this opportunity by taking base IT & Computer courses.

She advised the university administration to introduce IT courses for the non-IT students as well as because Information Technology has assumed a pivotal role in every sphere of life, she added.

The Minister of State also advised the university administration that to make this ICT Block a center of high quality research and innovations at par with international standard university administration may seek help from the private sector. Public-Private Partnership would be a best option to achieve this goal, the Minister added.

She further stated that we are working on the special project of "ICT for girls where we want to establish computer labs for the girls of unserved /underserved areas and teach them coding, so that they could earn an honorable livelihood.

CEO ICT R&D fund Asif Roomi was also accompanying the Minister in this inaugural ceremony.

Exports of surgical instruments up 0.65 pc in first quarter

ISLAMABAD (APP): Exports of surgical goods and medical instruments from the country during first quarter of current financial year registered growth of 0.55 percent as compared to the corresponding period of last year. During the period from July-September, 2015, surgical goods and medical instruments worth US$ 80.858 million exported as compared to the exports of US$ 80.417 million of same period last year. According the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, exports of pharmaceutical products grew by 1.80 percent as about 2,914 metric tons of pharmaceutical products costing US$ 50.871 million exported as compared to the exports of 3,735 metric tons valuing US$ 49.971 million of same period last year.

Meanwhile, fertilizers exports from the country witnessed 100 percent increase and about 3,300 metric tons of fertilizers worth US$ 0.10 million exported during the period under review as compared to exports of same period last year.

However, during the period under review, exports of cutlery goods decreased by 9.39 percent and came down from US$ 21.731 million to 19.690 million in first quarter.

Where as exports of plastic materials decreased by 14.13 percent and recorded at US$ 52.55 million as compared to the exports of same period last year, the data reveled.

The data reveled that in first quarter of last financial, exports of plastic material was recorded at 45,774 metric tons valuing US$ 61.204 million.

During first three months of current financial year, the exports of Onyx manufactured grew by 13.49 percent as about 763 metric tons of the onyx manufactured worth US$ 2.225 million exported.

The export of above mentioned commodity during first quarter of last financial year was recorded at 659 metric tons valuing US$ 1.987 million, the data reveled.

During the period from July-September, 2015 exports of other chemical from the country registered negative growth of 10 percent. In last three months other chemical export from the country was recorded at 135.916 million as compared to the exports of US$ 152.383 million of same period last year.

No gas supply to CNG stations in Punjab for indefinite period

LAHORE (INP): As the winter approaches, the supply of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) was suspended to gas stations throughout Punjab for indefinite period on Wednesday. The supply has been suspended for indefinite period due to the unavailability of RLNG. The Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) has suspended the gas supply to all gas stations throughout Punjab from Wednesday early morning due to increase in demand of gas for domestic consumers. According to SNGPL officials, the schedule for restoration of gas would be soon announced as provision of gas to the household users is department’s first priority.

Oil prices flat in Asia before

supplies report

SINGAPORE (AFP): Oil prices barely moved in Asia Wednesday as investors waited for a report on US crude inventories and the conclusion of a Federal Reserve policy meeting hoping for an idea about its plans for interest rates.Analysts expect the report by the US Energy Information Administration later Wednesday to show a rise in stockpiles for the week ending October 16. A build in the inventories is typically interpreted as a sign of softer demand in the world's top oil consuming nation and a dampener on prices. The mild autumn weather over much of the country, coupled with generous production of both oil and natural gas, has added to the oversupply, with stockpiles resting near all-time highs.

In Asia, US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for December delivery was trading two cents higher at $43.22 and Brent was one cent lower at $46.80 at around 0330 GMT.

The weakness in oil prices "mostly comes from anticipation of Wednesday's release of the US crude inventories", said Daniel Ang, an investment analyst with Phillip Futures in Singapore.

Germany to sell universal

auto parts

RAWALPINDI (APP): Robert BOSCH Automotive, a German auto parts manufacturing company, has signed an agreement Koh-i-Noor Trading, a private Pakistani concern, for sale and distribution of universal auto parts in the country. The agreement was signed between the two concerns at ceremony at the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), said a press release on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, Vice President Robert BOSCH Automotive Andreas Bodeman said the purpose of this investment was to explore the Pakistani auto sector. Acting RCCI President congratulated both the parties for this accord and expressed the hope that the provision of German auto parts in the country.