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Thar Foundation and Saylani Trust launches App Development Training Program for Thari Youth

Islamabad, October 19, 2017 (PPI-OT): In a bid to align the Thari youth along the modern-day career lines, the Thar Foundation and Saylani Welfare International Trust have signed a partnership contract to train Thari Youth in development of apps based on the Google’s Android OS.

The agreement has been signed to include, the Thari youth into the software development courses offered by the Trust, a registered charity and an independent non-governmental organization, through its different offices. The Thar Foundation, a non-profit organization working for the welfare of the Tharparkar region, would help the Trust in access to the potential candidates from the region and facilitate in administratively.

In this connection, both the organizations on Wednesday formally signed a memorandum of understanding to start the program. The MoU was signed by Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company’s Chairman, Board of Directors (BoD), Mr. Khursheed Jamali and Saylani Welfare International Trust’s Director, Mr. Yousuf Lakhani in presence of senior officials from both sides.

The contract also entails that both the parties will also search out possibilities together in the areas including installation of RO water filtration plants; development of a vocational training institute offering motor cycle technician courses and provides motorcycle repairs and maintenance services.

Speaking on the occasion, TF chief Mr. Shamsuddin Shaikh said that the training program will increase the skill set of the Thari youth in the app development industry which will also soar upwards with the setting up of different coal mining and power plant projects at Tharparkar.

“Thari youth have immense potential and we have witnessed as first-hand experience that they perform at par in every trade required in the industrial sector,” he said. “We are sure that they will develop wonderful Android apps as well.” TF will ensure its cooperation throughout the training, from invitation of applications to execution and assessment of trainees, culminating in the training of the successful candidates, Shaikh explained.

Speaking at the occasion, Saylani Trust’s Director, Yousuf Lakhani said, they have trained hundreds of youth from poor families who are now earning for their families in an honourable way. “It will also equip them with the skills which they can use and earn as freelancers,” he added.

For more information, contact:
Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC)
8th Floor, Harbor Front Building,
Marine Drive, Block 4, Clifton,
Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-111-211-211

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State Bank of Pakistan conducts its Open Market Operation

Karachi, October 19, 2017 (PPI-OT): State Bank of Pakistan conducted its Open Market Operation, Reverse Repo (Injection), in following contracts on October 19, 2017. Quotes received and accepted are as given below:

A: OMOs

       NO            OMO Tenor                Range          Number of Quotes Offered


       a        01 ­ Day (Injection)      5.85% - 5.80%                08



B: OMO RESULT
                                                                            (Rs. in Millions)

                                                             Rate of Return
                                Amount          Amount                           Number of
  NO        OMO Tenor                                          Accepted
                               Offered        Accepted                        Quotes Accepted
                                                               (% p.a.)
   a        01 ­ Day         306,950.00      268,300.00          5.83                05


            Total            306,950.00      268,300.00

For more information, contact:
Chief Spokesman
State Bank of Pakistan (SBP)
Central Directorate
I.I. Chundrigar Road, Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-111-727-111
Tel: +92-21-39212562
Fax: +92-21-39212433 – 39212436
Email: syed.wasimuddin@sbp.org.pk
Website: www.sbp.org.pk

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Punjab Government and Turkish Company signs agreement for Second Phase of Iron Ore Reserves of Chiniot

Lahore, October 18, 2017 (PPI-OT):The Punjab government and an international drilling company of Turkey signed an agreement for the second phase of iron ore reserves of Chiniot. Under the agreement, the Turkish drilling company will start the drilling ...

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Competition Commission of Pakistan issues show cause notice to Fabric Companies for Deceptive Marketing Practices

Islamabad, October 18, 2017 (PPI-OT):The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has issued show cause notices to eight fabric and packaging companies for deceptively using the registered trademark of ShajarPak (Pvt.) Limited, a fabric manufacturer. ShajarPak complained to CCP that five fabric manufacturers including Ahmad Pasha Collection, Aamir Cloth House, M. Ramazan Fabrics, Pasha the Designer Fabrics, Sufi Cloth House, and three packaging manufacturers – Baba Plastic, Ahmad Plastic and Dabba House, and Kausar Brothers Plastic Corner – were falsely using its registered trademark ‘Pasha Fabrics’ on the packaging and labelling of their products.

ShajarPak further said that the unauthorised use of its trademark by these companies was harming its business interest and goodwill. CCP’s enquiry found that ShajarPak had not authorised any of the above companies to use its trademark. By copying ShajarPak’s trademark and trade dress, the companies were deceiving consumers and harming the business interest of ShajarPak, a violation of Section 10 of the Competition Act, 2010. Consequently, on the enquiry report’s recommendation, the CCP issued of show cause notices to the eight companies for prima facie violation of Section 10 and set a date for hearing the case.

Deceptive marketing practices have a direct impact on consumers and the public at large. It is in the interest of the public that companies refrain from advertising their products/services in an unfair and misleading manner and adopt advertising practices that are transparent and communicate the correct information to consumers. CCP is mandated under the Competition Act to ensure a healthy competition in all spheres of commercial and economic activity to enhance economic efficiency and to protect consumers from anti-competitive practices.

For more information, contact:
Director (Media and Communications)
Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP)
7th Floor South, ISE Towers,
55-B, Jinnah Avenue, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9100260-3, +92-51-9100256
Fax: +92-51-9100251
Email: akhattak@cc.gov.pk
Website: www.cc.gov.pk

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Yasin Malik concerned over plight of Kashmiri detainees

Srinagar, October 18, 2017 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, has expressed concern over the plight of illegally detained Kashmiris who have been languishing in different jails from many decades and despite court orders are not being released.

Muhammad Yasin Malik citing the case of a prisoner from Kotli area of Azad Jammu and Kashmir namely Syed Sajid Ali Bukhari who has completed 22 years of imprisonment in different jails of India and occupied Kashmir said that this JKLF activist was arrested in 1995 and kept in many jails across India. “He was kept in Varanasi Jail for a long time and then shifted to Sangroor Jail from where he has now been shifted to Kot Bhalwal Jail. Recently he completed 22 years in jail and despite completing his jail term and court orders to release him, he is not being released and thus illegally kept behind bars,” he deplored.

Yasin Malik said, Syed Sajad Ali is seriously ill in jail and no proper medical facilities are being provided to him which is endangering his life. While condemning this illegal confinement of Syed Sajid Ali, the JKLF Chairman appealed to the International Committee of Red Cross and other human rights organizations to intervene into his matter and save him from the wrath of Indian authorities.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Email: info@kmsnews.org
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
Fax: 92-51-4861736

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Police officer shot dead in Pulwama

Srinagar, October 18, 2017 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, a special police officer (SPO) of Indian police was killed by unknown gunmen in Pulwama district, today evening. Reports said that gunmen fired at Haleem Gujjar at his residence in Gutroo village of Tral. “He died on the spot,” said an official. The incident took place at 5:45pm.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Email: info@kmsnews.org
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
Fax: 92-51-4861736

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