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Windlab and Vestas partner on the world’s first utility scale hybrid integrating wind, solar and storage

SINGAPORE, Oct. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — A partnership between renewable energy industry leaders has announced the final details of a project that will help accelerate the transition to an energy mix led by renewable energy and aim to provide even more reliable and consistent renewable energy production adapted to energy demand and grid requirements. Developed […]

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Minister for Defence calls on Chief of the Naval Staff

Islamabad, October 23, 2017 (PPI-OT): Mr. Khurram Dastagir Khan, Minister for Defence called on Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi at Naval Headquarters, Islamabad today. During the meeting, professional matters of mutual interest came under discussion. Later, briefing was given to the Minister on Pakistan Navy’s role in Regional Maritime Security and Operational Development in the Indian Ocean Region.

For more information, contact:
Directorate of Public Relations,
Pakistan Navy
Naval Headquarters, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-20062326
Cell: +92-300-8506486
Website: www.paknavy.gov.pk

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Arrangements for 274th Annual Urs of Hazrat Shah Latif Bhittai reviewed

Matiari, October 22, 2017 (PPI-OT): A high level meeting to review the arrangements for 274th annual Urs of great Sufi saint and poet Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai was held at Rest House Bhit Shah. Meeting decided to have comprehensive and fool proof security plan for safety of shrine as well as devotees besides providing them all basic facilities during three day annual Urs Celebrations. Later in the evening Sindh Minister for Culture and Tourism Syed Sardar Ali Shah visited shrine, laid the floral wrath, offered fateha, met with Syed Waqar Hussain Shah Latifi and discussed with him arrangements to celebrate the annual event in befitting manner.

Talking to media, Minister Culture said that Shah Latif was creator of concept of nation and home land and without Shah Bhittai and Moen Jo Daro the history, civilization and culture is incomplete. To a question, he said foreign scholars who have made research on Shah Latif would be invited to present their research papers on Shah Bhittai, adding that last year foreign scholars could not arrive due to Visa problems and security concerns. He also said that Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has assured to attend the annual Urs Celebrations this year.

Earlier addressing the meeting Deputy Commissioner Matiari stressed all lined department for making coordinated efforts to provide maximum facilities to the thousands of devotees so that they could not face any difficulty adding that no lethargy and negligence on part of any department would be tolerated. The meeting was attended among others by Sajjada Nasheen Syed Waqar Hussain Shah Latifi, Pir Nazin Sain, SSP Matiari Syed Imdad Ali Shah, Director Culture Abdul Aleem Lashari, Assistant Commissioner Matiari Imaam Bux Kaka, AC Hala Shabir Jan Jaskani, Assistant Director Culture Sher Mohammad Mahar and DHO Dr Muhammad Memon.

Parvez Ahmad Baloch said that keeping in mind the prevailing circumstances our focus will be on security and maintenance of law and order for which adequate arrangements would be made, all-inclusive contingency plan has been prepared by police department, intelligence net work will be on high alert so to avoid any untoward incident. He directed all the local government and Public Health Department officers to extend assistance to town administration Bhit Shah for proper cleanliness, sanitation, provision of safe drinking water, beautification and adequate lighting arrangements in town.

He also asked the officials of Auqaf departments to complete the renovation work of the shrine within shortest possible time. He hoped that this year arrangements for annual Urs will be far better as we have learnt through the experience of previous year; mistakes and loopholes of last year won’t be repeated. Sajjada Nasheen Syed Waqar Hussain Shah Latifee said that after the tragic incident of Sehwan Sharif Security at shrine has been increased but still there is a lot of room to improve it.

He said that around 150 Sajjada Nasheens of various Sufi shrines of country also arrive to pay their homage to Shah Sain, there is need to make proper security arrangements for them as well. He also stressed for provision of maximum facilities and security for hundreds of thousands of devotees who throng Bhit Shah to pay respects to their spiritual leader. SSP Matiari informed the meeting that two thousand police personnel would be deployed along with 100 personnel of Rangers comprising 10 mobiles besides installation of 14 walk through gates at the shrine.

He added that each person entering Dargah and other large gatherings would go through body search for which female personnel would also be deployed. SSP Matiari further said that aerial surveillance of security would be carried out through drone cameras adding that no any media person would be allowed to use drone camera except police department.

Director Culture Abdul Aleem Lashari informed the meeting that a new statue of Shah Latif Bhittai is ready to be installed in the Kararr Lake and eight new published books by culture department would be launched and stage drama depicting any one Surmi (Heroine) of Shah Latif would also be presented. Latif literary Conference, Sugharn Ji Katchehry, Cultural village, Malakhro and Latif Raag Rehan (Sufi Musical Night) will be other main programs of the annual Urs.

For more information, contact:
Information and Archives Department
Directorate of Press Information
Government of Sindh
95-Sindh Secretariat 4-B, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-99204423, +92-21-99204401
Website: http://sindhinformation.gos.pk

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Naval Anchorage Interchange inaugurated at Islamabad Expressway; will greatly facilitate general public/area residents

Islamabad, October 22, 2017 (PPI-OT): Naval Anchorage Interchange has been inaugurated by Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Farrukh Ahmad. This is the 1st Flyover by any Housing Scheme to augment CDA signal free Islamabad Expressway. It will greatly facilit...

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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:


       NO            OMO Tenor                Range          Number of Quotes Offered

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

                                                                            (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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