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Wednesday, February 08, 2012
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PM likely to visit Jaranwala on 11th

 

From Our Correspondent

 

FAISALABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani is likely to visit Jaranwala on February 11, said Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly Raja Riaz Ahmad.

 

In a statement here, he said that the PM would address a public meeting at Benazir Park in addition to his other engagements. Meanwhile, Federal Minister Khursheed Shah and MNA Faryal Talpur would visit Faisalabad on February 15. They would inaugurate Chak Jhumra Interchange during their visit.

 

AUCTION OF BIKE NUMBERS: The Excise and Taxation Department will auction lucrative registration numbers of FDL-12 series reserved for motorcycles here on February 10. In a statement on Tuesday, Excise and Taxation Director Munawar Ahmad Kharal said that minimum reserve price for No-1 would be Rs 10,000 while it would be Rs 7,500 for No-7 and No-786. He said that minimum reserve price for Nos 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9 would be Rs 5,000.

 

‘UAF to set up farm market for farmers’

 

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FAISALABAD: The University of Agriculture Faisalabad will set up a farm market for farmers for selling their products directly to consumers, said UAF Vice-Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan.

 

Chairing a meeting of the UAF Endowment Fund Board of Directors here on Tuesday, he said that the initiative would improve the economic condition of farmers. He said that the project was also aimed at providing a model of new channel in agro marketing to educate farmers. The feasibility report of the project would be presented in the next meeting, he added. He stressed the need to enhance the outreach activities for educating farmers in order to increase agricultural productivity of the country. He said that the university had developed the software to provide expert opinions to farmers about the use of fertilizer. About dengue, Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan said that the university had initiated 12 research and outreach programmes to fight the epidemic. He hoped that the project would prove hallmark to fight the menace. Registrar Ch Muhammad Hussain, Treasure Abdul Ghafoor Khan, Endowment Fund Board Executive Director Dr Tahir Zahoor, PARC ALP Executive Director Dr Shahida Jamil, Pakistan Farmers Association Chief Executive Afaq Ahmad and others also spoke on the occasion.

 

Legislation for power generation,

 

distribution soon in Punjab

 

Energy secretary says govt working on different projects to produce 3000MW

 

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FAISALABAD: The Punjab government is legislating for generation and distribution of electricity in the province, said Punjab Energy Secretary Rab Nawaz.

 

Addressing the Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) here on Tuesday, he said that power crisis had dampened the industrial growth, therefore, the government was making legislation to overcome the crisis. He said that the government was working on different projects to produce 3000MW, including 1000MW from coal and 1000MW from sugar mills. He said that the government would encourage joint ventures with the private sector to produce electricity. He said that investors could invest in power generation through wind and biogas. He also underlined the importance of long term policies at the provincial level to overcome the energy crisis on permanent basis.

 

He said that industrialists of Faisalabad should come up with new and innovative projects to produce their own electricity to meet their energy needs. He said that three 50MW plants were being installed to ensure uninterrupted power supply to industrial units at M-3 Industrial City, Value-Added City and Small Industrial Estate on Sargodha Road. Earlier, FCCI president Muzammil Sultan presented a welcome address.

 

Resources’ equal distribution

 

Exporters for including demand in 20th amendment

 

From Our Correspondent

 

FAISALABAD: Industrialists and exporters have demanded the government, the opposition, parliamentarians and leaders of all political parties include a clause regarding equal distribution of natural resources in the proposed 20th amendment.

 

In a statement here on Tuesday, All Punjab Textile Associations Council chairman Rana Arif Tauseef said that the industry and exports were on the verge of collapse due to unnatural and unjust distribution system. He added that a continuous fall in textile exports had been witnessed during the last three months. He appealed to politicians to remove injustice and disequilibrium in the distribution of natural resources among the provinces caused by the 18th constitutional amendment.

 

He said that overall growth in textile exports in the first half of current fiscal year declined by 4.68 per cent because it touched US$5.96 billion in July-December this year from US$6.25 billion over the corresponding period last year. “The textile exports are continuously declining because it was down by US$160 million in October, US$194 million in November and US$225 million in December as compared to same months of the last year. It is likely to decline by US$300 million in January,” he maintained.

 

All Punjab Textile Associations Council comprises the Pakistan Textile Exporters Association, Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers Association, All Pakistan Cotton Powerlooms Association, All Pakistan Textile Sizing Association, All Pakistan Embroidery Association, All Pakistan Bedsheets and Upholstery Manufacturers Association, Small Powerlooms Association, Council of Loom Owners Association, Khurrianwala Industrial Estate Association, Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association and All Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association.