June 2009

20% construction work on new Islamabad airport completed

More than 20 per cent construction work of ‘airside infrastructure’ of the new Islamabad International Airport which includes pavement works (Runway, Taxiway, Apron etc.) has already been completed as commenced in August last year and this airport will become functional by the end of 2011.

According to a senior official of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Phase-I of the project which includes site preparatory and earth works has already been completed in April last year. According to details, the new Islamabad International Airport is being constructed at Tarnol-Fateh Jang road equipped with all facilities of international standard and would be completed in the stipulated period as set end of 2011.Read More »20% construction work on new Islamabad airport completed

Governance level in Pakistan at lowest in region

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By Mansoor Ahmad

LAHORE: The Worldwide Governance Indicators 1996-2008, released on Monday by the World Bank, reveal that the level of government control in fields vital for the well-being of a nation is the lowest in Pakistan among regional countries.

Six governance indicators, which are crucial for the economic and social well-being of people, are voice and accountability, political stability and absence of violence/terrorism, government effectiveness, regulatory quality, rule of law and control of corruption. These indicators are measured in units ranging from -2.5 to 2.5 with higher values denoting better governance outcomes.Read More »Governance level in Pakistan at lowest in region

When words betray the feelings- BY ALI SUKHANVER

The world suffers a lot, not because of the violence of bad people but because of the silence of good people; said Napoleon. Words are more important than actions. What we do comes latter than what we say. Actions can be forgotten but words are ever living. The most painful thing regarding the present day media men is that they sometimes pay least attention to the credibility of their words. Misreporting and disfigurement of the facts has become a professional requirement.Read More »When words betray the feelings- BY ALI SUKHANVER

Points-based system for UK visa: Revised policy guidance for tier 4 of the points-based system and for PBS dependants

Revised versions of the policy guidance for tier 4 of the points-based system, and of the PBS dependants policy guidance, have now been published.

The key changes that are included in the revised guidance are highlighted below:Read More »Points-based system for UK visa: Revised policy guidance for tier 4 of the points-based system and for PBS dependants

Statement on UK Visa Applications in Pakistan

The British High Commission yesterday issued a statement about the UK visa application process, including the current processing times, and a warning about the activities of unscrupulous agents.

“We decided to make this announcement because we are aware that unscrupulous agents are exploiting some applicants and giving them misleading visa information. These agents are taking money to arrange appointments at the visa application centres and encouraging applicants to submit fraudulent applications. It is important that our customers know that there is no charge for appointments and fraudulent applications will be refused and mean longer processing times for everyone” said Director of Visa Services, Peter Chaplin.

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Lobbying dollars flowing out of Pakistan at super speed

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By Shaheen Sehbai

WASHINTGON: At least 11 big and small, known and unknown, lobbying companies have been hired by Pakistan and state-owned Pakistani organisations in the US, paying them hundreds of thousands of dollars every month, some of them having mysterious names and almost dubious credentials.

Although lobbying is a legal profession in Washington, the way it is conducted has earned it the nickname of “officially certified corruption” and what the Pakistan government, Pakistan Embassy and Pakistani organisations are doing may come close to this unofficial definition, analysts say.Read More »Lobbying dollars flowing out of Pakistan at super speed

Living with the Garden City-Ahmad Rafay Alam

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By the middle of the 19th Century, life in the cities of Industrial Revolution Europe was grim. The continent had experienced unprecedented urbanisation, the science of public sanitation hadn’t quite met the challenges posed by densely populated cities and the main source of energy was coal. As a result, urban dwellers spent their days avoiding squalor amid slums and decaying buildings while breathing the thick black smoke produced by burning coal. It was Ebenezer Howard, the urban planner, and Patrick Geddes, a Scottish biologist and sociologist, who pioneered the solution to the problems of urban living of the day: the Garden City.
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Nissan to mass–produce electric cars in 2012

YOKOHAMA: Nissan Motor Co. said Tuesday its electric vehicles will be affordable, setting sights on the potentially lucrative market with a plan to mass produce zero-emission cars globally from 2012.

Japan’s No. 3 automaker said it would unveil its first electric vehicle in Japan on August 2 and begin sales next year. “We are moving forward with zero-emission vehicles,” said Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn at a shareholders’ meeting. Nissan will sell electric cars first in Japan and the U.S. after April 2010, and then mass produce them globally in 2012.
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Mehmood-Ul-Hassan Khan

Annual meeting of SCO was held in Ekaterinburg on June 15-16. Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov participated at the meeting. During his addressed he positively assessed the activity of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization for over the last period. He noted that “a considerable work has been carried out on further widening and enhancing the fruitful cooperation in political, economic and social-humanitarian spheres, substantial steps have been taken in implementing the most important policy tasks and objectives.

He was of the opinion that the SCO did succeed to resolve the regional geo-political and geo-strategic issues and remained affirmed to solve the international problems too. He praised that the SCO contributed tremendous work for global security, terrorism, drug trafficking and other challenges and threats to our security in the region.Read More »UZBEKISTAN AND SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANIZATION