Friday, January 27

Day: October 2, 2020

ECC: (ECC approves import of 180,000 metric tons of wheat from Russia)

Islamabad:The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet has approved the import of 180,000 metric tons of wheat from Russia on government to government basis waiving off all taxes and levies duties on GTG import of wheat. Adviser on Finance and Revenue Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh chaired the meeting here on Friday. The forum was informed that about 5 million tons of wheat was available with the public sector in stocks. In terms of import, 430,000 tons of wheat has already been imported by the private sector and another 1.1 million ton was expected to be imported by the end of December this year. In terms of wheat import by the public sector, Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) has already opened an LC for importing 330, 0000 MT of wheat while TCP is in the process of tende...

Minister: (Govt succeeded to control attack of locusts: Fakhar Imam)

Islamabad:Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam has said the government succeeded to control the attack of locusts due to integrated cooperation among the institutions. Briefing media here on Friday, he said the new attack of locusts has also been averted owing to the effective strategy. He said the provincial governments also extended cooperation to control the locusts attack. He said composite strategy was adopted to eliminate the locusts from the sixty-one districts of the country. He, however, said control operation in Jamshoro is in progress with regard to the locusts attack.

Minister: (FM extends condolence over death of Emir of Kuwait)

Islamabad:Foreign Minster Shah Mahmood Qureshi visited the Embassy of Kuwait here on Friday to extend his condolence over the sad demise of Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah. He recorded his impressions in the condolence book at the Embassy. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said the Emir of Kuwait played an important role in strengthening relations between Pakistan and Kuwait. He said Pakistan and Kuwait enjoy fraternal and longstanding ties.

Minister: (NCOC directs to crack down on SOPs violations in indoor restaurants, marriage halls)

General, Islamabad
Islamabad:National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) has directed all the provinces and federating units to crack down on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) violations in indoor restaurants and marriage halls. In a tweet on Friday, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar said indoor restaurants and marriage halls are emerging as high contributors to COVID-19 spread. He said we must not allow irresponsible behaviour of some to put the health of everyone at risk.

Adviser: (Last month’s export figures show improvement: Razzak)

Islamabad:Adviser on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razzak Dawood has said the export figures for the last month have shown improvement. In a tweet on Friday, he said as compared to September 2019, our exports have grown six percent to 1.872 billion dollars. He said although this is better than decrease of 15 percent in August 2020 and I still feel that with sufficient backlog of orders, we can do much better. He urged the exporters to pursue more orders from existing markets and reach out the untapped markets. He expressed the hope that during this month, we will have further growth.

Envoy: (Pakistan praises China’s leading role at UN)

Islamabad, Political
Islamabad:Pakistan has praised China’s leading role at the UN, saying its policies are based on principles of the UN Charter, support for multilateralism and "win-win" cooperation. Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations, Munir Akram, while speaking at a virtual reception, in New York, lauded Chinese phenomenal progress, especially in bringing 700 million people out of poverty and registering double digit Gross Domestic Product growth for 30 years. The Chinese ambassador, in turn, thanked his Pakistani counterpart and said we are proud of the strong friendship and cooperation between China and Pakistan.