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Some news you may have missed out on part 32. : -Pakistan’s digital revolution is happening faster than you think When the BRI took global centre stage in 2013, most conversations revolved around traditional infrastructure: building roads, railways, power sources and linking borders. However, the digital awakening that BRI brings, and the associated development of human capital and innovation, is much more powerful. Pakistan, which is emerging from many years of the war on terror, is now on a decent path to progress, with economic growth of 5.8% and improved investor confidence. At the World Economic Forum in 2017, Ebay’s chief executive, Devin Wenig, highlighted Pakistan as one of the fastest growing e-commerce markets in the world. In 2018, Alibaba bought Pakistan’s largest e-commerce platform, Daraz.pk. Growth is being accelerated by other major investments in power and connectivity infrastructure, technology and digital infrastructure. Ant Financial Services, China’s biggest online payment service provider, recently bought a 45% stake in Telenor Microfinance Bank, in a deal that valued the Pakistani bank at $410 million. -Chinese social media falls in love with SP Suhai Talpur, literally After SP Suhai Aziz Talpur’s heroics during the Chinese consulate attack in Karachi, social media users in China have literally fallen in love with her, Express News reported. A Chinese youth has even asked Talpur to come over to the country and accept his marriage proposal. Social media users in China have also lauded her bravery as well as her good looks with many comparing her to a famous Chinese actress. -Punjab Cabinet approves number of laws and policies for public welfare The Punjab cabinet has approved a number of laws and policies for people’s welfare under the 100-day reforms plan of the provincial government. The legislations included Punjab Industrial Policy, Establishment of Punjab Skills Development Authority (PSDA), Punjab Labour Policy, Occupational Safety and Health Act 2018, Domestic Workers Act 2018 and Punjab Agriculture Policy, said a handout, issued here on Sunday. The Punjab Industrial Policy includes measures for facilitating private sector investment growth by providing an enabling eco-system, boosting productivity and competitiveness to drive up exports and compete with imported goods, ensuring level playing field for domestic and foreign players across sectors, creating attractive job opportunities for Punjab’s rapidly growing labour force and placing special focus on disenfranchised segments of society — impoverished districts, women and the disabled people. Establishment of the Punjab Skills Development Authority will help in implementing policies and standards established by National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC), register and regulate public and private TVET institutes and assessment agencies. -Economic Advisory Council meeting: Key decisions taken Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved the policy recommendations for a Medium Term Structural Reform Framework of the economy. The meeting also approved a Social Protection Framework to ensure that vulnerable segments of society are protected. The policy recommendations focused on acceleration of under utilised areas including Agriculture, Housing, Small & Medium Enterprises in terms of incentives, reliance on export oriented and labour intensive growth, reversal of anti-export bias, enhanced system automation and use of technology, transparency in trade regime, facilitating importers, job creation through skill development, ease of doing business through business friendly environment while focusing on productivity and moving on technology sophistication. Similarly: PM approves social protection framework for vulnerable segments of society Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday approved a social protection framework for the vulnerable segments of the society, ensuring that they were protected against certain issues affecting them. -Lahore zoo sets sights on night safari For the very first time, an approval has been granted for initiating night safari tours at Lahore Safari Zoo. For this purpose, a special food court will be set up while more exotic animals and birds will be brought in. The project, which has been launched to earn more revenue from the zoo, will initially be launched as an experiment. However, tourists who will opt for the experience will be able to witness nocturnal animals in action during the night. Animals such as lions and tigers which laze about during the day and birds which begin to chirp after sunset will all be a part of the attractions. -Chinese Launch Donation for Pakistani Policemen Killed in the Consulate Attack After the attack on the Chinese Consulate, manager of EXIM Trade Consulting Company in Pakistan, Ms. Tang Tianru immediately launched a donation. Tang talked about the two policemen sacrificed in the attack. One had two kids and a family to take care of, and the other, a father of four kids, had been the third policemen in his family died in line of duty. “The attack to the Consulate is equivalent to attacking the country. The two policemen were killed for protecting us, so I hope the Chinese living in Pakistan can make an effort to help them and their families. Pakistani policemen died for the protection of the Chinese Consulate. Though the local government is obligate to provide a pension of RMB 50,000 to each family, it’s hardly enough to sustain their life in the future. We can never allow people who have made such sacrifice for us to live in sufferings.” After Ms. Tang posted the proposition of donation to Wechat friends circle, the counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan, Zhao Lijian took the lead and donated RMB 2000. And when Ms. Cheng Wei, Chief Representative of Habib Bank Limited Beijing office heard the news from Chinese Economic Net, she donated RMB 4000 through a colleague in Pakistan. The Chinese students association in Pakistan has also initiated fundraising among international students. Even teachers and students from some universities in China have also donated money through the association. Ma Bin, the person in charge of the association, said: "the sounds of notification of money transfer on WeChat are like the melody of continuous water droplets, “ticking”, “ticking”, as if the sound of love were gathering from all directions. China-Pakistan friendship has never been empty talks, but deeply imprinted in the hearts of the Chinese and Pakistani people. -Hazara Motorway inauguration announced The remaining 12-km under-construction section of Hazara Motorway from Shah Maqsood Interchange to Havelian Interchange will be opened for traffic next month. According to National Highway Authority, after completion of this portion, the Motorway would become fully operational and provide a modern six-lane road facility to the people of Havelian, Abbottabad, Mansehra and adjoining areas. -My Boi FC getting his mack on Cher. -Pakistani businessmen urged to sign JVs with Somalian counterparts Embassy of Somalia Deputy Commercial Attaché Abdifitah Abdul Kadir Osman has encouraged Pakistani businessmen to sign joint ventures with their Somalian counterparts in different sectors of the economy. Talking to Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Vice President Fahimur Rehman Saigal on Saturday, he said Pakistan and Somalia have very strong historical relations that must be reflected in mutual trade and economic ties. He emphasised on making the visa procedure uncomplicated and business friendly. He also announced the holding of the first-ever ‘Made in Pakistan’ exhibition in Somalia in 2019. -Govt to introduce advanced metering infrastructure to control power theft Minister for Energy (Power Division) Omar Ayub Khan said on Saturday that an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system would be introduced and ABC cables would be installed in near future to control power theft. Talking to the state media channel, he said the system would not only to stop energy theft but would also ensure real-time meter reading. “The Power Division had chalked out a plan to control electricity theft as well as to increase the capacity of generation and transmission of electricity,” he said. “The division is engaging with the provincial governments, local authorities and law enforcement agencies to establish special task forces to launch a crackdown against electricity theft.” -IDEAS 2018 to commence from 27th The 10th edition of International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS 2018) is scheduled to be held from November 27-30 at the Karachi Expo Centre. The event, as per its traditions, will showcase a number of activities encompassing world’s advanced defence technology demonstrations, an international seminar, three conferences by Pakistan Armed Forces, IDEAS Karachi Show, counter-terrorism demo, networking, and business expansions through business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-government (B2G) engagements. IDEAS 2018 will bring together defence industries from across the globe to showcase their latest technological innovations. A large number of senior civil and military delegations and trade visitors would also be witnessing this year’s exhibition. As many as 522 exhibitors from 50 countries will showcase their latest technological innovations -Govt contacts UAE for recovery of illegal wealth amassed by Pakistanis Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Accountability Shehzad Akbar on Saturday met with United Arab Emirates Justice Minister Sultan Saeed Al Badi and discussed matters related to the recovery of the illegal wealth of Pakistanis in the UAE. Akbar said he was hopeful that both the countries will soon reach an agreement of tracing down the illegal properties acquired by the Pakistani citizens. -Pakistan Turkey inch closer further, sign new MoU The Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) and the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for establishing Turkish-Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TPC). The MoU was signed at Istanbul, Turkey on the occasion of 32nd Confederation of Asia Pacific Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) Conference on “Asia: Expanding Boundaries”. -Balochistan to take loan from ADB Provincial Minister for Information Zahoor Ahmed Buledi Saturday said loans of Rs 15 billion would be taken from Asian Development Bank (ADB) in order to address issues of water which was the main problem of public and province. -In a first, two Indian Ministers to arrive in Pakistan India will send its two union ministers to attend the opening of a new Pakistani border crossing for Sikh yatrees, in a rare sign of cooperation between the two nuclear-armed rivals. Mrs.Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Mr.H.S.Puri are the two individuals concerned NOT AGAIN -Pakistan may not go for IMF bailout package: Sources Pakistan may not go for IMF bailout package, sources have revealed. -Three Siblings reunite in Pakistan after 1947 O Two Muslim sisters – Ulfat Bibi, Mairaj Bibi – hugged and greeted their Sikh brother Sardar Bayanth Singh whom they had not met after over seven decades. The family was resident of Paracha village near Dera Baba Nanak Gurdaspur, India before the historic partition. However, in the partition a daughter and son went missing. The family later migrated to Pakistan leaving behind their two children. The mother, Allah Rakhhi, later contacted one of her former neighbours and learnt the whereabouts of her son Bayanth. -Naya Pakistan Housing Programme: PTI government takes the practical step Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday chaired meeting of the Economic Advisory Council in Islamabad. The advisory council approved to allocate Rs 5 billion for Naya Pakistan Housing project. The said amount would be released under PSDP. -PM Imran Khan to visit North Waziristan, will announce mega development package The prime minister will meet Jirga leaders of North Waziristan to discuss important issues regarding security, development and basic facilities in the former agency of defunct Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) and district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. During his visit, PM Khan is also expected to announce the establishment of two universities, one hospital, one sports complex and a big package for tribal districts. -Swat Motorway inauguration announced In an exclusive interview with Pakistan Peshawar correspondent on Sunday, Project Director Swat Mororway Engineer Barkatullah said the motorway will be completed at a cost of forty-one billion rupees by May next year. He said it will be linked with Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway at Karnal Sher Khan Interchange near Swabi. -BoI to spearhead govt initiative to improve ease of doing business rank With less than 200 days for the country to improve its ranking at the World Bank’s ease of doing business index, Prime Minister Imran Khan is set to be vigilantly monitoring the activities of the Board of Investment (BoI). BoI has notified a ‘steering committee’ for the ease of doing business early this month, which will be chaired by PM with the representation of chief ministers or their representatives and members from five leading industries. Though the same committee was also formed by the previous government, however, not a single meeting of the committee was held for the purpose of increasing Pakistan’s ranking in the index. “The issue has never been taken seriously at the higher levels. Through the previous government tasked BoI to do the job but it showed little interested in the improvement of the country’s ranking. According to analysts, an improvement in the WB index is necessary for a country like Pakistan to seek and secure foreign investment. The first thing the investors look into is the ranking of a country in terms of facilities and a then a business-friendly environment supported by the government through investment-friendly policies. Part 25 Part 26 Part 27 Part 28 Part 29 Part 30 Part 31 - Full Article

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