Posts tagged ‘Government’

July 4, 2011

Government College University`s Young Journalists` Society

JOURNALISM is not only a profession but also a passion and young journalists can excel in this career through extensive readings and hectic reporting at the grass roots level.


Senior journalists and anchorpersons said this at a discussion on `Challenges confronting the fourth pillar of the state` organised by the Government College University`s Young Journalists` Society.


Journalist Rashid Rehman said the media had become a powerful player but “lifafa journalism” or paid reporting had also grown enormously. He said that it had become more and more challenging for editors to sift out genuine news from motivated and hoax stories.


Anchorperson and columnist Aftab Iqbal said maintaining the quality of news reports and upholding of journalistic values were the biggest challenge being faced by the media these days. “Truth should be presented – as much as it is needed,” he added.


GCU-YJS President Amina Ahmed said it was a matter of disgrace and embracement that Pakistan had been declared the most dangerous country for journalists.


GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Ikramul Haq and guest journalists presented certificates and shields to YJS executive committee members for the sessions 2010-2011 and 2009-2010. The YJS executive committee for the session 2010-2011 consisted of Amina Ahmed (president), Shakila Rehman (senior vice-president), Sheikh Mateen (senior vice-president), Arooma Shahzad (vice-president), and Rizwan Khan (general secretary). Other office-bearers include Azib Warraich, Javeria Liaqat, Sana Irshad, Kashif Fayyaz, Usama Safdar, Salman Mehmood, Saima Nawaz, Aqsa Khalid, Ushna Butt, Ajab Khan and Umair Asif.


Later, GCU Nazir Ahmed Music Society members Imran Fida, Saba Shafqat, Saad Farooq, Mohsin Abbas and Hassan performed and enthralled the audience at the musical night.Dawn.

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July 2, 2011

Action Needed: Government asked to take steps to restore gas, power

Due to hours of gas load shedding and power suspension, manufacturing activities of the hosiery industry had been affected drastically.

FAISALABAD: 

The Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturer and Exporters Association (PHMEA) North Zone demanded the government to take immediate steps for the provision of power and gas to save the industry from collapse and boost exports.

PHMEA Chairman Salamat Ali told reporters on Friday that due to hours of gas load shedding and power suspension, manufacturing activities of the hosiery industry had been affected drastically.

The experts of the hosiery industry were facing difficulties fulfilling their export commitments with foreign buyers, leading to declining markets, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2011.

June 30, 2011

ICC bans government involvement in cricket boards

The reform will be hugely controversial in Pakistan, where the president is the cricket board’s patron. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

HONG KONG: Cricket’s governing body on Thursday banned countries from appointing politicians to national cricket boards, vowing to free the sport from undue government influence.

The International Cricket Council told a media conference in Hong Kong that it had made the decision to uphold “the important principle of free elections and the independence” of the sport.

“It was agreed that all member boards must implement the provisions before annual conference June 2012 and a further 12 months – to June 2013 – would be allowed before any sanctions be considered,” the ICC said in a statement issued in Hong Kong.

The reform, which allows the ICC to suspend a member country in the event of government interference in the running of a national cricket board, will be hugely controversial in Pakistan, where the president is the cricket board’s patron. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will also be hit by the change.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) could not immediately be reached for comment.
Chairman Ijaz Butt has been criticised by former players, politicians and media for being a political appointee of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party.

The PCB has already sent a legal notice to the ICC on the amendment and has threatened legal action if the constitution is changed.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the ICC’s full council after four days of talks between the chief executives’ committee and executive board at glitzy hotels in downtown Hong Kong.

“This is a significant step towards achieving best practice and together with the independent governance review, I am excited by the commitment of the ICC to introduce best possible corporate governance,” ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said.

June 30, 2011

Imran Khan backs ICC ban on government meddling

Khan said the amendment will help Pakistan as in the current set-up there is no transparency and accountability.

KARACHI: Pakistan’s legendary former captain Imran Khan on Thursday welcomed a decision from cricket’s governing body to ban political appointments, calling for a total revamp of the national board.

The ICC executive board on Thursday gave cricket boards 12 months to implement free elections and another 12-month grace period to enact the changes before any sanctions would be considered.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), whose chairman Ijaz Butt was appointed by the president, was not immediately reachable for comment but it has threatened legal action in the past if the constitution is changed.

Khan told AFP that the PCB now had a chance to become a real institution if the system was overhauled.

“The amendment will help Pakistan as there is no transparency and accountability in the current set-up,” Khan told AFP.

“But to gain full benefit, Pakistan must fix the cricket structure with a new constitution on regional grounds where officials are elected.”

Khan said the changes could allow Pakistan to perform better.

“If we have our cricket structure right, Pakistan has more talent than anywhere in the world, and we will dominate the world,” said Khan, who led Pakistan to their only World Cup title in 1992.

Former PCB chairman Arif Abassi said reform had long been needed.

“I resigned in 1996 because there was uncalled for government interference when I wanted to make the PCB a private company with shares,” said Abassi.

Abassi said the ICC was after Pakistan after a slew of public irregularities and said: “It’s now time we find the right people to overhaul our system and who know how to do it,” he said.

But fellow former PCB chief Khalid Mahmood rejected the ICC imposition as a violation of Pakistan’s independence.

“The ICC has no business to tell us how to run our cricket,” said Mahmood, calling for legal action if necessary.

“We must resist on this and although legal action is the last resort, one has to back it because we have to draw a line on sovereignty,” said Mahmood.

Former spinner Iqbal Qasim thought Pakistan would have trouble in enacting the change.

“While other Boards like England and Australia have a proper system, Pakistan will face some problems in implementing the change and they will need to overhaul the system from grass-root level,” said Qasim.

“We need to think out a proper plan, be it with the government’s help, to implement the change in two years.”

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are also directly affected by the amendment as their cricketing affairs are similarly run on government directives.

June 30, 2011

CONNECTIT 2010

With the participation of 95 companies from 12 countries, CONNECT 2009 successfully became the largest sourcing destination for the Information and Communications Technology industry. The 5th Edition of CONNECT is scheduled from 8 – 10 of May, 2010 at Karachi Expo Centre.

CONNECT 2010 is poised to bring forth international suppliers and local vendors to generate ICT business in the region. The participants will have opportunities to establish contacts with key decision makers of high value projects. The exhibition will demonstrate cutting edge technology to a targeted audience and will bring together Industry leaders seeking more efficient solutions through innovation and technology.

The event is an excellent platform for Information and Communication Technology experts for maximum exposure, establish new business leads and strengthen existing contacts with the local market. The show is well attended by IT professionals, key decision makers and entrepreneurs from across Pakistan.

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