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Computer lab inaugurated in Mastung
'FC played a vital role in the development of education and health sector across the province'


September 27, 2020


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QUETTA:Balochistan North Inspector General Frontier Corps (IGFC) Major General Fayaz Hussain inaugurated a fitness health club and a computer lab in Cadet College Mastung on Saturday.

Addressing on the occassion, Hussain said FC played a vital role in the development of education and health sector across the province along with maintaining law and order situation in Balochistan. “The provincial force is engaged in providing resources to students for modern education,” said Hussain, adding restoration of peace across the province is the top priority of the force.

The IGFC reiterated resolve in taking initiatives for restoration of peace in Balochistan and vowed to support decisions taken by the provincial government for the development of the province and progress of people.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 27th, 2020.
 

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Gas supply project inaugurated in Gwadar

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The Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) laid a pipeline for providing gas to domestic consumers in Gwadar. — File photo


The Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) laid a pipeline for providing gas to domestic consumers in Gwadar.


GWADAR: Member of the National Assembly Mohammad Aslam Bhootani has inaugurated a gas supply project in the port city of Gwadar.

The Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) laid a pipeline for providing gas to domestic consumers in Gwadar. The people of the area started getting gas on Wednesday.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the project, Mr Bhootani said it was a demand of the people of his constituency and he was happy to fulfil the promise of providing gas to the domestic consumers. “I will continue serving the people of my constituency who elected me,” he said, adding that he would continue efforts to protect the rights of the people of the coastal area.

MPA Mir Hamal Kalmati of the BNP-Mengal, leaders of the National Party, Mir Dur Mohammad Nagori, Hafeez Jaffar, Rafiq Jumma and officials of the SSGC attended the ceremony.


Published in Dawn, October 2nd, 2020
 

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Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has approval of New Gwadar International Airport project at a cost of Rs 55.4 billion.
This airport is funded by Government of Pakistan and 1.52 billion yuan or Rs. 34 billion Chinese grant.


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The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has requested all provinces to earmark special allocations for students from Balochistan. This will build upon HEC’s dedicated programme of support for Baloch students as well as students from remote and less developed regions of the country.

Besides allocated quota for students from Balochistan in all the general scholarship schemes of HEC, special programmes have been initiated,

which have resulted in the award of 4523 need-based scholarships,
3000 Ehsaas scholarships,
227 overseas scholarships,
332 indigenous scholarships and placement of 300 students in medical colleges every year...
 

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Alhamdulilah the first ever Cancer hospital in Balochistan being done by the Provincial Government in Quetta.

Not only cancer hospital, but Quetta Cardiac, Nawakilli General Hospital and Fatima jinnah Hospital is being upgraded too.





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Govt to spend Rs600bn in three years for Balochistan uplift: Asad Umar

ISLAMABAD: Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Minister Asad Umar has said that the government will spend Rs600 billion on the uplift of nine Balochistan districts in the next three years.
Addressing a news conference along with Information Minister Shibli Faraz, Communications Minister Murad Saeed and Defence Production Minister Zubaida Jalal on Thursday, Asad Umar said that these projects will help bring prosperity and improve law and order situation in the province.
The minister said 57pc households of these districts will be given electricity and gas; 16 small dams will be constructed to enable the irrigation of 150,000 acres of land; while three plants for dates and olives will also be established in Balochistan.
He said that the federal government will fully support Balochistan Exploration Company to explore minerals in the province.
The minister said as many as 640,000 children will be given distance education using modern teaching, while teachers will also be trained for this purpose. He said that 83,000 children will be enrolled in schools through provision of Rs2,000 cash stipend for female and Rs1,500 for male students.
Asad Umar said that over 200 basic health centres will be upgraded through provision of modern health equipment, doctors and other paramedical staff. He said several initiatives are being taken to address issues related to malnutrition.

Balochistan to establish new administrative sub-divisions

Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani. — DawnNewsTV/File
QUETTA: The Balochistan cabinet has decided to establish new administrative sub-divisions in the province in view of its increasing population and formed a sub-committee of the cabinet which will be headed by Minister for Revenue Saleem Ahmed Khosa.
The decision in this regard was taken at a cabinet meeting which was presided over by the Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani here on Wednesday.
It was observed in the meeting that due to increasing population of the province, the administrative issues were increasing that needed establishment of new sub-divisions.
It was decided in the meeting that a senior member of the Board of Revenue, secretaries of law, services and general administration and a member at the divisional level would be included in the sub-committee of the cabinet to look after the administrative and other issues.

The provincial cabinet approved in its meeting the draft of the Balochistan Power Development Act, 2020, for integrating energy policy in the province, implementing programmes and projects for available energy resources in a better way and attracting the private sector’s investment in the energy sector.
While discussing the impact of Covid-19, the cabinet meeting approved the grant for National Response and Reliance Plan for coronavirus and National Equitable Education Programme.
The cabinet meeting also approved the suggestion of changing the names of irrigation department’s development schemes and the amendments to Balochistan Arts Council Act, 2018, to establish the board of the council.
The meeting also approved the procedure for allotment rules 2009 regarding allotment of official residence facility in Quetta. Under the amendment in the rules, an official resident could be allotted in the name of the daughter of a retired government employee. Earlier, it was not included in the allotment rules.
The cabinet also approved the Balochistan Judicial Academy Contributory Provident Funds rules 2019 and Pension rules, 2019.
The cabinet while discussing issues relating to the health department gave approval to ad-hoc and contract appointments of medical officers, lady medical officers, dental surgeons, staff nurses in the health department and appointments on specialist cadre posts and teacher cadre posts of medical colleges and teaching hospitals.
The meeting also gave approval for making functional eight teaching hospitals of the province. It also approved the hawkers’ welfare fund revised policy 2020.
Ministers, the parliamentary secretary on information, the chief secretary and other officials attended the meeting.

 
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The 1st phase of water supply to Gwadar through transmission line from Swad Dam has been finished, work on the 2nd phase from Shadi Kaur to Chadgarh is underway in which 70% work has been completed.



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As reported the government has finalized and approved the ‘Gwadar Smart City Master Plan. The Federal Secretary Maritime Affairs Rizwan Ahmed announced the approval yesterday.

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It was also revealed by Senator Mushahid Hussain present at the meeting said that a major part of the Afghan transit trade was passing through Gwadar already.

The government he said was seeking the creation of a dry port by Uzbekistan and was in talks with the authorities there to make it happen. The dry port thus would serve all Central Asian Republics (CARs). Senator Ahmed said further that Uzbek authorities were keen to shift their exports and imports to Gwadar as it was the nearest port city for them.



Gwadar Smart City Master Plan

The officials revealed the projected details of the Gwadar Smart City Master Plan; the population of which is expected to exceed two million people in the long-term with high-paid expatriate professionals accounting for up to 80% of the population.


The city is likely to attract high commercial activity since the government will provide a tax-free zone there. Pakistan’s largest international airport had been inaugurated earlier this year in the new city.

The officials further projected that high-tech industries would be established, mega shopping malls, luxury resorts, and man made islands too would be created eventually in and around Gwadar..




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