Archive for January, 2006

Upward trend in daily use commodities recorded

Upsurge in prices was seen to 20.57 percent in major commodities during the moth of Dec, 2005 as compared to Nov, said figures available with online on Sunday.
In food, prices of different daily use items rose as eggs 20.57 percent, gram whole 2.71 percent, pulse moong 1.44 percent, pulse mash 2.05 percent, dry fruit 2.69 percent, fish 5.09 percent, sugar 4.43 percent, beverages 2.56 percent, mineral water 2.44 percent and wheat 1.05 percent. Regarding Raw materials, sugarcane saw rise to 5.89 percent, wool 1.49 percent and however, hides, skins and cotton seeds saw decline in prices to 2.24 percent, 1.75 percent and 1.67 percent respectively as compared to the moth of Nov.
In Fuel, lighting firewood increased to 4.97 percent and in household, furniture and equipment furnishing recorded a rise to 1.03 percent and marriage hall charges jumped to 1.45 percent in the month of Dec.

CDA to carry out 38 development projects in current year

Some 38 development projects costing 13.8 billion rupees would be implemented in Islamabad in the current year with focus on improving the road network, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman announced.

The projects include construction of three underpasses and 15 playgrounds, four recreational centers and improvement in green belt areas, besides water supply schemes and an alternative site for Sunday Bazaar, he said.

Three alternative sites have been provided for existing playgrounds that were not in conformity with the master plan of the capital. One site is between Shalimar Cricket Ground and Margalla Hills, another along the Kashmir Highway in sector H-8 and the third in sector F-6/1. Lashari said talks were going on between the CDA the Pakistan Cricket Board on proposed construction of an international cricket stadium in Islamabad. He said a synthetic turf for hockey would be installed in F- 6 sector, while the weekly Sunday Bazaar would be shifted to a site between sector H-9/3 and Kashmir Highway and its development would cost 100 million rupees.

The new Bazaar site — 1,450 feet in length and 450 feet wide — would have proper sewerage and drainage systems, footpaths, public toilets, security pickets, waiting areas, prayer arrangements, a car parking area, public transport loop, water tanks and five main gates. The Authority would also build 2,950 stalls with its own resources in the Sunday Bazar. Answering a question he said the case of proposed mini golf course in sector F-7 was in the court and the Authority would act according to the judicial verdict.

Gala Time!

A girl sings at the ‘Family Gala’ organized by Islamabad traffic police (ITP) in F-9 park on Sunday …

Dog and cat show as well as amily gala was arranged … I was busy elsewhere so as usual dropped the idea of going … seems like people had some fun :-)

Hayee … only if Bryan adams would have been here … he’s coming in 1 day’s time though not for any concert would be just visiting :)

Ahhh … the Waiting!

No quake survivors waiting for relief. These men and women are waiting for transport after shopping in Sunday bazaar

Am I really Enjoying?

Too little for his shoes, this boy seems enjoying walking barefoot outside his tent in the earthquake survivors’ camp here.

HEC to award scholarships under Talent Farming Scheme

Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Saturday invited applications to award scholarships at B.Sc/B.Sc.(Hons) and M.Sc. levels for public sector universities under the Talent Farming Scheme for the Session of 2005-2006.

The students, studying in B.Sc/B.Sc (Hons) part-I must have obtained 60% marks (with 60% marks in science subjects) at F.Sc. level would be eligible for the scholarships.

Whereas M.Sc. students (part-I) must have secured 60% aggregate in science subjects at B.Sc. level.

Eligibility does not guarantee scholarships as such scholarships will be awarded to students with the highest merit.

CDA chalks out welcome plan for arrival of Saudi King

Deputy Commissioner Chaudhry Muhammad Ali has said that a historic and immaculate welcome would be extended to the ruler of Saudi Arabia on his arrival here in Islamabad.
He was chairing a meeting of ICT Administration and all concerned departments to review the preparatory work regarding welcome of the Saudi King Shah Abdullah.
The participants were informed that a historic and immaculate welcome would be extended to the ruler of Saudi Arabia on his arrival here in Islamabad.
Millions of people including the inhabitants of Islamabad will be standing on both sides of the road linking airport to the destined route, to manifest their devotion and love for the government and ruler of Saudi Arabia.
The students from different schools of Islamabad will be present their, wearing fancy dresses and carrying colorful flags.
Rose petals will be flowered on the guests. Special arrangements have been made to present horse and camel dance.
Necessary instructions have been conveyed to the concerned departments. CDA will provide water tankers to ensure continuous supply of water.
Health department will ensure the availability of ambulances and paramedical staff. It was revealed during the meeting that a foolproof security plan , the availability of medical core and the comprehensive traffic plan have been finalized.

Islamabad: Its Beauty & Oddities

I just came across a very nice article …. Have a read. Sharing some of pieces here with you all.

Almost all creature comforts and amenities of modern living are available in the city. But, that is exactly what has created the oddities and given it a paradoxical character.

Islamabad strikes one as a patch of the 20th century on a 19th century tapestry: it is an island of ‘haves’ surrounded by a vast sea of ‘have-nots’. Islamabad does not epitomize life elsewhere in the country. As a wit has put it, Pakistan is fifteen miles away from Islamabad.

Islamabad was originally meant to be a civil servants’ town like Ottawa, Washington or Canberra. But, with the shift from Karachi to Islamabad of the nation’s policy-making apparatus, and given the concentration of power in the political leadership and bureaucracy, and the pendulum of power swinging, from time to time, between the civil and military leaders, both having their headquarters here, the elite of the society made a bee-line to the blossoms of the burgeoning new seat of power

Stainless steel garbage trolleys

The CDA would acquire 500 stainless steel garbage trolleys to make the federal capital more clean especially on the occasion of festivals ( … Let’s hope steel wont be stolen ) said by Kamran Lashari.

He said renovation of 67 public toilets and construction of 33 new ones was being carried out along with installments of 200 new dustbins in different areas of the Capital city. Lashari said a consultant has been hired for a sanitary landfill project which would be started next month.

Crime rate soars in Islamabad

Crime rate in the Pakistani capital is increasing since the beginning of the New Year and outlaws are enjoying a field day.

This is creating a sense of insecurity among the residents, who believe that Islamabad has become a lucrative and safest place for the robbers and criminals due to the negligence of police.

At least nine persons were murdered and 11 died in road accidents during the first 26 days of the New Year.

The killers of four out of nine persons could not be identified while all the accused involved in these killings could not been arrested so far.

A property dealer, Sheikh Rashid, was shot dead by some unidentified persons at Daman-e-Koh. Later, his body was recovered from Bann village.

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