A meeting was held in New Minster Block under the chairmanship of Provincial Minister for Industry, Commerce and Agriculture SM Tanveer in which the progress on the ongoing foreign funded projects of agriculture and irrigation was reviewed. In the meeting, measures to promote investment in the agricultural sector, irrigation and other sectors were also reviewed.
Addressing the meeting, SM Tanveer said that a 10-year master plan is being prepared for the promotion of the agriculture sector. Government will improve the economic situation by creating a revolution in the agricultural sector. He said that local level manufacturing of irrigation and agricultural equipment will be encouraged.
Provincial Minister SM Tanveer said that the lining of 58 thousand watercourses of Punjab is continue to stop the wastage of water. Water supply to farmers is being ensured on the tails ends of canals and watercourses. He said that in order to achieve good results, the capacity of the institutions must be enhanced. SM Tanveer said that the caretaker government of Punjab has also resolved the long-standing problems of private sector seed companies. For the promotion of investment in Punjab, the problems of industrialists and traders are also being solved on a priority basis.
A meeting was convened under the leadership of Provincial Minister for Mines and Minerals, Ibrahim Murad, to discuss revenue generation and related departmental matters. During the meeting, Minister Ibrahim Murad expressed the ambition to generate 100 billion rupees in revenue from the Mines Department. To achieve this goal, an immediate development plan must be formulated. The mining sector has now taken a prominent place on the national agenda, with the government dedicating special attention to its growth.
Minister Ibrahim Murad also underscored the importance of conducting a fresh geological survey in Punjab to update the status of mineral resources. This initiative is expected to open doors for foreign investors and attract foreign direct investment to the province.
In addition, Ibrahim Murad highlighted plans for collaboration with the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) to secure investments for major projects within the Mines and Minerals Department. Notable attendees at the meeting included the Secretary of Mines and Minerals, Babar Aman Babar, and the Director-General of Mines and Minerals, among others.
Chief Minister Punjab Mohsin Naqvi's school closure formula paid off as a significant decrease in the number of conjunctivitis patients has occurred in Punjab.1 thousand 134 conjunctivitis patients have been reported across Punjab while four days ago approximately 15 thousand patients were reported in a single day.CM Mohsin Naqvi announced to observe holiday in the schools on seeing conjunctivitis affected children during his visit to the Ravi Road Girls School four days earlier.The total number of conjunctivitis patients across Punjab have become 98 thousand 627. 236 more new patients are reported during the past 24 hours and the total number of conjunctivitis patients in Lahore have become 8 thousand 682.
The Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) Lahore has begun work to refurbish The Mall, one of the principal roads in the provincial capital, ahead of the winter season, a spokesperson said Sunday.
As part of the renovation campaign, PHA has installed grass on a six-kilometer-long and 30-feet-wide stretch from Faisal Chowk to the Mian Mir Bridge, according to the spokesperson.
"We are also in the process of planting new trees and colorful flower beds to liven up the street," he said. He also emphasised the importance of preparing winter flower beds as a measure to combat smog by reducing dirt concentrations in the air.
The makeover of The Mall was ordered by the authority's director general Muhammad Tahir Wattoo to improve the quality of the streetscape and green areas along one of Lahore's oldest roads. Under the project, PHA will also install new Multani tile-style planters from Club Chowk to Anarkali Bazaar Chowk, the spokesperson added.
PHA is also actively working to open Lahore's largest government-owned commercial nursery at Gulberg Main Boulevard. Spanning more than four acres, the facility will house a wide array of seedlings, saplings, trees, shrubs and other plant materials. It will also cater to various needs, including home decor, office landscaping, and agricultural purposes, the spokesperson said.
"Plants grown and nurtured at this nursery will be offered to both government organisations and the general public," the spokesperson said.
Furthermore, the staff will guide customers on repurposing household items for plant cultivation. Through this initiative, PHA aims to cut horticulture procurement expenses, which make up a substantial portion of its development budget.
"PHA aims to make this nursery Punjab's best in a period of three years," concluded the spokesperson.
Out of the all cancers, Breast Cancer can be treated and cured if detected early, hence increasing the survival rate to more than 90%.
Over 10 million women in Pakistan are at risk of Breast Cancer which positions the country with the highest rate of Breast Cancer incidence in the whole of Asia.
Every ninth woman is prone to develop breast cancer in her lifetime; where annually 40,000 women die due to this ailment, and 90,000 new cases are reported. Therefore, educating the masses on this deadly disease is of prime importance.
Pink Ribbon Pakistan is the only organization dedicatedly working on the issue of breast cancer for the last two decades. Pink Ribbon’s mission it to reduce the mortality rate of breast cancer. All around the year, Pink Ribbon reaches out to women and girls to educate them on preventive techniques that focuses on healthy lifestyle and wellbeing, in order to decrease their risk of breast cancer. Studies show that adopting preventive techniques can reduce 40% chances of breast cancer occurrence.
The journey of Pink Ribbon has been full of challenges as a few year ago, even mentioning the term ‘Breast Cancer’ was a taboo.
Pink Ribbon takes pride in claiming that breast cancer is a priority topic in the national health agenda. Since the inception in 2004, Pink Ribbon has educated over 2 million young girls on breast self-examination, and 19 million women on early detection techniques. Our consistent campaigns and various community engagement initiatives have led to a 400% increase in mammogram screening in Pakistan’.
October known as the breast cancer awareness month is celebrated as PINKtober by Pink Ribbon – a 30 days awareness drive engaging everyone from grass root level to policy makers.
This year the theme of PINKtober is dedicating each week to the most important aspects of the campaign.
The first week will focus on Prevention through promoting healthy lifestyle and educating women and girls that a good routine and healthy wellbeing can reduce 40% chances of breast cancer occurrence.
The second week will highlight the importance of Mammogram, as Pink Ribbon will be encouraging women to get themselves checked and stay familiar with their breast health.
The third week will focus on engaging masses through National Illumination week. Hundreds of buildings and iconic structures will turn pink to highlight and remind us the message of early detection and how recall of breast cancer awareness can save thousands of lives
The last week of PINKtober will emphasize on young girls with breast cancer which is exhibiting an alarming figure in Pakistan followed by showing support to the resilient survivors who have faced this ailment and are trying to come back to their normal lives.
Pink Ribbon provides support, and counselling to women who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and survivors along with their family members. To further provide them end to end solution Pink Ribbon is in the process of completing Pakistan’s first dedicated Breast Cancer Hospital. Currently, the outpatient department is operational which is providing counselling, consultation and ultrasound tests free of cost for all women.