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  1. Prime Minister Shahid Khan Abbasi and Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow shake hands after their meeting in Mary, Turkmenistan, February 22, 2018. APP/APP73-22 ASHGABAT: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday said that the TAPI gas pipeline project was a historical opportunity to reestablish regional ties. Abbasi reached Mary, Turkmenistan, earlier in the day on a two-day visit to participate in the Turkmenistan Afghanistan Pakistan India (TAPI) gas pipeline project's inauguration ceremony. "I assure you of Pakistan's full commitment to the project," he told the attendees of the inaugration ceremony. Abbasi had earlier met the president of Turkemnistan and stressed on the need for the two countries to bolster their military and defence cooperation. The premier was received by Rasit Meredow, the Deputy Chairman of Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, at the Mary International Airport, as per a press release issued by the Prime Minister House. During his meeting with President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, the prime minister highlighted the importance of the TAPI gas pipeline project, especially with regard to Pakistan's rising energy needs. Abbasi and Berdimuhamedow talked matters of mutual interest, the security situation in the Central and South Asian region, as well other issues pertaining to the TAPI gas pipeline project. Further, Abbasi underscored that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a significant part of the One Belt One Road Initiative. The premier went on to offer Turkmenistan assistance in its defence requirements from Pakistan. The foundation stone of the Afghan portion of the TAPI gas pipeline project ? which connects Central and South Asia ? will be laid today in a ceremony slated to be attended by Abbasi, Berdimuhamedow, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, and Indian Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar.
  2. Prime Minister Shahid Khan Abbasi and Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow shake hands after their meeting in Mary, Turkmenistan, February 22, 2018. APP/APP73-22 ASHGABAT: Pakistan and Turkmenistan need to bolster their military and defence cooperation, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Thursday, as he met with the Central Asian country's president, Geo News reported. Abbasi reached Mary, Turkmenistan, earlier in the day on a two-day visit to participate in the Turkmenistan Afghanistan Pakistan India (TAPI) gas pipeline project's inauguration ceremony. The premier was received by Rasit Meredow, the Deputy Chairman of Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, at the Mary International Airport, as per a press release issued by the Prime Minister House. During his meeting with President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, the prime minister highlighted the importance of the TAPI gas pipeline project, especially with regard to Pakistan's rising energy needs. Abbasi and Berdimuhamedow talked matters of mutual interest, the security situation in the Central and South Asian region, as well other issues pertaining to the TAPI gas pipeline project. Further, Abbasi underscored that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a significant part of the One Belt One Road Initiative. The premier went on to offer Turkmenistan assistance in its defence requirements from Pakistan. The foundation stone of the Afghan portion of the TAPI gas pipeline project ? which connects Central and South Asia ? will be laid today in a ceremony slated to be attended by Abbasi, Berdimuhamedow, Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, and Indian Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar.
  3. ISLAMABAD: In a landmark event, PAF in collaboration with Rashidabad Memorial Welfare Organization (RMWO) launched a welfare project by the name of Alamabad near Swabi, on Tuesday. The mega project has been initiated for the welfare of the people of KPK in general and for the local populace of Swabi in particular, The News reported. Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak and Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman unveiled the plaque of Alamabad to mark the earth breaking of this magnificent project. The project is in line with the vision of PAF and RMWO, to set up model villages throughout the country by integrating all essential facilities in a well-knit mosaic so as to ensure a positive beneficial outflow to the needy rural folk-all under one roof. One such successful project, by the name of Rashidabad located near Hyderabad, has already created an everlasting impact on the people of Sindh and is serving the local populace with dignity. Located near Swabi Interchange, Alamabad has been named after the legendary fighter pilot of PAF, Air Commodore M M Alam (late). The project will comprise educational, vocational and health care centres in close proximity with an aim of alleviating poverty and eliminating illiteracy from the adjacent rural areas of KPK. PAF and RMWO have also teamed up to launch a similar project at Quetta with the name of Yunusabad. Addressing at the occasion, the Air Chief said, ?Besides providing an impregnable aerial defence of the country, PAF has always shouldered the responsibility of nation-building. In this regard, it has initiated welfare projects for the progress of the country which includes quality educational institutions and state of the art vocational training centres. Rashidabad, a project by retired PAF officers, is a miracle indeed and a living proof of the fact that lighting such candles would soon illuminate the whole country?. Addressing the audience, the Chief Minister KPK acknowledged the sincere efforts and personal interest of the Air Chief in this project. He said, ?I hope this project would usher in a new era of prosperity and progress in this area. It would not only equip the youth of this area with technical expertise but also open new vistas of social development and educational betterment?. He also lauded the selfless contribution of the people of this area for donating one thousand Kanal of land for the project.
  4. PESHAWAR: The question over Billion Tree Tsunami project raised by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa MPA Sobia Shahid has been added to the assembly agenda for Friday. According to documents, Shahid had sought details from the KP government over trees planted under the project, to which the latter had responded. The answers state that the KP government has ? since 2014 ? planted 8.42 million trees in Kohat Division, 11.6 million in DI Khan Division, 0.46 in Tank district, more than 111.8 million in Malakand division and 82.8 in Hazara Division. The Billion Tree Tsunami has been under the limelight with questions being raised on the veracity of claims made by the KP government. Recently, official documents of the KP government failed to correspond with the claims made by the PTI chief regarding the Rs12.5 billion project. According to the documents, around 65% (759 million) of the 1.18 billion count was actually counted under the head of ?natural growth? of new plants in forests and other areas. A total of 153 million, 13%, of the plants were distributed free of cost to the public, with no precise knowledge of their fate. Resolution submitted in KP Assembly seeking inquiry into ?Billion Tree Tsunami? The resolution challenges claims by PTI chief Imran Khan that 1.12 billion trees have been planted during the forestry drive The documents also called into question financial transparency of the project, validating fears raised by the opposition parties and other quarters in the province regarding alleged misappropriation of funds by local influential and government favourites owing to the massive scale of the project and the inability to directly monitor it other than relying on lower staff of the KP forests department. On Wednesday, KP MPA and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) renegade Ziaullah Afridi submitted in the KP assembly secretariat against the project. It urges an enquiry by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) into alleged financial irregularities in the project, and also calls for punishment for those involved in the alleged scandal. PTI Chairperson Imran Khan claimed that 1.12 billion trees were planted under the mega project, whereas official government documents reveal that only 20%, or about 240 million trees, were actually planted, the resolution states. In August last year, an investigation within the government departments revealed that 145 officers of the KP forest division were found involved in corruption. Legal action was taken against those 145 officers, whereas 44 officials were forcefully retired due to misappropriation of funds and other reasons regarding the project. The Billion Tree Tsunami project aims to turn around deforestation and increase the province?s forested area by at least 2%. About 40% of the country?s remaining forests are in KP province.
  5. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said on Saturday that the Billion Tree Tsunami project has been completed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 1.12 billion trees were planted during the forestry drive. The PTI chairman was speaking to journalists, where he briefed them on the tree plantation project. He said the trees were planted over a period of three years, however, the PTI chief lamented that propaganda is being used to defame the forestry project. The project has been under scrutiny because of the magnitude of the project. Recently, the official documents of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government failed to correspond with the claims made by the PTI chief regarding the project. It is pertinent to mention that in August, an investigation within the government departments revealed that 145 officers of the KP forest division were found involved in corruption. Legal action was taken against those 145 officers, whereas, 44 officials were forcefully retired due to misappropriation of funds and other reasons regarding the project. Billion Tree Tsunami aims to turn around deforestation and increase the province?s forested area by at least two per cent. About 40 per cent of the country?s remaining forests are in KP province. Imran Khan and PTI-backed tree planting effort was said to hit its billion-tree goal by the end of 2017.
  6. CHITRAL: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Sunday inaugurated the first unit of Golen Gol Hydropower Project in the city, which will add 36 megawatt of electricity. The electricity to be generated from the first unit of the project is exclusively meant to cope with the needs of Chitral town and adjacent areas, said a PM Office statement. In the wake of devastating floods of 2015 in Chitral, the federal government directed WAPDA to supply electricity generated from the first unit of the project to Chitral to meet the energy needs for socio-economic development of the backward and far-flung areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. This quantum of electricity is three times more than the present requirements of Chitral, and will also cater the future demand of the electricity. Golen Gol Hydropower Project will result in a new era of progress and prosperity in Chitral, besides stabilising the national economy by providing low-cost and environment-friendly electricity to the national grid. The project has been constructed on Golen Gol - a tributary of River Mastuj - near Chitral. The total installed generation capacity of the project is 108 MW with three generating units ? each of them having a capacity of 36 MW. The first unit has been completed, while the second and the third unit would be commissioned in March and May 2018 respectively. The project will provide 436 million units of electricity to the national grid every year. Benefits of the project have been estimated at Rs 3.7 billion per annum. The approved PC-I cost of the project amounts to Rs 29 billion. In addition to WAPDA?s own sources, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Saudi Fund for Development, Kuwait Development Fund and OPEC Fund for International Development had also been providing financial assistance for completion of the project.
  7. ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau Chairperson Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal has taken notice of increase in cost of Kachhi Canal project from Rs30billion to Rs210 billion, ordering enquiry against the officers concerned. According to a notification issued by NAB on Wednesday, the anti-graft body has ordered enquiry against the officers of Punjab Information and Culture Department for allegedly misusing their authority and causing a loss to the national exchequer. The officers concerned have been said to have falsely shown an increased amount for the cost of the project, which was constructed with a lesser amount. PM inaugurates Kachhi canal in Sui; says Nawaz Sharif should have been here today The Kachhi canal project will help in irrigation of 72,000 acres of land Kachhi Canal is a 363 kilometre-long waterway which takes off from Taunsa Barrage in Muzaffargarh district of Punjab and ends in Dera Bugti district of Balochistan. The project was started during the tenure of General (retd) Pervez Musharraf in 2002 and is said to help irrigate 72,000 acres of land. It was inaugurated in September 2017, with authorities promising it would change the lives of the people of Balochistan. Although NAB notification has stated the cost to be Rs30 billion, earlier reports have shown the estimate escalated to around Rs80 billion due to several issues.
  8. India launched Aadhaar, now the world?s biggest biometric database, in 2009 to streamline welfare payments and cut wastage in public spending MUMBAI: India?s ambitious biometric identity project could lead to millions of people being denied access to essential services and benefits in violation of their human rights, campaigners said, ahead of key court hearings on the legitimacy of the program. India launched Aadhaar, now the world?s biggest biometric database, in 2009 to streamline welfare payments and cut wastage in public spending. The government has since made the card mandatory to access a range of services, including benefits such as state subsidies, pensions and scholarships. This ?can obstruct access to several constitutional rights, including the rights of people to food, healthcare, education and social security,? said Aakar Patel, executive director at Amnesty International India. ?The government has a legal and moral obligation to ensure that nobody is denied their rights simply because they don?t have an Aadhaar card,? he said in a joint statement with Human Rights Watch (HRW) at the weekend. Officials at the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), which oversees the program, did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment. The Supreme Court has been holding hearings on the legitimacy of the government?s demand to make Aadhaar mandatory for a range of services, despite the court ruling in 2014 that the ID cannot be a requirement for welfare programs. The top court is scheduled to resume hearings on Jan. 17. Campaigners and technology experts have raised concerns about privacy and the safety of the data, the susceptibility of biometrics to failure, and the misuse of data for profiling or increased surveillance. There have been reports of biometrics failing when fingerprints have faded, and of deaths linked to denial of subsidized food when Aadhaar verification failed. Officials in Jharkhand state in October said Aadhaar was not necessary to get subsidized grains, after the death of an 11-year-old girl who campaigners say died of hunger because her family?s ration card was canceled when it was not linked to their Aadhaar card. ?It is ironic that a 12-digit number aimed to end corruption and help the poor has become the very reason many have been deprived of fundamental rights,? Meenakshi Ganguly, HRW?s south Asia director, said in the statement.
  9. Will she? Will she not? This speculation about Vidya Balan playing India's first female Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has been creating a buzz in B-town for almost two years now. But finally we have an answer and we are already excited about the outcome. Vidya, who is critically known for playing powerful characters, has actually acquired the rights of Sagarika Ghose's book 'Indira: India's Most Powerful Prime Minister'. And she will be seen playing the titular role. The confirmation came when Sagarika took to Twitter and announced the news saying, “Just signed the contract for movie rights for my book "Indira, India's Most Powerful PM" with @vidya_balan and @roykapurfilms! Utterly elated!! Look fwd to seeing INDIRA on screen! @juggernautbooks #IndiraTheMovie” Just signed the contract for movie rights for my book "Indira, India's Most Powerful PM" with @vidya_balan and @roykapurfilms! Utterly elated!! Look fwd to seeing INDIRA on screen! @juggernautbooks #IndiraTheMovie — Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) January 10, 2018 Now, that's some good news after all. The 'Tumhari Sulu' actress' fans have been waiting to hear this news for a very long time and this confirmation comes as a relief. It all started in 2015 when director Manish Gupta went to Vidya with this script, she was blown away and instantly loved the idea of playing India's Iron Lady. However, getting a green signal from the Congress office for Manish was a tedious task. © Twitter But there is nothing to worry about anymore. As per the rules, when a film is based on a book, you don't really need permission from the political party to make a film. So one thing is sure, this film isn't getting stalled because of political influence. In fact, one can even expect the official announcements to be made soon. In fact, Sagarika's book doesn't really portray Indira Gandhi in a bad light as it hardly deals with the controversial aspect of her tenure. It deals with different aspects of Indira's life; like her failed marriage, reasons behind the Emergency in 1975, her unsettled relationship with her son Sanjay Gandhi, and other political issues. That's the reason why Congress Minister P Chidambaram was the one who launched this book in the first place. © Twitter For many who are still wondering. Let us tell you, the fate of the film won't be like Madhur Bhandarkar's 'Indu Sarkar', which was brutally chopped before it was given a clearance certificate by the CBFC, nor would it hurt anyone's sentiments per se. So, let's get ready to see Vidya all decked in crisp cotton saris playing one of the most talked about and influential leaders of India who changed the whole political scenario of the nation.
  10. Image taken from Radio Pakistan ISLAMABAD: Sindh government, in collaboration with the Sindh Education Foundation, will introduce smart teaching and learning project in the province. A spokesperson of the Sindh government, Muhammad Afzaal told Radio Pakistan that under this project, android-based applications in Urdu, Sindhi and English languages will be offered to students of KG to fifth grade. He said the government will offer matching grant for establishing audio visual rooms in the first phase of the project. Training of more than 3,000 teachers, 700 head teachers and 700 IT teachers in digital content and continuous supervision is also part of this project, the spokesperson added.
  11. The apex court had dismissed the decision of the Lahore High Court (LHC) halting work on selected sites of the project LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday visited the Orange Line Metro Train project site to have an overview of the work, a day after the Supreme Court allowed the provincial government to continue construction work on the project. The apex court on Friday had dismissed the decision of the Lahore High Court (LHC) halting work on selected sites of the project. Shehbaz said that the project will provide people with improved transportation services and the delay will be compensated for by hard work and commitment. On Friday while talking to media the chief minister blamed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf for the 22-month delay caused in the construction of the project. "The PTI had submitted an application to the Supreme Court. Then, as hidden enemies strike, they did the same in the Lahore High Court. The revenge they have taken is not from me. They have taken revenge from the poor people of the city." The chief minister added that the project was to be inaugurated on Dec 25 according to the original plan. When asked when the project would be operational, Shehbaz said he would inform of the date at a later date. "But PTI and Imran Khan Niazi's team delayed the project for 22-months." He elaborated that the Lahore High Court (LHC) had a stay order on the project for 14 months and the apex court announced its verdict eight months later. Shehbaz added that the PTI did not want the people to benefit from an efficient and cheap mass transit system. "The project was to run from Dec 25, now, due to the delay we are absolutely out of line." Criticising the opposition party further, Shehbaz said they have been unable to even lay a brick for the metro project in Peshawar after a passage of four and a half years. Punjab's chief minister further said if the project had been built on time and not subject to delays, it would have lessened thousands of cars on the road and could have led to less severe smog in the provincial capital. "The tickets for the metro project would be reasonable and the price would be set keeping the common man in mind." The apex court accepted the appeal of the Punjab government and others against the LHC decision with conditions and ruled by a 4-1 judgment that it observed no illegalities in the multi-billion rupee project. A five-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, had reserved its verdict in the case on April 17 this year. Although the apex court has allowed the Punjab government to go ahead with the project at the same speed, the bench has set 31 conditions to ensure the project's transparency. PTI responsible for delay in Orange Line project: Shehbaz Sharif Chief minister Punjab says he would inform at a later date when the project would be operational The conditions include strict monitoring of the construction as well as a dedicated trial period before train operations begin; placement of high-tech devices and hiring of expert monitors to ensure vibrations from the construction don't damage the heritage sites and various measures for the beautification and restoration of the sites. The apex court has also ordered the formation of a five-member experts' committee and three-member technical committee to oversee the project and ensure the protection of the heritage site under question. A Rs100 million fund will also be established by the government to maintain the heritage sites, according to the court order. The $1.6 billion project Launched in May 2014 by Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, in collaboration with a Chinese company, the project is set to be the country?s first metro line, but it got embroiled in a legal battle in LHC which ordered a stay on several sites as the development was trampling over heritage sites in Lahore. A single train within the 27-kilometre rail line has the capacity to carry 1,000 people, out of which 200 can be seated while 800 can commute while standing. The project, which was included in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor earlier in the year, is expected to run on electricity and transport up to 250,000 passengers a day. The capacity is set to be increased to 500,000 passengers by 2025. The original deadline for the project was December 25, 2017.
  12. SABETTA: President Vladimir Putin on Friday launched a $27 billion liquefied natural gas plant in the snow-covered plains of the Arctic as Russia hopes to surpass Qatar to become the world's biggest exporter of the chilled fuel. The Russian president congratulated workers as he oversaw the first gas shipment being loaded onto an icebreaking tanker from an LNG plant amid minus 28 degrees Celsius (minus 18 degrees Fahrenheit) weather in the port of Sabetta on the Yamal Peninsula above the Arctic Circle. "This is a large-scale project for Russia," Putin said. "At the start of the project, people told me not to pursue this. Those who started this project took a risk but achieved a result." Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih and other top officials were present for the occasion. For the project, Russia's privately owned gas producer Novatek partnered with France´s Total and China´s CNPC. Qatar is currently the world's biggest LNG exporter. Russia, the world's biggest gas exporter, derives a huge share of income from pipeline deliveries to Europe. With Yamal LNG, Russia intends to strengthen its market presence in Asia and demonstrate its capacity to exploit huge Arctic reserves despite major technological challenges. 'On time and on budget' Dmitry Monakov, the project's first deputy director, said that producing LNG in permafrost was easier than in warmer climes, an apparent dig at countries like Qatar. "Nature itself helps us to more effectively liquify gas with the help of such low temperatures," he told AFP, adding that the plant effectively sat on a gas field so transportation costs were low. Patrick Pouyanne, Total chairman and CEO, praised the project´s "remarkably low upstream costs". "Together we managed to build from scratch a world-class LNG project in extreme conditions to exploit the vast gas resources of the Yamal peninsula," he was quoted as saying in a company statement. The tanker carrying the first LNG cargo is named after Christophe de Margerie, a former Total CEO who died in an accident on a runway of a Moscow airport in 2014. White whiskers have been painted on it in honour of the late CEO, who was known for his white bushy moustache. The site is operated by Yamal LNG company, owned by Novatek (50.1 percent), Total (20 percent), CNPC (20 percent) and Silk Road Fund (9.9 percent). The $27 billion (23 billion euro) project is set to start with a production capacity of 5.5 million tonnes per year and increase it to 16.5 million tonnes by the start of 2019. "Despite challenging operating conditions, Yamal LNG was delivered on time and on budget," said Samuel Lussac, an oil and gas specialist at Wood Mackenzie consultancy. "That is unusual in the LNG industry." "Novatek, once a domestic gas supplier, becomes a global LNG player" with the project, he added. Risks remain The project has had its share of financial and technical hurdles over the years. While the Yamal peninsula has huge hydrocarbon reserves, it is an isolated region above the Arctic Circle, about 2,500 kilometres from Moscow and covered by ice for most of the year, with temperatures dipping as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius. Since its inception in late 2013, an airport and a port have had to be constructed, as well as gas reservoirs and the LNG plant itself. Securing financing for the project was tricky. US sanctions against Novatek made it virtually impossible to borrow from Western banks, and Chinese partners eventually stepped in to resolve the issue. Despite the project's completion, Yamal LNG still faces risks, analysts said. Lussac of Wood Mackenzie said that the coming months will show "whether the plant can operate smoothly in the harsh Arctic environment". Transportation through the Northern Sea Route also remains undeveloped, and "its feasibility as a major LNG delivery route is unclear", he added. Russia hopes the route will become an easier path to coveted Asian markets. The route along the northern coast of Siberia allows ships to cut the journey to Asian ports by 15 days compared with the conventional route through the Suez Canal, according to Total.
  13. LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif on Friday blamed the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf for the 22-month delay caused in the construction of the Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) project. The chief minister was speaking to media in Lahore, shortly after the Supreme Court?s orders which cleared the way for completion of Orange Line Metro without any delay. The Supreme Court of Pakistan dismissed the decision of the Lahore High Court (LHC) halting work on selected sites of the Orange Line Metro Train (OLMT) project. "The PTI had submitted an application to the Supreme Court. Then, as hidden enemies strike, they did the same in the Lahore High Court. The revenge they have taken is not from me. They have taken revenge from the poor people of the city." The chief minister added that the project was to be inaugurated on Dec 25 according to the original plan. "But PTI and Imran Khan Niazi's team delayed the project for 22-months." He elaborated that the Lahore High Court (LHC) had a stay order for 14 months and the apex court announced its verdict eight months later. Shehbaz added that the PTI did not want the people to benefit from an efficient and cheap mass transit system. The apex court accepted the appeal of the Punjab government and others against the LHC decision with conditions and ruled by a 4-1 judgment that it observed no illegalities in the multi-billion rupee project. A five-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, had reserved its verdict in the case on April 17 this year. Although the apex court has allowed the Punjab government to go ahead with the project at the same speed, the bench has set 31 conditions to ensure the project's transparency. The conditions include strict monitoring of the construction as well as a dedicated trial period before train operations begin; placement of high-tech devices and hiring of expert monitors to ensure vibrations from the construction don't damage the heritage sites and various measures for the beautification and restoration of the sites. The apex court has also ordered the formation of a five-member experts' committee and three-member technical committee to oversee the project and ensure the protection of the heritage site under question. A Rs100 million fund will also be established by the government to maintain the heritage sites, according to the court order.
  14. A view of the construction of the project. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court ordered on Friday the continuation of work on the Orange Line Metro Train in Lahore, albeit with some conditions. With a majority of four to one, the five-member bench hearing the appeal against the Lahore High Court decision partially stopping the project's construction around 11 historical sites ruled that the project will proceed subject to the following conditions and directions: Supreme Court dismisses LHC order, clears tracks for Orange Line Metro Train SC had reserved its verdict in the case in April this year, after hearing petitions filed by Punjab govt against LHC's partial stay on the project 1) The appellant shall make all necessary arrangements to ensure that the monuments remain stable and undamaged in all respects during the execution of the Project as specified in the HIA and Study of Control of Vibration, Noise and Foundation; 2) Vibration monitoring shall be undertaken as a part of the monitoring plan using the crack measure devices such as Avongard Standard Tell-Tale throughout the construction period and for an additional period of 10 weeks from the date of commencement of commercial operation of the train or such further time as may be directed by the Director General, Archaeology. In case, it is found that vibration levels at any stage of the construction or operation are exceeding safe limits, construction work/operation shall immediately be discontinued and remedial action shall be taken to ensure that such levels are brought down to acceptable limits. Such actions may inter alia include use of one piece of equipment at a time, during the construction phase, adjustment of train speed, addition of buffers and such other remedial and mitigating measures as may be recommended by the experts; 3) Technical experts shall be present at the sites during the construction phase in the vicinity of the antiquities and special premises with all necessary equipment for monitoring vibration levels. In case, vibration levels exceed the acceptable limits, work shall immediately be stopped, remedial measures taken to the satisfaction of experts and further work shall not commence unless written clearance for resumption of work is given by the experts; 4) An independent and experienced Conservation Engineer shall be appointed to monitor the Project, both during the construction and operation phases. He shall submit monthly reports to the Advisory Committee which shall Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project 112 make such further recommendations to the Director General, Archaeology as may be required to ensure that the Project as a whole is meeting all technical requirements meant to preserve, protect and conserve the antiquities or protected premises; 5) On completion of the project, the train shall be operated on experimental basis for at least 2 weeks on the entire length of the route and the vibration levels shall be monitored to ensure that the same are within the acceptable limits. Commercial operation shall not commence unless written clearance is given by the experts confirming that vibration levels have consistently been found to be within acceptable limits; 6) The speed of the Train shall be reduced while passing near the monuments as recommended by the Directorate General of Archaeology from time to time on the basis of data made available to it; 7) State of the art vibration measuring equipments shall permanently be installed at suitable places in and around the antiquities and special premises to monitor levels of vibration created by operation of the train. Records of the same shall be maintained and regularly checked by a responsible officer deputed to do so; 8) Special teams consisting of qualified experts will be set up which will periodically inspect all antiquities and special premises to detect any damage or deterioration at the sites. Proper records and logbooks shall be maintained for this purpose; 9) Any damage or deterioration shall be reported to the Director General, Archaeology in writing who shall take remedial steps necessary to ensure safety of the buildings and structures; 10) Recommendations of the Advisory Committee (already set up) shall be placed before the Directorate General of Archaeology, who shall take necessary steps to ensure that the same are complied with in letter and spirit by all concerned agencies, contractors, sub-contractors and operators; 11) Where excavation is necessary it shall be carried out in a way that it would not affect any structure or foundation of Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project 113 the antiquities or special premises. Where necessary special arrangements shall be made to stabilize and strengthen the structure of the antiquities and special premises. All necessary safety arrangements shall be made in accordance with the best engineering expertise during excavation, construction and execution phases of the Project; 12) The executing agency shall install accelerometers, velocity transducers, noise detectors and vibration measuring equipment near the antiquities and special premises. The appellant shall ensure implementation of additional mitigation and remedial measures as mentioned in vibration analysis report by NESPAK, Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) as well as in the reports submitted by Dr Uppal and Dr Rogers; 13) Excavation would be carried out in a way that would not affect any of the exposed or buried structure of the Special Premises; 14) In case of any adverse impact to the antiquities or special premises during excavation, construction or execution, the appellant and all other related agencies shall immediately and forthwith stop and discontinue further work, take all possible actions to protect and conserve the antiquities and special premises and in this regard, involve such experts and consultants as may be necessary to ensure that the causes and effects of the adverse impact are effectively removed; 15) A dedicated hotline shall be set up, telephone numbers whereof shall be prominently displayed in public areas around all antiquities and special premises for reporting damage or deterioration observed by members of the public or tourists; 16) In case, any information/report is received by the Director General, Archaeology the same shall be investigated within 7 days and after receiving recommendations (if any) from experts repair/renovation work shall be commenced within 30 days; 17) No building material or equipment shall be stored/stockpiled within protected area of the monuments; 18) No change shall be made in the alignment of the track which brings any part of it nearer to the monuments than the distances set out hereinabove; 19) Dust pollution during construction shall be controlled through extensive sprinkling of water on regular basis and taking such other steps including but not limited to covering the monuments with protective sheets in order to avoid any damage from dust; 20) The design of the viaduct and nearby stations in terms of colour and designing shall be in harmony with the setting and appearance of the monuments; 21) The Hydraulic Tank of Shalamar Garden shall be restored, as far as possible, to its original position and the surrounding area will be converted into a green area; 22) Structures on the southern side of the Shalamar Garden shall be camouflaged through construction of a wall in consultation with the Directorate General of Archaeology. All practicable efforts shall be made to create a Buffer Zone around Shalamar Garden as per proposal already pending in the Directorate General of Archaeology and other competent forums; 23) The decorative motifs of Shalamar Garden would be replicated on the train station near the Shalamar Garden to create harmony with the Garden; 24) The tile mosaic motifs of the Gulabi Bagh Gateway would be replicated on the nearby station of the Gateway to create harmony with the historic Gateway; 25) The area around the Chauburji Gateway would be properly attended and developed into a greenbelt; 26) The decorative motifs of the Chauburji Gateway would be replicated on the nearby station of the Chauburji Gateway to create a harmony with the historic Gateway; 27) The area around the Zaib-un-Nisa?s Tomb would be properly attended and developed; 28) The decorative motifs of the Zaib-un-Nisa?s Tomb would be replicated on the nearby station of the Zaib-un-Nisa?s Tomb to create harmony with the historic; 29) The Respondents shall in consultation with UNESCO and other international agencies prepare phase-wise plan to control and monitor urban encroachments and the process of creating buffer zone around the Shalamar garden; 30) All future projects which directly, indirectly and incidentally involve antiquities or heritage sites shall in the first instance be widely publicized through print and electronic media at least 6 months prior to proposed date of commencement of the project and public hearings shall be conducted to hear objections, if any against such project; and 31) For all future projects, NOCs, licences, approvals and permissions as required by law shall be obtained before work on the project site is commenced.
  15. OnePlus confirmed in its forums yesterday that none of its current devices, including the 3/3T and the 5/5T, will support Project Treble, even after they're updated to Android Oreo. In an AMA on the OnePlus forums, OnePlus confirmed that the OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T won't get Project Treble support. Project Treble is making its debut in Android Oreo, and it's set to potentially be a game changer in how updates are handled. Announced back in May at Google I/O, Project Treble is a new way of handling updates on Android devices. In short, Treble is designed to make it easier for OEMs to update to newer versions of Android. It does this by splitting up portions of Android that don't need to change with updates, such as the work done with part vendors including Qualcomm. © Google This process replaces the existing process that involves a wait-in period for manufacturers in receiving the new software release from chip makers to modify the software specific to their hardware. OnePlus hasn't given a reason as to why it isn't adding this technology as part of the Oreo update that it will be pushing out to its phones. Only devices that ship with Android Oreo installed out of the box will be required to feature Project Treble, and, sadly, OnePlus's most recent phone, the 5T, ships with Android Nougat. © Google Still, Google's first-generation Pixel phone supports Project Treble, and the Essential Phone is attempting to support the feature, even though those phones first shipped with Android Nougat. So it's clear that adding support is possible. Many have been disappointed with the fact that the OnePlus 5T ships with Nougat out of the box. Android Oreo has been out for a couple of months now and smartphone makers like Sony and LG have already started shipping products with Oreo out of the box. It won't be surprising to see OnePlus say that the 5T will receive two major Android updates and this should include the Oreo and N - practically meaning just a year of software support. The good news, however, is that the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T won't be left out in the cold after Android 8.0 Oreo. They (along with the OnePlus 5 and 5T, presumably) are slated to get Android 8.1 Oreo-based firmware 'later'.
  16. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/39ebceea6e0ac5957d1a8582859477c4.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9MTEvMjIvMjAxNyAzOjI4OjEzIFBNJmhhc2hfdmFsdWU9WVIvbjBkWjRnN2ttUGRreDg4MUdrQT09JnZhbGlkbWludXRlcz02MCZpZD0x style=center] KARACHI: Governor Sindh Mohammad Zubair said on Wednesday the delay in completion of Green Line bus project in Karachi is due to the provincial government, however, added the project would become operational by May, next year. The statement was made as the Sindh governor interacted with newsmen during his visit to Karachi's Hyderi area, where he reviewed progress of work on the project. Zubair said Karachi used to be considered as one of the most dangerous cities in the world. "The megapolis has witnessed a miraculous change over the last four years, with major crimes eliminated from the city." He said Rangers performed brilliantly in the city and the purpose to have the paramilitary force in the megapolis is to not allow the law and order situation to deteriorate again, and for the people to remain satisfied. The Sindh governor further said a major chunk of the Karachi package has been allocated for the city's infrastructure. He said the Green Line bus service would be operational by April or May, 2018.
  17. The 'Gates of Light' (Icoon Afsluitdijk) ? an art project made by Studio Roosegaarde to highlight the key functions of the Afsluitdijk (Enclosure Dam) during renovation work ? illuminates the dam near Kornwerderzand, The Netherlands, November 16, 2017. AFP/ANP/Olaf Kraak1 AFLSUITDIJK: Dutch artists unveiled a design and light show Thursday to highlight one of the country's landmark engineering projects, built more than 80 years ago as part of The Netherlands' famed sea defences. As daylight faded, the art project to celebrate the Afsluitdijk ? a bridge that runs 32 kilometres (20 miles) across a gulf in the northern Netherlands ? was lit up by the lights of passing cars driving across the famous divide. The "Icoon Afsluitdijk" project is designed to shine at night "to enhance and safeguard" the dyke's "rich heritage and anchor its position in the world as a Dutch water engineering and design icon", its creators said. Commissioned by the Dutch government, the project consists of a number of art installations, of which the last ? called "Gates of Light" ? was unveiled Thursday. Artist Daan Roosegaarde and his team applied a reflective layer to the Afsluitdijk's 60 imposing floodgates, which allows the concrete gates to brightly light up at night in the retro style of the 1930s when the dyke was first built by hand. There are also a number of temporary installations, including one called "Windvogel" (Wind Bird), in which huge kites generate enough electricity to light up their specially designed anchor lights with luminous colours. The 'Gates of Light' (Icoon Afsluitdijk) ? an art project made by Studio Roosegaarde to highlight the key functions of the Afsluitdijk (Enclosure Dam) during renovation work ? illuminates the dam near Kornwerderzand, The Netherlands, November 16, 2017. AFP/ANP/Olaf Kraak1 Roosegaarde said the structure ? which was completed on May 28, 1932 ? needed a renovation". "We restored the historical floodgates, renovated them, removed the rotten concrete, and added a layer of reflective material," he told AFP. Referring to the importance of dykes, which help keep out the water in a country where 26 percent of the land is below sea level, Roosegaarde said, "Dykes in The Netherlands are as holy as cows in India." The Afsluitdijk (literally, "cut-off dyke") was built to keep out the North Sea and create an inland lake and polders, or land reclaimed from the sea. It secures hundreds of square kilometres of inland coastline inside its boundaries, creating the vast but shallow IJsselmeer, which quickly turned into a freshwater reservoir. Across the dyke stretches a multi-lane highway providing a shortcut between North Holland and Friesland, letting travellers shave almost 300 kilometres from their journey. Even after 85 years, it is still considered one of the world's civil engineering wonders.
  18. Indian fishermen unload their morning catch as sari-clad women carrying buckets on their heads walk past street art that has transformed one of Mumbai?s oldest fishing docks into an exhibition space. Photo: AFP file MUMBAI: Indian fishermen unload their morning catch as sari-clad women carrying buckets on their heads walk past street art that has transformed one of Mumbai?s oldest fishing docks into an exhibition space. Thirty artists from around the world have given the bustling 142-year-old Sassoon Dock, home to Mumbai?s traditional Koli fishing community, a colorful makeover as part of the St+art Urban Art Festival. ?The artworks range from mixed media to graffiti to street-art styles to installations, from using paints to wood to fishing objects,? Arjun Bahl, co-founder and festival director, told AFP. Exhibits include large portraits of Koli fisherfolk ? believed to be Mumbai?s original inhabitants and whose goddess ?Mumbadevi? lends her name to the city ? and brightly painted murals representing women from the community. One installation, entitled ?Parfum Sassoon?, alludes to the dock?s notoriously pungent fishy smell while another has a clear environmental message with its depiction of plastic bottles floating through the ocean. The Sassoon Dock project is part of the seventh edition of the St+art Urban Art Festival which aims to make art accessible to everyone by transforming a public space. ?The whole idea was to bring art to a certain sect of the community who usually don?t interact with art,? explains Bahl, as dock workers push trolleys loaded with fish and boats bob gently in the harbor. Sassoon Dock was built in 1875 and is home to one of Mumbai?s largest fish markets. It is situated in the district of Colaba, in the southern tip of India?s financial capital. The exhibition, which is free to view, opened to the public on November 11 and runs until December 30. It will also feature screenings, talks and tours. Another feature of the festival is a giant, multi-colored mural on the nearby Churchgate railway station showing India?s independence movement leader Mahatma Gandhi stepping down from a train. It was painted by popular Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra.
  19. PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak on Thursday inaugurated Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project, which will be completed over the next six months. The chief minister performed the groundbreaking of the project, which he said would facilitate 400,000 passengers daily. Addressing the ceremony on the occasion, he said the Asian Development Bank provided resources for the BRT project, which is estimated to cost Rs48 billion. "We promised to provide best means of transportation to the people and the project will be completed in six months," Khattak said, claiming the project is "cheaper than similar projects undertaken by other provinces." He said his government has allocated Rs1 billion to compensate citizens affected from the project. "The project will earn enough to pay back loans," the chief minister said, lamenting that corruption was widespread and provincial institutions were damaged during past tenures. "We streamlined the institutions." He said his party has been transforming Peshawar into a "city of flowers" and bringing the change promised by PTI chief Imran Khan in the province.
  20. The 10-storey building may look like a hotel, but it is thought to be the world's biggest large-scale house-share, offering modest rooms and upscale services for hundreds of young adults caught in London's housing crisis. Photo: AFP LONDON: The 10-storey building may look like a hotel, but it is thought to be the world's biggest large-scale house-share, offering modest rooms and upscale services for hundreds of young adults caught in London's housing crisis. The Old Oak building, situated on a canal bank in north-west London, opened in the spring of 2016 and has become a pioneer of "co-living", a concept that is beginning to catch on elsewhere, notably in the United States. "Today in cities, we don't know our neighbours, housing is more and more expensive, we're living behind our devices and this is addressing that challenge," said Ryan Fix, consultant at The Collective, the project's developer. This was no niche market, he insisted: "It's going to be a massive movement in the coming decades." Ed Thomas, who manages the property for The Collective, offers a tour of the 546-room building and its facilities. "You've got a nice spacious room with big window that lets lots of light in," he says as he shows AFP a room measuring 12 square metres (129 square feet). All of the rooms are currently occupied. Some have a tiny ensuite bathroom, with a small wash basin placed almost over the toilet, and a kitchenette. In others, the cooking and washroom areas are shared. Yoga and cinema The Old Oak boasts high-end facilities such as a spa, gym, library, work room, restaurant and even a cinema, which is packed for evening showings of the hit TV series "Game of Thrones". The building is a ten-minute walk from two London Underground stations. And its distinguishing features include its industrial-style architecture and sprawling common spaces filled with colourful armchairs and wooden furniture. There are also communal activities on offer, such as music evenings and yoga classes. The majority of the Old Oak's current tenants are young people aged between 22 and 35 earning an average of £30,000 a year ($40,000, 34,000 euros) ? who might otherwise be sharing a cramped house with strangers. It is common for Londoners to spend "40 to 50 percent of their net salary" on housing, James Mannix, a partner at estate agency Knight Frank, told AFP. "It is extremely difficult to find a place to rent in London and young people are increasingly marginalised," said The Collective's Ed Thomas. "It is very time-consuming, and even once you move into somewhere, the chances that you find a group of people that you get along with are extremely slim. We're trying to tackle that problem." According to Knight Frank, a typical room in shared accommodation costs £1,602 per month in central London and £954 in areas farther out. The Old Oak's prices are largely in line with those of the local area. The majority of the rooms cost between £850 and £1,100 pounds per month, but that includes all bills (energy, internet, cleaning, taxes and common facilities). The largest are advertised at more than £1,400. 'An investment' Adam Saez, a 26-year-old Australian sports trainer who has lived in Old Oak for over a year, sees his rent as "an investment". "I've not only made friends, but I've also done a lot of networking, so I've met lot of people that I now work with as well," he told AFP. Sarah Sinigaglia, a 19-year-old Italian-Swiss student newly arrived in London, agreed. "It's very easy to meet people," she said. "In the evening, you can go downstairs (...) to the lobby or the bar, and there are lots of people like me who are alone." The Collective, whose first shared building was funded by a "Singapore family" for an undisclosed amount, is launching two other projects in east London. One is close to the Olympic Park in Stratford and the other in Canary Wharf, in the business district of the British capital. They are expected to open in 2019, with a combined total of 1,000 rooms up for rent. The Collective is also looking to expand internationally and eyeing different target groups, such as families. Estate agent Mannix said the concept of co-living is "socially a good thing," creating affordable accommodation ? at the same time profitable for the developers ? in a private-sector response to a crisis which the public authorities are failing to tackle sufficiently.
  21. Total´s Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pouyanne said in an interview with International Oil Daily that the company would wait to see the consequences of Trump´s decision, and if there are any laws that obliges it to withdraw from Iran, then it will comply. Photo: Reuters file PARIS: French oil and gas major Total will push ahead with its Iran gas project if the United States decides to slap unilateral sanctions on Teheran after President Donald Trump said he will not certify the landmark Iran nuclear deal. Total´s Chief Executive Officer Patrick Pouyanne said in an interview with International Oil Daily that the company would wait to see the consequences of Trump´s decision, and if there are any laws that obliges it to withdraw from Iran, then it will comply. "If Iran is compliant, if the European Union and China and Russia continue to consider that the JCPOA can be applied, then that means the US would have to take unilateral sanctions and we see what the situation is," Pouyanne said in the interview published on Tuesday. "But we will try on our side to obtain the comfort that we can continue the project, which will be our priority," he added.
  22. File photo The federal cabinet has given a go-ahead to initiation of agreement with Russia for construction of 600MW Natural Gas Combined Cycle (NGCC) power plant in Jamshoro. The cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, on Tuesday approved ?initiation of agreement between Russia and Pakistan on Cooperation for Construction of 600MW Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Plant at Jamshoro,? said an official statement. ?On agreement between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of Pakistan for the construction of 600MW Natural Gas Combined Cycle Power Plant at Jamshoro, the Cabinet authorised the Power Division to negotiate the details of draft Framework Agreement and bring the agreed version before the cabinet. It would also finalise the terms and conditions of the loan in consultation with the Economic Affairs Division (EAD) and the Finance Division,? the statement read. The cabinet also approved signing of Financial Cooperation Agreement 2015 with Germany and Memorandum of Understanding of Pak-China Cooperation in the field of Intellectual Property.
  23. DUBAI: Saudi Arabia?s Public Investment Fund (PIF) will lead the redevelopment of Jeddah?s waterfront corniche in an 18 billion riyal ($4.8 billion) project that will include housing, shops, museums and a marina, the sovereign fund said on Wednesday. The project, to be built over 10 years, is part of economic reform plans that seek to move Saudi Arabia?s economy beyond dependence on oil exports by expanding industries such as tourism and entertainment. The PIF, which is the country?s main sovereign wealth fund and is believed to have about $180 billion of assets, is being mobilized to support many such projects. Its statement did not specify how much money the PIF would invest or how much would come from other investors including the private sector. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia?s commercial capital, is the largest port city on the Red Sea and the main gateway to Makkah, but its appeal to tourists has been limited by haphazard urban planning and a lack of public transport. The government plans a metro system for the city. The PIF?s waterfront project will have an area of 5 million square meters (54 million square feet) and include hotels as well as 12,000 housing units. Construction is due to start in 2019 with the first phase of the project likely to open in the final quarter of 2022, the PIF said.
  24. source: NASA MOSCOW: Russia and the United States agreed Wednesday to cooperate on a NASA-led project to build the first lunar space station, part of a long-term project to send humans to Mars. The US space agency said earlier this year that it was exploring a programme called the Deep Space Gateway, a multi-stage project to push further into the solar system. The project envisages building a crew-tended spaceport in lunar orbit that would serve as a "gateway to deep space and the lunar surface," NASA has said. And on Wednesday the Russian space agency Roscosmos announced that a cooperation agreement had been signed at an astronautical congress in Adelaide. "The partners intend to develop international technical standards which will be used later, in particular to create a space station in lunar orbit," the Russian agency said in a statement. The Russians and Americans would cooperate to build the systems needed to organise scientific missions in lunar orbit and to the surface of the Moon, the agency added. "NASA has already agreed on standards for a docking unit of the future station. Taking into account the country's extensive experience in developing docking units, the station's future elements will be created using Russian designs." Igor Komarov, Roscosmos´s general director, said no fewer than five countries were building their own rockets and systems. "To avoid future problems over technical cooperation, part of the standards should be unified - for a possibility for various countries to work on their craft and dock to the international lunar station," Komarov was quoted as saying in the statement. Russia and the United States also discussed using Moscow's Proton-M and Angara rockets to help create the infrastructure of the lunar spaceport, the statement said, adding that the main works were slated to begin in the mid-2020s. Space exploration - including joint work on the International Space Station (ISS) - is one of the few areas where international cooperation between Russia and the US has not been wrecked by tensions over Ukraine and Syria. The $100 billion ISS, which has been orbiting Earth at about 28,000 kilometres (17,000 miles) per hour since 1998, is the world´s largest space project.
  25. source: Discovery KABUL: Work for building a 10-megawatt solar power plant has started in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar, Afghan power supply company the Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat said in a statement released on Monday. The project costs about 20 million US dollars, with 10 million dollars provided by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the remaining by an Indian firm. The construction will take 12 months, the statement added. Afghanistan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, during his one-day visit to Kandahar province inaugurating the project. According to the statement, the Indian firm, under the agreement, is committed to selling 1 Kilowatt for 3.7 US cents to the Breshna Sherkat, and after 15 years would hand over the solar power plant to Afghan government.