BAHAWALPUR: The Secretary, Federal Ombudsman Secretariat and National Commissioner on Children have said that the office of the Wafaqi Mohtasib had compiled reports to recommend recommendations to bring reforms to address maladministration in government departments.
Secretary, Federal Ombudsman Secretariat, Dr. Jamal Nasir and Senior Advisor/ National Commissioner For Children, Ejaz Ahmed Qureshi were addressing a news conference at the regional office of Wafaqi Mohtasib here in Bahawalpur.
They said that following the Swedish ombudsman system, the office of Ombudsman was established in Pakistan to ensure the provision of relief to people in connection with their complaints against federal government departments.
They said that during the last few years, the office of Wafaqi Mohtasib disposed of 75,000 complaints/cases. “Most of the complaints were registered against Wapda, electric companies, Sui Southern and Sui northern gas companies and National Data Registration Authority.
They said that with reviewing the registered complaints, the Federal Ombudsman Secretariat had also been compiling reports to recommend recommendations for bringing reforms in federal government departments and agencies to address the issue of maladministration and corruption.
They said that the office of Federal Ombudsman had also powers to listen to complaints against National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
They, however, said that if applications/petitions were submitted in courts against NAB and FIA, then the courts would listen to those cases and would dispose of them.
They said that the Federal Ombudsman had powers of the judge of Supreme Court and he could take suo moto notice against any federal government departments and agencies. “The Federal Ombudsman after founding negligence of officials of federal departments can recommend inquiry and other departmental actions against them,” they said.
They said that 13 offices of the Federal Ombudsman were working in the country including Bahawalpur office which could listen to complaints against federal departments and agencies lodged by people of Bahawalpur, Rahimyar Khan, Lodhran and Bahawalnagar.
They said that Bahawalpur and other neighboring districts had populations in millions, adding that but, the average number of registered complaints with the local office of the Federal Ombudsman in Bahawalpur was 100 per month. They requested the media to highlight the importance and role of Federal Ombudsman so that maximum number of people could move to the local office of Federal Ombudsman in Bahawalpur to get relief on issues and problems pertaining to federal government and departments.
Meanwhile, according to a report issued by the Federal Ombudsman Secretariat Regional Office Bahawalpur, 624 applications/complaints were registered against federal government agencies including Multan Electric Company (MEPCO), Pakistan Post Office (PPO), Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL), State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan (SLICP) and others. The Bahawalpur office of Wafaqi Mohtasib had disposed of 602 of them.
Rawalpindi CPO visits Ramazan Sasta Bazaar
RAWALPINDI: City Police Officer (CPO) Capt (R) Muhammad Faisal Rana visited Ramazan Sasta Bazaar set up in Chungi no 22 to review the security arrangements, informed police spokesman here Tuesday.
CPO termed the security arrangements satisfactory, he directed to further enhance the security of Bazaars, mosques, Imambargahs and worship places to protect the people during the sacred month.
He directed the police officers to curb crime and to provide foolproof security to the masses during Ramazan.
He made it clear that it was the prime duty of the police to protect the lives and properties of the people.
He said that strict action would be taken against those who found negligent in performing their duties.
Amazon gives e-commerce giant its own internet domain
SAN FRANCISCO: E-commerce giant Amazon was on its way to running its own online neighborhood Monday after the internet’s address keeper granted the “.amazon” domain to the company.
After waiting in vain for years for the US online retail colossus and an alliance of South American countries to resolve their battle over the right to web addresses ending with “.amazon,” the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) this month sided with the Seattle-based company.
In 2012, Amazon applied for “.amazon” and two internationalized versions of the name. Brazil and several other countries put the US company on notice that they were opposed to the idea.
“Due to its inseparable semantic relation to the Amazon forest, that domain should not be, in any way, the monopoly of a company,” the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs argued on its website.
“On the contrary, it is imperative that the States concerned be able to participate in the management and use of the name in order to defend and promote the natural, cultural and symbolic heritage of the Amazon region, as well as foster the regional economy and the digital inclusion of the populations living there.”
ICANN said it balanced concerns of all involved and stalled the company’s application for the domain in hopes the internet firm and member states of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization would work out a solution.
“ACTO and the Amazon corporation have been unable to come to a mutually acceptable solution or agree on an extension of time for continued discussions,” ICANN said.
“In light of this, the board is now moving forward with the next steps laid out… and is directing ICANN org to continue processing the AMAZON applications toward delegation.”
There will be a public comment period as per procedures established for granting new domain names.
The Brazilian Foreign Ministry said it feared the ICANN decision did not sufficiently take into account the interests of the South American governments involved and undermined the rights of sovereign states.
Turkish Airlines marks the 86th anniversary
ISTANBUL: Turkey’s flag carrier Turkish Airlines on Monday marked 86 years of its foundation.
The carrier started its operations with five aircraft, which had 28 seat capacity in total, said the airlines in a written statement. “Today, Turkish Airlines carries hundreds of thousands of passengers across the world with its modern fleet of 336 aircraft,” it added.
The firm was established with the name of The State Airlines Administration on 20th of May, 1933 at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, which was closed for commercial flights after all operations were moved to Istanbul Airport in March. “After expanding passenger capacity and targets, the carrier made its first international flight in 1947 to Athens,” the statement read.
The carrier flies to 309 destinations in 124 countries currently, it noted. Turkish Airlines has 15 subsidiaries and joint ventures, such as Turkish Technic, Turkish Cargo, Turkish Ground Services, Turkish Opet Aviation Fuels, and Sun Express.
The company saw 62.85 billion Turkish liras ($12.85 billion) annual revenue and 4.04 billion Turkish liras ($753 million) net profit in 2018 when it carried 75.2 million passengers with a seat occupancy rate of 82%.
The flag carrier’s total assets were around 109.1 billion liras ($20.7 billion), by the end of the last year.
The Turkey Wealth Fund holds 49.12% share of the carrier, and the rest of the shares are publicly held.