ISLAMABAD: Federal capital’s leading art and cultural organizations have finalized preparations to celebrate Independence Day in a befitting manner on August 14.
Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA), Pakistan Academy of Letters, National Book Foundation, National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) will hold events of national level engaging youth in various activities.
Exhibitions, cultural show, patriotic songs competitions, Tableaus, skits and folk dances will be presented as a part of the cultural show at PNCA.
Colorful puppets will portray the history of the Pakistan Movement in the form of stories to grab the attention of the children and educate them about their history.
The week-long programmes would focus on the freedom movement, heroes of the Pakistan Movement and the rich culture and traditions of Pakistan through performing arts.
Besides depicting the culture and traditions of the country, such shows also educate the youth regarding the struggle of freedom fighters through soft expressions of art, said a PNCA official.
PNCA National Performing Arts Group (NPAG) and China Shaanxi Yulin Coal Sea Art Group would jointly perform on August 14 at PNCA Auditorium to celebrate Independence Day in a befitting manner.
The Chinese artists would present Yangko Dance of Northern Shaanxi dance performance. Other performances will include Run dance performance, Waist Drum performance of Northern Shaanxi “The World Agitation”, Yangko Harvest Dance and Golden snake dance that would be performed by Chinese artists.
Lok Virsa would organize Patriotic songs performance on August 14 at Heritage Museum. Special Independence Day cake cutting ceremony will take place at the Pakistan Monument Museum. Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) also scheduled special programs in connection with Independence Day.
While private art galleries, educational institutions and performing art institutions will also arrange a variety of programmes to celebrate the day in a befitting manner.
From grand cultural shows to art, speech and songs competition, the programmes will focus on serving informative entertainment to people through a visual narration of historical moments of Pakistan Movement and the struggle of freedom fighters.
Terrorism: Military courts finalize cases of 546 accused
RAWALPINDI: Since the establishment of military courts cases of 717 accused terrorists were sent to them by the federal government and out of these 546 cases have been finalized.
According to the details issued here by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Sunday out of the 546 finalized cases, 310 terrorists were awarded death penalty while 234 were awarded rigorous imprisonment of varied duration, ranging from life imprisonment to a minimum duration of five years.
Two accused were also acquitted. Out of 310 sentenced to death, 56 terrorists have been executed after completion of legal process beyond military courts decisions, which included their appeal in superior civil courts and rejection of their mercy petition both by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and the President of Pakistan.
Execution of death sentence of the remaining 254 terrorists is pending, completion of the legal process in the higher courts.
Those who have been awarded death penalty included masterminds, executors and abettors/facilitators of, inter alia, following major terrorist incidents:
1. Army Public School (APS) Peshawar attack of 16 December 2014
(five terrorists executed).
2. Marriot Islamabad terrorist attack, September 2008.
3. Parade Lane terrorist attack, December 2009.
4. Attack on Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) office Multan,
5. The terrorist attack on four Special Services Group (SSG) soldiers,
including two officers, April 2009 (one terrorist executed).
6. Attack on ISI office Sukker, November 2010.
7. Bannu Jail Break, April 2012 (one terrorist executed).
8. Mastung Sectarian terrorist attack, April 2012.
9. Killing of Foreigners in Nanga Parbat, June 2013.
10. Terrorist attack on civilian and security officials at
Chalas, August 2013.
11. Terrorist attack on SSP Chaudhary Aslam, January 2014.
12. Karachi Airport attack, June 2014.
13. Terrorists’ attack on Ms Sabin Mehmood, April 2015.
14. Terrorists’ attack Safora Ghot Karachi, May 2015.
15. Bacha Khan University attack, January 2016.
16. Terrorist attack on Amjad Sabri, June 2016.
Rearing chickens at Govt. farms
MULTAN: About 30,000 desi poultry birds are being reared at a local government poultry farm and the poultry units, each comprising five hens and a cock, will be given to masses on subsided prices, in February 2019.
The livestock department has started seeking applications from citizens, said Poultry Development Officer Dr. Salma Naaz while talking to APP here.
She said the provision of poultry units would enable masses to have additional income. She remarked that citizens interest and queries related to Desi poultry birds, was on increase for a few days as she received a number of phone calls from citizens.
She informed that 11 government poultry farms were operating across the province. Among them, two poultry farms serve as breeding farms and issue poultry birds to citizens as well as other government poultry farms.
After every three months, a new flock of desi poultry bird is being prepared for the promotion of the poultry at the government farms. Every poultry bird of government farm is properly vaccinated and there is no chance of catching up any disease, she added.
She said that citizens would have to pay Rs 1200 for each poultry unit, comprising five hens and a cock. She maintained that market price of such poultry birds was over Rs 2400.
She stated that poor farmers should focus on desi poultry for gaining good economic returns. A desi hen used to lay at least 220 eggs in a year and price of each egg is almost double as compared to market eggs. However, eggs are sold with respect to grading 35 gram, 60 gram, and 70-gram eggs.
It is very easy for farmers to rear desi poultry birds, she said, adding that bits of bread, remains of cuisines, spinach, wheat, rice, maize etc should be given to birds. The commodities are easily available in every home. Children and women farmers can also nurture desi poultry without any labor, she said.
Dr. Salma Naaz further said that farmers could sell desi chicks, after breeding the eggs. The breeding process is also very easy as they could put eggs in an incubator or under a hen for a period of 21 days. The price of each chick is about Rs 50.
She remarked that desi poultry should be kept under lights for at least 16 hours/day in order to obtain maximum eggs. The eggs laying hormones stimulates in daylight or artificial lights. So, farmers should install electricity bulbs at poultry accommodation.
Dr. Salma suggested that students should adopt poultry keeping as a hobby. It would help them managing not only pocket money but also expenses on education, she said.
Minor level focus on poultry is sufficient for poultry rearing and it would not hurt their educational activities, she claimed.
She informed that she knew many citizens who started the business of desi poultry and earned huge amount in south Punjab.
Govt working to bring reforms in FBR: Dawood
RAWALPINDI: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile, and Industries Abdul Razzak Dawood has said that the government had finalized the five-year national tariff policy to bring down tariffs on raw material and machinery imports for export-based industries.
“We are working to rationalize certain taxes, regulatory and custom duties. There are roughly 34 different taxes and we are planning to shrink them to 12 or eight in the next couple of years. This will help us to meet the challenge of one core impediment in ease of doing business and I know business community suffered a lot on multiple fronts with respect to tax slabs and tariff lines.”
Addressing the “Emerging Pakistan“ ceremony organized by the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) at Jinnah Convention Center Islamabad, Razzak Dawood said the government in its first 100 days had kicked off reforms in the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and done a major shift in its working. “We have decided to take policy matters from the FBR,” and now the Finance Ministry would formalize the policy in consultation with key stakeholders, including the business community and chamber of commerce, he emphasized.
He appreciated RCCI efforts in promoting business activities in the region through exhibitions and assured his cooperation in fulfilling their demands of converting the old airport building into a modern expo center and provision of grid station to RCCI’s Rawat Industrial Estate. He expressed the hope that in next 30 days the people would see a genuine change on the economy side as “we have done major shuffling in policy matters pertaining to taxation, exports, refunds, regulatory and custom duties and incentives to the business community with respect to ease of doing business.” World-renowned companies including Exxon Mobil, Pepsi, and Suzuki had pledged more investment in Pakistan, he added.