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  • حلول إنترنت الأشياء من شركة Gemalto تفوز بجوائز Connected World Awards لعام 2015

    Apr 2 • Other Language, Technology, Urdu • 3 Views

    أمستردام، 2 أبريل 2015 — تعمل Gemalto الشركة الرائدة عالمياً في مجال الأمن الرقمي (والمسجلة في بورصة يورونيسكت تحت الرقم NL0000400653 GTO) على تمكين حلين من حلول إنترنت الأشياء التي فازت بجوائز Connected World Awards المهيبة لسنة 2015. وقد أسهمت شركة Gemalto بحلول الاتصالات بين الأجهزة (M2M) القوية وتقنيتها الأمنية لهذين الحلين الحائزين على الجوائز من تصميم Airo Wireless وSOLARKIOSK. تبرز الجوائز تقنية Cinterion® الرائدة في المجال والمملوكة لشركة Gemalto، والتي تحقق اتصالاً عالي السرعة مع خفض زمن الوصول إلى جانب مستوى مرتفع من الأمن لأول جهاز مساعد رقمي شخصي يشتمل على نظام أمني داخلي وينتمي إلى الجيل الرابع من شركة Airo، إلى جانب نظام SOLARKIOSK، وهو نظام طاقة مستقل يعمل بالطاقة الشمسية ومركز تجاري يتيح الريادة المحلية المستدامة والتطور الاقتصادي في المجتمعات عبر العديد من الاقتصاديات الناشئة في أفريقيا وآسيا.

    إن جيل Airo الجديد من أجهزة المساعدات الرقمية الشخصية يستخدم حل الاتصالات بين الأجهزة من الجيل الرابع Cinterion لإتاحة قدرات نظام تحديد المواقع العالمي والاتصال الموثوق والسريع للعمال في المهام الحرجة في قطاعات النفط والغاز والبتروكيماويات وقطاعات الأدوية الصيدلانية والأمن العام وصناعات المرافق. تقوم Gemalto، بالتعاون مع INSYS icom، وهي شريك رائد في مجال التقنية لاتصالات البيانات الصناعية، بالمساعدة في تطوير قدرات اتصالات لاسلكية آمنة وموثوقة إلى تقنية SOLARKIOSK التي توفر خدمات طاقة محلية تعمل بالطاقة الشمسية، فضلاً عن خدمات الاتصال والمنتجات الشمسية والمنتجات الاستهلاكية المتميزة.

    صرح جوان كارلوس لازكانو، نائب رئيس قسم الاتصالات بين الأجهزة وإنترنت الأشياء في شركة Gemalto عن منطقة أمريكا الشمالية قائلاً “نشعر بالفخر لكوننا جزءاً من جوائز Connected World لسنة 2015 بفضل حلول مثل Airo Wireless وSOLARKIOSK. وأضاف “تأتي Gemalto وعملاؤها في مقدمة حلول الاتصالات بين الأجهزة (M2M) وإنترنت الأشياء المتقدمة التي تحقق اتصالاً موثوقاً وآمناً عبر المرافق وأسواق الطاقة مما يعمل في النهاية على إطلاق طاقة إنترنت الأشياء لتحسين طريقة عيشنا وعملنا”.

    تقول بيجي سمدلي، مدير تحرير مجلة Connected World1 “الطاقة الذكية. واختبار الهواتف الجوالة. وتتبع الأساطيل. وإدارة المخاطر. ما هي إلا بعض الطرق القليلة التي تستغل بها الشركات تقنية التواصل لتحسين إجراءات العمل”. وتابعت “إن الفائزون بجوائز Connected World لسنة 2015 يستفيدون من إنترنت الأشياء لإحداث نقلة في خريطة التكنولوجيا”.

    1 Connected World هي نشرة خاصة بالتكنولوجيا والأعمال تلبي احتياجات عمالقة صناعة المعلومات فضلاً عن توفير التوجيهات التي يتطلع إليها المستهلكون. فالأمر كله يتعلق بتقنية الاتصالات بين الأجهزة. www.connectedworld.com

     

    نبذة عن Gemalto
    شركة Gemalto (المدرجة في بورصة يورونيكست تحت الرمز NL0000400653 GTO) هي الشركة الرائدة عالمياً في مجال الأمن الرقمي بعائدات سنوية مقدارها 2.5 مليار يورو لعام 2014 وأكثر من 14,000 موظف يعملون في 99 مكتبا و34 مركزاً من مراكز بحوث البرمجيات وتطويرها، وهي تقع في 44 بلداً.

    نحن في قلب المجتمع الرقمي الذي يشهد تطورات سريعة ومتلاحقة. يزداد إقبال ملايين الأشخاص حول العالم على حرية التواصل والسفر والتسوق والاستفادة من الخدمات المصرفية والترفيه والعمل – في أي زمان ومكان – بطرق ممتعة وآمنة. وشركة Gemalto تُمكِّن الشركات والإدارات من تقديم خدمات رقمية موثوقة ومريحة لهؤلاء الأفراد. ونحن نعمل تحديداً على تأمين خدمات الهواتف الجوالة والمعاملات المالية والإنترنت وحلول السحابة الخاصة ونظم الرعاية الصحية الإلكترونية والوصول إلى خدمات الحكومة الإلكترونية ومزاولة الأعمال عبر الإنترنت ونظم إصدار التذاكر في وسائل المواصلات. يُقدِّر عملاؤنا المتميزون في أكثر من 180 دولة حول العالم محفظتنا التقنية الفريدة بدءً من البرمجيات المشفرة المدمجة في العديد من المنتجات المألوفة وحتى منصات إدارة الحقوق والتشفير والمصادقة ذات القدرات ومستويات الإتاحية العالية إلى جانب فرق توصيل الخدمات عالمية الطراز.

    تساعد Gemalto الأشخاص على أن يثقوا ببعضهم البعض في عالم رقمي تتواصل أطرافه يوماً تلو الآخر.

    للمزيد من المعلومات، يرجى زيارة الموقع:
    www.gemalto.com، أو www.justaskgemalto.com، أو blog.gemalto.com، أو متابعتنا على @gemalto على موقع التواصل Twitter.

    جهات الاتصال الإعلامية لدى Gemalto:

    نيكول وليامز
    أمريكا الشمالية
    8921 758 512 1+
    nicole.williams@gemalto.com

    فانيسا فيالا
    أوروبا ودول الكومنولث المستقلة
    299 129 210 89 49+
    vanessa.viala@gemalto.com

    فيفيان ليانج
    大中地区 (الصين الكبرى)
    1059373046 86+
    vivian.liang@gemalto.com

    إرنيستو هايكويتش
    أمريكا اللاتينية
    9220 5105 11 55+
    ernesto.haikewitsch@gemalto.com

     

    كريستيل تيراس
    الشرق الأوسط وأفريقيا

    89 57 01 55 1 33+
    kristel.teyras@gemalto.com

    بيير ليليفر
    آسيا باسيفيك
    3802 6317 65+
    pierre.lelievre@gemalto.com

     

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  • Internet-of-Things solutions enabled by Gemalto win 2015 Connected World Awards

    Apr 2 • Technology • 2 Views

    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, April 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, is enabling two Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that won the prestigious 2015 Connected World Awards. Gemalto contributed its ruggedized M2M connectivity and security technology for these award-winning solutions designed by Airo Wireless, and by SOLARKIOSK. The awards highlight Gemalto’s industry leading Cinterion(R) technology, which delivers high-speed, low latency wireless connectivity and security for Airo’s first-to-market 4G intrinsically safe industrial PDA as well as SOLARKIOSK’s E-HUBB, a solar powered autonomous energy system and business hub that enables sustainable local entrepreneurship and economic development in communities throughout several emerging economies in Africa and Asia.

    Airo’s new generation of industrial PDA’s uses Gemalto’s advanced Cinterion 4G M2M connectivity solution to provide GPS capabilities and reliable and fast communication for workers in mission critical situations in the oil and gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, public safety and utility industries. Gemalto, together with INSYS icom, a leading technology partner for industrial data communication, assisted with the development of secure and reliable wireless communication capabilities to SOLARKIOSK’s technology that provides locally operated solar-powered energy services, connectivity, solar products and quality consumer goods.

    “We are honored to be a part of the 2015 Connected World awards for solutions such as Airo Wireless and SOLARKIOSK,” said Juan Carlos Lazcano, Vice President of M2M and IoT for North America at Gemalto. “Gemalto and its customers are at the forefront of M2M and IoT innovation delivering reliable and secure connectivity across utilities and power markets ultimately unleashing the power of the Internet of Things to improve the way we live and work.”

    “Smart energy. Mobile testing. Fleet tracking. Risk management. These are just a few of the ways the companies are capitalizing on connected technology to improve business processes,” says Peggy Smedley, editorial director, Connected World magazine1. “The 2015 Connected World Awards winners are leveraging the Internet of Things to transform the technology landscape.”

    1 Connected World is the business and technology publication that provides the intelligence industry titans need and the guidance consumers crave. It’s all about M2M. www.connectedworld.com

    About Gemalto
    Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security, with 2014 annual revenues of [Eur]2.5 billion and blue-chip customers in over 180 countries.

    Gemalto helps people trust one another in an increasingly connected digital world. Billions of people want better lifestyles, smarter living environments, and the freedom to communicate, shop, travel, bank, entertain and work – anytime, everywhere – in ways that are enjoyable and safe. In this fast moving mobile and digital environment, we enable companies and administrations to offer a wide range of trusted and convenient services by securing financial transactions, mobile services, public and private clouds, eHealthcare systems, access to eGovernment services, the Internet and internet-of-things and transport ticketing systems.

    Gemalto’s unique technology portfolio – from advanced cryptographic software embedded in a variety of familiar objects, to highly robust and scalable back-office platforms for authentication, encryption and digital credential management – is delivered by our world-class service teams. Our 14,000 employees operate out of 99 offices, 34 personalization and data centers, and 24 research and software development centers located in 46 countries.

    For more information visit www.gemalto.com, www.justaskgemalto.com, blog.gemalto.com, or follow @gemalto on Twitter.

      Gemalto media contacts:                                                                 
    
      Nicole Williams                  Vanessa Viala               Vivian Liang               
      North America                    Europe & CIS                (Greater China)            
      +1 512 758 8921                  +49 89 210 299 129          +86 1059373046             
      nicole.williams@gemalto.com      vanessa.viala@gemalto.com   vivian.liang@gemalto.com   
    
      Ernesto Haikewitsch              Kristel Teyras              Pierre Lelievre            
      Latin America                    Middle East & Africa        Asia Pacific               
      +55 11 5105 9220                 +33 1 55 01 57 89           +65 6317 3802              
      ernesto.haikewitsch@gemalto.com  kristel.teyras@gemalto.com  pierre.lelievre@gemalto.com

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  • بنك Coop Bank Denmark أول من ينشر بطاقات EMV اللاتلامسية الفريدة المصنعة من مصادر حيوية

    Mar 31 • Other Language, Technology, Urdu • 18 Views

    أمستردام، 31 مارس 2015 – تعلن شركة Gemalto الرائدة في مجال الأمن الرقمي على مستوى العالم (والمسجلة في بورصة يورونيكست تحت الرقم NL0000400653 GTO) عن قيام بنك Coop Bank Denmark، وهو جزء من مجموعة التجزئة Coop المملوكة لأعضائها البالغ عددهم 1.4 مليون عضو، عن نشر بطاقات EMV اللاتلامسية الفريدة من مجموعة Optelio المصنعة من مصادر حيوية. يمثل هذا النشر التجاري الأول من نوعه، بما يعزز من التزام Coop Bank بالاستدامة البيئية. يجري تصنيع هذه البطاقات من مادة حمض اللاكتيك المتعدد (PLA)1 الفريدة المعتمدة على الذرة القابلة للتحلل بيولوجياً بنسبة 100% والمحايدة للكربون، مع الاحتفاظ بإمكانيات الحلول الفنية المبتكرة وعالية الجودة.

     وافقت اتحادات الدفع الدولية الكبرى على الدمج المبتكر بين التقنية القائمة على مصادر حيوية وبطاقات EMV اللاتلامسية. في صيف 2015، سوف تشمل البطاقة كذلك برنامج الدفع الوطني، Dankort. وبموجب الاتفاقية متعددة السنوات، تزود Gemalto البنك بشبكة شاملة فضلاً عن خدمات الإنتاج وتلبية الاحتياجات.

     يجري نشر البنية التحتية لطرق الدفع اللاتلامسية بشكل واسع النطاق في الدنمارك، مع توقع ازدهار نشر محطات نقاط البيعة المزودة بالتقنية اللاتلامسية في عام 2015. سوف تضمن السرعة والراحة التي يوفرها الدفع اللاتلامسي الإقبال القوي من جانب العملاء على المنتجات اللاتلامسية كما أن نشر المنتجات اللاتلامسية سوف يفتح أسواقاً بكراً للمعاملات النقدية ذات القيمة المنخفضة، مما يخلق روافد إيرادات جديدة للبنك.

     تقول شارلوت سكوفجارد، العضو المنتدب لبنك Coop Bank Denmark “بعد النشر الفعلي لأولى بطاقات EMV على الإطلاق المأخوذة من مصادر حيوية تنتمي إلى مجموعة منتجات Optelio من شركة Gemalto، أصبح خطوة طبيعية لبنك Coop Bank أن يطلق أول إصدار من المنتج بواجهة مزدوجة. ونأمل أن يضع هذا معياراً بيئياً وعالمياً جديداً لقطاع البنوك”. وأضافت “لقد كان اختيار Gemalto أمراً طبيعياً تماماً لتوريد هذا النظام، وذلك في ضوء قدراتها المجربة على التسليم وتواجدها المحلي القوي في الدنمارك”.

     وأضاف فيليب كامبريل، رئيس Gemalto لمنطقة أوروبا والشرق الأوسط ودول الكومنولث المستقلة “يتوافق حلنا المعتمد على مصادر حيوية تماماً مع رؤية Coop Bank للأعمال القائمة على الاستدامة الاجتماعية والبيئية”. وتابع “إن الوعي البيئي في الدنمارك مرتفع والناس يتوقعون منتجات صديقة للبيئة في كل مناحي حياتهم، بما في ذلك المعاملات المصرفية. وهذا النشر الجديد سوف يساعد كذلك على تعريف عملاء Coop Bank بإتمام المعاملات بمجرد ضغطة، مما يمهد الطريق لتطورات أكثر إثارة مثل المدفوعات عبر الهواتف الجوالة”.

     1 تُصنع بطاقة Gemalto من مصادر حيوية من حمض اللاكتيك المتعدد، بديل بلاستيكي، وهي بطاقة لا تعتمد على النفط وقابلة للتحلل والامتزاج، وهي كذلك غير سامة حال حرقها.

     نبذة عن Gemalto

    شركة Gemalto (المدرجة في بورصة يورونيكست تحت الرمز NL0000400653 GTO) هي الشركة الرائدة عالمياً في مجال الأمن الرقمي بعائدات سنوية مقدارها 2.5 مليار يورو لعام 2014 وأكثر من 14,000 موظف يعملون في 99 مكتبا و34 مركزاً من مراكز بحوث البرمجيات وتطويرها، وهي تقع في 44 بلداً.

    نحن في قلب المجتمع الرقمي الذي يشهد تطورات سريعة ومتلاحقة. يزداد إقبال ملايين الأشخاص حول العالم على حرية التواصل والسفر والتسوق والاستفادة من الخدمات المصرفية والترفيه والعمل – في أي زمان ومكان – بطرق ممتعة وآمنة. وشركة Gemalto تُمكِّن الشركات والإدارات من تقديم خدمات رقمية موثوقة ومريحة لهؤلاء الأفراد. ونحن نعمل تحديداً على تأمين خدمات الهواتف الجوالة والمعاملات المالية والإنترنت وحلول السحابة الخاصة ونظم الرعاية الصحية الإلكترونية والوصول إلى خدمات الحكومة الإلكترونية ومزاولة الأعمال عبر الإنترنت ونظم إصدار التذاكر في وسائل المواصلات. يُقدِّر عملاؤنا المتميزون في أكثر من 180 دولة حول العالم محفظتنا التقنية الفريدة بدءً من البرمجيات المشفرة المدمجة في العديد من المنتجات المألوفة وحتى منصات إدارة الحقوق والتشفير والمصادقة ذات القدرات ومستويات الإتاحية العالية إلى جانب فرق توصيل الخدمات عالمية الطراز.

    تساعد Gemalto الأشخاص على أن يثقوا ببعضهم البعض في عالم رقمي تتواصل أطرافه يوماً تلو الآخر.

    للمزيد من المعلومات، يرجى زيارة الموقع:

    www.gemalto.com، أو www.justaskgemalto.com، أو blog.gemalto.com، أو متابعتنا على @gemalto على موقع التواصل Twitter.

    جهات الاتصال الإعلامية لدىGemalto:

    نيكول وليامز
    أمريكا الشمالية
    +1 512 758 8921
    nicole.williams@gemalto.com

    فانيسا فيالا
    أوروبا ودول الكومنولث المستقلة
    +49 89 210 299 129
    vanessa.viala@gemalto.com

    فيفيان ليانج
    大中华地区 (الصين الكبرى)
    +86 1059373046
    vivian.liang@gemalto.com

    إرنيستو هايكويتش
    أمريكا اللاتينية
    +55 11 5105 9220
    ernesto.haikewitsch@gemalto.com

    كريستيل تيراس
    الشرق الأوسط وأفريقيا
    +33 1 55 01 57 89
    kristel.teyras@gemalto.com

    بيير ليليفر
    آسيا باسيفيك
    +65 6317 3802
    pierre.lelievre@gemalto.com

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  • Coop Bank Denmark first to deploy Gemalto’s unique bio-sourced contactless EMV cards

    Mar 31 • Technology • 20 Views

    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, March 31, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, announces that Coop Bank Denmark, part of the Coop retail group that is owned by its 1.4 million members, is deploying Gemalto’s unique bio-sourced Optelio Contactless EMV cards. This represents the first commercial rollout of its kind, further strengthening Coop Bank’s commitment to environmental sustainability. The cards are manufactured from a unique, corn-based PLA1 material that is 100% biodegradable and carbon neutral, while retaining the potential for creative, high quality artwork solutions.

    The innovative combination of bio-sourced technology and contactless EMV has been approved by the major international payment associations. In the summer of 2015 the card will also incorporate the national payment scheme, Dankort. Under the multi-year agreement, Gemalto is providing the bank with comprehensive artwork, production and fulfilment services.

    The infrastructure for contactless payments is being massively rolled out in Denmark, with deployment of contactless-enabled POS terminals set to boom in 2015. The speed and convenience of contactless payments will ensure strong customer adoption and the deployment of contactless products will open up previously untapped markets for low value cash transactions, thus creating new revenue streams for the bank.

    “Having already deployed the first ever bio-sourced EMV cards from Gemalto’s Optelio range, it is a natural step for Coop Bank to also launch the first dual interface version of the product. We hope this will set a new global environmental standard for the banking industry,” said Charlotte Skovgaard, Managing Director for Coop Bank Denmark. “Gemalto was an equally natural choice as supplier, with proven delivery capabilities and strong local presence in Denmark.”

    “Our bio-sourced solution fits perfectly with Coop Bank’s vision for a business rooted in social and environmental sustainability,” added Philippe Cambriel, President for Europe, Mediterranean and CIS at Gemalto. “The environmental awareness in Denmark is high and people are expecting environmentally friendly products in every part of their life, including banking. This new deployment will also help to familiarize Coop Bank’s customers with completing transactions with nothing more than a tap, paving the way for even more exciting developments such as mobile payments.”

    1 Made from poly lactic acid (PLA), a plastic substitute, Gemalto’s bio-sourced card is non-petroleum based, biodegradable and compostable, and is also non-toxic if incinerated.

    About Gemalto

    Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security, with 2014 annual revenues of [Eur]2.5 billion and blue-chip customers in over 180 countries.

    Gemalto helps people trust one another in an increasingly connected digital world. Billions of people want better lifestyles, smarter living environments, and the freedom to communicate, shop, travel, bank, entertain and work – anytime, everywhere – in ways that are enjoyable and safe. In this fast moving mobile and digital environment, we enable companies and administrations to offer a wide range of trusted and convenient services by securing financial transactions, mobile services, public and private clouds, eHealthcare systems, access to eGovernment services, the Internet and internet-of-things and transport ticketing systems.

    Gemalto’s unique technology portfolio – from advanced cryptographic software embedded in a variety of familiar objects, to highly robust and scalable back-office platforms for authentication, encryption and digital credential management – is delivered by our world-class service teams. Our 14,000 employees operate out of 99 offices, 34 personalization and data centers, and 24 research and software development centers located in 46 countries.

    For more information visit www.gemalto.com, www.justaskgemalto.com, blog.gemalto.com, or follow @gemalto on Twitter.

    Gemalto media contacts:

    Nicole Williams                  Vanessa Viala               Vivian Liang
    North America                    Europe & CIS                (Greater China)
    +1 512 758 8921                  +49 89 210 299 129          +86 1059373046
    nicole.williams@gemalto.com      vanessa.viala@gemalto.com   vivian.liang@gemalto.com
    
    Ernesto Haikewitsch              Kristel Teyras              Pierre Lelievre
    Latin America                    Middle East & Africa        Asia Pacific
    +55 11 5105 9220                 +33 1 55 01 57 89           +65 6317 3802
    ernesto.haikewitsch@gemalto.com  kristel.teyras@gemalto.com  pierre.lelievre@gemalto.com

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  • Pakistan making hectic efforts to adapt to climate change: minister

    Mar 30 • Islamabad • 5 Views


    ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan, said that the global warming, which continues to unleashed devastating impacts in different parts of the world including Pakistan, has emerged to be the biggest challenge of the present century.

    “The very existence of the mankind has been at stake because of the climate change, for it has increased frequency in flash floods, forest fires, erratic and torrential rains and led to sea-level rise, melting of glaciers at a higher pace, erratic and irregular and depleting river flows and overall environmental degradation,” he highlighted.

    He was addressing as a keynote speaker at the inaugural session of the three-day high-level policy workshop on “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions” (INDCs) – an initiative meant for putting the world on the carbon-free pathway that leads to sustainable development – here at a local hotel on Tuesday.

    The event was attended by top key government officials from environment, water, energy, forest, health ministries and departments and international and local non-governmental organisations. Climate Change and Environmental scientist, researchers, academicians, policymakers and planners also attended the event.

    The minister said that though every country has become vulnerable to the delirious effects of the climate change, unfortunately the developing countries like Pakistan and the least developed like Nepal are the ones likely to be hit the hardest by the unpredictable climatic conditions.

    “No wonder, the world in general and developing countries in particular have started paying the price in terms of more frequent and more intensified climate change-induced calamities, resulting in food, water and energy insecurities the world over,” he remarked

    Talking about the workshop topic of the workshop, the minister said that today’s event on the (INDCs would contribute towards firming up Pakistan’s contributions towards climate change and provide a roadmap on how the country can further enhance its contributions if additional funding is made available under international climate finance.

    Mushahid Ullah Khan warned that failing to adapt to rapidly changing weather patterns for countries like Pakistan and mitigating the carbon missions will badly hurt the countries’ efforts meant for achieving sustainable development goals including poverty eradication, increased and improved access to clean drinking water and safe sanitation, access to adequate health facilities, gender equality, education, energy, economic growth, sustainable consumption and production of natural resources, biodiversity and marine conservation.

    Pakistan is reportedly ranked among the ten most vulnerable countries in the World by the GermanWatch Index 2014, a German-based prestigious think-tank on Climate Change.

    “Nine out of ten the worst climate change-induced calamities hit Pakistan during the last decade, which seriously damaged country’s very initiatives for socio-economic development and caused a huge loss of the life and properties worth billions of rupees,” the minister recalled and warned that such natural calamities would show increased frequency in the country.

    The one single event of devastating 2010 flooding eroded away 6 percent of our GDP, he stressed

    As per the initial assessment of Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Review Mission of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the climate change-related activities are costing Pakistan 5 to 7 percent of its annual federal budget every year, he underlined.

    Mushahid Ullah Khan also highlighted that equally problematic is the fact that the current prescriptions for addressing climate change will have the impact of raising the prices of food, water and conventional energy resources.

    Given the grave scenario regarding climate change impacts, Pakistan, hand-in-hand with other countries of the world, is striving hard to devise a mechanism to keep the increase in our earth’s temperature below 2 degree centigrade as a part of the global climate change agreement to be reached later this year in Paris among the 198 countries that will be organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), he said.

    Pertinent to point out that the 2 degree temperature raise is a threshold whereby any increase in earth’s temperature more than this would put us on the path of irreversible consequences.

    The federal minister said that the world is heading to the UNFCCC’s 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris this year to firm up an agreement, whereby countries would be made responsible for carbon cuts on the basis of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities with Respective Capabilities (CBDRRC).

    Federal Secretary of the Climate Change Ministry, Arif Ahmed Khan, said that “We are at the crossroads and climate change not only threatens sustained economic growth and development but intensifies existing political, social, economic and security challenges.”

    Nationally, a comprehensive policy and strategy has been hammered out to cope with devastating of the impacts of the climate change, the secretary said.

    “Given the country’s extreme vulnerability to climate change, adaptation and climate resilient development remains our essential priority. We have taken steps both at national and sub-national levels towards this end. We have also adopted a comprehensive approach on disaster risk reduction and management,” he highlighted.

    He said that under the UNFCCC, the global Paris agreement to be reached later this year would come into effect in 2020, empowering all countries to act to prevent average global temperatures rising above 2 degrees Celsius.

    Arif Ahmed Khan said that INDCs have been chosen as the vehicle for national contributions to the international Paris agreement. The INDCs reflect a country’s “Contribution” to the global effect to reduce GHG emissions in the post-2020 period. According to its need, a country can chose any mix from four specific types-quantified absolute target, intensity target, and deviation from Business-As-Usual, and set of policies & measures.

    Among others, who spoke at the event, included Director-General of the Ministry of Climate Change (Environment & Climate Change), Former Director-General Pakistan Meteorological Department Dr Qamar uz Zaman, Chief Executive Lead-Pakistan Tauqeer Ali Sheikh and WWF-Pakistan’s senior Director Dr Ghulam Akbar.

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  • PTCL expands CharJi EVO service to Faisalabad

    Mar 30 • Karachi • 4 Views


    KARACHI: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) has expanded its next-generation CharJi EVO wireless broadband service to Faisalabad.

    This high speed wireless service will enable residents of Faisalabad to experience fastest wireless broadband service of the country offered by PTCL. Launched in August 2014, CharJi EVO is Pakistan’s fastest wireless broadband service, providing connectivity at 36Mbps.

    It is an addition to the successful EVO range of services already serving the residents of Faisalabad and users nationwide.

    Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce President, Engineer Rizwan Ashraf was the chief guest at the CharJi launch event which was also attended by a large audience comprising business community including textiles, government officials, media personalities and key representatives of IT & Education sectors of Faisalabad.

    PTCL’s Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Adnan Shahid said at the launching ceremony, “Provision of cutting-edge ICT products and services has always been a conscious pursuit at PTCL. Faisalabad is one of the major industrial hubs of Pakistan, and the high speed PTCL CharJi wireless broadband backed by superior wireless network infrastructure will open new avenues of possibilities and growth for businesses and consumers alike.”

    “Our focus going forward is to ensure that our products and service delivery are simple but effective and the best available in the market. We are convinced that our products will be embraced by large segments of audience which are still not connected to the internet world”, added Adnan Shahid further.

    CharJi EVO service is available in convenient dongles and Mi-Fi clouds providing a powerful internet experience, faster web browsing, HD video streaming, downloads and uploads.

    PTCL Executive Vice President (EVP) Business Zone Central Naeem Shahbaz Ul Haq said, “Launch of CharJi EVO in this region demonstrates our commitment to provide ground-breaking connectivity solutions in every area of the country. The service will enable us to create value and empower our customers further.”

    PTCL Regional General Manager Faisalabad Mohammad Abrar Chaudhary said, “Launch of CharJi EVO is aimed at bringing convenience in the lives of our customers whose demand for high speed internet is increasing with each passing day and PTCL is striving to exceed such expectations.”

    The ease and comfort of CharJi EVO cloud devices with its state of the art Wi-Fi capability and fast internet browsing brings an unparalleled experience, connecting up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously to PTCL’s revolutionary wireless EVO broadband network.

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  • 48 profiteers fined for overcharging

    Mar 30 • Karachi • 4 Views


    KARACHI: In a crackdown against profiteers, 48 shopkeepers were charged with Rs 88, 500 fine for selling commodities above official rates, while two others were jailed.

    Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui on Tuesday said that the campaign launched against profiteers would continue till they ensured that the commodities were sold at fixed rates.

    He further said that city administration had focused those areas where complaints against price hike were received. These areas included Saddar, Garden, Jamshed Quarters, Gulzar-e-Hijri, Liaquatabad, Nazimabad, Gulberg, North Nazimabad, New Karachi, Murad Memon Goth, Shah Faisal, Aram Bagh, Civil Line, Harbor, Orangi Town, Baldia Town, Landhi, Malir, Model Colony and Korangi.

    In the crackdown, 30 milkmen, 10 shopkeepers of general commodities, six chicken sellers and two vegetable sellers were fined for selling essential items at excessive prices, while two persons were sent to jail for continuous violation of official rates.

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  • Zardari seeks preparation for party-based LG polls

    Mar 30 • Karachi • 5 Views


    KARACHI: Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party and former President Asif Ali Zardari has directed the party cadres to prepare for party-based local government elections to strengthen the democracy at the grass-root level.

    He presided over a meeting attended by elected Representatives and office-bearers of Pakistan Peoples Party from Hyderabad and Matiari Districts at Bilawal House today. Ms Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari was also present on the occasion.

    Zardari stressed for gearing up development works including farm-to-market roads to provide facilities to the common man. The PPP Co-Chairman directed Party office bearers to start public campaign and said that PPP will soon hold public gatherings throughout the country in this regard.

    Former President further said that there is a strong bond between PPP and people of Pakistan. The PPP and masses have not left each other in their difficult times and this relationship will last forever like past.

    He noted with satisfaction that following the decision by Lahore High Court for holding lLocal bodies elections on party-basis similar elections will be held all over the country.

    Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, MNA Faryal Talpur, Sherry Rehman, Ministers Sharjeel Memon, Jam Khan Shoro, Makhdoom Jamiluz Zaman, Makhdoom Rafiquz Zaman and others also attended the meeting.

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  • PSMA concerned at order for removal of barriers around schools

    Mar 30 • Karachi • 4 Views


    KARACHI: Private Schools Management Association (PSMA) Chairman Sharaf-uz-Zama has shown concern over the rangers’ order to remove the barriers from the schools’ surroundings.

    Addressing a press conference on Tuesday at Karachi Press Club, he said that after an attack on Army Public School in Peshawar, Sindh government had called a meeting to discuss tong-term security plan for schools, which had also been attended by Sindh Governor, Provincial Education Secretary, Transport Department’s representative, Commissioner Karachi, Private Institutes Director and law enforcement agencies. They had also given suggestions in that meeting.

    He said on 7 April, the board examinations of class ninth and tenth will be started in which about 0.4 million candidates are taking part. He said in this current situation, the examination centers are on the top list of terrorists but after announcement by Director General (DG) rangers to remove the barriers from the public places, concerns had ermerged for the association.

    Sharaf-uz-Zama said on instructions of Sindh government, most of the private schools had arranged the close circuit cameras and installed barriers on their personal expenses to cooperate with administration.

    He appealed to the Sindh government to pay attention on current security issue facing schools and exempt the examination centers from the load shedding.

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  • Seminar on “Water Conservation” at LCCI

    Mar 30 • Lahore • 5 Views


    Lahore: Water shortage can directly hit the economic growth of Pakistan as it is not only the cheapest source of power generation but is also the lifeline of agriculture sector. It is a matter of concern that water scarcity is increasing with every passing day but we are throwing away more than 35 million acre feet water to the sea.

    Pakistan can hardly escape from becoming a big desert, unless drastic measures are taken instantly.

    This was the upshot of the speeches delivered at a seminar on “Water Conservation” here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry on Tuesday. The LCCI President Ijaz A. Mumtaz, Senior Vice President Mian Nauman Kabir, Vice President Syed Mahmood Ghaznavi, Secretary Environment Protection Department Iqbal Mohammad Chauhan, Ali Husnain, Professor Dr. Amir Haider, Mushtaq Ahmad Gill, Director Irrigation Department Ghulam Zakir Hassan Sial and Chairman Sindh Tas Council Salman Khan were the speakers.

    The speakers said that sufficient availability of water is must for sustainable development but in Pakistan per capita availability of water was decreasing because we have water but not enough reservoirs for storage.

    Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Ijaz A. Mumtaz said that with every passing year, Pakistan is getting close to the brink of mass starvation because of a drastic cut in water availability from 5,000 cubic meters per capita in 1950s to 1000 cubic meters in 2010.

    He said that as per World Bank analysis, our storage capacity has gone down to 150 cubic meters per capita whereas Ethiopia stands at 50. He said that India has improved its per capita storage up to 200 which will get further better once under-construction dams start operating.

    Ijaz A. Mumtaz said that these facts call for establishing water reservoirs in the whole country which will enhance the capacity of water storage. He said that the same reservoirs will come handy in case of low and medium floods.

    The LCCI President said that after every two to three years we have to face emergency situation due to floods in Pakistan that adversely affect our economy and push us back many years.

    The LCCI Senior Vice President Mian Nauman Kabir said that Pakistan’s economy is heavily reliant on agriculture sector. This sector engages almost 45% of our work force. He said that our leading manufacturing sector is textiles, which gets basic input from agriculture. Without water, there is no survival of agriculture.

    Ijaz A. Mumtaz said that government has to take steps for the water conservation and its effective use. He said that the efficient use of water through water conservation will reduce the capital and operational costs leading to economic stability and growth.

    Mian Nauman Kabir said that there is no second opinion on it that most of the challenges we are facing today are the result of poor planning done to manage the water resources. It is said that it never too late to mend. If we come up with a joint strategy on water conservation, we can evade severe or may be insurmountable challenges of future.

    The LCCI Vice President Syed Mahmood Ghaznavi while thanking the experts for their participation, said that the LCCI would continue its untiring efforts to highlight the important issue of water scarcity in the larger interest of the country.

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