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New Zealand sheep meat export rises in Nov 2015

WELLINGTON: Sheepmeat exports from New Zealand for November 2015 have reached their highest level in 15 years. Sheep meat exports from New Zealand in November 2015 were up by nearly a quarter on the previous year at 27,400t, according to the UK’s Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB Beef & Lamb). This high level of exports has been driven by ... Read More »

Tunisia raises Maltese orange exports to France in 2016

TUNISIA: Exports of Maltese oranges to the French market will start on the 11th January 2016, and are expected to increase from 23,200 tons last season, to 25,000 tons. Samir Ben Slimane, Commercial Director of the GIF says that France will take in 90% of Tunisia’s Maltese oranges. Despite the 12% decrease in national Maltese orange production (111,500 tons compared ... Read More »

Dr Bashirullah takes helm as Chief (HRM)

ISLAMABAD: Dr Bashirullah Khan, a BS-20 officer of Inland Revenue Service, has assumed the charge of the post of Chief (HRM), Federal Board of Revenue (HQ). Dr Bashirullah, pursuing the Board’s Notification No.0055-IR-I/2016, dated 08.01.2016, relinquished the charge of the post of Director, Directorate General of Intelligence & Investigation (IR-HQ), Islamabad, with effect from January 11. Read More »

Anwar Zeb assumes charge as Second Secretary-IR

ISLAMABAD: Anwar Zeb, a BS-18 officer of Inland Revenue Service, has assumed the charge of the post of Second Secretary, FBR (HQ). The officer, in pursuance of Board’s Notification No.0056-IR-I/2016 dated 08-01-2016, relinquished the charge of the post of Deputy Commissioner-IR, RTO, Rawalpindi on January 11, 2016. Read More »

Philippine Nov exports fall 1.1% YOY

MANILA: Electronics and semiconductors, the top category in shipments accounting for 54.2 percent of total exports for the month, rose 9.3 percent from a year earlier, the statistics agency said. Other key export sectors in November were woodcrafts and furniture which dropped 9.5 percent from a year ago; machinery and transport equipment that fell 54.1 percent; and other manufactures that ... Read More »

Tiwana says Pakistan seals LNG deal with Qatar

ISLAMABAD: Parliamentary Secretary for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahzadi Umarzadi Tiwana has said that Pakistan has finalised a deal with Qatar for the import of LNG. Tiwana revealed this during the National Assembly’s Question-Hour. He said that Pakistan has finalised an LNG sale and purchase agreement with Qatar and it has been submitted to the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC). He ... Read More »

Gazprom declares Russian gas exports to Europe increase 8% in 2015

MOSCOW: Russia’s top natural gas producer Gazprom said on Monday that its pipeline gas exports to Europe rose by 8 percent last year, thanks to falling gas production in the European Union. Russia remains the largest gas supplier to the European Union, accounting for around a third of its gas needs, despite political tensions over the conflict in Ukraine. Exports by ... Read More »

Honda officially launches HR-V in Pakistan

LAHORE: Honda Atlas Cars Limited has officially launched its new model of CBU SUV, The HR-V, in Pakistan. The event unveiled the all new HR-V to a large number of media personnel. The event was attended by Toichi Ishiyama, President & CEO Honda Atlas Cars (Pakistan) Limited, along with the company management. With a touch of class, elegance and sporty ... Read More »

Kenya Revenue Authority directed to react in imports suit

NAIROBI: The taxman has been ordered to respond swiftly to a suit challenging a new directive requiring importers to acquire a certificate of conformity before goods are offloaded. Justice Isaac Lenaola said he needs Kenya Revenue Authority’s response before issuing any orders on January 18. The case was filed by activist Okiya Omtatah, who accuses KRA of imposing the new rule ... Read More »

Broadband usage up by 12% to 24.48m subscribers in 2015

ISLAMABAD: The broadband usage in the country grown by 12 per cent to 24.78 million subscribers till the end of November 2015 from mere 2.07pc in 2014. Out of total broadband subscribers, 21.68m users were on 3G/4G technology while remaining 1.5 million broadband users were on DSL and another 1.3m on EvDO. This huge uptake in broadband is result of ... Read More »

UK wheat exports fall in Nov

LONDON: UK wheat exports slowed in November but still outstripped imports for the second consecutive month, customs data showed on Monday. Britain exported 137,389 tonnes of wheat in November, down from 195,324 tonnes the previous month. Wheat imports in November fell to 82,404 tonnes, the lowest monthly total so far this season. Cumulative wheat exports for the 2015/16 season (July/June) climbed to ... Read More »

Week-long training workshop for livestock officials

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s emergency response officials will be imparted livestock training in a week-long workshop. The training will be imparted by the two top veterinary emergency response experts affiliated with the international Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) Project. The LEGS Project is partnering with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United States Department of Agriculture ... Read More »

26 oil, gas discoveries may have 1 trillion cubic feet reservoirs

ISLAMABAD: The experts are evaluating around 26 oil and gas discoveries to determine exact potential of the new finds, which may have over one trillion cubic feet reservoirs, official sources in the Ministry of Petroleum said. The govt’s efforts to fulfil the growing energy needs, they said, had started yielding results as 67 new oil and gas discoveries had so ... Read More »

Japan to settle on Lithuanian beef imports

TOKYO: Jonas Milius, the chief of the State Food and Veterinary Service, is meeting Japanese representatives in Berlin this week, he told LRT radio. A Japanese delegation inspected Lithuanian beef processing plants and quality control last May. Lithuania has been looking for new export markets for its food products after Russia introduced economic sanctions on European Union member states. Read More »

Jordan decides to suspend import of potatoes from Egypt

AMMAN: Last Wednesday, Jordan decided to suspend the import of potatoes from Egypt due to them allegedly being infected with brown rot, as reported by the official spokesperson of the Ministry of Agriculture of Jordan, Nimer Haddadin. He said in a statement for “New Arab” that Jordan usually adopts such measures in the event of the appearance of diseases or ... Read More »

China shows interest in increase rice imports from Pakistan

BEIJING: China has shown an interest in increasing rice imports from Pakistan, provided it meets specified import formula quarantine standard. China welcomes Pakistan rice exporters, said Muhammd Yasim, a Pakistani trader, who has been doing business in China for the last 25 years. He hoped that more rice exporters would visit China to find their share in the huge Chinese ... Read More »

US polished diamond imports drop 15% in Nov

WASHINGTON: U.S. polished diamond imports fell 15 percent year on year to $1.62 billion in November, the second-steepest drop of 2015. Diamond imports by weight declined 14 percent to 735,561 carats and the average price dipped 0.6 percent to $2,205 per carat. Polished diamond exports, meanwhile, fell 16 percent to $1.37 billion, driving net imports down 9.3 percent to $253 ... Read More »

Karachi operation to continue until its logical end: Major General Bilal Akbar

KARACHI: Pakistan Rangers Sindh Director General  Maj Gen Bilal Akbar has said that Karachi operation will continue until its logical end. He said that there is no hurdle in the way of the operation and the Sindh and federal governments will resolve their issues amicably. “Despite the ongoing push and pulls, I have been clearly instructed by the heads of armed ... Read More »

Schools should work for developing entrepreneurial spirit in students: ICCI

ISLAMABAD: Entrepreneurship is one of the most important drivers of economic development and self-employment and it should be made a part of schools syllabus to develop entrepreneurial spirit in students from their formative age. This was urged by Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) Senior Vice President Sheikh Pervez Ahmed while inaugurating Annual Meena Bazaar at Hillsdale School, Islamabad ... Read More »

Schools should play role in developing entrepreneurial spirit in students: ICCI‏

ISLAMABAD: Entrepreneurship was one of the most important drivers of economic development and self-employment and it should be made a part of schools syllabus to develop entrepreneurial spirit in students right from their formative age. This was urged by Sheikh Pervez Ahmed, senior vice president, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry while inaugurating Annual Meena Bazaar at Hillsdale School, F-8/3, ... Read More »

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