NBP inks MoU with Winrock to offer loans to promote 4 crops in Pakistan

NBP will offer loans to dates, banana, tomatoes and red chilli growers, processors and service in Pakistan

CorpoprateAmbassador/KARACHI: National Bank of Pakistan and the United States-based Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development (Winrock) signed an MoU for collaboration between the two organizations to look at increasing ways and means of credit availability to farmers, processors and service providers and enhancing financial literacy in selected areas and crops. Initial focus will be on four non-major crops namely dates, banana, tomato and red chili. Winrock is being represented via its Pakistan office through the Pakistan Agriculture Development Project (PAD) and is undertaking tasks on value chain development in the four crops in 12 districts (6 each in Sindh and Punjab).

Winrock International is a recognized leader in US and international development, providing solutions to some of the world’s most complex social, agricultural and environmental challenges. It is a non-profit organization that implements a portfolio of more than 140 agriculture, environment and social development projects in over 46 countries.

NBP is Pakistan’s largest public sector commercial bank,providing a diverse range of products and services to the agriculture sector. The Bank is taking initiatives for increasing market penetration and growth in the priority sectors of the economy by developing and strengthening value chains between producers, processors, exporters and financial institutions. The Inclusive Development Group (IDG) within NBP is spearheading these initiatives and is engaged in focusing on financial inclusion of underserved sectors that have significant business potential.

NBP and Winrock will collaborate to bring together their respective experiences and expertise to facilitate farmers and related value chain partners to promote better standards for farming and processing. Credit plays a vital role in enabling the adoption of best practices for improving crop productivity, reducing losses, value addition and consequently enhancing profitability. NBP will collaborate with Winrock to enable credit flow to farmers and agribusinesses thereby enabling the adoption of modern inputs and technologies in the farm-to-fork value chain for the four crops. The effort is expected to result in improved crop productivity, reduced post-harvest losses and consequently increased incomes. Similarly, it will facilitate processors and other potential value chain partners i.e. agri related businesses to acquire new or scale-up existing infrastructure / technology and improve business profitability.The expected outcome of the collaboration between NBP and Winrock is to create a win-win situation for all stakeholders and contribute to growth in Pakistan’s economy.

PML (Qayyum) appoints key leaders to extend its penetration in Sindh

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Corporate Ambassador/KARACHI: Pakistan Muslim League (Qayyum Groupu) led by its President Ameer Muazzam has appointed some renowned personalities on important positions in the party with the aim to reorganize the party in the country. A few days ago, the party has also taken important decisions to strengthen its leadership and roots in Karachi (Sindh), by giving different positions in party to famous dignitaries.

Syed Faqir Hussain Bukhari, Secretary General PML (Q)

Newly-appointed Central Information Secretary Rozina Jalal told Corporate Ambassador that with the consultation of party president, Syed Faqir Hussain Bukhari, Secretary-General of Pakistan Muslim League (Qayyum Group) has appointed Sufi Zahid Hussain Daudpota as President of Sindh, while Kanwar Wajahat Hussain has been given the post of General Secretary Sindh.

Sufi Zahid Hussain Daudpota, President PML (Qayyum) Sindh

Renowned social personality and TV analyst Rozina Jalal has been appointed as Central Secretary Information. Meanwhile, the PML(Q) has appointed Engineer Amjad Hussain Mughal as Central Deputy Secretary General of the party. Likewise, with the approval of the party president, secretary general Syed Faqir Hussain Bukhari has appointed Tariq Hussain Kheero as Vice President of Sindh province.

Renowned social, political personality and TV Analyst Rozina Jalal. She has joined PML(Q) as Central Information Secretary

Rozina Jalal said the new leadership would extend the penetration of the party in the country, including Sindh and strengthen its presence. The party would emerge as a strong political force. Late Khan Abdul Qayyum Khan formed this political party to participate in general elections held in Pakistan in 1970.

Serving Hands supplies ration and clothes to needy before Eid

Serving Hands Organization and Combined Efforts Organization continued thier on going project ” Covid-19 Eid Package Rashan Camps ” at Pir Bukhsh Goth Ghani Abad and surrounding villages. President Serving Hands Organization Dr Sikandar Ali Shaikh thanked Mr Yasir Hashmi and his team of Combined Efforts Organization for combined support to distribute Rashan, Eid Clothes for poor ladies and Food packets. General Secretary Arshad Anwar and Senior Vice President Syed Ibne Hassan of Serving Hands said these little help to these poor people is a preaching of islam and are worth for these suffering community. Mr. Yasir Hashmi added that Serving Hands is also doing a great job since three months during Covid-19 pandemic in providing free PPE kits, Head and Foot covers, Sanitizers, Masks, and gloves for doctors, nurses and paramedical staff. He further added, we will inshallah continue our joint venture with Serving Hands Organization to support our needy people of Pakistan. Qari Hashmat Ullah of Madarsa e Arabia Imtiaz ul uloom appreciated Serving Hands team for the support of the poors of Ghani Abad Goth and surroundings and prayed Allah swt to accept these sincere efforts.



>> سرونگ ھینڈز آرگناٸزیشن اور کمباٸنڈ ایفرٹ آرگناٸزیشن نے ”  Covid-19 عید پیکج راشن کیمپس“ کے ایک اور کیمپ کا انعقاد کیا۔ یہ کیمپ پیر بخش گوٹھ غنی آباد اور اطراف کے گوٹھوں کے لوگوں پر مشتمل تھا۔ کیمپ میں مفت راشن, عید کے جوڑوں اور فوڈز کے پیکٹس علاقے کے مستحقین میں تقسیم کیے گٸے۔ اس موقع پر سرونگ ھینڈز آرگنٸزیشن کے صدر ڈاکٹر سکندر علی شیخ نے  کمباٸنڈ ایفرٹ آرگناٸزیشن کے روحٍ رواں جناب یاسر ھاشمی اور ان کی ٹیم کی اس مشترکہ کاوش کا شکریہ ادا کیا اور کہا کہ ان مصیبت زدہ غریبوں کی امداد عین اسلامی اور انسانی خدمت ہے۔ سرونگ ھینڈز کے جرنل سیکریٹری اور پیمکو گروپ کے چیٸرمین ارشد انور نے کہا کہ مجبور و نادار لوگوں کی امداد عبادت کا درجہ رکھتی ہے۔ سرونگ ھینڈز کے سینٸر ناٸب صدر سید ابن حسن نے بتایا کہ سرونگ ھینڈز آرگناٸزیشن پچھلے باٸیس سالوں سے الحمداللہ معاشرے کے غریبوں کی مدد کے لیے کوشاں ہے اور ہر کارٍ خیر میں بڑھ چژھ کر حصہ لیتی ہے۔ کمباٸنڈ ایفرٹ انٹرنیشنل  کے یاسر ہاشمی نے کہا ڈاکٹر سکندر اور انکی ٹیم پچھلے تین ماہ سے ھمارے فرنٹ لاٸین سولجرز ڈاکٹروں, نرسوں اور پیرامیڈیکل اسٹاف کے لیے بھی مختلف ھسپتالوں میں مفت PPE کٹس, ماسکس, سینیٹاٸزرز, ھیڈ اور فوٹس کورز اور گلووز تقسیم کرنے میں مصروفٍ عمل ہے
>> انہوں نے مزید کہا کہ ھم سب سرونگ ھینڈز آرگناٸزیشن کے ساتھ کھڑے ہیں۔ اس موقع پر مدرسہ عربیہ امتیاز العلوم کے قاری حشمت اللہ نے سرونگ ھینڈز آرگناٸزیشن اور کمباٸنڈ ایفرٹ آرگناٸزیشن کے اس جذبٸہ انسانیت کو سراہا اور ڈاکٹر سکندر علی کے ساتھیوں یاسر ہاشمی, ارشد انور, سید ابنٍ حسن اور محمد سعید کی ان کاوشوں کی دربارٍ الہی  میں مقبولیت کی دعا فرماٸی۔

How PIA plane crashed just outside Karachi airport?

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This is very tragic incident, but how the PIA plane crashed just outside the Karachi airport, it seems very strange and disturbing. When plane was landing, the crash landing option could have been utilised. Model Colony, where the plane crashed, is just opposite the runway and Karachi airport.

Wrong Landing Altitude

According to pilot’s conversation with control tower, the ill-fated plane, while making its first approach to landing was at a higher altitude than the normal. It was at 3,500 feet at five miles. When the pilot was forewarned by the control tower about the high altitude, pilot said he was comfortable with it and was approaching runway 25-L. The aircraft should have been at 1,600 feet at that point.

Why Pilot did not opt for emergency or crash landing when he tried to land the plane although landing gear and tyres were not working at that time? Initial reports indicate that during first attempt of landing, but that was a failed attempt due to fault in landing gear. Meanwhile, both the engines too developed faults that led to crash of the plane. President of Bank of Punjab, Zafar Masood, who was also travelling in the ill-fated plane, however, he has survived and shifted to ICU. He is out of danger now. Zubair Ahmed, another passenger is among the two survivors.

Zafar Masud President of Bank of Punjab. He is one of the two passengers of ill-fated PIA plane A320 airbus who has survived. Second survivor is Zubair Ahmed. About 99 people were on-board, including 8 crew-members, when plane crashed.

NBP donates Rs80 million among 26,000 needy households

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Corporate Ambassador/KARACHI: National Bank of Pakistan has topped up its earlier contributions towards combating coronavirus pandemic by donating another Rs. 80 Million to support over 26,000 financially vulnerable households. The initiative is a part of its on-going CSR plan to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. This generous donation will support over 26,000 households belonging to the disadvantaged segment of society who have been most affected due to the lockdowns across the country. This gesture endorses the fact that NBP as always stood by the nation to promote the well-being of deprived and marginalized segments of the society in Pakistan.

To combat the unprecedented situation in the country,NBP has adopted a multi-pronged approach of giving back to deserving members of society as part of its social responsibility. In the first phase of its efforts, NBP collaborated with Karachi Relief Trust (KRT), a disaster management volunteer group, because of its impeccable track record. NBP’s donation of Rs. 20 million to KRT helped provide rations to over 6,500 households comprising of deserving daily wage earners and their families.

In the second phase of its CSR COVID19 response plan, NBP, in a unique initiative donated Rs. 60 million to five Non-Bank MicroFinance Companies (NBMFCs) for onward donation to their customers across Pakistan whose incomes have been poorly affected by lockdowns. These households have been operating their micro and small businesses financed by small loans from the NBMFCs and due to the current situation their incomes have been significantly reduced. 20,000 deserving households across the country will benefit from NBP’s donation through NBMFCs.

NBP’s strategic partnership with NBMFCs is part of a larger initiative under COVID 19 pandemic to play a leadership role and provide a holistic response including financial support to the Microfinance sector which serves over 7 million households across Pakistan. The Bank has been supportive of Microfinance sector in the past and will now enhanceits focus as part of its Inclusive Development strategy with the aim of improving financial inclusion in Pakistan.

Bhasha Dam construction starting after 20 years

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Special Report Javed Mahmood, Editor Corporate Ambassador/ISLAMABAD

Pakistan government has finally signed an agreement with a joint venture of China Power and Frontier Works Organisation (FWO) for the construction of the Diamer-Bhasha dam. This agreement involves an amount of 442 billion rupees. The agreement was signed on May 13, 2020 and work on the project is will begin within a couple of weeks. The beginning of construction of this mega dam, 20 years after its planning, seems a major achievement of the PTI government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The state controlled Chinese company, China Power, holds 70 per cent stake in this venture while the Frontier Works Organisation, a mega commercial construction company, a subsidiary of the Army Welfare Trust, founded by the Pakistan Army, holds 30pc share. The contract covers construction of a diversion system, main dam, access bridge and the 21-MWs Tangir hydropower project.

The CEO Diamer-Bhasha dam project Amir Bashir Chaudhry and authorised representative of China Power Yang Jiandu signed the agreement on behalf of the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) and the joint venture, respectively. Water Resources Minister Faisal Vawda, Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing, Water Resources Secretary Mohammad Ashraf, Wapda chairman retired Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain, Pakistan Army engineer-in-chief Lt Gen Moazzam Ejaz and FWO director general Maj Gen Kamal Azfar attended the signing ceremony.

The Wapda chairman hoped that the Diamer-Bhasha dam would be completed as per the timelines to cope with the increasing water and electricity requirements of the country. The dam project with a total financial outlay of about Rs1,406.5bn would be completed in 2028, he said.

The eight million acre feet (MAF) reservoir with 272-metre height will be the tallest roller compact concrete (RCC) dam in the world. It will have a spillway, 14 gates and five outlets for flushing out silt. The diversion system involves two tunnels and a diversion canal — all three having one kilometre length each. The bridge — a box girder structure — under the contract will be constructed downstream of the dam structure while the 21MW power plant will be built to meet energy requirements of the project during construction.

Before this agreement, the past three governments wasted 19 years but they could not complete the process of land acquirement for this US$14 billion project.

In last 19 years the previous governments _ of Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif laid the foundation-stones of the Bhasha Dam construction one by one, drummed it well to win the hearts and supports of the general public, but all these governments left the project at the beginning. Musharraf ruled Pakistan for straight nine years, from Oct 1999 to 2008 (before the formation of PPP govt) while Pakistan People’s Party reigned the country for five years (April 2008 to March 2013, while Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) also run the country for five consecutive years, from June 2013 to May 2018, but the process of purchasing the land to build this mega dam could not be completed.

Dasu dam1The PML(N) government paced up the land acquisition process, but its five-year also ended without completing the task of acquiring land. How much serious is the PML(N) government in this project it can be guessed from the fact that it is allocated less than one percent of the total cost of the project in each budget for the dam.

In other words, a dam that was to be completed in 14 years at a cost of $13-14 billion US dollars, its land could not be purchased in 19 years. This is the way our rulers try to solve the energy problem.

On several occasions the former Federal Minister for Finance Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar vowed to build two big dams _ Dasu and Basha Dams to meet the shortage of water and electricity. The PML(N) government arranged conference in Washington to get financial support from the donors and the investors to build Diamir Bhasha Dam. But the World Bank foiled that conference by giving the verdict that the government should carry out the risk assessment of the project that also needed an NOC from India. Just imagine, can India give Pakistan an NOC to build a dam that can change the future scenario of Pakistan.

Experts often say every year that if Pakistan builds one big dam, the country can overcome the annual feature of devastation of floods and produce clean energy and meet water requirements for agricultural purposes.

Regarding the Dasu Hydro Power Project the World Bank had approved $588 million IDA loan to support the PML(N) government to build Dasu Dam, a run of the river hydro-project to be built on Indus River. The project would produce more than 4000 MWs of electricity after completion. The Dasu Dam is expected to be completed in 7 years at a cost of 7 to 8 billion dollars. So far the World Bank had provided around $150 million to Pakistan for this project and now land acquisition is going on at a very disappointingly slow pace.

Interesting to note is that the experts in WAPDA have strongly proposed the construction of Bhasha Dam that will not only store water for agricultural purposes but also produce 4,500 MWs of electricity. WAPDA officials are of the opinion that Dasu Dam is run-of-the river dam that will not store water and it will produce electricity only from the river water.

WAPDA experts have told the government and the WB that Bhasha Dam is expensive and it will take more time than Dasu, but its advantage is that it would overcome water shortage in Pakistan that would ultimately support agricultural and economic growth in the country. But the World Bank had supported Dasu Dam/Hydro Power Project.

Dasu Hydropower Project has the potential of producing 4320MW electricity which will be developed in two phases. Under Phase-I, 2,160MW electricity will be produced which will be extended to 4,320MW in future under Phase-II.

BHASHA DAM

Bhasha Dam is a gravity dam, in the preliminary stages of construction, on the River Indus in Gilgit-BaltistanPakistan. Its foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani of Pakistan on 18 October 2011. Upon completion, Diamer-Bhasha Dam would be the highest RCC dam in the world. The dam site is situated near a place called “Bhasha” in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Diamer District, hence the name.

Upon completion, Diamer-Bhasha Dam would (i) produce 4,500 megawatts of electricity through environmentally clean hydropower generation; (ii) store an extra 8,500,000 acre feet (10.5 km) of water for Pakistan that would be used for irrigation and drinking; (iii) extend the life of Tarbela Dam located downstream by 35 years; and (iv) control flood damage by the River Indus downstream during high floods.

It will have a height of 272 meters spillway with fourteen gates each 11.5 m x 16.24 m. The gross capacity of the reservoir will be 8,100,000 acre feet (10.0 km), with a live storage of 6,400,000 acre feet (7.9 km). Two underground power houses are being proposed, one on each side of the main dam having six turbines on each side with total installed capacity 4500 MW.

In January 2006, the Government of Pakistan announced the decision to construct 5 multi-purpose storage dams in the country during next 10–12 years.

According to the plan, Diamer-Bhasha Dam project was proposed in the first phase and in November 2008, the Executive Committee of National Economic Council formally approved the project. Council of Common Interests Pakistan, a constitutional body representing the provinces, also approved the construction of the dam. The Prime Minister of Pakistan laid the foundation stone of the project on 18 October 2011.

India’s NOC, construction & cost of Basha Dam: In November 2008, the cost of the Diamer-Bhasha dam was estimated at $12.6 billion, now delay in the construction of the dam had raised its cost to over $14 billion. The World Bank has linked funding for the construction of this dam with the issuance of a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) from India _ which, in other words, is nothing but a technical way to say ‘no’ to provide loans for this project’.

Chief Justice of Pakistan raising funds for Bhasha and Mohmand Dams

Former Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar has started raising funds to pave the way for the construction of two dams — Diamir Basha Dam and Mohmand Dam. As the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party of Imran Khan has obtained majority in the 2018 elections, it is being anticipated that the PTI, after formation of government, would pace up its efforts to raise funds on urgent basis to start construction of both the dams.

History & Background of Bhasha Dam project

The initial feasibility study of Diamir Basha Dam was conducted in 1984 by Montreal Engineering Co of Canada. In the year 2000, the Musharraf government decided to build Bhasha Dam and appointed consultants for undertaking a detailed project study in 2002. NEAC Consultants, a consortium of Pakistani consultants with Binnie and Partners of the UK, completed their final report in August 2004, confirming techno-economic feasibility of the project. They also carried out engineering design and prepared project tender documents.

Consequently, Wapda invited expression of interest for carrying out detailed design and engineering and review of work done earlier. For reasons of maintaining project parameters of earlier investigations, and of short lead time, it is standard international practice to prefer for the job the consultants who originally carried out the feasibility study and basic designing. This was not done, though NEAC Consultants offer was considered technically and commercially responsive against tenders.

The contract was awarded in July 2005 to Lahmeyer International of Germany, under a joint venture known as Diamer-Bhasha Consultants. They completed project detailed engineering in March 2008 after review of previous data, studies and investigations done by NEAC Consultants. The Musharraf, Zardari and Nawaz Sharif governments ended without achieving much breakthrough in the construction of this mega project.

(Note: Writer is senior journalist, analyst and former Resident Editor of daily The Nation, Karachi. For feedback and comment, please contact him via email (jchoudhry63@gmail.com) and WhatsApp number 923343939029).

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NBP employees donate Rs20 million for PM’s Covid-19 fund

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Corporate Ambassador/KARACHI: National Bank of Pakistan’s employees voluntarily donated one day basic salary amounting to Rs. 20 million to The Prime Minister’s COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Fund-2020 in support of the Government in combating the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr. Khurshid Alam, Prime Minister’s Focal Person for Corona Philanthropy Drive, in his tweet on Monday appreciated NBP’s gesture for donating a generous amount to The Prime Minister’s COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Fund-2020 to help those who have been left financially vulnerable and to support Pakistan’s fight against the pandemic.

This gesture by NBP’s staff is a continuation of the Bank’s tradition and reputation for participating in national causes. The Bank and its employees have always stepped forward to generously contribute towards matters of national interest. Today, the Novel Corona Virus (COVID – 19 Pandemic) is posing an alarming threat for the country. Living up to the expectations as responsible corporate citizens the Bank’s employees again stood up to share their salary with the less fortunate and under privileged class of society.

This contribution was over and above NBP’s corporate donation of Rs. 80 Million being distributed under its CSR program across the country.

 

NBP’s income surges to Rs108 billion in 2019

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Corporate Ambassador/KARACHI: The 71st Annual General meeting of National Bank was held on May 12, 2020 through electronic means. The meeting was attended by all the members of the NBP Board as well as its senior management and a large number of shareholders.

The shareholders were briefed that for the year 2019, the Bank recorded a solid growth in terms of both balance sheet size and income. Despite a generally difficult year for the economy, the bank’s net mark-up / interest income closed 18.5% higher YoY at Rs. 71.9 billion (2018: Rs. 60.7 billion). The bank also earned non-mark-up / interest earning of Rs. 36.2 billion. Accordingly, total income of the Bank closed at Rs. 108.1 billion i.e. 11.5% higher than Rs. 96.9 billion of 2018. In 2019, total expenses for the year amounted to Rs. 65.7 billion against Rs. 55.7 billion for the year 2018. This amount however included a total of Rs. 7.3 billion of provision related to extraordinary HR related costs.

Reflecting the general trend of deterioration in asset quality observed across the industry in 2019, NBP also experienced an 11.5% increase in non-performing loans. While provision charge amounted to Rs. 14.3 billion, profit before tax closed at Rs. 28.0 billion, being 5.7% lower YoY. The bank has consequently focused on strengthening its balance sheet through this provisioning and through building contingency buffers for a total of Rs. 21.6 billion. Due to retrospective applicability of super tax in 2019, the bank’s tax burden amounted to Rs. 12.2 billion, resulting in PAT of Rs. 15.8 billion.

During 2019, total assets of the bank increased by 11.6% to Rs. 3,124.4 billion, from Rs. 2,798.6 billion a year before. Gross advances increased by 8.7% to Rs. 1,151.3 billion, investment (at cost) closed 12.1% up at Rs. 1,417.6 billion, and deposits grew by 9.3% to Rs. 2,198.0 billion.

The Bank is facing contingencies related to pension benefits of its retired employees, and has filed a review petition where a final decision is still awaited. The financial impact of the subject case has not been included in the instant financial statements as the Bank looks forward to a favourable outcome of the case.

 

The CEO apprised the share holders that the bank is constantly monitoring the situation regarding the swift spread of the COVID-19. Amid the pandemic, the bank is taking all necessary steps to ensure the well being of its employees and customers and at the same time prevent any potential business impact to the economy.

 

The shareholders unanimously approved the Annual Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2019 along with all other items on the Agenda of the meeting.

 

Serving Hands provides PPE kits, other items in Karachi’s hospitals to fight Covid-19

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سرونگ ھینڈز آرگنائزیشن ٹیم نے COVID-19  ” اپنی مدد آپ کورونا سیفٹی پروگرام” کے تحت عباسی شہید اسپتال کے سرجری، گائنی اور میڈیکل یونٹس اور کراچی انسٹیٹیوٹ آف ہارٹ ڈیزیز کی ایمرجنسی میں اپنا ساتواں کورونا سیفٹی کیمپ منعقد کیا جس میں ڈاکٹروں، نرسوں اور پیرامیڈیکل اسٹاف کو بڑی تعداد میں کورونا حفاظتی سامان تقسیم کیا گیا۔ سرونگ ھینڈز آرگنائزیشن کے صدر ڈاکٹر سکندر علی نے کہا کہ ہم اپنے ڈاکٹر ساتھیوں، نرسز اور پیرامیڈیکل اسٹاف کو سلام پیش کرتے ہیں ہم کورونا کی اس جنگ میں انہیں تنہا نہیں چھوڑیں گے۔ اس موقع پر سرونگ ھینڈز کے سینیئر وائس پریزیڈنٹ سید ابنِ حسن اور فانئنشل سیکریٹری سید مسعود زیدی نے عباسی اسپتال کی ڈاکٹر رمشا فرید اور جناب محمد سعید کی خدمات کو شاندار خراجِ تحسین پیش کیا اور کہا کہ ہم وقفے وقفے سے اپنے فرنٹ لائن ڈاکٹرز ، نرسز اور تمام میڈیکل اسٹاف کو حفاظتی سہولیات PPE کٹس، سرجیکل ماسکس، گلوز، اور سینیٹائزرز مہیا کرتے رہینگے۔اس موقع پر امریکہ سے جناب اشعر انصاری نے مشکل کی اس گھڑی میں اپنے پیغام میں کہا کہ کرونا کرائسس میں خدمات انجام دینے والوں کو ہر قسم کی سہولیات فراہم کرتے رہینگے۔ سرونگ ھینڈز کے ایگزیکٹو ڈائریکٹر جناب یاسر ہاشمی نے کہا کہ ہم مسلسل اپنے پاکستانی متاثرین کو راشن اور دیگر طبی سہولیات فراہم کرتے رہینگے۔ عباسی اسپتال اور کراچی انسٹیٹیوٹ آف ہارٹ ڈیزیز کے ڈاکٹروں نے سرونگ ہینڈز آرگنائزیشن کی ان بےلوث خدمات کو سراہتے ہوئے ان کے اس انسان دوست اور حب الوطنی کے جذبے کو خراج تحسین پیش کیا۔

servinghand1In continuation to the Covid-19 self protection program of Serving Hands Organization their COVID-19 team distributed bulk quantity of PPE kits, sanitizers, gloves,masks to the doctors, nurses and paramedics of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and Karachi Institute of Heart Diseases. President Serving Hands Dr Sikandar said we just can not leave our Frontline soldiers alone we have to save them so they can save the patients and the nation. Snr vice President Syed Ibne Hassan and Finance secretary Mr Masood Zaidi of SHO appreciated Dr Ramsha Farid, Mohammad Saeed for their valuable services they said we salute our brave doctors and nurses who are fighting Corona virus
without safety kits we will Inshaallah provide them PPE kits, masks, gloves and sanitizers continuously.
Dr Sikandar also thanked Mr. Yasir Hashmi & Mr Ashar Ansari(usa) for providing PPE kits to Doctors, Nurses and Paramedical Staff.

Family system in Asia, Gulf defeating Corona-virus 

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Special Report By J. Choudhry/Editor Corporate Ambassador

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan

Family system in Asia, Gulf and other countries is proving an important institution in defeating the onslaught of the deadly corona virus. A research points out that family system is one of the elements that is keeping fatalities low. For example, in Pakistan the family system is very strong and the country has reported only 526 corona-related deaths till May 6, 2020, while number of infections is too very low. This number is far less when compared to daily causalities in America, United Kingdom and some European nations.

Similarly, Indonesia, where the family system is also strong, too reported a low number of deaths, 872 till May 6, 2020 with just 12,000 corona-patients. In population, Indonesia is larger than Pakistan with 267.7 million population in 2018. Iran, where family mechanism is also strong, is the only country that suffered a lot from this pandemic. Iranian rulers, however, have blamed America for spreading this virus by terming it a biological attack.

Furthermore, family system in India is also intact largely and the country has reported only 1,694 casualties and around 50,000 corona-patients. Keeping in mind the 1.25 billion Indian population, the coronavirus deaths rate is very low when compared with America, United Kingdom and Europe. Interestingly, Indian population is much more than combined population of USA (350+ million), Europe (747+ million) and UK 66 million. But the strong family system appears one of the key factors that is keeping deaths rate low in India, the second largest country on this planet in size of its population.

Likewise, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Jordan and some other Gulf nations too have reported very low corona-related casualties due to various reasons, including their very strong family system.

United States, United Kingdom, Europe and some other countries that don’t have family system, have reported the highest number of casualties driven by the ongoing pandemic. Top of the list is the USA which reported the highest number of casualties, 72,023 and 1.24 million patients affected by this draconian pandemic till May 5, 2020. Meanwhile, United Kingdom has reported 29,429 deaths, to be the second largest corona victim nation. All the European countries, to date, have reported 257,000+ deaths because of this pandemic, but the number of deaths in each European country is less than USA and UK. This brief research makes it clear that the countries having a family system are least affected by the pandemic, whereas, others have faced frightening rate of casualties. However, the scientists and researchers must conduct more research on this topic to find out the factors that are resisting this pandemic.