For the first ever in the country, an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) initiate by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to alleviate the disturbing transportation issues.
The Intelligent transportation (ITS) would firstly be introduced at Islamabad Expressway from Zero Point to Rawat. Traffic on Islamabad Expressway signal free corridor would control particularly at different intersections through this system.
Under this project, CCTV surveillance system comprising upon static and Pan-Tilt & Zoom (PTZ) cameras would be installed after every three kilometers (3Km) with the coverage of 500 meters.
Traffic Control Center (TCC) would be established. The TCC connected with field
devices would be equipped with backlight LED Video wall screens, video wall
controller, video storage and core network switch.
The intelligent transportation aimed to perk up road safety and reduce impact of jamming as it will provide up-to-the-minute information regarding incident management, driver information, intended distraction and road work on the Expressway.
The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) launched an online tax profiling system in collaboration with the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) for the audit of assets.
FBR Chairman Syed Shabbar Zaidi disclosed the online tax viewing process and assured that it keeps 53 million citizens privacy at first.
The online portal has a two step verification process. The user can access the financial profile by typing the CNIC and mobile number. After that, a text message appears on PTA-registered phone with a code that you can enter into the portal to continue. The last one step is to Pay Rs500 either through e-sahulat or a credit/debit card.
On every year 5th June World Environment Day is celebrated to create awareness among the communal concerning on environmental issues. This year’s 2019 theme is “Beat Air Pollution”.
Keeping in view the importance of this
day, Technology Times in collaboration with International Islamic University (IIU),
ICIMOD, FAO, IUCN, and NCPC is celebrating International Environment Day 2019
at IIU, old campus, Faysal Masjid, Islamabad.
To mark the day, interactive panel
discussion held on environment theme “Beat Air Pollution”. The honored
panelists are Dr.Zaigham Abbas- Ministry of Climate Change (MoCC), Dr. Ibrar
Shinwari – IIU, From FAO – Faizul Bari and Maryum Shabbir from SPDI.
The moderator Sayyed Paras Ali, Technology Times asked the questions from panelists concerning what are the preparations of Government of Pakistan to achieve this year theme of World Environment Day? Later on, what are the governance issues in management of climate change mitigation? Furthermore, what role media can play to enhance public understanding on air pollution?
Dr. Ibrar Shinwari discussed the academia role in lessening the threatening
air pollution. He added our students must focus on national indigenous problems
while doing research projects instead of opt trendy topics. Moreover, the
looming pollution can be reduced if we plant more and more tress in our
surroundings. He added, environment is that vital component through which we
can generate and decrease GDP.
Faizul Bari emphasized the forest mitigation that twenty seven thousand hectares of forest is decreasing in Pakistan every year, and we have to start preserving our existing forests in order to improve the environment.
He added, FAO’s Chilgoza pine project focuses on the sustainable management of Chilgoza forests in Chitral and districts of KP, leading to the multiple products, services and functions, and reducing Green House Gas Emissions, ultimately improving the atmosphere. Additionally, reducing the use of pesticides, providing alternate energy sources, and the planting of trees, are ways to combat the worsening environment situation.
Zaigham Abbas discussed the
government initiatives to beat the vigorously spreading air pollution. Climate
ministry makes policy draft to combat the ruin. He discussed that ministry
allocate funds for research projects that deals with the climatic change,
environment protection. Furthermore, he highlights that air quality monitoring
stations are functional to grip the polluted environment and plantation drive
is on its way to save the environment.
Maryum Shabbir highlights the SDPI environment and climate change vision. She talks about the core component behind the air pollution. She addressed that “Health” directly impacted by air pollution. The worst kind of bad environment is ‘Indoor’ air pollution like the sprays used for cleaning purposes, carpets these caused serious breathing problems. She added, according to World Bank stats Karachi, Lahore and Faisalabad are the most polluted city.
The sum-up of the discussion marks that everyone’s responsibility is to play role in combating the worsening environment by planting trees, reduction in vehicular emissions, adopting high-tech air quality monitoring stations, most significantly we can bring change to the environment by avoiding Indoor air pollution.
After the panel discussion, many participants
including Maha, Zafar Iqbal, Jamal ud-din, Dr.Ijaz and kanwal negotiate with
the panelists of achieving targeted measurements for the reduction of air
Pakistan was facing serious negative climatic issues. Concerning the need of time the Pakistan’s Ministry of Climate Change has announced to make the Capital ‘Islamabad’ a plastic bag free city by Independence Day.
For the first time, the initiative Climate Launchpad started to tackle the mounting climatic concern. In order to take hold of the first pollutant problem caused by the polythene and plastic bags.
The government’s campaign to prohibit the use of plastic bags in Islamabad by Pakistan’s Independence Day on August 14.
The plan to free the environment of plastic would begin from the capital city starting from the parliament building. The initiative needs grim corporation from every single person to make a healthier environs.
Minister of State for climate change, Zartaj Gul reveal that the heavy fines are imposed if any one didn’t obey the law after the due date. Polythene and plastic bags are strictly banned in capital keeping in mind the plastic free city camapign.
The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad to endorse internship for a period of one year to the Pakistani nationals having bachelor’s, master’s degree or equivalent with at least 2nd division in their academics.
Applications are available at the Higher Education Commission (HEC) portal. Applicants are required to download application form on the given format from the portal and send hard copy of the application form to the undersigned.
The eligibility criteria to apply for HEC internship is that the candidates who have served 02-years or more in HEC as Intern will not be considered for this program.
The stipend to each intern will be Rs.20,000/- per month. Graduates and fresh graduates will be preferred for the internship program.
Last date for submission of application form is 14th June 2019.