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SIALKOT: Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA) Punjab has planned to promote quail farming as a profitable enterprise for rural women. A plan has been chalked out with an aim to generate employment opportunities and address poverty issues across the province. Official sources told APP here on Monday that quail farming is an income generating rural enterprise in various countries, which does not require huge investment or infrastructure. SMEDA will extend support and guidance to those interested in initiating quail farming in the province, sources added. The plan has defined the role of service providers with focus on provision of latest techniques and information to rural women to create business opportunities for them. Quail farming was started in Pakistan in the seventies with the introduction of breeding stock of Japanese quails. However, quail farming has remained a neglected component of poultry sector in the country, said the sources. Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2012 ...

MUSHTAQ GHUMMAN ISLAMABAD:  Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) has reportedly not cleared anti-domestic consumer policy guidelines regarding LPG air-mix, CNG or LNG-based pipeline distribution projects. Official documents showed that the ECC was informed that in pursuance of its decision of December 26, 2007, the ministry of petroleum issued policy guidelines to Ogra on such projects undertaken by Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL). Currently, SSGCL is supplying LPG air-mix to Gwadar and ...
KARACHI: Two ships arrived at Port Qaim on Saturday carrying palm oil at LCT, wheat (Load) at FAP, a PQA statement here said on Sunday. Berth occupancy was maintained at 35 percent on Saturday where a total of five ships namely M.V Mercy Wisdom, M.V Elicia, M.V Dubai Express, M.T Dond-A-Iris and M.V SN Queen were currently occupying berths to load/offload cement, wheat, containers, palm oil, sunflower seed during last 24 hours. Cargo handling Operations were carried ...
RECORDER REPORT LAHORE: Power shortfall continued the current week as well as, the independent sources claimed the shortfall has exceeded 6,000MW leading to power outages for long duration. Especially, the rural areas were the worst hit, as 20 hours of load shedding is taking place in there with 10 to 12 hours load shedding in urban areas. According to the sources, demand for electricity is 15,500MW while supply is only 8,500MW at present. Short supply of fuel to ...
HAMID WALEED LAHORE: The government's move to wind up the Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) and shift all of its powers to the Basharat Cheema-led Energy Management Cell has confused industrial consumers. They wonder whom to approach for redressing their energy-relating problems. Industry sources said senior Pepco officials had been advising them to divert all their correspondence to the EMC in Islamabad. However, industrial circles had no idea where they should send their faxes or how to ...


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Foreign Debt $61.805bn
Per Cap Income $1,386
GDP Growth 4.14%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-2.311 bln
Exports $2.027 bln
Imports $4.338 bln
WeeklyAugust 15, 2014
Reserves $14.264 bln