Laptops for Punjab | AQ Khan at PU

Manufacturing of laptops in Punjab
Lahore, May 03: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Wednesday that China is a great economic force of the South Asia which has a commendable rate of growth.

He said that a substantial improvement could be brought about in information technology, agriculture, livestock, solar energy and infrastructure sectors in the Punjab by benefiting from the economic cooperation of China, which could be helpful in the development of solar panels for domestic use to overcome energy crisis.

He was talking to a delegation of Chinese investors, led by Shenzhen Chamber of E-Commerce chairperson Jennifer Tong, at the Chief Minister's Secretariat, here. Lahore Transport Company chairman Kh. Ahmad Hassaan, the secretaries of Mines & Minerals and Energy, the Punjab Information Technology Board chairman, the Vice Chairman of the Punjab Investment Board and other senior officers were also present.

Talking to the Chinese delegation, the chief minister said that Pakistan and China were trusted friends of each other and their sincere friendship was the guarantee to a durable peace and stability in South Asia. He said that Pakistan could overcome its energy crisis by benefiting from Chinese solar technology.

He said that there were attractive investment opportunities for Chinese investors in bus rapid transit system, solid waste management, information technology and other sectors. He said that special attention was being given to the promotion of information technology in Punjab and 300,000 laptops would be distributed among talented students in the next financial year. He said that Chinese investment in the manufacturing of laptops in Punjab would be welcomed. He said that 42 projects had been started with the collaboration of international companies associated with computer industry for the achievement of the targets of good governance in Punjab.

He welcomed the offer of Chinese cooperation in e-commerce sector and said that e-commerce was an emerging sector in the world which had the potential of vast economic benefits.

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Teachers to stage protest in Lahore
Lahore: Hundreds of teachers from Rawalpindi along with other teachers from all over Punjab will reach Lahore today (Thursday) to stage a protest outside the Punjab Assembly against the concerned authorities for not accepting their demands, said SES Teachers Association Punjab President Muhammad Shafique Bhalwalia on Wednesday.

He said that all teachers of Punjab are struggling for their rights for the last many months, but no one is paying heed to resolve their problems. He said teachers are facing very hard time because of meagre salaries and high inflation. He said teaching is one of the neglected professions now, as they don't have any insurance, homes, plots and any other benefits.

Shafique Bhalwalia said: "We have given our 14 points charter of demand to the Punjab government, but no one is considering it and taking notice of our demands that's why we have decided to stage protest outside the Punjab Assembly."

He said teachers have demanded group insurance, upgradation, maturity claim, charge service allowance and allocation of plots during service.

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AQ Khan urges youth to elect technocrats
Lahore: Renowned nuclear scientist and architect of Pakistan's nuclear programme Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan came hard on politicians on Wednesday and urged the youth to elect educated people and technocrats in the next polls.

Addressing a huge gathering of students in a ceremony organised by Punjab University (PU) Directorate of Students Affairs at varsity's Faisal Auditorium, he said situation of the country was deteriorating but people should not lose hope.

Dr AQ Khan spoke against Punjab government's laptop scheme and termed it a mistake like the yellow cab scheme. He said instead of distributing laptops among students the government should have established computer centres. He also said he had earlier suggested that instead of distributing cabs among people the government should go for establishing automobile industry. He also said he had advised Nawaz Sharif to do business while Shahbaz Sharif to do politics.

He said he had advised the government in 1982 to focus on industrialization and establish automobile industry but the rulers did not listen to his advice and Pakistan was spending billions of rupees on import of cars, mobile phones and other items.

Dr AQ Khan said, "Unfortunately our politicians are making all efforts to destroy our country and it is very difficult to advise them." He also said there was no need to say anything about the people who had been appointed ministers for water, power and petroleum.

In a lighter vein he said after feeling the passion of PU students, he was thinking to take part in the next elections from Lahore. He said, "Defeat of any opponent is possible if we have a dedicated team."

He also said there was a lot of talent in Pakistan while mentioning the world's youngest Microsoft Certified Professional Arfa Karim and Ali Moeen Nawazish. He was of the view that talented people should be provided with guidance and facilities.

While sharing his memories regarding early days of his life and atomic programme of Pakistan, the nuclear scientist said he was so disheartened over the incident of East Pakistan that he left eating food for some days.

Dr AQ Khan said he also wanted to clarify as it was wrongly narrated to the people that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto brought him to the country to start nuclear programme. He added he himself first had written a letter to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to start nuclear programme upon which Bhutto kindly considered his letter and invited him to Pakistan. He said he met ZA Bhutto and gave suggestions to start nuclear programme and went abroad but when he returned next year, he saw no initial task completed. He stated that then Bhutto asked him to remain in the country as it was the demand of the state. He said then he consulted with his wife as he was entitled to a handsome salary, car and a house abroad. "My wife, understanding that no any other person in the world could do this great job for Pakistan, decided to support me," he added.

Dr AQ Khan said but in the next five months, some people created obstacles in his way to start the programme. He said he drew first salary after six months and it was only Rs 3,000. He said he was lucky who got dedicated, patriotic and true team members.

The nuclear scientist said Holland, Germany and England had invested two billion dollars in their atomic programme. He said, "Ghulam Ishaq Khan and Agha Shahi used to ask him as to how could we make it possible? He said but it was a matter of survival of Pakistan.

He said he also wanted to clarify the fact to the people who thought Pakistan's atomic programme was very expensive. He said the total annual budget of the entire project, including installation of machinery, transportation and salaries, was 25 million dollars while one dollar was then equivalent to Rs 10. He also said, "We started atomic programme in 1976 and in April 1978, we successfully conducted first enrichment of uranium and nobody in the world could think of it. He said when they enriched uranium 90 percent in 1983 and in 1984, he wrote a letter to Gen Zia ul Haq, who encouraged him a lot, on record that they were ready and could conduct atomic explosions in one week notice.

He said the nuclear programme was made possible at a time in a country which had no capacity even to making needles and chains of cycles after 64 years of its establishment.

He told the gathering that your elders did it themselves without help of any foreign country. He said the standard of Pakistan laboratories was equivalent to those of Germany and Switzerland. He said Kahotta Research Laboratory was producing such sensitive equipment which was being produced by one or two countries in the world. He said, "We provided arms and ammunition to Pakistan Army at the cheapest rates."

He said the situation of Karachi, Quetta and Frontier was worsening and thanks to Allah, Punjab was in a better condition. He said Shahbaz Sharif was a hard-working man. He advised Nawaz Sharif to join business and leave politics to Shahbaz Sharif. He said Nawaz Sharif had also enjoyed premiership two times.

He praised Punjab University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, saying he was the most experienced professor of physics in the country and no name was bigger than his name in Pakistan. He advised the students to offer Sala'h and read Holy Quran with translation.

PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran presided over the ceremony while Director Students Affair Chaudhry Iftikhar, people from various walks of life and a large number of students were present on the occasion.

In his inaugural address, Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran said that the nation could not forget the efforts and benefaction of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan. He said, "We could have not enjoyed freedom if Dr AQ Khan had not made Pakistan a nuclear power. He said that Dr AQ Khan got the success because of his belief in Allah and tolerance as he started work at a place which was full of snakes.

He said the personality of Dr AQ Khan was a role model for 1.5 billion Muslims in the world. He said had Dr AQ Khan not devoted his life to Pakistan after the atomic tests of India, today we would have been slaves of Hindus. He advised the students to adopt the thoughts and qualities of Dr AQ Khan.

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KEMU contest
Lahore: King Edward Medical University is holding the 13th All Pakistan Bilingual Declamation Contest 2012 on Thursday (today) from 9:00am. till 2:00pm. at Library Hall in Patiala Block, KEMU. Over 50 debaters will be participating from all over Pakistan; from Karachi University to Khyber Medical College, Peshawar. The event is expected to attract an audience of over 400 youth. The prize-distribution ceremony will take place from 12:30pm till 2 :00pm. The news

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