Month: December 2011

Gilgit-Baltistan:Annual Day at Public School & College Gilgit

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Gilgit (ET): A colourful ceremony at Public School and College (PSC) to mark its annual day had the audience spellbound on Wednesday.

The event was held to acknowledge position holders in education, sports and arts.

Students presented an enthralling performance of songs and dances.

It is widely believed that the establishment of PSC in the early 1980s proved to be a milestone in the region’s history, as over 70% of officials serving in influential positions have graduated from this school.

Lt Col. Javed Aslam, the school principal, said, “Keeping our tradition alive, the students have grabbed all top positions in Secondary School Certificate, Higher Secondary School Certificate and undergraduate examinations this year as well.”

Spread over 100 kanals, the school has over 4,200 students, with separate buildings for girls and boys. The school has around 140 teachers. It has 104 classrooms, three computer labs, eight science labs and a library with over 20,000 books.

The government had announced that it would bear half of the school’s expenditure at the time of its establishment, said a member of the administration. However, today the government bears only 12% of the expenses.

Gilgit-Baltistan: Pak-China Border will Close from December 31st

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Gilgit (RP): Pak China border will close for all kind of traffic and business activity from Saturday. According to protocol signed between both the countries the border remain close due to snowfall on 31st December and open on first May every year.

Gilgit-Baltistan: 10KG LPG Cyclinder to Cost Rs.1870 in GB

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ISLAMABAD: Following the bomb-shell of price hike in gas tariff as a new-year’s gift, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) marketing companies increased the price of cheaper fuel for common man upto Rs 5 to 10 per kilogramme (kg) across the country with immediate effect brushing aside the existence of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA).

A cartel of marketing companies of LPG announced an increase of Rs 10 per kg for the consumers fall in the areas including Northern Areas, Gilgit Baltistan, Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA), Balakot, Muzaffarabad, Mansehra, Murree, Swat and some other adjacent areas, following increase of Rs 120 for domestic cylinder and Rs 480 for commercial cylinder in the said regions.

After recent hike in LPG price, the domestic cylinder would be available at Rs 1870 in GB, FATA and adjacent regions, while domestic LPG cylinder in Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Attock region would be available at Rs 1690, Rs 1570 in Peshawar.

Gilgit-Baltistan:GB CM Meets Governor SBP for Setting up SBP Branch

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Karachi (RP): Chief Minister‚ Gilgit Baltistan‚ Syed Mehdi Shah called on Governor State Bank of Pakistan Yasin Anwar in Karachi and discussed matters of Mutual interest. The Chief Minister apprised him the difficulties being faced by the people due to not setting up of a state bank branch in Gilgit Baltistan.

The Governor assured to open State Bank branch office very soon besides establishment of first women bank branch and Agriculture bank of Pakistan. Governor said that loans on easy term will given to the unemployed and educated youth.

He also promised to introduce exchange companies to promote business activities.

Gilgit-Baltistan:GB is Rich in Unique and Valuable Stones

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ASTORE (APP): Minister for Zakat, Usher and Minerals Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Muhammad Naseer Khan Wednesday said the GB  government will exploit the precious stones in the area for generating revenue.

He said the GB is rich in unique and valuable stones and the government is making efforts to materialize this resource to improve the lot of people. The departments of Gems and Minerals is conducting different cutting and polishing courses of precious stones to further equip the local professionals, he added.

Gilgit-Baltistan:Hydro Power Projects to be launched Next Fiscal Year

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Gilgit (RP): Secretary‚ Water and Power‚ Dr. Faisal Zahoor has said that new hydro power projects would be launched in Gilgit Baltistan from June next year to over come energy shortage.

He was talking to news men in Ghizer.

The Secretary said the new projects include Naltar‚ sixteen megawatt and fourteen megawatt hydro power projects of Shargthang‚ Skardu‚ twenty megawatt capacity Chilas and six megawatt scheme in Diamer.

The projects will be completed under public sector development programme.

Gilgit-Baltistan:Holes Developed in the Reservoir of Naltar Power Station

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GILGIT (INP) Power generation in Gilgit-Baltistan  could suffer a massive blow as holes have developed in the water reservoir of 18MW Naltar Hydel power station and fearing that the houses would come under water, more than seventy families have started preparations to evacuate the area.

Residents of Naltar told INP that four holes have developed in the reservoir of Naltar Power station which is spread over an area of 18 kanals. They said water gushing out  and moving towards the local population and in some cases it has entered residential houses. They said the water tank could cave in any time and if that happens, more than seventy houses in Nalltar would be destroyed.

When XEB of the Electricity department Hamid Hussain was approached, he confirmed the presence of holes and said that the department was working to plug them. It may be recalled that the Naltar hydel plant was completed by a Chinese company a few years back. The power house is the single major source of providing electricity to Gilgit. It is feared that if the faults were not removed, Gilgit city could be without electricity in the next few days.