PILDAT to hold dialouge between youth and policy makers (Call for youth leaders announced)

pildatIslamabad (Monitoring Desk): Pildat invites applications from youth of Islamabad, GB and AJK who wish to be youth leaders and hold policy makers and parliamentarians to account on addressing youth issues.

Pildat asks, “Do you wish to be the one setting the agenda of a result-driven debate on key youth issues such as Employment, Quality of Education and social cohesion especially in the Educational Institutions?

If you have the capability to set the tone of a candid, targeted and result-oriented dialogue with decision makers, apply to join a panel of youth speakers who will lead the debate

PILDAT-UNDP Dialogue Between Youth and Political Parties on

Democratic, Peaceful Governance and Sustainable Development

at Islamabad scheduled to be held on Thursday, January 31, 2019

Deadline to submit your Expression of Interest (EoI) is January 11, 2018.

GAP NUST announces launch of 2nd Silicon Valley Cohort


Islamabad (Monitoring Desk/NUST): The Global Acceleration Program at NUST (GAP-NUST) is a pioneering acceleration program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State that aims to help post-revenue Pakistani startups scale up globally.

After the successful completion of Cohort 1, GAP announces the launch of the 2nd Silicon Valley cohort.

This unique program will immerse Pakistan’s finest post-revenue product focused startups in the high tech clusters of Silicon Valley for three months, validate their products in the US market and then seek seed/venture funding for them.

Apply now at: https://bit.ly/2ANthGJ Deadline for applying is 6 January, 2019. For detailed information, interested candidates can check via http://www.nust.edu.pk


New projects to be included in GB under CPEC


GILGIT (monitoring desk/Dawn/CPEC center): The 8th Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting of the CPEC has decided to include two hydropower projects, a women university, cancer and cardiac hospitals, a medical college and a logistics hub in Gilgit-Baltistan, besides establishing a special economic zone (SEZ) in Maqpoondas area of Gilgit under the multibillion dollar project.

Chief Minister Hafeezur Rehman was also scheduled to attend the JCC meeting held in Beijing from Dec 18 to 20, but he declined to attend it since AJK prime minister, and chief ministers of Punjab, KP and Balochistan were not participating in it. GB secretary planning and development Babar Aman Babar and a representative of GB Board of Investment attended the meeting.

Talking to Dawn, Mr Babar said the JCC had, for the first time, decided to include a 100MW hydropower project near Karakoram International University in Gilgit, an 80MW hydropower project in Phander area of Ghizer and other such projects in the region. The power projects will provide electricity in the shortest possible time and will be of immense benefit to boost tourism, he added.

He said that an SEZ would be executed in Maqpoondas area by the Chinese companies.

The official said six sectors in GB identified for socioeconomic development would be funded under the CPEC, including agriculture, poverty alleviation, technical capacity building, education, health and water supply.

The China will provide grant for these projects, he said, adding in the first phase, dollar 300 million had been set aside by the Chinese government.

The secretary planning and development said the Gilgit-Shandur road had also been included in CPEC and its feasibility had almost been finalised by the NHA. This road will have great impact upon the lives and livelihoods of the people of Ghizer district, he added.

Mr Babar said remaining portions of Thakot-Raikot road, specially the portion between Dasu and Raikot, would be rehabilitated through Chinese grant.

He added that an alternative road was being constructed above the present road which would be submerged once the Diamer-Bhasha Dam was built.

This will make the journey comfortable for the residents of GB visiting Islamabad by road, especially during winter, he explained. He said that it had been decided to make the Khunjerab and Babusar passes all-weather for which proper feasibilities would be conducted. The Babusar Pass will be made all-weather by constructing an underground tunnel to make it travel worthy during winter season, he added.

The GB secretary planning and development said in near future, the expressway between Hassan Abdal (Islamabad-Peshawar Motorway) and Thakot would be completed, which will be a great gift for the people of GB as the distance and time to travel between Gilgit and Islamabad would be greatly reduced after this initiative.


Telenor announces Naya Aghaz Associate program 2018-19


Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): Telenore through its Naya Aghaz Associate program invites women who are on a career break due to family engagements or any other personal reason and want to rejoin the corporate world. This program aligns with Telenor’s commitment to further build up a diverse and inclusive workforce, where all employees can realize their true potential.

  • Qualifying candidates will be offered a contractual position for 6 months
  • After undergoing on the job assessment in Naya Aghaaz program, Telenor may offer different positions to the top performers.
  • Flexible working hours as per Telenor GoBeyond Model.
  • Womenwith at least 1 year of a career break, currently not working as a full-time employee in the corporate sector organization
  • 2 years of previous work experience in a similar domain is required
  • At least have a Bachelor’s degree

Following roles are currently available and the deadline for application submission is January 06, 2019.

  • Naya Aghaaz Associate – Sales (Multiple Cities) – [Karachi/Interior Sindh, Lahore, Hunza, Jhelum, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Multan] (1 position in each city)
  • Naya Aghaaz Associate (BI & Analytics), Islamabad
  • Naya Aghaaz Associate – Pricing (GEO Marketing), Islamabad
  • Naya Aghaaz Associate – FS Channel Planning, Islamabad
  • Naya Aghaaz Associate (Front-end Software Development), Islamabad
  • Naya Aghaaz Associate (Product Management), Islamabad
  • Naya Aghaaz Associate – B2B System Support, Islamabad
  • Naya Aghaaz Associate (Transport Operations), Faisalabad
  • Naya Aghaaz Associate (Circle Technology – Field Operation), Peshawar
  • Naya Aghaaz Associate (Core & Cloud Planning), Islamabad
  • Naya Aghaaz Associate (Service Experience), Islamabad
  • Naya Aghaaz Associate (HR Facilities Design & Interior), Islamabad
  • Naya Aghaaz Associate (CSR Projects), Islamabad
  • Naya Aghaaz Trainee (HSE, Sustainability), Islamabad
  • Naya Aghaaz Associate (HRBP Commercial), Islamabad
  • Naya Aghaaz Associate Finance (ERP Modernization Project), Islamabad
  • Naya Aghaz associate (Regulatory & Interconnect), Islamabad
  • Naya Aghaaz Associate (Circle RF Engineering), Karachi
  • Naya Aghaaz Associate (Network Sourcing), Islamabad

Detailed job descriptions and other related information can be seen via https://www.telenor.com/career/vacant-positions/

GIZ Pakistan announces paid internships 2019 for females


Islamabad (Monitoring Desk): The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Pakistan is offering paid internship for those females who have done Bachelors or Masters/MPhil degrees in different fields. The selected female interns will work in different cities under GIZ.

More than 20 internship positions have been announced recently and the deadline to apply for these vacancies is January 07, 2019. Interns will be based in Islamabad, Lahore and Peshawar.

The GIZ is a well-known German organization working in different countries of the world. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working in Pakistan since 1963 and has maintained a country office in the capital, Islamabad, since 1990. Currently 320 national and 41 international employees and 1 integrated specialist are working in the country.

Detailed information can be found via


Five star hotels to be built in GB


BEIJING(Monitoring Desk/The News): Vice Chairman, Board of Investment, Gilgit-Baltistan Raja Nazeem-ul-Ameen has said that the construction of five-star hotels would soon be started to attract more foreign and domestic tourists particularly the Chinese visitors in the scenic areas of Gilgit-Baltistan.

The commercial and political attachés from the Chinese Embassy, Islamabad recently visited Hunza to examine the current facilities for the Chinese tourists.

They expressed a need to further upgrade infrastructure and construct world-class hotels, he said while talking to APP here.

He said the local government had contacted the management of Serena and Hashoo groups and invited them to construct five-star hotels for foreign particularly the Chinese tourists.

Raja Nazeem hoped that the construction of first such hotel would start in early next year and expressed the confidence it would help attract more visitors.

Terming tourism as the largest industry in GB, he informed that the menace of terrorism had spoiled this important industry leaving a number of people jobless.

He, however, remarked that owing to improvement in the security situation, around 1.5 million domestic and international tourists visited Gilgit-Baltistan during the last three years.

The Vice-Chairman informed that more than 22,000 foreign tourists visited different areas of Gilgit-Baltistan this year which was significant for the development of the area.

Raja Nazeem who attended the 8th Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) held here last week, said the GB had presented a proposal for the construction of two power projects with a capacity of 100 MW and 80 MW each to be built under the private partnership.

“We have also proposed construction of a road linking Gilgit-Ghyzer-Chitral, Shandur and Chakdra,”, adding, the mode of payment would be discussed in the forthcoming Joint Working Group meeting scheduled to be held in Islamabad in January.

He informed that according to a feasibility report, the GB has a capacity to generate around 53,000 MW hydel electricity at a low cost and added, “We are trying to convince the private sector to come forward and participate in the construction of these projects.”

He said this huge potential could help the provincial government to export electricity in future, provide employment to local and save foreign exchange.

Raja Nazeem informed that the Chinese companies were being convinced to set up hydel power stations to produce up to 5,000 MW in the next three years.

About potential of minerals, he said, the provincial government was focusing to tap the potential of mining to generate employment and earn precious foreign exchange.

He said the forest protection was one of biggest issue.

However, the local government had imposed a ban to stop cutting of tree and illegal sale of wood.

“We have devised a plan to train local people to locally make furniture enabling them to earn a respectable livelihood,” he added

Mimicry works – Shafaat Ali saves a life

mqnIslamabad(Monitoring desk/PT): A man demanding to be made the prime minister climbed a mobile tower in Islamabad on Saturday to call attention to his demands but was rescued later as a result of some quick thinking of the authorities.

According to details, Muhammad Abbas from Sargodha climbed on top of a mobile phone signal tower in the Blue Area of the capital city. He demanded to be made the prime minister of the country so he can improve the country’s economic condition and repay debts within the next six months.

Abbas, who is believed to be mentally unstable, also warned the authorities that he would jump off the tower if his demands are not met.

mimicThe police and rescue authorities said he demanded “premiership to pay off the country’s loans and steer it out of financial crisis”.

When he refused to climb down despite negotiations and assurances from police, the authorities asked mimicry artist Shafaat Ali to talk to him in Imran Khan’s voice.

The local administration established his contact with Shafaat who imitated Prime Minister Imran Khan and successfully convinced the man to climb down safely.

Abbas talked to the mimicry artist for about five minutes while thinking he is having a conversation with the PM and later climbed down after receiving a satisfactory response. To Shafaat’s credit, he convinced the man to give up his protest.

The police immediately arrested the man and shifted him to a nearby police station.