“No to Single-Use Plastics” campaign cuts 92% of Plastic Water Bottle Use In a Single Year

Zahid Group’s commitment to sustainability spearheads a new standard for environmental responsibility Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — JEDDAH, KSA, 22 October 2023 — Zahid Group, a leading organization across multiple industries, announced the resounding success of its 2022 “No to Single-Use Plastics” company-wide campaign. Since its launch at the end of 2021, […]

Zahid Group’s commitment to sustainability spearheads a new standard for environmental responsibility

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — JEDDAH, KSA, 22 October 2023 — Zahid Group, a leading organization across multiple industries, announced the resounding success of its 2022 “No to Single-Use Plastics” company-wide campaign. Since its launch at the end of 2021, Zahid Group has made significant strides in creating a corporate-wide change that aligns with its commitment to the community and the planet.

Targeting specific items where lasting change could be achieved, based on pre-pandemic usage in 2019, Zahid Group reduced its overall single-use plastic (SUP) use by 61% in 2022 in its 1st-year rollout. The initiative started by focusing on SUP kitchen utensils, bags, wrapping, and water bottles. As part of the initiative, the Group distributed stainless steel water bottles, fabric tote bags, and ceramic mugs with the initiative logo to all employees across the group companies, encouraging the use of reusable alternatives and the active participation of employees across all locations in Saudi Arabia.

In particular, the use of plastic water bottles plummeted by 92%, saving an average of 30 water bottles per hour over the first year. This achievement alone prevents over 8 tons of SUP pollution every year. 86% fewer plastic kitchen utensils were used, reducing waste by around 1.2 kg per hour on average over the entire year. Furthermore, plastic bag/wrapping use was cut by 46%, reducing another 11 tons of SUP waste.

As the Group accelerates in post-pandemic activity and can see how valuable the campaign has already been, goals for 2023 have been set even higher. Zayd M. Zahid, CEO, stated, “As a leading organization with a relentless focus on quality, best-in-class practices, and unwavering commitment to delivering excellence in all that we do, it is through the combined impact of our efforts as well as driving wider change that we set an example for others in our communities, both personal and professional. This is for all of us.”

Zahid Group is now encouraging others to join the initiative to eliminate the use of single-use plastic in their organizations and offering a royalty-free creative license to use the campaign identity and logo. The word “pLAstic” in the logo emphasizes the word لا (LA), which means “no” in Arabic, saying no to single-use plastics for our community and our planet. The logo, internal campaign strategy, lessons learned, and all the awareness campaign material have also been freely available. These can be found at www.zahid.com/plastic/

Zahid Group’s successful implementation of the “No to Single-Use Plastics” campaign showcases the company’s commitment to environmental responsibility. Through the collective efforts of its employees, Zahid Group has demonstrated that businesses can effect positive change and contribute to a more sustainable future.

About Zahid Group:

Zahid Group is a privately held organization headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for over a century.  It employs more than 5,000 people and is a leading player in multiple industries, including energy & utilities, heavy machinery, financial services, industrial manufacturing, transport, and hospitality. The company is partnered with global brands such as Caterpillar, Volvo, Renault, and TotalEnergies.

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Govt announces three-pronged strategy to eliminate polio virus

Minister for National Health Services Dr Nadeem Jan has announced the three-pronged strategy to successfully interrupt the circulation of polio virus in the country and join the ranks of the polio-free country.Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad today, …

Minister for National Health Services Dr Nadeem Jan has announced the three-pronged strategy to successfully interrupt the circulation of polio virus in the country and join the ranks of the polio-free country.

Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad today, he said localized operational hubs are being established in Bannu as three out of four polio cases have been surfaced over there. He vowed to make these hubs well-resourced by providing additional resources and health experts.

Highlighting the effectiveness of an integrated approach to combat the circulation of polio virus, the Health Minister said polio drops are being administered to the children less than five years country wide with the supplementary doses of vital vitamins.

Nadeem Jan said government has devised a communication strategy with the major focus to remove all the misconceptions in the minds of general public related to the inoculation of polio drops.

Paying rich tribute to the polio workers, who are offering voluntary services by putting their lives into the risk, he said their services will be used further in nutrition, family planning and Health Hygiene after the eradication of polio virus in the country.

Source: Radio Pakistan

More Flights Cancelled as PIA Fails to Arrange Fuel Again

The financial woes of the national flag carrier continue to take a toll on passengers as more flights were cancelled on Sunday due to unavailability of fuel.According to a report by a local media outlet, 26 flights of Pakistan International Airlines (…

The financial woes of the national flag carrier continue to take a toll on passengers as more flights were cancelled on Sunday due to unavailability of fuel.

According to a report by a local media outlet, 26 flights of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) were cancelled today as the national flag carrier was unable to arrange fuel due to its crippling financial issues.

Quoting sources, the report said that flights were cancelled from Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, and a number of other cities after the Pakistan State Oil (PSO) reduced the fuel supply to PIA.

PIA’s administration is looking into the issue and expects that fuel supply will be restored soon, the report said further quoting a PIA spokesperson. The spokesperson further said that passengers who have faced flight cancellation are being provided alternate flights.

However, some local media outlets claimed that all flights of the national flag carrier have been suspended due to the unavailability of fuel.

After the suspension of flights during the past week, PIA said Friday that flight operations are back to normal schedule as it has secured funds for the purchase of fuel.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Thousands of Exporters Forced to Rely on Manual Processing for Sales Tax Refund Claims

Thousands of exporters who do not fall under the category of five export-oriented sectors cannot process their sales tax refund claims under the FASTER system now.This means that the exporters who do not fall under the category of five export-oriented…

Thousands of exporters who do not fall under the category of five export-oriented sectors cannot process their sales tax refund claims under the FASTER system now.

This means that the exporters who do not fall under the category of five export-oriented sectors will be required to contact field offices for manual processing/verification of their sales tax refund claims.

The FBR has received a letter from the exporters about their apprehensions on the manual processing of the sales tax refund claims.

After more than four years of smooth functioning of FASTER system, the said system has not started rejecting sales tax refund claims of exporters of other than erstwhile zero-rated goods with the following message as reason for rejection, “The FASTER system exclusively handles the sales tax refund claims filed by the exporters of five export-oriented sectors on account of export of goods, as per rule 39B of the Sales Tax Rules, 2006”.

Due to sudden restriction on processing of sales tax refunds of other sectors through FASTER system, exporters will now have to approach tax officers for manual processing of their refund claim, which will exponentially increase taxman-taxpayer intervention.

Meanwhile, the FBR has asked the taxpayers to file non-export-related sales tax refunds, involving multi-tax period (carry forward based refunds), through Expeditious Refund System (ERS) or STARR system up to June 2024.

According to the FBR’s instructions, whereas, registered persons claiming non-export and/or input tax carry-forward based sales tax refunds in terms of rule 34 of the Sales Tax Rules, 2006, are required to file such claims through submission of Form-7A with Sales Tax Return.

The said form is not enabled and registered persons claiming refund under the aforesaid rule are facing difficulties in filing of refund claim through Form STR7A. The non-export claims require scrutiny and cannot be processed in tandem with export-based claims through FASTER.

Now, therefore, in order to remove the difficulty in implementing the provisions of rules and to address refund issues faced by the registered persons, in exercise of powers conferred under section 55 of the Sales Tax Act, 1990, the Board has allowed filing of carry-forward based non-export related refunds through RCPS at tax offices in STARR or through Expeditious Refund System (ERS) up to June 2024 or till the time Form 7A is made available online.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Price of Gold in Pakistan Goes up by Rs. 6,350 Per Tola in Outgoing Week

The price of gold in Pakistan registered an increase of Rs. 6,350 tola in the outgoing week.According to the data released by the All-Pakistan Gems and Jewellers Association (APGJA), the price of gold (24 carats) went down by Rs. 150 per tola to Rs. 2…

The price of gold in Pakistan registered an increase of Rs. 6,350 tola in the outgoing week.

According to the data released by the All-Pakistan Gems and Jewellers Association (APGJA), the price of gold (24 carats) went down by Rs. 150 per tola to Rs. 208,350 while the price of 10 grams dropped by Rs. 129 to Rs. 178,626 on Saturday.

The price of the previous metal decreased by Rs. 1,900 per tola on Monday, however, the rates were not issued on Tuesday as traders remained unsure about the new pricing mechanism. Wednesday saw the price go up by Rs. 6,400 per tola before a slight decline on Thursday when the price dropped by Rs. 200 per tola. On Friday, the price surged by Rs. 2,200 per tola. Despite the slight decline on Saturday, cumulatively, the price of the precious metal rose by Rs. 6,350 per tola during the week.

It is pertinent to mention here that gold traders in Pakistan have adopted a new pricing formula for gold based on interbank trading. Under the formula, a premium of $20 will be charged on international prices, and for the calculation of price interbank rate of the US dollar will be used.

The aim of the new pricing mechanism is to bring uniformity in the price of gold across the country.

Source: Pro Pakistani

PTA Receives Over 13,500 Complaints Against Telecom Companies in September

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) received 13,596 complaints from telecom consumers against different telecom operators and cellular operators in September 2023, out of which 13,459 (99 percent) were resolved.Official data revealed that t…

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) received 13,596 complaints from telecom consumers against different telecom operators and cellular operators in September 2023, out of which 13,459 (99 percent) were resolved.

Official data revealed that the complaints were received against various telecom operators, including cellular mobile operators (CMOs), Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), long-distance international (LDI) operators, wireless local loop (WLL) operators, and internet service providers (ISPs), during September.

Cellular mobile subscribers constitute a major part of the overall telecom subscriber base. Therefore, the maximum number of complaints belongs to this segment. The total number of complaints against CMOs by September stood at 13,077, out of which 12,971 (99.2 percent) were addressed.

According to the PTA data, 6,117 complaints were received against Jazz, out of which 6,072 (99 percent) were resolved. Further, 2,241 complaints against Telenor were received, out of which 2,224 (99.2 percent) were resolved. Likewise, 3,365 complaints were received against Zong, out of which 3,342 (99.6 percent) were addressed. A total of 1,357 complaints were received against Ufone, out of which 1,327 (97.8 percent) were resolved.

The PTA also received 125 complaints against basic telephony, out of which 114 were addressed during September with a resolution rate of 91.2 percent. Furthermore, 388 complaints were received against ISPs, out of which 368 (94.8 percent) were addressed.

Source: Pro Pakistani

3G/4G Users in Pakistan Increase by 0.32 Million in September

The number of 3G and 4G users in Pakistan increased by 0.320 million from 126.610 million by the end of August 2023 to 126.930 million by the end of September, according to data released by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).The Monthly Ne…

The number of 3G and 4G users in Pakistan increased by 0.320 million from 126.610 million by the end of August 2023 to 126.930 million by the end of September, according to data released by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

The Monthly Next Generation Mobile Service (NGMS) penetration increased from 53.1 percent by the end of August to 53.14 percent by the end of September.

Jazz’s total count for 3G users declined from 4.148 million by the end of August to 3.893 million by the end of September while 4G users increased from 43.010 million by the end of August to 43.162 million by the end of September.

Zong’s 3G subscribers decreased from 2.425 million by the end of August to 2.378 million by the end of September while the number of 4G users increased from 33.269 million by the end of August to 33.494 million by the end of September.

Telenor’s 3G subscribers decreased from 2.720 million by the end of August to 2.656 million by the end of September while the number of 4G users of Telenor increased from 23.260 million by the end of August to 23.320 million by the end of September.

Ufone’s 3G users stood at 2.481 million by the end of September compared to 2.676 million by the end of August. The number of 4G users of Ufone increased from 13.616 million by the end of August to 14.044 million by the end of September.

The number of cellular subscribers in Pakistan decreased from 190.44 million by the end of August 2023 to 189.740 million by the end of September 2023.

The cellular teledensity has declined from 79.87 percent by the end of August 2023 to 79.44 percent by the end of September. Total teledensity decreased from 80.95 percent by the end of August to 80.52 percent by the end of September.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Over 630,000 Pakistanis Have Left Country in 2023 in Search of Jobs Abroad

In the first nine months of 2023, more than 630,000 Pakistanis left the country in search of better job opportunities abroad.According to data released by the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment, 633,108 Pakistanis were registered for oversea…

In the first nine months of 2023, more than 630,000 Pakistanis left the country in search of better job opportunities abroad.

According to data released by the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment, 633,108 Pakistanis were registered for overseas employment in the first nine months of the current calendar year i.e. till September.

Till July, the number of Pakistanis who left the country stood at 540,282. This means that during September over 92,000 Pakistanis left the country in search of employment.

A breakdown of the statistics shows that 275,433 out of those who left the country in the period under review were laborers while 141,282 were drivers. Those who left the country also included 6,351 engineers, 5,876 accountants, 2,580 doctors, and 1,194 teachers.

The occupational group-wise breakdown issued by the bureau shows that out of those who left, 17,058 were highly qualified, 35,414 were highly skilled, 232,933 were skilled, 65,922 were semi-skilled, while the vast majority i.e. 281,781 were unskilled.

Out of the total, 302,634 workers moved to Saudi Arabia, 173,561 to the United Arab Emirates, 44,567 to Oman and 44,777 Pakistanis left the country for Qatar. Other notable countries on the list include Malaysia (18,609), Bahrain (9,599), Romania (4,405), Greece (2,676), and Iraq (2,646).

It is pertinent to mention here that the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment data pertains to people who have registered with the Bureau. People who move abroad for studies or through any other routes such as direct immigration are not included in this list.

Last year, 832,339 Pakistanis proceeded abroad for the purpose of employment, the highest figure since 2016.

Source: Pro Pakistani