Metro Matters 09-04-2018

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Women demand six-month paid maternity leave

Women demand six-month paid maternity leave

A women workers’ convention demanded the concerned authorities to allow working women a six-month maternity leave with full pay before and after the childbirth. The convention was organised by Women’s Action for Better Workplaces (WAction) and National Organisation for Working Communities (NOWCommunities) at the office of Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) during the week.
The participants, mostly women working in either private or government-run organisations, said that they were not granted sufficient maternity leaves by their respective organizations. One of the participants apprised that she had applied for a maternity leave while expecting her first child, but it was accepted four days after the birth of her child. The participants were of the view that it was the basic right of a baby that its mother takes full care in its early days, however, many working women could not do so as they were not granted sufficient leaves.
They said that the incumbent laws allow such a leave to the expectant and new mothers but the employers did not bother to grant respites with the laws not being implemented fully.
The participants of the convention demanded that other labour laws should be also revised and implemented in the true spirit. They complained that there was nothing like job security in private sector.

Turkish Navy ship on goodwill visit

Turkish Navy ship on goodwill visit

TCG Gelibolu, a Turkish Navy Oliver Hazard Perry Class Ship arrived Karachi on during the on a four-day goodwill visit. The Ship was escorted into harbour by Pakistan Navy Ship ASLAT and was received with a warm welcome during an impressive reception at Pakistan Navy Dockyard, a news release issued here by directorate of public relations of Pakistan Navy.
Upon arrival, traditional tunes were played by Pakistan Navy band and waving of Pakistan-Turkey Flags. The ship was received by senior officers of Pakistan Navy and Turkish diplomatic officials. The visit of Turkish Navy Ship to Pakistan is manifestation of the strong bilateral ties between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Republic of Turkey. The visit will bolster the existing bonds of friendship between the two countries besides strengthening mutual cooperation.

GDP growth to go up three times courtesy marine resources

GDP growth to go up three times courtesy marine resources

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zaffar Mehmood Abbasi has said during the week that with the exploration and better utilization of marine resources, the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) would increase three times and for which a strong public-private partnership, and maximum use of science and technology were essential. The Naval Chief was speaking at an interactive session with members of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), here at the Federation House. He was accompanied by a group of senior Pakistan Navy officers and Balochistan Minister for Gwadar Development and Balochistan Coastal Development Hussain Islam.
Prominent business leaders, including Chairman United Businessmen Group at FPCCI and former president FPCCI S.M. Muneer, FPCCI President Ghazanffar Bilour, Senior Vice President Syed Mazhar Ali Nasir, Vice Presidents Mirza Ishtiaq Baig and Tariq Haleem represented the business community.

Hamdard Celebrates World Health Day 2018

Hamdard Celebrates World Health Day 2018

The real wealth of a country is human resources and those counties that are investing in human resource, education, science, technology and innovation (ESTI) are making rapid progress.
Knowledge-based economy is the answer of all socio economic illness and health is also attached to the economic condition. Herbal have treasures of cure and heir compounds are equally useful in treatment. Hakim Mohammad Said was a great herbalist. Who had a lot in the field of tibb, health and education that made his dream of Madinat-ul-Hikmah, a city of education, science and culture. A reality Sadia Rashid is taking ahead his mission and holding international Children’s day every year.
These views were expressed by the chief guest Prof, Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman patron-in-chief international centre for chemical and biological sciences, University of Karachi at 27th international Children Health Conference, held under the aegis of Hamdard Public school Karachi nd Hamdard Foundation Pakistan on the topic of ” Universal Health Coverage- Every one – Every where” on the occasion of World Health Day on April 6, 2018, presided over by Dr. Mohammad Assai Ardakani, world Health Organization representative in Pakistan at a local Hotel.
Dr. Mohammad Assai Ardakani in his presidential address said that after the excellent speeches of young speakers at conference nothing left for him to say on this topic. However there were few points that he wanted to share with the audience that WHO was extending cooperation to the government to scale up awareness among health workers.
Mrs. Sadia Rashid, President Hamdard Foundation Pakistan while delivering the conference address said that this year was an important anniversary for the world Health Organization; the 70 th like it was for Pakistan last year. That’s why the World Health Day Topic this year was Health for all, which has been the guiding vision of the organization for 7 decades, She added and further said that it also served as an important mile stone for all nation and their leaders who pledged in 2015 to reached the sustainable development goals by 2030.