PCB eyes mega stadium in capital

ISLAMABAD: The cricket stadium to be constructed in Islamabad with a capacity of over 50,000 spectators has been named after late prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

The decision to this effect was taken in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Governing Board meeting held in Abbottabad late Tuesday.

It has been learnt that the PCB has already approved the initial tenders, which include bids for leveling of the surface, construction of the boundary wall and architecture.

It will be the largest cricket stadium in Pakistan. The PCB has already taken over a piece of land measuring 35 acres in Islamabad.

The board unanimously decided to name the stadium after Mohtarma Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. “Now the venue will be called Benazir Bhutto Stadium.”

Besides, Rs12.5 million was approved by the board for the upgradation and development work of Abbottabad cricket stadium.

It was decided that a boundary wall would be constructed around the stadium and green slopes would be built for spectators.

The board received a presentation on the planned Pakistan Premier League. The board was proposed a roadmap and updated on the progress made thus far.

The PCB plans to hold the league n March 2013.

To ensure best security protocols for the international teams, the board unanimously approved the purchase of bullet proof buses.

The members noted that the step would help PCB provide better security to the teams visiting Pakistan.

The board endorsed the decision to use Kookaburra balls in domestic tournaments, terming it a positive step for the improvement of domestic cricket in Pakistan. Continue reading

CDA to establish machine readable birth, death registration centre

CDA to establish machine readable birth, death registration centre

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) would establish a control room for provision of quality services and to enhance the level of transparency and monitoring of the efficiency of different formations of the authority, said CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz. He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of a machine readable birth and death registration centre for implementation of Civil Registration and Management System (CRMS) to provide the efficient and state-of-the-art facility to the residents and the uniformity and standardisation of Birth and Death Certificates. The project has been initiated in collaboration with NADRA and Plan International (an international NGO). Speaking on the occasion, Tahir said that the new system provides a complete database of all entries through forms and computerized printing of certificates. “This is a model project of public-private partnership and would provide standardisation of document/certificate across the country as well as connectivity with NADRA’s central database. The CRMS provides validation by NADRA, resulting in easier and earlier processing of B-Forms and CNIC. This is one-window operation as documents will be received, processed and certificates will be issued under one roof.

The centre has the facility to print the certificate both in English and Urdu languages, web-based monitoring of registration of births and deaths for the designated officials. This would also establish the authenticity of the certificate and eliminate fake documents as each certificate will have a unique ID number.

The birth and death registration forms would be available on CDA website. Certificates issued can be verified from any counter/office of NADRA, across the country. The system also provides security of the document/certificate, as it is printed on security paper with security features like watermark of the photograph of the Quaid-e-Azam and with a provision of security thread and logos of NADRA and CDA on top of the paper. The CDA chairman said, “We would welcome the suggestions from the media and the residents of the city for improving the civic amenities and development of the capital city.” staff report Continue reading

CDA committed to improve civic amenities: Shahbaz

ISLAMABAD – To make it less cumbersome for the residents of the federal capital for whom getting birth and death certificates has always been a Herculean task, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) Wednesday opened machine readable birth and death registration centre.

So far, the civic agency is maintaining the birth and death information manually that is in hard copy form. The move is aimed – as the Chairman CDA said – to streamline the registration and certification of birth and death and to improve quality of service delivery to the citizens.

The CDA introduced the system – in collaboration with NADRA and Plan International, a non-governmental organisation – of issuance of computerised certificates as part of civil registration and management system. Continue reading

‘KB Dam objections of political nature’

LAHORE: Chief Justice of Lahore High Court (LHC) has remarked that the objections of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces on Kala Bagh Dam are of political nature which could be removed through dialogues.

The chief justice Umar Ata Bandial made the remark while hearing the petitions seeking construction of Kala Bagh Dam here on Thursday. He said that the construction of Kala Bagh Dam could turn out to be in the favour of national interest.

Bandial said that floods have become common after 2010 due to global warming, adding that there is a need to made sites for the storage of water.

The CJ said that the creation of Mangla Dam led to stop various developments. He said credit of various projects also went to Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

The hearing was adjourned till October 30. Continue reading