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PM, other SAARC heads attend cultural programme -
KATHMANDU (Nepal), Nov 26 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif along with heads of other member states on Wednesday attended a cultural programme followed by a banquet in their honour.


PM meets leaders of Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, Bhutan -
app37-26pm-kathmandu.jpgKATHMANDU (Nepal), Nov 26 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday held a series of important bilateral meetings on the sidelines of 18th SAARC Summit.


Pakistan to host 19th SAARC summit in Islamabad -
KATHMANDU, Nepal, Nov 26 (APP): Pakistan will host the 19th summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Islamabad.


PM urges ‘dispute-free South Asia’ with joint fight against poverty, illiteracy, diseases -
app14-26kathmandu.jpgKATHMANDU, Nepal, Nov 26 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said his vision for the region was of a’dispute-free South Asia’ where, instead of fighting against one another, the countries jointly fought poverty, illiteracy, diseases,malnourishment and unemployment.


18th SAARC Summit begins -
KATHMANDU, NEPAL, Nov 26 (APP): The 18th South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit kicked off Wednesday as leaders of the eight members states got together here at the capital of Nepal to find ways to make the regional grouping more viable and effective.


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KPK clinch Inter-Provincial Judo Championship
ISLAMABAD, Nov 26 (APP): Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) won the 5th Inter-Provincial Judo Championship on Wednesday here at Hamidi Hall, Pakistan Sports Complex.
 
Sajjad beats Jones to top group in IBSF World Snooker
KARACHI, Nov 26 (APP): Pakistan's ace cueman Muhammad Sajjad ended his league outing in the IBSF World Snooker Championship in style by registering his sixth straight win in Bangalore (India) Tuesday night.
 
Miandad backs Kenyan team's tour to Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Nov 26 (APP): Legendary batsman Javed Miandad while backing the Kenya next month's tour to Pakistan said if this visit fails to bring in other foreign teams here than it would prove an expensive gamble for the Pakistan Cricket Board.
 
Pakistan skiing contingent arrives in Austria
PESHAWAR, Nov 26 (APP): A Ski Federation of Pakistan (SFP) contingent comprising one male and a female athlete has reached Austria to participate in International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Training Camp. The FIS Alpine Training Camp is organized each year in Stubaital and Hintertux, Austria under the FIS Development Program. 
 
Two-member SFP to participate in Alpine Training Camp
ISLAMABAD, Nov 26 (APP): A two-member contingent of Ski Federation of Pakistan (SFP) has departed to Austria for participation in the International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Training Camp.
 
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PIA to start Quetta-Kandhar flights PDF Print E-mail
piac.jpgISLAMABAD, Nov 28 (APP): Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf Wednesday expressed the confidence that the new management of Pakistan International Airline Corporation (PIAC) would bring about a turn around in the national flag carrier with a new passenger friendly face.The Prime Minister made these observations during a briefing made to him on measures taken by the new management of PIAC to improve the operations of Pakistan International Airlines Corporation at Prime Minister’s House.The Prime Minister directed that all the grey areas must be addressed and loopholes plugged and economic viability of PIAC ensured.The Prime Minister further directed the PIAC to consider feasibility of running more flights to Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral.The Prime Minister was also informed by Managing Director PIAC, M. Junaid Yunus that a business plan of the corporation is being firmed up with emphasis on facilitating the passenger so that business can be attracted.
The business plan being worked out is being prepared with the objective of attaining a break even by 2013, he added. The present share of PIA in the international passenger business generating from Pakistan is 32 percent while PIA has a share of 71 percent in the domestic market, said the Managing Director PIAC.
The Prime Minister was also informed that PIAC has earned operational profit in September and October this year which sets the tone and pace of recovery.
The Managing Director PIAC informed the Prime Minister that PIA is acquiring the first airbus which will join in February 2013 followed by four in March 2013 and three in second half of 2013.
These narrow body aircrafts will be fuel efficient and lead to massive savings in fuel cost which presently constitute 55 percent of total revenue earned by the airlines.
The Prime Minister was also told that a proposal is under consideration to outsource non core operations to reduce employee to aircraft ratio which is presently 485 employees per aircraft.
The Prime Minister was informed that PIA will start flights on Quetta-Kandhar route from December 25 this year. This is the first time that a new destination has been initiated after a very long time in the history of airlines.
The Chairman, PIAC and Secretary Defence, Lt. General ® Asif Yasin Malik said that the new management envisages an airline which will neither be employee or government friendly but passenger friendly.
The meeting was also attended by high officials of the government.
 

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