(MENAFN – UkrinForm) Over the past five years, Switzerland has allocated CHF 125 million for project implementation in the Donbas.
‘Switzerland is one of the most active countries helping Ukraine in the Donbas. Switzerland is one of Ukraine’s ten international donors, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry posted on Facebook.
The Foreign Ministry determined that CHF 125 million had been allocated to projects in the Donbas within the framework of the Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Ukraine over the past five years.
It was noted that 24 technical assistance projects were being implemented in Ukraine under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the State Secretariat for Swiss Economic Affairs. Specifically, the project promotes the development of local governance, infrastructure improvement, energy efficiency, health care and sustainable economic development.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the main humanitarian projects are drinking water treatment in the Donbas and delivery of medicines and medical equipment.
“Thanks to Swiss humanitarian assistance, 4 million residents of the Donetsk region on both sides of the demarcation line will be provided with drinking water by the end of 2020,” the Foreign Ministry stressed.
In addition, eleven humanitarian cargoes have been shipped to the east east of Ukraine since April 2015. The 10th and 11th total cargo is CHF 3.3 million.
An additional 700,000 CHF was allocated to deal with the coronavirus pandemic in Ukraine.
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry reminded that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Swiss Confederation President Simonetta Sommaruga plan to visit the front line at the Donbas on July 23.
On July 20-23, Swiss Confederation President Simonetta Sommaruga paid a state visit to Ukraine at the invitation of President Volodymyr Zelensky.
LAHORE – Five other COVID-19 patients breathed last in the province on Wednesday, with the number of deaths reaching 100. Three COVID-19 patients died in Lahore and two in Rawalpindi.
So far 49 deaths have been reported from Lahore, 24 Rawalpindi, 11 Multan, three Faisalabad and Gujrat each, two each from Gujranwala, Bahawalpur and Rahim Yar Khan and respectively from Serangan, Sargodha, Rajanpur and Toba Tek Singh.
A total of 97 new COVID-19 patients were reported from all provinces on Wednesday, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 5,727. Of the total COVID-19 patients confirmed, 1926 were Tableeghi Jamat preachers, 768 pilgrims who had just returned from Iran. , 86 detainees in nine districts and 3048 citizens who have a history of travel or are victims of local transmission. Among ordinary citizens, the highest number of cases has been reported from Lahore where the number reached 1469.
A total of 320 patients were reported from Rawalpindi, 216 Gujrat, 163 Gujranwala, 118 Sialkot, 70 Multan, 65 Rahim Yar Khan, 59 Jhelum, 58 respectively Mattresses and Faislabad, 54 Sargodha, 49 Vehari, 38 Jhang, 30 Mandi Bahauddin, 28 Hafizabad , 27 DG Khan, 23 Muzafargarh, 20 Mianwali, 19 each Bahawalpur, Sheikhupura and Attock, 18 Okara, 15 Narowal, 13 each Khushab and Nankana Sahib, 12 Bahawalnagar, 11 Chiniot, 10 Bhakkar, seven each Pakpattan and Toba Tek Singh, six Khanewal, four Lodhran and Chakwal each and two each Sahiwal and Layyah.
Of the 1926 confirmed COVID-19 preachers, 815 were reported from Raiwind Markaz, 145 Sargodha, 126 Multan, 106 Lodhran, 67 Bhakar, 61 Muzafargarh, 56 Rahim Yar Khan, 54 Jhelum, 46 Vehicleari, 43 Bahawalpur, 38 Layafah, 35 Hafizabad, 33 Mandi Bahauddin, 32 Khushab, 30 Rawalpindi, 28 Nankana Sahib, 27 Bahawalnagar, 26 Narowal, 22 respectively Rajanpur and Sialkot, 21 Gujranwala, 18 Faisalabad, 16 Attock, 13 Pakpattan, 12 Sheikhupura, 10 Gujrat, eight Sahiwal, seven Mianwali, six Khanewal and two Okara.
Of the 768 confirmed patients from among pilgrims, 457 were reported from Multan, 221 Dera Ghazi Khan, 42 Gujranwala, 25 Sargodha and 23 Faisalabad. Of the 86 COVID-19 patients in Prison, 59 were reported from Lahore, nine DG Khan, seven Gujranwala, three respectively Sialkot and Jhelum, two Bhakkar and one each from Faisalabad, Kasur and Hafizabad.
So far 77,619 tests have been carried out in the province. A total of 1,510 patients have recovered and returned home. At present, 22 serious patients are being treated in the High Dependency Unit.
(MENAFN – Swissinfo) A record year made Switzerland the top five coffee exporting countries
Apr 28 2020 – 11:14
Switzerland exports roasted and processed coffee worth CHF 2.5 billion ($ 2.56 billion) in 2019. The country has been one of the five largest coffee exporters since 2009 thanks to its roasting industry. Last year exported a total of 83,819 tons of coffee and imported 187,591 tons worth CHF745 million. About 93% of imports are unroasted coffee beans while 98% of exports are roasted coffee beans. Swiss roasting adds exceptional value to the product, with the average price of imported CHF4 / kg seeds and CHF30 / kg exported seeds. The net profit for the country’s coffee industry is CHF1.8 billion. Neighboring France, Germany, Italy and Austria accounted for 43% of exports. The US is another large market (10% of exports) and pays the highest average price for Swiss roasted coffee at CHF44 / kg. Brazil (23.3%) and Colombia (13.5%) are the main sources of coffee imports with Vietnam offering the lowest average price at CHF2 / kg.
LAHORE – The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has sealed five food points and punished dozens of restaurants with a hefty fine when cracking down across Punjab.
The authorities also uprooted unhealthy vegetable crops in Rahim Yar Khan and dumped thousands of kilograms of unhealthy food.
The operation was launched under the direction of PFA Director General Irfan Memon.
In Lahore, the PFA has sealed the nimko plant due to counterfeiting and discharged 1,800 kg of substandard bean flour; 1,600 kg of nimko, 450 kg of dirty oil and 80 kg of ‘pakoriyan’.
PFA Irfan Memon said that the authorities had taken action against Sheikh Brother Nimko for using dirty oil and loose matrices in nimko preparations.
He said that the use of hazardous and substandard ingredients in any product caused health problems.
The Sialkot PFA team sealed the Shah Gee Grinding unit for using prohibited ingredients in the preparation of spices and selling red chili peppers along with non-compliance instructions. The raid team had removed 1,350kg of cone matrices, 350kg of matrices, tainted red chillies and unhealthy food.
Subsequently, the Sargodha PFA team raided Babar Nimko and sealed its production unit to prepare substandard nimko in oil, failed to produce workers’ medical certificates, smelly environments and did not comply with instructions.
During the operation, the provincial food regulatory agency disposed 2,350 kg of tainted bean flour, 360 liters of substandard oil, 27 liters of milk.
The Director General said that those who committed fraud during Ramazan deserved double punishment.
The PFA team is busy day and night in carrying out their duties and to ensure the provision of healthy food during the holy month of Ramazan.
The authorities will continue to act blindly against counterfeiters and adulterers until they are completely eliminated from Punjab, he added.
In South Punjab, the PFA team raided the Javed Paan Store in Multan and sealed it for selling gutka and expired drinks along with witnessing the worst hygiene conditions.
In another attack, the food security team closed Malik Sweets in Bahawalnagar because of insects, bad storage systems, and a smelly environment.
During the operation, the provincial food watchdog had seized 200 sachets of gutka, 300 cakes, 200kg of flour, 150kg of sugar, two ovens and a mixer.
On the other hand, the PFA enforcement team threw out thousands of kilograms of unhealthy vegetable crops by plowing on the 16-Channel land in Rahim Yar Khan.
PFA has removed the poisonous pumpkin and apple pumpkin.
PFA Director General Irfan Memon said that the use of wastewater to irrigate plants caused health problems after adding toxic materials in ready-to-use plants.
He said farmers could only plant alternative crops and could not be eaten with sewage and industrial wastewater such as bamboo, jute, indoor plants and flowers.
He has warned farmers to avoid irrigating crops with sewerage water, otherwise the PFA will plow the plants according to the law.
He added that the PFA was closely monitoring to ensure food that was safe from agriculture to the plate.
(MENAFN – Tribal News Network) PESHAWAR: Five people were injured in two different clashes over land disputes in the Khyber and Kurram tribal districts on Saturday.
The first clash took place between members of the Akakhel tribe from the Bara sub-division of the Khyber tribal district and residents of the Sheikhan area in Peshawar where two people were injured.
Local sources said there was a long-running dispute between residents of the Sheikhan area in Peshawar and members of the Akakhel tribe in Bara over a plot of land near the Bara bridge. The clashes only took place when people in the Sheikhan area worked on land which angered the Akakhel tribe. The Akakhel tribe blocked the Border Road for all types of traffic. The Akakhel tribal elders said that the land was disputed and a case about this was going on in court. They said they would not allow construction work on the disputed land until the court issued an order on ownership issues.
The Akakhel people accuse the Sheikhan of intervening in the land in violation of court orders. They also clashed with the Sheikhan people where two people were injured.
Bara Police personnel immediately reached the place and took the situation under his control. The police asked the parties to disagree to disperse peacefully because the court will decide the matter.
The second clash took place in the Upper Kurram tribal district where three people were injured in an armed clash.
Local sources said heavy weapons and rockets were also used by rival groups to face each other. The district government said there was an old property dispute between two rival groups in the Boshehra Parachinar area. On Saturday, members of both groups shot at each other, in which three people were injured.
The local government, police and tribal elders intervened and managed to agree on the two parties to stop the fire. The injured were moved to a local hospital, and one of them was later moved to Peshawar because of his critical condition.
The Haji Sardar tribal elder said talks were under way to settle the dispute. Cellphone signals were also blocked in the area after the shooting incident. Deputy Commissioner Shah Fahad said security personnel had removed gunmen from the two groups from the area and they had controlled the situation. He said the matter would be thoroughly investigated.
The next 22 days were critical, said Fayyazul Hassan Chohan
LAHORE: Punjab Information Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan has said that the next 22 days will be important for Pakistan as the war against coronaviruses and the working class will be the most vulnerable in this situation.
He repeated Prime Minister Imran Khan’s message about pandemic prevention through preventive measures. Speaking at a press conference, the minister said that the number of corona virus cases in the country had increased rapidly but the government and all its departments were taking every step they could to slow the spread of the virus. He urged the public to isolate themselves at home unless movement from outside was needed. He criticized the opposition for not standing with the government during this difficult time instead of playing politics. He said that the public did not trust the opposition parties, therefore, no one donated a cent to Shehbaz Sharif’s funds, but people had responded to Imran Khan’s request very positively.
The provincial information minister also announced that the government would introduce a special assistance package for journalists. Under the proposed package, each journalist who will be infected with the virus will receive Rs100,000 and in case of death, his family will receive Rs 1 million while the deceased spouse of journalists will be given Rs 10,000 monthly allowance as well. He also said that the newspaper sellers’ association would receive safety equipment starting today (Saturday) and 10 journalists would be awarded an award of excellence for their work.
Chohan added that the Punjab government would provide masks and protective equipment for newspaper vendors. Newspaper vendors will be given protective equipment along with cleaners and masks. Security equipment will be handed over to the union president, he said.
Chohan said the next few days were truly dangerous and sensitive in terms of the spread of the corona virus. People must be careful and stay at home. “We are taking steps to curb the spread of the corona virus,” he said.