GE Power hosted Pakistan 9HA Tech Conference

GE Photo Release - GE Showcases Commitment to Powering Pakistan at Tech Conference (Dec 09, 2019)

Islamabad(Cliff News)GE Power hosted the Pakistan 9HA Tech Conference in Islamabad,welcoming government officials, industry experts, power plant owners and operators,consultants, and others. The event highlighted the contributions of GE’s 9HA gas turbine technology and teams in meeting Pakistan’s energy needs and strengthening community infrastructure.Access to affordable, reliable, flexible and sustainable electricity is critical to growing economies and fundamental to improving quality of life in the modern world. Equipped with two units each of GE’s 9HA gas turbines, Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Power (Private) Limited’s (QATPL’s) Bhikki, and National Power Parks Management Company’s (NPPMCL’s)Haveli Bahadur Shah, and Balloki power plants have now been operational for over a year. The projects can generate up to 3,600megawatts (MW) in total, the equivalent electricity needed to supply over 7 million Pakistani homes. Together, the plants have achieved over 80,000 operating hours to date, helping to meet a significant part of the country’s previous energy gap. They have also delivered the highest net efficiency levels of any gas power plant in the country – up to 62.44% at Haveli Bahadur Shah – leading to the least cost conversion of gas to electricity, as well as lower fuel bills and greenhouse gas emissions per megawatt of power generated.Speaking at the event, Arif Saeed, Chairman Service Industries and former Chairman of the Boards of QATPL and NPPMCL said, “The Bhikki, Haveli Bahadur Shah, and Balloki projects were executed at the lowest per MW engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) costs in Pakistan’s history, with the highest levels of efficiency. The project, fuel and operations and maintenance savings over the lifetime of the plants come up to $7.5 billion, benefiting millions of Pakistanis for years to come. The strict adherence to public procurement rules and the adoption of GE’s 9HA technology played a critical role in helping to unlock these benefits.”Today, GE’s HA technology is the fastest growing fleet of heavy-duty gas turbines in the world, having achieved several notable milestones. Over 100 units of the technology have been ordered globally from more than 40 customers across over 18 countries. The HA turbine has also been recognized for powering the world’s most efficient power plants in both the 50-hertz and 60-hertz energy segments.The high operational flexibility offered by the technology, which can ramp power production up and down quickly, can also help to enhance grid stability in countries such as Pakistan that are adding more intermittent supplies of renewable power to their energy mix.Moreover, GE continues to invest in the advancement of its HA technology, launching the 7HA.03, the world’s largest, most-efficient, highest-capacity 60-hertz gas turbine. It offers up to 134 MW more than GE’s 7HA.02 gas turbine and substantial improvements in three key areas: greater capacity and performance, enhanced flexibility, and lower capital costs and installation time. The new 7HA.03 will power Florida Power & Light Company’s (FPL) Dania Beach Clean Energy Center near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.Beyond bringing industry-leading solutions to Pakistan, GE continues to build on a vibrant spirit of volunteerism andcommunity service in the country. Recently, GE Power’s team at the Haveli Bahadur Shah Power Plant undertook refurbishment and repair works at the Government Girls High School Haveli Bahadur Shah in district Jhang. They also provided much-needed school supplies, furniture and water coolers. More than 980girls study at the school and benefited from the activities. Dr. Firdous Kosar, the principal of the school said, “We are thankful for GE’s generous contributions, which have helped to create a more comfortable learning environment for our students and illustrate their commitment to improving the lives of our future generations.”“GE has been honored to support the development of Pakistan’s infrastructure for more than fifty years. In the power sector, we have provided advanced solutionsto utilize various energy sources, including natural gas, coal, wind, hydro, and others,” said Adel Masaad, General Manager of GE Power in the Gulf and South Asia.“Today, GE-built technologies can generate up to 30 percent of the country’s electricity. We remain committed to building further on this legacy by continuing to bring leading technologies to Pakistan, creating the infrastructure needed for faster socio-economic development, nurturing local talent, andvolunteering for community-building efforts.”

About GE:

GE (NYSE:GE) drives the world forward by tackling its biggest challenges. By combining world-class engineering with software and analytics, GE helps the world work more efficiently, reliably, and safely. For more than 125 years, GE has invented the future of industry, and today it leads new paradigms in additive manufacturing, materials science, and data analytics. GE people are global, diverse and dedicated, operating with the highest integrity and passion to fulfill GE’s mission and deliver for our customers.

About GE Power:

GE Power is a world energy leader providing equipment, solutions and services across the energy value chain from generation to consumption. Operating in more than 180 countries, our technology produces a third of the world’s electricity, equips 90 percent of power transmission utilities worldwide, and our software manages more than forty percent of the world’s energy. Through relentless innovation and continuous partnership with our customers, we are developing the energy technologies of the future and improving the power networks we depend on today. 


INTBAU Pakistan’s Conference on green architecture

Participants, delegates and students at the Intbau conference.JPG

Makli(Cliff News) Session three, day two of INTBAU (International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism) Pakistan’s three-day conference spread of five sessions began here bright and early in the morning, with delegates coming in bus-fulls to ZC3, the venue of the conference for the first two days, and with many others having stayed the previous night at Makli .

With the bamboo structure of the Zero Carbon Centre colourfully decorated in green and blue the guests arriving for the first time at the venue were taken aback by the impressive arrangements made in the middle of an erstwhile beggars’ village – especially by the mud and bamboo living accommodations made for over 80 delegates and 40 students who stayed overnight.The master of ceremonies for the entire conference, joint secretary INTBAU Pakistan, Shanaz Ramzi  formally began the session with recitation from the Holy Quran by a student. Murad Jamil, Honarary Secretary, INTBAU Pakistan then welcomed all the delegates. Mr Sardar Ali Shah, Minister for Culture, Government of Sindh then addressed the gathering and appreciated the efforts of INTBAU Pakistan in making this international conference possible and highlighting Makli in the process.The speakers lined up for the third session included James Green of Richard Griffiths Architects who spoke about Zero Carbon ateliers.    Lisa Skillen, a ceramist from Australia spoke about glazed ceramics and terracotta ateliers, while Celeste Sangster of World Habitat briefed delegates about Pakistan Chulah and the award it won, Dr Gwynn Jenkins from Malaysia spoke about heritage safeguarding while Sadia Fazli (Registrar PCATP) spoke about the engagement of students in such activities.The next few hours were spent in demonstrations by artisans and hands-on work learning the techniques being adopted by the trained village folk to do kashi work, and working with bamboo and earth, as well as restoration work at 17th c. tomb of Munir Maghfoori.

. The workshops were as under.

  • Earth wall techniques
  • Earth plasters
  • Thatching technique
  • Lime slaking methods and mixing  
  • Bamboo techniques
  • Prefabricated panel-making
  • Erection of LOG (Lari OctaGreen)
  • Preparation for terracotta/kashi (ceramics)
  • Painting, Glaze application, finishing for terracotta/kashi products
  • Traditional kiln firing
  • Making organic earth for plantation
  • Box plantation, Azzolla and green fodder
  • Mother earth products: organic briquette for fuel, natural soap, bamboo charcoal toothpaste, organic compost
  • Pakistan Chulah making and decorating


  • Scientific cleaning of stone elements using natural soap
  • Ground cleaning
  • Repairs and stabilization of stone graves
  • Use of lime

After a break for lunch session four began with senior architect, Nayyar Ali Dada briefing about architecture in Pakistan, while Prof. Dr Noman Ahmad dean NED University moderated a general discussion involving all delegates – both national and international — and students.The various workshop facilitators which included Danish Zuby, Dr Bhai Khan Sher, Ramiz Baig, Shahid Khan, Arif Belgaumi, Safeeyah Moosa, Prof. Dr. Samra Khan, Prof. Dr. Anila Naeem, Saba Samee, Azhar Sualehi, Wafa Shah, Mujahid Sadiq, Tapu Javeri, Moyena Niazi, Marvi Mazhar, Azmat Ali Khan, Mariam Ghaznavi, Irtiza Ahmed, Sofia Mir, Mohd. Eesa, Hashim Ashraf, Fareeda Ghaffar, Tanya Ali Soomro, and Noor-ul-Huda who had been overseeing the activities then presented their learnings. Shama Usman concluded the presentations.Ar. Yawar Jilani then concluded the session with the Way Forward.After refreshments, chief minister, Government of Sindh and senator Sassui Palijo joined the conference. Ar. Khadija Jamal chairperson IAP-BAE and member executive committee INTBAU Pakistan gave the welcome note.Arif Changezi president Institute of Architects Pakistan spoke about Engagement of architects in development while Amir Nazir Chaudhry vice chairperson Architecture PCATP spoke about Architects and planners’ role in meeting SDGs.Harriet Wennberg executive director INTBAU dwelt on the Way Forward, after which Safeeyah Moosa CE Spiritual Chords, South Africa spoke about Zero Carbon for Africa.Finally, Yasmeen Lari addressed the session and briefed the participants and delegates about her Foundation’s work in Makli and with local communities.Mementoes and certificates were then distributed among the delegates by senator Sassui Palijo.Hadi Ali Rizvi member executive committee INTBAU Pakistan delivered vote of thanks.



INTBAU Pakistan announces dates for its first International Conference

The press conference was compered by Shanaz Ramzi, joint secretary INTBAU Pakistan and CEO Starlinks PR

Karachi(Cliff News)A press conference was held here today at Karachi Press Club to announce INTBAU (International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism) Pakistan’s first international conference scheduled to take place from 15th to 17th November. The first two days of the conference entitled Earth and Heritage Calling: A case of Makli and Karachi will take place in Maki whereas the third day will be in Karachi.Around 30 foreign delegates and five foreign students from all over the world including the UK, the US, Malaysia, Poland, China, Australia, Iran, South Africa and Spain are expected to participate in the conference, along with close to 250 national delegates and students hailing from Karachi, Hyderabad, Umerkot, Lahore, Peshawar and Islamabad.The press conference was compered by Shanaz Ramzi, joint secretary INTBAU Pakistan and CEO Starlinks PR, that is offering its PR services pro bono as part of its CSR activities. In her brief introduction to the conference, she stated, “The international conference will focus on Green Sustainable Architecture, and combine it with an exhibition on Karachi’s historic architecture, and colonial architecture of Malaysia. In addition to INTBAU International, the Pakistan chapter of INTBAU is joining hands with two other prestigious international organizations: World Habitat Awards and Commonwealth Habitat Forum for the purpose of this conference. The collaboration, resulting in participation of top humanitarian architects and conservationists is going to make this conference the most representative gathering of architects and experts held so far.”She then invited Founding chair, INTBAU Pakistan, Yasmeen Lari to share a background of INTBAU International and throw more light on what to expect during the three days of the conference. Lari informed, “The inaugural session will be held at Zero Carbon Cultural Centre (ZC3) near Makli World Heritage Site (Thatta) during which World Habitat Award 2018 trophy will be presented to Heritage Foundation of Pakistan for its Pakistan Chulah, celebrating the initiative of over 60,000 marginalized women. The earth and bamboo INTBAU Training & Resource Centre built thanks to the generous support of HRH The Prince of Wales will also be inaugurated during the course of the conference.”Through lectures and hands-on work, three intensive sessions will be held comprising international experts and students drawn from schools of architecture across Pakistan, which will focus on ways to minimize global warming by mitigating Green House Gases. The last day in Karachi will witness the inauguration of Karachi’s historic architecture combined with colonial architecture of Malaysia, highlighting the activities being organized by Heritage Foundation to bring back the glory of Karachi as directed by Hon’ble Supreme Court of Pakistan.”Among the other key representatives of INTBAU who spoke on the occasion were Harriet Wennberg, executive director, INTBAU, James Green (Richard Griffiths Architects), Safeeyah Moosa, CE Spiritual Chords, South Africa, Hadi Rizvi, member executive committee INTBAU Pakistan, and Sadia Fazli Honorary treasurer INTBAU Pakistan. Each shared their roles and expectations from the conference. Other key members of the executive committee of INTBAU Pakistan, though not present on the occasion, are Honorary secretary Murad Jamil who has been leading the project, and members executive committee, Khadija Jamal and Tariq Qaiser.It may be noted that INTBAU is a global network founded by its patron HRH The Prince of Wales, dedicated to creating better places to live through traditional building, architecture, and urbanism. Established in 2001, it has 32 chapters and over 6,000 members in over 100 countries worldwide.While partners of the conference are Heritage Foundation, INTBAU International, and World Habitat, facilitation has been provided by Sindh Government, Department of Culture and Tourism as well as Sindh administration by chief secretary Sindh and commissioners of Karachi and Hyderabad. Last but not least, the generous support of its sponsors, Nippon Paint, Lucky Cement, Cocacola, iceberg Industries, PCI, Envicrete, Beach Luxury Hotel, S. Abdullahome and Interface has made this ambitious project possible.The conference ended with questions and answers followed by refreshments.




SIUT hosted conference on infectious diseases and methodology

Karachi(Cliff News)A two -day conference to discuss some vital issues concerning infectious diseases will open at SIUT on Friday. The theme of the conference is “where we stand today” as far as the infectious diseases are concerned in the world of medical sciences organized by Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases society of Pakistan (MMIDSP), the conference also marks the completion of 25 years of society’s activities in the country.According to organizers of the conference which has chalked out an elaborate program to discuss all those threats which are posed by infectious diseases and methodology required as a fundamental part of preventive medicine. The conference is attended by delegates from within the country and abroad including specialist from WHO. The conference was preceded by a series of workshop which highlighted the key areas in the outbreak of infectious diseases, measures as how to carry out infection management in hospitals, clean environment in patient’s surroundings, misuse of antibiotics and important role of pharmacy in checking the unhindered use of antibiotics. Most important subjects which was discussed in workshops and will come up again in the conference would deal with outbreak of typhoid which reported over 6000 cases in the country two years ago. Similarly, the contagious diseases of Congo Virus which also took few lives in recent time would be another area of concern for doctors attending the conference. On the academic side the conference will also arrange bio safety sessions and use of protective equipment for healthcare staff.

It is expected that at the end of conference the findings will be recommended to evolve a national strategy for comprehensive treatment of infectious diseases.

Everything old is new again: INTBAU World Congress 2018

A successful two-day session of the Intbau World Congress to research, educate, and engage as widely as possible on the value and relevance of traditional architecture and urban design

Karachi(Cliff News)A successful two-day session of the Intbau World Congress to research, educate, and engage as widely as possible on the value and relevance of traditional architecture and urban design was held recently in London, the UK.As a preliminary to the Congressinternational delegates were invited the day before to leaveLondon early in the morning and arrive in Poundbury, the Duchy of Cornwall land — the pet project of the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cornwall, an ancient market town with a model urban extension –five hours later. The guided tour of the quaint town culminated with HRH Prince Charles meeting the visiting delegates and giving them time one-on-one. Pakistan was represented by Heritage Foundation’s CEO Yasmeen Lari and Shanaz Ramzi, Hon. Vice-chair and trusteeHeritage Foundation.The two-day congress sessions under the title ‘Everything old is new again’ witnessed different eye-opening talksunder the sub-titles of Contexts, Materials and Identities, conducted by organizations from around the world. The ground-breaking work done by Heritage Foundation was presented in the session under the sub-title of Material whereLari spoke on using ‘barefoot techniques’ to achieve social and ecological justice. The latter half of the second day of the Congress comprised an awards ceremony in which Heritage Foundation received honourable mention in the category of Community Engagement for their Green Shelters Project for ZeroCarbon Villages.


INTBAU (International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism)is a unique, established resource for global knowledge of traditional architecture and urban design. Their active network consists of individuals and institutions who design, make, maintain, study, or enjoy traditional buildings and places.
About Yasmeen Lari:

Pakistan’s first woman architect and among the best known architects of the countrypublished among 60 Women who have contributed the most towards UNESCO’s objectives, Larico-founded Heritage Foundation of Pakistan in 1980 with her husband.She has conserved several historic monuments in World Heritage Sites of Makli and Lahore Fort as well as important heritage sites in other parts of Pakistan.
About Shanaz Ramzi:

Shanaz Ramzi is a senior freelance journalist and author.  She has written on a variety of subjects for various publications, both local and international. CEO Starlinks PR & Events and board member of Heritage Foundation she has contributed majorly in creating awareness of the work done for Maklicommune (formerly a beggar community) as part of her CSR activities.

Shanaz Ramzi, Yasmeen Lari and Prince Charles




Annual Public Health conference held to address Pakistan’s National Vision 2025

Islamabad(Cliff News)Greenstar Social Marketing (GSM), an independent network member of Population Services International, participated as one of the sponsors in the 9th Annual Public Health Conference in Islamabad today. The theme of this year’s conference was “Local To Global” based on the study by Lancet Commission on investing in Health issues.The conference was organized by Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination in coordination with Health Services Academy. Other organizations participating in the conference included Population Services International, Sukh Initiative and Aman Health.Titled “Local To Global” the conference aimed to generate debate and seek policy directions on deficiency on family planning goals, investing in present and future generations through education and youth skills development by focusing on out of school children especially girls, implications of decrease sex ratio on gender issues, advocating institutional supports for old age security and advocating for increased resource allocation to sustain human resource development.Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Syed Azizur Rab, CEO, GSM said “There is a need for enhanced global response to improve health and reduce inequities. Pakistan through its National Health Vision 2025 is committed to achieving health for everyone and reducing inequities. Now is the time for us to take stock of what has been accomplished and to identify promising directions and solutions to scale up and to meet global public health priorities. We are proud of participating in the conference as it has drawn upon global, regional and local lessons and has chalked the way forward which will result in better family planning initiatives in Pakistan”.Health Services Academy, under the Cabinet Division, Government of Pakistan has been training public health professional and has grown steadily as the premier institute of public health in Pakistan, looking to provide more academic programmes in the near future, as well as providing an environment that focuses on excellence in academics, research, and policy-making.

“League of Nations” was created to prevent future wars:CG Japan addressing in Nasra School

Photo Release -Fourth Nasra Model United Nations (NASRAMUN IV) concludes

Karachi(Cliff News)“Thousands of lives were lost in World War I and World War II. In order to prevent future wars, an organization called the “League of Nations” was created. It was the first international organization whose principal mission was to maintain world peace. Unfortunately, the credibility of the organization was weakened by the fact that the United States never officially joined the League of Nations after the first World War”, said the Chief Guest, Mr. Toshikazu Isomura- Consul General Japan in his speech at the openingceremony of the fourth Nasra Model United Nations (NASRAMUN IV). The two-day event was held on the 24thand 25th of November 2018 at the Education Trust Nasra School (ETNS), Saddar campus. The event attracted 850participants that included students of ETNS (Korangi, Malir, Super Highway, North Karachi and Saddar campuses), students from Nasra Public School (NPS), faculty, guests and as well as students participating from other schools namely The Educators – Lucknow Campus, Beacon Light Academy – Maymar Campus, Karachi Public School – Safari Campus and Alpha College – Shahrah-e-Faisal branch.Model United Nations, also known as Model UN or MUN, is an extra-curricular activity in which students typically role-play delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. Participants in the NASRAMUN IV, known as delegates, were placed in committees and assigned countries, while a few represented political figures. The students were presented with their assignments in advance, along with a topic or topics that their committee were to discuss. By discussing topics that ranged from the situation in South Sudan to the health implications of Climate Change, the different committees took part in a healthy debate till they came to unified decision to pass a resolution. The NASRAMUN engaged the students and allowed them to delve deeper into current world issues.Out of the 800 delegates, 720 students were from the Nasra Schools (ETNS & NPS) while 80 were from the participating schools and colleges.Mr. Toshikazu Isomura, Consul General Japan (Consulate of Japan in Karachi) was the Chief Guest for the opening ceremony that was held on the first day of the event. Ms. Aazya Rafiq, Deputy Head of Department- Sukh Initiative of The Aman Foundation and Mr. Umair Aslam, Manager Programs from The Aman Foundation were both the Guest of Honour on the first day of the event representing Dr. Haris, Head of SukhInitiative, Aman Foundation who had graciously supported this year’s NASRAMUN IV from the Aman Foundation’s platform.At the end, the best-performing delegates in each committee, as well as best delegations were recognized with awards. The top three delegates in each committee were given shields for “Best Delegate” and certificates for “Outstanding Diplomacy”” and “Honourable Mention”.  Ms. Elin Burns, British Deputy High Commissioner Karachi graced the occasion as Chief Guests for the closing ceremony on the 25th of November and awarded the delegates with their awards.The purpose of NASRAMUN is to provide the youth with the opportunity to participate in a two-day Model United Nations Program in order to prepare them to be leaders of tomorrow inculcating in them a sense of diplomacy, tolerance, negotiation and leadership. It also provides them with a platform where they can implement critical thinking, confidence building, teamwork and leadership abilities.The event was an energetic one that saw students dressed in their best attires holding flags of the countries they represented. It is a great achievement for a school that caters to the low-incomestrata of society to host such an impressive and informative event.The initiative strives on achieving well-rounded and globally aware individuals who can utilize their abilities in making, not just their own country, but the world, a better place. We hope that ETNS continues to host the NASRAMUN every year with the same vigor and passion that it has been doing for the past three years.