Punjab Election Hotline 8070


Punjab Election Hotline, is an initiative by PITB and Urban Unit. If anyone see something against the code of conduct set by Election Commission of Pakistan for Elections 2013, he/she can report about the misconduct on newly established election hotline service by Govt of Punjab.

You can Dial: 8070  and report about Wall Chalking, Weapons, Firing, Terrorism, Political Gatherings without permission, usage of loud-speakers, huge promotional sign boards or banners etc.

Keep eye on your surroundings and be a part of free and fair elections by participating in this reporting system whenever and wherever required.




Inauguration of Metro Bus Service Lahore


Metro Bus Service is inaugurated by CM Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif and Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ on February 10th, 2013. Lahore Metro Bus (Urdu: لاہور میٹرو بس‎), is Pakistan’s 1st bus rapid transit (BRT) system.

The first section of Lahore Metro Bus Service consists of a 27 kilometres long route and 29 bus stations between Gajumata to Shahadra. This route will covers dozens of residential and commercial localities along the city’s main artery Ferozepur road linking Lytton road, Jain Mandar, MAO College, Lower Mall, Civil Secretariat, Aiwan-i-Adal, Chowk Katchehry (District Courts), Shrine of Hazrat Data Ganj Bakhsh, Ravi Road, and Shahdra town.

The Lahore Metro Bus system will use e-ticketing and Intelligent Transportation System. The predicted average speed of Metro Bus is 27 km/h. The Rs. 29.8 billion “build–operate–transfer” basis is a result of collaboration between the Government of Punjab and the Turkish government.

Few features of Metro Bus System are;

  1. Metro Bus System is 1st of its kind in Pakistan
  2. It has been completed in 11 months
  3. Distance of 2 hours will be covered in 55 mins
  4. There is a bus station after each kilometre
  5. Buses will come to each station after 5 minutes interval
  6. Low cost and secure journey
  7. special seats for ladies and disabled people.

Smart National ID Card by NADRA

Nadra Smart National ID Card

National Database & Registration Authority Pakistan (NADRA) Introduced 1st ever Chip Based National Identity Card for the citizens of Pakistan.

Some features of this SNIC are as Follows

  1. Chip based Smart Identity Card with 36 security features
  2. Multi-dimensional usage and services
  3. Social and financial inclusion programs
  4. State of the art encryption technology
  5. Live identification of captured fingerprints
  6. Easy pension disbursement
  7. Accidental death insurance of Rs.100,000 for 2 years
  8. Compliant with ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) Standards
  9. Data written on card both in English and Urdu which will be very useful for overseas Pakistanis and people who used to travel abroad.


Normal fee of Smart NIC is Rs.1500 while there is no fee for ordinary fresh CNIC.

Normal renewal fee of CNIC is Rs.75. Initially smart cards will be issued for a period of 10 years.

Where to get NADRA Smart NIC

Visit: Your nearest NADRA Registration Centre. OR

Call: NADRA Helpline: (+9251) 111-786-100


National Gross Roots ICT Research Initiative


National ICT & RD Fund has taken this great step of starting this program of “National Gross Roots ICT Research Initiative”. Funding is available For Final Year Students’ Projects through this program in 98 universities all over Pakistan through a simple process. Final date of applying for this fund is 31st March, 2012.

According to ICT & RD Fund official website page, this initiative aims to promote, enable, and encourage R&D culture at the grassroots level by funding relatively high caliber R&D projects initiated by students under the mentorship of faculty members in chartered universities of both Public and Private sector.


Through this initiative the Fund will provide financial support to selected Final Year Projects (FYP) of undergraduate students enrolled in ICT related disciplines like Computer Science & Information Technology, Electrical, Electronics, Telecom, Computer, and Software Engineering.

The financial assistance under the initiative will enable students undertaking Final Year Projects (FYP) in building prototypes and working models to showcase their creativity and innovation by applying hands on engineering and development skills. The funding under this initiative covers the cost of purchase of equipment and other miscellaneous costs associated with the development of the prototype or working model.

HOW TO APPLY FOR National Gross Roots ICT Research Initiative Fund by ICT & RD ?

Recommendations for currently ongoing Final Year Projects (FYP) should be submitted to the Fund through the respective Head of Departments on the prescribed Recommendation Form. All the recommendation received will be evaluated by a committee of experts constituted by the Fund. Final decision pertaining to the selection of any project for this initiative shall be taken by the National ICT R&D Fund.

Download the Recommendation form for National Gross Roots ICT Research Initiative HERE


Q. No 1: Who is eligible for funding under the initiative?

Ans: The undergraduate students enrolled in chartered Public and Private sector Universities in an ICT related discipline and registered/undertaking their Final Year Projects are eligible to apply for funding under this initiative through their respective Head of Departments (HoDs).

Q. No 2: How much funding is available for a Final Year Project (FYP) under the initiative?

Ans: A maximum of up to Rs 75,000/- can be provided to a single Final Year Project (FYP) with certain restrictions. Details have already been provided to the University administration.

Q. No 3: What is the number of projects that could be submitted by a University?

Ans: Each University/Institution can submit a maximum of 10 projects per ICT related department/discipline.

Q. No 4: How many projects per University will be funded under this initiative?

Ans: The fund would like to accommodate maximum number of quality projects provided they are selected by committee of experts of National ICT R&D Fund. However, due to budget limitations all recommended projects will likely not to be funded.

Q. No 5: Can students who have graduated and have already completed their Final Year Projects (FYPs) apply for funding under this initiative?

Ans: No, such students are not eligible to apply under this initiative.

Q. No 6: What is the deadline for submission of Final Year Project (FYP) Recommendation Form?

Ans: The last date for submission of forms to National ICT R&D Fund is March 31, 2012. It should be noted that forms submitted directly by the students to National ICT R&D Fund will not be entertained.

Q. No 7: What is the procedure for submission of Final Year Project (FYP) Recommendation Form?

Ans: Only prescribed “Final Year Project (FYP) Recommendation Form” can be submitted through respective Head of Departments (HoDs) for this initiative.

Q. No 8: What are ICT related disciplines?

Ans: The ICT related disciplines include Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Telecom Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer System Engineering, Software Engineering, Information & Communication System Engineering, Computer Science & Information Technology.

Q. No 9: Are students of MS/M/Phil eligible to apply?

Ans: No. Only students enrolled in undergraduate ICT related degree programs are eligible to apply for funding under this initiative.

Q. No 10: The current initiative is for which semester?

Ans: The current initiative for which nominations are being invited is aimed to target those final year undergraduate students who have registered and are undertaking their Final Year Projects (FYPs) during the Spring 2012 semester.

Q. No 11: Will the program be again launched for those who would be undertaking their Final Year Projects (FYPs) in Fall 2012?

Ans: It is envisaged that the program will continue for students planning to enroll in Final Year Projects in Fall 2012 semester. However, detailed information regarding this will be made available at our website later on.

NOTE: National ICT R&D Fund (“Company”) reserves the right to amend or alter any of the terms and conditions with respect to the National Grassroots ICT Research Initiative (“Initiative”) . Final decisions pertaining to the Initiative rest with the Company.

Pakistan’s Fastest Super Computer at NUST

Nust logo

Chairman HEC Mr. Javaid Laghari Inaugurated the first Super Computer of Pakistan at NUST (National University of Science & Technology) in Islamabad on March 6th, 2012. The inauguration ceremony held at Research Center for Modeling and Simulation (RCMS), NUST acquired this high-end computational facility through financial grant by MoST (Ministry of Science and Technology).

This super computer has the fastest GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) based parallel computing system operating in any organisation or academic institution in Pakistan till date. The super computer can perform parallel computation at a peak speed of 132 Teraflops (132 Trillion Operations per second).  It is equipped with multi-core processors and graphics co-processors with inter-processor communication speed of 40 Gbps.

Besides the supercomputer’s extensive utilisation in the computation-intensive research projects in the areas of Fluid Dynamics and Biosciences at NUST, this massively parallel computing facility can also be utilized to handle huge data processing applications of social sciences such as Flood and Weather Forecasting, Oil and Gas Exploration, energy efficient building designs and national transportation management.

HEC Chairman not only appreciated the NUST technical team, but also offered full support by HEC and encouraged other institutes and Universities to step forward and take benefits in research by taking benefits in research work from this super computer facility at NUST.

Photo: Nust Super Computer Inauguration Ceremony - 6 March, 2012

Photo: Javaid Laghari Chairman HEC Visiting Super Computer Facility at RCMS, NUST

Technical Specifications of Pakistan’s Fastest Super Computer:

  • Computer’s Cluster configuration:
    • 66 NODE supercomputer with 30,992 processor cores
    • 2 Head Node (16 Processor Cores)
    • 32 Dual Quad Core Computer Nodes (256 Processor Cores)
    • 32 Nvidia Computing Processors
    • Each processor has 960 Processor Cores (30,720 processor Cores)
  • QDR Infiniband Interconnection
  • 21.6TB SAN storage
  • Power Backup
  • Cooling System

This supercomputing facility would be a source of inspiration for PhD scholars, abroad, to return to Pakistan.

“This will give an impetus for collaborative research between universities and other research organisations within the country and abroad.”

Check your Vote Registration


Election Commission of Pakistan announced, eligible voters can now verify the status of their votes in the new computerized voter lists prepared by Election Commission of Pakistan with the help of NADRA by just sending an SMS to a specific number from any mobile network via their mobile phones. This SMS based Vote Verification Service has been up an running for all the cell phone operators, throughout the country.

Election Commission also said that this SMS based Voters Verification service is world’s largest verification service of its kind so far. 85 million registered voters can check their records through a single SMS by using this service.

ECP also said that it has purposefully not included the voters’ name and home address to avoid any privacy violations. 55,000 display centres, mandated to correct mistakes in computerised voter lists, has also start functioning all over Pakistan. New Voter lists will be available for making corrections at these display centres across the country till March 20th, 2012. In case of record errors or mistake one can contact its concerned ECP  Office or nearest display centre within given time.

How to Check your Vote Status?

  • Go to Write Message on your Mobile Phone
  • Write your CNIC (without dashes -)
  • Send it to 8300
  • Example: Send “3530241789240” to 8300

You will receive a reply with following information:

  • Your CNIC Number
  • Electoral Area, i.e. District, Tehsil and city/town/village
  • Block Code
  • Serial Number

Note: Reply message is likely to have words in Urdu (unicode). You may not be able to read the text message if your phone doesn’t support unicode.

SMS Charges for Vote Registration Information:

  • SMS sent to 8300 will be charged @ Rs. 2/-   +Tax per sms

KPT Ferry Service

KPT Ferry Service

KPT (Karachi Port Trust) started two ferryboats, Arfa Karim (named after the late young microsoft certified child ) and Afza Altaf at the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) from Sunday February 12, 2012.

The boats have been purchased from Bangladesh’s Western Marine Shipyard at a cost of $4.6 million.

Visitors can explore ancient and historical places of Manora and Baba Bhut islands via Free KPT Ferry Service and enjoy scenic views of beautiful seashores.
Timings of Free Ferry Service

Keamari to Manora 8:00 am

Manora to Keamari 4:30 pm
(Monday to Saturday) (Friday 12:30)

CNG Bus Service by LTC in Lahore

LTC (Lahore Transport Company) is starting New environment friendly CNG Bus Service for the citizens of Lahore from November 15th, 2011. This low cost CNG Bus service is going to start from Ferozpur road.

LTC’s CNG Bus Service will provide Free Transportation service for Older and handicapped people, specially trained traffic wardens will be on duty, Separate Cabin for Ladies in each bus and most of all it is an AC Bus Service with Non-AC fares.

Following roots will be starting service from 16th November and 1st of December 2011

16th November : B-9 / B-20 B / B-34 B

1st December : B-1

Similar CNG Bus Service will soon be available in Faisalabad, Multan, Bahawalpur, Rawalpindi and other cities.


Trade Portal for Women Entrepreneurs by USAID

USAID is going to start an online Directory/Portal for Women Entrepreneurs in Pakistan to promote their business in local and international Markets. This web based portal is being designed to become a powerful networking tool. It is hoped that this portal will not only encourage cross border trade but will also be demonstrative of an effective trade facilitation tool that may be replicated at a larger scale for a national level trade portal.

Who will use the Women in Trade Portal?

The users of this portal are categorized below :

  • Women Entrepreneurs & Exporters.
  • Importers and upstream businesses (both men and women owned) both with and without specific policies involving sourcing from women based businesses .
  • Researchers, academia.
  • Trade Facilitation Organizations and policy makers.
  • Advertisers.
  • Donor organizations

Who should Register?

Women entrepreneurs and exporters can register to promote their products and services online and explore local and international markets.

How To Register?

You can use any of the following ways to get yourself registered:

    • Complete and submit the form at the following link: http://www.pakistantrade.org/witportal.aspx
    • Request and submit the form at: msadaf@usaidpakistantrade.org
    • Give your business information verbally at any of the following numbers: 0331 5553201 – 7
NOTE: Registration will remain open but for priority registrationplease submit your information before December 20th, 2011.

Ashiana Housing Now in Sargodha

Ashiana Housing SargodhaGovernment of Punjab going to launch Ashiana Housing Project for low income people in Sargodha after its success in Lahore. Application Forms can be obtained from all branches of The Bank of Punjab in Sargodha devision, or you can download the application form for Ashian Housing Scheme Sargodha from PLDC Website.

Last date for the submission of application forms is July 15th 2011. it is mandatory for the applicant to have an NIC from Sargodha region including surrounding cities Mianwali, Bhakkar and Khushab.

Price of 3 Marla ready house is Rs.11,90,000/- per home. 25% advance and remaining payment can be given on easy installments. If you want to pay in full, you will get 5% discount on total price of house in Ashiana Housing Scheme, Sargodha.