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‘Mobile banking service with a difference’

‘Mobile banking service with a difference’

KARACHI – The launch of Benazir Mobile Banking will bring about a new era of development and ensure larger women empowerment, said Adviser to Chief Minister on Information and Archives Sharmila Farooqui.
In a statement issued on Monday, the adviser said that the system would promote e-banking in the country and women would get access to major banking systems for the first time in the history of Pakistan. “With the launch of this banking system, the president has fulfilled another

Seized lions capture Karachiites’ attention

KARACHI – Two pairs of lions, seized from the owner at the Karachi airport for not having proper documents, made headlines in the print and electronic media and attracted masses to the Karachi Zoo.
While Muhammad Irfan,the owner of Osaaka Traders, was battling Sindh Wildlife Department and Pakistan Customs authorities to recover the animals which were confiscated and sent to the zoo after he had them flown in from South Africa, people, especially women and children from

Graffiti defacing 150-year-old school building

KARACHI – It would come as a great shock to enthusiasts of colonial era heritage sites to see political graffiti on the 150-year-old historical building of the NJV (Narayan Jagannath Vaidya) High School.
Slogans of different political parties are chalked and spray painted on the walls and pillars of the main fa

Crooked murder of a crook?

KARACHI – Risala Police Station turned into a scene of commotion on Saturday as charged relatives and friends of a 24-year-old alleged bandit, Imran Baloch, staged a demonstration outside the police station over his death inside a lock-up on Friday.
The heirs of the victim placed his coffin outside the Risala Police Station, and raised slogans against “police brutality.” Some enraged protestors also broke flowerpots placed inside the premises of the police station.

Two bodies of newborn babies found in Karachi

KARACHI: The bodies of two newborn babies were recovered from separate places in the city on Sunday.
The body of an infant was found in a storm water drain near the 4-K bus stop in Surjani Town. The body was fished out and buried by rescuers of a welfare organisation at the Mewashah Graveyard.
Another body of a newborn was recovered from a garbage dump in Block 2, PECHS. The infant was buried at the graveyard in Mawach Goth after offering funeral prayers.
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5,700 policemen deployed in Karachi: CCPO

KARACHI: At least 5,700 policemen would be deployed in Karachi to protect mourning processions and gatherings in an attempt to thwart possible terrorist attacks in the city, said Karachi Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Fayyaz Ahmed Laghari on Sunday while unveiling the security plan for Muharram in a press conference held at the Police Headquarter.
“Beside these 5,700 policemen, several others security personnel – including 1,000 commandos of the Special Protection Group

Indonesian consul general calls on Qaim

KARACHI: Indonesian Consul General in Karachi Rossalis Rusman Adenan called on Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah at the Chief Minister’s House on Saturday.
According to an official handout, the chief minister welcomed the Indonesian consul general and spoke about the brotherly and cordial relations between the two Islamic countries.
Shah said the relations between the countries strengthened when Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, as Pakistan’s foreign minister, and Indonesian

Rangers to deal with KU ‘miscreants’

KARACHI: Rangers personnel have been authorised to take action against all students disrupting the peaceful environment of the University of Karachi (KU) or found to be involved in any criminal activity.
In a meeting on Saturday, KU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui issued special instructions to the Pakistan Rangers Sindh to control the lawlessness at the varsity.
It was decided in the meeting that every student must wear the university’s identity card to

Mirza optimistic no mishap this Ashura

KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister Dr Zufiqar Mirza is optimistic that the 10th of Muharram would pass peacefully this year, as the provincial government has made foolproof security arrangements.
He informed this to a delegation of the Awami National Party (ANP), which called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah at the Chief Minister’s House on Saturday. The Awami National Party delegation discussed different issues including working relationships among coalition partners and the

30 shops robbed in Karachi mobile market, traders protest

KARACHI: Thirty shops at the Kohinoor Mobile Market in Saddar – commonly known as ‘Electronics Market’- were robbed of cash and goods worth Rs 10 million in the wee hours of Friday. When the shopkeepers arrived at the market in the morning, they saw that the shutters’ locks were broken and their cash and goods gone. The shopkeepers and union representatives closed the mobile markets located at Abdullah Haroon Road in protest and chanted slogans against law enforcers. They blocked the

MLO granted bail in nurse-rape case

KARACHI: A Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre medico-legal officer, accused of raping a trainee nurse, was granted bail against a surety bond of Rs 200,000 by sessions court on Friday.
Abdul Jabbar Memon, who was removed from service after the alleged offence, was booked for raping and then attempting to murder a student of the JPMC nursing school in the residential area of the hospital on July 13. Additional District and Sessions Judge (South) Abdul Razzaq pronounced the order

Exams postponed after political groups clash

KARACHI: Anarchy prevailed at the University of Karachi (KU) on Friday after a lingering dispute between two student organisations over invigilation matters turned violent. Exasperated law enforcers moved from one point to another to arrest the student’s involved, but failed to arrest a single student involved in the clash.
Among the many wounded, three students have been described as “critically injured” as the violence engulfed several departments in its wake. The KU

Juvenile rapist gets 10 years

KARACHI: More than three years after a case was lodged against 16-year-old Asif for raping his maternal uncle Raza Khan’s 18-year-old wife, and a little over two years after he murdered Khan, Asif was sentenced earlier this week to 10 years in prison for the rape, and ordered to pay a fine of Rs 10,000.
According to a press release issued by War Against Rape (WAR), which has been pursuing the case since the start, an FIR regarding the rape was lodged on July 27, 2007. The trial

480 deportees arrive from Muscat

KARACHI: At least 480 Pakistani illegal immigrants, who were deported from Muscat, the capital city of Oman, arrived here on Wednesday. Officials of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) told Pakistan Today that the deported illegal immigrants arrived at Port Qasim in a ship.
They were deported because of valid passport and incomplete documents, they said. They said deported Pakistanis belong to different parts of the country. The FIA has released all deportees after

World Oral Health Day observed

KARACHI: The health experts have expressed their grave concern over the increasing oral diseases in Pakistan on World Oral Health Day 2010 observed around the globe on Wednesday and have said that due to the oral diseases children and adults are unable to attend their school or work, causing millions of hours to be lost each year.
They also said that the most common oral diseases worldwide are dental cavities and periodontal (gum) diseases. Addressing an awareness event organized

Transgenders rejoice official acceptance of identity

KARACHI: “Hamari Manzoori Ho Gai!” chanted Fauzia, a transgender, as she clapped and triumphantly danced to the beat of a drum on Tuesday outside the Karachi Press Club (KPC).
Along with many of her ilk, Fauzia was rejoicing the inclusion of the third gender column in the National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) registration form for computerised national identity cards (CNICs). “We have got our identity!” Fauzia said when asked about the benefits of a separate box for

Transfer of ministries to provinces – No funds, only liabilities received, says Sindh

KARACHI: The Sindh government has decided that a letter with serious reservations would be sent to the federal government about the delay in the transfer of assets and funds of the five departments transferred to the provinces by the centre.
The decision was made in a meeting at the Chief Minister’s House headed by Qaim Ali Shah. The meeting reviewed various matters related to the transfer of the five departments from the federal government in accordance with the 18th