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Wastewater treatment plant for Pak Navy’s golf club inaugurated

Wastewater treatment plant for Pak Navy’s golf club inaugurated

KARACHI – Navy officials inaugurated a wastewater treatment plant at the Western Wind Golf Club at PNAD Mauripur on Wednesday. The plant has been designed and developed by the National Water Engineering. The project would provide 50,000 gallons per day reusable water for irrigation purpose, saving over millions of rupees to maintain the green lustre of the golf course. The treated water is 99.99 percent bacteria- and virus-free and safe for irrigation. The inauguration ceremony was

‘BISP’s poverty survey to help gather useful data’

KARACHI – The poverty survey being conducted by the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) in Sindh would help in learning useful facts and figures on poverty and benefit the poor being covered in the survey, BISP Director General Akbar Aleem Shamim said on Wednesday. He was speaking at in a meeting presided over by Sindh Culture Minister Sassui Palijo, who is assisting the programme on the directives of President Asif Ali Zardari. Palijo was briefed by Shamim on the overall progress

Sindh Assembly session – United they stand on PML-N, divided they are on oil price hike

KARACHI – The ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) succeeded in getting a unanimous resolution against the Pakistan Muslim League-N adopted in the Sindh Assembly on Tuesday after convincing coalition partners Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) of the need for such a resolution.
This unity was short-lived, however, as Muttahida staged a token walkout against the fresh increase in petroleum prices made by PPP’s government in the Centre soon after the PML-N resolution was passed. Three

Runaway lovebirds’ first newborn ‘kidnapped’ from CHK

KARACHI – The perfect love story of a runaway couple from Larkana, Ghulam Fareed and Jameela, was saddled with its first major test: their newborn son was “kidnapped” soon after birth from within the premises of the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) early on Tuesday morning.
The police have registered a case against unknown culprits, and till the filing of this report, the infant had been not recovered. Ghulam Fareed and Jameela had fallen in love about a year-and-a-half ago, and got

Carry some extra coins, bus fares are going up!

KARACHI – There is bad news for all those who travel by bus: fares are set to be raised. What remains uncertain, however, is the exact increment, with the government and transporters still negotiating whether fares will be increased by Rs 2 or by Rs 3, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Sources told Pakistan Today that after the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority’s (OGRA) decision to increase the price of petrol by Rs 7.23 per litre and diesel by Rs 7.76, provincial authorities have

All control lies with the Home Department

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday ruled that the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) should not run the Command and Control System and it should be handed over to the Sindh Home Department. Disposing of the petition, the SHC division bench comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Imam Bux Baloch ordered the formation of a committee headed by Home Department special secretary and Additional Inspector General of Police, with a Rangers lieutenant colonel and a

Pagara predicts army rule, no elections for 30 to 40 years

KARACHI – There will be a bloody revolution in the country soon, following which every army chief will nominate himself as the president for three years and there will be no general elections for the next 30 to 40 years, PML-F chief Pir Pagara said on Tuesday.
“There will be civilian-disciplined dictatorship,” he added. Speaking at a press conference at his residence Kingri House, the spiritual leader of the Hurs said that under the civilian disciplined dictatorship,

A tale of two Pirs

KARACHI – The two Pirs of Sindh – an urban area’s Altaf Hussain and a rural area’s Pir Pagara – have started speaking about army rule. One has been asking “patriot generals” to help bring about a ‘revolution’ and other is warning people that ‘a bloody revolution’ is in the offing in which almost all politics will be wiped out and there will be no general elections for 30 to 40 years. Political observers are not taking the statements of the two Pirs lightly.
They are considering

Rangers deny picking up missing Malir court staffers

KARACHI – A representative for the Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) director general on Tuesday denied knowing the whereabouts of two missing Malir court staffers while submitting the law enforcement agency’s report on the notice issued by the Sindh High Court (SHC). The court proceedings were adjourned until March 8 with orders to all respondents to submit their written statements along with affidavits.
The SHC division bench consisting of Justice Maqbool Baqar and Justice Shahid

SA demands implementation of quota system

KARACHI – The Sindh Assembly on Monday passed a resolution unanimously demanding of the Sindh government to ensure implementation of the 60-40 percent ratio of quota in government jobs and promotions of employees in government departments as well as autonomous bodies.
PPP’s Ghulam Mujadid Isran presented the resolution on Private Members Day of the assembly; the MQM, PML-F and other parties also supported the resolution.
Isran, while explaining his resolution, said that

Appointment of constables – Sindh govt files plea against SHC stay order

KARACHI – The Sindh government filed an urgent application in the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday to vacate the stay order passed over a petition filed against the alleged appointment of police constables on political basis. On February 1, the SHC had restricted the Sindh government from hiring police constables till official comments were filed.
On Tuesday, Sindh Advocate General Fattah Mallak submitted an urgent application in which he requested the able court to vacate the

Family claims missing GDA officer was abducted by spies

KARACHI – The family of missing Gwadar Development Authority (GDA) officer Arif Noor Baloch held a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Tuesday.
Abid Noor – the younger brother of Arif – along with his mother, sisters and other family members, addressed the press conference. Showing concern over his forced disappearance, the family accused the intelligence agencies of picking up the government officer on October 31, 2010 from the Garden area, whose whereabouts remain

President wants 2011 to be ‘Zulfikarabad Year’

KARACHI – President Asif Ali Zardari said on Monday that the conceptual master planning of the Zulfikarabad along with the identification of the new mega city’s first phase should be completed within this year so that year 2011 could rightly be termed as the ‘Year of Zulfikarabad’. The president also instructed that a meeting of the Pak-China Joint Energy Working Group should be held soon so the proposal for the financing of another mega project in the province – the Thar Coal Project

Emergency centres under 14 flyovers

KARACHI – Emergency centres will be set up beneath 14 flyovers of the city, the City District Government (CDGK) decided in a meeting held at the Civic Centre on Tuesday.
The meeting was presided over by Karachi DCO Muhammad Hussain Syed. EDO Works and Services Rasheed Mughal, EDO Municipal Services Masood Alam, EDO Transport Atiq Baig and other city government officers attended the meeting. The project is being started on the directives of Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan.

Meditation on world of emotions

KARACHI – “It was from a daily visit to the cinema that you learned – or tried to learn – how to strut, to smoke, to kiss, to fight, to grieve. Movies gave you tips about how to be attractive, such as ‘it looks good to wear a raincoat even when it isn’t raining’.” These words once uttered by the late Susan Sontag – American author, literary theorist, public intellectual and political activist – could describe the reality of our times that is reflected in the way Ahmed Ali Manganhar

‘Mera Pakistan Conference 2011’ on 11th

KARACHI – COMMECS – the old students’ association of the Government College of Commerce and Economics, Karachi and the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) are organising the ‘Mera Pakistan Conference 2011’ at Marriot Hotel on March 11. Mera Pakistan is a dream project that is meant to portray the real picture of Pakistan as a land of immense opportunities and diversity. The concept of Mera Pakistan is to bring a positive change in the mindsets of not only the people of the

‘Sheikh Ayaz founder of modern poetry’

KARACHI – Sindh Culture Minister Sassui Palijo on Tuesday lauded the services Sheikh Ayaz, terming him a great revolutionary and the founder of modern poetry.
She said this on the launch of the poet’s birthday celebrations being organised by the Sindh Culture Department. Paying rich tributes to Ayaz, Palijo said the poet was the most widely read and referenced after great Sufi saint Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai.
“Ayaz was the founder of modern poetry. His writings and poetry