School for underprivileged children holds musical day

School for underprivileged children holds musical day

LAHORE – The Welfare Finishing School of Rukhsana Foundation, a school for underprivileged children, celebrated its annual music day last month. Foundation Chairperson Rukhsana Tahirkheli was the chief guest and students performed various acts, which were appreciated by the audience. The foundation supports more than 120 underprivileged and poor students by providing them with free education. The foundation mostly helps children whose parents are scavengers and work on daily wages.

Coal power plants can help country save $1bn a year: KESC

KARACHI – Power plants of 3,000MW are running on furnace oil in Pakistan, and if measures are taken to convert them to coal, the country would be in a position to save approximately $1 billion a year, said Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) Strategic Planning and Business Development Manager Muhammad Ammar Ali Talaat on Saturday. He was speaking at an Energy Awareness Conference, with the KESC as the lead sponsor, at the NED University.
The conference was aimed at creating

Protesting fisherfolk say they won’t hush up

KARACHI – A large number of fisherfolk hailing from different coastal villages staged a protest in Thatta city to condemn the illegal abduction of a community activist. The protesters, carrying banners and placards, shouted slogans demanding the safe release of Taj Mohammed Thahimor, who was arrested on January 22 while returning home. The protest rally, organised by the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF), was led by Gulab Shah, Amir Bux Jatt, PFF regional manager Jameel Junejo, Noor

‘Simple intervention can help prevent thalassaemia’

KARACHI – Pakistan, with five percent of its population estimated to comprise thalassaemic minor patients, can make use of a simple and cost-effective blood test to prevent thalassaemia Major, haematologist Dr Tahir Shamsi said on Saturday.
“Gynaecologists can play a crucial role in the prevention of the genetic blood disorder that holds extremely debilitating impact on the patients, including early deaths of the sufferers,” he said He advised obstetricians and gynaecologists to

Back on wheels as transporters call off strike

KARACHI – The Karachi Transporters Ittehad (KTI) called off their wheel-jam strike on Friday following a meeting at the Governor House where with Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad assured them of gradual fulfilment of all their demands. Friday was the second day of the strike, as transporters rejected the plea of Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Thursday night, where he had urged them to back-pedal their strike in view of the government slashing the POL price hike by half. Transporters

Is PPP preparing for polls?

KARACHI – Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Qaim Ali Shah made an unusual declaration on Friday – at a press conference convened at the Chief Minister’s House to welcome three politicians into the fold of the Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP)Sindh party, Shah claimed that the Election Commission of Pakistan will decide whether to form an interim government or a caretaker one to conduct the forthcoming general elections.
It was first time that the provincial president of the ruling PPP has

Food minister and buddies ready to reap poppy

KARACHI – Sindh Food Minister Nadir Magsi may be famous as Karachi’s best car racer, but he is also an agriculturalist – albeit one who makes his living by allegedly sowing poppy and guarding the cultivation with all his (mighty) force, Pakistan Today has learnt. Coupled with the fields, a number of factories also operate under the patronage and protection of Magsi – producing refined heroin that sells for millions of rupees in Sindh and Balochistan, well-placed sources in the

SHC disposes of petition against transporters strike

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday disposed of a constitutional petition regarding the transporters’ strike, but also ordered the government to ensure the provision of transport facilities to citizens if transporters continued their strike.
A division bench headed by Justice Ghulzar Ahmed passed the order on a petition moved by Farah Awan that has sought the withdrawal of the strike call, arguing that the Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI) had issued a strike call

Qureshi to arrive in Karachi today

PPP’s estranged leader and former foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, is scheduled to arrive in Karachi on today in what will be his second visit to Sindh in a week. Qureshi is scheduled to meet with Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) chief and spiritual leader of Hurs, Pir Pagaro, on Sunday. Sources privy to the situation said Qureshi would stay in Karachi for three days, during which he is also expected to meet with some party’s senior leaders. Sindh Home Minister Dr

Cleverly chronicling contemporary Pakistani art

KARACHI – Hasnat Mehmood’s bookshelf portraits of fellow artists are very clever chronicles of contemporary Pakistani art that should not be missed by art enthusiasts, said a press release issued by the Poppy Seed Gallery where Mehmood’s solo art exhibition titled ‘The Inquiry of Art’ is running until March 13. Mehmood is a visual artist who graduated in 2001 from Lahore’s National College of Arts where he now teaches.
His artworks are a part of collections at the British Museum

Cheaper fuel option at a heavy cost

KARACHI – The soaring prices of POL (petrol, oil and lubricants) have remarkably increased the sale of smuggled Iranian petrol, causing losses worth billions of rupees to the exchequer, while important government personalities are also investing in and harbouring this illegal business, sources have informed Pakistan Today.
The daily consumption of Iranian petrol has gone through the ceiling, whereas a major decline between 10,000 tonnes and 15,000 tonnes in daily consumption of

Kidnapper killed in encounter; abductees freed

KARACHI – The Anti-Violent Crime Cell (AVCC) rescued two kidnapped men from Khuda Ki Basti, North Karachi on Friday after an encounter with the alleged kidnappers. One of the kidnappers was killed in the operation while two of his accomplices managed to escape, said AVCC DSP Irfan. The two kidnapped students named Saad and Sheharyar were kidnapped on January 18 from the jurisdiction of New Town police.
Irfan said the AVCC police had conducted a raid in the Surjani Town area and

FROM THE FLOOR OF THE SINDH ASSEMBLY – ‘5 firms working on different blocks of Thar coalfield’

KARACHI – The Sindh government informed the provincial assembly on Friday that five companies are working on different blocks of the Thar coalfield, whereas the Coal and Energy Development Department is making efforts to offer three more developed blocks for investment. Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, who personally looks after the coal energy sector in the province, stated this in his written replies to questions asked by different members of the assembly. Sindh Law Minister Ayaz

PPI man among four killed

KARACHI – Four people were killed and five injured in different incidents in the city on Friday. A man was killed and another injured in firing in Malir within the limits of the Alfalah police station. Police said that two groups traded fire on the issue of putting up a banner of a school in Kehkashan Society. They opened fire in which Ahsan and a passerby Hassan suffered bullet injuries. Ahsan died on the spot and the injured was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre. The

Resolution condemns Bhatti’s murder

KARACHI – The Sindh Assembly on Friday passed a unanimous resolution condemning the murder of Federal Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti and declaring it “another attack on disturbing peace and progress of Pakistan”. The resolution was jointly moved by PPP, MQM and PML-F members including PPP’s Sindh Electric Power Minister Shazia Marri, Dr Sikandar Mandhro, Pitambar Sewhani, and Dr Ahmed Ali Shah, MQM’s Khawaja Izharul Hassan and PML-F’s Nusrat Saher Abbasi.
Speaking on

Chief minister okays merger of 44 departments into 28 new ones

KARACHI – Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah approved the summary for merging 44 government departments into 28 on Friday, sources told Pakistan Today.
The Services, General Administration and Coordination Department of the provincial government recently proposed a summary for merging 44 existing administrative departments into 28 new ones to the chief minister. After the “right-sizing” of the federal cabinet, the Sindh government had also decided to shorten the cabinet by

Lifetime of crime begins with the first offence

KARACHI – According to his case file, 20-year-old Jawad is serving three years at the Central Prison Karachi (CPK) for stealing a shopkeeper’s cell phone when the man wasn’t looking. The young man was caught, the cell phone was recovered, and he was beaten up and handed over to the police, who beat him up further and started legal proceedings against him. On account of his age, his crime did not fall under the jurisdiction of the juvenile courts. Jawad, however, is not a ‘grown-up’