SHC allows KESC CEO to submit comments in next hearing

SHC allows KESC CEO to submit comments in next hearing

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court on Friday allowed Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gauhar Tabish to submit his comments on a contempt-of-court application in the next hearing.
On behalf of the KESC CEO, Barrister Kumail Ahmed Sherazi appeared before a division bench, comprising Chief Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Hassan Azhar Rizvi, and requested the court to grant his client further time to submit comments in the application moved by Syed

Chief minister

KARACHI – Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah urged the provincial Health Department on Friday to expedite the remaining work on completing the ongoing schemes and improving the conditions at health centres working in rural areas.
Shah was presiding over a meeting at the Chief Minister’s House.
Shah stressed upon the Health Department officials to pay full attention towards early completion of important ongoing schemes, aimed at providing health facilities to the poor

You need to recall what previous rulers did for you and what we have done, Mazhar tells teachers

KARACHI – Provincial Senior Education and Literacy Minister Pir Mazharul Haq has asked the teachers’ community in general, and the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) office-bearers in particular, to compare what the previous regime did for them and what they have achieved during the tenure of the present government.
According to a statement, the minister, while commenting on the SPLA declaration that it would protest against the Education Department, said,” The

‘Reconciliation policy necessary for national harmony and stable democracy’

KARACHI – The PPP government is determined to maintain a stable democracy, rule of law, social development and peace in the country at all costs through political reconciliation and consultation with all stakeholders, Provincial Information and Archives Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon said on Friday.
“President and PPPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari believes in the policy of reconciliation and all efforts are being made to take all political parties on board to remove differences and

436 exam centres minus 211 = less cheating?

KARACHI – All arrangements for the annual matriculation examination have been finalised at the exam centres, which have been reduced from 436 to 225 for facilitating the students and maintaining better vigilance to discourage unfair means, said Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad.
He said this while speaking to a delegation of journalists at the Governor’s House on Friday.
“The reduction in exam centres would prove helpful for providing security to the students during

8-month-old girl becomes 7th polio sufferer in province this year

KARACHI – A new polio case was reported in Karachi on Friday, according to Sindh Health Department’s Public Relations Officer Saleem Khan.
18-month-old Maria Tawab Khan, resident of Baloch Colony in Orangi Town, was diagnosed with the onset of polio on March 29, whereas, according to the final report, it was confirmed on Friday that she has polio.
“Her vaccination status is zero plus seven and she is suffering from P-1 type polio virus,” Khan said.
With this new case,

Computers too slow to digitise Sindh’s historical archives in 4 years?

KARACHI – The project worth Rs 8 million for digitisation of centuries-old records and books with the Sindh Archives Department is yet to kick off despite being launched in June 2007, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Well-placed sources told Pakistan Today that the scheme launched by the Archives Department aimed at launching a website, digitisation and computerisation of the province’s historical archives, including more than 200-year-old books, could not be accomplished due to the

‘Revolutionary steps needed in new budget’

KARACHI – Prominent economist Dr Shahid Hasan Siddiqui has said that only revolutionary steps can restore the economy of the country and if not taken in the forthcoming budget, any betterment in economy should not be expected.
He said this while speaking at a meeting of the Hamdard Shura themed ‘National Budget 2011-2012: Apprehensions, Expectations and Difficulties’ held at a local hotel recently. The session was presided over by former Federal Shariat Court chief justice

Prevent garbage dumping on Manzoor Colony nullah’s edges, orders Fazl

KARACHI – City administrator Fazlur Rehman directed the Jamshed Town Administration on Friday to prevent dumping of garbage at the edges of Manzoor Colony nullah otherwise the city government’s step to clean and de-silt the drain would go to waste.
“All garbage should immediately be shifted to land fill sites,” he said while inspecting the cleaning work of the nullah.
The administrator was briefed by the cleaning staff that much of the nullah has been cleaned and it is

Bringing subjects together from shared and unshared world

KARACHI – The only constant in Maliha Peracha’s body of work has been her point of reference: “my sense of nostalgia, bringing in subjects from my shared and unshared world.”
Peracha explains that whether it begins with a personal action, an experience of culture and society, or an intellectual exploration, there is a peculiar relationship between expectation and discovery – the point at which one recognises something unfamiliar within the previously seen or something familiar

Flour mills begin 3-day strike in Sindh

KARACHI – Flour mills across Sindh have gone on a three-day strike against ongoing ban on inter-district movement of wheat in province.
Sindh Floor Mills Association (SFMA) argued that the ban has increased the price of flour by Rs.100 per bag.
On the other hand, the Food Department said that there was no wheat crisis in the province.
The ban, it said, has been imposed to curb smuggling of wheat.

When oil powers electrons, KESC wants (at least) 4 rupees more

KARACHI – With the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) now left with only 100 million cubic feet per day (MMCFD) of gas, a likely revision of tariffs will impact the power utility’s consumers – most citizens will now have to shell out over Rs 11 for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) consumed as opposed to the Rs 7.39 being paid currently.


KARACHI – As many as 89 Indian fishermen began their homeward journey on Thursday, after Pakistani authorities released them from the Malir jail. The fishermen – arrested by Pakistan Navy on charges of violating territorial waters – were put on two buses and sent to Lahore, where they will be handed over to Indian authorities on Friday at the Wagah border.
Some of the released fishermen belong to Kachh in the Indian state of Gujarat, and many also have close relatives in Karachi.

‘Incidents of targeted killings have reduced’

KARACHI – Incidents of target killings have reduced in the city and action against criminals involved in targeted killings and extortions is being accelerated to get more results, said Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Thursday.
He expressed these views while talking to journalists at the office of Sindh Election Commission, where he had arrived along with Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and leaders of coalition parties of the PPP-led Sindh government, to file

Bank robbed of Rs 9.85m with guard’s help

KARACHI – Five men equipped with weapons robbed a private bank in Jodia Bazaar of Rs 9.85 million with the help of the bank’s security guard early Thursday morning, the Kharadar Police said.
According to Kharadar Police Sub-Inspector Ghulam Ishaq, five men entered the Jodia Bazaar branch of the Muslim Commercial Bank at 6:30 am on Thursday with the help of the bank’s security guard, Muhammad Anwar, who was deployed there by Mastan Security.
The robbers held the bank staff

‘Orders to kill journalist Wali Babar issued from South Africa’

KARACHI – Orders to kill journalist Wali Babar were issued by some “influential people” living in South Africa but who have connections in Karachi, according to a report prepared by a joint investigation team (JIT) probing the case and the five suspects that have been arrested thus far.
Babar was murdered in broad daylight on January 13, 2011, with former provincial home minister Zulfiqar Mirza assuring the journalist community that his killers will be nabbed.
Five men

Good samaritans at disaster sites end up creating problems for rescue staff: Edhi

KARACHI – The common people who rush to disaster sites for helping victims, instead create problems for the rescue workers in shifting the injured to hospitals, said renowned philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi.
He said this while talking with Pakistan Today after delivering his speech at a lecture session titled ‘Emergency Medical Care During Disasters’ organised by the Aga Khan University Hospital on Thursday.
“In case of any disaster, most people rush to the site and want to