‘Efforts on to eradicate tuberculosis’

‘Efforts on to eradicate tuberculosis’

KARACHI – The Sindh Tuberculosis Control Programme (STBCP) has been running successfully in 13 districts of the province and the government plans to extend it to the remaining districts as well, Adviser to Chief Minister Sharmila Farooqui said on Tuesday.
“The Sindh government, in collaboration with the federal government and international agencies, is providing free treatment to TB patients,” she told a delegation of doctors and paramedical staff at her office.
The adviser

CM’s adviser demands varsity campus in Shikarpur

KARACHI – Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Tourism, PML-F’s Imtiaz Sheikh on Tuesday demanded the provincial government to immediately implement the directives of President Asif Ali Zardari and establish the Shah Latif University, Sheikh Ayaz Campus in Shikarpur.
In a letter written to the provincial chief minister, he said the president had directed the Sindh government to establish the campus in Shikarpur but despite the passage of eight months, the government still has not

SMIC conducts interviews for 4-year degree programme

KARACHI – The Sindh Madressatul Islam College (SMIC) on Tuesday conducted interviews of students, who had cleared the placement test for admission in four-year BS Education programme.
SMIC Principal Dr Muhammad Ali Sheikh along with other members of the interview committee conducted the interviews. The college has already selected students for the four-year BS Mass Communication programme.
Sheikh said that the classes for BS programmes would commence from January 17 and the

Recreating the milieu of dhabas

KARACHI – “Poets, writers, journalists, revolutionaries and CSP officers used to gather over a cup of tea or coffee for intense discussions on the social, political, cultural and literary concerns of the day. Modernisation and its accompanying frenzied pace of life have all but excluded this forum for cultural exchange and discourse,” says Nafisa Rizvi.
Rizvi was recently a guest curator at the Poppy Seed gallery, which had organised an art exhibition titled ‘Tea House’ that

Over 2,500 acres leased by Auqaf… sans any price floor for bidding

KARACHI – Over 2,500 acres have been leased by the Auqaf Department since 2007 but no price floor was set during the tender process, allowing bidders to rent land for peanuts, admitted Auqaf Minister Abdul Haseeb Khan on Monday during the Sindh Assembly (SA) session.
Three departments – Auqaf, Antiquities and Tourism – were under the scanner at Monday’s session, with most questions directed at the Auqaf department. One of the queries, raised by Heer Ismail Soho, pertained to

Enter the age of no maternal mortality?

KARACHI – The Sindh Assembly (SA) unanimously passed a resolution on Monday, demanding the government to address the root causes of maternal mortality in the province.
The resolution was moved by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MPA Dr Syed Ahmed Ali Shah, with many others adding their signatures as movers.
Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed, who belongs to the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), defended the government, while PPP members complained of the lack of medical

PML-F MPA, bureaucracy get ministers’ goat

KARACHI – It was either a female legislator from the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) or the bureaucracy who managed to rile Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) ministers during the Sindh Assembly session on Monday.
Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro was visibly aggravated when PML-F’s Nusrat Saher Abbasi criticized the government on what she claimed was negligence in monitoring the process of rehabilitation of flood affected people in some parts of the province. Referring to

Ssshhhhhh… we’ve got some dirt !

KARACHI – The Sindh Assembly building is usually spick and span. But all is not sparkling. As has become the norm in our beloved city, inconvenient questions are swept under the carpet for the greater good. Evasion is second only to the policy of reconciliation.
Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Sharjeel Inam Memon, elected to the Sindh Assembly from Tharparkar, is a backbencher. While he serves as the in-charge of PPP’s media cell outside the Assembly, within it he is pressed

Student congregations a no-no inside KU campus

KARACHI – Any kind of student congregations on campus have been banned by the University of Karachi (KU) administration, with the decision set to be enforced from January 15 – when students return for the new academic session, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The varsity administration, in a meeting with the Rangers director-general (DG), has also decided to hand over its security affairs to Pakistan Rangers due to the prevailing law and order situation on campus, sources said.

‘KESC wants to impose its own terms’

KARACHI – The Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) is providing gas to the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) without an agreement and the latter’s claim of not being provided 276mmcfd gas by the gas utility is baseless, said SSGC Managing Director Dr Faizullah Abbasi.
“Although the SSGC wants to sign a gas sale agreement with the KESC but the power utility wants to do this on its own terms and against the proper procedure of agreements signed between the utility supplier and the

‘Inefficient’ Finance Dept forces Sindh govt to change plans

KARACHI – The Sindh government has established a new cell to take over the responsibilities of the public-private partnership unit being run by the Finance Department after failing to ensure that development schemes are properly implemented
The main objective of establishing the new cell is to achieve the goals, which the government had set, sources told Pakistan Today.
A few months ago, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah had directed the additional chief secretary

Rs 0.66m bank heist in Nazimabad

KARACHI – Three robbers looted Rs 0.66 million from the branch of a private bank in Nazimabad No 1 within the jurisdiction of Rizvia police station on Monday.
However, police suspect that the guards, Altaf Hussain and Rizwan, are involved in the heist and arrested the two men.
DSP Sultan Khan said three armed men entered the bank at around
12:45 pm and after few minutes one of them started beating up a security guard. His two companions pulled out their weapons and held


‘Mangrove encroachers need to be stopped’

KARACHI – Fisher folk communities of Keamari Town on Monday vowed to launch a campaign to stop mangrove-cutting in the area at meeting in Kakapir village.
They pointed out that influential people of the area are carrying out earth-filling projects to encroach mangrove land.
“These influential people collect national identity cards from fisher folk and use their names to tamper old revenue records in their favour,” said former councillor Abdul Ghani, Haji Mohammed Siddique

NTS test for lower judiciary judges – SHC seeks successful candidates’ exam copies

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday directed the National Testing Services (NTS) administrator, the Sindh chief secretary, the SHC registrar and an SHC Inspection Team member to file comments in a petition challenging the examination procedure of lower judiciary judges.
The SHC division bench comprising Justice Athar Saeed and Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar also directed the respondents to submit the examination copies of the successful candidates.
The NTS test for

Aurat Foundation-Trocaire report on gender-based violence – Murdered, injured and raped… women in Sindh continue to suffer

KARACHI – There has been no let-up in gender-based violence in Sindh, reveals a six-month report compiled by the Aurat Foundation (AF) in collaboration with Irish NGO Trocaire.
PML-F MPA Marvi Rashdi, AF Karachi Resident Director Mahnaz Rahman, AF representatives Shireen Aijaz and Fareeda Tahir, and others formally launched the report titled ‘Policy and Data Monitor on Violence against Women’ based on the period between July and December 2010, at the Karachi Press Club on

Sindh prepares for National Educational Conference

KARACHI – A meeting of the National Educational Conference Sindh chapter was held on Monday at the Sindh Madressatul Islam (SMI) College under the chairmanship of its principal Dr Muhammad Ali Sheikh.
The meeting reviewed the preparatory arrangements for the province’s eight participating federal educational institutions and took important decisions in this respect.

Leaving interpretation to the audience

KARACHI – “All art is visual, and if there is to be a dialogue, it should be between the viewer and the work itself,” says Shakil Saigol.
He would prefer his audience to make its own interpretation, rather than imposing preconceived notions with jargon.
He could, if pressed, conjure an intellectual debate about his paintings. “Is it a struggle of man against beast? Is it a contrast between the human skin and the graphical physiognomy of the zebra? Is it a fascination for the