‘Biotechnology vital for rapid agricultural development’

KARACHI – The use of biotechnology approach is vital for rapid agricultural development and healthcare in the country, said University of Karachi’s International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) Director Dr M Iqbal Choudhary on Friday.
“The potential of biotech crops for the future is enormous,” he said while delivering a lecture at the ICCBS. He further said that droughts and floods are predicted to become more prevalent and severe as country faces new

Ordinary objects hold strong meaning in them: Talpur

KARACHI – Playing with ordinary objects has always allowed Amjad Ali Talpur to observe the other side of the picture, said a press release issued by the Canvas Gallery where Talpur’s new work is being shown at an art exhibition until April 7.
Talpur says that ordinary objects hold strong meaning in them. “These objects are necessities of human beings and reflect the current situation of my country, which is afflicted with several crises,” he says. People outnumber resources in

MQM activist among 10 murdered

KARACHI – At least 10 people, including an MQM activist, were killed in different violent incidents in the city on Friday. An activist of the MQM was gunned down by unidentified armed men in the Garden area.
Shahjahan, 24, son of Qasim, was shot in the wee hours of Friday and rushed to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK), where he succumbed to his injuries. The deceased was a worker of MQM Unit 30 of Garden Sector. The body of the victim was handed over to his family after

Fuel price hike challenged in SHC

KARACHI – A constitutional petition was filed in the Sindh High Court on Friday against the government’s announcement of increase in prices of petroleum products by 10 percent. The petition was filed by Iqbal Haider pleading the court that the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) be restrained over hiking of petroleum prices and such acts termed illegal and unconstitutional.
The petitioner had already filed the petition on that same issue recently but the government took back

People reject petroleum prices

KARACHI – The people of Pakistan have unanimously rejected Thursday’s hike in petroleum prices, saying the move would increase inflation by at five to 10 percent across the country. The inflation-stricken masses would face around 10 percent increase in price of all items after nine to 13 percent hike in petroleum prices, sources told Pakistan Today.
The hike would have its impacts in three dimensions, as it would increase freight charges, cost of production and transportation,

Donate bone marrow and save lives

KARACHI – The absence of a bone marrow donation culture in the country has diminished the survival chances of thousands of patients suffering from different blood disorders, said haematologists and bone marrow recipients at a ceremony organised to observe the International Bone Marrow Transplant Day.
They that said despite the 90 percent survival rate among bone marrow recipients in the country, many lives are lost due to the absence of donors. “Around 3,000 patients suffering

Milk hoarders to face strict action, warns city administrator

KARACHI – Karachi Administrator Fazlur Rehman warned dairy farmers on Friday that strict action would be taken against them under the Maintenance of Public Order if they are found involved in hoarding milk to increase the commodity’s prices.
He was addressing a meeting of EDOs at the DCO Camp Office cancelling his remaining medical leave and reassuming his post.
“All buffalo farms established on government land will be removed and measures have been taken to arrest milk

No negligence to be tolerated, CS warns census officers

KARACHI – Sindh Chief Secretary Abdus Subhan Memon warned the officers deputed in the province for the sixth housing and population census on Friday that no ignorance or negligence in duties would be tolerated and severe disciplinary action taken otherwise.
He said this while presiding over a meeting of DCOs and EDOs of the Revenue and Education departments and other relevant DPOs of Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Sanghar, Jamshoro, Matiari, Tando Allah Yar, Tando Muhammad Khan,

Altaf condemns Darra Adam Khel blast

KARACHI – Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Friday condemned the suicide blast at a bazaar in Darra Adam Khel and said that such attacks are part of a conspiracy to destabilise the country.
He said that blood-thirsty terrorists have been targeting armed forces’ installations, mosques, schools and public places and no one is safe from their savagery. “The suicide attack in the bazaar in Darra Adam Khel shows the terrorists’ ferociousness and makes it clear that

Notices issued to advocate general, chief secretary

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court on Friday issued notices to the advocate general (AG) and the chief secretary (CS), seeking explanation on a constitutional petition regarding targeted killings in Karachi.
A division bench, comprising Chief Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Syed Azhar Rizvi, were hearing a petition filed by Rana Faizul Hassan who said that the government had failed to provide security to the citizens and violated Article No 9 of the Constitution of Pakistan. Hassan

KESC arrests two wire thieves

KARACHI – The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) security team on Friday morning arrested two persons from the Malir area involved in stealing copper wire and recovered about five kg of stolen wire.
The persons were caught red-handed by the KESC security personnel with the help of local residents while they were cutting off wire from the KESC power network in Bagh-e-Malir. They were handed over to the Al-Falah police and a case was registered against them.
On Thursday

Home Dept’s special cell to crack down on bhatta mafia

KARACHI – The Home Department is setting up a special cell that would be headed by an SSP-rank officer to look into extortion complaints. According to a Home Department spokesperson, Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Ali Mirza made this decision in consultation with Adviser on Home Affairs Sharfuddin Memon.
He further directed the IGP, Karachi CCPO and other top ranking police officials to complete arrangements for the establishment of the cell as soon as possible.
The cell would

Convert or go to hell: tablighis tell non-Muslim patients at govt hospitals

KARACHI – Twenty-three-year-old Zain*, a Catholic Christian, was admitted to the emergency ward of the Civil Hospital Karachi after he was shot and wounded as a passer-by in a crossfire. While his worried parents and sister stood around waiting for the doctor’s verdict, men in green turbans and high shalwars swooped down on Zain. “Brother, you must denounce your infidel ways. Kalma parhein (recite the Kalma),” they told the young man who was barely conscious and obviously in immense

Crippled by the bhatta mafia, M.A. Jinnah traders say no more

KARACHI – Business and commercial activities on M. A. Jinnah Road remained suspended during the first half of Thursday as traders took to the roads after one of their colleagues was shot at allegedly by extortionists over resistance to comply with their demands.
The protesting traders argued that incidents of street crime and extortion continued unabated and law enforcers had failed to provide them with any protection. “Traders of the Auto Market and Tyres Market took to the

Nine artists embark on ‘Voyages of Personal Discovery’ at IVS Gallery

KARACHI – The Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture recently held an exhibition of artworks by nine artists, titled ‘Voyages of Personal Discovery’, at the Indus Valley School Gallery. The nine artists embarked on their individual voyages of personal discovery. The exhibition displayed works in mixed media by Anam Khan, Fahim Rao, Hina Farooqui, Madiha Hyder, Nadia Niazy, Noorus Sabah Saeed, Sara Mahmood, Ussman Ghauri and Zuna Altaf. The Indus Valley School of Art and