Dozens shops gutted in Empress Market

Dozens shops gutted in Empress Market

KARACHI – Dozens of shops burned to ashes as the fire broke out in Empress Market, police said.
The conflagration broke out overnight, it gulped down several shops with flames billowing out in tall plumes, gutting goods housed at the dry fruits shops worth million of rupees.
The blaze was so intense that fire tenders from across the city had to be called in with police and the Rangers in large number cordoned the entire affected site.
Fire brigade crew said it was dry

City of Lights unplugs for Earth

KARACHI – Despite having intermittent power outages throughout the day thanks to the KESC, the city witnessed another blackout from 8:30pm to 9:30pm on Saturday – albeit of a special kind.
As millions of energy-conscious people across the world celebrated the Earth Hour 2011, 31 major buildings in the province with 14 in the city, including national landmarks and strategic installations, plunged into darkness.
The Chief Minister’s House, the Governor’s House, Sindh

‘Govt to segregate print, electronic media budget’

KARACHI – The government will segregate advertisement budget of print and electronic media soon in an attempt to create a balanced budget for the print media, said Federal Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan on Saturday while talking to Karachi-based editors.
Awan said that she would hold meetings with the senior media officials to evolve a balanced budget for both the print and electronic media, explaining that print media organizations have pointed out that a large chunk of

Taj ready to face contempt notice

KARACHI – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Sindh Secretary-General Taj Haider is ready and willing to appear before the Supreme Court (SC) on contempt of court proceedings.
The SC on Saturday took notice of a press conference organised by PPP-Sindh in connection with a verdict of the apex court regarding former National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chief Deedar Hussain Shah. Issuing contempt notices to Haider and another PPP-Sindh leader, Sharjeel Inam Memon, the court also sought

Benazir’s killers nabbed? Malik is bluffing: Mumtaz

KARACHI – Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s claim that the government has arrested the killers of Benazir Bhutto Shaheed, three years after the assassination, is bound to be false and designed only to abate mounting pressure on President Asif Ali Zardari, argued Sindh National Front (SNF) Chairman Mumtaz Ali Bhutto on Saturday.
“What about the case filed against Musharraf? And what about the case filed by his government against two police officers? Rehman Malik’s latest claim not

Solar electrification spreads currents of joy

KARACHI – When two of her daughters were married off two years ago, Noor Khatoon, a housewife, had barely managed to give her daughters a few handmade items, such as ralli (quilts), bed sheets, hair bands and pillows as dowry; however, she was able to joyously craft a large number of these items for her other two daughters’ wedding this time around, which was made possible with a huge electric bulb in her courtyard.
Noor Khatoon lives in a traditional hamlet, Goth Gul Hassan

‘Govt to support energy conservation measures’

KARACHI – Defence Minister Ahmad Mukhtar, who is also chairman of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), pledged the government’s full support to energy conservation measures and for the protection of environment.
Mukhtar was speaking on Saturday at PIA’s joining ceremony of Earth Hour campaign. As part of the Earth Hour campaign, all non-essential lights at the PIA buildings and the PIA business centres were switched off for one hour, between 8:30pm and 9:30pm.

‘Source of inspiration compels ideas to materialise’

KARACHI – “It is the source of inspiration that compels ideas to materialise. We are the product of our circumstances – social, economic and political. My basic inspiration comes from the ambient circumstances,” says Rabia Zuberi.
Retrospection in Zuberi’s work lets her conclude that there have been different phases of progress of her work. From the early era of sculpture until the mid-60s, the idea took its strength from the great innocence of infants and the universal mother

Govt snatches relief from flood survivors, focus on rehab

KARACHI – The provincial government has officially ended all flood-relief activities in the province, saying that the efforts will be now concentrated on the rehabilitation of flood survivors.
This was confirmed by Sindh Rehabilitation Minister Haji Muzzaffar Shujra, who while talking to Pakistan Today on Saturday, said that shifting its efforts from relief towards rehabilitation, the Sindh government will soon hand over 2,000 houses to flood-affected families in the first

CID claims arresting Ghaffar Zikri’s close aide

KARACHI – The Crime Investigation Department (CID) on Saturday claimed to have arrested Jan Muhammad alias Jaanu, a close aide of Ghaffar Zikri.
The detainee was reportedly picked up from the Manghopir Road with two TT pistols and two hand grenades.
The CID received information that a gangster from Lyari was seen near the Shahzad Cinema located at the Manghopir Road, following which a raid was carried out in the area. Jan Muhammad was arrested after a brief encounter with

4 die in separate areas of city

KARACHI – A man was gunned down, a couple fell victim to karo-kari and a minor girl was burnt to death in separate incidents on Saturday. According to details, a man was gunned down in the Teen Hatti area. Police said that 60-year-old Afzal was killed when unidentified culprits opened fire on him under the Teen Hatti bridge.
KARO-KARI: The Sukkan police found bullet-riddled bodies of a 27-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman from Peer jo Goth. It is suspected that the

After 3-decade service, SMI’s beloved teacher bids farewell

KARACHI – The Sindh Madressahtul Islam (SMI) bid farewell to one of its beloved teachers, Ramesh P Jethmalani, who retired on Saturday after having served the institution for 30 years.
A farewell party for Jethmalani was organised on Saturday by the institution at its Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium, where the SMI principal and other senior teachers led the tributes for the selfless services of the in charge of SMI College Section.
Born on March 26, 1951 in Karachi,

Qaim expects fruits from Thar coal soon

KARACHI – Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Saturday presided the 11th meeting of Thar Coal and Energy Board held at Chief Minister House. The chief minister, who is also chairman of the board, said that the coal and energy projects are essential for the development and progress of not only for Thar area but will bring prosperity throughout Pakistan.
He added that the work of eight different blocks allotted to different firms and companies is in progress, and the work of

Ban on crowd around KESC installations

KARACHI – The city administrator has banned the assembly of more than five persons in and around 100 yards of strategic installations of KESC and authorised a representative of KESC to lodge complaints under relevant provisions of PPC at the police station concerned against anyone violating this order.
The order stated that all installations including KESC offices fall under the category of strategic assets, 29 installations among those are declared key points by the government

Anti-polio campaign kicks off in Karachi

KARACHI – Karachi Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed inaugurated a polio eradication campaign in Karachi by administering polio vaccines to children in the Civic Centre on Thursday.
The campaign will be carried out until April 6. Syed also gave a cheque of Rs 10,000 with appreciation certificates to Liaquatabad Town administrator and his staff for achieving 100 percent results during a recent polio eradication campaign.
Town administrators, town health officers,

Vote of confidence – SHC wants answers with or without Gilani

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday issued notices to the deputy attorney general and other respondents in a constitutional plea seeking a fresh vote of confidence from the National Assembly for Prime Minister (PM) Yousuf Raza Gilani.
Petitioner Rasheed Akhund, an advocate of the Supreme Court who had also moved the court against President Asif Ali Zardari holding dual offices, appeared before a division bench headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam and submitted

Power ship likely to begin supply by month-end

KARACHI – The ship-mounted 232 MW rental power project is likely to commence operations on March 31 after overcoming minor technical glitches, APP has learnt. An official of the Turkish power ship, Karkey Karadenz, told APP on Friday that a delegation of the Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) will meet with directors and technical staff of the rental ship on Saturday.
Despite in the state of readiness, the date for starting commercial operational will be notified to