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Sindh sets up new dept for rehab of flood victims

Sindh sets up new dept for rehab of flood victims

KARACHI: On the directive of President Asif Ali Zardari, a new provincial department for rehabilitation of flood victims has been established with Muzaffar Shujra as its first minister while it has also been decided to post Syed Asad Ali Shah as the Sindh Bank president.
President Zardari during his meeting with the Sindh government high-ups has issued directives that for a speedy rehabilitation of flood victims in the province, a separate department would be established. And

Sindh CM could be replaced

KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari has said the Sindh government should improve by December 31, warning that otherwise the entire setup of the provincial government would be changed.
In a meeting chaired by the president at the Bilawal House, the Sindh government had presented its new plan of action for the reconstruction of the flood-affected areas.
An insider present at the meeting told Pakistan Today that President Zardari expressed displeasure on the dismal performance

Irrigation officials make millions while Sindh drowns

KARACHI: The officials of the Sindh Irrigation Department have used the recent flashfloods as an excuse to shamelessly embezzle funds as the country struggles to get back on its feet, a report by Pakistan Today revealed.
Two years ago, the current Singh Irrigation and Power Minister Jam Saifullah Dharejo was replaced by Syed Murad Ali Shah by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government because of the charges of corruption against him.
Dharejo used his influence and was

Sindh Assembly session – PPP lawmakers vent their spleen on TI’s report

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed a motion against Transparency International over what they said was an attempt to malign the country by releasing the “purported” ratings of Pakistan on the World Corruption Index.
PPP’s Sharjeel Inam Memon moved the motion on an out-of-turn basis that was passed unanimously by the House. MQM’s MPA Heer Sohu objected on moving the motion out-of-turn, but Deputy Speaker Shahla Raza rejected her complaint. Earlier SIndh Law

Sindh govt mulling prize on assassins’ heads

KARACHI: The Sindh government is planning to place a bounty on the heads of criminals involved in the assassinations in Karachi, Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza told the Sindh Assembly on Monday.
“There is no amnesty for the criminals who surrender,” he said during the Question Hour. Mirza said that from May to October 2010, 822 kidnapping had been registered in the province and out of them, 520 had taken place in Karachi.
At least 56 honour killings occurred during the same

Sindh CM denies allegation on Watan Cards distribution

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah on Monday denied an opposition member’s allegation that Watan cards were not being distributed properly among flood survivors.
Responding to an adjournment motion on Watan cards by the opposition’s Arif Mustafa Jatoi Qaim said, “The Sindh government has allocated Rs 20 billion for Watan cards only one-fourth of flood survivors have been able to obtain the cards so far and this process will continue for four more months.

Zardari tells PPP ministers in Sindh to prepare for LG polls

KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari has asked his party ministers in Sindh to start preparing for the local government elections slated to be held within six months, Fauzia Wahab told the media after the president’s meeting with the party’s provincial ministers at the Bilawal House on Monday.
The president was briefed on the performance and problems of the Sindh government’s Home, Finance, Irrigation, Education and Excise departments. Giving the details of the meeting, Wahab said

Sindh spending Rs 7.5m on platelet bags: Sagheer

KARACHI: The Sindh Health Department is using Rs 7.5 million from different heads of the annual budget to buy mega-unit platelet bags for dengue patients that will be handed over to health executive district officers (EDOs) throughout the province, Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed said on Sunday.
“The health department has so far conducted dengue tests on 3,371 people throughout Sindh, and 1,816 have tested positive for the disease, including 1,704 in Karachi and 112 in

Hindus in Sindh all set to celebrate Diwali on Nov 5

KARACHI: The Hindus throughout Sindh have made all the preparations to celebrate the biggest Hindu festival of Diwali or Deepawali, which would be celebrated on Friday, November, 05.
Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated every year between mid-October and mid-November, to remember the return of Hindu god Rama to his kingdom Ayodhya from the forest, after 14 years of exile. It also celebrates Rama’s success in a war against the ‘devil’ king of Lanka, Raavan. Hindus, Sikhs

Ministry and State Bank pave the way for Sindh Bank

The Ministry of Finance and the State Bank of Pakistan have in principle approved the establishment of Sindh Bank Limited (SBL), Pakistan Today learnt Wednesday.
However, the central bank would issue a formal license to the provincial government only when the latter fulfills the regulatory conditions required for the development of a bank.
The Sindh government, in a meeting of the Revenue Department held at the Sindh Chief Minister House under the chairmanship

Environment Ministry to set up nature clubs in Sindh schools

To create environmental awareness at primary and secondary levels, the Sindh ministry of environment has decided to set up Nature Clubs in schools across the province, Sindh Environment Minister Khalid Omer said while addressing a gathering on the occasion of the tree-plantation campaign organized by the World Wildlife Fund – Pakistan and the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) under the ‘Green Learn-n-Fun Programme’ in collaboration with the City District Government Karachi

Sindh govt stops funds for dengue cure

As the number of cases of the deadly mosquito-borne disease Dengue is on the rise, Health Minister Sindh Dr Sagheer Ahmed has warned that the number of cases this year is much higher than the total number registered in last three years, adding that the government needed to take an immediate notice of the situation.
The government, least interested, has stopped the release of the annually allocated Rs 20 million for the treatment and prevention of the disease and has

Flood survivors from Sindh feel neglected in Shahdara

LAHORE: Someone once said that Punjab is mother, and a mother feeds without discrimination. Having similar thought in mind, a group of flood victims made their way to Lahore in search for life.
It is needless to explain what all they lost in flood but it is important to explain what they did not; it was courage. Six families got aboard a flood effectee train and found themselves in Lahore without shelter, without money – but with hope.
The families left their home village

Ruckus in PA as PPP berates PML-N’s attack on Sindh govt

LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly on Wednesday was the scene of a uproar after a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) legislator made a derogatory comment against the Sindh government, while the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) reciprocated in the same coin.
The tense situation arose when the coalition partners – the PPP and PML-N – charged each other with corruption and some PPP lawmakers staged a token walkout from the House over the presence of Prosecution Secretary Rana Maqbool in the

Sindh government and HESCO finally resolve to resolve disputes

KARACHI: In a bid to settle the long running dispute between the Sindh government and the Hyderabad Electric Supply Corporation (HESCO) over outstanding dues of Rs27 billion; the two entities have composed field committees to properly scrutinize the details of the case.
The field committees, constituted of officials of both the Sindh government and HESCO, would evaluate the electricity bills issued to the sub-department of the provincial government in various districts excluding

Sindh industrial directorate a shadow of itself

KARACHI: The directorate of industries of the Sindh government has almost no discretionary powers to maintain a check upon industrial units and no longer is in a position to facilitate the implementation process of new projects and smooth operations in existing industries.
The directorate, located in the Sindh Secretariat, once a proud bastion of the state prior to 1991, today presents a deserted look with hardly a visitor to boast of, as all its functions have gradually been

Sindh to take up PSDP funds’ blockade in CCI meeting

The Sindh government will take up the matter of financing the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) schemes worth Rs 277 billion in the upcoming meeting of the Council of Common Interest (CCI) so that the vital projects could be completed on time, Pakistan Today learnt on Sunday.
Sources said the Centre had withheld the funding of the PSDP 2010-11 in the province citing financial problems.
The provincial government has time and again approached the Ministry