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GOVT TO PROVIDE MODERN MEANS OF COMMUNICATIONS TO MASSES: OFFICIAL

Balochistan government is utilizing huge amounts to provide modern means of communications to the masses in remote areas of the province. An official of Provincial Communications Department told our correspondent in Quetta on Friday, that a ...

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Training on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation organized by International Union for Conservation of Nature

Karachi, May 25, 2017 (PPI-OT):IUCN Pakistan organized a two-day training workshop in collaboration with HEJ/ International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) and National University of Science and Technology (NUST) on “Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation for Integrated Coastal Zone Management” from 24-25 May 2017 at University of Karachi. The participants were trained on managing ecological disasters and adapting to climate change so that they can apply and impart the knowledge in their respective areas.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema, Country Representative, IUCN Pakistan, sensitized the audience to the importance of the coastal ecosystem and mangroves and said that IUCN was committed to making communities disaster and climate resilient. He added that IUCN is “implementing the Mangroves for the Future (MFF) Programme in Pakistan and currently has four Small Grants Projects being implemented in the coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan.” “MFF, he explained, works towards maintaining healthy ecosystems to secure livelihoods and increase resilience to natural hazards and climate change.”

Reflecting the growing concern about natural disasters and climate change in Pakistan, the workshop aimed at training participants from NGOs, academia and government officials working in the area of ecosystem management along the coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan.

Dr. M Iqbal Choudhury, Director, HEJ/ICCBS, University of Karachi very graciously extended his support for hosting this training and to sharing knowledge with HEJ faculty members and students who joined on the second day. Mr. Ghulam Qadir Shah, National Coordinator, Mangroves for the Future Programme and Nadeem Mirbahar made their presentations focusing on Environment and Ecosystems and Disaster Risk Reduction.

Dr. Naeem Shehzad of National University of Science and Technology (NUST) made a presentation on “Linking Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction, Linking global environmental problems, sustainable development and disasters, Risk trends, DRR gap analysis in the Asia-Pacific and linkages to the environment.

For more information, contact:
Programme Officer
Education, Communication and Outreach
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Pakistan Country Office
1, Bath Island Road,
Karachi-75530
Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35861540
Fax: +92-21-35835760, +92-21-35761448, +92-21-35870287
Cell: +92-301-2931184
Email: george.sadiq@iucn.org
Website: www.iucn.org

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Provincial Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah visits Karachi Press Club

Karachi, May 25, 2017 (PPI-OT):Sindh Information, Labour and Transport Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah soon after the assumption of information Department visited Karachi Press Club where he received by President and Secretary Siraj Ahmed, Maqsood You...

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Karachi police finalizes Ramadan Contingency Plan

Karachi, May 25, 2017 (PPI-OT):Karachi police has finalized the Ramadan Contingency Plan. The comprehensive security plan include foolproof security to 4087 Taraveeh (including Masajid and open places), 128 Shabeena gatherings in the city, in addition to security cover during 5 times prayers.

This was informed to Home Minister Sindh Sohail Anwar Khan Sial during a briefing at Karachi Police Office. Addl. IG Karachi Mushtaq Ahmad Mahar briefed the chair about the contingency plan in details. During the briefing, he also informed about security at shopping centers during the month of Ramadan.

Home Minister directed DIGs, SSPs, SPs to ensure their presence on roads from Iftari time up to end of Taraveeh time. “No excuse would be accepted in this regard”, he warned. He further asked Addl. IG, Karachi to create a WhatsApp group and issue directives to all DIGs, SSPs, SPs to update status when visiting any Masjid, Imambargah, Taraveeh area etc. ” I will personally monitor the status of all officers and asses their performance”, he added. Home Minister stressed upon the zonal DIGs and District SSPs to work hard to control street crimes in the city and beef up snap checking and police patrolling.

Sohail Sial asked Addl. IG Karachi to approach Commissioner and have a meeting with KE authorities for uninterrupted power supply during Sehri and Iftari timings. The meeting was attended by Additional IG of Karachi, Traffic, CTD, Special Branch; DIGs of CIA, East, South, West, Traffic and District SSPs of Karachi.

For more information, contact:
Information and Archives Department
Directorate of Press Information
Government of Sindh
95-Sindh Secretariat 4-B, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-99204423, +92-21-99204401
Website: http://sindhinformation.gos.pk

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Chief Justice orders for all pending appeals under Land Acquisition Act

Karachi, May 25, 2017 (PPI-OT):The Chief Justice has ordered that all pending first appeals and appeals under the Land Acquisition Act, in which the amount exceeds Rs.1,00,000/- (Rupees on lac only), shall be fixed before the concerned Division Bench t...

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Distribution of Turkish Housing Scheme at Makli comprised of 2120 houses will be purely on merit

Karachi, May 25, 2017 (PPI-OT):Provincial Minister for Rehabilitation and Population Welfare Mir Mumtaz Hussain Jakhrani has said that the distribution of Turkish Housing Scheme at Makli, comprised of 2120 houses, will be done purely on merit basis among the affectees of district Thatta and Sujawal of 2010 devastating flood. Favouritism and nepotism will not be followed in this regard. This he said after appearing the High Court verdicts of disposing off the petition against Sindh government.

The modern village Turkish Housing Scheme comprised of 2120 houses, including 02 schools, 01 health facility, 01 sport complex, 03 mosques and 02 shopping malls. To ensure transparency in the process of allotment of these housing units, the government of Sindh constituted a committee headed by Commissioner Hyderabad.

The committee proposes that the eligibility criteria for balloting should include; (a) permanent and present address of district Thatta or Sujawal in CNIC, (b) He/she is already a beneficiary of Watan Card Phase-II, (c) He/she falls under National Poverty score card (d) have not been provided shelter/help for shelter by any government agency, NGO or INGO. Committee also proposed 2% quota for minorities, 2% for Disabled and 10% for Widows.

Out of the 146,690 flood affectees of household damage category (Watan Card holders) 36,069 stood eligible on poorest of the poor criteria (Data as provided by NADRA). Out of these 36,069 persons 784 beneficiaries falling under the said criteria were already compensated by various NGOs/INGOs by providing them houses hence were excluded. Thus a total of 35,284 eligible beneficiaries are included in the final list for balloting.

The NADRA has been approached for conducting the ballot; however they have tendered their inability. Alternately, the Information Technology Department government of Sindh requested to undertake the exercise. Mumtaz Jakhrani also said that Pakistan People’s Party never acts against their manifesto. We formed policies for the welfare of the poor people. Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto mission of Roti, Kapra and Makan will carry on in Pakistan until the single jiyala is in power.

Minister Mumtaz Jakhrani informed that the date and place of the balloting and the final list of selected beneficiaries shall be published in the press in both regional and national languages and also locally in Thatta and Sujawal District by such means. This transparent and totally computerized merit system will leave no question against the process by our contenders, he concludes.

For more information, contact:
Information and Archives Department
Directorate of Press Information
Government of Sindh
95-Sindh Secretariat 4-B, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-99204423, +92-21-99204401
Website: http://sindhinformation.gos.pk

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