Saturday, September 26, 2009

National Courier’s Chief Reporter wins ‘best journalist’ award

The prominent International Arts and Cultural Organization’s Chairman Anees Pasha said that the importance and beneficence of newsprint media can never be diminished. He said journalism is popularly considered as fourth pillar of the state and backbone of the society.
He expressed these viewpoints in annual function of IACO Pakistan which honored distinguished persons with “Pride of Performance” awards in different categories of all walks of life.
On this occasion, in the journalism category, the IACO announced Dr. Syed Jafar Abbas Jafri, Chief Reporter of National Courier newspaper, deserved the title of best journalist and honored him with bestowing of the “Pride of Performance” award for year 2009.
In this function, the “Pride of Performance” awards in different categories were also bestowed on other persons also who demonstrated best performance and excellence in different fields of work including Syed Sajid Akhtar, Azhar Hussain, Nehal malik, Faraz Ansari, Rizwan Malik, Haqparast MPA Syed Raza Haidar and Manzar Imam, Noman Badar Farooqui, Aurganzeb Shahzad, Tanveer ahmad Syed, Shahid Kareem, Javed Rasool Jaohar, Master Siddiq, Hasham Raza Qadri, Shakeel Jabalpuri and Amjad Rana.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ten picnickers drown at Gaddani coast

Ten picnickers drowned while bathing here at Gaddani coast on the second day of Eid on Tuesday.

The powerful waves at Gaddani coast took away fifteen people while they were bathing and playing on the second day of Eid. Six people were rescued while bodies of ten were fished out by the life guards.

TMO Gaddani Zafar iqbal told Geo News that people have been coming to the coast in crowds during Eid holidays. Over 30 youth were bathing at the beach when a large wave came sucking away fifteen of them.

The life guards present at the coast jumped into action and managed to save six of them while ten people lost their lives by drowning. The bodies of the drowned have been fished out and taken to hospital.

The hospital sources said the dead have been identified as Changaiz Khan son of Khursheed, Bashir son of Fazl-ur-Rehman, Aziz son of Abdul Rehman, Abdul Majeed son of Ali Sher, Saqib Awan son of Mushtaq Awan, Khurram son of Saeed, Imran son of Muhammad Khan, Hussain and Kashif. They were residents of various areas of Karachi.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

780 acres of KPT land encroached by Land Mafia

Standing Committee of the National Assembly on Ports and Shipping led by its Chairman Rana Mahmood ul Hasan including Ms Fauzia Wahab, Syed Nasir Ali Shah, Khwaja Sohail Mansoor and Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar visited Head Office, Karachi Port Trust. On the occasion, a briefing was given by KPT’s General Manager Civil Works and Estates, Pervez Younsi to the NA body, said a statement issued here.

The briefing included a comprehensive background on the issue of KPT’s jurisdiction and extension of limits as authorized by the Government from time to time. It was informed that KPT’s land was subject to encroachment and a total of 780 acres was encroached by various unauthorized parties and colonies. It was agreed that KPT’s land constituted government property and needed to be protected effectively as it was essentially needed for future projects of the port. The meeting was attended by IG Sindh Police and CCPO and members of the Sindh Board of Revenue.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Over 300 flour sacks seized in Karachi

The secret information Karachi police sought on late Thursday helped them raid and recover over 300 sacks of flour meant to be sold on cheap prices under the Prime Minister Scheme from Mosa Colony area. The flour bags were hoarded in a private godown, a private TV reported.

According to SP Gulberg Town Naveed Khwaja raided a godown located in a house and recovered as many of 300 sacks of flour of 10-kg bag each, while arresting the owner identified as Khizir Hayat. The arrested person claimed to have had close links with a political party while police said they have launched investigation having registered case against him.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Khori Garden Karachi stampede kills up to 20 women, children

Up to 20 women and children were killed on Monday in a stampede which broke out as charity workers were handing out free flour to the poor in a crowded neighbourhood of Pakistan's financial capital Karachi, officials said.

"We have so far received 20 bodies of women and girls while the injured are more than 30," Amin Khan, an official in Civil Hospital Karachi, told AFP.

Karachi city police chief Wasim Ahmed said at least 18 women and children died in the stampede with dozens of others injured.

"The deaths were caused by suffocation and the stampede in one of the most congested localities of Khori Garden, where a charity was distributing free flour among hundreds of women and children during Ramadan," he added.

Muslim-majority Pakistan is observing the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, when believers fast from dawn to dusk.

Women clad in black burkas sobbed and wailed as ambulances screeched through the streets, ferrying the bodies and injured to hospital.

Injured women and children lay on beds in a crowded hospital, where panicked relatives rushed around trying to find their loved ones and dead bodies lay covered in white sheets, television footage showed.

Witness Fatima Hashim, 55, whose daughter was seriously injured said the stampede happened in a small area where huge crowds converged for handouts.

"The place where wheat flour was being distributed was very narrow, which suffocated hundreds of women and children," she said.

"I went along with two of my daughters to get two bags of flour but now my younger daughter is struggling for life in the hospital," she added.

"We were in a long queue waiting for our number (to be called) to get a 10-kilogram (22-pound) bag of flour from the charity when people started running," witness Hafeeza Begum, 45, told AFP.

"I was quite far from the platform where the bags were being distributed, so I promptly grabbed my teenage daughter and reached a safer place."

Heavy traffic delayed rescue workers in reaching what is one of the most congested areas of Karachi, a teeming city home to an estimated 14 million.

Ahmed told Pakistan's private Geo television station that police arrested the distributor in connection with the accident.

In April 2006, the country's worst stampede in recent history killed 29 women and children at a religious gathering to mark the anniversary of the Prophet Mohammed's birth in Karachi.
(Source: samaa.tv)

Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation

The Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) is the largest public sector health organization in the country which provides free, comprehensive and modern medical care in kidney diseases and transplantation to all. SIUT prime mission is to treat diseases and also to make people aware of their prevention. It also works towards ensuring rehabilitation of patients after treatment. After being given autonomy in 1991, SIUT has treated over 1 million patients and spent over a billion rupees on patient care.
Our patients are predominantly from the rural and poorer urban strata with virtually no access to medical facilities, and who are financially incapable of affording modern diagnostic, treatment and transplant facilities which are very costly in the private sector. SIUT extensive facilities are fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment which enables it to provide free treatment related to a vast area of medicine. This also means that many patients, who would have to go abroad for costly treatment, can now be treated within the country, thereby saving valuable foreign exchange. SIUT depends substantially on contributions from the public, corporate bodies and citizens to provide free treatment to all. A Government Grant and Zakat contributions are also an important part of our funding. The Society for the Welfare of Patients of Urology and Transplantation is the Welfare body of SIUT that raises funds for the free services.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Pakistan's first F-22 frigate arrives in Karachi from Shanghai

ISLAMABAD, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- The first F-22 frigate of the Pakistan Navy PNS Zulfiquar, built in China, arrived in south Pakistan's Karachi amid the ongoing Naval exercise, the official APP news agency reported Saturday.

PNS Zulfiquar is the first of the series of four ships being constructed in collaboration with China at Hudong Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai, east China, and was formally handed over to Pakistan on July 30.

The ship was welcomed by the navy surface and aviation units conducting exercise. PNS Zulfiquar also participated in its very first naval exercise which was witnessed by commander Pakistan Fleet Rear Admiral Asif Sandila, said a press release of Naval Public Relations Directorate.

Pakistan entered into agreement with China for at least four frigates, of them, three would be constructed in China and one would be readied in Pakistan.

The second and third ship are also nearing completion and expected to be handed over to Pakistan in the first and third quarter of 2010. The fourth ship is under construction at Karachi shipyard and would be completed by 2013.

F-22 frigate is a Sword Class Ship equipped with long range surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, depth charges, torpedoes, latest 76mm guns, close-in-weapons system (CIWS), sensors, electronic warfare and advanced command and control system.

The ship has a displacement of 3,000 tons and carries anti-submarine Z9EC helicopters. The first batch of two helicopters has already arrived in Pakistan.

Formal induction ceremony of the ship in Pakistan navy fleet will be held in the third week of this month.

Friday, September 11, 2009


City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal has said that action against ghost employees in city government will continue. So far 350 ghost employees have been sacked on the ground of absconding from their duties. Officers who would not take action against such employees will also face disciplinary action.

He expressed these views while talking to media representatives at the Iftar Dinner held by CDGK on Thursday.

Nazim Karachi said that concerned officers remained stayed on roads during rains while the lower staff despite of receiving salary for this job did not turned up which has created problems.
Replying another question Nazim Karachi said that the illegal hydrant mafia has been involved in cutting of trunk lines and selling it to consumers, therefore, it has now become necessary to save these trunk lines from hydrant mafia.

He expressed apprehension that in case of any non cooperation from police and rangers in the closure of illegal water business, it would be hard for water board to supply water to citizens.

Nazim Karachi said that citizens should own their city and abide by civic and traffic rules.
He further said that in all over the world people slash prizes of utilities on religious occasions while here we tends to increase the prizes of daily used items in Ramadan.

On another query, the City Nazim said that government doesn’t want to make anyone home less but it only does it in the larger interest of the city and its citizens. It has become essential to remove the encroachments from Gujjar Nullah and other major drains of the city otherwise the citizens would have to face much trouble in future. He said that no one can have valid lease of the property constructed on the land originally earmarked for Nullah. Despite of this we have made a policy under which and all the owners of such property would get 80 sq yards plot and 50 thousand rupees as compensation

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Provincial Health Minister Confirmed 4 dengue fever cases

Sindh Minister for Health Dr Sagheer Ahmad has confirmed that four cases of dengue fever have been reported at two hospitals in the city.

Three dengue patients have reported at the Patel Hospital and one at the Sindh Government Hospital, Saudabad, Dr Sagheer Ahmad said on Monday.He said the dengue surveillance cell was functioning at the provincial health department with Dr Tariq Shaikh acting as its focal person.

He held out the assurance that his department was fully prepared to cope with the dengue virus in a better way than it had been done last year.

The minister said that facilities of mega unit and cell separators were being provided to the Civil Hospital Karachi, Sindh Government Qatar Hospital, People’s Medical College Hospital, Nawabshah, Chandka Medical College Hospital, Larkana, and Ghulam Mohammad Mehar College, Sukkur. These services, he added, would be available at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital and Sindh Government Hospital, New Karachi, from Tuesday.

He said the city government had undertaken a fumigation campaign and hospitals had also been put on an alert.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Qaim Ali Shah satisfied with CDGK’s steps to tackle rain impact

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has expressed his satisfaction on measures that the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) has taken pertaining to mitigating the impact of the recent spell of monsoon in the city. The chief minister went on a visit around the city, accompanied by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad and City Nazim Mustafa Kamal on Tuesday midnight, to oversee the post-rain situation.

While visiting the Gujjar Nullah, the city nazim told the chief minister about the problems that have resulted from encroachments on the brinks of the nullah. Kamal said, these encroachments have squeezed the diametre of the nullah from 77 metres to just seven metres.

Shah said that he would hold a meeting with Ibad and Kamal so that an appropriate strategy can be devised to tackle the situation while support from the federal government would also be sought for the resolution of this anomaly.

Shah also visited the CDGK Command and Control Centre and saw the city’s situation using close circuit cameras.

On the other hand, Kamal expressed his satisfaction on the rain emergency measures, of which draining the storm water was a key issue. Kamal said that illegal occupation of land across the main drain canals, including Gujjar Nullah, have created problems that led to delayed draining of the storm water. The eviction of the encroachments from the brinks of the nullah would ensure the increase of Gujjar Nullah’s diameter and would pacify the agony that prevails after torrential rain.

Kamal said that the newly installed water and sewerage infrastructure has a capacity, just like every other drainage system of the world, but it proved to be highly beneficial for the citizens, as despite the heavy, prolonged rains, the water was drained effectively.

He refuted certain news items that claimed that the CDGK’s infrastructure had been ruined, as he claimed that the CDGK had used only a faction of its machineries because the storm water was drained out through the infrastructure.

He reiterated his resolve that he would leave no stone unturned to restore the Gujjar Nullah to its original diametre and that all encroachments would be removed. No matter how many voters and supporters of Muttahidda Qaumi Movement would be affected but the task would be completed for the sake of the city, he added.

The city nazim said that the CDGK has been doing the required homework while two relevant town municipal administrations have already completed their work on delineating the encroachments for immediate removal.