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Karachi dangerously close to a water crisis: Indian scientists

Ten cities across the world are facing ‘Day Zeroes’ or severe water shortage in the near future unless they do something—and Karachi is one of them. “The Karachi Water and Sewerage Board barely meets 50 percent of the city’s total water requirement,” says the India-based Centre for Science and Environment. “The city’s population is growing…

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As water shortages grow, ‘Day Zero’ becomes everyday in India

BANGKOK: Parched Cape Town, in South Africa, has managed to push back its “Day Zero” – an estimate of when taps in the city could run dry – to 2019 after successful water-saving efforts. But in India, “Day Zero” has come and gone for residents in many parts of the country, where taps failed long…

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Convent of Jesus and Mary School to open new campus in Karachi

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah performed groundbreaking of new ‘Convent of Jesus and Mary School’ at Clifton Polo Ground. “I’m proud of performing ground-breaking of this school’s new campus where my leader Benazir Bhutto had received education,” said Murad Ali Shah while addressing the occasion. “This school has earned and shined its…

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After ER scuffle, doctors boycott OPDs at Jinnah hospital

KARACHI: Medics associated with the Young Doctors Association boycotted out-patient clinics at Jinnah hospital, Samaa reported Tuesday. The doctors refused to work in protest against the registration of an FIR against a doctor, according to YDA chairman Omer Sultan. The FIR was recently registered by a patient’s attendant after a clash with the staff of…

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DHA to shut down Do Darya strip, 3 restaurants closed

KARACHI: Three restaurants located at the Do Darya were closed by the DHA on Tuesday as the administration gears up to shut down the food street.  The total number of restaurants located at Do Darya are 17 out of which three have been shut down by DHA. DHA had sent notices to restaurant owners one-and-a-half…

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Lawmakers debate in the dark as load shedding hits Sindh Assembly

KARACHI: Lawmakers debated in the dark when load shedding hit the Sindh Assembly, just a day after the prime minister had promised on a visit that the power crisis had been ended.  “It seems a bit cloudy,” said Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani. “Someone check out what the overall situation is.” Karachi was facing load shedding…

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US Consulate Karachi celebrates Earth Day by cleaning Clifton beach

KARACHI: US Consulate Karachi celebrated Earth Day 2018 by cleaning up Clifton beach.  Staff members of the US Consulate were not alone in this exercise as they were joined by English Access students who picked up garbage from the beach. “This Earth Day’s theme was #EndPlasticPollution and the beach cleanup provided an opportunity for all…

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Inter board bars media from covering examinations

KARACHI: Good news for cheaters. The Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) has barred media from covering the examinations that will be held starting tomorrow.  The ban is being seen as a move to hide the board’s mismanagement and inability to stop cheaters from using dishonest means to pass exams. In a footage from last…

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SC says no billboards, Karachi says no problem, builds walls

A ban is no fun unless you can find a way around it without getting burned.  Karachi’s advertisers were crestfallen in 2016 when the Supreme Court banned billboards and hoardings. Not long after, though, some genius who read the judgment found a loophole: billboards were banned—not walls. By the end of 2017, if you passed…

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Scores of students in Karachi seek admit cards on eve of exam day

KARACHI: Hundreds of students formed long queues at the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi to seek admit cards–that too on the eve of exam day.  “I didn’t even have breakfast. We have been standing here since 8:00am but they have still not given us our admit cards,” said one student. Another student said that he…

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Water shortage in Karachi to be met through tankers

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed Karachi water board to provide water to the water-affected areas of the city, particularly District West where at least one million gallon additional water is required. He issued these directives today while presiding over a high-level meeting at the Committee Room of the Finance department…

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Policeman shot dead in Karachi

KARACHI: A policeman was shot and killed and a chief of a police station was wounded during an alleged encounter with criminals in upscale Clifton neighbourhood on Sunday. Police said the encounter took place in Tauheed Commercial area. Police personnel including Clifton SHO Chaudhry Shahid were on routine patrol in their private vehicle when the…

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PM Abbasi to chair meeting on power crisis in Karachi

KARACHI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi arrived in Karachi on a daylong visit to attend a seminar on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor on Monday. PM Abbasi will also chair a special meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy today in connection with the deteriorating power crisis in the city. The committee will discuss one-point agenda regarding…

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Will make Karachi New York, vows Shehbaz Sharif

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif Sunday pledged to extend all-out support for the development of Karachi. In his second visit to the city in a week, Shahbaz Sharif vowed to make Karachi “the New York of South Asia” if his party was elected to power in the upcoming polls….

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Controversial comedy: Anwar Maqsood apologizes after social media backlash

Pakistani actor, comedian, writer and TV host Anwar Maqsood apologised for his controversial comedy that targeted Sindhis.  “I love the soil of Sindh which is why I have never left it. Some of my friends from Sindh are upset because of what I did. I want to apologise to the ones who are hurt,” he…

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Moin Akhtar — the legend lives on

Legendary comedian and actor Moin Akhtar was remembered on his seventh death anniversary on Sunday. Renowned for his stellar acting and hilarious comedy, Moin Akhtar has millions of admirers around the world.  Moin Akhtar stepped into the show-business back in sixties and within a short span of time, impressed all with his talents. He ruled…

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Cop killed, SHO injured in Karachi shooting

By Shah Nawaz Ali KARACHI: A cop was killed and a police officer was injured during a suspected encounter in Karachi on Saturday evening, officials said. The shootout took place in Clifton. According to sources, unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle opened straight fire on a police team and managed to escape from the scene unscathed….

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Sindh Games 2018: Athletes attempt dangerous jumps–only to land on low quality mattresses

A video has been doing the rounds on social media in which athletes taking part in the Sindh Games 2018 can be seen attempting a dangerous jump over the net–only to land on low quality mattresses.  With a budget of Rs 40m, one would certainly expect organisers to arrange better mattresses that would ensure safety…

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Missing five-year-old still not found

KARACHI: A five-year-old girl, who went missing from North Karachi in March, has not been recovered yet. The family members said that the child went to buy things with her sisters but did not return on 15th March. They further said that the missing girl’s sisters claimed that a woman took the child with her….

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PM takes notice of Karachi’s power crisis

Report by: Usman Khan ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has taken notice of the prevailing power crisis in Karachi, Samaa reported. According to our correspondent, the PM has called a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Energy on April 23. The meeting will be held in Karachi. Sources said the meeting will take up the one…

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Drinking water a rarity in Karachi’s Baldia Town

The water supply position in Karachi’s Baldia Town has been getting worst day by day. Protests for the supply of clean drinking water can be witnessed in the area almost daily. The situation is leading to various water borne diseases, but elected representatives have no realization of people’s unending sufferings.  

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