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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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Tharparkar health crisis is even worse than we thought

Report by Ali Arif There is only one gynecologist available for 1.6 million population of Tharparkar district where women and infants are dying due to malnutrition and lack of medical facilities. A brief chat with civil hospital’s Medical Superintendent is enough to expose tall claims of the ‘Sain Sarkaar’.

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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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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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Karachi water tanker rate hits Rs6,000 after Hub ban

KARACHI: A ban on filling tankers from Lasbela Canal has dried up supply to Karachi’s Mawach Goth, Baldia, Naval Colony, Ittehad Town, Orangi Town, Gadap. “A water tanker which normally costs Rs2000 wasn’t available even at a whopping price of Rs6000,” shouted PSP MPA Saifuddin Khalid in the Sindh Assembly. He decided to protest by…

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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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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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Shehbaz gears up efforts for anti-PPP alliance in Sindh

LAHORE: PML-N has geared up efforts to form an alliance with political parties in Sindh to challenge the PPP in forthcoming general elections. PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif is coming to Karachi again on April 22 to hold important meetings with his possible allies. Shehbaz Sharif had visited Karachi on April 14 and met key political…

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6 dead, 2 injured in M-9 motorway accident

Reported by: Faqir Saleem HYDERABAD: Six persons died and two were injured as three vehicles collided at the M-9 Motorway on Thursday.  The accident occurred near Loni Kot on the M-9 Motorway. Three vehicles headed from Karachi to Hyderabad collided with each other resulting in the deaths of six persons. A car collided with a…

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Kamal says replacing Urdu from signboards is conspiracy against Sindhis

KARACHI: Removing Urdu from signboards at University of Sindh is a conspiracy against Sindhis, says PSP chief Syed Mustafa Kamal. “PPP is instigating Sindhis while MQM-P is doing the same with Urdu speaking people,” said Mustafa Kamal, reacting to a notification from University of Sindh’s administration in which it was decided to write all building…

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English, Sindhi to replace Urdu in Sindh University signboards

JAMSHORO: The language of all the Urdu signboards and building names of University of Sindh and all its campuses will be changed to English and Sindhi, said a notification issued Thursday. “It is notified for general information of all that the signboards and building titles in the University of Sindh, Jamshoro and its all campuses…

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3 dead, 15 injured in Khairpur as gas cylinder of van explodes

Reported by: Sahil Jogi KHAIRPUR: Three persons died and 15 got injured when a gas cylinder inside a van exploded in Khairpur, on Thursday.  The injured were shifted to Civil Hospital for treatment. The three persons who died were family members. District Chairman Shaharyar Wassan’s protocol created difficulties for the injured at Civil Hospital. As…

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Load-shedding in Karachi is “enmity with Sindh”

As Karachi sizzles in 40 degrees and suffers frequent power cuts, Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah smells a conspiracy. Load-shedding in Karachi speaks of the Centre’s enmity with Sindh. “Sukkur, Larkana and my constituency, Sehwan, are facing 14-, 16- and 18-hour-long power cuts,” he said at a press conference Thursday. “What is it if not…

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Heavy rain in KP, Balochistan, Azad Kashmir; more forecast

KARACHI: Different areas in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Kashmir and Balochistan received heavy rain on Wednesday as Punjab and Sindh continued to experience hot weather. According to Pakistan Meteorological Department, the fresh wet spell is likely to persist till Friday. Peshawar received light to heavy showers while Nowshera city received hailstorm. In Balochistan, Chaman and adjoining…

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‘Disloyal’ people won’t be given PML-N ticket, Nawaz warns dissidents

ISLAMABAD: Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the PML-N would not give tickets to disloyal people in the forthcoming elections. “The party tickets for elections would only be issued to uncompromising people,” the former PM said. Sharif was referring to eight lawmakers from South Punjab who had recently left PML-N and launched their…

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NAB to hold ‘Khuli Kachehri’ in Hyderabad

KARACHI: The Director General of National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Karachi, will hold a ‘Khuli Kachehri’ in Hyderabad on April 20 (Friday). It will be held from 11am to 1pm. Officials said people of Hyderabad, Jamshoro and other districts can lodge their complaints in the open public forum of DG NAB Mohammad Altaf Bawany.

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Sindh High Court orders SSG to supply gas to KESC

KARACHI: Sindh High Court ordered the Sui Southern Gas to supply 276 MMCFD gas to K-Electric, on Tuesday.  K-Electric had taken SSG to court over the issue of non-supply of gas. K-Electric had blamed the load shedding crisis on the lack of gas supply from SSG. “Even before this order, the court had instructed SSG…

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Govt post-mortem: MPAs claim BISP not providing relief to masses

KARACHI: Sindh Assembly MPAs said that the Benazir Income Support Programme was being used to provide relief to only favourites but not masses in general.  “This is a political gimmick by Asif Ali Zardari to secure votes,” said PTI’s Khurram Sher Zaman. “I don’t think it is providing relief to masses.” “The hand that gives…

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Govt post-mortem: How well is Sindh govt prepared to deal with a heatwave?

KARACHI: More than 1200 people were killed in 12 days three years ago during the heatwave. With temperatures rising, the question on everyone’s minds is–has the Sindh government made arrangements to ward off the searing heat in the coming months? Three years ago when the heatwave claimed more than 1200 lives in less than two…

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