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Benazir Shaheed Park needs care, not to be turned into a free Wi-Fi zone

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KARACHI: The sun is setting behind the silhouettes of the tall cranes in the port as I look to the horizon standing in Benazir Shaheed Park. The water the park has circumscribed glistens as if saying good night to a darling it has a lasting bond with. More than a score or so young men […]


Three major hospitals shorten duty durations

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LAHORE: A much-awaited demand of thousands of young doctors has been fulfilled as three major hospitals of the provincial capital reduced duty hours from 36 hours to just eight. It was the year’s long pending issue and a main cause for agitation and protests of doctors at public sector hospitals. CEO Mayo Hospital Dr Asad Aslam, […]


Coal mines in Balochistan out of bounds to inspection teams

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QUETTA: Rising number of deaths in mining accidents in Balochistan highlights the low level of safety in the province’s coal mines, many of which are unregistered and out of bounds to officials of the Inspectorate of Mines. In the last one week, three coal mine accidents were reported in Balochistan in which eight labourers lost their lives. […]


City administration vows zero tolerance for refusals in upcoming anti-polio drive

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KARACHI: With the city’s first polio case of the year reported at the end of last month, the Karachi administration has decided in principle to not accept any refusals, either by parents or guardians, during the latest vaccination drive that is to commence on September 16 and aims to cover 2.2 million children in 188 […]


Minister vows to unmask architects of anti-press law

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RAWALPINDI: Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb on Wednesday promised to take action against the officials who came up with the draft of an anti-press law, even if it meant losing her ministry. “An inquiry had been ordered against officials who tried to pit government against the media, and they will be punished accordingly after the report […]


Interior ministry being evasive over enforced disappearances: NCHR

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Expressing concern over enforced disappearances in the country, the chairman of the National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR) has accused the federal interior ministry of evading responsibility in some specific cases. In certain cases, the commission contacted the interior ministry, but “they [interior ministry officials] evaded responsibility”, said retired justice Ali Nawaz Chowhan while addressing […]


Religious scholars engaged in polio vaccination campaign

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ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to step up engagements with religious scholars as part of the polio vaccination campaign, after finding that half of polio victims come from religiously conservative families. Just before the polio vaccination campaigns began, some elements also became active on social media, claiming that the polio vaccine is un-Islamic and injurious […]


Thar coal project to start power generation in 2019: Sindh CM

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THARPARKAR: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that power generation, using unexploited Thar coal reserves, will commence from June, 2019, after the completion of mining work in Phase-1 of Thar Coal Block-2. The CM stated this on Tuesday while speaking at a programme to celebrate 50 percent completion of coal mining work […]


Sargodha’s debt-ridden class has nothing to sell but their kidneys

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SARGODHA:  The decision to sell her kidney was easy for 40-year-old Ismat Bibi, a housewife who lives in Kot Momin Town in Sargodha District. With four children to feed, a husband suffering from tuberculosis to look after, and a debt of Rs100,000 to repay, she quickly offered herself up. Wealth, poverty propping up Pakistan’s illegal […]


‘Doubtful’ census results may cause serious repercussions for Karachi, moot told

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KARACHI: All major political parties in the metropolis and civil society representatives at a panel discussion under the banner of ‘Save Karachi’ campaign on Friday questioned the results of the population census that they believed could give way to speculation about an attempt to divert resources from Karachi where they are actually needed. The results […]


K-P health dept turns to educating children on diseases

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PESHAWAR: As the death toll from dengue rises to 18, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) health department has decided to take the fight against the virus into the classrooms. With a focus on spreading awareness among the public on how to stay safe against different infectious diseases, the department has planned to introduce subjects into the curriculum which […]


A plea for humanity

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Myanmar is being condemned by the international community owing to its ongoing atrocities against the Rohingya. The stateless people from the country’s Rakhine State are also billed as “the world’s most persecuted minority”. Only a few people in Pakistan are aware that the Rohingya community consists of Hindus as well.     According to recent reports, as […]


64 test positive for dengue virus in capital

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ISLAMABAD: As many as 64 people in the federal capital have tested positive for the dengue virus with officials expecting the number of cases to rise further, especially in the rural areas. Health officials from various departments including the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) and the Capital Administration and Development […]


Imran slams distorting of BBC interview

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KARACHI: A day after his interview that hit the headlines, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday defended the performance of his party’s government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and criticised a section of media for what he described as “misstating and distorting” his interview to BBC Urdu. In the interview which was published on the BBC Urdu website, Mr Khan […]