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Sindh High Court seeks record of illegal appointments in Sindh Environment Protection Agency

By: Tahir Siddiqui KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Friday directed the director-general of the Sindh Environment Protection Agency and the secretary of the provincial environment department to place on record the entire record of the alleged illegal appointments in the agency on political grounds. A division bench headed by Justice Shahid Anwar Bajwa was […]


Meteorological scare: Sindh could face possible drought in arid zones

KARACHI: The meteorological department and government officials have backtracked on their earlier claims that Sindh would face fresh floods. Officials now speak of a possible drought in Thar and other arid zones of the province. “Sindh would suffer the most because it will hardly receive five to nine millimetres (mm) of rain as compared to […]


Food insecurity looms large due to climate change

By: Shahid Husain Karachi: In the colonial era, August 15 was marked as the cut-off point before the authorities of the time declared a drought in areas that had not received any rainfall and people would start migrating to the barrage areas. However, despite the fact that Tharparkar has not experienced a single drop of […]


Rain forecast for Punjab

LAHORE: A strong Monsoon System lies over central and southern Punjab which is likely to cause significant rains in this region over the next 72 hours. The city is expected to receive rain for the best part of the next 48 hours. The maximum temperature has already been kept in check for the past week […]


Fata flood victims out in the cold

By: Intikhab Amir PESHAWAR: Thousands of tribal area families have suffered as the federal government’s housing compensation programme for the people affected by floods in 2010 doesn’t cover their region, according to officials. The federal authorities concerned have been giving a cold shoulder to tribesmen whose houses were destroyed by floods, an official told Dawn […]


Weather turned pleasant

By: M RAFIQUE GORAYA The mid-August hot and humid weather turned very pleasant on the Independence Day after scattered rains in many cities and towns across the country enabling the people to celebrate the day in a befitting manner. Hundreds of thousands youth came out on the roads with their silencer less bikes to enjoy […]


Canal breach floods seven villages, farms

MIRPURKHAS: Around 150-foot breach occurred in the bank of Lakhakhi minor canal in the Hussain Bux Mari area on Tuesday as a result seven villages and crops standing on 400 acres of land came under water. The regulator of the canal was damaged due to pressure of water. Water gushing out of the breach flooded […]


Our current state of disaster preparedness

By: Syed Mohammad Ali While the possibility of extreme monsoon events occurring cannot yet be ruled out, one hopes that some of the 29 districts identified by the Pakistan Meteorological Department as being vulnerable to flooding this year may escape the ensuing misery. The early August monsoon update for Pakistan released by the UN has, […]


‘Facing the flood’

By: SHER MOHAMMAD PAHANWAR THIS is apropos your editorial ‘Facing the flood’ (July 7). It was pointed out that the Sindh government has started registering volunteers. However, a section of the media had published and written an editorial quoting the People’s Accountability Commission on Floods (PACF) report titled ‘Analysis of funds allocations status to disaster […]


Chances of light rain likely in Karachi: Weather forecast

By: Shoaib-ur-Rehman Siddiqui KARACHI: Partly cloudy/cloudy weather with chances of light rain is expected in the port city during the next 24 hours, the weather forecast said on Sunday. It said the maximum temperature is expected to remain in the range of 32 to 34 degree celsius. The weather forecast added that thunderstorm/rain may occur […]


Polluting Murree Hills

By: Prof. Farakh A Khan Not just Murree, the area as a whole needs in-depth scientific studies of production of waste and its impact on water in the area Waste (solid waste and excreta) management should be a civil society and government priority to save our future environment with unabated population increase. I was surprised […]


United Nations High Commission for Refugees completes shelter village for Jaffarabad flood victims

QUETTA: The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has successfully accomplished its mission of building a shelter village for flood victims in the district of Jaffarabad, UNHCR Balochistan head Charles Lynch said in a briefing to reporters after a three-day visit to the district. The shelter village would benefit around 8,550 families hit by […]


Eid may fall on Aug 20: Met Office

ISLAMABAD: The Meteorological Department Saturday said the moon of Shawwal is less likely to be sighted on August 18; hence Eidul Fitr may fall on August 20. According to the Met Department, Shawwal moon will emerge belatedly on August 18. Accordingly, it said, the chances are thin that it would be sighted in any part […]


Partly cloudy weather with chances of drizzle

Karachi: The Met Office has forecast partly cloudy/ cloudy weather with chances of light rain and drizzle in Karachi on Saturday with a maximum temperature ranging between 32 and 34 degrees centigrade. Hot and humid weather has also been forecast for Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas divisions, and hot/ very hot and windy weather for Sukkur and […]