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Children and air pollution

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Look no further than South Asia for a region that will have its children’s’ life shortened the most due to air pollution. The new report, State of Global Air, 2019 has daunting revelations that should sound alarm bells in Pakistan, a key country in the region. The annual release has explored new dimension this time, […]


Reforms in water governance

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After nearly ten months of protests in different parts of Badin, April 3, 2019 saw a coordinated shutter-down strike in major towns across the district. The ongoing protests are against the persistent and acute shortage of water. Based on news reports, protesters blame influential landowners and the local irrigation department for collusion in diverting scarce […]


CM fine-tunes arrangements for coal power plants

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KARACHI   –  Sindh Chief Minister on Sunday chaired a meeting to finalise arrangements for the inauguration of Thar Coal Power Plants and said that it would be the first step towards prosperity of the country. It is pertinent to mention here that the project would be inaugurated by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on April 10. The […]


Artificial’ water shortage draws farmers’ ire

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BADIN – A large number of growers and farmers staged a 20-kilometre long march on foot from Seerani Town to Badin City headquarters on Saturday to protest against ‘artificial’ water shortage in the tail-end of Badin district. The “march” on foot was organised by Seerani Social Forum which was led by Azizullah Dero, Mir Noor […]


Johar Town signal-free project: Trees on the chopping block

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LAHORE: At a time when the government continues planting a number of saplings and ensuring cleanliness in the Punjab capital, the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) is all set to start cutting or uprooting more than 60 trees in connection with execution of Johar Town’s main boulevard (Khayaban-i-Firdausi) signal-free project. The LDA launched civil work on […]


Villagers hold 23-km march over water crisis

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BADIN: A large number of farmers and residents of coastal villages staged a 23-kilometre march on foot from Seerani town to Badin on Saturday to register protest against months-long water crisis, which had crippled routine life and devastated agriculture. The protesters, after covering the distance in two hours, gathered outside Badin Press Club where they […]


Dry weather forecast

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LAHORE: Dry weather was reported in the city on Friday while Met office predicted similar weather conditions for the next 24 hours. Met officials said that continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country. They predicted that mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country, while hot in South Punjab […]


Navy launches anti-marine pollution initiative

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ISLAMABAD   –    The authorities have launched Marine Debris Collection Barges service for harbour cleaning through ‘Trash Collection in the Hopper’ A ceremony for the launch of Marine Debris Collection Barges (MDCBs) was held at Pakistan Navy Dockyard, Karachi. Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs, Syed Ali Haider Zaidi graced the occasion as chief guest. Dignitaries from […]


Karachi Zoo prepares to welcome new guests

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KARACHI: The Karachi Zoo is set to receive its new guests – rhinoceros, hippopotamus and zebras – and the work has already been initiated on enclosures for the new guests. The approval for the enclosures has already been given by the provincial government and Metropolitan Commissioner Dr Syed Saifur Rehman has been asked to complete the […]


Protecting wildlife

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Pakistan’s lack of consideration for the welfare of wildlife, including endangered species, was spotlighted this week by the discovery that a whale measuring some 34 feet had been quietly buried by municipal workers on Tuesday afternoon after having washed ashore on the Gwadar coast. Though Pakistan is a signatory to international conventions which seek the […]


Whale found washed ashore on Gwadar beach

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A 34-FOOT-LONG whale that washed ashore dead on the beach in Gwadar two days ago was quietly buried by municipality workers on Tuesday afternoon before its body could be examined by experts, sources told Dawn. “Perhaps the efficiency shown in burying the foul-smelling decomposed body was due to close proximity of the carcass to a […]


Pakistan only behind China, India in air pollution deaths: study

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WASHINGTON: Pakistan is the second on a list of 10 countries with the highest mortality rate due to air pollution, while India ties with China for the first place, says a report released on Wednesday. A total of 2.4 million people (1.2m each) died of air pollution in China and India in 2017, when a […]


‘Plant for Islamabad’ day held

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ISLAMABAD: The ministry of climate change on Wednesday planted trees in large numbers in the federal capital as it marked the “Plant for Islamabad” day. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Amin Aslam and the State Minister for Climate Change Zartaj Gul kickstarted the campaign by planting saplings along with other officials of the […]


Govt increases water usage charges for AJK

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ISLAMABAD – Federal Minister for Resources Faisal Vawda on Wednesday said that the government has increased the water usage charges for AJK from 25 paisa to Rs 1.10 per unit which will enhance its income to Rs 11 billion. “Earlier AJK was getting Rs 70 million for the water usage charges at the rate of […]