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Rare swordfish caught, sold

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Karachi: A seven-foot-long swordfish (Xiphias gladius) was recently caught in the Miani Hor Lagoon located between Damb and Bera areas of Lasbela district of Balochistan. The fish weighing around 56kg was sold for Rs8,800 in a local market in Karachi. “It was caught by Moula Baksh, a sports fisherman, from Karachi. It is unusual to […]

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Tube wells: Senator suggests shift to solar energy

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Water and Power on Monday urged the authorities to shift Balochistan’s tube wells to solar energy. A meeting of the committee, chaired by Senator Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, was apprised by Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmad Muhammad Shah that in several areas feeders were over-loaded, resulting in tripping and power suspension. […]

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Scholarships being given on merit: minister

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QUETTA: Adviser to Chief Minister Sardar Raza Muhammad Barrech has said that the provincial government would continue providing financial assistance and support to the distinguished students to promote merit in the education sector. Speaking at a ceremony held to distribute scholarships among the best students of various institutions under the Balochistan Education Endowment Fund here […]

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1.6m children out of school in Balochistan, says adviser

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QUETTA: The adviser to the chief minister on education said on Thursday that over 1.6 million children of school-going age, two-thirds of them girls, were deprived of education in Balochistan, which needed more schools to absorb them. Speaking at a ceremony held here on Thursday in connection with the first anniversary of Peshawar’s Army Public […]

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Hidden treasures of Balochistan unveiled at pottery exhibition

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KARACHI: The National Museum is hosting a collection of clay treasures from Balochistan that were confiscated by Customs officials from smugglers. Around 140 vessels were exhibited at the ‘Lost and Found — Prehistoric Pottery Treasures from Balochistan’, a joint exhibition organised by the Sindh government, the National Museum of Pakistan, the Museum fur Islamische Kunst […]

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IT course planned for 800 students

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QUETTA: Around 880 students of Balochistan, divided in 44 batches, will be enrolled in the Oracle Graduation Programme. This was revealed by the provincial secretary for information technology, Dr Omar Babar, at a meeting chaired by Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch on Wednesday. Addressing the meeting, also attended by a delegation of the […]

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Senate assails Sabeen’s murder, exhibition of controversial cartoons

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate unanimously passed on Wednesday two resolutions, one condemning the recent targeted killing of a human rights activist in Karachi and the other criticising the exhibition of controversial caricatures in the US. The resolution on the killing of civil society activist Sabeen Mehmud, who was shot dead in Karachi on April 24, was […]

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In fond memory: Remembering Sabeen, the person who made everyone laugh

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KARACHI: When people remember Sabeen Mahmud, the first memory they recall is how she made everyone laugh. “She had a sense of who people are and how they will react to the things she will say,” said Jehan Ara, the president of software house P@SHA. Jehan Ara admired that Sabeen could deal with all kinds […]

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Investigators look for clues to Mahmud’s murder as free-speech fears grow

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KARACHI: Investigators have found no match for casings of bullets that killed a prominent human rights activist, dashing hopes for quick answers to a murder that has raised fears for the safety of dissenting voices. Gunmen on a motorcycle attacked activist Sabeen Mahmud, the director of The Second Floor (T2F) on April 24 in the […]

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Rights activist shot dead after seminar on Baloch issue

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KARACHI: Sabeen Mahmud, social media campaigner and human rights activist who founded the social forum T2F, was shot dead on Friday evening, minutes after the end of an interactive discussion ‘Unsilen­cing Balochistan’ organised by her and attended by journalists and rights activists, including the founder leader of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons, Abdul Qadeer […]

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Human rights activists denied foreign travel at Karachi airport

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KARACHI: Abdul Qadeer Baloch, also known as Mama Qadeer, the vice-chairperson of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), was stopped from travelling outside the country at the Karachi Airport on Wednesday night. Qadeer, accompanied by his organisation’s general secretary, Farzana Majeed and a relative of one of the Baloch missing persons, Faiqa Baloch, was […]

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SIMs not verified via BVS to be blocked in phases

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The government and cellular industry reached an understanding on phase-wise blocking of Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMs), not verified through Biometric Verification System (BVS), it is learnt. Official sources told Business Recorder that not a single SIM would be automatically blocked despite the given deadline for first phase of SIM re-verification on February 26 (Thursday). After […]

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Minorities vulnerable to attacks: HRW

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Pakistan’s government should ensure the security of the country’s religious minorities from judicial injustice and attacks by militants, Human Rights Watch has said in its World Report 2015. The rights group said violent attacks on religious minorities rose significantly in 2014 as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government failed to ensure religious freedoms. The 25th edition […]

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Black out coverage of terrorists, NA body tells media

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ISLAMABAD: “Just as the story of a banned group claiming a bomb blast was aired, I was approached by security personnel and scrutinised thoroughly,” Jehangir Baloch, a correspondent working in Turbat, Balochistan, recounts. “After examining my phone records, family history and other details, I was able to assure security personnel that I would not be […]

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