THATHA: A major power breakdown at Dhabeji Pumping Station, which provides water to Karachi, took place on Wednesday. After the electricity breakdown, water supply to many areas in Karachi was suspended. As per the details, a pipeline having a five-inch diameter which supplies water to Karachi also burst after the breakdown due to which 28 million gallon water supply to Karachi has been suspended. The bursting of the pipeline has suspended water supplies to Shah Latif Town, Korangi, Landhi, Gulshan-e-Iqbal including many areas of Karachi while repair work has not been started yet. On the other hand, the K-electric spokesman said that the power supply to Dhabeji has been restored on an emergency basis.
May 20, 2020 06:11 UTC
ISLAMABAD: The leaders of Women’s Democratic Front (WDF) strongly condemning the killing of two young women in the name of “honour” in Waziristan have demanded justice for them. Women’s bodies are not repositories of family honour. Patriarchal violence against women has been on the rise globally during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Pakistan has seen a surge in these cases. “The laws in place take a protectionist approach rather than a criminalization approach towards patriarchal violence. “We believe no political struggle is complete without centring the issue of patriarchal violence in its agenda.”
May 17, 2020 18:11 UTC
PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter on Sunday announced to close all flour mills in the province indefinitely from Monday (tomorrow) in protest against lack of proper wheat supply to mills for the last several months. According to PFMA, the provincial government had earlier supplied 5,000 tonnes to mills, while 5,000 tonnes wheat was provided by the Punjab government that was enough to fulfil the market demand. “KP is now facing 9,000 tonnes of wheat shortage daily,” he said, adding the province is dependent on Punjab for its wheat requirements as despite harvest season the province hasn’t enough wheat production to fulfil that demand. Khan further said Punjab has imposed unconstitutional ban on supply of wheat to KP due to which supply of wheat to 180 flour mills in province has been cut off. “It is the government’s job to negotiate the issue with federal and Punjab governments, but due to the KP government’s lack of seriousness, today flour mills across the province have to shut operation due to lack of wheat supply,” Khan deplored.
May 17, 2020 17:26 UTC
Meanwhile, All Pakistan Public Transport Association also held a press conference, wherein Chairman Asmat Nizai said that it was impossible to implement the SOPs laid down by the government. “If public transport is not restored, how will be able to go to our homes for Eid?” Aftab Khan, a native of Mansehra who works in Lahore, asked. “Our mobility is already hampered and public transport is much-needed these days,” he added. Furthermore, the government has emphasised contact tracing and tracking of passengers using online ticketing technology. Online ticketing minimises cash handling and physical interactions at terminals, thereby reducing passengers’ risk of exposure to the virus.
May 17, 2020 16:32 UTC
KARACHI: The Karachi transporters’ association on Sunday announced to operate their vehicles in the city from Monday. “We stopped our operations at the request of the Sindh transport minister. Despite several assertions, the Sindh govt did not allow us to resume public transport because of which we are suffering huge losses,” the KTA president said. The transporters’ said that they will resume public transport as many people wanted to return back to their families before Eid. They maintained that several provinces had allowed restoring public transport, but Sindh had not budged in favour of public transporters.
May 17, 2020 16:30 UTC
Criticising Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah for running a daily bulletin for citizens, he said that that is all the Sindh CM does and added that the PM gave Rs44billion to the people for protection against coronavirus. He alleged that Rs15,000 billion would be recovered from the Sindh chief minister’s ‘key’ and that he would step down as the provincial chief minister. He also expressed his deep concern for the ban on public transport saying that extortion collection is on the rise to the ban. He said cars are allowed to run but public transport is banned and demanded to open public transport under SOPs. The PTI minister expressed his fear of sectarian riots hitting Sindh if the current policies are continued.
May 17, 2020 16:18 UTC
KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have repatriated 43,900 people thus far through 117 special flights, said the spokesperson of national flag carrier on Sunday. PIA brought back more than 11,000 stranded Pakistanis through 69 special flights between April 1 to May 12, while 32,600 passengers were repatriated through 108 outbound flights. In a statement, the spokesperson said that the nationals returned home through PIA special flights operated in Saudi Arabia, Canada, Turkey, Japan, Australia, United States, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. On Friday, Minister for Aviation Division Ghulam Sarwar Khan had informed the National Assembly (NA) that 7,000 stranded Pakistanis would be brought back home before Eidul Fitr from various parts of the world on special flights. He had further said that due to coronavirus pandemic, PIA was suffering a loss of Rs5 billion per month.
May 17, 2020 15:00 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has said the final decision regarding resuming the operation of Pakistan Railways will be taken on Tuesday. The minister added if permission to resume operations was not given, he would have to tell the railway authorities to refund Rs24 million to the people within 15 days. I appeal to the Prime Minister to resume train operations. “If you give me permission [to resume train operations] today or tomorrow, I can work on SOPs. The federal minister added if train operations do not resume in the next two days, railways authorities will have to apologise to the people.
May 17, 2020 09:45 UTC
Police claim bikers interfered in official workRAWALPINDI: Three traffic wardens ended up getting suspended for allegedly whipping three young motorcyclists with belts on Saturday, allegedly for riding their motorbikes in precarious manner. Rawalpindi City Police Officer (CPO) took strict notice of the abuse of power committed by the traffic policemen and suspended them to ensure a fair investigation of the matter. All three motorcyclists were lashed with a belt by the wardens for flouting the ban on pillion riding owing to which they got seriously wounded. However, the New Town police gave a clean chit to the traffic personnel in the entire matter. This is the second case recently in the district where motorists have been beaten by the traffic personnel.
May 17, 2020 06:11 UTC
The ongoing pandemic caused an unprecedented crisis within all affected countries. Like Pakistan educational institutions remain to be closed and students and teachers are at crossroads over online education. This period of remote learning, In most of the areas in Pakistan online education is not proceeded at all. Pakistan is already suffering from a severe learning crisis which is grave. Therefore the authorities should work up to encourage proper online learning education in neglected areas where education is not focused during these difficult times.
May 16, 2020 20:37 UTC
This was what had to be done with the Seventh NFC, when then PM’s Finance Adviser Shaukat Tarin had to be found a seat in the Senate and made Finance Minister. Ironically, he had been preceded by none other than Dr Sheikh, who had been found a Senate seat and made Finance Minister in the Gilani government. The Sindh government is likely to be joined by other provincial governments in making objections. Other provinces may have other objections to make. Initial soundings would have avoided some of the objections being made.
May 16, 2020 20:26 UTC
Haaland turned home Thorgan Hazard’s low cross just before the half hour to open the scoring against Schalke. It was the 19-year-old’s 10th goal in just nine Bundesliga appearances and set his team on their way to a thumping 4-0 derby victory. Masked men line the dugoutAs well as the unusual sight of normally packed stands shorn of the boisterous support that accompanies the Bundesliga, fans watching on TV saw players wearing masks on the sidelines. Clean balls, pleaseThe decision to allow German football to restart came with a host of government regulations, including the masks on the bench and plexiglass separating players and journalists for post-match interviews. One of the rules states that match balls need to be regularly disinfected by personnel wearing gloves, as the German Football League attempts to limit the spread of the virus and finish the 2019-20 season.
May 16, 2020 19:30 UTC
The claim is false as the viral photo shows Sindh chief minister at a 2018 ashura procession in KarachiKARACHI: An image showing Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah leading a religious procession in Karachi has gone viral. The Express Tribune analysed the images and found them to be of the chief minister taking part in the ashura jaloos on the 10th of Muharram in 2018. Tribune Fact Check: Two guns, a Pakistani bagpack and a lieWe went through archival footage and found the visuals from Murad inspecting arrangements. Parliamentarian Ijazul Haq also shared the image on Twitter in an attempt to troll the Sindh chief minister but soon deleted the post. Previously, PTI spread that CM Sindh was throwing Iftar parties.
May 16, 2020 18:19 UTC
BEIJING: Beijing has urged the United States to stop the “unreasonable suppression of Huawei and Chinese enterprises” after Washington announced new export controls to restrict the tech giant’s access to semiconductor technology. “The Chinese government will firmly uphold Chinese firms’ legitimate and legal rights and interests,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Saturday. “We urge the US side to immediately stop its unreasonable suppression of Huawei and Chinese enterprises.”The ministry said the Trump administration’s actions “destroy global manufacturing, supply and value chains”. As a result, Huawei has increasingly relied on domestically manufactured technology, but the latest rules will also ban foreign firms that use US technology from shipping semiconductors to Huawei without US permission. US-China relations are again on the rocks with Washington and Beijing trading barbs over the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.
May 16, 2020 05:37 UTC
TDCP Workers and Staff Union General Secretary Muhammad Adil Saleem wrote a letter to Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, wherein he stated that the TDCP had been working for the promotion of the country’s tourism industry for the past 33 years. The general secretary stated that TDCP pays its staff out of the income it generates and no funds are taken from the government, however, under the present circumstances, it is difficult to pay the staff as the tourism industry had been closed. On the condition of anonymity, an employee of TDCP told this scribe that although the government made plans for the betterment of the organisation, they were never materialised. He lamented that that despite government’s tall claims, it appears that TDCP and tourism is not a priority of the government. “We have given one-month salary to the staff and are trying to give them the remaining salary before Eid,” he added.
May 15, 2020 19:52 UTC