Uzbekistan offers to install a special plant for agriculture machinery

KARACHI: ICMD, Nov 27, 2018 Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah said that the government was working hard to completely mechanize agriculture to increase farm productivity in the province and technical support in this regard could be sought from Uzbekistan and Belarus. While talking to Furqat Sidiqov, Ambassador of Uzbekistan at CM House on Tuesday, CM Murad said that an Uzbekistan Agriculture Institute could be established at Tando Jam Agriculture University where they could also install a factory to produce agriculture machinery. He said that Sindh was one of the largest cotton growing provinces in the country. “I want to introduce latest techniques of sowing and picking cotton so that best yield and quality picking could be ensured,” he said. The Ambassador of Uzbekistan offered chief minister to establish a technical institute in Sindh which would offer specialized graduation and post-graduation degrees in agriculture. He also offered to install a special plant to manufacture agriculture machinery. The chief minister directed Agriculture Minister Ismail Rahu to coordinate with Uzbekistan Embassy for making necessary documentation and agreements for the establishment of agriculture institute and installation of the agricultural equipment manufacturing facility. The CM congratulated Uzbek envoy on starting of a direct airline from Lahore to Uzbekistan and launching Uzbekistan-Pakistan Economic forum. The visiting envoy told the CM that a direct flight from Karachi would also be started from March 2019. Murad Ali Shah said that this connectivity would further strengthen people to people contact and improve trade and commerce between two Muslim brother countries. In another meeting with Ambassador of Belarus, Andrei Ermolovich CM Murad discussed with him mechanization of agriculture in Sindh. The ambassador said that they had designed special threshers with a dual facility of threshing wheat and rice in the same machine. “These threshers are affordable and their spare parts are also easily available,” he informed CM Murad. Murad Ali Shah urged envoy to send samples of threshers and other agricultural machinery for the demonstration so that they could be introduced here through the agriculture chambers. He directed agriculture department to coordinate with Belarus Embassy for import of samples.

First 100 days of PTI govt worst part of history: Murtaza Wahab

KARACHI: ICMD, Nov 27, 2018 Advisor to Sindh chief minister (CM) for Information Murtaza Wahab said that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) had completed 100 days but it did nothing for the betterment of people. Talking to media outside the Sindh Assembly on Tuesday, the provincial advisor said that PTI had only made tall claims. He said that PTI government’s initial 100 days were the worst part of Pakistan’s history because people were committing suicides because of price hikes. He said that the ruling party had made tall promises with the people but now Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan and his cabinet were just wasting the nation’s precious time in justifying their U-turn policies. “PTI has turned into Pakistan Turning Institute,” he said. Barrister Wahab said that the PTI had promised that it would bring $200 billion (bn) to the country but not a single penny had been brought into the country. He said that rather than constructing 5 million (m) houses for poor and needy people, PTI was demolishing their shelters in Karachi, Islamabad, and Lahore. He said that Imran Khan’s own residence in Banigala was illegal and needed to be regularised. Responding to PTI opposition leader Firdos Shamim’s speech in the Sindh Assembly, he said that Sindh chief minister (CM) had been fighting for additional water share of Karachi since the last two years and had raised this important matter on various forums including the Council of Common Interest (CCI). ” CM Murad raised the issue of 1200 cusecs of additional water for the metropolis during the last two meetings of CCI,” he said. “Firdous Shamim Naqvi should check his facts before making any statement,” he added. Lambasting PTI further, the provincial advisor said that the PTI government had done nothing but increased the miseries of common man. He said that the government had failed to provide any relief to people. “PTI promised to create 10 million employment opportunities before springing into power but now it is snatching the bread and butter of hundreds of people by bulldozing shops and markets. The ruling party is appointing its close friends on lucrative positions instead,” he added. Replying to a question pertaining to the Pakistan Quarters (PQ) issue, the provincial advisor said that PQ was the property of the federal government and it would have halted the operation if it was truly loyal to citizens residing there. Barrister Murtaza Wahab demanded that the federal government take concrete measures in order to put an end to water theft in Sindh. “The federal minister for water resources himself accepted on floor of the house that Sindh’s water had been stolen,” he said. Praising his own party, Barrister Wahab said that the people had put their faith in Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP). He said that the PPP built road networks all over Sindh and always took a stand for people. -- DT

Paragon Housing Society director arrested from Khairpur

ICMD, Nov 14, 2018 The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday arrested Paragon Housing Society Director Qaiser Ameen Butt from Khairpur, where he had gone into hiding ever since the National Accountancy Bureau (NAB) launched a probe into the housing society scandal. Reports said Qaiser Ameen was hiding in PPP leader Mubeen Jumani's house in village Bakhar Kanasro. Jumani is a sugar mills owner and affiliated with PPP whereas his guest belongs to PML - N. The police also arrested another person namely Kamran Butt. For the past 15 years, Butt was in partnership with Khawaja Saad Rafique and Salman Rafique, who are already facing the Paragon corruption probe. The Interior Ministry, on the request of the anti-graft watchdog, had placed the names of the two brothers and Qaiser Ameen Butt on the blacklist. NAB had launched an investigation into the scandal after protests by dozens of victims against the housing society fraud. On November 12, in a letter written to NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, Khawaja brothers had sought transfer of the ongoing cases against them form NAB Lahore after expressing distrust over NAB DG Shehzad Saleem. “On November 8 he [NAB Lahore DG] completely disregard the standard norms of the investigation process by participating in various talk shows,” the brothers had stated in their letter. -- PT

Registration of Beaconhouse, City School suspended

ICMD, Nov 14, 2018 Sindh government on Wednesday suspended the registration of all campuses of the Beaconhouse school system and The City School, over their ‘failure to comply with the court orders.’ On Tuesday, the Supreme Court said the hike in fee by private schools should be reasonable, with the chief justice offering to preside a session of the committee formed over the issue. The top judge urged the stakeholders to find a solution agreeable to all, saying the court would take up issues not resolved by the committee. He had lamented that the committee remained unable to make any headway in the matter. In September, the Sindh High Court ruled that private schools cannot increase tuition fees beyond 5% per annum. The bench also issued notices to the federal government on the imposition of income tax on school fees. The court had announced the decision after more than 100 parents of school children moved the court against, what they termed, unilateral fee hikes.

Six laborers die in boiler explosion in Malir factory

Increase in gas pressure causes explosion: initial reports KARACHI: ICR, Nov 14, 2014 Six laborers, injured in a boiler explosion in Karachi factory, succumbed to their wounds at the city's Civil Hospital late Wednesday. The incident took place at a private factory located near Manzil Pump area in Malir. Seven laborers had been injured critically after a boiler exploded in the factory. They had been shifted to Civil Hospital. Hospital sources said six out of seven injured succumbed to their wounds late Wednesday. Initial reports said the blast took place because of an increase in gas pressure in one of the furnaces. The deceased laborers were identified as Amir, Saleem, Shadman, Imran, Khalid, and Inayat.

Armed men intrude into Karachi Press Club

KARACHI: ICMD, Nov 8, 2018 Several gunmen in plainclothes entered the Karachi Press Club (KPC) late on Thursday night and harassed journalists, according to a statement issued by the KPCs office-bearers. Dozens of gunmen in plainclothes entered the KPC at 10:30pm, harassed journalists, examined different rooms, kitchen, upper floor of the building and sports hall. They forcibly made videos and took pictures with mobile cameras. The incident caused concern among journalists and when some of the KPC members inquired about them, they did not get any satisfactory reply. The armed men came in at least six double-cabin vehicles, land cruisers, Prado and other vehicles, besides a police mobile. The KPC office-bearers immediately informed Additional IG Karachi, Dr Amir Ahmed Shaikh, about the incident. He assured them of an immediate inquiry. The clubs president, Ahmed Khan Malik, and secretary Maqsood Yusufi termed it a violation of sanctity of the club and urged the governor and the chief minister of Sindh to order an inquiry and take action against the intruders. Journalists have called for a protest on Friday afternoon against the incident. -- Dawn

Fawad trying to divert attention from PTI govts performance: Wahab

He has the honor of serving the dictator of recent times KARACHI: ICMD, Nov 4, 2018 Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister (CM) for Information said Sunday the information minister Fawad Ch was trying to divert the attention of people from his own governments inability to run the affairs of country suggesting Fawad Choudhry concentrate on the performance of his own government. He said that it was a reflection of a dictatorial mindset. He then said that the PTI minister should not be blamed for this statement since he was politically groomed by dictators, Fawad had the honor of serving the dictator of recent times in the capacity of his spokesperson, he said. Barrister Wahab further said that the federal governments tactics would not succeed in diverting the peoples attention from the Tsunami of price hike caused by the PTI governments policies.

Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Park to be renovated by next month

Part of the park is under a private party control for long KARACHI: ICR, Oct 31, 2018 Karachis Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Park will be renovated and opened for the public by the next month, Sindh Minister for local government Saeed Ghani said on Wednesday. The restoration plan of the park includes additions which will attract more public, he revealed during a visit to the park. The park which was being looked after the City Government was later handed over to the Karachi Development Authority (KDA) which failed to maintain it as the city government staff was pulled back. Now Ghani said the park would be renovated and restored under KDA authority and be restored within a month. The park is on the creek which is polluted and thus requires cleanliness measures which the minister stressed upon during his visit. Also, a part of the park had been given in the control of a private party which the KDA officers allege damaged the park. Now the party will pay the damages after vacating the space within two months. Ghani said the KDA had never requested for the funds for park ask as there was no dearth of money for this purpose. His attention was shifted to the park after media reports about its bad condition.