Faisal Shakeel / Qaiser Zulfiqar

Aug 212017
Plan to prevent stunting in Kurram Agency

PESHAWAR: Khyber Medical University (KMU) Peshawar with sponsorship of The United Nations World Food (WFP) and in collaboration with Fata Health Services Directorate has launched a USAID-funded programme to prevent stunting in the Kurram Agency. KMU Vice Chancellor Dr Arshad Javaid, WFP Country Director Cecillia Garzon and Fata Health Services Director Dr Jawad Habib were present at the occasion. Dr Javaid said the programme will provide specialised food for children and mothers to prevent stunting. He hoped that this programme will help reverse the trends of stunting in Fata especially in Kurram Agency. More than 75,000 children and women will benefit from the programme, and government staff will be trained to support and implement the programme to ensure its sustainability. According to Garzon stunting can rob children of the opportunity to reach their full potential in life. “In order to break the inter-generational cycle of under nutrition we need to focus on mothers and very young children. We have already seen this approach show very promising result in Sindh and we are hoping to see similar improvements in FATA”, she added. She further said that WFP is the world largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide delivering food assistance in emergency and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Under the USAID initiative Pakistan and will focus on preventing stunting during “1000-day window of opportunity,” the period between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday. Inadequate nutrition during this time can have irreversible affect on child’s cognitive and physical [Read More…]

Aug 212017

KARACHI: Majority of the areas in Karachi plunged into darkness after heavy rains and thunderstorm caused more than 200 feeders to trip. Saddar, Nazimabad, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Sohrab Goth, Keamari, Korangi and Landhi were among the areas badly hit by power breakdowns. “Rainwater has entered my home. There is no light. K-Electric officials are not attending my calls,” said a resident of Federal B Area. The inundated roads and streets stood contrary to the government’s claims to improve the drainage system. Karachi braces for rain as Met dept predicts showers across country One of the biggest markets of sacrificial animals located at Sohrab Goth suffered a major blow as many tents collapsed because of heavy rains and people intending to buy sacrificial animals could not make it to the market as the roads were inundated. “The sanitation system has collapsed in the city as the storm drains have been encroached upon. How can one expect tangible results,” said Dr Zakir Qaimkhani who lives in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, adding that after the rains the weather turns pleasant, but it worries the citizens as they cannot come out of their homes. The thunderstorm caused many vehicles to get stuck on the main roads, while one woman was electrocuted. The post Most of Karachi plunges into darkness after rain, thunderstorm appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 172017

ISLAMABAD: One of the judges who was part of the Supreme Court bench that disqualified Nawaz Sharif last month has lauded implementation of the verdict as well as appointing a new premier through democratic and constitutional means. Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, senior most judge comprising the five-member bench, praised the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) during a recent event held a week ago. The function was organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association’s Quetta chapter in the bar room. While the remarks were not reported earlier since media was not invited to cover the August 10 event, at least three senior lawyers who were present at the reception in the provincial capital confirmed to The Express Tribune that Justice Khosa had expressed satisfaction over the adhere of Constitution during the process. Nawaz says avoiding clash among institutions not his responsibility alone According to senior lawyer Munir Kakar, Justice Khosa appreciated the government for implementing the decision in the shape of an in-house change and smooth functioning of the democratic system. Khosa went on to say that rule of law and supremacy of Constitution will be best in the national interest. Kamran Murtaza, another senior lawyer, said Justice Khosa had expressed satisfaction that occurrences following the verdict were in accordance with the law and Constitution. Justice Khosa also observed  everything  regarding Sharif’s disqualification was done under the Constitution, said senior lawyer Qulbi Hassan. Justice Khosa was part of the bench that declared in the April 20 verdict that Nawaz Sharif was not honest with the nation and the [Read More…]

Aug 152017

KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) Barrister Murtaza Wahab was elected a senator unopposed on Tuesday. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) withdrew its candidates and other political parties had not submitted their nomination papers for the seat that fell vacant after Saeed Ghani resigned and ran for the provincial assembly seat PS-114, Mehmoodabad, Karachi which he later won. PPP nominates Murtaza Wahab for Senate by-election Wahab is the son of the late PPP stalwart Fouzia Wahab and has earlier served as an adviser to the Sindh CM on law. Sources in the election commission said the election for the Senate seat was supposed to be held on August 17, but as there were no candidates, Wahab was declared the winner. The post PPP’s Barrister Murtaza Wahab elected senator unopposed appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 142017

ISLAMABAD: Auto-theft incidents in the capital continue unabated as at least ten such cases have been reported by the police in less than two weeks. Police said three cases of car theft and six cases of motorcycle theft have been registered at various police stations in recent days. Police records show that a car was stolen from G-11/3 and another from G-10/1, both in the jurisdiction of Ramna police station. The third car was lifted from Ghauri Town in Koral police limits. Motorcycle theft cases were reported by Shahzad Town, Sihala, Aabpara, Sabzi Mandi, Secretariat, Khanna, and Koral police. Police remain clueless about the thieves as all cases were registered against unidentified persons. A police officer said that while many auto-theft gangs have been busted by the anti-car lifting cell (ACLC) of the capital police in recent years, a few were unsolved and are pending. He said most of the vehicles stolen from Islamabad are smuggled outside Islamabad and sometimes their manufacturing tampered with. “We have recovered dozens of vehicles which were stolen from Islamabad so far this year and busted several gangs,” the officer said. The police had busted a major auto-theft gang which involved several police officials of AJK in April this year. Two dozen stolen vehicles were recovered from them. Published in The Express Tribune, August 15th, 2017. The post Three cars, seven motorcycles stolen appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 142017
Celebrations in FATA: Friendly cricket match in Wana

PESHAWAR: Like rest of the country, the 70th Independence Day was also celebrated across the tribal regions with great national spirit and enthusiasm. The tribal regions were infested with Taliban terrorists until recently when they were driven out and their bases were disseminated in a series of military operations. A number of events were organized in all seven tribal agencies – North and South Waziristan, Kurram, Orakzai, Khyer, Bajaur and Mohmand, to mark Independence Day in a befitting manner. A friendly cricket match was also played between two teams from Khyber and North Waziristan Agency at Younus Khan Cricket Stadium in Wana, the administrative headquarters of North Waziristan. No better way to celebrate independence than defending country: COAS As many as 2,000 people, including local tribesmen and their elders, administration officials, students and other members of society, turned up to watch the match. The chief guest distributed prizes among the two teams and best players. The post Celebrations in FATA: Friendly cricket match in Wana appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 122017
KSE-100 falls 3.4% with marked decline in volumes

KARACHI: In contrast to the previous week, the stock market stepped back and slipped in the red zone, falling 3.4% week-on-week to settle at 45,288 points. The unimpressive performance can be attributed to an uncertain political climate following the most-watched Panama Papers case verdict. In a show of strength, the former prime minister was mobilising supporters in a march from Islamabad to Lahore via the GT Road with strategic stops on the way. In addition to the political noise, heavy foreign selling, unimpressive economic data, dull corporate results and a dip in central bank’s foreign currency reserves dampened investor sentiments and shaved 1,589 points off the benchmark KSE 100-share Index in the week under review. Market watch: KSE-100 falls over 350 points amid thin activity Investor participation slowed down markedly as average trading volumes during the week stood low, falling 46% to 190 million shares per day against 349 million traded last week. Average traded value per day dropped 42% to Rs9.6 billion. Major trading volume was recorded in retail favourites, led by Azgard Nine (62 million shares), TRG Pakistan (58 million shares) and K-Electric (58 million shares). The sectors that led the decline were commercial banks (336 points), fertiliser companies (251 points), cement producers (238 points), oil and gas exploration companies (185 points) and power generation and distribution firms (104 points). Among individual stocks, Habib Bank, Engro Corporation, United Bank, Oil and Gas Development Company and Maple Leaf Cement dragged the index down by 582 points. On the flip side, [Read More…]

Aug 112017

LAHORE: Mexico can be a tangible and lucrative market for Pakistani products, therefore entrepreneurs must explore this untapped destination, said Ambassador of Mexico Jose Alfonso Zegbe. Speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), he said Pakistan and Mexico had good prospects for improving mutual economic ties. He urged businessmen of both countries to take initiatives to tap areas of mutual interest. “Mexican entrepreneurs are interested in knowing about Pakistan’s business procedures and potential areas of investment,” revealed the ambassador. The Mexican economy was improving and diversifying and it was good time for Pakistani businessmen to explore opportunities in Mexico, he suggested. Zegbe added that sustainable relations could be developed through addressing the issue of double taxation and intellectual property rights. He invited the LCCI president to arrange a trade delegation for Mexico to explore trade and investment opportunities that would set the ground for joint ventures between businessmen of the two countries. Speaking on the occasion, LCCI President Abdul Basit highlighted that Pakistan’s total exports were $20.5 billion in 2016, out of which Mexico’s share was only 0.5%. LCCI Senior Vice President Amjad Ali Jawa announced that he would lead a trade delegation to Mexico in 2018 to explore trade and investment opportunities. Published in The Express Tribune, August 12th, 2017. Like Business on Facebook, follow @TribuneBiz on Twitter to stay informed and join in the conversation. The post Strengthening ties: LCCI delegation to visit Mexico in 2018 appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Aug 112017

MULTAN: School curriculum does not include aspects of our local culture which undermines pride and identity. In a bid to alleviate this gap, local artisans and practitioners should be linked to schools, heritage education should be introduced, special resource material should be developed for teachers and students in local languages and informative programmes related to the culture should be organised in schools. These views were expressed by experts while addressing a seminar on ‘Culture my Responsibility’ organised by Multan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) on Friday. MCCI Senior Vice-President Bakhtawar Tanvir Sheikh, Secretary General Khurram Javed Butt, Dr Sofia Omar, Ammara Manzoor, Tayyaba Batool, Muhammad Ali Wasti and others attended the event. On the occasion, Tanvir Sheikh said, “There is a dire need to establish a centre of excellence in the city to preserve the cultural heritage and attract tourists. Multan holds an historic importance as it is one of the ancient cities of the sub-continent.” He said by focusing on creating awareness amongst the general public, such an intervention will prove vital in creating a local database of cultural assets, which could be easily accessible to the people. “The centre can then be used to promote cultural assets using the electronic and print media to reveal the hidden treasures of the nation,” he added. Meanwhile, MCCI Secretary General Khurram Javed Butt said the transfer of cultural knowledge is weak in the present formal system of education. Mechanisms should be devised for income opportunities for the most marginalised and vulnerable [Read More…]

Aug 102017

KARACHI: Trading activity dropped again at the stock market on Thursday as political noise, in the wake of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s march from Islamabad to Lahore, continued to keep local investors wary of investment in stocks. Despite opening in the green zone, the benchmark index started falling around midday and continued the downward trajectory till the close of session. A lack of serious buyers caused a majority of stocks, especially the notable ones, to shed points. At close, the benchmark KSE 100-share Index recorded a decrease of 364.79 points or 0.79% to finish trading at 45,634.02. According to Elixir Securities, Pakistan equities dropped again after experiencing volatile trading and dull volumes as domestic politics remained a major dampener. Market watch: KSE-100 Index recovers, finishes few points shy of 46,000 The market opened in the green and the benchmark KSE-100 index traded in the positive territory until midday, followed by a slump with activity turning thin. “Investors, mainly locals, traded selectively amid anxiety over the political front as former prime minister Nawaz Sharif resumed his defiant march to his hometown Lahore with thousands joining to show support,” Elixir said. Activity in the wider market dropped as evident from a paltry 175 million shares changing hands on the KSE All-share Index, down 20% from Wednesday. “Pak Elektron (-3.9%) traded lower after the company announced sub-par quarterly results while Maple Leaf Cement shed another 3.6% due to recent concern over a possible right issue by the company,” it said. Kot Addu Power [Read More…]

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