Oct 142017
One more die of dengue in KP

PESHAWAR: The death toll from dengue fever in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa hit 55, as another patient died here on Saturday.  According to details shared by the Dengue Response Unit of provincial… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Oct 122017
Broken roads

It is commendable that the present KP government has launched quite a few projects for the construction and overhaul of main and local roads of the province. Many roads in the province’s big cities have been repaired, but there are a few major roads that are still in a deplorable condition. The repair work on the 60km long Hangu road has been in progress for the last one and a half year. This is because the provincial government has appointed few labourers for the project. Also, they do not have efficient machinery to complete the task on time. This route – also called ‘Business Belt’ – leads to Afghanistan through Kurram Agency and has full business potential. Similarly, hundreds of loaded vehicles pass through this road to Fata and Afghanistan. Many businessmen have expressed that they have to bear the loss of stock because of bumpy roads. Stock in transit is often damaged. As a result, businesses have to bear heavy losses. The concerned department should appoint a large number of labourers for this project so that the work on the project is completed as soon as possible. Proper machinery should be installed so that the work is completed efficiently. Abdul Hadi Paracha (Kohat) Click for detailed story

Oct 112017
Joint monitoring unit for health,  education sectors ordered in KP

PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has ordered a combined Independent Monitoring Unit (IMU) for both health and education sectors to improve the system. He was presiding over the 4th stocktaking… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Sep 282017
The 2018 elections

The 2018 general elections are round the corner. The political parties are attempting to mobilise public opinion to have more support for their party candidates. The aspirants for the party tickets are switching loyalties. They believe that their chances of getting elected will be high, if they are contesting the election through a ticket of a mainstream political party. For the upcoming elections, the PML-N and the PTI are the main contenders. The result of the elections will depend on how these two political parties manipulate the voter because the Pakistani politics revolves around personality cult, demagoguery, manipulation of public perception and use of money to purchase vote. But the PTI has changed this culture in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to a considerable extent. In the previous elections, the contestants from the platform of the PTI came from divergent social strata. The party also encouraged the young generation and the educated lot from mediocre families to make it to the corridors of power. The PML-N has completed some mega projects in Punjab, but has despicably failed to reform the institutions. The PTI, on the other hand, did a lot for transparency in the institutions to rebuild them on solid foundations. The public perception is that the PTI government quite successfully purged corruption from government institutions. As a result, recruitments on various posts in government departments were made purely on the merit basis. The PTI could conveniently capitalise on all that it has done for the public welfare and convert it into a [Read More…]

Sep 062017
A billion trees

According to some media reports, the KP government have achieved the target of planting one billion trees in the province in two years under its Billion Tree Tsunami (BTT) initiative. The project is aimed at reducing the overall temperature of the province by two degrees. A report of the Pakistan Meteorological Department had earlier warned that KP might face a rise in temperature by two percent and a decline in the rainfall by 15 percent. As a remedial measure, the KP government approved the Rs22 billion BTT Project and launched it in June 2015. The target of planting one billion trees was achieved in August 2017 at the cost of Rs11 billion. In the same manner, the Punjab government has initiated an afforestation project. Under the project, 99,000 acres of land is being offered in parts to investors for commercial forestry and range management initiatives in southern Punjab. The Traders and Business Community of KP have also urged the Punjab government to launch a programme similar to the BTT project so that the forest cover could be improved in the province, besides the promotion of forestry investment. There is also a strong need for the protection of the trees planted under the KP project. The government should also consider including private investors in the project to get the desired results within a short period of time. This is also essential to combat climate change. Khan Faraz (Peshawar) Click for detailed story

Sep 052017

Government has started extensive oil and gas exploration in different parts of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to achieve self-sufficiency in the energy sector.An oil and gas exploration company has started ‘Gravity Survey’ in Tal and Biland Khel bloc in North Waziristan Agency.Meanwhile, Oil and Gas Development Company Limited has also completed a 2D seismic survey in the FR Bannu.Source: Radio Pakistan Click for detailed story

Aug 262017
BDU says 3,896 devices defused in KP since 2009

PESHAWAR: About 3896 explosives have been defused in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police since 2009, official said on Saturday. An official, while talking about the performance of the bomb disposal unit (BDU)… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Aug 222017
A new experiment

The standard of education in KP has been deteriorating at an unprecedented rate for a long time. Ever since the PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has come in power, it has ‘experimented’ with the education system a lot, but it hasn’t been successful in achieving desired results. Recently, the KP government waived the condition for applicants for a teaching job to have professional trainings certificates. For employment in government schools, it was mandatory for candidates to have relevant qualifications like B Ed, but now the condition has been waived. It has been observed that most of the PTI’s initiatives in the province have failed miserably. Despite the tall claims of the provincial government that it has brought much-needed reforms in the province’s education sector, the state of education in the province hasn’t improved to date. There is nothing concrete on the ground to support the provincial government for the revolutionary reforms in the education sector. The policy to do away with the condition of professional certificates will further deteriorate the fragile standard of education. The recent SSC and HSC results highlight the dismal  performance of government schools. The KP government must restore the old policy to prevent the situation from further worsening. The people who have relevant degrees can teach better. Muhammad Tariq (Swat) Click for detailed story

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