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19 Jun

Drug addict found dead

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KARACHI: A drug addict was found dead in Nusrat Bhutto Colony area of the city on Monday. According to rescue sources, a 37-year-old man, who was an addict, was found dead due to taking overdose of a drug. The body was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.

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19 Jun

Two killed, two injured in road accidents

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KARACHI: Two people were killed and two injured in separate road accidents in the metropolis on Monday, rescue sources said.

In the first incident, a 55-year-old woman, Zohra Bibi and a five-year-old child, Abdul Sami was hit by a speeding vehicle at Rasheedabad in Baldia Town. As a result, the child died on the spot while the woman suffered severe injuries. The body and the injured were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) for medico-legal formalities and treatment respectively.

In another road accident, a 28-year-old man, Ameer Husain, was riding on a motorcycle when a fast-moving vehicle knocked him down near Sultan Masjid in DHA. The body was brought to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for an autopsy.

Separately, Junaid,aged 30, also met with a road accident near Sagar Hotel on Super Highway and suffered severe injuries. The victim was rushed ASH for treatment.

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19 Jun

2000 closed schools to be reopened with private sector support: minister

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KARACHI: Provincial Minister for Education and Literacy Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar said Monday that more than 2000 closed schools had been reopened yet, while the remaining 2000 will be reopened in collaboration with private sector and in this regard, involvement of civil society was much needed.

This he said while presiding over a meeting of the representatives of NGOs here in his office. Education Schools Secretary Abdul Aziz Uquaili, RSU Chief Manager Faisal Uquaili, MD Sindh Education Foundation Naheed Shah Durrani, IBA Karachi and Sukkur directors, Adviser to President Dr Amanat Jalbani and representatives of Indus Resources Centre, SZABIST, AKHUWAT, The Citizens Foundation and Agha Khan also attended the meeting.

The participants discussed in length how to make these closed schools functional. It was observed that majority of such closed schools were in remote areas, so it was feasible to hire local staff there to reopen them and drastic measures should be taken to improve worst performance of the teachers through efficient monitoring system.

It was also decided that education department would email list of the closed schools to the stakeholders so that they might choose the school of their choice. The minister for education Jam Mehtab asked the relevant quarters to improve environment at schools and develop mechanism to enhance education in remote areas. He also asked private sector to come forward to sort out the issues and improve education in Sindh.

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18 Jun

Over eight percent premature babies at high risk of eye disorders

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KARACHI: The Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Sunday said agricultural zones along CPEC route can help Pakistan produce products that can be exported to China to fetch 12 billion dollars annually.

China is importing agricultural products worth 111 billion dollars annually including $25billion soybean oil and by-products in which Pakistan can get a reasonable share, it said. All the provinces should consider establishing agro-economic zones along CPEC route to produce high-value agricultural products that can be exported to China while Chinese investors can also be lured into it, said Atif Ikram Sheikh, Chairman FPCCI Regional Committee on Industries.

He said that funds should be allocated for the purpose while guidance should be sought from the province of Punjab which is best suited for it. Atif Ikram Sheikh said that such zones should become successful if provision of ample water through harvesting rainfall and other resources is ensured. Moreover, provision of quality seeds, pesticides, urea etc. should also be guaranteed.

Proper cold storage and warehousing facilities, olive oil extraction and solar dehydration of vegetables should also be promoted, he said. Peanuts, grapes, olive, citrus, mango, citrus, tomato, guava, strawberry, potato are some of the items which are in great demand in China, he informed.

He said that overall agricultural system should be modernised so that country can start exports which can jump to fifteen billion dollars in few years. At the time of partition share of agriculture in the GDP was 51 percent which has now reduced to 21 percent while the population has jumped from 32 million to around 200 million, he observed.

He demanded that agricultural insurance system should be improved while banks should be forced to finance communities dependent on agriculture so that they could be saved from clutches of middlemen.

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18 Jun

Smoking habit alarmingly rising among Pakistanis females

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KARACHI: Smoking habit is rapidly rising in Pakistanis young females, particularly in students of colleges and universities, requiring urgent attention from stakeholders to control this menace.

Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Secretary General, Dr SM Qaisar Sajjad, while talking to PPI, said Pakistan is among top countries with rising tobacco use as the number of female smokers was increasing day by day. He said female smokers in Pakistan were estimated at 14 percent of female population and such habit was rising among college and universitie students.

He said: “Regular smoking is not only harmful to women’s health but also to their pregnancy process. Immediate preventive measures to control the use of hazardous substances that put women at a great risk of developing multiple illnesses are needed.”

He said dying family culture, depression, glamorous lifestyle, loneliness and copying of western culture were some major reasons behind the rise in the number of female smokers. He said evil of smoking was once confined to teenagers and males in their society; however, the notion seemed to fade away as more and more women, particularly students, were using tobacco, sheesha, and drugs, raising concerns among the national health policymakers.

Dr Sajjad urged all stakeholders of society to devise a comprehensive strategy to reduce smoking ratio in women, particularly in students to save their health. He said the PMA had been demanding a complete ban on the sale of tobacco productsin educational institutes.

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18 Jun

Mirza Ishtiaq Baig inaugurates Heels flagship store at LuckyOne Mall

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KARACHI: Heels launched its flagship store at Lucky One Mall, Karachi recently. The launch event was attended by celebrities and A-listers, besides socialites, media personnel, friends and family.

Spearheaded by Ashraf Mayia, Jawad Durrani and Asim Hafeez, Heels strive to offer the best in footwear to its discerning clients.

At the grand launch, the brand also introduced its latest Eid collection titled ‘A Festive Affair’.

The evening commenced with the arrival of television stars followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony performed by Mirza Ishtiaq Baig, Urooj Fatima and celebrated actor Minal Khan.

This was followed by an entertaining fashion show showcasing the best of heels. Models could be seen adorned in smart western wear sporting smart and trendy footwear by Heels. The models had been beautified by Beenish Pervaiz.

During the fashionable presentation, lip-smacking hors d’oeuvers and cocktails were also served to the delight of the guests.

Heels is one of the fastest upcoming brand names in the retailing industry, with a chain of outlets spread across the country in a short time span since its inception. With this latest expansion, it shows that the brand is here to stay.

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18 Jun

Sale of loss-making government entities demanded

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) said Sunday that trade deficit of first eleven months of the current fiscal had reached thirty billion dollars calling for urgent steps to reduce expenses.

The government should take some meaningful steps to reduce the deficit while the process should begin with the sale of Pakistan Steel Mills, PIA, power companies and other bleeding enterprises, it said. Transformation of state-owned assets into the property of persons independent of the state will help government raise funds, reduce losses, cut the budget deficit, improve exchange rate and boost the ailing economy, said Dr. Murtaza Mughal, President PEW.

He said that privatization is an integral part of the on-going process of economic reforms which must be carried out very carefully to identify and remove things which are compromising national growth. Dr. Murtaza Mughal said that history of the sale of national assets in the early 1990s shouldn’t be repeated and control of institutions should be handed over to the new owners after the realization of the full amount.

The decision to restructure some sick entities hurriedly before sale may be dangerous to the interests of masses and the country, he added. He said that many entities have lands and other fixed assets which would be tempting for developers who would be least bothered in running the core businesses which must be tackled before sale.

Large numbers of politically connected managers, as well as employees, have remained a major bottleneck for the profitability of bleeding enterprises, he said, adding that the management control of all the privatized enterprises must be transferred to the investors who have the experience and expertise to run a business efficiently and profitably.

The government can bypass defaulters and consider giving preference to the corporations that top the list of loss-making entities and avoid selling profitable bodies in the beginning. Observing caution and paying attention to recommendations will help the government get rid of almost Rs 500 billion losses per annum which have remained unmaintainable and a threat to a balanced budget.

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18 Jun

PM has no way to flee Panamagate: PTI leader

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KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Sindh Vice President Nusrat Wahid claimed on Sunday that Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif had no way to run away from Panamagate case as it had become the necklace of his neck.

While delivering a statement, PTI leader said Sharif family had succeeded in receiving a clean chit in Model Town tragedy case despite having strong evidences, but this time it seemed that there was no way left for the Prime Minister escape Panama leak case. She said that the PML-N ministers were threatening dire consequences if the PM was affected with the Panama leak verdict.

She alleged that the PML-N was using tactics to suppress its political opponents as it did not care for parliament and democracy as even FIA and NAB could not take action against them. It is useless to expect justice from the government, she said.

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