Judo, Ju-Jitsu events of SOA Games today

Karachi: The Judo and Ju-Jitsu events of the ongoing 2nd Sindh Olympic Association (SOA) Games Series will be held here today (Saturday) at Karachi Martial Arts Center.

SOA in collaboration with Sindh Judo Association (SJA) and Sindh Ju-Jitsu Association (SJJA) is organizing this event.

SOA Games Series, which have several different events in its fold, has already begun in Karachi. Tennis event of the SOA Games has concluded on Thursday.

Committee finalizes report on KCR project

Karachi: The eight-member committee headed by Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui for the project of Karachi Circular Railway has finally completed a report which will be presented to the government in its final meeting on Friday.

In this regard, the commissioner presided over a meeting with the eight-member committee at his office. The eight-member committee was constituted by the government for the project and it was given a deadline of May 20th to propose report on recommendations, which it has made before its time in a third meeting.

Siddiqui said that since provincial government, federal government and all stakeholders are on the same page for the first time, so there was no force to stop this project to appear physically on track and we have finalised a workable and easy achievable report.

Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, Secretary Transport Tuaha Ahmed Farooqui, Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhter Farooqui, Managing Director Karachi Urban Transport Corporation (KUTC) Shamim Ahmed Sherazi, Project Director KUTC Ijaz Hussain Khilji, Divisional Superintendant Pakistan Railway Nisar Ahmed Memon, SSP PR Robin Yamin and other relevant officers were also present on the occasion.

Clarifying one of the biggest issues lying in route of KCR project, he told PPI: “It is just a hype that encroachments are hurdles, but in my opinion, as we have surveyed the land, it is not a big deal to remove encroachments from the route comparing to removing encroachments from within the city,” he told PPI.

He said that the authorities had expressed determination to revive the KCR project in the tenure of present government in order to provide modern, rapid and low-cost transportation facilities to the citizens.

Sherazi said that the project was a few steps away, and one of them was almost complete. “First, we would present our recommendations to the Sindh government; second, the Sindh government would pass one of our suggestions to Pakistan government and, then, the project would start appearing physically on the track.”

He told PPI that the KCR would be equipped with all the facilities available in any railway project around the world.

Initially, we would start with each train every 5 minutes with facilitating overall around 0.6 million commuters a day, then, all the numbers of facilities would start increasing gradually,” he told.

Sources said that the project was designed to be completed in eight months after getting green light from the government and a concrete wall would be erected along the tracks to save the land from encroachers while security pickets would be built on the route to save the tracks from criminals.

National Women Cricket Championship begins today

Karachi: The ninth edition of Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah National Women Cricket Championship begins today (Saturday) in Islamabad.

Twelve regional teams will be participating in this championship. In qualification round, six regional teams will compete. The teams are divided into two groups. The top two teams from each group will qualify to play in the final round.

Six regional teams have already qualified last year for the final round. The final round is also divided into two groups and the top teams of each group will qualify to play in the final. The bottom two teams, which are to be ranked 7th and 8th in the final round, will have to play in the qualification round next year.

In qualification round, Group A consists of Quetta, Faisalabad and Hyderabad while Abbottabad, Peshawar and Bahawalpur constitute Group B. The round will begin with a match between Quetta and Faisalabad teams on Saturday, May 17.

Meanwhile, Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Multan, Islamabad and Sialkot have already been placed in the final round. The final round matches will begin from May 24 with a match between Karachi and Rawalpindi teams. The summit clash of the tournament will be played on May 30 at Diamond Cricket Ground.

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