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World Bank to help develop the Karachi drainage system, eliminating design flaws of the LBOD | Instant News

The chief minister of Sindh said on Wednesday that this year’s heavy monsoon rains had wreaked havoc on the Karachi and Mirpurkhas divisions, so he had asked the NED University of Engineering & Technology to conduct a study on the Karachi drainage system.

Speaking with World Bank Country Director for Pakistan Najy Benhassine, who summoned the chief executive at CM House, Syed Murad Ali Shah said he had also decided that necessary changes would be made to the design of the Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD).

Shah said heavy rains had caused urban flooding in Karachi as well as inundated hundreds of villages in the Mirpurkhas Division and parts of the Hyderabad division. He said he had commissioned NED University to carry out a study on the Karachi drainage system and suggested ways and means of repairing it so that water discharge could be carried out through natural gravity.

He said at the meeting that the university had started its studies and would be finished in the next two months, after which the city drainage system would be designed accordingly. He said World Bank experts should help design a modern drainage system for the city.

CM said there was a design flaw in the 385-kilometer long LBOD, which started flowing backwards at high tide in the sea. “Therefore, instead of dumping salt water or rainwater, LBOD began to submerge the surrounding area.”

Therefore, he said, his party had decided that the design flaws would be excluded from the LBOD. He urged the World Bank to provide technical assistance to provincial governments in eliminating design detection from sewers. Benhassine said his technical team would provide full support to the Sindh government in developing a proper drainage system in Karachi and removing design flaws from the LBOD.

Yellow line

The meeting was informed that the World Bank will build a 61 billion rupee, 22 km bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor in Karachi, including infrastructure, drainage, lighting, busways, stations, terminals and depots.

Shah said Yellow Line is the most important project for the city. He added that it has been developed mainly along the Korangi and Korangi Industrial Zone roads which connect the southeastern part of the city (Korangi City, Landhi Town and Bin Qasim City) which is considered a large and densely populated industrial and residential area.

He said WB was preparing the design but it needed to be accelerated so that the project could be taken up for development. Benhassine assured the chief executive that the project design would be finished soon.

The BRT project will have a 1 km mixed route at Sharea Faisal, with eight underpasses and two elevated U-turns, 268 buses and 28 stations, 22 of which will be inclined and the remaining six on the underpass.

Property survey

The meeting also discussed the need to conduct property surveys in Karachi and Hyderabad. Planning & Development Agency Chairman Mohammad Waseem said that the last property survey in Karachi was conducted in 2001 by the excise & taxation department, and will now be carried out by World Bank experts.

It states that only Rs2 billion in property tax is collected from the city, which is lower than that of Lahore.

The meeting informed that after Karachi, the Sindh government wants to conduct a property survey in Hyderabad so that property tax recovery can be increased there as well.

The CM said that the funds raised as property taxes are being used by local agencies. “If the recovery is stepped up, they will financially strengthen local agencies.” The meeting also discussed a large number of current and new World Bank-sponsored projects, and agreed to review the performance of the entire portfolio immediately.

The meeting was also attended by Main Secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah, Main Secretary CM Sajid Jamal Abro and World Bank Operations Manager for Pakistan Melinda Good.


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Sindh revoked the license to develop the island | Instant News

KARACHI: The Sindh government has written a new letter to the federal government following the Sindh cabinet’s decision to no longer engage with the federal government to develop the island.

The letter of the Sindh Land Use Department secretary to the Cabinet Division secretary cites Article 172 (2) of the Constitution and emphasizes the exclusive ownership of the Sindh government over all the islands along the provincial coast. It is said that the previous Sindh government had agreed to the development of the island on the following terms:

a-Islands will be handled according to law.

b-On the terms and conditions that may be agreed upon.

c-Development or construction activities on the island must be protected and promote the legitimate interests of local fishermen.

But the federal government, instead of complied unilaterally, passed the Pakistan Islands Development Authority Act-2020, which illegally seizes ownership of the Bundal Islands and Buddo in clear violation of Article 172 (2) of the Constitution. Besides, illegal annexation of islands is tantamount to changing the boundaries of our province, which is again a violation of Article 239 (4) of the Constitution.

The letter informs the central government of the Sindh cabinet’s decision to no longer engage with the federal government to develop the island and asks the cabinet secretary to consider the previous letter as null and void.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan People’s Party has called the federal government’s passing of the law an attempt to seize Sindh land. The PPP Kapitel Sindh Executive Committee, which met under President Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, adopted a resolution demanding the repeal of the regulation, terming a violation of its authority.


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In sustainable shipping, the challenge of developing a maritime nation is highlighted | Instant News

KARACHI: National Institute of Maritime Affairs (NIMA), Karachi, is hosting a webinar to mark the celebration of World Maritime Day 2020 on Thursday. World Maritime Day is commemorated annually to mark the contribution of the international maritime industry to the world economy and to pay attention to the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet”.

Naeem Sarfraz, Chair of the FPCCI Maritime Committee, was the main guest, while leading international and national speakers provided their insights on this year’s theme. Vice Admiral (retired) Abdul Aleem, Director General of NIMA, welcomed the speakers and participants of the webinar and highlighted the importance of sustainable shipping for the environment and its impact on the economy as a fuel for efficiency productivity. NIMA director Commodore (retired) Ali Abbas set the stage by highlighting the importance of the day and the advantages of sustainable shipping and its prospects for Pakistan.

Dr Nazery Khalid provided his intellectual insights on sustainable shipping and the challenges of developing a maritime nation. The PNSC Executive Director, Tariq Majeed, informed the audience of the PNSC’s vision and planning for the dynamics of future shipping. DG’s International Mobile Satellite Organization, Moin Ahmed, explained the issue of satellite navigation for the safety, security and protection of the marine environment and Maersk Pakistan MD, Ms. Aruna Hussain highlighted emerging global regulations and the future of shipping.

At the end of the webinar, featured guest Naeem Sarfraz commended the efforts made by NIMA to bring together maritime professionals and stakeholders to highlight the importance of shipping as the backbone of the maritime industry, its impact on the global economy and environment and prospects for Pakistan. He also hopes that NIMA will continue to play an important role in advocating for superior guidelines and procedures to improve the performance of the shipping industry in a sustainable manner by providing policy recommendations to domestic policy makers. Many participants from academia, foreign policy experts, students, government departments, and think tanks participated actively in this webinar.


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Punjab formed a team to develop a policy to curb the spread of the Lahore corona virus | Instant News

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LAHORE: The Punjab government in a meeting on Friday formed a team to make a policy to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the provincial capital.

Led by the Chief Secretary of the Additional Department of the Interior of Punjab Momin Agha, the team was assigned to make recommendations for a separate and effective management policy for Lahore because cases of new corona virus in the city continued to increase significantly.

The province has so far recorded 10,033 patients with COVID-19 infection.

The decision was made during a meeting – chaired by Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar – to analyze the steps taken to contain the spread of the corona virus pandemic and determine the reasons for the surge in positive cases in Lahore.

Also part of the meeting were Lahore Corps Commander Lieutenant General Majid Ehsan, General Commander of the 10th Division Major General Muhammad Aneeq-ur-Rehman Malik, Director General of the Punjab Rangers Major General Muhammad Aamir Majeed, Chief Punjab Secretary Jawad Rafique Malik, and Police Inspector General for Punjab Shoaib Dastgir.

Lt. Majid Ehsan said it was necessary to implement a separate line of action given the current situation in the provincial capital.


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Children Fixated on Tablets Can Develop Autism Symptoms, Claims Study | Instant News

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A controversial study claims a link between increased child screen time and likelihood develop symptoms like autism. Research findings reveal that one year old children who spend most of their time looking at screens tend to show symptoms such as autism when they are two years old.

The study also concluded that daily games involving human contact were associated with nine percent less chance of developing symptoms such as autism, compared to less than ordinary play.

About 2.00 toddlers are screened with an autism test called the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers, which asks parents 20 questions about a child’s behavior. This approach to detecting symptoms such as ASD is controversial and is filled with diagnostic problems.

The authors of this study offer their findings, especially at critical times during the coronavirus pandemic, when children are at home all day because they are locked. With parents juggling their tasks between working from home, homeschooling their children, and doing housework, experts say many will look at tablets and other gadgets to help them distract their children to enable parents to complete their tasks .

Drexel University researchers in Philadelphia also found that children who received less interactive playtime were more likely to develop manifestations of autism spectrum disorders.

However, many scientists doubt the credibility of this research, saying they find it difficult to put confidence in these findings. Their study was published in JAMA Pediatrics and retrieve data from other studies that ask parents questions about their children’s practices and behavior at home.

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Karen Heffler, lead author of the study from Drexel University in Philadelphia, said that the literature is full of research showing the benefits of parent-baby interaction on child development in subsequent years, as well as the relationship between increased screen time and developmental delay.

According to Dr. David Bennett, a senior writer from the same study, this finding strengthens the understanding of the importance of play time between parents and their children relative to screen time. Bennett added that public health campaigns and pediatricians now have the opportunity to inform and educate parents about the risk of their child suffering from ASD with too much time watching films at an early age.

In an article published in Pediatrics by Kenneth R. Ginsburg, he stated that play is very important for children’s development because it helps build children’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being.

Criticism of this Study

However, many scientists are not happy with the results of this study. James Cusack, Director of Science at Autistica, criticized his research and findings, saying that ‘families deserve better science than that’, especially now when many young children are stuck at home and tend to watch their gadgets throughout the day. .

He showed how research was carried out at a small scale, and how the tools used to measure the effects of increasing screen time on autism were not enough. Finally, he argues that the measure used is two-year-old children, a time when children of this age are developing at different rates, which makes it very difficult to diagnose autism.

The authors themselves admit that their research only found an association with symptoms such as ASD, not ASD itself. They called for future studies to examine the relationship in more detail.

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