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Tree planting began in Gilgit-Baltistan | Instant News

Islamabad: The climate change ministry is providing assistance to the Gilgit-Baltistan government to plant trees at its 300 sites with the aim of sequestering carbon and stabilizing soils in hazard-prone areas. According to the details, work on the 4-year mega project which was approved in October last year has now officially started and the process of selecting a site to plant 50 million trees is ongoing under the cooperation of the federal government and GB. The GB government will donate $ 4.2 million while it will receive a $ 537,000 grant from donor agencies to complete the project within the stipulated timeframe. Methodologies for evaluating risk and vulnerability and identifying hazard-prone locations and steep slopes will be used, which can utilize plantations for stabilization, especially along roads and critical infrastructure. The Ministry of Climate Change is also extending its assistance to the GB government to install a more effective monitoring system to prevent the activities of timber mafias suspected of being involved in illegal logging in various locations in the northern region. Work is also underway to introduce new laws in the GB Assembly to increase fines and penalties for illegal logging. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam said the northern region of Pakistan has an important role in fighting the negative effects of climate change. ‚ÄúThis region has a lot of glaciers and any change in atmospheric temperature can be bad for them. Increasing tree cover will help maintain temperature and avoid the appearance of glacial lakes, “he said. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed to introduce a package for local people who currently use firewood to meet their energy needs, adding “The government will provide them with an alternative energy source to reduce the use of firewood in the region.”


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The new women’s camp started today | Instant News

KARACHI: A total of 27 female cricketers will undergo skills and fitness training at the Moin Khan Academy in Karachi at the new women’s camp, which starts on Saturday (today).

During the 14-day camp, these players will train under the supervision of David Hemp, head coach, Arshad Khan, bowling coach, and Drikus Saaiman, strength and conditions coach, along with academy coaches Mohsin Kamal and Naveed. Anjum.

The camp serves as an opportunity for national team coaches to observe rising cricket players and provide them with awareness of the skills and fitness levels desired to develop at the top level.

In accordance with the Covid-19 PCB protocol, all those involved in the camp must undergo two tests before being integrated into the bio-secure environment. The first tests were conducted in their hometown on March 31. Those who come back negative will undergo a second test on April 3 upon arrival in Karachi.

The players called for the camp were Aima Saleem Satti, Anoosha Nasir, Asma Amin, Arijah Haseeb, Ayesha Naseem, Bisma Amjad, Fajar Naveed, Fatima Khan, Fatima Zahra, Gul Rukh, Gul Uswa, Hamna Bilal, Hania Ahmar, Khushbakht Waseem, Laiba Fatima, Laraib Malik Aziz, Laveeza Munir, Momina Riasat Khan, Najiha Alvi, Nazish Rafique, Rida Aslam, Saima Malik, Shawal Zulfaqar, Syeda Aroob Shah, Syeda Inshra Asad, Yusra Amir and Zaib un Nisa.


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KMC started the demolition of the rented houses along the Gujjar and Orangi channels | Instant News

The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) anti-encroachment department has begun demolition of rental homes and commercial units around Karachi’s mighty Gujjar Nullah.

Gujjar Nullah is a natural channel in the city that starts flowing from New Karachi and ends at Chuna Depot in Goth Haju Mureed, Teen Hatti, where it falls into the Lyari River. The original length of the Prophet was 13 kilometers and 210 feet wide. In a massive anti-encroachment operation planned in Gujjar Nullah in the Central District on Monday, the company started demolition of proper houses at three different points.

KMC has written letters for the demolition of rented houses to the Sindh Katchi Abadi Authority, Karachi Development Authority, Karachi revenue director, Pakistan Railways and MD SITE Manghopir Road. The subject of the letter was ‘the cancellation of the plot leases associated with the Gujjar Nullah Project and the Orangi Nullah Project and other nullah in the city.’

According to the letter, in accordance with the Supreme Court’s order and the decisions taken at the Provincial Coordination and Implementation Committee (PCIC), the KMC’s anti-encroachment department eliminated all kinds of soft and hard encroachment that came in line with Gujjar and Orangi. sewer.

“But some of the leased plots aligned with the prophets caused a hurdle in the speedy anti-encroachment operation and therefore had to be canceled,” the letter said. KMC asked the department to cancel the lease for the smooth running of the project.

Similar letters have been written by the Deputy District Central Commissioner to various city government and law enforcement agencies. To speed up the pace of work, the anti-encroachment movement resumed on Monday simultaneously in three different sections from Gujjar Nullah – Shafiq Mor to the Landi Kotal Section, Landi Kotal to Liaquatabad Bridge near the Central District Municipal Corporation (DMC) headquarters and from the bridge to the Central Section. The Lyari River. Assistant commissioners and mukhtiarkars from various cities supervised the operation.

The KMC metropolitan commissioner has been asked to provide the machinery and manpower necessary for the operation.

Focal people have been directed to ensure coordination among all departments as well as law enforcement agencies for the implementation of effective operations. Representatives from all civilian agencies have been directed to contact focal persons from their respective sections and remain present at the operation site.

KMC has, so far, eliminated soft encroachment on both sides of Gujjar Nullah for 12.8 km. The concrete structures on either side of the 2.5 km long drainage channel have also, according to Siddiqui, been removed.

The cleared Gujjar Nullah area will be handed over to the Border Works Organization on Wednesday to begin road construction. Meanwhile, the remaining 10.3 kilometers, he said, will be cleared before the rainy season.

According to Siddiqui, the massive operation in Gujjar Nullah took place at three different points on Monday. A heavy contingent of police and law enforcement agencies, including Rangers, closed the area. Only marked homes and commercial units were destroyed in the operation, he stressed.

Meanwhile, along the Orangi Nullah, commercial units were destroyed in anti-encroachment operations on Monday at three different locations: Khyber Chowk, Banaras Pak Colony and Chaman Cinema.

Under the Karachi Bachao Tehreek banner, a march was held earlier this month from Regal Chowk to the Karachi Press Club against the demolition of low-income class houses. Families affected by anti-encroachment operations and Awami Labor Party activists, Lyari Awami Mahaz, the Women’s Democratic Front and the Progressive Student Federation participated in the rally and demanded alternative accommodation for those who were left homeless.

The Secretary General of the Awami Workers’ Party, Khurram Ali, shared that the company has accelerated operations since Sunday after civil society started approaching the courts. “On Sundays, we collect rent from residents and we will submit requests for a stay order in court,” he said, adding that on March 21, there would be massive protests at the Karachi Press Club.


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Prime Minister Imran Khan started an olive plantation project in Nowshera | Instant News

An olive plantation campaign has been launched by the federal government in Nowshera.

Prime Minister Imran Khan started the campaign on Monday. He was accompanied by Defense Minister Pervez Khattak, Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shah Farman, Chief Minister KP Mahmood Khan and Special Assistant for Climate Change Amin Aslam.

7,500 olive trees are planted at the Amangarh plantation site in Nowshera.

The government plans to plant 50 million olive trees in the country. This is part of the 10 billion Tree Tsunami program.

Aslam previously said the program was developed for areas experiencing water shortages and drought.

Food security Pakistan’s biggest challenge: PM Imran Khan

The prime minister said olive groves could help address Pakistan’s food security concerns, which he called the country’s “biggest challenge”.

He also said growing olives could bring foreign exchange into Pakistan.

Talking about the importance of olives, he said the impact of olive production is not only helping KP, but the whole of Pakistan.

“There are times when Pakistan exports wheat,” said PM Khan, adding that this year Pakistan will have to import four million tonnes of wheat.

Likewise, he said, Pakistan must also import sugar.

“We are already importing vegetable oils like ghee and palm oil. Our biggest challenge in the coming days is how we will provide good food and nutrition to our people,” he said.

He then spoke about the challenge of foreign exchange reserves and emphasized the difference in the country’s import and export figures.

The prime minister later said that the 10 billion Tsunami projects will protect our future generations. He urged Pakistani youth to contribute to the project for their own benefit.

Pakistan spends a lot of money on vegetable oil imports which can be reduced by local olive oil production by planting olive trees especially on the west bank of the Sindh River, he said.

Olive oil production can also generate new jobs and thriving businesses in the country.

What is the olive plantation project?

KP MNA Kamran Bangash provided details about the olive plantation campaign on Twitter shortly after Prime Minister Imran Khan launched it.

He said that in a few years, ‘#OliveTreeTsunami’ will bring improvements in various sectors in Pakistan.

He said the project would not only prevent increased land conversion to deserts, but national resources for healthy vegetable oils would also emerge.

“Wildlife will also inevitably develop again and Pakistan’s true biodiversity potential will be harnessed,” wrote MNA.

Olives are the national fruit of the barren KSA & Pakistan will soon become the biggest fruit exporter, he said.

Praising the prime minister, Bangash said PM Khan gave Pakistan a new identity in the world for the best olive groves.


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The race for the NA-249 seat begins | Instant News


About 30 candidates have submitted 68 nomination forms to contest by-election in seats NA-249 – which were vacated by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Faisal Vawda who resigned from National Assembly after pocketing the Senate seat – on Sunday.

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Miftah Ismail, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Nisar Khuhro and Qadir Khan Mandokhel, Muttahida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement (MQM-P) Yousuf Alam, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Laila Parveen and Ashraf Jabbar Qureshi, Syed Mustafa Kamal Pak Sarzameen’s Party, Syed Hafeezuddin and Humayun Usman, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl’s Rashid Mehmood Soomro, three candidates for Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP), and Bilal Qadri from Sunni Tehreek are in among those who have collected the nomination papers.

Read: PPP prepares for long march to ‘get rid of PTI’

Those wishing to contest by-election have until March 17 to collect and submit their candidacy documents from the office of the Western district electoral commission. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will then post a list of candidates who submitted their nomination letters on March 18 and document checks will be completed on March 25. The final date to challenge the returning officer (RO) decision is already set for March 29 and the Court of Appeal will decide on the appeal filed against the RO decision by April 5. Candidates will be able to withdraw their candidacy on April 7.

The ECP will distribute symbols to prospective lawmakers on April 8 and polls are scheduled to take place on April 29.

This was confirmed by Western district electoral officer Nadeem Haider, who said that the district election office did receive a request to postpone elections until after Ramadan, but a decision regarding this has not been made by higher ECP officials and until now, a poll is scheduled for 29 April.

History of the constituency

In Karachi’s NA-249 constituency, where the number of registered voters is 331,000, there are no clear favorites. It is home to supporters of almost all political parties and as such, every vote counts.

Vawda, who won a seat in the 2018 general election, received 35,349 votes, beating PML-N’s Shehbaz Sharif by a small margin of 723 votes. Sharif had 34,981 votes in the constituency in the election, while Mufti Abid from TLP got 23,981 votes, Aslam Shah from MQM-P got 13,534 votes, Syed Ataullah Shah from Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal got 10,307 votes and Qadir Khan Mandokhel from PPP got 7,236 votes.

A total of 131,190 votes were cast, of which 2,684 were rejected.

Back then, Sharif was competing in elections in the Sindh constituency for the first time, given the PML-N stronghold of NA-249.

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In addition, Muhammad Qasim from TLP and Shahzad Awan from PTI won the PS-115 and PS-116 seats in the Sindh Assembly of the area in the 2018 general election.

Prior to the 2018 general elections, the MQM had won three national assembly seats in the constituencies. However, the party stronghold weakened after the constituency boundaries were redrawn.

In a more recent development, another district – the Keamari district, was formed from the West district in Karachi, followed by the constituency which now also consists of the new district districts.

“Like 2018, we are expecting a big contest this time too,” said Haider, adding that all security arrangements for the polls will be made.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 15th, 2021.


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