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PM Imran Khan promises the best LG system | Instant News

FAISALABAD: For a city to be successful, it must run like a country, said Prime Minister Imran Khan during a speech to the business community in Faisalabad on Wednesday as he promised the best system of local governance in the country.

PM Imran said that it was the government’s main responsibility to provide facilities to its people adding that Faisalabad could never be repaired from provincial development funds. “If we think we can run Lahore from the Punjab development fund, then the rest of Punjab will be left far behind,” he said.

Citing the example of New York, Tehran and London, the prime minister said that the world’s successful cities operate independently. He said that the mayor of each city would be directly elected.

“The idea is to run the city like a country. “A strong local government system is needed to solve the problem,” said the PM.

He assured the business world that the government was working on creating facilities for their convenience.

He then discussed Pakistan’s financial position and said the country had never taken as many loans as it does today.

In a statement issued on Twitter, the PM’s Office said the prime minister was scheduled to meet leading textile exporters, interacting with factory workers during his trip. PTI lawmakers from the city are also expected to summon the prime minister.

He also inaugurated the Kashmir underpass near Kanal road, a model police station on the civil line and soup kitchen outside the train station.

PM Imran was accompanied by Federal Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, Federal Minister for Industry and Production Hammad Azhar, Chief Minister of Punjab Usman Buzdar and Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar.


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New Zealand Weather: Summer is spring for some, before the rains and rains arrive | Instant News

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MetService national weather: November 13-15

Spring has turned into a countrywide summer this weekend, thanks to a high-pressure system in the north and warm westerly winds blowing in the south.

Auckland residents came out enjoying the sunshine yesterday after avoiding a possible lockdown with the latest Covid case genomically linked to a Defense Force cluster.

It was as if summer had arrived in Mission Bay with kids going in and out of the water – and the sand.

The summer mood continues into the day as temperatures in most major centers will hit 20 ° C, with Christchurch, Blenheim and Timaru expecting summer temperatures of 25 ° C and Tauranga 24 ° C.

Upper North Island centers can expect highest temperatures in the lowest 20s – Auckland and Hamilton should hit 22C, Rotorua 21C and Napier 23C.

Temperatures on the North Island are nearly normal for the time of year, but above average for parts of the South Island thanks to nor’westers, says MetService meteorologist Kyle Lee.

“In the east we’re talking 4C to 7C above average.”

Cooler days in the western and southern parts of the North Island – Wellington would be fine but with temperatures of 18C and New Plymouth, also good, 19C.

Most of the place will be dry, with the exception of a few parts further south, Lee said.

“The weather today is quite good. There is a bit of high pressure that keeps most of the country fine.”

Heavy rain could ruin parties in Otago, Southland and parts of Westland and a heavy rain warning has been issued for Fiordland – rain is expected to fall as high as 150mm before 9pm tonight.

Meanwhile, Sunday sunshine in most parts of the country will make way for some to kick off a humid work week.

North Islanders can expect heavy rains to spread over much of the island, from Northland to Wellington, and from Taranaki to the east.

It will be warm in Auckland, with temperatures as high as 22 ° C, but it will rain from late afternoon, with a similar story in Hamilton.

A brief afternoon of rain is expected in Wellington tomorrow, with temperatures as high as 18C.

On the South Island, rain and rain are expected to occur in many places during the day, before it clears up at night.


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Wild new paper proposes to use “tractor beam” to control lightning strikes | Instant News

This sounds like something from a science fiction movie, but real-life scientists have been busy studying ultra-precise laser tractor beam systems to change the path and direction of lightning.

There is also a very practical reason behind it: lightning strikes are the main cause of fires Australia’s bushfiresAnd more and more American wildfireTherefore, the lightning transfer system has the potential to save lives, keep wildlife safe and protect a large number of important ecosystems.

“We can imagine a future in which the technology might sense the electrical discharge from lightning strikes, help guide it to safe targets and reduce the risk of catastrophic fires,” The physicist Vladlen Shvedov said From the Australian National University.

The system uses a laser beam to mirror the same process of lightning to create a path and specific target for the discharge.

In short, lightning is just an electric current that bridges the gap between the positively charged points on the ground and the negatively charged points at the bottom of the thundercloud (generated by the strong activity of the thundercloud).

The laser beam proposed by the researchers sets a point for releasing this discharge.In their experiment, they used Graphene The particles act as charge mediators.

“Here, we propose and demonstrate an effective method for triggering, capturing and guiding electrical discharges in the air. The method is based on the use of a low-power continuous wave vortex beam that captures and transmits light-absorbing particles in the air,” The team wrote in the research.

Of course, researchers have not tested this laser-induced air heating system in the case of actual lightning generation in the field, but the small-scale results obtained in the laboratory show that it can accurately control lightning and other discharges.

“The experiment simulated atmospheric conditions similar to those in real lightning,” Sevedov says.

The technology can work over a long distance and only requires a low-power laser, which makes the system reasonably priced, accurate and easy to assemble.The laser intensity used here is approximately previous studies.

Although the word Traction beam Actually originated from science fiction-later known as Star Trek – The laser system developed here complies with the instructions.It is moving lightning, not USS Enterprise, But the same principles apply.

In addition to lightning, the same detailed discharge control shown here can also be used in manufacturing and medicine-for example, to carefully remove cancer tissue without invasive surgery.

“We have an invisible line. This is a pen. We can use it to write light and control the discharge within one-tenth of the width of a human hair.” The physicist Andrey Miroshnichenko said, From the University of New South Wales, Canberra.

“We really started to learn what this new technology might mean.”

The research has been published in Nature Communications.


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Covid 19 coronavirus: New Zealand should adopt a ‘traffic light’ border system, experts say | Instant News


Two of New Zealand’s leading public health experts are calling on authorities to ditch the one-size-fits-all border control process for a risk-based approach.

This system will help facilitate travel from places free of Covid-19 while reducing the risk associated with people arriving from places where the spread is out of control.

University of Otago Associate Professor Nick Wilson and Professor Michael Baker call it a traffic light system.

Green light jurisdictions are those that have eradicated the virus and will ensure quarantine-free travel with some precautions for travelers.

Current border quarantine testing will continue to be conducted for those in the yellow zone – those with relatively controlled but ongoing spread of the virus.

Additional control measures will be implemented prior to travel to red light jurisdictions or, at the most extreme, no travel at all.

Professor Michael Baker, from the University of Otago's public health department.  Photos / Files
Professor Michael Baker, from the University of Otago’s public health department. Photos / Files

While the green light will be quarantine-free, it shouldn’t be without some control measures, said Wilson and Baker at The Conversation.

Control measures can include rapid testing, digital tracking, and paying a security deposit to be refunded if travelers adhere to the tracking system.

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However, speaking to the Herald this morning, Baker said he would not be over-emphasizing the details at this stage.

“I think you need a way to track people, no matter what system you are using,” he said.

“I think there will be concerns about quarantine-free travel for a period of time, but I’m not too worried about that detail yet.

“Basically, right in the middle [the traffic-light system] moving from one-size-fits-all to risk-based systems. “

Green light

Most Australian states and some Pacific Islanders will be given the green light, given they have eliminated the virus.

Baker said given the low transmission rates in New South Wales, it would not get the green light. Victoria also took a longer time without transmission, he said.

The jurisdiction must be able to prove elimination requirements are met to New Zealand standards, such as an adequate level of testing.

Travelers from zones deemed green can bypass quarantine under the traffic light system.  Photo / Provided
Travelers from zones deemed green can bypass quarantine under the traffic light system. Photo / Provided

Yellow light

Japan, South Korea and Singapore are jurisdictions where there is evidence of an ongoing but relatively well-controlled spread of the virus.

Current border quarantine measures will remain in place for the amber zone, however, the stay period at their facility will be shortened and replaced by home quarantine.

The period of isolation at home will be combined with the usual testing regime, with digital tracking, use of masks and heavy fines for any violations, according to The Conversation.

A bond will help ensure people adhere to their conditions of isolation.

Red light

A red light will be given to countries such as the United States, Britain and Russia where the virus is spreading out of control.

New Zealand residents returning from these places can be asked for quarantine before leaving their home country and also show negative test results before flying.

Wilson and Baker say the red light measure requires careful development, but that authorities should evaluate measures used abroad, such as pre-trip testing.

Masked health workers at the customs hall at Auckland International Airport in March.  Photo / Jason Oxenham
Masked health workers at the customs hall at Auckland International Airport in March. Photo / Jason Oxenham

How does the system help?

Baker said the traffic light system would help in two main areas: reducing the risk of border failure and increasing the capacity of MIQ facilities.

Allowing people from the green light zone to travel directly to New Zealand helps ease the burden on our facilities and MIQ staff.

“It reduces the risk of border failure because, if you will, you deny the faucet that is the source of the case,” said Baker.

“People arriving from high-risk countries boarding planes and the level of risk adequately reflects what is happening in their source country.

“As we continue the quarantine-free journey, you will divert a lot of people from the MIQ facility … You solve the two problems quite quickly by doing this.”

Experts have suggested that hotels should no longer be used as MIQ facilities for purpose-built hotels.  Photo / Sylvie Whinray
Experts have suggested that hotels should no longer be used as MIQ facilities for purpose-built hotels. Photo / Sylvie Whinray

Expert on standby for air base facilities

Baker has repeated calls for MIQ facilities to be established at Ōhakea Air Force base, located near the Bulls, after submitting the idea a few months ago.

He said one facility can help reduce the risk of border control failure, which can ultimately lead to community outbreaks.

However, the previous Government has indicated there are no plans to establish special facilities and local residents also disperse proposal.

Baker said the hotel was not designed to be an MIQ facility and there are still questions about how the virus spreads, as ventilation is a major issue.

“The finger has been directed at the lift and lid buttons of the trash but in truth, in most cases you can’t tell the difference between fomite (touching the surface) and aerosol,” he said.

“Those are things that will be fixed in a specially built facility … One of the benefits it provides is that the facility can also be used for future pandemics.

“This is a big decision to complete, but given the increasing risk of a pandemic of multiple scales, we think it will probably be a strategic asset to watch.”

Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield.  Photo / Mark Mitchell
Director General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield. Photo / Mark Mitchell

Defense Force employee case

A The Waikato school hostel and hotel have closed after a positive case of Covid-19 could potentially expose members of the community on board.

On Friday, health officials confirmed a Defense Force worker from the Jet Park quarantine facility in Auckland tested positive for the virus.

A second worker tested positive after meeting them on Wednesday. That person caught a flight from Auckland to Wellington the next night.

Traffic queued up at Edsel St and Catherine St in Henderson for the test after Auckland returned to alert level 3.
Traffic queued up at Edsel St and Catherine St in Henderson for the test after Auckland returned to alert level 3.

Asked if there should be any major concern among the community, Baker said New Zealand was pretty good at beating the virus outbreak.

“New Zealand is good at tracing contracts and getting rid of this outbreak quickly,” he said.

“We can be optimistic and the problem is, apart from August’s Auckland cluster, the following six border failures were identified early and managed effectively.”

The golden rule is if someone has any symptoms they should stay home, seek advice and if told to do so, get tested for the virus, says Baker.

“That’s the most important act.”


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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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