Daily Archives: September 11, 2018

Sindh govt top priority are water, solid waste management, public transport: Murad Shah

Karachi, September 11, 2018 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the priorities of his government were to solve water, solid waste and public transport issues in Karachi and in other districts of the province. This he said on Tuesday while talking to USA Consul General JoAnne Wagner who called on him with a delegation of USAID officers here at the CM House. The chief minister was assisted by Chairman P and D Mohammad Waseem and Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput.

The chief minister said that water is a big issue all over Sindh. “We are planning to install a desalination plant in Karachi and construction K-IV bulk water supply project was in progress,” he said and added through water supply schemes and RO plants water issue is being resolved all over Sindh.

Talking about disposal of solid waste in the city, Murad Shah said that some Chinese companies have been involved in sweeping and garbage lifting work. He added that his government has a plan to install a power generation plant on the garbage. The government has worked out a plan to give land to a power generation company at landfill site and install a power plant on PPP mode. He added that as far as public transport issue in the city is concerned it would be resolved through Karachi Circular Railway and launching of different BRT system.

The US consul General and the chief minister discussed USAID funded projects such as Sindh Municipal Services Project (MSP). It is a $66 million programme to improve service delivery to better address urban needs. Nearly 70 percent of project funding would go towards up gradation municipal infrastructure.

The MSP’s center piece is the Jacobabad municipal project, a $36 million project to make major improvements to the ageing and dysfunctional water supply, sanitation and solid waste infrastructure in that small city in Northern Sindh.

The Jacobabad Municipal project would deliver clean drinking water to more than 250,000 people, improve health and hygienic conditions and create sustainable sewage and garbage management system. The chief minister said that his government has approved $5 million to complete associated aspects of the project. He has also approved the towns of Jacobabad, Qambar, Shahdadkot, Mehar, Khairpur Nathan Shah and Johi in the programme.

Education: Another programme came under discussion was Sindh Basic Education Programme. The USAID is providing a comprehensive assisted package of $55 million to increase and sustain student enrolment in primary, middle, secondary schools in seven districts of Northern Sindh and five towns of Karachi.

Under the programme school construction, Sindh reading programme community mobilization capacity development architect and engineering support in construction of school were in progress. Under this programme 106 new schools are being constructed in flood-affected and other targeted districts and construction of 58 schools was almost at final stage. The chief minister and the visiting guest agreed to monitor progress of these projects and complete them in time.

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Press Secretary,
Chief Minister House, Sindh
Tel: +92-21-99202019(Ext: 336)
Website: www.cmsindh.gov.pk

Murad says roll back of 18th amendment to be resisted

Karachi, September 11, 2018 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that the 18th Constitutional Amendment provides provincial autonomy and it has strengthened parliamentary form of government in the country, therefore any attempt to roll it back would be resisted strictly. This he said on Tuesday while talking to media at Mazar-e-Quaid.

He said that the 18th Constitutional Amendment was passed by the National Assembly in 2010 and over 27-member parliamentary committee comprising members from all the parliamentary parties had drafted it with collective wisdom and extensive discussion with all the stake holders. “I am sure the federal government would not disturb it [18th amendment] but if any attempt is made it would be resisted strongly,” he said.

Talking about Bhasha Dam the chief minister said that he was not against the construction of Bhasha Dam but there were some reservations on its location and availability of water in the system. He added that it was located in the seismic area and water in the system is not available to such an extent that the dam could be filled.

Elaborating water position in the system, he said that last year instead of 10 MAF only 7.5 million MAF water was released to downstream Kotri. “As a matter of fact, 25 MAF water is required [downstream Kotri], otherwise sea would keep encroaching further upon the nearby villages,” he said and added “last 10 years history of water releases to downstream Kotri shows that for six years it was less than 10 MAF and then went down further between two to four MAF.”

Murad Ali Shah said the record of water releases downstream Kotri was available with the provincial government from 1922 to this date. “If anybody wants to verify the figures he is most welcome,” he said and added availability of water in the system was a big issue.

He recalled that before the construction of Tarbella Dam average 70 MAF water was released downstream Kotri and our delta was thriving. He added that Indus Delta has been recognised as one of the largest deltas of Asia covering an area of around 14600 square kilometers. The delta is habitant of hundreds of different species of marine and wildlife,” he said and added “we have to protect it by releasing river water into it, otherwise all the nearby villages and cities would vanish away in the sea,” he said.

The chief minister said that his government and party policy for construction of dams is very clear. He added that the provincial government was constructing 34 small dams and their work have almost been completed and work on other 16 dams was in progress.

Replying to a question he said that Baldia Factory incident was a great crime against humanity. He added that in order investigate the incident JIT was formed, the culprits were brought to book and the government looked after the affected families.

To another question, Murad Ali Shah said that street crime has increased because of unnecessary and irrelevant transfer/posting policy of the caretaker government during general election. “We had successfully controlled terrorism in the city and now we have taken street crime as a challenge and soon it would be eliminated,” he vowed. Earlier, the chief minister along with Governor Sindh and his cabinet members laid floral wreath on the Mazar of Quid and offered fateha to pay him rich tribute on his death anniversary. The chief minister also recorded his impressions in the visitors book.

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Chief Minister House, Sindh
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Justice Mian Saqib Nisar expresses deep sorrow and grief to the bereaved family on the sad demise of Begum Kalsoom

Islamabad, September 11, 2018 (PPI-OT): Honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has expressed deep sorrow and grief to the bereaved family on the sad demise of Begum Kalsoom and prayed to Almighty Allah to shower His blessings upon the departed soul. Amen!

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Supreme Court of Pakistan
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September 11 declared ‘Sindh Occupational Safety and Health Day’

Karachi, September 11, 2018 (PPI-OT): On the occasion of the 6th anniversary of Baldia Fire Incident and to show solidarity with the victims, the Government of Sindh Labour and Human Resources Department has declared Sindh Occupational Safety and Health day on 11th of September of every year. This year to commemorate the martyrs of the said incident, the Department has brought a rally from the Head Office of the Directorate of Labour Sindh Karachi, which passes from the front of the gate of Sindh Assembly building and terminates at Karachi Press Club.

Besides large number of people from all walks of life, the occasion was the graced by the presence of Mr. Abid Hussain Zawawi Secretary Labour and HR. Department, Government of Sindh, Mr. Khadim Hussain Bhutto, Director Labour Sindh, Prominent Labour Leaders and Senior Representatives of Employers also attended the rally. At the end of the rally, the Secretary Labour highlighted the steps taken by the Government to improve the Health and Safety conditions at all workplace and expressed solidarity with the victims. The representatives of Employers and Workers also talked about the incident.

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Information and Archives Department
Directorate of Press Information
Government of Sindh
95-Sindh Secretariat 4-B, Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-99204423, +92-21-99204401
Email: pressinformationzubair@gmail.com
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Board of directors meeting of First Al-Noor Modaraba

Karachi, First Al-Noor Modaraba informed Pakistan Stock Exchange that board of directors meeting of the company will be held on September 25, 2018 at Karachi. The agenda of the meeting will to consider the Annual Accounts for the period ended June 30, 2018.

Further, the company has declared the closed period from September 24, 2018 to October 04, 2018.

The First Al-Noor Modaraba is a company incorporated in Pakistan formed under the Modaraba Companies and Modaraba Floatation and Control Ordinance, 1980 and the rules framed thereunder and is managed by Al-Noor Modaraba Management Private Limited. The Modaraba is a multipurpose perpetual modaraba and is primarily engaged in ijarah financing, musharikah, murabaha, musawamah, modaraba, equity investment, Ijarah and trading activities. The registered office of the company is located in Karachi. The Modaraba was floated on October 19, 1992 and commenced its business on November 02, 1992. The stocks of the company are quoted on the Karachi and Lahore Stock Exchanges of Pakistan.

The symbol “FANM” is being used by the stock exchanges for the shares of First Al-Noor Modaraba.

Board of directors meeting of Ashfaq Textile Mills Limited

Karachi, Ashfaq Textile Mills Limited informed Pakistan Stock Exchange that board of directors meeting of the company will be held on September 27, 2018 at Faisalabad. The agenda of the meeting will to consider the Annual Accounts for the period ended June 30, 2018.

Further, the company has declared the closed period from September 20, 2018 to September 26, 2018.

Ashfaq Textile Mills Limited is a company incorporated in Pakistan on January 14, 1988 as a private limited company. It was then subsequently converted into a public limited company. The foundations of the company are laid under the Companies Ordinance, 1984. The core business activities of the company are manufacturing and sale of textiles and rendering of sizing and conversion services. The stocks of the company are quoted on the Karachi Stock Exchange of Pakistan. The registered office and mills of the company is located in Faisalabad.

The symbol “ASHT” is being used by the stock exchange for the shares of Ashfaq Textile Mills Limited.