Archive for April, 2014

Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan launch Cleanliness drive of Sharae FaisalGovernor of Sindh Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan said better results could not be achieved in public service works without making inter-coordination strong and effective between different organizations. This coordination was needed most for working on various uplift projects in Karachi. If we start working together it would not only increase the level of mutual confidence and establish fine working relations among the organizations but also make it easy to provide better services to people. He expressed these views while addressing as chief guest in the launching of cleanliness drive of Sharae-Faisal held at the Frere Hall on Sunday. Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhtar Farooqui and Deputy Commissioner South Mustafa Jamal Qazi also spoke on this occasion whereas the program was attended by the Metropolitan Commissioner Samiuddin Siddiqui, deputy commissioners of different districts, administrators, various departmental heads and a good number of prominent citizens. Governor Sindh said besides improving the law and order conditions, development works were also being carried out in the city. Citizens would feel refreshing change with the solution of their problems hence, all civic organizations should work in coordination. He said work on bringing gradual improvement on the major city corridors was begun now and before this I.I Chundrigar was also made better due to its importance for the city and now security arrangements on this Wall Street of the city were being made under a comprehensive plan.

Governor Ishrat-ul-Ebad said he felt pleasure on that the Commissioner of Karachi and the Administrator Karachi has already done lot of home work for the beautification of Sharae Faisal and other organizations were also fully cooperating in this connection. He said that he prayed for joint working of all city organizations for its betterment. About 10 Lac saplings were planted in past and the city’s environment will improve further with the addition of 3 Lac saplings more in Karachi.

Earlier Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui in his welcome address said the city administration was taking all civic bodies on board in the beautification of the city. We have a passion working for Governor Sindh’s vision of green and peaceful Karachi. About 3 Lac saplings will be planted in this campaign and we have this desire that this work for the cleanliness and beautification of city corridors extend to all areas of the city. He said the Administrator and Metropolitan Commissioner of Karachi have also fully supported this work and we all will continue to work with this spirit for making city clean and green.

Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhtar Farooqui said the projects which were completed in Karachi with the patronage and special attention of the Governor of Sindh Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan was not only an example but also a milestone for future. He said KMC has completed lot of development projects and work on many projects still going on which will be completed soon. Though KMC was not directly responsible for the cleanliness of whole city as the city was divided into many organizations which have their own land control and these bodies were charging for municipal tax in these areas, therefore it was their duty to provide municipal services in these areas. However the Municipal Services Department of KMC was working under mutual coordination of district municipal corporations. He said KMC was responsible for the maintenance of city’s major corridors and the big parks, therefore it has chosen Sharae Faisal for the beautification of city in the first phase. Besides carrying out cleanliness work on this central corridor of the city about 25 thousand evergreen saplings were also being planted alongside it. Deputy Commissioner South Mustafa Jamal Qazi thanked the Governor of Sindh Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan and other notables for attending this program and expressed resolve that we all will work together for the beauty and cleanliness of the city. In the end Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui and Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhtar Farooqui presented a souvenir to the Governor of Sindh Dr.Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan.

Gizri Blast

At least four people have been killed and more several others injured in a suicide blast targeting a government vehicle in Defence area of Karachi, Dunya News reported on Friday.

The incident took place in Gizri area of Defence Phase 4.

Several nearby vehicles and buildings were damaged due to the huge blast.

The injured were shifted to Jinnah Hospital where some of them are said to be in critical condition.

Police and Rangers personnel have arrived at the scene and cordoned off the area.

Veet Miss Super Model 2014

Veet Miss Super Model 2014 competition will likely to be on air on a local channel in mid May 2014 and participants from across Pakistan have already been selected. Model Wiqar Ali Khan accompanying with supermodels Amna Ilyar, Cybil Chaudhry, Sabina Pasha and Nadia Hussain said, “This year many things have been changed in the competition for title.” Many news happenings will be involved in programme and the programme will be showcasing 8 themed episodes and each episode will focus on grooming the models in various aspects of modeling based on beauty, confidence and personality development.

He said programme would be hosted by him and every round would be an eliminating round on criteria level. The winner will be bestowed with the title of Miss Super Model as well as a precious modeling contract. Amna Ilyar, Cybil Chaudhry and Sabina Pasha will coach and mentor a group of contestants. The episode will showcase celebrity appearances from the fashion, TV and film industry besides they will judge the challenges by the aspiring models competing, Khan asserted. A representative of the Veet said, “We have created this platform to allow young women to turn their dreams into reality”. Veet Miss Super Model has established itself as a recognisable and renowned platform.

Dr Iqbal Choudhry

Dr Iqbal Choudhry

Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST), Islamabad has declared Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Director International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University (KU), the most productive scientists of Pakistan.
Dr Iqbal Choudhary was selected from around 1700 productive scientists of Pakistan. Under the umbrella of ICCBS, Dr. Iqbal Choudhary also heads HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, KU and Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, KU.
The PCST, in its recent directory titled “Productive Scientists of Pakistan 2013-14”, has ranked the KU scientist the top among 1700 productive scientists of Pakistan, employed in public/private sector Universities, colleges and R& D organistions, who have contributed in research, supervision of students and any other productive work during the period 1960-2013-14.
An official of the ICCBS said that the scoring system takes into account different factors from which the academic status and output of scientists and engineers is judged. These include research publications at national and international level, books written or edited, supervision of PhD, MPhil or MSc students, international awards, research grants won, impact factor of the journals in which the research papers were published, citation figures for the papers that were published in science citation index. As per the said criteria, in the field of chemistry, Dr Iqbal Choudhary has lead over 1700 productive scientists of Pakistan, he said. It is also pertinent to mention here that six more scientists of ICCBS-KU are included among the leading productive scientists of the country in the field of chemistry. The names of these scientists included Dr. Syed Ghulam Musharraf (17th rank), Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, former Chairman of the Higher Education Commission Pakistan (20th), Dr. Zaheer-ul-Haq (24th), Prof. Dr. Khalid Muhammad Khan (28th), Dr. Muhammad Raza Shah (52nd) and Prof. Wiqar Uddin Ahmed (92nd).
Vice Chancellor Karachi University (KU) Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser has congratulated these scientists on their great achievements.

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Hamid Mir shot, injured near Natha Khan Bridge in Karachi

Hamid Mir shot, injured near Natha Khan Bridge in Karachi

Geo News senior anchor and renowned Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir was injured in a targeted-shooting here on Saturday evening.

Hamid Mir was heading to the Geo News office when his car was targeted by gunmen as it left the Jinnah International Airport on Shara-e-Faisal near the Natha Khan Bridge. The senior anchor was shot three times and was rushed to a private hospital where he underwent an operation.

Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain told Geo News that the operation was successful and prayed for Hamid Mir’s quick recovery.

Gunmen in a car and riding two motorcycles opened fire on Hamid Mir’s car a few kilometers away from the Airport police station.

Karachi police chief, Shahid Hayat said Hamid Mir has been shot thrice; one bullet has pierced his intestine while the other two have wounded his leg and pelvic area. Hayat added that a committee had been formed to probe the attack on Hamid Mir.

Geo News Islamabad bureau chief, Rana Jawad said Hamid Mir spoke to him after the attack and said the gunmen followed him and continued to fire on the car.

Speaking to Geo News the driver of the car said a single attacker had opened fire and targeted Hamid Mir.

The attack has been condemned by politicians including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Following the attack journalists held protests in several cities of the country and called for an inquiry.

creek marinaDwelling at Creek Marina, a multi-billion residential project to be built at DHA Phase VIII, has become making ‘castle in the air’ as allottees after pouring in Rs 3 billion in the project have failed to get possession for last five years. The Creek Marina project was launched in 2005 with the partnership between Defence Housing Authority (DHA) and a Singaporean consulting firm named Meinhardt, run by Dr Shahzad Nasim.

DHA has provided 19 acres of coastal land in Phase VIII and Meinhardt set up a local company named Creek Marina Private Ltd (CMPL) to oversee the marketing and construction of the project. The possession date of this 6-star luxury housing scheme, which was earlier in 2009, had been revised to 2011. Most buyers had by this time paid a major proportion of the final cost.

At a press conference held at a local hotel here, Yousuf Mirza, Chairman Creek Marina Action Committee (CMAC) said the CMAC had appealed to Dr Shahzad Nasim in March 2011 to resume construction activity as the initial agreement with DHA was signed in May 2004 by Dr Shahzad Nasim, the CEO of Meinhardt-Singapore.

He said instead of pacifying the agitation of the allottees, Dr Nasim through his legal advisor asserted that he had no connection with the Creek Marina project or with CMPL and filed a defamation suit against the CMAC in Sindh High Court (SHC). He added that an injunction, which was still valid, was passed on 15 members of the CMAC whose names appeared on the appeal.

Moreover, Mirza said in April 2011, the SHC ruled that Rs 1 billion bond money should be released to CMPL and DHA in order to pre-empt any attempt on the part of Meinhardt to move these funds out of the country. The court granted a stay order and the money was not allowed to be transferred out of the CMPL account. Later, in July, 2011 the SHC had again passed a ruling that the funds could be released in tranches to CMPL, solely for construction purposes, subject to the approval by DHA of a monthly budget plan to be submitted by CMPL.

Keeping this in view, Mirza requested the authorities concerned to release funds and resume the construction activity. He said negotiations had been continuing between DHA and Meinhardt with regard to the amendment to the original agreement for over last two years but remained unsuccessful.

He said that DHA had lost all confidence in Dr Shahzad Nasim’s commitment to resume and complete the project, and would like to take back and hand it over to a developer of their own choice. Now, DHA has filed an FIR under sections 409, 43 and 420 for fraud against Dr Shahzad Nasim, Omar Shahzad and Meinhardt-Singapore. Moreover, he said a rift between both parties had blocked the money of 250 buyers. He added that they did not want any refund but only sought an assurance that their interests would be protected.

He said any arrangement under which the project was transferred to another developer with no commitment to existing buyers or to the original master plan would not be accepted. Replying to a question, Mirza was unaware about any treaty signed between Pakistan and Singapore to take legal action against Dr Shahzad, who took Singapore’s nationality after surrendering his Pakistani identity. He said around Rs 3 billion were paid by the buyers and one-third of the amount had been put in the project while the rest was seized by the court. (Business Recorder)

dreamworld karachiDreamworld Resort, Hotel and Golf Course proudly presents Children’s Day on 13th April 2014 .With a membership base of over 18000, the festival promises fun filled activities and entertainment for children and their families. This event is in line with the vision of Dreamworld Resort, Hotel & Golf Course, which is to provide both entertainment and social correspondence  for its members and public.

The event aims to provide high-quality educational and fun entertainment in a family friendly atmosphere. Offering several activities, the event is divided into themed zones delivering many exciting activities and competitions including swimming competition, boating competition, pot & win, sack race, tug of war, loop wire game, drop the coin in the water bucket, drag the ball with water spray, separate mixed canes, hold and drag the ball on the pipe, blow the balloon and throw the paper glass, Pile up the empty canes on the floating plate.

There will be several on stage activities like fairy tale quiz, one man show, fancy dress show, puppet show, magic show, quiz show, spelling competition, singing competition, jokes competition, lullaby competition, hang man, rapid fire and parody.

Entertainment with programming is carefully aimed at specific age groups and interests, there is fun adventure and for everyone. This event will truly bring excitement and fun for the entertainment deprived citizens.

K ElectricK-Electric has, in a Press statement issued on Wednesday, released details of its reply to a recent show cause notice from the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority. KE’s reply pointed out that the notice had been based upon NEPRA’s unproven assumption by applying an isolated incident of unauthorized emails upon the huge distribution territory of KE which was not supported by facts and which is against ethics.

KE rejected NEPRA’s show cause notice which was merely based upon speculation and was outside the provisions of the NEPRA Act and regulations and hence unlawful. The notice wrongly claimed that KE had been indulging in bogus billing and the utility withheld material facts on the directions of senior management. The press statement clarified that the alleged incident of overbilling never took place as it was unearthed and stopped by KE at a very initial stage.

The alleged incident involved an ex-employee from one out of four regions of KE, who had issued mischievous and unauthorized emails to his colleagues and superiors. However, through quick and pre-emptive measures taken soon after the said emails were sent, KE management prevented the unauthorized move to materialize and no excessive bill was ever actually issued whether in the same region or outside. Therefore, the said allegations were preposterous and not based on any facts or documents. It was merely conjecture and surmise based on ignorance and misunderstanding which NEPRA should have cleared before passing such statements in its show cause notice.

KE said that NEPRA had fell victim to negative campaign spread by vested interests against the power utility and its private management. KE clarified that it had never authorized the said ex-employee to take the alleged action and had suspended him and conducted an enquiry to determine the facts. It was found out that the said person had breached KE’s employee code of conduct. In turn, the ex-employee, Shoaib Siddiqui, had tendered his resignation.

KE was consulting its legal advisors with regard to the preposterous claims and exorbitant fine of up to Rs. 100 Million that NEPRA was seeking to impose on KE without any basis in fact or law. In pursuance of such legal advice, KE had filed its suit before the Honourable High Court of Sindh challenging NEPRA’s show cause notice for failure to follow due process and other failures relating to openness and transparency in the manner in which NEPRA had conducted its hearings and enquiry. The Honourable SHC had on March 26, 2014, issued notices to NEPRA and had clearly said that NEPRA was not to make any final orders in the matter without the permission of the Court. Needless to say, KE would be defending its position before NEPRA on the merits.

In the suit, KE had alleged that NEPRA had breached its own rules of procedure and had acted in a one sided manner without lawful justification and in reliance on unsubstantiated conjecture, rumour and speculation which was not permitted under the provisions of the NEPRA Act and its Fines Rules 2002.

NEPRA had already conducted a public hearing on the same issue in Karachi in early June, 2013 but had on one pretext or another, never released its findings and has instead privately met with vested interests or individuals having a grudge against KE over the last 6 months without intimation to KE which is contrary to NEPRA’s own rules and regulations.

KE clarified that NEPRA was acting without any just cause and was pursuing a vendetta against KE’s senior management at a time when KE was suffering a liquidity crunch due to non-payment of receivables by the Federal Government amounting to over Rs. 80 Billion, out of which over Rs. 27 Billion was owed by the Federal Government on account of KWSB and other entities controlled by the Government of Sindh.

KE prides itself on its turnaround management and it has created checks and balances within its system to ensure that its bills are issued in accordance with meter readings and consumers can check their billing history online without any problem. Meter reading is efficiently done in the field and the bills are duly issued in accordance with the said data which can be double checked by all consumers. In the odd circumstances where meter reading is not possible due to law and order situation etc, the bills are issued in accordance with NEPRA rules and regulations.

 

KMC Administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui said CNG Bus Service was run in the city to provide a better and cheap travel facility to citizens of Karachi and therefore efforts were on to resume this bus service as soon as possible. He said this on a visit of CNG bus terminal in Surjani Town along with the Director General Engineering Niaz Ahmed Soomro, Senior Director Municipal Services Masood Alam, Senior Director Transport & Communication Muhammad Athar and other officers. Administrator Karachi during his visit reviewed various aspects of restoration of CNG bus service including the repairing and maintenance of buses, ticketing procedure and routes for bus service. In a briefing to Administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui it was informed that the bus service was launched on two long routes in the city including route-1 from Surjani to Korangi and route-2 from Surjani to Tower with about 48 buses. Citizens of Karachi had appreciated this bus service which provided them with convenient and cheap travel facility through comfortable CNG buses. Ticket booths were also established alongside both routes of these buses, however this service was terminated on 23rd April 2013 and the citizens were demanding its early restoration. Administrator Karachi said the CNG bus service was a good experiment in the city as this facility was especially used by the low income and middle class individuals and families and they really benefited from this bus service. He directed officers to take all necessary measures for early restoration of CNG bus service with even better arrangements of ticketing and routes.KMC Administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui said CNG Bus Service was run in the city to provide a better and cheap travel facility to citizens of Karachi and therefore efforts were on to resume this bus service as soon as possible. He said this on a visit of CNG bus terminal in SurjaniTown along with the Director General Engineering Niaz Ahmed Soomro, Senior Director Municipal Services Masood Alam, Senior Director Transport & Communication Muhammad Athar and other officers. Administrator Karachi during his visit reviewed various aspects of restoration of CNG bus service including the repairing and maintenance of buses, ticketing procedure and routes for bus service. In a briefing to Administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui it was informed that the bus service was launched on two long routes in the city including route-1 from Surjani to Korangi and route-2 from Surjani to Tower with about 48 buses.

Citizens of Karachi had appreciated this bus service which provided them with convenient and cheap travel facility through comfortable CNG buses. Ticket booths were also established alongside both routes of these buses, however this service was terminated on 23rd April 2013 and the citizens were demanding its early restoration.

Administrator Karachi said the CNG bus service was a good experiment in the city as this facility was especially used by the low income and middle class individuals and families and they really benefited from this bus service. He directed officers to take all necessary measures for early restoration of CNG bus service with even better arrangements of ticketing and routes.

Sindh AssemblyThe Sindh Assembly Monday demanded the disbandment of the Council of Islamic Ideology while passing a resolution to stop implementation on the CII’s earlier decisions, Local TV reported.

The resolution was moved by Pakistan Muslim League-Functional’s (PML-F) leader Mehtab Akhtar Rashidi.

The Assembly expressed serious reservations over the recent decisions taken by the CII with regards to women.

It moreover demanded of the federal government that any implementation pertaining to the CII’s decisions over underage marriages and DNA tests should be stopped.

The CII has come under fire with its controversial statements and rulings of which the most recent were that laws related to minimum age of marriage were un-Islamic and that children of any age could get married if they attain puberty and that the current law requiring a man to seek written permission from his wife before contracting a second marriage should be amended.