KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday approved poverty reduction strategy under which an investment approximately Rs72.5 billion will be made through interventions would in education, health, water and sanitation and development t of internal village roads. The strategy was prepared by the Planning & Development (P&D) with the assistance of EU after a hectic and two-year long survey and study has prepared a poverty reduction strategy under which rural and urban poverty would be reduced by making necessary interventions by upgrading villages. The chief minister taking serious note of using government number plates on private vehicles ordered a drive against the culprits. WOMEN PROTECTION AGAINST HARASSMENT:The Women Development department presented an Act called “Sindh Protection Against Harassment of Women at the workplace Act 2018. Secretary Women Development department Baqaullah Umar gave a presentation to the cabinet.

October 16, 2018 18:45 UTC

LAHORE: Eight judges nominated to the Lahore High Court (LHC) by the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) have been appointed without parliamentary oversight since parliamentary committees, including the Parliamentary Committee on Judicial Appointments, are yet to be formed, Pakistan Today has learnt. Normally, the names should have been vetted by the Parliamentary Committee on Judicial Appointments through in-camera hearings, the records of which would then be published. The issue was pointed out by High Court Advocate Umer Gillani, who said that in current times, parliamentary silence on such issues was deadly. Meanwhile, Shahbaz, the spokesperson of the LHC, said that the notification of any new appointments to the provincial high court was yet to be made. Other than the eight judges nominated to the LHC, back on October 2, the LHC has also proposed confirmation of six LHC additional judges, namely Justice Mujahid Mustaqim Ahmad, Justice Asjad Javaid Ghural, Justice Jawad Hassan, Justice Muzammil, Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh, and Justice Chaudhry Abdul Aziz.

October 16, 2018 17:48 UTC

ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Communications Murad Saeed has said that the money obtained from the auction of vehicles will be spent on public welfare schemes. Prime Minister Imran Khan has fulfilled his commitment for termination of protocol culture.”Murad said that pragmatic steps are underway to eliminate corruption in the country and corrupt practices will be uprooted in communications ministry and its attached department on every level. He further said that Prime Minister Imran Khan is drawing attention towards solving public issues and the plan for construction of five million homes is a step forward towards public welfare schemes. Spending of public money on the public is real democracy, he added. NHA vehicles at Peshawar will be auctioned on October 17, 2018 (Wednesday).

October 16, 2018 16:07 UTC

KARACHI: Many milestones were surpassed at the 26th Palmolive Sindh Women’s Swimming Championship 2018, bringing the competition to a momentous close as the crowds celebrated the winners and the new records achieved in the 6 age groups that were contested. Organised by Karachi Women’s Swimming Association (KWSA) and sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive (Pakistan) Ltd. for 26 years, these competitions hone and promote the talent of female swimmers giving them the confidence to represent Pakistan at international swimming events as well. Over the course of two days, 10 new records were created in 69 events at the swimming championship, setting challenging swim times for next year’s competitors. She applauded KWSA for their continuous efforts to promote female’s swimming in Pakistan and Colgate-Palmolive for taking this initiative. Bayview Academy followed in the runner’s up position with 211 points, and Karachi American School bagged the third position with 137 points.

October 16, 2018 15:11 UTC

Two Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawmakers have given each other a good thrashing during a brawl that erupted on a Karachi thoroughfare due to unknown reasons. In a video that has gone viral over the internet, PTI MNA Aftab Jahangir and MPA Rabistan Khan can be seen serving one another with kicks and punches as their supporters also beat each other up. WATCH VIDEO:They can also be seen exchanging harsh words during the street fight. The video further shows one of the parliamentarians rushing back in his car to save himself from the enraged crowd. It merits a mention here that this is not the first time PTI lawmakers have put up a violent show on the roads of Karachi as earlier this year, MPA Imran Ali Shah had also beaten up a citizen in the middle of a road near the National Stadium.

October 16, 2018 14:48 UTC

Reluctant to invest in the region, US opposes CPECRealising the gravity of the financial crunch Pakistan is currently facing China has endorsed its decision to seek IMF support. Beijing has however expressed the hope that the Fund would make an objective and professional evaluation of Pakistan’s situation to help it. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman meanwhile has deemed it necessary to raise two points. The first is addressed to the IMF and the second to whom so ever it may concern. It was necessary to underline the point as the US could try to manipulate the IMF to sabotage the CPEC.

October 16, 2018 14:37 UTC

-8 blind murders traced in current yearISLAMABAD: Islamabad Police have emerged successful against criminal gangs involved in crimes of heinous nature as they arrested a total of 527 gangsters besides, busting 193 criminal gangs during the current year. A total of 81 gangs of dacoits and snatchers were busted while 321 dacoits were arrested for their involvement in these cases. Similarly, 80 gangs involved in burglaries were busted and 216 criminals involved in these cases were held whereas, 32 gangs of car and bike lifters and 80 other auto-thieves were also arrested. A total of 36 persons were arrested for their involvement in 18 blind murder cases. He said that he was proud that police officers remained firm against the menace of crime and are so far emerging successful in countering criminal elements, murderers, drug pushers, robbers and criminal gangs during the on-going year.

October 16, 2018 14:15 UTC

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday directed administrations of firms and entities to submit details of employees working for them along with their domiciles and also sought reports about oil and gas sectors in Badin and Kambar-Shahdadkot. The SHC was hearing a petition of contempt of court filed by a citizen, Aftab Bajkani against oil and gas companies working in Sindh. The court also directed the oil and gas companies to submit the details along with domicile details of employees working with them. A report pertaining to recruitment of locals in the gas field in Kambar-Shahdadkot was submitted before the court. Ghotki former DC also submitted a report in the court and stated that Qadirpur gas field still has not allocated any fund for development work.

October 16, 2018 13:41 UTC

ISLAMABAD: A snake was sighted on Islamabad International Airport’s tarmac on Tuesday. The serpent which appeared out of nowhere struck fear and panic among on-duty staff, who scurried for safety amidst confusion. According to the airport staff who spoke to a local media outlet about the incident, this was not the first time a snake had been spotted on the Islamabad airport’s premises. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesperson Farah Hussain while commenting on the matter in an attempt to pacify the panic struck staff said, “The snake was not of the poisonous variety, like a cobra. “The snake does not know this is an airport,” she added.

October 16, 2018 13:41 UTC

NEW DELHI: The Committee of Administrators (CoA) will take charge of the daily management of the BCCI with the board’s chief executive officer, Rahul Johri, going on leave. Johri, who was named last week in an anonymous allegation of sexual harassment as part of the #MeToo movement, had been asked by the CoA for an explanation and ESPNcricinfo understands he has taken leave to prepare it. Johri – who has not yet publicly reacted – has not visited his office at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai since the allegation surfaced. The CoA had also “exempted” him, at his request, from attending the ICC’s chief executive committee meetings later this week in Singapore. “It is on an unknown Twitter handle and it pertains to a period much before he [Johri] joined BCCI.

October 16, 2018 12:22 UTC

–Chief Justice Nisar expresses concern over drug usage at private schools–Directs stakeholders to give recommendations after meeting with LJCISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday asked the owners of private schools to submit audit details of their institutions. You are selling education.”The chief justice also lashed out at the counsel of private school owners, Shehzad Elahi saying, “This is nothing to smile about. The counsel of private school owners then presented his arguments and said the case pertains to regulations in fee hikes in private schools. “If there is no regulation regarding the hike in school fee then we can determine it,” Justice Nisar responded. Following this, the counsel of the parents, Faisal Siddiqui, told the court, “Private school owners claim that enough profit is not saved, however, branches of schools have been increasing.

October 16, 2018 12:11 UTC

A recent post on Reddit reportedly leaked the trailer plot and the title for Avengers 4. Although the post mysteriously disappeared, a few media outlets managed to catch the content of the post before it vanished. A YouTube channel, 9 Media did a full description video of what was missed in the trailer. We also get acquainted with Thanos’s new weapon and the title which, according to the YouTube video was “Avengers: Annihilation”. The fourth Avengers film has been scheduled for a May 2019 release.

October 16, 2018 11:48 UTC

KARACHI: Award-winning actor and singer-songwriter Fakhr-e-Alam’s ‘Mission Parwaaz’, a 28-day journey across the globe dedicated to the people of Pakistan, which took off on October 10 arrived in Karachi on Tuesday. The activist was greeted by Sindh Governor Imran Ismail who lauded the singer’s efforts and achievements. Thank you sir.”I am truly honoured & grateful to my friend the honourable Governor Sindh @ImranIsmailPTI for receiving me at the airport on my arrival in Karachi. #MissionParwaaz #Pakistsn pic.twitter.com/FTPkVvjbGn — Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) October 16, 2018Alam flew to Karachi from Dubai and will visit Islamabad and Lahore next. From Lahore, he will fly to Dhaka, Bangkok, Singapore, Jakarta and then Darwin in Australia before heading back to Clearwater.

October 16, 2018 11:41 UTC

Addressing a press conference, Chaudhry said that power plants that were set up by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government are generating electricity at a high cost. He added that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had already initiated an investigation into Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) power plants established in Punjab. “Quaid-e-Azam solar plant is the most expensive power plant in the world,” he claimed, adding that the government has already started the audit of two power plants. Claiming that the PML-N carried out “criminal acts,” he said that they took decisions and huge loans without any economic plans. “The way PML-N played with the institutions needs to be brought forward,” the information minister added.

October 16, 2018 11:10 UTC

It was converted into a trust property in 1996 to avoid any legal issues in future. According to DuH Board of Directors Chairman Dr Christy Munir, the board appointed Khairullah as the DuH director in October 2015, but later his masters’ degree turned out to be fake. “On his [Norez’s] instructions, no one is allowed to enter the school’s premises.”He also confirmed that the number of students seeking education at the trust school had drastically decreased ever since “the new administration had taken possession of the institute”. Talking to Pakistan Today, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA Shunila Ruth said that she aware of the issue but had failed to resolve it. Norez and Dilawaiz are demanding money for handing over possession of what’s left of the school and land, however the Board is not willing to pay them anything,” she said.

October 16, 2018 11:08 UTC