MUMBAI: Police in central India killed at least 34 Maoist militants, with more bodies pulled out of a river on Tuesday, two days after security forces ambushed a band of fighters in a forest deep in the interior of Maharashtra state, authorities said. On Monday evening, a day after police commandos launched that attack, police in Gadchiroli district killed six more Naxalite guerrillas, including four women, in a firefight. Sunday’s operation took place in the same district, on the border between Maharashtra and Chattisgarh states, around 1,000 km (600 miles) east of Mumbai. The bloated bodies began to surface a day later, and police were still pulling dead militants out of the river on Tuesday. Satish Mathur, director general of Maharashtra police, told Reuters the body count had reached 34, but could rise.
April 24, 2018 07:41 UTC
We are above, beyond and ahead of moral, morality and bondages of right and wrongWe were a force of good. We, then, are merchants of discontent and death. Our opinions taint our understanding of the world: Opinions, whether based on cock-and-bull stories or objective, verifiable facts, dictate our actions. We are above, beyond and ahead of moral, morality and bondages of right and wrong. We, the merchants of discontent, were, are and always remain at your service.
To maintain that hard times are over in Fata comes into the latter category. Despite securing Rs11.95 billion out of the total Rs24.5 billion, the Fata secretariat managed to capitalise only Rs8.2 billion on projects across the tribal areas. Lack of utilisation of funds by a big margin would adversely affect agriculture and livestock sectors, the mainstay of the Fata economy as well as education and health, which is an investment in the FATA people’s future. On these two sectors Fata secretariat managed to spend a mere Rs490 million out of Rs1.6 billion. We have been repeatedly told by those who matter that FATA is to be mainstreamed and made a part of KP.
Overshadowing them are the misgivings about alleged behind-the-scenes manipulation or engineering of the political process. The apprehension voiced by the PTI spokesman that the latest Nawaz Sharif visit to London to inquire about his ailing spouse’s health gave rise to suspicions that it could turn out to be a one-way-trip. Perhaps the PTI spokesman was actually reiterating his party’s stance that Nawaz Sharif be placed on the Exit Control List, as indeed is the norm in National Accountability Bureau cases. The PPP leader expressed a parallel opinion to the PML-N regarding the ‘interference of judiciary in civil administrative issues’ and also hinted that a consensus between the two on the all-important caretaker setup was within reach. Politics is not a continuation of war by other means, to invert Clausewitz’s famous dictum, as some of our politicians might imagine.
How many acid attacks must take place before something is done to prevent them? According to a report in one of the newspapers, ‘between 150 to 400 cases of acid attacks are reported in Pakistan every year. It is such attitudes that cause such attacks, and like a weight tied around a body, sink the country to the bottom of a murky pond. In addition, Pakistan, for the CM of one of its most populous provinces, is a place where he must order the best medical care for injured persons, otherwise the best medical care will be withheld. May it be pointed out that what good medical care is available is thanks to the efforts of individuals rather that the government.
April 24, 2018 06:56 UTC
Polythene bags equally pollute the land, air, sea and water resourcesKARACHI: In one way or the other, polythene bags are a major pollutant damaging our environment. However, the convenience of these polythene bags comes at the high cost of environmental degradation and a negative impact on human health. Polythene bags equally pollute the land, air, sea and water resources. Globally, several countries have already banned the use of polythene bags. Even in Pakistan, some years back, the government had issued directives for the use of plastic bags of a minimum thickness of 30 microns, yet plastic bags of thickness less than the minimum required are still being widely used particularly by street vendors.
April 24, 2018 06:45 UTC
Officials urge parents to get their children vaccinatedPESHAWAR: To protect children against various infections and diseases, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) health ministry has urged parents to fully participate in the ongoing province-wide immunisation drive against 10 diseases. The drive is part of World Immunisation Week. Vaccination in K-P schoolsThey added that once vaccinated, children could be protected against deadly diseases and save thousands of rupees in medical expenditures for parents. They informed that the ratio for routine immunisation was over 71 per cent since more and more people were cooperating. World Immunisation Week is observed across the globe from Tuesday, April 24 until Monday, April 30.
April 24, 2018 06:33 UTC
Black list prevents the US diplomat from leaving the countryISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Interior on Tuesday placed the name of US diplomat Colonel Joseph Emmanuel Hall on the blacklist, prohibiting the US defence and air attache from leaving the country. The revelation came during a hearing at Islamabad High Court (IHC) after a petition was filed by the father of the deceased. Notices issued in plea against US diplomatRepresenting government, Deputy Attorney General Raja Khalid Mehmood informed the court that the interior ministry had placed the US official’s name in the “black list”. During the hearing, Mehmood said since the Vienna Convention granted Joseph diplomatic immunity, authorities in Pakistan could not arrest, detain or prosecute him. A security guard at the Islamabad Model College for Girls in Saidpur, Idrees is also the complainant in FIR No 168/2018 against the American diplomat at the Kohsar police station.
April 24, 2018 06:12 UTC
“A technology company based in Islamabad, called LMKT, is all set to start NIC operations in Karachi in May,” announced Yousaf Hussain, CEO of Ignite, at a press conference on Monday. The centre will offer talented entrepreneurs and promising start-ups of Sindh quality incubation programmes, access to mentor and investor networks as well as technical resources. It will utilise its resources on identifying and nurturing promising start-ups by running various programmes that will range from two-day boot camps to year-long acceleration programmes. “NIC Karachi will tap innovative spirit of the region by helping young minds create newer, disruptive solutions that can positively impact businesses by addressing their future challenges,” said Shahjahan Chaudhary, Project Director of NIC Karachi. “Our in-house innovation platforms such as Makers’ Labs, Innovation Labs, Design Lab and Fintech Lab will foster a unique partnership between world-class enterprises and promising start-ups.”After NIC Peshawar, NIC Karachi is LMKT’s second venture in the national incubation arena.
April 24, 2018 05:48 UTC
For instance, instead of completing projects which were 94 per cent complete, ERRA initiated new projects”“Throughout this inquiry, I observed a lack of coordination between ERRA, the district administration and district police besides client departments. In the absence of this lead role coordination to my mind cannot be achieved,” says the judge in his report. The bench has summoned officials from the ministry of industries and environment departments who gave NOCs for using underground water in the area. The CJ asked owners of factories to visit and see the miseries of residents of the area due to lack of water. He also told them that they have to pay for the underground water utilised since 2004 Due to consumption of water, the underground water level has been decreased.
Traffic police launch drive against public transporters violating rulesISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) have renewed efforts to check rampant over-charging and other excesses by public transporters in the capital. The traffic police have launched a drive to enforce rules on public transporters. Commuters, especially women, have often complained against high-handedness by public transporters in the city. According to Rawalpindi Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) SSP Bilal Iftikhar, City Traffic Police (CTP) officials are making all out efforts under a plan formulated to regulate city traffic and facilitate the motorists. He urged the citizens to cooperate with traffic police for smooth flow of traffic on city roads.
China contributed $1m to WFP in PakistanISLAMABAD: With generous funding from China, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project of $4 million has helped rehabilitate people of Balochistan and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) affected by the 2010 floods. This was disclosed during the UNDP and the World Food Programme’s (WFP) closing ceremony of the Pakistan-China Recovery Initiative for the crisis-affected population of Balochistan and Fata on Monday. UNDP, Balochistan sign Rs100m cost-sharing accordA ground-breaking collaboration between the United Nations, the Chinese government and the government of Pakistan helped the people affected by natural disasters and displacement in Balochistan and Fata. The project has also benefited 80,269 people and 8,100 temporarily displaced families of Kurram, South Waziristan, North Waziristan, Khyber and Orakzai agencies in Fata. China is an increasingly significant global player and a vital donor to WFP operations.
NSA discusses bilateral cooperation with counterpart in MoscowISLAMABAD: On the invitation of Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, a high-level Inter-Ministerial delegation, led by Lt Gen (R) Nasser Khan Janjua, NSA visited Moscow on 22-23 April. Generals from National Security Division, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defence Production, Strategic Plans Division, Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and Intelligence. Russia firms taking keen interest in PakistanNSA of Pakistan gave an elaborate presentation to the bilateral forum on trends of global power politics. Regional connectivity and prospects of closer cooperation in the fields of space, defence, security, economy & trade, cyber security, intelligence-sharing remained the main focus of the delegation level talks. Delegation-level talks were followed by a one-on-one meeting between the National Security Advisers of Pakistan and Russia.
April 24, 2018 05:34 UTC
The French president said on Sunday there was no “Plan B” for keeping a lid on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. Macron, Trump to dine at Mt Vernon, cradle of French-US amityIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on European leaders to support the agreement. Minutes after Macron touched down in the United States, the White House said it had no announcements on the Iran deal. “We had a great dinner,” President Trump told reporters as they boarded the helicopter for the return trip to the White House. While some other European leaders have kept a distance from Trump, Macron has worked hard to remain close to the US president.
April 24, 2018 05:26 UTC
Students leading the protests vowed to keep up their demonstrations until the 72-year-old leader and his wife, vice-president Rosario Murillo, are ousted. Nicaragua’s Ortega offers benefits rethink as protest death toll risesWith the situation on a knife-edge in the Central American nation, Washington to ordered the families of US diplomatic personnel to leave. It was that plan that first sparked a wave of student protests on Wednesday that quickly spread to other sectors of Nicaraguan society. At least three dead, including police officer, in Nicaragua protestsOther groups demanded Ortega rein in the security forces. “We can no longer accept this government, we are protesting so that the Ortega-Murillo couple leave power,” the student added.
April 24, 2018 05:26 UTC