Features

Disability is not inability: Miraj Bibi’s determination to achieve her dreams

By: Humera Karim  QUETTA: Heading towards the ‘Safe from the Start’ centre with a hobbled walk, a 27-year-old Afghan refugee teacher is confident and indifferent to the bullies around. Miraj Bibi was born with a rounded back in Quetta, the north-western city which is the provincial capital of Balochistan, Pakistan. Her spine developed a twist that later affected her legs. ...

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Kalatu Bandar: An inviting beach in Ormara

By: Hani Ramzan The tents of fishermen in the heart of the nearby hill, the noise of seabirds, torrents of breeze from the sea and the incessant music of waves are the scenes that enchant visitors at first sight. Boatmakers could be seen busy in refurbishing and repairing the boast at the beach. If you travel from Pasni to Ormara, ...

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Open air Pasni school with lonely teacher

By: Badil Baloch Government Boys Primary School, Babbar Shor, has only one room, which is also not in working condition, for over 120 students enrolled at the school. The list of problems is so long that it’s getting extremely difficult for students to continue at the school. The boundary wall has collapsed from one side whereas the remaining portion of ...

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Damaged Jetty In Pasni Adds To The Woes of Fishermen

By: Ghulam Yasin Bazenjo The crumbling condition of Pasni port’s jetty is putting hundreds of fishermen’s earnings at risk. Pasni is an ancient township of pastor fishing where 90 percent of the people are related to the fishing sector. In 1989, the government made a jetty for fishermen on the backward coast at a cost of Rs 56 crores with ...

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Online Journalism: An Innovative Approach in Balochistan

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch While online journalism has been gaining interest of readers globally and has affected print industry in most of the European countries; interestingly, the journalists from Balochistan, the most backward province of Pakistan, have introduced this digital journalism in province. Nearly a decade ago some bloggers and journalists launched their blogs and online newspapers in Balochistn to ...

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Drug Abuse Spirals Up Alarmingly in Kalat

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch Ghulam Sarwar, 21, a young boy with a disability and untidy dress is always seen begging in Kalat Market. He does not beg to feed his family members but to buy packet of cigarette and most importantly the packs of Heroin which he needs twice a day. “I was addicted to Hashish in the school age ...

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Controversies Fill Air about UoB’s Administrative and Financial Matters

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch An hunger strike by the activists of different students’ organizations staged outside the Quetta Press Club in protest against incumbent administration of University of Balochistan (UoB) has entered its 125 day. UoB is the largest and the only university in Balochistan’s capital city Quetta, where students of province can acquire higher education with a reasonable fee ...

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‘Doctors Killed Isplinji’s Queen’

By: Masmoom Shahwani She screamed out of obstetric pain in the labour room. Perhaps these were the final hours. It was 3 o’clock in the morning. Pregnant women laboured on the beds arranged in a row at Labour Room of biggest state ran Hospital in Quetta. But the lady gynecologist, on night duty on that fateful night, had ordered nurses ...

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Harboi’s abandoned junipers

By: Muhammad Akbar Notezai  KALAT: A thin spire of smoke curls from the forest floor where four boys are bent over a pot at the foot of an old juniper tree near a stream of water. Motorcycles parked to a side and loud music blaring from speakers, they are here for a picnic. The broken bran­ches of the stately tree ...

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Declining Date Palm Produce in Panjgur Questions Govt Responsibility

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch Balochistan, the largest province of Pakistan in terms of area with comparatively lesser population is not only replete with natural resources of Gas, Gold, Copper, silver, oil and other mine and minerals but according to agricultural experts it is gifted with four agro-ecological zones for a unique environment for the production of a great variety of ...

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