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No participation of stakeholders in district-level Budget consultation weakens democratic process in Balochistan

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch In order to strengthen democracy, it is very essential to introduce and empower it at grass root level. The smallest unit of democracy is union council. Later councilors perform at district level. Democracy progresses with community participation and develops sense of ownership in general masses for local and national initiatives. Democracy takes deep roots, if the ...

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‘Umeed Say Aagay’ awareness campaign initiated in Balochistan

By: Rafiullah Mandokhail  QUETTA: In order to save thousands mothers and children lives, an awareness raising campaign – mother and child health in the first thousand days and beyond has been launched here in the provincial capital Quetta. The campaign titled ‘Umeed Say Aagay’ is aimed to foster a healthy community, where no mother or child dies, due to any ...

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CPDI stressed effective legislation on RTI law in Balochistan

 QUETTA:  Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) has urged the Balochistan government to make amendments in RTI act, 2005 in the light of international best practices. The amendments shall aim to promote transparency, openness and maximum disclosure of information; like RTI laws applicable in KP, Punjab and Sindh. Provincial cabinet of Balochistan has formed a committee to discuss proposed ...

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Remembering Sayad Zahoor Shah Hashmi

By: Waheed Wahid 4th March is known the sorrowful day for Baloch nation, since this day they lost a well-known personality namely Sayad Hashami. He was one of the greatest author, researcher, poet, historian and a linguist. Besides this, Sayad was not only expert in Balochi language, but also he kept expertise in Urdu, English, Arabi, Hindi, Persian and Sankirit. ...

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National Exhibition of Dying Crafts of Pakistan concluded at Lok Virsa

ISLAMABAD: A 3-day National Exhibition on Dying Crafts of Pakistan concluded here at Lok Virsa complex, Shakarparian. The exhibition was organized by the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) in collaboration with provincial culture departments, arts councils and small industries corporations with a sole objective to promote dying craft heritage and to encourage master artisans associated with ...

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Government fails to reduce growing unemployment in Balochistan 

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch Quetta: Saeed Ahmed,28, was one of the toppers among National Testing Candidate’s for teaching posts in Union Council Chatkan of Panjgur district, in 2015. Allegedly he was refused to be posted as a teacher, due to the non-availability of vacant post at his UC. This did not happen only in district Panjgur, however, almost in all ...

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Frontier Corps Balochistan holds free medical camp in poverty-hit area

By: Rafiullah Mandokhail ZHOB: As a goodwill gesture to provide health services to less-privileged communities at their doorstep, Frontier Corps Balochistan (North) set up a day-long free medical camp in remote and poverty-hit area Khadozai here. On the special directives of Inspector General of Frontier Corps (North) Major General Syed Fayyaz Hussain Shah, supervised by Commandant Zhob Militia Col. Tahir Bashir, ...

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Adult literacy rate in Balochistan; male 38%, female 13%

By: Rafiullah Mandokhail QUETTA: Education plays key role in the socio-economic development of society. Initiating and sustaining economic growth and development minimum 70 percent literacy rate is essential. But in Balochistan the state of education paints a dismal picture as only 27 out of hundred adults are literate and the adult literacy rate is male 38% and female 13% in ...

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Lack of academic staff at colleges affects quality education in Balochistan

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch Students in Balochistan mostly remain unable to continue their college education because of having a limited number of academic staff in colleges. Sadia 23, previously a student of Kalat Degree College, had to give up her studies as there were hardly enough teachers to teach at her college. “I planned to do my BS degree in ...

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Alarming increase in drug addiction, PAC demands action against ‘influentials’

By: Rafiullah Mandokhail ZHOB: “The supply as well as use of drugs including hashish, heroin, opium, liquor and shisha has increased in Zhob city during the past couple of weeks, resultantly hundreds of young men got indulged in it, but the authorities concerned are reluctant to take an indiscriminate action against the ‘influential’ drug pushers,” president Pashtoon Action Committee Abdul ...

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