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UNHCR supporting vulnerable women to stand on their own feet

By: Humera Karim QUETTA:  It was an uphill task for a 27-year-old Afghan refugee girl to live in a traditional society having no source of income, skills and exposure – but thanks to UNHCR’s Safe from the Start programme which skilled her and empowered her, she is becoming self-reliant. Born and raised in Quetta, Fareeda Bibi’s family fled Afghanistan due ...

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Balochistan Awami Party’s Manzoor Kakar wins Senate by-election

QUETTA: The Secretary General of Balochistan Awami Party Manzoor Kakar won the Senate seat during the by-polls on Monday. According to details, Kakar secured 38 votes, while Balochistan National Party (Mengal)’s Ghulam Nabi Mari was the close second with 23 votes in the polling held at the Balochistan provincial assembly. The seat fell vacant after the death of PkMAP Senator ...

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Chief Justice to announce judgement on ‘Population Control’ case tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: The Chief Justice (CJ) Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday issued strict directives to the federal government after expressing grave concerns on the measures being taken to control population growth in the country. Reportedly, the apex court came down hard on health secretary captain (Rtd) Zahid Saeed after resuming the case pertaining to curb population growth. The health secretary admitted ...

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Society is facing multiple problems due to ill planning in health sector, says President Dr. Arif Alvi

RAWALPINDI: President Dr. Arif Alvi has directed the Ministry of Health to evolve a comprehensive policy to observe a “fitness day” every year to create awareness among the people about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Addressing a function in Rawalpindi, the president said our society is facing multiple problems due to ill planning in the health sector. He said, ...

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Interim report submitted in SC over delay in construction of Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute  

ISLAMABAD: Anti-corruption department on Monday submitted an interim report in Supreme Court (SC) regarding delay in the construction of Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute (PKLI). The report stated that maximum funds were given to the government to construct PKLI as compared to other projects. The department has also suggested to file case against the contractor. Earlier, Chief Justice of Pakistan ...

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Human Development Index: Uncovering where Balochistan Stands

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch Recently, Chinese government revealed the number of higher education scholarships allocated for the youth of Balochistan which is around 7,000 annually. However, among currently enrolled 25,000 students in Chinese universities, less than 200 students are from Balochistan. The Chinese authorities shared this data with the delegation of tribal leaders during their visit to China. Former member ...

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ADB to provide $107m to Balochistan for water management

QUETTA: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Balochistan government on Saturday signed an agreement of a $107 million loan and grant in so as to improve the irrigation infrastructure and water resource management in the province. Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan witnessed singing the project agreement by Additional Chief Secretary for Development, Sajjad Ahmed Bhutta and ADB Country Director for ...

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Democracy should not fail to resolve Baloch missing persons’ issue 

 By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch Balochistan Home Minister Mir Zia Langove has assured that the issue of Baloch missing persons will be resolved in the next three months. He expressed his assurance on Sunday while visiting a protest camp set up by relatives of Baloch missing persons in Quetta.  Talking to the media Mir Zia Langove said that they did not ...

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Refugees turned the desert green

By: Humera Karim CHAGHI:  Afghan refugees in the remote district of Chagai putting in efforts to transform the rocks and desert into the green farms – contributing to the local economy and a better environment. Posti Refugee village is a self-sufficient organic farm in the barren hills of a rocky desert area in District Chaghi, in the North West corner ...

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Social Sector Development in Balochistan: A Way Forward

By: Dr Asma Hyder Baloch The economy of Balochistan is largely dependent upon livestock, agriculture, fisheries and production of natural gas, coal and minerals. Including Quetta, the infrastructure in the province presents a bleak picture of the development and stands much behind when it is compared to rest of the country. Historically, limited farming in the east as well as ...

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