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Makran headed toward electricity crisis as Iran cuts supply due to technical fault

Entire Makran division is headed for an acute electricity crisis as Iran cuts power supply due to unknown technical fault last Wednesday. With only few hours of power supply for entire day, citizens are in for worse news as there continues to be no respite from the elevated temperatures in all three districts; Panjgur, Turbat and Gwadar. As a result, ...

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Hothabad’s Learning Crisis: How bad is the situation?

By: Ali Jan Maqsood Hothabad a small village in Balochistan with 5,000 residents, about 40 kilometers west of Turbat has a middle school for boys and a primary school for girls. About 250 students are enrolled in the middle school. Despite this, the literacy rate in the area is less than 30 per cent among boys aged between seven and ...

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Unending water crisis in the hub of CPEC

By: Dr. Riffat Wahab Baloch Gwadar despite being the gateway of Asia, Centre of business and tipping point for $46 billions, does not provide basic facilities such as water. The local residents are paying a costly price for the development. People would definitely prefer the previous underdeveloped Gwadar rather to face with such a hazardous and fatal condition. One cannot ...

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Return of censorship blocks Haal Hawal

By: Sami Parvez On May 4th, 2018, Haal Hawal, Balochistan first Urdu and Bilingual website was suspended by PTA (Pakistan Telecommunication Authority). Haal Hawal was launched on Press Freedom Day on May 3rd 2016, in the memory of Journalist Irshad Mastoi who was assassinated in August 28th, 2014 while performing his journalism duty in Quetta. Haal Halwal was introduced by ...

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Examining child labour in Balochistan

By: Ali Jan Maqsood An issue which is troubling the Baloch nation for a long time is child labour which is yet not resolved. We find children leaving school and joining a local garage, workshop, store or something else to earn enough for their families. Some people send their children in labour work despite the presence of elders in the ...

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Revisiting History: War between the Rind and Lashari tribes of Balochistan

By: Maham Yaseen Baloch  Pakistan’s rich culture is a mixture of many ethnic groups, each with their own uniqueness scattered in the vastness of our land and one of these is The Baluchi fascinating culture . The rich culture is famous for its rich traditions and historical events and one of these is the historical war between Rind and Lashari ...

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Deprived Balochi Film Industry

By: ZN Baloch Balochistan,like other provinces of Pakistan has an historical heritage full of messages and teachings. It is a place full of talents but there are only a few who get lucky to showcase their talent. A film, if released, represents the culture, traditions, norms and customs of a relevant nation. It can be called the identity of a ...

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A bleak outlook for press freedom in Balochistan

By: Mariyam Suleman Although, Pakistan has constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech, expression and press, according to Amnesty International 2017-18 report, the crackdown on freedom of expression is growing. With no improvement, this year Pakistan again ranked 139th out of 180 on annual World Press Freedom Index released last month. As much as cases of attacks on journalists and threats ...

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We are sorry, doctor Shagufta Iqbal

By: Asad Khan Kakar “Teaching is very noble profession that shapes character, caliber and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher, that will be the biggest honor for me,” A.P.J Abdul Kalam Ashfaq ahmed narrates that once he was called by the court of Italy in case of fine by traffic warden. When the ...

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Quetta: Human Rights Activist Jalila Haider Continues Hunger Strike on Fourth Day

By: Mariyam Suleman Quetta: Quetta’s prominent young lawyer and human rights activist Jalila Haidar started a hunger strike on Friday to protest the failure of law enforcers to stop Hazara community killings in Quetta. Jalila remains firm with her only demand: “Stop Hazara Genocide” and says to continue her fast unto-death hunger strike until they are not assured by the ...

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