M. M. ALAM
HUB (9 Jan., 2017): Fire engulfed the same out-of-service LPG ship (owned by Rizwan Diwan Farooqi – former chairman Ship-breaking Yard Association – parked at plot No. 60) this morning, that caught fire last December too.
However, due to swift operation carried out by firefighters, flames were doused and fifty-five workers were rescued.
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Gadani Ship-Breaking Yard Plot 60 fire under control: All workers safe!
M. M. ALAM
GADANI: Inferno, that has engulfed a ship parked here at the Ship-Breaking Yard’s Plot 60 Thursday (December 22), has been contained.
Rescue teams have evacuated all the laborers from the burning vessel.
Inferno engulfs another ship at Gadani: Déjà-vu for Les Miserables!
M. M. ALAM
GADANI: While the exact number of laborers who died in the unused oil-tanker fire in Gadani-Ship breaking yard on November 26 is not known yet, another fire broke out today (Thursday December 22nd) in a ship with a number of unknown workers trapped inside.
Relatives of the trapped laborers are in a state of grave panic fearing rerun of last month’s hellhole scenario.
Laborers want judicial commission formed as death toll rises to 26 in Gadani ship-breaking blast
KARACHI: A judicial commission should be constituted under a Sindh High Court (SHC) judge to investigate the deadly oil tanker blast at the Gadani ship-breaking yard, demanded workers, after the death toll from the explosion and fire has risen to 26.
A local government official Zulfiqar Hashmi on Monday said that six more wounded from the Gadani shipyard have died.
“One person died at home after being discharged from hospital while five others expired in hospital,” he said.
Laborers, during a protest on Sunday, demanded that the ship owner, contractors and heads of government watchdog institutions should be arrested and tried for their negligence towards the laborers lives and environment.
The ship-breaking workers urged the government and their employers to compensate each of their dead comrades with Rs.3 million as financial support for their families and give Rs.500,000 to each of the injured workers.
Meanwhile, all activities at the ship-breaking yard in Gadani have been banned and a probe is underway.
A high-level committee formed by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to investigate the causes of the fire held its first meeting in Karachi Saturday and said it would finalise a report within a week.
Eleven dead, dozens injured as oil tanker explodes at Gadani ship-breaking yard
GADANI: At least eleven laborers were killed and more than 70 others injured in an explosion that occurred during work on an unused oil tanker in the Gadani ship-breaking yard, police said on Tuesday.
According to a senior police official, over 100 people were working on the ship at the time of the blast.
“The workers died in a series of explosions occurred in the oil tanker due to gas welding work,” said the Deputy Superintendent of Police Hub.
“About eight explosions have occurred, and more explosions are feared,” he added.
The whereabouts of at least 20 other workers remain unknown. Some workers remain trapped inside the ship, whereas others who were able to exit the ship from above threw themselves into the sea.
Rescue workers from Karachi and Hub area of Balochistan rushed to the scene. However, only a single fire engine was present at the time that remained unsuccessful in putting out the fire.
The shipbreaking yard is the world’s third largest ship breaking yard located across a 10 km long beachfront at Gadani, about 50 kilometres northwest of Karachi.
Balochistan Assembly approves Rs 308.33 bln budget
QUETTA: Balochistan Assembly approves Rs 308.33 bln budget for the fiscal year 2018-19, including Rs 88.24 billion for the developmental sector and Rs 220.8 billion for non-developmental expenditure.
The session was chaired by Speaker Raheela Hameed Khan Durrani. Speaking in the House, Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo said his government had presented an exemplary budget for next year, which would address problems of the people of the province.
He said the main focus in the budget was on health, education, and provision of clean water. The approved budget included an amount of Rs 71. 46 million for provincial vegetation, Rs 4.38 million for stamps, Rs.20 billion for pensions, Rs 1. 80 billion for judicial management, Rs 32. 72 million for legal services and legal matters, Rs 15.16 million for Provincial Ombudsman, Rs 29. 11 million for Department of prosecution, Rs 18.62 billion for police department, Rs 4.45 billion for Police Constabulary, Rs 8.91 billion for Levies, Rs 12.78 million for Civil Defence, Rs 8. 95 billion for Civil Works (including establishment charge), Rs 3.82 billion for health services, Rs 88.53 billion for higher education, and Rs 43.87 billion for secondary education.
Speaking on a point of order, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam’s Sardar Abdul Rahman Khetran said the officials of law and prosecution department should be given bonus for working hard during the budget session. Mufti Gulab of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam said dam schemes pertaining to PB 18 constituency had been transferred to PB 19, which should be reverted back to the PB 18. He also walked out of the House in protest.
CM Balochistan directs police to keep high alert
QUETTA: After Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad in Killi Almas and the terrorist attack at FC Madadgar Center the chief minister has directed Inspector General of Balochistan Police to keep a high alert throughout the province and develop comprehensive strategic security plan for protection of citizens.
This was stated by Chief Minister Balochistan’s Special Assistant for Information Bilal Khan Kakar on Friday. He said that provincial government is collaborating with the law enforcement agencies for the restoration of peace and security in the province.
Bilal Khan Kakar said that measures were being taken to safeguard citizens’ lives at public places and shopping malls in the holy month of Ramadan.
He said that scrutiny at all transport routes and check posts had been made more efficient. Security had been stiffened in the hours of prayers around mosques, he added.
He stressed citizens and business community to cooperate with the government and security forces for maintenance of peace in the province.
IG-FC inaugurates Water Filter Plants in Chaman
QUETTA: Inspector General (IG) Frontier Corps (FC) Balochistan Major General Nadeem Anjum visited Pak-Afghan border to inaugurate Water Filter Plant near Bab-e-Dosti Gate in Chaman for providing clean water to citizens in the area.
According to a press release, FC Sector Commander North Brigadier Nadeem Suhail, Commandant Chaman FC Colonel Muhammad Usman, Deputy Commissioner Saiffullah Khetran, District Police Officer (DPO) Javed Gharshin and a large number of tribal people were present on the occasion.
Talking to the local tribes on the occasion, IG-FC Major General Nadeem Anjum said local tribes living on Pak-Afghan border along with people of Balochistan have given a lot of sacrifices for stability of the country.
He said these tribes have expressed their loyalty and love with Pakistan in every difficult time, saying that they are playing their vital role in development and prosperity of the country.
IG-FC Major General said we are trying to provide all basic facilities to public in the country because it is their primary right.