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No measures have been taken to secure schools in Sindh: MQM


KARACHI: Leader of the opposition in Sindh Assembly Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hasan has said that despite spending Rs. 400 billion budget Sindh Government has not taken any measures to make educational institutions secure here.

Answering to the MQM leader’s observation Education Minister Nisar Khuhro stated that boundary walls of some 100 schools were being constructed.

Citizens are dubious about the claims of the government notorious for wasting people’s money on ghost schools and teachers.

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Mayor Karachi given ‘Rs 8 billion’ for development work in metropolis: CM Sindh

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has claimed that the provincial government had allocated Rs10 billion for the development of infrastructure in Karachi during the last financial year.

“Sindh government gave Rs8 billion to the mayor for development work in the metropolis but the fund utilisation is not visible,” he said, adding that he was not levelling allegations of misappropriation but the mayor should be held accountable for the funds given to him.

He was addressing a programme organised by the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) here on Thursday.

 “This is my city and nobody can stop me from developing it,” the chief minister maintained.

Shah also accused the mayor and other local body representatives of irresponsible attitude during the recent rains in the city

“I rushed my minister to support the people,” he said, adding that an impression was being created that the city had submerged in flash floods and people had drowned.

“A drama was created by calling the army, declaring an emergency and making unnecessary hue and cry,” the Sindh CM claimed.

Shah said that his government was not only constructing roads but also laying new sewerage and water supply lines.

“This work has been done in Saddar, Shahrah-e-Faisal, University Road and in various other areas,” he said.

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Sukkur: Five including 3 security personnel killed in cement factory explosion

SUKKUR: Five persons lost their lives today when a large cache of explosive material detonated at a cement factory here, police said.

The explosives went off while officials were trying to deactivate it, killing three policemen, a Rangers official and a factory worker on the spot.

Six others were injured in the blast.

“The security officials were trying to deactivate around 2,000 kilogrammes of explosive material at a cement factory in Rohri when it accidentally ignited,” said SSP Sukkur Amjad Shaikh.

The explosives were to be used in the breaking down of large stones, which as part of the cement-making process, he added.

The SSP further said that the Bomb Disposal Squad was called to deactivate these explosives to prevent the misuse during Muharram.

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USAID Dpy. Mission Director inaugurates state-of-the-art schools in Sukkur


SUKKUR:  USAID Deputy Mission Director for Sindh & Baluchistan, Denise A. Herbol has inaugurated two schools here today.

Recently completed Government High School Dodanko & Government Girls’ Primary School Numaish Colony were built with the support of US Govt. through the $155m USAID Sindh Basic Education Program (SBEP).

Denise A. Herbol, while talking on the occasions said: “We are proud to be able to contribute to the future of the children of this Province. I am sure in the future these students will be change makers for Pakistan, advancing our shared goals of mutual respect and tolerance”.

USAID Deputy Mission Director while emphasizing on the U.S. Government’s commitment to supporting education in Pakistan held: “Young people are the future of Pakistan and for this reason educational assistance is one of the United States Government’s top priorities here.”

Provincial Minister Education Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar & Secretary Education Abdul Aziz Uqaili, community elders, teachers, students and parents were also on the occasions.

Appreciating the USAID SBEP and the U.S. Government’s strong support in modernizing education in Sindh Minister stated: “We are very grateful to USAID for helping us with education reforms, especially through this public-private partnership approach which is already helping the School Education and Literacy Department. These innovative solutions are helping to improve school governance and quality of teaching.”   

PS: USAID’s SBEP is constructing up to 106 modern school buildings in eight districts of Sindh. Currently, Construction of 23 schools has been completed and the remaining are under construction. The project aims to increase and sustain student enrollment in primary, middle and secondary public schools in selected areas of Sindh, with a special focus on bringing back children who have dropped out of schools. In addition to constructing schools, SBEP also supports the government’s reforms in education, community mobilization, public-private partnerships and improving reading competencies of students in schools.

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