KARACHI: Sindh’s sugarcane growers’ organizations on Tuesday decried over double jeopardy with them as on one hand they are unable to get appropriate rates of their products from sugar mills and on the other hand there is shortage of irrigation water, which has caused them huge financial losses.
Addressing a joint press conference at Karachi Press Club (KPC), the representatives of five growers’ organisations including Sindh Agriculture Research Council, Farmers Organisation Council, Sindh Abadgar Association, Tail Abadgar Association and Hari Abadgar Ittehad urged the Cane Commissioner of government of Sindh to implement the Sindh High Court’s orders regarding sugar mills’ payment to growers.
“We have faced financial hardships due to non payments or low rates delayed payments by sugar mills. Another problems is we are unable to sow next crop due to shortage of irrigation water at the tail-end,” said Ali Palh, a representative of the growers.
Civil society’s leaders Karamat Ali, Qazi Khizar and Shaikh Majeed were also present during the press conference. They also supported the demands of the growers.
Palh said Sindh government had issued a notification, fixing the price of sugarcane at Rs. 182 per maund, but mills refused to start the crushing. Later Sindh High Court fixed the rate at Rs. 172 and then Rs. 160 per maund but even those verdicts were also not implemented. Due to adamant attitude of the sugar mills, the growers are facing hardships. Protests marches, hunger strikes and sit-ins are held across the province, but our problem is not solved.
Currently, the sugar mills are purchasing sugarcane at a rate of Rs. 80 and 90 through their agents. They have stopped directly purchasing sugarcane from growers. The mills have stopped issuing the “Supply Indents” to the growers, they just issue simple chits, in which rates or weights are not written, he added.
Palh said the federal government is providing a subsidy of Rs. 20 billion to sugar mills, which is directly paid to them but they refuse to provide benefit to growers. “We demand the subsidy amount should be directly paid to sugarcane growers,” he added.
He said everyone knows the sugar mills in Sindh are mostly owned by the families of ruling political party, therefore, the provincial government is reluctant to provide any support or relief to the growers.
Talking about the problems of shortage of irrigation water at the tail end of the irrigation system in Sindh, Javed Junejo of Farmers Organisation Council said that small growers are unable to cultivate crops due to acute shortage of irrigation water in canals in Sindh. Even we are unable to receive water for drinking purposes, he added.
He recalled that the Supreme Court of Pakistan, in 2013, had ordered to cancel all water courses, which were getting water directly from the canals, but the Sindh government has not implemented that verdict.
The growers organizations had organized a three-day hunger strike outside Karachi Press Club for their demands and the speakers regretted that the provincial government has not taken any notice of their protests.
They expressed thanks to the civil society activists for extending their support to growers.
Civil society pays rich tribute to Jam Saqi!
KARACHI: Arts Council was the venue where senior political and socialist leaders, civil society, human and labor rights activists converged today to pay tribute to late comrade Jam Saqi at a reference.
Speaking on the occasion former chairman Senate Raza Rabbani lauded the role of Jam Saqi. He said that the establishment was trying to abolish 18th Amendment. He paid tribute to all political leaders who got passed the 18th Amendment: “Don’t open this Pandora’s box. Don’t add new factor of terrorism to already beleaguered society in Pakistan,” he remarked.
According to Raza Rabbani any judicial or military martial law will be harmful to the country as in the past all dictatorships had bad effects on Pakistan. Main Raza Rabbani pointed out that despite the fact education and health are provincial subjects, the federal government does not allow the provinces to make change in curriculum.
Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo observed that Jam Saqi remained committed to the democracy. Shah Mohammad Shah held that Jam Saqi remained committed to rights of poor’s and he was a true Democratic leader. Rasheed A. Razvi said Jam was a beacon of light for students, labor and political workers.
Dr. Riaz Shaikh said Jam Saqi had spent his entire life for poor people and struggled for unity of the nation. Terming Jam Saqi a man of principles Zahida Hina stated that he even resigned from Communist Party. He continued his struggle for people, he joined PPP but he was not satisfied with the party. In last days he was inclined to mysticism.
Cricket legend Sir Viv Richards welcomed by Administrator DHA Kr. Brig. Shahid Hasan Ali at Moin Khan Academy
KARACHI: Sir Viv Richards, legendary West Indian cricket star, who is presently coaching the Quetta Gladiators, was welcomed by Administrator DHA Brigadier Shahid Hasan Ali here at Moin Khan Academy on the occasion of Pakistan Resolution Day.
As karachiites were given access to the legend, people – particularly children – grasped at the occasion to get themselves photographed with the legend and get his autographs.
This is an encouraging sign for Port City where peace is returning after a prolonged episode of lawlessness. With the holding of PSL final here Karachi has manifested its fortitude to regain its title City of Lights.
(VIDEO AND TEXT) French CG Didier Talpain may organise a musical event for charity!
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KARACHI: Venue was the patio of French Cultural Centre (Alliance Française de Karachi – AFK) where francophiles converged to celebrate Soiree Franco-Swiss. Director AFK Monsieur Gilles Pascal invited the Consul General of Switzerland Monsieur Philippe Crevoisier with whom the evening of the film was organized to speak on the occasion.
Swiss diplomat said: ” Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen. The colleagues of the counselor corps, the friends of the French Language. It is a great pleasure for Switzerland and me to be here as guest of Alliance Française tonight. Thank you very much to Alliance for allowing us to collaborate on this movie evening.
“Before speaking on the movie I just wanted to let you know to remind you what is francophone and what is francophonie week every year we celebrate this event along francophonie. French is a language; it became francophonie through the cooperating of all the countries and affiliated countries who became member of the International Organization of the Francophonie in 1970.
“Now-a-days this International organization has 84 members. French is spoken by 275 million people around the world. This makes it one of the biggest linguistic areas around the world.
“We are very happy every year to celebrate this francophonie. For Switzerland francophonie is a special matter because we have three official languages in Switzerland. We are happy to celebrate francophonie in March. We are happy to celebrate German language as well in the year as well as the Italian Language. But tonight we are speaking about the French Language.
About the movie I can tell you it is French-Swiss collaboration. This movie is an animated movie which was nominated for an Oscar two years ago (I believe): did not win the Oscar but it is very interesting movie even if we would consider
Addressing the ladies and gentlemen in the audience newly arrived Consul General of France Monsieur Didier Talpain highlighted the importance of French Language.
Later animated movie Ma vie de Courgette was screened.
Speaking exclusively to Newspaksitan.tv (official partner BBCNEWS) Consul General of France Monsieur Didier Talpain said:
Importance of Francophonie Day:
This is something important. Because this is the moment where we celebrate this community, you know, of francophonie people. Which are of course the people being linked by language. But I think…even by more things. I mean by common vision, pluralism, importance of human rights and all these kind of things. Which is why we every year make a sort of celebration all over the world.
French is spoken in how many countries?
…globally 84 countries, or let’s say regions … if I’m not wrong 274 million people are French speakers all over the world, over the 5 continents.
You have recently been posted at Karachi:
I just arrived 3 weeks ago to Pakistan. I’m a professional diplomat. I’m not a specialist (not yet) of Asia. I’m a specialist of Central Europe because I was posted a few times in Central Europe.
But for this new post I’ve decided to do something different…I’m specialized in… cultural things as well because I’m a man of culture.
Please tell our audience about yourself
I’m from Eastern France. I was born near the Swiss-German border…I spent my youth there, let’s say.
But before my arrival I was working in the opposite path I mean Western France. A city called Nord, I just arrived from Nord…I’ve been posted in France that’s why I’ve arrived from Nord.
And before, you know because of the specialty of Central Europe I was posted in Poland, in Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria and in Greece.
What do you plan to do during your tenure here?
Oh my plans. You know the first thing is to learn, to see how things in the city are. People are very friendly, and this is my first comment in three weeks.
Then we’ll see, as it is my job, to develop the Franco-Pakistani links you know in every matter especially business. But not only in just that because there are already a lot of French firms with business in Pakistan. I mean in the region of Karachi. I’m responsible for Sindh and Balochistan.
So we’ll try to improve this and maybe as well as you told me, as well as you proposed to me your idea a few minutes ago. A bit of French culture…
You are also a conductor of classical music?
… I make studies…with my normal studies in political, economics, etc. I make studies of music and I’m currently a conductor specializing in classical music of course in opera…I like opera a lot. I used to conduct in many cities in many operas, in the world. This is my favorite thing … the last recording and concert I made two months ago was a piano concerto…
Would you like to organize a musical event for charity?
Yes it’s a very good idea; I hope we’ll see with Gilles Pascal the new director of Alliance and with our friends from the other Embassies. We deal with culture as well, what we can do, how we can promote this. …but probably yes!