MUET sets up sub-campus at Jacobabad

Jacobabad, Sindh: Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro has set up its sub-campus at Jacobabad.

Speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony, MUET Vice Chancellor Dr Mohammad Aslam Uqaili said the regular classes in this sub-campus would start from 2019. He said after their sub-campus in Sukkur, the Jacobabad sub-campus would cater the needs of engineering students of the northern Sindh.

Deputy Commissioner Jacobabad Naeem Ahmed Sandho said this sub-campus would help in raising education standards of not only his district but the whole region. He said more institutes of higher education should be opened in the rural areas.

Chitral’s women to get forest royalty

CHITRAL: A meeting was held today at the Town Hall, in which women councillors expressed happiness that the women would soon get royalty from forest estate in southern sub-valleys of Chitral.

The meeting appreciated the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s new move to give share to women from the forest in shape of royalty.

Chaired by Assistant Commissioner Chitral Sajid Nawaz, the meeting was also attended by District Nazim Maghfirat Shah, District Officer Finance and Planning of Community Driven Local Development (CDLD) Hayat Shah and Assistant Director Local Government and Rural Development Department Eng Faheem Jalal.

The women councillors termed the new move to give female members of royalty holding families a share in the royalty a milestone saying it would help empower women financially and reduce their dependence on others.

The meeting was called to brief women, mostly councillors, about the Community Driven Local Development (CDLD) funds and the share of women. The women were also sensitized regarding awareness of bio-degradable shopping bags.

They were asked to play their role in discouraging usage of plastic bags and to use bio-degradable bags which are environmental friendly.

Public issues and social injustices were also discussed during the meeting. Regarding discrimination in developmental funds by the district government, the nazim denied it and assured the meeting that the funds would be distributed among members equally.

Most of the lady councillors complained of non-release of funds to them for developmental schemes. They also complained about unavailability of separate offices where women of their entire constituency came and discuss their issues.

Some councillors also said a number of women who married out of Chitral were pushed back and were left helpless by their husbands and in-laws.

Hussool Begum, a councillor from Booni, said a large number of girls committed suicide after they were deprived of their basic rights. She said despite protests she was not being given her genuine rights and always ignored in distribution of funds.

SBCA cancels licenses of two builders

Hyderabad, Sindh: On the complaints of allottees, the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) Hyderabad region cancelled licenses of many builders.

The builders and developers, whose licenses were cancelled due to not giving possession to the allottees within prescribed time and other violations of SBCA rules, include Pyramided Housing Services sponsors for project Mahem Residency in Gulistan e Sajjad, Qasimabad; Creative Construction Company sponsor of project Fantasy Apartments at Gulistan e Sajjad, Qasimabad, said SBCA sources.

The SBCA advised citizens not to invest in these projects or enter in any transaction with them regarding booking, buying and selling, adding further details and guidance could be obtained from the SBCA office, Civic Center, Thandi Sarak, Hyderabad.

Two die, five hurt in Umerkot road mishap

Umerkot, Sindh: At least two persons died and five others sustained injured in a road mishap near here on Thursday.

As per details, a tractor trolley coming from Nabi-Sar overturned at Rasoolabad village of Tehsil Kunri near here. As a result, two labours Satio Kolhi and Saloo Kolhi died on the spot, while five others including Heemo, Kewal, Khandas and Asan were injured seriously and rushed to Hyderabad, as emergency trauma care services are not available in this region.

Police arrested the tractor driver and termed reckless driving the cause of sad accident.

Order to reopen 460 closed schools in Mirpurkhas

Mirpurkhas, Sindh: Deputy Commissioner Mirpurkhas and chairman district reforms oversight committee Zahid Hussain Memon has ordered taking urgent steps to get 460 closed primary schools in the district reopened.

Addressing a meeting of the committee in his office here Wednesday, he said there are some surplus teachers in some schools of the districts who should be posted to the closed schools for ensuring their reopening. He said facilities of drinking water and washrooms should be made available to all schools.

The meeting was told that the number of primary schools in district Mirpurkhas is 1973 and of them 460 schools are closed, which need to made functional as soon as possible.

The meeting was further told that in district Mirpurkhas the government has decided to upgrade 11 schools as ‘model schools’.

Separately, three persons were injured when a car overturned while saving a biker at Mirpurkhas toll plaza.

The injured, Ms Sooni Bai, Nirmal Das, and driver Nadeem were rushed to the Civil Hospital Mirpurkhas for treatment.

Village women protest against injustices

LARKANA: The residents of village But Sharif, located near Bakrani, held a protest demonstration in front of Bakrani Press Club on Thursday against highhandedness of Hasan Wahan police.

Talking to media, the village women – Ameeran Panhwar, Rahima, Suhni, and Hameeda – said that the armed men of an influential Mohammad Ibrahim Panhwar attacked their houses and injured three members after severely beating Nazir, Amir and Wazir Panhwar who had been admitted to Chandka Hospital Larkana, but instead of registering FIR against the influential and his henchmen, Hasan Wahan police raided their homes and took away five tolas of gold and three lakh rupees cash.

They further alleged that they also arrested Mohammad Moosa after violence. The women said due to police fear, they had left their houses and were away from their village to protect themselves and their kids. They demanded of the SSP, DIGP Larkana and IGP Sindh to take notice of the ruthless attitude of the cops and take action against the influential who had made them homeless.