Chenab Nagar: The only water filtration plant situated in the Rabwah is in bad condition due to the negligence of the administration and is almost non-operational.
This plant was built by the government and it cost millions of rupees but due to the poor performance of the local administration this is in bad condition and only a few taps are working.
People have to wait for hours to get some liters of water because only a few taps are functional.
When the authorities were approached and were asked about this issue they said that they have knowledge about this issue and will solve this issue very soon.
Chenab Nagar: Father of Rana Kashif Mubeen Advocate, (a well-known lawyer of Chenab Nagar), Mr, Rana Abdul Hakeem Kathgardhi has passed away at the age of 89.
He was a simple and humble man and famous personality in Rabwah.
He was also Fater of Mumtaz Shakoor (Germany), Saeed Nasir, Muneeb Rana, Rana Naveed from England.
His funeral prayer will be offered at Mubarik Mosque Rabwah on 09-06-2019 after Asar Prayer.
Chenab Nagar: Due to the negligence of TMA Rabwah the waste of slaughterhouse is not disposed of properly.
The waste and remains of animals are not buried in the ground that’s why the smell of waste is a causing serious problem to the public.
Due to hard weather, the remains of animals are decomposing quickly and due to fast winds, it is spreading widely across the city which is causing the problem in breathing and many diseases.
The public of the Rabwah has demanded from higher authorities to take notice of that and make the TMA responsible so they can do their work properly.
A woman has committed suicide by jumping into a Chenab river. The 25-year-old girl jumped from the railway bridge, Chenab Nagar, Tanha City Chenniot, allegedly committed suicide. According to an eyewitness, the girl jumped from the railway bridge. Rescue teams removed dead body. The dead body was shifted to DHQ Hospital. City police are on the spot. The police investigation is being processed. The dead body of a woman is not recognized yet.
Chenab Nagar: A boy of age 23 drowned to death in the Chenab river in the area of KHARDKAN.
He was trying to cross the Chenab river by swimming through it.
Rescue teams are searching for the body of the boy.
A boy named Jabir Ali son of Muhammad Ali was resident of Khardkan, the area along the Chena River.
Pakistan’s Special Olympians returned home from Abu Dhabi on Friday with an impressive count of 18 gold, 27 silver and 17 bronze medals. The athletes and coaches received a heroes welcome at Lahore Airport.
Pakistan’s team also included athletes from Rabwah, Wahaj Ahmad and Adeel Ahmad Tabish were selected from Rabwah’s Special School and were accompanied by their coach Waheed Ahmad. The star performer was Wahaj Mirza who won silver for Pakistan in the 3000 meter run.
The athletes were warmly welcomed back home to Pakistan and were given a heroes welcome by their parents and family members. Faateh Bajwah, Deputy Director of Nazarat Taleem under which the special school operates was also present to greet them.
More than 7,000 athletes from 170 countries took part in the Special Olympics, along with 2,500 coaches and 20,000 volunteers.
The consequences of the Dec 12 attack in a village where Sunni Muslims and Ahmadis have lived for a century are still being revealed, two months after the incident.
CHAKWAL: Dulmial resident Malik Zahid Hameed was shocked when he received a transfer order stating that he was being transferred to a primary school in Lari Shah Nawaz on Jan 6.
Mr Hameed, 47, is a primary school teacher who taught at a school in his hometown from 2002 to 2012.
In 2012, he was transferred to a school in the nearby Tatral Kahoon village, where he was recently replaced by â€œKhodija Siddeqa of Lari Shah Nawazâ€, according a transfer order issued by Executive District Officer (EDO) Education Dr Ghulam Anjum.
The order reads: â€œAn application submitted by a resident of village Tatral Kahoon and members of SMC of Government Primary School Tatral Kahoon regarding the activities of Mr. Zahid Hameed PST of the said school who belongs to Ahmadi firqa.
â€œAnd due to the current incident at village Dulmial the Muslim community of the village demanded to shift the said teacher immediately to other school and no vacant post of PST is available in tehsil Choa Saidan Shah. Therefore Ms. Khodija Siddeqa of Lari Shah Nawaz may be shifted to GPS Tatral Kahoon and Mr. Zahid Hameed is hereby shifted to GPS Lari Shah Nawaz on administrative grounds to resolve the grievances of the community.â€
Mr Hameedâ€™s new school is around 18 kilometres from Dulmial, and while the order states that that he has been transferred to ease the â€œgrievancesâ€ of Tatral Kahoonâ€™s Muslim community, it does not explain what these grievances are, or what sort of â€œactivitiesâ€ Mr Hameed has indulged in.
A day after he received the transfer order, Mr Hameed was told by his assistant education officer that he could not teach at the school in Lari Shah Nawaz either, because the areaâ€™s residents were not willing to accept his transfer.
The Dec 12, 2016 mob attack on an Ahmadi place of worship has disrupted the lives of Ahmadis in Dulmial. Like the Sunni Muslims of Dulmial, Muslims from Tatral Kahoon are also furious with members of the persecuted community because a man from Tatral Kahoon was killed in the attack.
On Jan 25, Mr Hameed submitted an application with the EDO education asked for a posting in Dulmial so he could work easily, action has not yet been taken in this regard. Dr Anjum, meanwhile, told Dawn he was doing his best to find a solution.
The consequences of the Dec 12 attack in a village where Sunni Muslims and Ahmadis have lived for a century are still being revealed, two months after the incident. Up to 100 police officials are still deployed in the village.
Even though a case has been registered against 3,000 people, on charges of terrorism and sections of the PPC, only 61 people have been arrested and deemed guilty by a joint investigation team.
In the meantime, a social boycott has begun against the villageâ€™s Ahmadi residents. Mr Hameed said they are not able to visit shops, and have to travel to Choa Saidan Shah just to buy daily household items.
â€œOne of my Sunni relatives died a couple of days ago but I could not go for condolence,â€ said Maqsood Begum, 67. â€œ[They] do not even speak to us.â€
The place of worship that was attacked in December is still sealed, and local police are unwilling to reopen it.
â€œThe Muslims have 10 mosques in the village, while we only have one place of worship and that too is sealed. We have to pray five times a day but we cannot visit our place of worship,â€ said one Ahmadi resident.
The place of worship remains sealed despite an order, available with Dawn, issued on Jan 17 by the National Commission for Human Rights. It stated: â€œThe commission recommends to the police/administration to move into the relevant court for withdrawal of the application filed under section 145 of Criminal Procedure Code.
While local politicians are trying to reconcile the two communities, the villageâ€™s Muslim community is unwilling to hand the place of worship back to the Ahmadi community before a court decision.
The spokesperson for the Jammat-i-Ahmadiya Pakistan, Salimuddin, said: â€œThis not the way to deprive a community of its place of worship. The place of worship should be unsealed and restored to the Dec 11 position. Then let the legal battle begin. We will accept the courtâ€™s decision.â€
Published in Dawn, February 9th, 2017
ISLAMABAD: After conducting tests on 16 brands of packaged milk given Ultra High Temperature (UHT) and pasteurisation treatment, the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) has found that only six are safe for consumption, the National Assembly was told on Monday.
Dairy companies use UHT treatment to increase the shelf life of packaged milk. For UHT treatment, milk is heated to above 135 degrees Celsius to kill harmful bacteria. Pasteurisation is a similar process, but involves lower temperatures and seeks to preserve microbes that are good for human consumption while eliminating harmful ones.
During a question-answer session in the National Assembly, the Minister of Science and Technology, Rana Tanveer Hussein told the house in a written reply that the PCSIR had conducted tests on 16 brands of packaged and liquid milk on the directives of the Supreme Court.
He said six brands in the UHT category were tested, including Olper’s, Nestle, Milk Pak, Day Fresh, Good Milk, Nurpur Original and Haleeb Full Cream.
â€œAll the UHT milk brandsâ€™ samples were found safe except Haleeb Milk, which contains formalin and cane sugar,â€ the minister said.
The minister said samples from 10 brands of pasteurised milk were also examined, including Anhar Milk, Daily Dairy, Doce Milk, Gourmet Milk, Nurpur, Nutrivi, Al-Fajar, Accha Milk, Prema Milk and Adams.
â€œOf these, only Prema Milk was found safe for consumption,â€ he said.
The above findings were also included in a report on the quality of milk submitted to the Supreme Court in Dec 2016 by the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.
The Supreme Court has been hearing a petition filed by Barrister Zafarullah Khan against the sale of substandard milk and drinking water in the country.
Barrister Zafarullah Khan had claimed in his petition that Pakistani citizens have been consuming milk adulterated with different chemicals, including detergent powder. He said the use of contaminated and substandard milk has been leading to serious diseases such as cancer and hepatitis-C in humans, and asked the court to ban the use of contaminated and adulterated milk and water.
The apex court had on September 16, 2016 ordered the University of Agriculture Faisalabad, the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore and the PCSIR to conduct a chemical examination of all domestic and international brands of packed milk available in the market.
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar â€” who has been hearing the case since it was taken up â€” had instructed representatives of the three institutions to conduct a thorough analysis of the milk samples without any fear and leniency as the matter involved the lives of children.
With plÂenÂty of energy and high hopes, the Pakistan womenâ€™s cricket team is ready for the ICC Womenâ€™s World Cup Qualifier in Colombo. We know the enormity of the task as well as its importance and that makes us more passionate and determined to do well in this event.
If we do well, we not only qualify for this yearâ€™s World Cup but also become part of the second edition of the ICC Womenâ€™s Championship, which will commence later this year. These are big incentives and will help our progress in the future.
We approach the World Cup qualifier with a positive mindset, and within the unit there is a resolve to not only qualify for the bigger and mega event but also win the event.
Womenâ€™s cricket has attained greater heights since it came under the ICCâ€™s umbrella in 2005. We all know that improvement in womenâ€™s game is more visible now and the profile of the game has been raised globally.
The ICC Womenâ€™s World Twenty20 last year was very competitive, where we saw South Africa tie a game against Australia, we beat India and the West Indies emerged as champions. As a senior pro, I feel womenâ€™s game is heading in the right direction and the improvement will be rapid in the years to come.
Coming back to the Colombo qualifiers, I feel the format is very good, competitive and offers all sides equal opportunity. I remember, we were part of the World Cup in 2009 which was played on the same format. The format allows all sides a good chance and that is an encouraging sign.
The format also guarantees each side that will qualify for the pinnacle womenâ€™s event a minimum of six matches, which is extremely helpful and useful in preparations for the event proper to be staged in England and Wales from 24 June and 23 July.
From our perspective, we are satisfied with our preparations as we were put into rigorous routines.
As for the competition, the two groups are of five teams each. In our group, we have South Africa and Sri Lanka, both of whom we have beaten in the past. We also have a good record against Bangladesh and Scotland, while we donâ€™t know much about Papua New Guinea as a team but we are sure we can beat them.
So, the first task will be to qualify for the Super Six stages. We know that South Africa will face problems in Asian conditions so we will try to exploit that.
Once we progress to the Super Sixes, we have a few bigger goals â€” the prime being to beat India and then go on to win the championship. We have not beaten India in a one-day, but last yearâ€™s World Twenty20 win over them will surely inspire us this time. There is always a first time and when you aim positively, better results come.
Reaching the ICC Womenâ€™s World Cup will be a great achievement. I led the team in the 2013 event, while I was Urooj Mumtazâ€™s deputy for the Sydney tournament in 2009. The first one in 2009 was the first major event for most of us and we managed to beat Sri Lanka, while in the India event in 2013, we didnâ€™t do well despite having a good squad. So, we need to improve significantly on that, come the 2017 event.
On a personal front, it has been a long journey for me. I am satisfied with what I have achieved. Leading Pakistan has been a great honor. The trust Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has shown in me has been very helpful and encouraging. I have always strived to lift our standards in general and womenâ€™s game in particular.
Before the qualifiers, I am reminded of a personal milestone of needing two wickets to become the 15th bowler to claim 100 or more wickets in One-Day Internationals. While it will be a big personal achievement, my main focus is to give a perfect performance for the team.
Lastly, through this message, I would like to pay tribute to Rachel Hayhoe-Flint, the icon of womenâ€™s cricket. She was one of the pioneers of our game and no praise is enough for her contributions. Womenâ€™s cricket will need more of such icons to get more recognition.
(Sana Mir is Pakistanâ€™s women cricket captain. She has to date represented Pakistan in 90 ODIs and 75 T20Is since making her debut in 2005. In ODIs, she has scored 1,144 runs and taken 98 wickets, while she has scored 664 runs and taken 66 wickets in T20Is).
Published in Dawn, February 3rd, 2017