Big Screens in Parks Work Cricket Fans up into Frenzy

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Wearing an uncharacteristically deserted look, the roads in Karachi seemed extra dark and extra broad on Sunday evening when Pakistan faced India in the 20th ICC World T20 tournament. Several enterprising people of the city have put up large screens in order to offer the people some healthy entertainment during the ongoing tournament in Sri Lanka and some of it is quite cheap and even free. Walking into the Eidgah Ground in Clifton on Sunday one realised where all the people in that area had gone. They were all in the park as pensive silence followed jubilant cheers when Pakistan was down one second and up and fighting the next. Popcorn, roasted corn on the…

Mobile Services Blocked on Yaum-e-Ishq-e-Rasool


Cellular phone service was blocked in major cities of the country, including Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar, on the night between Thursday and Friday as ‘precautionary measure’ to avert any untoward incident. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority blocked services of various mobile phone companies on the directives of Ministry of Interior at around 2:30 am tonight as there was no word from officials on resumption of the service. The Interior Ministry announced on Thursday that the service would be suspended on Friday to prevent terrorist attacks in the country on Yaum-e-Ishq-e-Rasool which is being observed across Pakistan amid countrywide protests against the release of anti-Islam film. “Terrorists usually use mobile phones to detonate explosive devices, therefore we…

Another Trader Killed After CM Visit in Karachi


Just a few hours after Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah visited various Old City areas to assure traders of their security, a sector member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), who also ran a catering business, was gunned down near the Jubilee Cinema in Ranchore Lane. The death brings the number of MQM activists killed in June to 26. The victim, identified as 30-year-old Habib, was sprayed with bullets by two motorcyclists while he was at his catering shop. The police cordoned off the crime scene and rushed the injured man to the hospital, where he died of multiple bullet wounds. MQM leaders and activists reached the hospital to protest against the murder of…

KU raise the passing grade to 45%


The Karachi University’s (KU) Academic Council fixed the passing percentage for all examinations undertaken by its students, including those for BS and Master’s programmes, at 45 per cent. The new rule will go into effect for students who enroll into the university’s 2012 session. The Council, which met on Tuesday, also passed a resolution condemning government colleges that were switching their affiliation from the KU to other universities. The meeting was presided over by KU vice chancellor Prof. Dr Mohammad Qaiser and the recommendations were presented through the vice chancellor’s adviser for the semester cell, Prof. Dr Haider Abbas.

Ban on Pillion Riding for a month in Karachi,

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Citing law and order situation of the city, the Sindh home department imposed a ban on pillion riding on Saturday. The ban has come into effect from 8am today (Sunday) and will remain imposed for a month. Sindh Interior Minister Manzoor Wassan says the ban on pillion riding had been imposed keeping in view the law and order situation of the city. However, the masses, bearing brunts of oil price hike and inflation, have refused the rule, saying that it has failed to curb an violence of criminal activities in the city. The government notification says women, disabled persons, senior citizens, journalists, law enforcement agencies personnel and children under twelve years would be exempted from…

Men Opened Fire on Rangers after Search Operation


A drop scene of Rangers search operation in Baloch Para was reported when some unidentified armed men opened fire soon after the operation ended. Earlier, heavy contingent of Rangers launched targeted search operation in Baloch Para area, apprehending 12 suspects. Detainees have been taken to undisclosed location.

30 Shops Caught the Hurts Fire in Karachi

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The conflagration that erupted in the huts located in Sohrab Goth area of the city overtook the nearby shops as well. The fire that broke out in Sohrab Goth’s huts, engulfed at least 30 shops. Fire-fighting vehicles and snorkels have been summoned from around the city to extinguish the blaze, which is still raging.

A Pair of Chimpanzees was given to the Safari Park


A pair of chimpanzees was given to the Safari Park for the first time in its history on Tuesday. While handing over the chimpanzees to the administration of the park, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation  Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed said that the KMC was making every effort to provide entertainment facilities to the citizens and towards this end, new animals and birds were being added in the Karachi Zoo and Safari Park. Technical Services Director General Altaf Memon, Transport EDO Atiq Baig, Senior Master Plan Director Iftikhar Qaimkhani, Senior Health Services Director Dr Shaukat Zaman, Senior Culture, Sports and Recreation Director Muhammad Rehan Khan, Safari Park Director Salman Shamsi and other officers were also present on the…

Pedestrian Bridge Collapsed in Maripur

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A portion of pedestrian bridge located in Maripur locality has collapsed after a speeding container hit it, resulting in traffic jam here in Karachi late Monday night. According to our correspondent, this bridge has come down once in past. No loss of life or injury has been reported in the accident, police said. A large number of vehicles, including heavy traffic, can be seen jammed on the road. Rescue operation has been kicked off as the cranes have been called in to clear off the wreckage of the collapsed bridge, he said. Karachi: Maripur bridge debris removed The debris of a portion of pedestrian bridge located in Maripur locality, which collapsed after a speedy container…

500,000 beggars on the roads of Karachi


Underneath the Kala Pul, a cluster of clumsily built houses of all shapes and sizes scatter over a hill. The top end is inhabited by Muslims, the bottom Hindus; and together they form Chanesar Goth, an area infamous as a hub for crime. The locality is also known for housing one of the most established begging communities of the city, comprising mainly of Hindus. According to an estimate, about 500,000 beggars are currently stationed in the city. Although there are other settlements of beggars in areas such as Musa Colony, Nazimabad no 2, Cantt Station, Manghopir and behind Karachi University; Chanesar Goth is the oldest in the city. Rajesh, our guide to the area, waits…