Skip to main content

Efforts on to build 4 dams in Balochistan, says Wapda’s chief

https://www.dawn.com/news/1353728/efforts-on-to-build-4-dams-in-balochistan-says-wapdas-chief

Saleem ShahidAugust 25, 2017

Muzammil Hussain says Wapda is committed to providing modern treatment facilities to power sector employees.

QUETTA: In view of water shortage in Balochistan, the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) is making all-out efforts to initiate construction work on the Naulong, Hingol, Badinzai and Sukliji dams in the province, Wapda chairman retired Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain said at a meeting here on Thursday.

At the meeting held to review progress made on various projects, the Wapda chief was informed that the Naulong dam was ready for construction and that funding options for it were being discussed with the Asian Development Bank through the Economic Affairs Division.

On the other hand, the Hingol, Badinzai and Sukliji dams were in the planning stage. The PC-II of these projects had been sent to the Planning Commission, through the ministry concerned, for approval.

The issue of handing over to provincial government of the Mirani dam, which was completed by Wapda about 10 years ago, for operation and maintenance was also discussed at the meeting.

Lt Gen Hussain also visited offices of the Quetta Electric Supply Company (Qesco).

On the occasion a chief engineer briefed the Wapda chairman about Qesco’s performance and the development schemes which were being implemented with the aim of improving power distribution across the province.

Lt Gen Hussain was informed that since the withdrawal of subsidy on agriculture tubewells late last year, the arrears payable by the consumers had swelled to Rs31 billion, which had badly affected the financial health of the utility.

During his visit to the Wapda Hospital, Lt Gen Hussain said his organisation was committed to providing modern treatment facilities to power sector employees through its own healthcare system.

Although its healthcare system, spread out across the country, was already a good one, Wapda was committed to further improving it, he said.

Wapda was also in the process of establishing a medical college, he added.

Published in Dawn, August 25th, 2017

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Balochistan to establish first medical university

https://www.dawn.com/news/1366135

The Newspaper's Staff CorrespondentOctober 25, 2017QUETTA: The provincial cabinet on Tuesday approved the draft for establishing a medical university in Balochistan.Health minister Mir Rehmat Saleh Baloch made the announcement while speaking at a press conference after a cabinet meeting.“The cabinet has approved the draft of the medical university which would be presented in the current session of the Balochistan Assembly,” he said, adding with the assembly’s approval the Bolan Medical College would be converted into a medical university.Published in Dawn, October 25th, 2017

5 Shia Hazara community members gunned down in Pakistan

http://m.hindustantimes.com/world-news/5-shia-hazara-community-members-gunned-down-in-pakistan/story-CHWR4lYByRHzf2KjHjMloI.html



Five members of the minority Shia Hazara community, including two women, were killed on Sunday in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province.This is not the first time that members of the Hazara community have been targeted in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan.(Reuters File Photo)Updated: Sep 11, 2017 00:20 ISTBy Press Trust of India, Press Trust of India, KarachiFive members of the minority Shia Hazara community, including two women, were killed on Sunday in an attack by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province.The gunmen targeted a car in Kuchluck area of Quetta while it was coming from the Chaman border crossing area, police said.The firing took place when the travellers had stopped at a filling station to refuel their vehicle. Five people of the Shia Hazara community, including two women, died in …

China’s 'Digital Silk Road': Pitfalls Among High Hopes

https://thediplomat.com/2017/11/chinas-digital-silk-road-pitfalls-among-high-hopes/


Will information and communication technologies help China realize its Digital Silk Road?By Wenyuan WuNovember 03, 2017In his speech at the opening ceremony of China’s 19th Party Congress, President Xi Jinping depicted China as a model of scientific and harmonious development for developing nations. Xi’s China wants to engage the world through commerce but also through environmental protection and technological advancement. This includes Beijing’s efforts to fight climate change with information and communication technologies (ICTs) that it plans to export along its “One Belt One Road” initiative (OBOR). Xi may have ambitious plans, but could China be throwing up obstacles in its own way?In his speech, the Chinese president emphasized the need to modernize the country’s environmental protections. The Chinese state is taking an “ecological civilization” approach to development and diplomacy, with a natio…