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Boat Capsized: Search for bodies continues!

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HYDERABAD: The search operation to find the missing dead bodies of six persons, who drowned in Indus river after their boat capsized in the midst of the sand storm, continued on Sunday with only one body found during the day.
The Deputy Commissioner Jamshoro Capt (R) Fariddudin Mustafa informed that so far only 3 out of 8 drowned persons, including 2 women and a child, had been pulled out so far. The dead bodies of the women were found on Saturday night, he added.
He told that the search operation continued since morning till evening on Sunday before it was suspended before sunset. He added that the operation, in which a team of Pakistan Navy besides Edhi volunteers was also participating, would resume on Monday morning.
The deceased include 50 years old Aasat, 35 years old Qaima, 30 years old Gulzadi, 35 years old Popri and her son one-year-old Imran, 25 years old Shahzadi and her son two years old Ahmed and one-year-old Abdul Wahab.
All of them were Maachi by the cast. The bodies of Aasat, Popri, and Imran have been fished out so far.
According to the police and the district administration, the boat capsized while returning from Matiari district on Saturday evening.

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SHC grants bail to Sharjeel Memon

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KARACHI: SHC has today granted bail to Sharjeel Memon (former Sindh Information Minister) in a corruption reference.

The reference pertains to abusing power by means of awarding advertisements at exorbitant rates. However, the IO had conceded during today’s hearing before the court that it had not been proven that Memon had received kickbacks from the deal.

The two-member bench after hearing the arguments granted bail to Sharjeel Memon against a surety of Rs. 5 million. One may recall that a NAB team nabbed Memon on 23rd October following SHC’s rejection of his bail application. 

Relevant pieces published earlier: 

Grant of advt at exorbitant rates: SHC rejects Sharjeel Memon’s interim bail plea!

KARACHI: A two-judge SHC bench has rejected the interim bail application of former information minister Sharjeel Inam Memon and other 12 co-accused in a graft case here today.

According to details, following the NAB special persecutor’s arguments regarding the corruption case against Sharjeel Memon and others, the court has accepted the bail of one of the thirteen accused only.

Sharjeel Memon is accused of inflicting losses to the national exchequer by resorting to corrupt practices in granting (SID) advertisements – related to awareness – to the electronic media between July 2013 till 2015.

He will be arrested by the NAB team as soon as he emerges from SHC building as legally one could not be detained from the premises of the court.

Readers may recall that Sharjeel Memon is also facing charges in connection with illegal allotment of land.

It is pertinent to mention here that Memon fled the country in 2015 when NAB commenced an inquiry against him regarding five billion rupee corruption. But he returned to Pakistan last March and managed to obtain interim bail.  

Sharjeel Memon arrested by NAB from the SHC gate

Sharjeel Memon produced before NAB court in corruption case

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USAID provides waste mgmt. eqpt. to Jacobabad

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JACOBABAD: USAID Director for Sindh & Balochistan Michael Hryshchyshyn handed over waste management equipment to the municipality here at the DC office.

These 80 waste management vehicles and related equipment, provided under USAID’s Sindh Municipal Services Program (MSP), were handed over in the presence of Sindh Minister for Local Govt., Saeed Ghani and Chairperson of the Sindh Planning & Devt. Board, Naheed Durrani.

Michael Hryshchyshyn articulated that the US Govt. was proud to partner with the Govt. of Sindh in the joint initiative of providing a clean & healthy environment for the citizens of Jacobabad. Through MSP USAID is helping the city rehabilitate its water supply, sewerage, and garbage collection systems. 

Construction of the new water system is near completion and over 300,000 citizens of Jacobabad will all have access to clean, potable water and will be living in a much cleaner environment, all which will have a significant impact on their health and well-being.

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Farmers fear  loss due to locusts’ attack 

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HYDERABAD:  The agricultural fields in parts of Jamshoro district have reportedly come under the locusts’ attack with the farmers fearing losses if the menace was not contained. 
A local farmer told journalists here today that hundreds of thousands of locusts had commenced to consume the crops in Manjhand taluka of Jamshoro. Recalling that a similar attack had occurred some decades ago and caused huge losses, he appealed the provincial and federal governments to take immediate steps to stop the spread of locusts.
Another farmer held that the government authorities would have to carry out aerial spray similar to what they recently did in Khairpur district. He said the farmers on their own could not get rid of the locusts through ordinary pesticide spray.

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