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Explosion near Karachi’s Perfume Chowk, 6 hurt (TEXT AND VIDEO)

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KARACHI: Six people got injured as a result of a cracker explosion carried out at Mehfil-e-Milad arranged by MQM-P (sans official permission) near Perfume Chowk here in the Gulistan-e-Jauhar area late night

Wounded are being shifted to nearby medical facilities. According to details, while MQM-P’s Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui was present on the stage at the event, Sindh Assembly’s former opposition leader Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan was sitting on the front row with the audience.

A worker of MQM-P’s communication department is reportedly among the injured. Convener and members of Rabita Committee are said to have remained unhurt. As expected there was a stampede after the explosion but that did not cause any casualty. Windowpane glasses of nearby buildings were shattered while many motorcycles were also partially damaged. The area has been cordoned off as an investigation is being carried out. 

Sources privy to NewsPakistan.tv had earlier insinuated that the explosive was hidden in a plant pot near the stage. Whereas, SSP East Capt (R) Ghulam Azfar Mahessar later informed that a cracker was thrown at the participants of the Mehfil-e-Milad, by unidentified motorcyclists, parts of which had been recovered from the scene of the crime by BDU.  

However, it later transpired that a 250-300 gram planted IED was detonated by means of a remote-control device. 

 

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Met Office downgrades its early heatwave alert about Karachi

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KARACHI: Pakistan Meteorological Department’s Heatwave Early Warning Centre has downgraded the heatwave alert for Karachi as mild heatwave with hot and humid weather likely to prevail.

The Met Office in its fresh announcement said that maximum temperature may range in 38-40ºC on 25-26th May 2019 and it will further drop to 37-39ºC on 27th May 2019.

The weather department in a warning earlier on Thursday had said that the heatwave will likely to grip Karachi city and surrounding areas from May 25 to 27. It had warned that the day temperatures would rise to 39-41ºC during this period.

According to the weather forecast, wind will be mostly from southwesterly to westerly direction during day time.

Earlier, the Heatwave Early Warning Centre had said that the weather will remain hot and humid, and the wind direction will change from west and southwest to west and northwest.

 

 

 

 

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Farooq Sattar again calls for making new provinces

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Farooq Sattar removed as convener MQM-P

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan leader Farooq Sattar has said that the provinces should be formed on administrative basis, not ethnic. 

Talking to media, Sattar asked why can’t the government form South Sindh province if it can approve resolution for South Punjab. Prime Minister Imran Khan should address the reservations of MQM, he added.

On the other hand, MQM-P leader Kanwar Naveed Jamil said that he will talk to PM on separate units in Sindh. Farooq Sattar has no link with MQM but if he tries to correct himself, then we will surely work together, he added.

Earlier, PM Imran Khan had clarified that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is against the formation of another province in Sindh as there is no need of it after ruling party’s new local body system.

 

 

 

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Russian Pianists Mesmerize Karachiites (VIDEO AND TEXT)

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KARACHI: Music aficionados from all over the Metropolis converged at the patio of Alliance Française de Karachi (AFK) – French Cultural Centre – here on Monday (29th April). The occasion was a piano concert by Russian twin sisters Anastasia & Polina Churbanova. 

KARACHI: Humane Urduphone Consul General of the Russian Federation Dr. Aleksandr G. Khozin announced that the first piece of the evening had been dedicated to Ahmed Mir (late official of the Qatar Airways) who had sponsored the duo’s transportation – Mir died in an accident in the USA.

KARACHI: Conspicuous among others there were  Consul Generals of Russia & France, Commissioner Karachi, Bina Shah (President AFK), Behram & Goshpi Avari (who had sponsored the twin’s stay here), and family members of the late official of Qatar Airways Ahmed Mir.The soirée commenced with two sisters playing German Composer Johann Sebastian Bach’s Minuet & Badinerie  (from Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor). The next piece was French composer & pianist Francis Poulenc’s Sonate Zu vier Händen. Alexander Scriabin’s composition (Sonata No.3 in F-sharp minor op.23) Andante was performed by Polina whereas, her sister’s solo was Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 27 in E Minor op.90. The last scheduled composition played by the twin sisters was Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Barcarolle, Scherzo, Russian Theme, Romance, Waltz and Slava (6 pieces, op.11 for piano four hands). After three curtain calls the twins excused as they were too exhausted to perform.  KARACHI: Talking exclusively to this scribe Anastasia & Polina Churbanova told that they were from St. Petersburg and were playing Piano since they were six. After taking lessons for a year they took part in a globally acclaimed contest named after Lubov Brook. Later in 2003, they won first prize in the famous international competition named after celebrated Russian pianist/composer A. Rubinstein. The twins told this was their second visit to the Port City, a Metropolis where they would love to perform again in future. They give piano concerts in Russia regularly and – besides  Pakistan – had performed in five foreign countries (including Austria, Germany, Holland, & Ukraine). 

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PS: It is pertinent to mention here that this performance was part of an international concert series termed as Classical Music Without Borders.

 

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