QUETTA: Following the gas blast in a coal mine, rescuers had so far managed to bring two bodies out of the coal pit.
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It is pertinent to mention here that, like in all the industries of the country, hardly any measures are taken for the safety of miners. Hence, the coalpit gobbles up a couple of hundred laborers annually. (Published on 12th August, 2018)
ii) Following the collapse of two coal mines due to the gas explosion this afternoon at least 23 workers died while five got trapped beneath the debris here some 45 km from Quetta. So far twelve bodies have been taken out of the mines while rescuers are endeavoring to recover the bodies and take the survivors out safely.ii) Ministry of Planning and Development has started a new initiative – Cluster Development Based Mineral Transformation Plan – to improve productivity in mines and mineral sector and enhance exports. The initiative, costing Rs62.21 million has been launched under Vision-2025 and would increase value addition and create jobs in the mineral sector. (5th of May, 2018)
Nature has bestowed Pakistan with enormous and diversified world-class mineral resources, coal, copper, gold, building stones, industrial raw materials, gemstones, etc.
Both the public and private sectors are working to exploration and development. As per Annual Development Plan (ADP) 2018-19, the mines & mineral contribution towards GDP growth was 0.09 percent in 2017-18 while Vision 2025 and 12th Five Year Plan envisage fundamental improvements for mineral sector.
Moreover, Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP) has designed a number of annual field program and projects likely minerals investigation, geological mapping, geophysical exploration, exploration and evaluation of coal, geochemical exploration of precious metals, geo-environmental & groundwater studies, exploration of iron ore, geohazard assessment & geotechnical projects, geochemical analysis and medical geology for next year.
An area of about 12800 sq. km is planned to be geologically mapped in different parts of the country. Around 200 samples will be taken in this time period while conducting this survey and geochemical analysis will be carried out.
Even though the operational funds provided in the regular budget are short to meet the project expenses, GSP aims to achieve technical targets in the upcoming financial year within the available resources.
The efforts will be concentrated towards mineral exploration and Geological mapping projects including iron ore, coal, copper, and gold in areas of Punjab and Balochistan province, while Lead-Zinc-Barite investigations will be carried out in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Sindh. There are great reserves of coal in Pakistan.
It is assumed that there are over 25 Million metric tons of coal deposits. At current times, we are getting 20 thousand metric tons of coal yearly from these mines. (16th May 2018).
Youth is Pakistan’s national asset
QUETTA: Honorary Consul General of France in Quetta Brigadier (retd) Abdul Razzaq Baloch on Thursday said that youth is our national asset and the bright future of the nation.
He expressed these views while addressing participants of an event “Importance of the European Languages and the French culture”, which was organized by the department of French at NUML University Quetta Campus.
He said the trend of learning multiple languages is gaining popularity all around the world. Youths who could communicate in different languages have more occupational opportunities.
He said suggestions and recommendations for the establishment of French Language Centre in Quetta city have been sending to France Government.
He said that the acquisition of multiple languages is essential for the promotion of international trade and business. He urged institutions and academics to prepare students in-line with modern technology to overcome future challenges.
Sindh Governor slams attack on security forces’ vehicle in Quetta
KARACHI: Sindh Governor Imran Ismail has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the vehicle of security forces in Quetta.
The Governor, in a statement here on Sunday, paid tributes to the fallen security personnel. He said the whole nation stands by institutions and armed forces in the fight against the menace of terrorism.
Ex-DIG police killed in Quetta!
QUETTA: Unknown armed men shot dead a former Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Naeem Khan Kakar near Junior Assistant Colony area of here today.
According to police sources, ex DIG Naeem Khan Kakar was near Junior Assistant Colony when armed assailants came there, opened fire at him and fled from the scene.
As a result, he received serious multiple bullet wounds and succumbed to injuries during treatment in Bolan Medical Complex (BMC) hospital.
Police cordoned off the entire area and started efforts to arrest the suspects. Further investigation was underway. Governor and Chief Minister Balochistan condemned the incident in their separate condolence statements.
The chief minister took notice of the incident and ordered the departments concerned to take all possible steps to ensure the arrest of outlaws.
They expressed deep sorrow over the killing of the retired police officer and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss with fortitude.