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SC orders forensic audit of Nestle water operations!

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LAHORE: The Supreme Court (SC) today ordered a forensic audit of Nestle drinking water operations.
The bench appointed Kokab Jamal as the forensic auditor and sought a report within 15 days regarding cost, rates, and others.  The bench also ordered for checking the quality of all major mineral water brands. The bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, passed the orders while hearing a suo motu notice regarding the alleged exploitation of groundwater resources without any charges and its fitness for human consumption.
At the outset of proceedings, the chief executive officers/ representatives of major mineral water companies appeared before the bench on being summoned. The chief justice noted that the companies were paying almost nothing as the tariff for extracting groundwater, but they were selling their bottled water at exorbitant rates.
He asked that the companies should sit with the government and decide an appropriate rate, adding that the WASA board had already suggested an increase in the tariff.  He said that Nestle earned six billion rupees in profit last year. Aitzaz Ahsan, on behalf of Nestle, requested for one-month time for submitting proposals on the matter.
However, the chief justice declined the request and ordered a forensic audit of Nestle mineral water and sought report within 15 days. He also observed that big societies including Bahria Town, which gets water from the ground, charges residents for the same.  These societies do not pay anything to the government, he observed and added that the court would take up the case of big societies soon.

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Sixth victim of Karachi food poisoning passes away

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Seven injured as passenger bus overturns in Jhelum

KARACHI: A sixth victim of Karachi food poisoning incident died here at the Aga Khan University Hospital, a day after five members of her family died on Friday.

Bina Badruddin, 27, died at 5am on Saturday after being diagnosed with food poisoning early Friday. Her five nieces and nephews died yesterday.

Bina was on the ventilator after being rushed to the hospital by her brother Faisal.

The family hailed from Balochistan’s Pishin and had arrived in Karachi Thursday night. The family arrived in Karachi at around 11pm. On the way, they ate food at a street-side restaurant in Khuzdar at around 2pm and when they got to Karachi they ordered biryani from a restaurant in Saddar at around 11:30pm. The police say they ate at the Naubahar restaurant in Saddar, which is near the passport office.

The children have been identified as one-and-a-half-year-old Abdul Ali, four-year-old Aziz Faisal, six-year-old Aliya, seven-year-old Tauheed and nine-year-old Salwa.

 

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Hospital confirms five children died of food poisoning in Karachi

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Seven injured as passenger bus overturns in Jhelum

KARACHI: Five children died here early Friday morning and the police say the cause of death was food poisoning.

Their aunt is currently being treated for food poisoning.

The family was from Balochistan’s Pishin and it is unclear where they ate the food that caused them to get sick. They arrived in Karachi at around 11pm.

On the way, they ate food at a street-side restaurant in Khuzdar at around 2pm and when they got to Karachi they ordered biryani from a restaurant in Saddar at around 11:30pm. The police say they ate at the Naubahar restaurant in Saddar, which is near the passport office.

The children have been identified as one-and-a-half-year-old Abdul Ali, four-year-old Aziz Faisal, six-year-old Aliya, seven-year-old Tauheed and nine-year-old Salwa.

They were staying at a Qasr-e-Naz (government lodge) in Karachi through a government officer, said South DIG Sharjeel Kharal.

The father, identified as Faisal who is a land owner, and mother took his sister to the Aga Khan University Hospital when she began feeling sick at around 3am.

When he came back to their lodgings, he found his children were all dead. His sister is still being treated at the hospital and is on the ventilator.

The police are investigating what they ate and, according to SSP South Pir Muhammad Shah, they are sending teams to both restaurants to get samples of the food.

The hospital has confirmed that the cause of death was food poisoning. However, the final cause of death will be determined once the medico-legal officer files their report. The bodies are being taken to Jinnah hospital for postmortem examinations.

The police believe the poisoned food might have been the food consumed in Khuzdar because food poisoning’s effects take five to six hours to manifest.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has taken notice of the incident and summoned a report from the Sindh Food Authority. The lodge room at which they were staying has been sealed as has the restaurant.

 

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Music: Vitrail Brass Quintet at Alliance Française de Karachi

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KARACHI: Traditional music aficionados from all over the Metropolis converged at the patio of Alliance Française (French Cultural Centre – AFK) here.

The occasion was a classical music concert by Vitrail Quintet that was held jointly by AFK & French diplomatic mission.

The concert was part of the Classical Music Without Borders – unique international concert series featuring musicians from a host of countries all over the globe including France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia & USA.

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Four Centuries of French Music for Brass

The VITRAIL Brass Quintet

(Paris – Reims)

Jean-Baptiste LULLY (1632-1687) : Grande Entrée and two Marches

1 Grande Entrée

2 Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs

3 Marche guerrière

Jean-Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764) : Suite

1 Allemande

2 Sarabande

3 Les Cyclopes

Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) : Suite

1 Golliwogg’s cake walk (from Children’s Corner)

2 The girl with the flaxen hair

3 Le Petit Nègre

George BARBOTEU (1924-2006) : Chansonneries

Joseph REYNAUD (18..-1887) : “Merle et Pinson” (“Blackbird and Chaffinch”)

George BIZET (1838-1875) : Suite from Carmen

1 Aragonaise

2 Habanera

3 « Nous sommes la garde montante » (children’s choir)

4 Aria et Séguedille

5 Duo d’amour

6 Chant du Toréador

Jean-Baptiste Arnold & Rémy Dintrich, Trompettes

Gérard Tremlet, Cor

Jean-Luc Sauvage, Trombone

Marc Lefèvre, Tuba

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VITRAIL QUINTET: It was in 1988 that five musicians, passionate about chamber music founded the Vitrail Brass Quintet. Thus trumpet player Eric Gouillard and tuba player Marc Lefevre of the Orchester de la Garde Républicaine in Paris, trombonist Jean-Luc Sauvage of the Orchester Colonne de Paris, join trumpet player Rémy Dintrich and horn player Gérard Tremlet. They are all members of the Grand Théâtre de Reims. A few years later Jean-Baptiste Arnold takes over from Eric Gouillard. The Vitrail set was quickly approved by the French Ministry of Culture, the Champagne-Ardenne Region and the departments of Marne and Aisne. Since the creation of the Vitrail Quintet, the musicians have successfully given several hundreds of concerts and masterclasses in the Champagne-Ardenne region, in France and during many tours abroad: Tunisia, Poland, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Vietnam, Slovakia, Greece, Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia, etc. The quintet takes its name from a brass piece by George Delerue, “Stained Glass”.

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