ISLAMABAD: UN-Habitat aims to contribute to the “Clean and Green Pakistan” (CGP) programme launched by the PM of Pakistan to improve the health, hygiene, environment and sanitary conditions in the country over a period of five years.
The UN-Habitat also planned to boost local economic development of the cities by encouraging private sector participation in the civic development, said a press release issued here today.
In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI), Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ICCI) and Prime Institute.
UN-Habitat intends to sign similar MoUs with the major Metropolitan Corporations of the country as this MoU was the first in the series.
The UN-Habitat considers that the signing of MoU between the partners provides an excellent opportunity for development of “Business Plans” for MCI to strengthen its revenue and income base.
“This MoU would also support in creating successful models of solid and liquid waste management within the limits of MCI under the patronage of the mayor,” said the press release.
In this regard, the UN-Habitat can provide technical support, while the ICCI could mobilize financial support under the model of Corporate Social Responsibility. Prime Institute could monitor the economic benefits of such interventions. With the successful results of this partnership, the collaboration could be expended into other areas such as providing clean drinking water, the establishment of waste to energy projects etc, it added.
The UN-Habitat was building the capacity of municipalities through a Municipal Business Planning Pilot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province targeting one city. Municipal Business Plan was the first ever municipal business plan developed by any of the Town/Tehsil Municipal Administration of the province, said the press release.
The Plan provided strategic guidance to the Town Council, Administration and Town Nazim of Town Municipal Administration I, Peshawar from 2018-19 to 2024-25. The pilot main aim was to test the challenges in implementing improved business planning, revenue collection, and cost reduction, it said.
Karachiites bear scorching heat with 63% humidity!
KARACHI: Weather persisted to be hot in the city today with temperature ranging between 35 degree C to 36 degree C and humidity reaching 65%.
According to the weather report issued by Pakistan Meteorological Department 10% precipitation was also recorded in the metropolis under intense sunny conditions.
Met forecasts hot and dry weather!
ISLAMABAD: Hot and dry weather is expected in many parts of the country. According to the synoptic situations seasonal low lies over north Balochistan. A westerly wave was affecting upper parts of the country and may persist in upper and central parts till Monday.
Dust-thundershower/rain with gusty winds have been forecasted at scattered places in KPK, Kashmir, G-B, and at isolated places in Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, D.G.Khan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, Mirpurkhas, Kalat, Zhob divisions and Islamabad. The weather remained hot and dry in most parts of the country. However, dust-thundershower/rain with gusty winds occurred at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Bannu, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Lahore, Faisalabad, D.G.Khan, Zhob divisions, Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir.
Following Rainfalls were recorded in millimeters during Last 24 hrs: Punjab: Faisalabad 24, Kasur 17, Noorpurthal 11, Murree 07, T.T.Singh, Sargodha 06, Mangla 03, Joharabad 01, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Balakot 18, Dir 11, Malamjabba, Kakul 04, Bannu 02, Kashmir: Kotli 17, Garidupatta 16, Muzaffarabad (AP 16, City 08), Rawalakot 05, Balochistan: Zhob 11, Gilgit Baltistan: Astore 03. Today’s Highest Maximum Temperatures were recorded as follow: Sibbi 48°C, Jaccobabad, Rohri 46° C, Islamabad 36C, Peshawar 37C, Lahore 40C.
5.3 quake shakes southwest China
HONG KONG: A shallow 5.3 earthquake shook China’s southwest Sichuan Province on Saturday, less than a week after a larger quake in the same region killed 13 and left dozens injured.
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the earthquake that occurred at about 10.30pm (0230 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), according to the US Geological Survey.
It hit about 18 kilometers east of the town of Xunchang and 43 kilometers southeast of Yibin city, which has a population of some 250,000 people, USGS said.
An earthquake near Yibin struck on Monday, forcing more than 8,000 people to relocate as a large number of structures were damaged or collapsed.
State TV showed rescuers dragging survivors to safety from the rubble, while cracks appeared in several roads and a major highway was closed.
Earthquakes regularly strike Sichuan, where a powerful 7.9-magnitude quake left 87,000 people dead or missing in 2008.
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