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UN-Habitat inks MoU with MCI, ICCI for CGP

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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.

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Ground water level in Baluchistan improved!

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ISLAMABAD: Baluchistan has received heavy rainfall during current rain spell and it would improve surface water level and underground water table.

An official of the Agriculture Department of Baluchistan, Ihtisham Baloch told the Media the recent vast rainfall in the province would improve the surface water level and groundwater as it will help in overcome water shortage. He said the province was facing the climate change issues that create drought in the most part of the province which needs to be addressed immediately. The heavy showers with thunderstorm lashed Quetta and adjoining area on Sunday night during the winter season that spells can craft for the communities that are closely contingent on rainfall for agriculture and livestock production. He said that there were so many advantages of rainfall as rain was a part of the water cycle.

It clears the air, replenishes aquifers, allows plants to grow, eventually fills streams, rivers, lakes, and ponds. He said that rain adds humidity to the air and was a contributing factor to the existence of animal life. The current rain turned weather into more cold which affects in certain areas to overcome the vulnerability to drought. The groundwater systems take decades to respond to the present day impact of climate change. It is slowly replenished through rainfalls, he added. A farmer from Loralai, Hamauon Khan said the population of Baluchistan has largely relied on rainwater thus the current rain spell can expand moisture content and would form a suitable base for agriculture. A health expert said as a result of rain, the weather turned more cold and chilled, forcing people to stay indoors.

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Demand for ‘Gajar ka Halwa’ rises as mercury dips

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ISLAMABAD: As the winter season on its Peak in the country, the demand of most favorite dessert of winter ‘Gajar Ka Halwa’ has increased in shops and sweet bakeries.

Gajar ka halwa is probably one of Pakistan’s most popular traditional desserts that is liked by everyone. Made with grated carrots, milk, dried fruit and nuts, here’s an easy recipe to enjoy this delicacy this winter.

According to shopkeepers,” Gajar ka Halwa considered to be one of the favorite food items in the winter, sale of this product has double increased comparatively to normal days.

“Children and young people can get benefit from eating Gajar Halwa during cold weather”, said a Noman Khan a shopkeeper.

The basic ingredient used to make gajar halwa is carrots. Carrots are loaded with vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K and fibre. The vitamin A in carrots helps to improve the vision, thus making it mandatory to finish the halwa in your bowl, said a citizen Dr Umair Ishaq.

Sunscreen in winter to protect ourselves from the UV rays. Carrot is rich in beta-carotene, which helps the skin by blocking the UV rays, which are usually active during winter, said, adding, thus, making Gajar ka halwa mandatory in winter.

Another citizen Sumaira Shafi said having seasonal food is important for a particular reason.

“Our most sold items throughout winter are gajar and daal ka halwa and panjeeri. During the winters, demand for other sweet items declines,” said a Bakery shop owner.

A shopkeeper Hanan Asif said that the ingredients for gajar ka halwa are the same but the recipe varies from shop to shop.

“I love the winters for two reasons: traditional sweets like gajar ka halwa and snow in hilly areas of the country,” he said, adding that various shops best places for halwas.

A mother Sana Shamsa said , due to the use of carrots and milk, halwas are a healthy snack for children as well.

She further added carrots contain Vitamin A which is good for the eyes and helps children grow and is also good for the bones.

A citizen Ahmad Mukhtar said, “A number of stalls and shops could be witnessed in different cities of the country selling traditional winter items the only negative aspect of selling product by using sub-standard cooking ghee or oil, I urged the authorities concerned to check and balance on this issue immediately he added.”

 

 

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1st zigzag kiln inaugurated in district Layyah

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MULTAN: Deputy Commissioner Babar Bashir inaugurated first environmental friendly zigzag kiln at Chak 163-TDA, in district Layyah today.
The DC while addressing on the occasion said that zigzag kilns were of vital importance as these were environmentally friendly and saved extra amounts on fuel. It cut 30 percent fuel charges and reduced pollution by 70 percent, he added.
He directed officials of the Environment Department to create awareness among the kilns businessmen about the efficacy of the zigzag technology. He maintained the Punjab government was taking steps to promote a neat and clean environment.  He appreciated efforts of the Environment department for encouraging zigzag technology.
Assistant Director Environment Arif Mehmood and Kiln owner Zulqarnain informed that it was very first zigzag kiln in district Layyah. On this occasion, a good number of local people were also present.

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