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Compiled by Mohammad Aqib, PCAN


Health impacts of air pollution

Two major studies on Tasman Spirit oil spill released
March 11, 2008
KARACHI: Two studies were recently published on the effects the Tasman Spirit oil spill of 2003 had on marine life and the men who were part of the cleanup operation.

Gold refineries poisoning city environment
March 11, 2008
LAHORE: There are about 350 gold refineries in the city, situated in densely populated areas, poisoning the environment with the fumes of the acids they use in the refining process.

Experts caution against increasing air pollution in Pakistan
March 23, 2008
Observing our planet for a better future' is the theme for the World Meteorological Day falls on March 23, today (on Sunday). The Council of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) entered into force on March 23, 1950 and a year later, WMO was designated as a specialised agency of the United Nations.

DHA drain causing health problems to residents
March 28, 2008
LAHORE: There are about 16 large uncovered sewerage drains running through the city, which are host to many diseases and gases that are hazardous to human health.

Smoking at public places goes unchecked
May 26, 2008
Islamabad: Smoking at public places was banned through a law about five years ago, but in twin cities smokers continue to defy it freely. The apparent reason is the failure of concerned departments to translate words into deeds.

Lahorites suffer from Ozone (O3) pollution
April 3, 2008
LAHORE: A LARGE number of Lahorites are suffering from serious health hazards, especially diseases relating to eyes, lungs and skin, due to increasing level of air pollution, especially Ozone (O3), which continues to emerge as one of the major pollutants in the provincial metropolis during the month of March 2008.

Dust causing respiratory illnesses in DHA
April 4, 2008
LAHORE: Dust pollution is sickening Defence Housing Authority (DHA) residents and the lack of trees in the society is exacerbating the situation, an official of the Environment Protection Department (EPD) told Daily Times on Thursday.

Odour producing units driving neighbours away
April 6, 2008
LAHORE: Dozens of poultry-protein manufacturing, fat-extracting and sausages-washing units in the city are forcing neighbours to move because of the odour and pollution caused by the units, officials of the Environment Protection Department (EPD) told Daily Times on Saturday.

World Health Day today
April 7, 2008
The World Health Day is being observed on Monday (today) with the theme of climate changes, which were adversely affecting the health of the people. Mushroom growth of vehicles, presence of a large number of smoke-emitting public transport vehicles and industries were increasing air pollution in the city as the authorities have failed to implement the environmental laws properly.

Industry heat, tremors - health nuisance in northern Lahore
April 14, 2008
LAHORE: Hundreds of furnaces and hammer machines in factories are a continuous health nuisance to the residents of northern Lahore, a City District Government Lahore official told Daily Times on Sunday.

Hospitals' disposal of radioactive waste not safe
April 18, 2008
LAHORE: A number of hospitals that provide X-Ray services and radiotherapy facilities do not dispose of their radioactive waste materials according to the standards set by the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) and Environment Protection Department (EPD), posing a threat to the environment and to human health.

Hospitals flooded with virus-struck people
April 19, 2008
LAHORE: PEOPLE are under viral attack due to food and water contamination, air pollution and changing weather conditions, putting an extra burden on hospitals in the City.

Keamari fishermen scared for health because of pollution
April 30, 2008
KARACHI: Fishermen at Keamari Boat Basin, situated in Keamari Town Union Council No 1 (Berth 1), are facing serious health and environmental concerns due to pollution in the atmosphere caused by a nearby port's waste, Daily Times learnt.

Biting the dust for development: Asthma and construction
May 7, 2008
KARACHI: Environmentalists and medical experts have said that in the absence of an urban forest, the rising number of industrial units within the city limits and ongoing construction work in the city are causing lung diseases such as asthma, chest congestion and respiratory disorders.

Harvesting season linked to asthma increase
May 10, 2008
LAHORE: The number of asthma patients in city hospitals has increased due to the harvesting season and many patients from Islamabad are also under treatment here due to the unfavorable atmosphere in the capital.

Indoor air pollution - a silent killer
May 16, 2008
LAHORE: Diseases found in about 60 percent of Pakistani women are caused by poor ventilation, and the Environment Protection Department (EPD) has yet to launch any project or awareness programme to combat indoor air pollution.

World Asthma Day: Don't hold your breath for this treatment
May 6, 2008
KARACHI: 'Control your asthma - don't let it control you' is the aim of the Asthma Awareness Program (AAP) launched by the Health Awareness Society.

Number of asthma patients on the rise
May 6, 2008
LAHORE: Medical experts on Monday said that the number of asthma patients (especially children) is on the rise due to construction work, overflowing sewers and air pollution across the city.

Transport and air pollution

Italian CNG kit maker to boost production
March 14, 2008
KARACHI: Landirenzo, the leading Italian CNG auto-kit manufacturer, plans to increase its production in Pakistan.

MoC, FBR order to release imported CNG buses
March 15, 2008
KARACHI: Ministry of Commerce and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), as a special dispensation, allowed importers of heavy vehicles one time import authorisation of the already imported 15 buses subject to the condition that the importer undertakes not to import such buses in future.

Indian buses hit the roads in Pakistan
March 15, 2008
ISLAMABAD: The first-ever batch of Indian-origin CNG buses has hit the Pakistani roads despite a ban on the import of vehicles from India.

LPG sector in Pakistan
March 17, 2008
Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is a non-renewable source of energy. It is extracted from crude oil. More than 4 million light and medium duty vehicles travel around the world on LPG.

International Exhibition on CNG, LPG, Alternative Sources of Energy
March 14, 2008
Pakistan is ranked as the number one consumer of CNG in Asia and globally it is ranked number three, after Argentina and Brazil.

Karachi commuters to suffer till giving a chance to rail-based public transport
March 24, 2008
Urban cities always need urban transport systems for their commuters. The rail-based public transport, underground or surface, is considered the backbone of urban public transport all over the world.

Increase in transport fares irks commuters
March 25, 2008
Rawalpindi: Transporters plying vehicles in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have increased fares as per revised list issued by the District Regional Transport Authority (DRTA) here on Monday.

Strike decided for 1st and 2nd
March 26, 2008
KARACHI: Transporter unions, who are against the decision to increase challans and set up new traffic sections in the city, have decided to go on a two-day strike on April 1 and 2.

CNG buses destined to be confined to port
March 20, 2008
Karachi: Due to hurdles from bureaucrats and private bus manufacturers, the 15 CNG buses, it seems, will never ever leave the port where they currently stand.

Lack of decent transport service continues to haunt commuters
April 20, 2008
ISLAMABAD: The commuters of the twin-cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have decried the inordinate delay in launch of a decent transport service to mitigate their daily hardships.

City's mass transit system needs a jump start
April 25, 2008
Karachi: Despite the promises made by the City Nazim, Syed Mustafa Kamal, regarding the import of CNG buses, the Mass Transit Department has failed miserably to take any steps.

Karachi caught in a sooty dilemma
May 3, 2008
Karachi: A three-wheel motor rickshaw, emitting black toxic clouds and an ear-piercing thunderous noise, zooms past a traffic police officer but the driver is not issued any ticket for violating the traffic law.

Rs 2 bn Peshawar CNG buses plan hits snags
May 26, 2008
PESHAWAR: Bureaucracy has delayed a Rs 2 billion project for plying pollution-free compressed natural gas (CNG) buses on various roads in the provincial metropolis.

Urban planning: a ghost that haunts govt
May 22, 2008
Urban development and planning are mega challenge for the new government, as majority of big cities especially the provincial capital are facing problems like unavailability of civic facilities, broken roads, solid waste, encroachments, lack of public transport etc.

Industry, energy and air pollution

Conservation is the only way out of energy crisis: experts
March 21, 2008
KARACHI: Energy conservation is the only solution to deal with looming energy crisis as industries, the largest consumers of power and fuel in the country, are also the one to waste energy the most, say experts and businesspeople.

EPD issues orders to shut down distillery
May 9, 2008
LAHORE: The Environment Protection Department (EPD), after conducting laboratory tests, ordered a distillery plant in Sargodha to shut down, as the waste released by the factory supposedly claimed five lives.

Pakistan searches for solution to power shortages - Feature
April 4, 2008
Islamabad - Pakistan's electricity production was nearly 3,000 megawatts short of demand in March. The country made up the difference by turning off lights, and everything else, for several hours a day.

Industrial units' relocation from residential areas ordered
April 15, 2008
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday ordered relocation of factories and industrial units from residential areas countrywide causing environmental pollution and health hazards by December 31.

LCCI urges govt to exploit alternative energy sources
April 19, 2008
LAHORE: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the government to tackle the challenge of increasing global oil prices prudently and take immediate measures for exploiting indigenous alternative energy resources to reduce its dependence on petroleum products.


Pindi's greenery to be sacrificed for urban development
April 5, 2008
RAWALPINDI: Once known for its trees flanking major roads, the city is fast losing its precious greenery to ill-planned development and haphazard urbanisation.

More plantations stressed to mitigate pollution
May 26, 2008
Karachi: Sindh Minister for Information, Shazia Marri, has said emphasised the need to create awareness about the adverse affects of pollution on the environment.


Toxic waste being dumped into river
PESHAWAR, Feb 25: Discharge of untreated effluents from Khazana Sugar Mills has turned Shahalam River into a dead tributary causing water, land and air pollution in the surrounding areas of the provincial capital.

Pakistan tops in global CNG industry
City Naib Nazim Nasreen Jalil has said that attainment of world No 1 position by Pakistan in CNG industry is a matter of pride

400 buses to ply on all twin cities routes from March
District government Rawalpindi has planned to launch 400 public transport buses on all the 11 routes of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad from the next month.

Karachi one of 18 megacities with highest pollution in the world
KARACHI: Karachi, Dhaka, Beijing and Cairo are the mega cities with the highest multi-pollutant index (MPI) and most urgently need to reduce air pollution.

Rise in lead pollution
LAHORE: Lead poisoning is a medical condition, also known as saturnism, plumbism or painter’s colic, caused by increased blood lead levels.

SHC moved for conversion of diesel vehicles to CNG
The Sindh High Court (SHC) issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Sindh, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Secretary, Transport, and others on a petition seeking conversion of diesel-engined public transport into environment-friendly CNG-operated vehicles.

People sensitive to pollen pollution advised to be careful: Doctors
LAHORE: Hundreds of people especially residents of southern part of the city suffer from sneezing, coughing, itching, runny noses, and watering eyes every year in the spring starting from mid February and remains till the end of April when pollen begins to fly.

Govt given two months to curb pollution
KARACHI: The authorities responsible for controlling air and noise pollution given an additional two months Tuesday to take action by a division bench of the High Court of Sindh (SHC) comprised Justice Munib Ahmed Khan and Justice Nadeem Azhar Siddiqui.

Traffic problems - Opinion
About one year ago, I used to go to college on my motorcycle. One day I was in a joyful mood and going at a fair speed. All of a sudden a car appeared from the adjacent road and turned to the left, screeching its tyres exactly before me.

Three companies to ply buses in twin cities
The Rawalpindi Transport Authority (RTA) has considered three private companies, Varan Tours, RMB and a Lahore Private Transport Company, for plying buses on all the twin cities routes and letters have been sent to them to finalise the terms and conditions.

EPA to act tough with steel mills in Lahore over pollution issues
The Post reported that the industries located in the urban areas of Lahore are posing severe environmental hazards by polluting the air and water.


CNG bus service launched
The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on Monday launched a CNG bus service between Faisal Mosque and Humak.

CDGK inks agreement for 4000 MW plant in Pakistan
The City District Government Karachi (CDGK) has inked agreements with a US-based firm Global EnviroScience Technologies

$30bn needed for dams, mass transit plans
ISLAMABAD, Feb 13: Like the previous government, the caretaker set-up also has failed to secure $30 billion foreign funding needed for five big dams and mass transit systems in Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi.

New bus terminal to be set up in Pakistan
A new bus terminal has been planned in the federal capital and work on the project would be initiated within a month.

Massive e-waste imports endanger health, environment
KARACHI, Feb 21: Thousands of tons of used computers and obsolete electronic equipment, which contain large amounts of hazardous waste, are being brought into Pakistan with complete disregard to the grave risks they pose to human and environmental health, Dawn has learnt.

Plan approved to build Thar power plant
ISLAMABAD, Feb 8: A high-level meeting presided over by President Pervez Musharraf decided on Friday to finalise arrangements for starting work on a 1,000-MW coal-fired power plant at Thar in order to meet the growing electricity shortage.

Power, gas crises to be resolved soon
LAHORE, Feb 9: Caretaker Prime Minister Mohammadmian Soomro said on Saturday the government was planning to overcome gas and power shortages on a priority basis, adopting an investor-friendly policy.

Two flyovers inaugurated
KARACHI, Feb 9: Two flyovers built at different sections of Rashid Minhas Road were inaugurated by City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal on Saturday.

Karachi desalination, power plant opened
KARACHI, Feb 11: President Pervez Musharraf has asked the Karachi Port Trust, Port Qasim Authority, Pakistan Steel Mills and the city and Sindh governments to set up desalination and power generation plants all over the city.

Green Peace found DDT, BHC, dieldrin and heptachlor openly sold in the vegetable markets of Karachi
KARACHI: Every person today carries approximately 250 chemicals within his/her body, chemicals that did not exist prior to 1945.

400 buses to ply on all twin cities routes from March
District government Rawalpindi has planned to launch 400 public transport buses on all the 11 routes of the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad from the next month.

Train shuttle service under review
PESHAWAR, Feb 12: The Pakistan Railway (PR) is planning to commence a train shuttle service from the city railway station to Hayatabad to provide swift transportation facility to the students and working people.

The white elephant that is the Lyari Expressway
KARACHI, Feb 13: In what was widely seen as an election campaign gimmick, President Pervez Musharraf inaugurated the southbound carriageway of the Lyari Expressway on Monday.

Mass transit project vital for economic growth
KARACHI, Feb 13: Caretaker Prime Minister Mohammedmian Soomro has underlined the importance of the Karachi Mass Transit system for all the cities, particularly the metropolis, to keep pace with economic development.

Sepa report says Indus water highly polluted
KARACHI, Feb 16: Water in the Indus and various lakes and canals being fed by it is highly polluted and poses serious threats to human health as well as to the environment and biodiversity, says a report.

Conversion of rickshaws
KARACHI, Feb 16: The Sindh governor, Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan, on Saturday ordered the relevant authorities to take immediate steps for the conversion of auto-rickshaws to CNG and to bring them in conformity to the environmental demands by June 2010.

Go ahead given to exploit energy potential of Thar coal
ISLAMABAD: President Pervez Musharraf on Friday gave a go ahead signal to embark upon the initiation of work on exploiting energy potential of the 178 billion tonnes coal reserves of Thar under a new strategy.

Could Microfinance expedites green practices
Source: Monthly "NGO World" November-December 2007

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Punjab Pushes Traffic Management systems
Source: Monthly "NGO World" January 2008

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Urban Unit streamlines Traffic in Lahore
Source: Monthly "NGO World" January 2008

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ADB backs renewable energy programme
Source: Monthly "NGO World" November-December 2007

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CNG crisis – Editorial
Long queues of vehicles can be seen at the CNG stations throughout the country with vehicles returning back without fuel. The closure of the Sui purification plant following a rocket attack has been cited as the reason for the gas shortage and low pressure.

Unauthorised bus stands create traffic mess
PESHAWAR, Feb 3: The illegal buss stands of public transporters are creating traffic mess in the provincial capital and have made people’s lives miserable, residents complained here on Sunday.

Gas supply to CNG stations resumes today
PESHAWAR, Feb 2: The Sui Northern Gas Pipeline (SNGPL) on Saturday announced that supply of gas would be restored to 77 industrial units and 30 CNG stations in the provincial metropolis from Sunday.

Supply to 35 CNG outlets cut on rotational basis
PESHAWAR, Feb 1: The Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) has started a massive drive for disconnecting gas supply on rotational basis to CNG stations and disconnected gas supply to 35 outlets in the NWFP on Friday.

Rs3bn to be spent on NWFP afforestation
RAWALPINDI, Feb 1: More than Rs3 billion will be spent over the next five years on the development of forest resources in the NWFP.

Cutting mangroves for fuel despite gas connections
KARACHI: Even though they have natural gas connections, the residents of several small coastal villages near Sandspit and Hawkes Bay have been cutting down mangroves for fuel simply because they can’t pay their bills.\02\04\story_4-2-2008_pg12_8

DIG comes down hard on transporters
The Deputy-Inspector-General of Police, Traffic, Wajid Ali Khan Durrani, taking serious notice of public transport vehicles plying without route permits, damaged condition, and vehicles which emit smoke, ordered impounding of these vehicles.

CNG supply crisis persists in City
Almost all city parts especially thickly populated areas are facing severe gas shortage owing to low gas pressure. The Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) has revised its policy of gas management after the failure of the initial one. The CNG pumps are adopting their own methods to handle the low pressure, placing the domestic consumers on the receiving end.

Traffic moves at a snail’s pace due to fog
Rawalpindi was covered in a thick blanket of fog on Tuesday morning and drivers of public transport and motorists faced great hardships due to low visibility, especially on Jhelum Road and at Soan Bridge.

Fog disrupts air, rail traffic
LAHORE, Feb 5: Air, rail and road traffic disrupted as thick fog engulfed Punjab cities, including Lahore, on Tuesday, also keeping the weather extremely cold.

CNG stations more dangerous than pumps
KARACHI: CNG stations are more dangerous than petrol pumps because gas catches fire more rapidly and from a greater distance.\02\07\story_7-2-2008_pg12_6

SHC stays construction of CNG station in residential area
A division bench of the Sindh High Court (SHC) comprising Justice Syed Mehmood Alam Rizvi and Justice Farrukh Zia G Shaikh here on Wednesday stayed construction of a CNG station in residential area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal.

Fog delays flights, trains in Lahore
ISLAMABAD: A thick blanket of fog has covered Lahore and its adjoining areas, disrupting the air and ground traffic.

Un-registered LPG centres a threat
Some non-registered shopkeepers have started a business of refilling Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders in Rawalpindi, which is a very dangerous affair.

Fog continues to disrupt life
LAHORE, Feb 6: Fog again blanketed majority of cities in Punjab, including Lahore, on Wednesday morning, disrupting air, rail and road traffic for several hours.

Polluting factories warned of action
HYDERABAD, Feb 6: Provincial Secretary for Environment and Alternative Energy Mir Hussain Ali has said that strict action will be taken against those who dispose of industrial toxic effluent into River Indus.

Trans-boundary cooperation on climate change urged
NEW DELHI, Feb 7: Pakistan’s Environment Minister Syed Wajid Hussain Bokhari, attending an international environment meeting here, invited India and the global community on Thursday to trans-boundary cooperation to fight climate change.

Efforts on to check industrial pollution
SIALKOT, Feb 7: Shehzada Alam Monnoo, the federal minister for commerce, textile, privatisation and investment, says the government is making all-out efforts to curb the menace of industrial pollution besides encouraging the entrepreneurs to use Cleaner Production Technologies (CPTs) on their installations.

Peshawar citizens getting unsafe water
PESHAWAR, Feb 7: More than two million population of the provincial capital of North West Frontier Province drinks contaminated water, environmental scientists at Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research reveals in a latest report.

Feasibility study of mass transit system to cost Rs70m
The feasibility study on a mass transit system for twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad would cost nearly Rs70 million.

PSQCA asked to spell out standards for 4-wheeler vehicles
Source: AUTO MARK – The Monthly Magazine for Pakistan Automobile Industry, January 2008

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1. Centre pledges over Rs3bn for afforestation in Punjab
RAWALPINDI, Jan 26: Under the five-year (2008-13) mega projects for the development of forestry sector, the federal government will spend Rs3.67 billion in the Punjab province which would help produce 86 million plants.

2. PESHAWAR: CNG body vows to resist plan: Gas disconnection
PESHAWAR, Jan 25: The All Pakistan CNG Association, NWFP chapter, has said it will resist the Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) plan to disconnect gas supply to CNG stations in the province.

3. Low gas pressure, power outages continue to haunt Lahorites
LAHORE: The people continue to face low gas pressure and power outages, as the cold wave is still persisting in the country, compelling the people to minimise their outdoor activities. The gap between demand and supply is also persisting and, on Sunday, it was 2,300 megawatt in the peak hours and 1,000 megawatts in other hours.

4. Garbage burning along Korangi Expressway
The burning of hundreds of tonnes of domestic waste along the Korangi Expressway continues to expose a large number of people to serious health hazards.

5. CNG crisis
The decision to keep all Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations in Lahore closed for 24 hours, from Friday midnight to Saturday, is the latest manifestation of the energy crisis being currently faced.

6. Selective CNG stations may face cutoff: SNGPL deficit persists
LAHORE, Jan 27: The Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited, which has been facing a daily deficit of over 700 million cubic feet (Mmcf) for quite some time, on Sunday decided to suspend supplies to selected CNG (compressed natural gas) stations falling in those residential areas where the pressure problem persists.

7. Toxic waste kills 20 animals
KARACHI, Jan 27: The discharge of toxic waste from a fertiliser plant on Sunday killed seven more cattle, raising the toll to 20, including 10 cows, since Jan 19.

8. Inspection of hospitals planned: Safe disposal of waste
KARACHI, Jan 27: Inspection of all public and private health care facilities will be carried out and strict action will be taken against anyone found lacking proper arrangement for safe disposal of hazardous medical waste.

9. City’s landfill sites nearing saturation point
KARACHI, Jan 27: Both the existing landfill sites situated at Surjani Town’s Jam Chakhro and Deh Gondal Pass, near the Northern Bypass, are fast reaching saturation point because hardly 25 per cent of the garbage dumped there daily is taken out for recycling purposes by scavengers, while the remaining 75 per cent continues to pile up, it was learnt recently.

10. Low gas pressure keeps vehicles off-road
MANSEHRA, Jan 27: Domestic consumers and CNG stations have witnessed record low pressure of gas as hundreds of vehicles have been forced off-road due to non-availability of the gas, residents complained here on Sunday.

11. Public transport: Jumping on a bus — taking one’s life in one’s own hands
ISLAMABAD: Public transport vehicles are not reliable because of poor maintenance, complained commuters on Monday.\01\29\story_29-1-2008_pg11_9

12. Green rickshaw scheme gains momentum in Pakistan
Green rickshaw scheme has gained momentum in Sialkot, Daska, Pasrur and Sambrial tehsils of Sialkot district. 20080129.html

13. Manufacturer told to take back CNG rickshaw
LAHORE, Jan 29: The local consumer court has ordered manufacturer of rickshaws and the Small Industries director to take back a defective rickshaw from the petitioner and pay him Rs37,900 within 10 days.

14. Kamal advocates transfer of traffic police to CDGK
City Nazim, Syed Mustafa Kamal, has reiterated the demand for transfer of the police department under the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) to eliminate crimes and control traffic problems.

15. OMCs interested in setting up more LPG auto stations
ISLAMABAD: Gas and Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) are targeting to set up 300 to 400 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) auto stations during the next three years, sources in the industry told Daily Times on Wednesday.

16. Gas supply to 275 CNG filling stations halted
LAHORE: The Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) has stopped gas supply to 275 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) filling stations in the Punjab and NWFP, Aaj TV channel reported on Wednesday.\01\31\story_31-1-2008_pg7_33

17. 20,000MW coal-based power projects planned
ISLAMABAD, Jan 30: Prime Minister Mohammedmian Soomro on Wednesday constituted a five-member inter-provincial committee to work out in 10 days a plan for international competitive bidding to produce 20,000MW coal-based thermal power by 2019 from coal reserves in Thar.

18. Gas supply to CNG stations cut in Peshawar
PESHAWAR, Jan 30: The Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited has disconnected gas to filling stations in the city on Wednesday evening.

19. Encroachments causing traffic jams: TEPA
THE Traffic Engineering and Planning Agency (TEPA) says encroachments and increase in vehicles are major causes of traffic problems in the City.

20. Protecting health from climate change
Protecting Health from Climate Change’ will be the theme for World Health Day 2008, which will also mark the 60th anniversary of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

21. Forty per cent men, eight per cent women regular smokers
As many as 40 per cent men and eight per cent women in Pakistan smoke regularly, said Professor Javaid Khan, Consultant Pulmonologist and Head Section of Pulmonary Medicine, Aga Khan University (AKU).

22. CNG crisis grinds vehicles to a halt
ISLAMABAD: As long queue of vehicles are being observed outside CNG filling stations, the gas crisis in the country is going from bad to worse with every passing day.

23. Over 90 CNG outlets closed: cheap fuel gets out of reach
RAWALPINDI, Jan 31: Public mobility came to a virtual halt as most of the CNG stations remained closed due to gas supply suspension and motorists converged on the few outlets open in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad on Thursday.

24. Russia may help Pakistan build new powerhouses
LAHORE, Jan 31: Talks are underway for construction of powerhouses in Pakistan to resolve the prevailing energy crisis, says Russian Ambassador Sergey Preskoy.

25. OGRA not to issue licences for new CNG stations
ISLAMABAD: The OGRA has decided to stop issuing licences for new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) filling stations fearing more gas shortage in the country, sources told Daily Times on Thursday.\02\01\story_1-2-2008_pg7_3

26. Gas supply shortage causes uncertainty
ISLAMABAD: CNG stations witnessed an unprecedented rush on Thursday with vehicles waiting for their turn in long queues to get fuel due to the uncertain supply of gas.\02\01\story_1-2-2008_pg11_4

27. Over 9,000 public transport vehicles operating without permits
A large number of public service buses (buses, minibuses and coaches), along with some private vehicles are seen openly plying on the streets of the city. This is in violation of section 48 of the Motor Vehicle Ordinance (MVO), 1965.

28. Committee to settle wind power tariff
ISLAMABAD, Jan 31: Caretaker Prime Minister Mohammedmian Soomro has constituted a committee to settle the issue of tariff with Independent Power Producers (IPPs) for electricity generated by wind-powered plants and submit its report within 10 days.


1. Land for transit system recovered from influential builder
KARACHI, Jan 19: After cancelling the lay-out and building plans of a proposed high-rise project that the influential builder had earlier managed to have approved, the city government’s master plan group of offices (MPGO) has secured the threatened land that had been reserved for the Karachi Mass Transit Plan’s (KMTP) corridor III.

2. Environmental tribunal without chief
KARACHI, Jan 19: The Sindh Environmental Tribunal’s working has virtually come to a halt as the federal government failed to fill the vacant post of the tribunal’s chairperson after November 3, 2007 when a state of emergency was imposed and the then judges of the high courts were asked to take an oath on the Provisional Constitution Order.

3. Chemical factory fire to have far-reaching effects on environment
Burning chemicals and raw materials used in paint manufacturing usually emit highly toxic pollutants and gases that are not only extremely hazardous for human beings but can also have far-reaching impacts on the environment, chemical engineers, environmentalists, and physicians told The News on Wednesday.

4. SHC shows concern for both pollution and polluters
KARACHI: A ban on two-stroke rickshaws and smoke-emitting vehicles was endorsed by two judges of the High Court of Sindh (SHC) Wednesday who also called for the government to explore more concessions or a policy relaxation on loans to replace them.

5. OGRA to issue 1,000 new licences for CNG stations
ISLAMABAD: Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) is likely to grant around 1,000 new provisional licences for setting up CNG stations and more than 300 marketing licences for commercial operations during the current financial year 2007-08, sources told Daily Times on Wednesday.

6. Tanneries still functional in residential areas
MULTAN, Jan 23: The City District Government of Multan (CDGM) has failed to shift tanneries from the residential areas of the city even after the lapse of its deadline of Dec 30, 2007.

7. Blaze ravages paint factory in Site
KARACHI, Jan 23: A manufacturing unit of the Berger Paints went up in flames on Wednesday when the blaze blamed on chemicals stored in the factory turned into an inferno and made firefighting an uphill task.

8. SHC wants two-stroke rickshaws phased out
KARACHI, Jan 23: A division bench of the Sindh High Court again directed the traffic police on Wednesday to ensure that motor rickshaws plying were fitted with silencers and that two-stroke rickshaws were phased out to reduce air and noise pollution.

9. Paint factory blaze envelopes city in thick black smoke
Karachi: As many as five people were injured when a towering blaze erupted in a multinational paint factory, gutting its entire production office and stock unit, in SITE area here on Wednesday.

10. Phasing out smoke-emitting vehicles
Karachi: Sindh High Court has asked federal law officer to seek recommendations from federal government as well as State Bank of Pakistan for phasing out smoke-emitting and noise-creating vehicles in a bid to control pollution in the city.

11. Average of 13 fires a day
No. of fires from Jan 1 to Jan 20 = 260
Average No. of fires a day = 13\01\24\story_24-1-2008_pg12_3

12. Paint fire produces dangerous carbon oxides: IUCN
KARACHI: In a paint and chemical-manufacturing factory, hydrocarbon-based organics (organic chemicals) are always present in abundance and when they burn, they produce carbon oxides that are dangerous for all living things, cautioned an environment expert Wednesday.\01\24\story_24-1-2008_pg12_4

13. 90 percent LPG outlets in city without NOC
LAHORE: About 90-percent liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) outlets in the city are illegal, as they are being run without obtaining a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the district coordination officer (DCO).\01\24\story_24-1-2008_pg13_1

14. CDA tree plantation drive: Aforestation to make up for chopped trees’
ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) will launch an extensive tree plantation campaign in the second week of February.\01\24\story_24-1-2008_pg11_1

15. Over 86 million saplings to be planted across the country
ISLAMABAD: The Environment Ministry will plant over 86.5 million saplings in the country as part of the Spring Tree Planting Campaign costing Rs 12 billion, said a press release issued on Wednesday.\01\24\story_24-1-2008_pg11_2

16. ‘Do your part in reducing pollution’
LAHORE: Caretaker Environment Minister Fakir Ejazuddin has ordered the owners of 300 factories on the stretch of the Grand Trunk (GT) Road from Lahore to Gujranwala and Lahore to Sheikhupura to plant trees outside their buildings to beautify the road and reduce air pollution in the area.

17. Conference on smoking: It does not just end in smoke
ISLAMABAD: About 22-25 million Pakistanis smoke and most of them are poor, Tobacco Control Initiative Implementation DG Shaheen Masud said on Thursday while speaking at the Ulema Feedback Conference.\01\25\story_25-1-2008_pg11_7

18. Fire breaks out in Clifton shopping mall
KARACHI: A computer hardware shop caught fire in a shopping plaza located on the first floor of a mall Thursday but was extinguished before it could spread.\01\25\story_25-1-2008_pg12_6

19. Gas supply to CNG stations being stopped
PESHAWAR, Jan 24: The Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) is planning to stop providing gas to CNG stations to ensure its supply to domestic consumers.

20. Plan for conversion of rickshaws announced
KARACHI, Jan 24: The Sindh government has chalked out a strategy to encourage drivers/owners to switch over to CNG-fitted rickshaws instead of two-stroke vehicles, which were a major cause of air and noise pollution.


1. Development takes toll on once green Islamabad
ISLAMABAD, Jan 16: Islamabad is seeing a development boom which is threatening its environment.

2. Rs. 1.028 billion fund proposed for making capital green
ISLAMABAD, Jan 16 (APP): Environment Ministry Wednesday proposed a Rs. 1.028 billion fund for Islamabad Green City project to execute various activities for giving the Capital a cleaner and environment friendly look.

3. Higher gas charges: Govt decides to take action against gas companies
ISLAMABAD: Federal government has decided to take strict action against the companies involved in charging higher prices and creating artificial shortages of natural gas, CNG and LPG in the country, a senior official told Daily Times here on Tuesday.

4. Sepa official summoned in toxic dump
KARACHI, Jan 16: District and sessions judge, West, Syed Zakir Hussain, on Wednesday adjourned until Jan 21 the hearing of a case against a factory owner and others for dumping highly toxic industrial waste in an open area in Site town, as a result of which two children died and 15 others were injured.

5. Second parking plaza in Saddar planned: Over 1,700 shopkeepers to be relocated
KARACHI, Jan 16: On the directive of City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal, the city district government will construct another parking plaza, which will have a parking capacity for hundreds of vehicles, in Saddar area.

6. Many thoroughfares in bad shape
KARACHI, Jan 16: A number of thoroughfares of the city have been in dilapidated condition for long, causing immense inconvenience to both motorists and pedestrians.

7. Introduction of CNG buses delayed
PESHAWAR, Jan 15: The introduction of CNG buses planned to be on the city roads from mid-January has been delayed at least for a month.

8. President promises funds for K-IV: Three projects inaugurated
KARACHI, Jan 14: President Pervez Musharraf laid the foundation of three major development projects – the signal-free Corridor-II, Pakistan Steel Flyover and Bin Qasim Industrial Park – in the metropolis on Monday.

9. CM briefed on vehicle tracking system
KARACHI, Jan 13: Chief Minister Justice (Retd) Abdul Qadir Halepota has stressed the need for taking advantage of modern technology to curb crime.

10. Forty projects approved
ISLAMABAD, Jan 12: The Central Development Working Party of the Planning Commission on Saturday approved 40 development projects worth Rs69.3 billion.

11. 25,000MW hydel projects identified
LAHORE, Jan 12: Wapda chairman Muhammad Shakil Durrani says that about 25,000 Megawatt potential hydro-electric projects have been identified for starting work during the next five to six years.

12. Sindh rejects tariff offered for Thar power project: Centre accused of hurting investment prospects
ISLAMABAD, Jan 11: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) on Friday offered a 30-year indicative tariff of 7.8 cents per unit for a 1000MW coal-based power project in Thar on prime minister’s instructions. But, it was immediately rejected by the Sindh government.

13. Chinese firm to manage city’s solid waste for 20 years
KARACHI, Jan 11: A final agreement to privatise and hand over the city’s solid waste management to a Chinese firm for a period of 20 years was signed here on Friday night.

14. Threat posed by birds to aircraft underlined
KARACHI, Jan 11: Speakers at a seminar stressed that areas around airfields should be kept clean and free of garbage to avoid costly accidents caused by birds striking aircraft, adding that approximately 60 incidents of such ‘bird strikes’ occurred in the country annually.

15. Traffic mess irks citizens
KARACHI, Jan 11: Traffic mess has become a matter of routine on a key commercial route linking Saddar Town with Lyari Town via Lea Market and the relevant authorities seem to have no plans to control and manage the traffic.

16. Fifteen tonnes of imported toxic waste due today
KARACHI, Jan 11: At least 15 tonnes of toxic waste being "imported" from Europe is expected to land at the Port Qasim on Saturday, it is learnt here reliably.

17. Dense fog affects highway traffic
NAWABSHAH, Jan 11: A dense fog affected the vehicular traffic on the National Highway on Friday.

18. Hailstorm batters twin cities
ISLAMABAD, Jan 10: A massive hailstorm on Thursday hit the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad amidst heavy downpour as roadsides, greenbelts and the Margalla hills gave an aura of Murree-like snowfall.

19. Proposal to level CNG, petrol prices opposed
RAWALPINDI, Jan 10: The All Pakistan CNG Association has opposed the reported proposal of Planning Commission to bring CNG prices at par with that of petrol.

20. Three suffocate in mine
QUETTA, Jan 9: Three workers were suffocated when poisonous gas accumulated in a mine about 140km off here on Wednesday.

21. PM urges nation to curb use of vehicles
ISLAMABAD, Jan 8: In a bid to improve the energy supply situation, Prime Minister Mohammedmian Soomro on Tuesday appealed to the nation to reduce use of vehicles and save energy.

22. Coal selling like hot cakes
MUZAFFARGARH, Jan 7: With the loadshedding of natural gas and electricity, the latest thing which is hard to find in the market is coal here in Muzaffargarh.

23. Wapda, IPPs can’t pay for oil
ISLAMABAD, Jan 6: As the nation suffers from its worst-ever power cuts, about 250,000 metric tons of furnace oil available in the official reserves cannot be provided to the power-generation companies of Wapda and independent power producers (IPPs) because they cannot pay for it.

24. Gas supply to Peshawar areas suspended for whole day
PESHAWAR, Jan 4: The officials of the Sui Northern Gas Company on Friday set a dubious record by suspending the supply of gas to various localities of the provincial capital for the whole day.

25. Gas supply to 300 factories suspended
GUJRANWALA, Jan 3: The Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) removed 300 meters of industrial units and factories in the small industrial estate without assigning any reason to owners.

26. Fog causes disruption in flight schedule
PESHAWAR, Jan 3: Foggy weather disrupted air traffic as several flights coming to Peshawar from Karachi and Saudi Arabia had to be diverted to Lahore and Islamabad on Thursday, aviation officials said.

27. Load shedding of gas, power multiply problems of people
PESHAWAR, Jan 2: Hours-long disruption of electricity and gas supply and unabated surge in prices of wheat flour have made lives of the people in Peshawar and other parts of the province very miserable.

28. Commercial, industrial gas rates raised : 10pc hike for CNG stations
ISLAMABAD, Jan 1: The government on Tuesday increased natural gas rates for commercial and industrial sectors by an average seven per cent with immediate effect. However, domestic consumers have been exempted from the hike.

29. Privatisation of solid-waste management delayed
KARACHI, Jan 1: The process for handing over — or what observers describe as the privatisation of the city’s solid-waste management — to a Chinese firm has been delayed considerably due to the fact that a draft agreement in this regard has not be finalised and signed between the firm and the city government.

30. CNG price hike condemned
PESHAWAR, Jan 1: CNG consumers on Monday condemned a sharp increase in the price of CNG and termed it unjustified of the move of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority.

31. Fuel shortage may worsen power situation
ISLAMABAD, Dec 31: The electricity shortage that currently fluctuates between 1,000 and 3,000 megawatts is likely to worsen in a few days because of problems of transporting furnace oil and diesel through the railway system and other means.


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