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Sikh organisations send rice bags for flood survivors

Sikh organisations send rice bags for flood survivors

KARACHI: The Unite Sikh, Sri Guru Singh Sabha and United Sikhs of Thailand, the international organisations have sent a container of 25,000 kilograms of rice for the flood survivors as a token of support.
The container was handed over to the National Trust for population Welfare (NATPOW) chairperson, Senator Suriya Amiruddin on Sunday. The container containing 2,500 rice bags – 10 Kgs each, would be distributed among the flood victims in Kyber-Phaktoonkhwa and three worst

LUMS throws Hi-tea for flood relief

LAHORE: The Lums Flood Relief Drive Hi-Tea was a fund raising event hosted by the students and faculty of the Lahore University of Management Sciences and included the Vice Chancellor, faculty members, CEOs of prominent companies, and members of the Lums Flood Relief Drive council.
Lums Flood Relief Drive is a joint initiative by the students and faculty members of LUMS, with an aim to rehabilitate, educate and to empower the flood affectees on a long term basis. Work has already

World braces for WikiLeaks flood of US cables

WASHINGTON: Governments around the world on Saturday braced for the release of millions of potentially embarrassing US diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks as Washington raced to contain the fallout.
The whistle-blower website is expected to put online three million leaked cables covering US dealings and confidential views of countries including Australia, Britain, Canada, Israel, Russia and Turkey.
US diplomats skipped their Thanksgiving holiday weekend and headed to foreign

Sindh will propel public and private firms to help flood victims

KARACHI: Dejected by the weak response from international donors, the Sindh government is planning to mobilise public and private firms, both local and international, for the reconstruction of flood-hit areas in the province, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Governments of Sindh and Punjab have slashed down their development and non-developmental expenditures by Rs 45 billion and Rs 30 billion, respectively following almost zero response from the international community.

Flood Tax Bill soon to be tabled in Sindh Assembly: Qaim Ali Shah

ISLAMABAD: The legislation on imposing the Flood Tax will be presented in the Sindh Assembly for approval in the next few days, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said on Sunday.
Giving a presentation on mobilising additional resources for the flood victims of the province at the Pakistan Development Forum (PDF), he said that the intended Flood Tax would be a surcharge and collected in addition to the existing provincial taxes, fees and provincial levies.
Although there was

Flood tax for six months, says Gilani

LAHORE: The flood tax will be levied for a six-month initiatory period and the government has redressed all reservations of the provinces over the Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST) before presenting the bill in parliament, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Saturday.
He was talking to the media here Saturday in a private hospital after visiting Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) veteran leader and Senator Gulzar Ahmed Khan. Gilani said that there was no foreign pressure on the

Cabinet approves flood tax, GST

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Wednesday approved the reformed General Sales Tax (GST) Bill and a one-time imposition of the flood tax amidst tough resistance from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).
The MQM ministers did not even follow the prime minister’s request not to make their opposition public and let a message of unanimity be passed on. After the meeting, Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Dr Farooq Sattar went public, saying the MQM did not support the cabinet

Sindh sets up new dept for rehab of flood victims

KARACHI: On the directive of President Asif Ali Zardari, a new provincial department for rehabilitation of flood victims has been established with Muzaffar Shujra as its first minister while it has also been decided to post Syed Asad Ali Shah as the Sindh Bank president.
President Zardari during his meeting with the Sindh government high-ups has issued directives that for a speedy rehabilitation of flood victims in the province, a separate department would be established. And

WFP to halve food supplies to flood victims from tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: Shortage of funds will force the World Food Programme (WFP) to cut 50 percent of its food supplies to flood victims from November 1, while it may roll back the operation completely by December.
“The WFP has extreme shortage of funds, as fresh funding is not available and we have no choice apart from cutting down our supplies by 50 percent. In fact we have stocks for November only. Now in this scenario we have made a strategy to cut down the food supplies to make them

LCWU should send students for flood relief: Taseer

Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer on Tuesday hailed the efforts of the students of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore and Taxila for helping the flood survivors of Hajipura and Nawabpura, and urged the Lahore College for Women’s University vice chancellor to also send her students to the flood-affected areas for rehabilitation work.
Addressing the 8th Convocation of the LCWU, Taseer said that during the floods, the whole nation showed unity and

UN, donors hold back flood aid commitments

The United Nations and major donor countries have not yet provided the committed amount of money to Pakistan to support flood relief and rehabilitation in the country, leaving millions of affected people in distress, sources told Pakistan Today on Sunday.
The major donor countries had committed 1.87 billion dollars in assistance, while the UN had raised about $500 million for Pakistan. But so far, neither the UN nor the donors have provided any significant amount to

Senators spin money out of flood relief

Indifferent to the suffering of flood-hit people across the country, some ruling parties’ senators have been busy smuggling luxurious items into the country under the guise of relief goods for the affected people.
An official of the Customs told Pakistan Today that he had witnessed luxury goods worth Rs 2.3 billion get cleared by the authorities under the pretext of flood relief aid, in a single day of duty.
There was no record or a check and balnce on other

Taseer calls to join flood relief campaign

Punjab Governor Salman Taseer invited political workers from all political parties to join the Suraj Campaign to reconstruct houses in flood-hit areas, while addressing the press on Friday after a meeting with the vice chancellors and rectors of 42 private and public sector universities of Punjab and representatives from Chambers of Commerce.
He told the journalists that the meeting aimed at mobilizing the educational institutions to play their role in Suraj

Flood survivors from Sindh feel neglected in Shahdara

LAHORE: Someone once said that Punjab is mother, and a mother feeds without discrimination. Having similar thought in mind, a group of flood victims made their way to Lahore in search for life.
It is needless to explain what all they lost in flood but it is important to explain what they did not; it was courage. Six families got aboard a flood effectee train and found themselves in Lahore without shelter, without money – but with hope.
The families left their home village

Iran provides goods for flood relief

Provincial Minister for Food and Industries Chaudhary Abdul Ghafoor received 10 containers comprising 200 tons of food, cloths, blankets, food cartons, tents and mineral water bottles through Iranian Consul General Nikan Qami. The Iranian Council General personally handed over the keys of containers to Provincial Minister.
The Iranian council general said that the Iranian government will provide all possible support to Pakistan in its hour of need. Ghafoor thanked the

Rice profits stable despite flood losses

LAHORE: Pakistan’s rice export is likely to fall by approximately 0.6 million tons this year due to the loss of crops in the wake of the heavy floods the country has endured. But exporters are hopeful that higher rice prices on the global markets will compensate for the reduction in the output.
Pakistan, the world’s fifth-largest rice exporter, will likely export some 4.0 to 4.2 million tons of rice in 2010-11 as compared to 4.6 million tons rice shipped in 2009-10.