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Japan orders nuclear safety steps, plans energy review

Japan orders nuclear safety steps, plans energy review

TOKYO – Japan’s trade ministry ordered nuclear power plant operators to take immediate steps to improve emergency preparedness and will review energy policies to promote renewable sources and ease power shortages as it grapples with a nuclear safety crisis.
The ministry said on Wednesday that nuclear plants would be required by mid-April to deploy back-up mobile power generators and fire trucks able to pump water, while beefing up training programmes and manuals, aiming to avoid

COAL MINE BLAST – PILER concerned over lack of occupational health and safety policy

KARACHI – The Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) has expressed concern over an explosion due to accumulation of methane gas at the Sorange coal mine in Balochistan, resulting in the death of 45 of the 52 miners working at the mine at the time of the explosion. In a statement issued on Monday, PILER Executive Director Karamat Ali expressed serious concern over the absence of an effective occupational health and safety policy in the country, resulting in deaths

Wiki-cables voiced concern about IAEA’s Japanese safety chief in 2009

BEIJING – Eighteen months before Japan’s radiation crisis, US diplomats had lambasted the safety hief of the world’s atomic watchdog for ‘incompetence’, especially when it came to the nuclear power industry in his homeland, Japan. Cables sent from the US embassy in Vienna to Washington, which were obtained by WikiLeaks and reviewed by Reuters, singled out Tomihiro Taniuchi, until last year head of safety and security at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
“For the

Fears for safety of civilians in violence-hit Abidjan

ABIDJAN – Fears grew for the safety of civilians in this tense economic capital on Thursday as the violent standoff between Ivory Coast’s two rival presidents threatens to degenerate into full-scale civil war. A spokesman for the UN mission in Ivory Coast (ONUCI) said on Thursday that 18 people have been killed nationwide in the past week, bringing to 410 the number of fatalities since the end of last year.
Witnesses reported heavy gunfire overnight in several Abidjan districts

City govt goes for head start in spreading road safety awareness

KARACHI – Students from class I to IV in the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) schools will be taught about road safety, emergency, disaster and rescue issues in their curriculum. A sub-committee has also been formed by the CDGK’s Transport and Communication Department (TCD) while the CDGK will be supported by the NED University faculty and the Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Traffic.
According to the minutes of a recently held meeting, the TCD executive district officer

CDGK’s road safety campaign starts today

KARACHI – The City District Government Karachi (CDGK)’s two-day public awareness campaign on road safety will start today (Wednesday). According to a notification issued by the CDGK’s Transport and Communication Department (TCD) on Tuesday, the campaign is being held at problematic spots in the city for raising awareness on traffic and road safety. The campaign would be launched at PECHS College main bus stop on Wednesday 10 am, while on Thursday it would be launched at the same time

Champions League: Safety in familiarity

COMMENT – The UEFA Champions League football returns this week, for the second leg matches in the round of 16. Arsenal will be travelling to Spain to play Barcelona, while Shakhtar welcome Roma, for whom a period of transition is imminent, both on and off the pitch. The day after these ties, AC Milan will be looking to light up White Hart Lane against Tottenham, as Schalke welcome Valencia to Germany.
As tends to be the case, both in league and cup competitions, the home side

Saleh orders safety of demonstrators

SANAA – Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh ordered his forces Thursday to offer “full protection” to anti-regime protesters and loyalists alike, after 15 people died in an uprising against his rule. The move came as 28 MPs from his General People’s Congress (GPC) urged the president to implement a 10-point reform plan and the number rose to 11 of lawmakers from his ruling party who resigned.
Saleh instructed “all security services to thwart all clashes and prevent direct

Safety of Pakistanis in Egypt will be ensured: FO

ISLAMABAD – All Pakistanis in Egypt are safe and if needed, they will be rescued from the troubled country, said the Foreign Office here on Sunday.
The Foreign Office spokesman, Abdul Basit, in a statement, said there were at least 150 Pakistani families in Egypt and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and embassy in Cairo were in close contact.
He said the government of Pakistan would take every possible step to ensure the wellbeing and safety of Pakistani citizens.

Poor fire safety system inflamed Blue Area mall fire

ISLAMABAD – The fire erupted at a shopping centre in Islamabad’s Blue Area on Sunday was broke out due to short circuit but it could have been averted, if the building had proper inbuilt fire safety system. “Fire broke out due to short circuit at the control room of a private office and it could easily be controlled if Co2 cylinder and Dry chemical Powder (DCP) were poured over the fire, which did not exist in the building”,
Additional Director Fire brigade Zafar Iqbal told

CPJ concerned for Sherry’s safety

NEW YORK – The Committee to Protect Journalists is greatly concerned over public threats made to journalists and National Assembly member Sherry Rehman. The government has stepped up security for Sherry after she supported a bill in the National Assembly to amend the blasphemy law. The changes include the repeal of the law’s mandatory death penalty.
“Sherry Rehman’s life straddles the worlds of journalism and politics like few others in Pakistan.
Even with the government’s

India-South Africa series drawn – Gambhir guides India to safety

CAPE TOWN – India validated their ranking as the number one team in Test cricket when they drew the third and final Test and earned a share of the series against second-ranked South Africa at Newlands here on Thursday.
Opening batsman Gautam Gambhir guided India to safety with a cautious innings of 64. Set to make an improbable 340 to win, India were 166 for three when play was called off with eight overs remaining.
It was the first time in five tours of South Africa that

Rescue 1122 to mark 2011 as – YEAR OF SAFETY

LAHORE – The Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122 will mark 2011 as a year of safety by preventing the maximum number of emergencies, Rescue 1122 Director General Dr Rizwan Naseer said on Monday. He was speaking at a press conference at the Emergency Services Academy.
Naseer said that community safety initiatives would be implemented through district emergency boards in collaboration with chambers of commerce & industry, district governments and community emergency response

NH&MP declares 2011 as ‘Year of Road Safety’

LAHORE – The National Highways & Motorway Police (NH&MP) N-5 Central has decided to declare 2011 as the “Year of Road Safety”, NH&MP Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Syed Ibne Hussain said on Monday while chairing a meeting of senior officers at the agency’s zonal office.
Hussain asked officers to perform their duties efficiently in foggy conditions and educate people about road safety measures for minimising chances of any untoward incidents.
He said that reducing accidents

Road safety week starts

LAHORE: National Highway and Motorways Police (NH&MP) on Wednesday observed the start of road safety week in connection with the efforts to reduce accidents and creating awareness among commuters regarding traffic rules and regulations at training institutes in Sheikhupura and Lahore. Delegations from stake holders like Rescue 1122, Nestle, Shell, transporter associations, students from universities, colleges, school and people from different walks of life, especially who suffered

Safety tips for driving in fog

LAHORE: With the start of the fog season, National Highways & Motorway Police (NH&MP) has started adopting extraordinary preventive measures to avoid fog-related accidents. NH&MP Inspector General Dr Wasim Kauser, while presiding over a meeting about the safety arrangements on national highways & motorways held at IG camp office Thoker Niaz Baig, said that the motto of ‘safety first’ should be kept in mind before boarding a vehicle one should check car lights and wipers.
He said