The first phase of a program aimed at teaching the Chinese language to youth in Thar has been completed with heartening results.
A top official of Sino Sindh Resources Private Limited (SSRL), a local subsidiary of Shanghai Electric, said that dozens of boys and girls in Thar Block-1 are getting proficient in the Chinese language.
Children of local villagers in Thar Block-1 are being taught the Chinese language by qualified teachers under a long-term program initiated by SSRL. The project which SSRL is carrying out in collaboration with the Confucius Institute, University of Karachi was inaugurated a few months ago.
The first session has been recently completed and the results are quite heartening. Both boys and girls have now become familiar with the Chinese language. The second session has commenced recently.
To encourage the students trophies and medals and gifts for the top ten will be distributed during the second session.
“Such initiatives are the need of times as the local youth are being equipped with an additional skill which will help them in establishing themselves in the future,” commented Li Jigen, SSRL’s CEO.
“We have initiated this project to help local kids learn the Chinese language. This skill will be an added tool for them once they enter professional life.
“Dedicated Chinese teachers from Confucius Institute have been employed to impart Chinese language to local kids. These classes are helping the local residents of Thar in overcoming the language barrier,” he added.
A total of 30 boys and 30 girls from local schools of Thar are attending these classes. The classes are being held in three different schools. On weekends the teachers are teaching the Chinese language to local employees of SSRL, which is working on a Coal-electricity integration project in Block 1 of Thar Coalfield. It is a China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) priority implementation project.

Agriculture Experts, academicians, representatives of research institutes, and progressive growers have expressed concern over the ‘Panama Fusarium wilt’ attack on the banana crop in Sindh and suggested training farmers and taking precautionary measures to protect crops from potential disease while recommending the government of Sindh take practical steps to prevent such diseases from entering the country through agricultural commodities from other countries, and urges that the agricultural varieties must be quarantined before planting such commodities.

An important meeting of all stakeholders was held at the University committee room and was presided by Dr. Fateh Marri, Vice-Chancellor, Sindh Agriculture University (SAU) Tando Jam, the meeting was attended by experts from different agricultural and research institutes. Prof. Dr. Rehana Naz Syed of Sindh Agricultural University, Khalid Rajput, an expert in Agriculture Research Sindh, and Ph.D. Scholar, Naimat Ullah Koondhar, spoke on various aspects of the banana crop and gave a detailed briefing on disease surveys, research, and statistics of disease-affected areas in banana growing districts.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Fateh Marri, Vice Chancellor, SAU, said that Sindh is the 87% banana-producing province of Pakistan but ‘Panama Fusarium wilt’ is proving to be as dangerous as Bunchy-top virus for bananas. While seasonal effects have also damaged banana production capacity, he said that experts advise farmers to prevent or eliminate the effects of the disease; he also suggested that a forum based on all stakeholders including agricultural institutions, experts, and farmers of Sindh should be formed to address these issues.

Mr. Fayyaz Ahmed, who is associated with the private sector and food industry, said that to save bananas, new resistant commodities have to be introduced, for the development of the food industry; the private sector will cooperate with Sindh Agriculture University.

Mahmood Nawaz Shah Leader of Sindh Aabadgar Board (SAB) said that such diseases were spreading in the province due to non-quarantine and non-diagnosis of agricultural commodities coming from abroad; the Sindh government will have to take steps to prevent this.

Syed Nadeem Shah, a progressive Grower said that in case of risk of disease, a modern laboratory should be established for early diagnosis and farmers should be made aware of the disease, in areas where the disease is severe, precautionary measures need to be taken.

Agriculture Expert, Prof. Muhammad Mithal Jaskani said that tissue cultured plants are free from diseases but in ‘Panama Fusarium wilt’ affected areas, the tissue culture plants can also be affected by the disease, therefore it is necessary to develop immune plants and commodities.

Prof. Dr. Abdul Mubeen Lodhi, Director of Advanced Studies, said that the disease was causing rapid destruction of bananas, adding that emergency measures were needed to eradicate the affected plants and protect existing orchards; it also requires government cooperation with research institutes.

Dr. Muhammad Ismail Kumbhar, Director, University of Advancement and Financial Assistance, Dr. Mehboob Siyal, Director, Nuclear Institute of Agriculture, Dr. Raza Memon and Dr. Javed Asghar, Prof. Dr. Manzoor Ali Abro, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim Khaskheli, Jammuon Mal, Manager Asim Agriculture Farm were also present.

Sindh Health Minister Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho inaugurated the new mortuary at Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU).

The provincial health minister was received by Vice-Chancellor JSMU Professor Amjad Siraj Memon along with Executive Director Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center Professor Shahid Rasul, Registrar JSMU Dr. Azam Khan, Principal SMC-JSMU Professor Ghulam Sarwar Qureshi, Principal IPS-JSMU Huma Ali, Principal SIOHS-JSMU Zubair Abbasi, Dean SIOH-JSMU Yawar Ali Abidi, Dr. Sonu Mal, Senior Lecturer Forensic Medicine Dr. Jamila Qazi, Medico-legal officer JPMC Dr. Samia Tariq, Qazi Shabbir, and others.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Amjad Siraj Memon gave a detailed tour of the facility and briefed them about the mortuary’s state-of-the-art infrastructure. He further added that the JSMU mortuary is designed not only for preserving human bodies and Autopsy practice, but will also serve the purpose of increasing training opportunities for medico-legal professionals and students within the forensic mortuary practice.

While inaugurating the facility, Dr. Azra Pechuho praised the JSMU leadership in adding to the health facilities in the province. Sindh Health Department is working to improve and renovate the mortuaries in Sindh government hospitals, she added.
Jinnah Sindh Medical University’s new mortuary is a state-of-the-art facility.

The contemporary and easily accessible JSMU Mortuary has installed modern chillers for storing up to seven human bodies. It also includes a fully equipped autopsy suite with two procedure tables. Right above the autopsy suite, a specially designed gallery allows for in person observation of a post-mortem procedure.

The gallery is accessible from inside the University and can accommodate up to 50 people at a time. Medical students, forensic experts, and medico legal officers can benefit from this facility. The building also contains a reception and office space for medico legal and forensic personnel.

Sindh Education and Literacy Minister Jam Mahtab Hussain officially launched the Sindh Non-Formal Education Policy (NFE) on Wednesday. The NFE was earlier approved by Sindh Cabinet on October 5, 2017. School Education and Literacy Department (SELD) Secretary Iqbal Durrani, USAID Deputy Mission Director John Smith-Sreen and representatives of other development agencies like UNICEF and JICA attended the event.

Regularised teachers include those who cleared NTS test for contractual appointment as well as those who cleared Sindh and Iqra University tests


Following several violent police crackdowns and baton charge on Sindh teachers protesting for regularisation and promotions for the past several; days, the province’s chief minister has finally issued directives for the regularisation of 21,000 teachers, besides approving promotion of others.

The never-ending tussle between centre and provinces over power has again come to the fore 


The cold war between the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan and provincial educational authorities is seeing another battle, as both Punjab and Sindh provinces have directed vice chancellors of public sector universities in their jurisdiction not to attend a VCs’ conference called by HEC in Lahore.

Following the loss of humanitarians extraordinaire Abdul Sattar Edhi and Dr Ruth Pfau within a span of a few months, Pakistan has lost another one of its hidden gems. Leelavati Harchandani, commonly known as Dadi Leela, remained a devoted advocate for girls’ right to education throughout her life spanning over a 100 years. Born on December 201, 1916, Dadi Leela passed away on September 14, 2017 following a prolonged illness.