Empowering Older People to Improve Lives

A three year long project has been launched for older people of district Shikarpur and Jacobabad, Inception workshop of the project concluded in Shikarpur

Shakeel Ahmed
Older people are most important aspect of a society; however they face number of financial problems in their later age. In order to support livelihoods of older people so that they can support themselves a project titled “Empowering Older people to improve lives” has been launched here in Shikarpur.
Empowering Older People to Improve Lives is a three year long project and will be delivered in 100 communities in 30 union councils of 6 sub districts of Shikarpur and Jacobabad districts in Sindh province.
The outcomes of this project will strengthen the voice and livelihood strategies of older men and women living in Shikarpur and Jacobabad districts. Older people’s participation in decision making process will be increased so that authorities and institutions can address and include older people needs and issues Older people do face difficulties in accessing social safety nets programs; this project will raise awareness so that older people are better equipped to access this support.
Government and private institutions will be sensitized to include older people in social protection and microfinance programs. In order to contribute in poverty reduction, older men and women will be supported through micro credit and livelihood skill trainings.
Poverty is one of the main threats to the wellbeing of older people in Pakistan, According to Global Age Watch Index Pakistan ranks 89th out of 91 countries with regards to the wellbeing of older people. Pakistan has such a low overall score due to particularly inadequate income security and a poor age-friendly enabling environment.
Age International in partnership with HelpAge International and Sindh Rural Support Organization (SRSO) is implementing a project “Empowering Older People to Improve Lives” in two districts of Sindh, Jacobabad and Shikarpur.
The project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund. The two project districts, Jacobabad and Shikarpur are situated in the north of the province with an estimated population of 1,622,348 (with 113,564 Older People). 90% of livelihoods in these districts are agro-livestock based with communities sowing two crops a year, the primary staple foods of wheat and rice. Both districts are prone to yearly monsoon and riverine flooding and were amongst the worst affected districts during the floods of 2010, 2011 and 2012 which resulted in significant loss of livestock, crops, houses and other livelihood infrastructure.
The project has been launched with an Inception workshop which has been organized from December 02-04, 2014 here in Shikarpur. Project staff along with other stakeholder actively participated in this three day long workshop.


Waheed Phulpoto
The big Joint rally was taken out by the activists belonging to Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F), Jamaat-e-Islami, Shikarpur Bachayo Tahreek, Jeay Sindh Quami Mahaz (JSQM) Jeay Sindh Mahaz (JSM) Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), All Pakistan Clerks Association (APCA) and other city associations here in protest against the incident of assassination of JUI-F Sindh Secretary General Dr. Khalid Mehmood Soomro on Friday after Jummaa prayer.
The rally was led by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F) leader Moulana Wali Ullah shah Amroti, Moulana Abdullah Panhwar, Moulana Ali Sher Brohi, Moulana Mujeeb-ul-Rahman Madni, Moulana Mushtaq Mahar, Jeay Sindh Quami Mahaz (JSQM) district President Abdul Sami Bilali, Jeay Sindh Mahaz (JSM) leader Asadullah Soomro, All Pakistan Clerk Association (APCA) leader Abdul Wahab Kaghize, Shikarpur Bachayo Tahreek district Chairman Miyan Zafar Ali Alvi, Jamaat-e-Islami local leader Advocate Ali Asghar Pahore, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) district shikarpur General secretary Dr. Bashir Ahmed Brohi.
The rally was started from Rustam chowk road which while marching on station road reached at Lakhi gate clock tower chowk here where it was turned in demonstration.
Addressing on the occasion the leaders of various parties strongly condemned the recent incident of the brutal murder of JUI-F leader by some terrorists at Sukkur and termed it as an action of terrorism against the religious sections aimed at creating the sectarianism and anarchy in the country.
The protesters have demanded of Federal and the provincial sindh government to arrest the real culprits involved in the murder case of JUI-F leader and other nationalist without any delay.
The protesters also demanded to take serious action against the target killers and stop their terrorist activities towards the insurance of protection of life, honour and property which were the prime responsibilities to be fulfilled by the government.
However they threatened to launch serious protest movements at country level if the real culprits of the JUI-F leader Dr. Khalid Mehmood Soomro were not arrested soon.


Waheed Phulpoto
The sindh cultural show was organized by Sumbara Scouts Open Group (Reg) Shikarpur here at district scout headquarter on Friday.
Petron Sumbara Scouts Open Group (Reg) Meer Ameer Ali Khan Jatoi was the chief guest on the occasion.
The Scotties played tabloes to introduce sindhi cultural and tradition. While on the occasion the musical concern and Variety program to reserve the participants.
The popular sindhi singers including Ayaz Sheikh, Nasir Sheikh, Sofi Sahib dino and others expressed their love with the mother land of sindh through singing their songs in respect of sindhi cultural and tradition.
Haji Shoukat Balcoh Founder Member of Sumbara Scouts Open Group, Haji Siraja Ahmed, Abdul Razzaq Lakho, Faiq Soomro, Aijaz Siddiqui, Owais Soomro, Mehmood Shahzado and several scouts’ members were also present on that occasion.
The large number of citizens participated in the function and enjoyed a lot.


Waheed Phulpoto
Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former MNA Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim Jatoi offered condolence with local journalist here on Thursday evening.
According to reports former MNA Dr Muhammad Ibrahim Jatoi condolences with journalist Naveed Ahmed Soomro for death of his brother in law Namely Nasurullah Soomro and expressed deep sorrow and offered Fateha khwani.
On that occasion he said that I am not joining Pakistan Peoples party that is baseless allegations he said and added that Pakistan Muslim league Nawaz (PML-N) is not cooperate with us he further said that Shikarpur sanitary system is very poor therefore masses of Shikarpur facing several hardship.
On that occasion Zahid Pahore and several activists were also present

DC Larkana refutes news about Polio cases

Imtiaz Gorar
The Deputy Commissioner Larkana Ghanwar Ali Leghari has said that there is no any Polio case in Larkana district, he refuted the news published in local news papers about the detection of Polio case in Larkana, he expressed these notions while speaking at training program of Medical Officers of Union Councils here at Circuit House Larkana on Wednesday.
DC Larkana told that serious efforts should be taken to uproot the Polio disease in country in this regard civil society and every individual will have to play his part for national cause to get rid of dangerous disease added that Larkana is Polio free district but despite of that we will have to expedite our efforts to fight against Polio and save the lives of innocent children to be paralyzed, he said.
Deputy Commissioner Larkana Ghanwar Ali Leghari said that despite of hectic efforts of government we have not overcome on Polio disease which posing big threat to new generation, we appeal to parents and representatives of civil society to get their children vaccinated and combat the dangerous Polio disease.
DHO Larkana briefed to DC about the upcoming Polio campaign to be started from 8 December to 10 December 2014 in Larkana district in which 0.3 million children will be administered anti Polio drops, complaining about the CMOs of Polio drive who are not seriously working in Polio campaign, should realize their responsibility and take dedicative efforts to ensure the vaccination to all children.
On the occasion representative of WHO Dr Akhtiar Ali Dayo, Assistant Deputy Commissioner Larkana !! Saifullah Abro, Assistant Commissioner Larkana Dr Masood Ahmed Bhutto, Dr Abdul Fatah Bughio and other concerned officials were present.
Mean while Deputy Commissioner Larkana Ghanwar Ali Leghari held press conference about the removal of illegal private Bus and Van stops and implantation of new POL prices after reduction in its tariff by OGRA and federal government, DC Larkana warned to all petrol pump owners to put into practice of new tariff Rs 85.12 to 85.50 otherwise stern action will be taken against the violators with punishment two year imprisonment, fine and sealing of pump station.
He said that on the directives of High Court of Sindh, all private Bus and Van stops (adas) in Larkana city will be shifted to new terminal to avoid the traffic issues and other problems.

Imtiaz Gorar
Larkana Mulana Rashid Mehmood Soomro son of martyred JUI F Secretary General Sindh Dr Khalid Mehmood Soomro has warned to rulers of Sindh to unveil the killers of his father, otherwise all roads leading to Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto will be blocked on 27th December 2014 on eve of death anniversary of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto by JUI F workers, he said this while addressing the mammoth rally at Jinah Bagh here on Friday
Mulana Rashid Mehmood Soomro said that ” we have vowed and pledged with blood of martyred JUI F Leader to continue his mission to protect the rights of poor Sindh people and safeguard the every inch of motherland, martyred Dr Khalid Mehmood Soomro sacrificed his life but did not bow down before any person, he said.
President JUI F District Larkana Rashid Mehmood Soomro ” I am proud of my father on embracing martyrdom,, he is alive, added that struggle will continue to reinforce the Islamic law in country, JUI F workers are ready to offer sacrifice for sack of Islam and country.
Rashid Soomro on the occasion announced to contest up coming general election against PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in Larkana.
Earlier JUI F took out the protest rally which started from Jamia Islamia Madarsa which marching through various roads reached at Jinah Bagh chok where activists of JUI F chanted slogans against the PPP Rulers, CM Sindh, Federal Interior Minister and others on their failure to arrest the involved culprits in murder of JUI F Secretary General.

A. Ghaffar Mahar
The 54th meeting of Advanced Studies & Research Board was held at Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur on Thursday, which was prtsided over by Prof. Dr. Parveen Shah, Vice Chancellor SALU.
Addressing the meeting, Dr. Shah said that research and development is our priority, we are significantly moving towards research and innovation.
She said that the Directorate of Post Graduate Studies (PGS) has been assigned to provide the guidelines to research scholars according to HEC parameters and minimum eligibility criteria.
The board approved the appointment as research gude of MS/M.Phil and PhD fileds those appointed are including Prof. Dr. Ghulam Abbas Shar,. Dr. Syed Asad Raza Abidi, Dr. Sajid Malik from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Dr. Mumtaz Hussain Mahar, Dr. Syed Feroz Ali Shah, Dr. Samina Isran, Dr. Aziz Ahmed, Dr. Hakim Ali Sahito, Dr. Zaib-un-Nisa Memon, Dr. Hassan Jawad Soomro, Dr. Syed Wajid Hussain Rizvi, Dr. Sumaiya Syed, Dr. Masihullah Jatoi, Dr. Gul Afshan Soomro Dr. Rahim Bux (Mahar Khadim) were appointed as Research Guide of MS/M. Phil and PhD in various fields.
The Board also recommended awarding the MS/M. Phil degree to Mr. Ghulam Ali Gabol, Mr. Waheed Ahmed Ghumro, Mr. Hidayatullah Pathan, Mr. Asif Raza Kanhar, Ms. Samreen Ansari, and Research Scholars in the fields of Political Science, Microbiology and Botany respectively.
The Board also appointed the various examiners to evaluate the thesis and conducting of Viva-Voce examinations in different fields and allowed extension in research periods for research scholars in different fields.
The Board allowed starting MS/M. Phil and PhD programs in the Department of Political Science. The synopses of various scholars were approved duly recommended by the Scrutiny Committees of various departments.
Prof. Dr. Miandad Zardari, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Main Campus, Prof. Dr. Yasmeen Faiz Kazi, Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Prof. Dr. Ghulam Murtaza Maitlo, Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences, Prof. Dr. Abdul Majeed Chandio, Prof. Dr. Mastoor Fatima Bukhari, Prof. Dr. Abdul Razzaque Mahar, Prof. Dr. Chandan Lal, Prof. Dr. Noor Ahmed Shaikh, Prof. Dr. Ghulam Mustafa Mashori, Prof. Dr. Nisar Ahmed Kanhar and others attended the meeting.

Farmers staged protest against low price of Sugar cane

Mansoor Pirzada
A large number of sugar cane farmers staged protests against low price of sugar cane at National Highway Ghotki and Ubauro here on Thursday.
Hundreds of the farmers flocked to the streets of cities and ended their protest at National Highway Ghotki and Ubauro, demanding the fair price of sugar cane purchase.
Talking to the media, protestors said that Sindh government had fixed sugarcane purchase price at Rs182 per 40kg for the crushing season 2014-15 in October but later Sindh government reduced the price to Rs155 per 40kg from Rs182.
Landlords Sattar Soomro, Ghulam Muhammad and other participants of the protests said that farmers have rejected the new official price of sugar cane; they further demanded if the price won’t be resorted they will accelerate their protest movement.


Sindh National Party will take out Shuhda-e-Sindh rally today from Gul center to press club for which arrangements have been finalized. The rally will be led by chairman SNP Amir Bhambhro, Ashraf Noonari, Dr,Uzma Jokhyo and Akhtar Sindhi.
Addressing the party meeting at Sindh House, Ashraf Noonari alleged that PPP government was also involved in dumping mutilated bodies of Sindhi youth.
He deplored that on one day we were collecting mutilated body of our children while on the other spokesman of chief minister was lambasting nationalist parties which statement was condemnable.
He said PPP government has failed to protect lives of people. The number of Sindhi youths killed under extra judicial killing in Sindh during PPP regime was more than dictators period. Statement of chief minister’s spokesmen against nationalists was tantamount to sprinkling salt on the wounds of 50 million Sindhis.
He said the silence of present government on killings of Sindhi national workers was also condemnable. He said PPP chairman was boasting of being Sindhi nationalist but he has also kept criminal silence which was sufficient to expose Bilawal Bhutto’s real face.


Department of medicines and allied sub specialties Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences is organizing its first annual medical symposium on Saturday and pre symposium workshop on Friday.
Theme of symposium is “paradigm shift in medicine”This was stated by professor Rafi Ahmed Ghori chairman, organizing committee accompanied with Dr. M. Iqbal Shah secretary of organizing committee, professor Bhikaram and Dr.Saroop Bhatia while addressing news conference here on Thursday.
He said more than 600 doctors including consultant specialists, medical officers, general practitioners and post graduate ahd under graduate medical students will participate in the event. More than 50 poster presentations by doctors and researchers of LUMHS and other institutes/medical colleges will be presented he said and added that senior and prominent professors of Karachi including professor Iqbal Afridi, professor Iqbal Memon, professor Sarwar Jamil Siddiqui, professor Bashir Hanif,professor Saeed Hamid, Dr. Muhammad Ali Memon and from Lahore professor Tahir Shafi, Shaikh Syed and professor Unaiza Naz will present their papers, They said that Sindh minister for health Dr. Mehtab Hussain Dahar will be chief guest,professor Mansoor Ahmed Kundi executive director higher education commission will be guest of honor while professor Noshad Ahmed Shaikh vice chancellor of LUMHS is patron in chief of symposium.
Professor Rafi Ahmed Ghori who is also professor of medicine emphasized changing trends in management of diseases which have improved outcome and prognosis of various diseases.Symposium will highlight on diseases with increasing number like chronic kidney diseases, hypertension (high blood pressure), and chronic hepatitis-C. Dr. Iqbal Shah said VC has priorities for meaningful research and incorporation of modern methods of management of diseases as well improvement in medical curriculum and examination system in university.
Symposium has 2 state of art lectures one dedicated in recognition of services of Professor Abdul Rab to be delivered by Dr.Samina Shah.


In a grand operation by Hyderabad police against criminals, in an encounter in jurisdiction of police station Husri, 2 alleged wanted accused Qadir Soomro and Abdullah were injured and arrested along with weapons and snatched motor bike.
Both are said to be wanted in 6 criminal cases and proclaimed offenders.In preliminary inquiry the detail of cases they were wanted was 10 cases in Thatta district, one case in Tando Jam, Husri 4, Rahuki 4 under offences of robberies, encounters with police, thefts, robberies and liberating accused from police. Baldia police on receiving information that few armed accused were spotted near new graveyard Ghumanabad with intention of robbery.
Police rushed to the scene and while seeing police approaching towards them tried to escape. However police foiled their attempt to flee and arrested 2 accused Rashid Ali Magsi resident of Islamia colony who was wanted in crime No.180/14 of Market police and Nadeem Rajput resident of Mullah Ismail road Goth with 2 pistols of 30 bore and magazines.
The arrested accused persons have confessed many a criminal activities committed in various police stations.
In Liaqat colony near Siddiq hotel armed accused injured a man on resistance of robbery. Sakhi Pir police on receiving information rushed to spot and arrested one Faqir Muhammad in injured.

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