A Family Ski Adventure in the HimalayasBy Jeffrey Gettleman Jan. 14, 2019 The New York Times

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Last winter, as I was riding in a car with my family through the Kashmir Valley, the driver’s phone rang. He listened carefully before frowning. “What’s going on?” I asked. “Man killed in avalanche.” “Who?” “A Russian, skier, went by helicopter.” “Where?” I asked . “Where else?’’ The driver shrugged. “Gulmarg.” Gulmarg. That’s exactly where I was taking my family …

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Storm Florence: Heavy flooding cuts off Wilmingtonbbc.co.uk


The coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina, has been cut off from the rest of the state because of heavy floods following Hurricane Florence. Officials say all roads in and out are now impassable and have warned evacuated residents to stay away. About 400 people have been rescued from flood waters in the city, described as an island within the …

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Parched for a Price: Karachi’s Water CrisisBy Asad Hashim - Al Jazeera (Aug 21, 2018)


KARACHI, Pakistan – Orangi is a maze, a spider’s web of narrow, winding lanes, broken roads and endless rows of small concrete houses. More than two million people are crammed into what is one of the world’s largest unplanned settlements here in western Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city. But Orangi has a problem: it has run out of water. “What water?” …

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Opinion | Editorial Choking on Air in New DelhiBy THE EDITORIAL BOARD (NOV. 12, 2017) The New York Times


One year after a record-breaking toxic haze blanketed New Delhi, prompting school closings, car pileups and flight delays, the smog is back and it’s worse than ever. It has reached levels nearly 30 times what the World Health Organization considers safe, or the equivalent of smoking more than two packs of cigarettes a day. On Tuesday, the Indian Medical Association …

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In coal-focused Pakistan, a wind power breeze is blowingRina Saeed Khan (July 23, 2017) Reuters


ISLAMABAD (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Pakistan is beginning to reap the benefits of Chinese investment in renewable energy infrastructure, with the opening of the first wind power project constructed as part of the huge China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, aimed at overhauling the country’s transport and energy systems. The nearly 50 megawatt wind farm is located on over 680 acres (275 hectares) …

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‘Horrible Tragedy’ as Fuel Tanker Fire in Pakistan Leaves at Least 150 DeadBy SALMAN MASOOD JUNE 25, 2017

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A tanker truck caught fire and exploded after overturning on a road in eastern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least 150 people and seriously injuring at least 100 others after they rushed toward the vehicle to collect spilled and leaking fuel. The authorities were investigating what had caused the driver to lose control, leading the tanker to …

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First Pakistan-owned wind power project starts operationBy APP

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BEIJING, Jun 24: The first Pakistan-owned early-harvest wind power project constructed under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework has started commercial operation after passing required assessments. The 49.5MW facility developed by Sachal Energy Development (Private) Limited over 680 acres of land in the Jhimpir Wind Corridor in Sindh province was wholly financed by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. …

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Drink to death – By: Naseer Memon (The News, 5th Feb 2017)A judicial commission’s finding reveals slow poisoning of people through supply of contaminated water in Sindh

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Only two days after the Chief Minister Sindh, sitting inside a cozy drawing room near Manchar Lake, rhetorically claimed that supply of safe drinking water to the people of Sindh is being ensured, a flabbergasted head of the judicial commission on drinking water wondered how people of Sindh are alive after drinking sewage every day. The Supreme Court constituted one-member …

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Scores dead in heavy snowfall in Afghanistan, Pakistan05 Feb 2017 Al Jazeera


Scores of people have been killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan by heavy snow and avalanches that hit mountainous areas in the region, officials said. More than 100 people have been killed across Afghanistan, including 50 in Nuristan province, officials said Sunday, warning the death toll could rise still further. At least 54 people were killed in northern and central Afghan …

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Trump meets with Princeton physicist who says global warming is good for usBy Chris Mooney The Washington Post (Jan 14, 2017)


Yes, Donald Trump met with Al Gore. But on Friday, according to the Trump transition team, the president-elect also met with William Happer, a Princeton professor of physics who has been a prominent voice in questioning whether we should be concerned about human-caused climate change. In 2015 Senate testimony, Happer argued that the “benefits that more [carbon dioxide] brings from …

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The deserted communityBy: Naseer Memon (The News, 8th January 2017)


Thar desert is known for its serene natural beauty, mesmerising sand dunes, fearlessly roaming peacocks, parched land, abject poverty and an impressive epitome of inter-faith harmony. During the recent years, Thar has emerged as the energy basket of Pakistan. Traces of carbonaceous material were detected when the Sindh Arid Zone Development Authority (SAZDA) and the British Overseas Development Administration (ODA) …

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Chinese firm to start cleaning up Karachi by early FebruaryImtiaz Ali | Imtiaz Mugheri (Dawn Newspaper) Dec 30, 2016

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Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah met with chairman Fan Manguao of the Changyi Kangjie Sanitation Group, the firm recently contracted to provide garbage clean-up and disposal services in Karachi, in China on Friday During the meeting, the company assured CM Shah that they would start their work in two districts of Karachi by the last week of January. …

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Why Astola is a Hidden Gem of PakistanAbbas Ali Toor (dawn.com)

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Everyone is familiar with the beauty of Pakistan’s northern areas, but few have taken the time to discover the mesmerising charm of the country’s coast in the south. I had never thought of exploring the coast either, until I met the famous British adventurer Tracy Curtin-Taylor who told me that she had never witnessed a coastline this beautiful. I planned …

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Changing minds for climate changeBy Nasir Ali Panhwar The Express Tribune December 19, 2016

Changing minds for climate change was the title of four day international conference organised by the Pakistan-US Alumni Network (PUAN) in Islamabad recently. PUAN is the alumni network of the students and professionals, who have participated in US government sponsored exchange programmes. With more than 19,000 alumni across Pakistan, PUAN is one of the largest alumni networks in the world. …

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Justice for Houbara BustardsBy Naeem Sadiq The News International (Dec 15, 2016)

By the time this article appears in the press, some 1,000 Houbara Bustards will have been officially annihilated by our friends from the Arab world. These massacres, most obsequiously facilitated by the Pakistan government factually end up killing many more innocent birds than the permitted limit. Only two years ago, a prince went on a rampage killing 2,000 Houbara Bustards …

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Arab sheikhs banned from bustard hunts by Pakistani provinceJon Boone Guardian UK


One of Pakistan’s four provinces has banned Arab sheikhs from hunting a protected species of bird, defying Islamabad’s longstanding policy of giving hunting licences to key regional allies. Swaths of habitat used in the winter by the migratory houbara bustard are allocated in blocks to the some of the most senior people in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia …

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People outraged as Karachi authorities poison at least 700 stray dogsReuters

Poisoned  Dogs (RT.com)

Pakistanis are shaming Karachi authorities over their poisoning of at least 700 stray dogs. City officials counter that the canines bite thousands of people yearly, and there is no other way to curb the problem. The poisoning of dogs got a fierce reaction from social network users, with most of them being outraged at the authorities’ actions. “Just bloody horrible”, …

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Public Slaughter of Animals Gives Rise to Deadly Viral InfectionsDawn Newspaper Sept 18, 2016


In most Western (and, in fact, Muslim) countries, it is unlawful to slaughter animals in homes, on roads, in public spaces or residential areas. This can be done only in designated areas approved as slaughterhouses and located well away from human dwellings. These purpose-built premises include facilities for the housing and movement of the animals; veterinary care; professional slaughtering equipment …

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Indians demand government action after temperatures hit 51CVidhi Doshi & Jon Boone May 20, 2016 Guardian UK

Heat in Indo Pak
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Mumbai/Islamabad: Residents of a city in the north-west of India have called for government action as temperatures reached 51C (123.8F), the highest the country has experienced since records began. Phalodi, in the desert state of Rajasthan, is suffering an unprecedented medical crisis as a result of the record temperatures, which are high even by local summer standards and which smashed …

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Presenting Thar’s caseBy Naseer Memon The News May 16, 2016

Thar peacock

Once adored for its stunning landscape, dancing peacocks, serene wilderness, tapestry of colourful traditional attire, melody of Mai Bhagi, swirling sand, fascinating temples and majestic sand dunes, Thar has now emerged as an axis of hunger, malnutrition, abject poverty and unrelenting deaths of children. Tune in to any Sindhi tv channel and death toll in Thar with heart-rending footage marks …

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