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19 Dec 2014 description

QUETTA: Two more polio cases have been detected in Qila Abdullah and Nasirabad districts of Balochistan.

According to sources in the health department, 19 cases of the crippling disease have been reported so far this year from different parts of the province.

A polio vaccination campaign was suspended in Quetta on Nov 26 after a gun attack on polio workers in which four vaccinators, among them three women, lost their lives.

19 Dec 2014 description

KARACHI: Provincial health authorities on Wednesday confirmed another polio case in Sindh — a 10-month-old girl from Sanghar — bringing the tally to 28 cases this year.

Officials in the expanded programme on immunisation (EPI) in Sindh said Pooja, daughter of Umeedo of Sanghar district, was the latest victim whose stool samples were sent to the National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad three weeks ago.

She is the second polio victim from Sanghar district. A 2-year-old boy was the first victim whose infection was confirmed in July.

19 Dec 2014 description

KARACHI: In the wake of below average rainfall in Thar in recent years, the Sindh government has planned a series of water, food and livestock projects under a strategy to end water shortfall in the drought-hit desert district, it emerged on Wednesday.

Officials in the Sindh government said the death of 311 children in the drought-hit Thar, spread over 22,000-kilometres, prompted the urgency to build a series of water reservoirs in the desert. In this regard, an ‘efficient water resource management’ project was ordered by Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah.

19 Dec 2014 description

Aamir Yasin | Kashif Abbasi

ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI: While Islamabad police and Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) directed all school administrators on Wednesday to ensure security of students, there are over 50 schools in the federal capital which do not have boundary walls.

Following the attack on a school in Peshawar, FDE through an official letter told schools to deploy guards at the entrance gates and equip the guards with metal detectors to frisk visitors, keep gates closed and keep a record of private transporters who provide pick and drop service to students.

18 Dec 2014 description

D Suba Chandran
Director, IPCS

Can the Taliban become any further barbaric than this? Targeting a school, and killing more than 130 children?

18 Dec 2014 description

A low season planning meeting in Bhurban demonstrates the commitment of the Government of Pakistan to stopping polio transmission.

18 Dec 2014 description

Military operations (ongoing since June 2014) in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in Pakistan have led to the displacement of thousands of people to surrounding districts in Paktika and Khost provinces in Afghanistan. As of 15 December 2014, 38,916 displaced families have been assessed.
Response has been ongoing since 18 June 2014

18 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • General inflation in the region continued to slow, falling to 3.7 percent from 3.8 percent, while food price inflation was unchanged.

  • Nominal rice prices rose 7.7 percent in South Asia in October.

  • In Afghanistan retail prices for wheat and wheat flour fell by a respective 2 percent and 4.9 percent in expectation of an above-average harvest.

  • Rice prices in India rose 18 percent year-on-year.

18 Dec 2014 description
report CARE

Remembering the Tsunami: A Decade of Strengthening Humanitarian Response

Ten years ago, the global community faced what was one of the biggest tests of humanitarianism in recent history.

On Dec. 26, 2004, an earthquake rumbled off the coast of Indonesia, triggering a series of devastating tsunamis that struck 14 countries across the Indian Ocean. At least 228,000 people lost their lives and millions more were left homeless.

18 Dec 2014 description
report World Bank

Washington DC, December 16, 2014 ─ The World Bank today approved US$138 million additional financing to the Sindh Water Sector Improvement Project to further improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the irrigation water distribution system of three Area Water Boards (Ghotki, Nara and Left Bank) in the Sindh province.

17 Dec 2014 description
report Amnesty

The Pakistani government must resist giving in to fear and anger in the wake of the Peshawar school tragedy and maintain its moratorium on executions, Amnesty International said today after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged to restart executions for terrorism-related offences.

17 Dec 2014 description
report Times of India

Bharti Jain,TNN | Dec 16, 2014, 10.07 PM IST

NEW DELHI: Minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh seeking refuge in India will be granted a five-year long term visa (LTV) instead of a one-year visa, based on recommendation of the state government or UT administration. Besides, powers have been delegated to the FRRO/FRO to extend a short-term visa for this category of foreign nationals for a period of six months.

17 Dec 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK, 16 December 2014 – The massacre today of more than 100 children in an attack on a school in Pakistan, and the reported killing of at least 15 school girls in a car bombing in Yemen, mark a dark day in the closing weeks of a bleak year for children around the world.

There can be no justification for such unspeakable savagery against children as they go about the simple act of going to school, or against teachers as they work to educate them. Each life taken in Peshawar and Al Bayda today is a future lost forever.

16 Dec 2014 description

GENEVA (16 December 2014) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Tuesday condemned what he described as “an utterly despicable and incomprehensibly vicious attack on defenceless children” at a mixed school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

16 Dec 2014 description
report UN News Service

16 December 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the “blood-curdling attack” on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, which has cost the lives of at least 130 people, the vast majority of whom were children.

16 Dec 2014 description

Snapshot 10–16 December

Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.

Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.

16 Dec 2014 description
report Amnesty

Today’s Taliban attack on a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar shows a merciless disregard for human life and highlights the urgent need for protection of civilians in the area, Amnesty International said.

At least 126 people, mainly children, were killed when several armed men entered the school and began firing indiscriminately at students and teachers in one of the most shocking Taliban attacks in recent memory.

16 Dec 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 98,700 families (638,699 individuals) fled to Peshawar District from insecurity in Khyber Agency. 20,822 families are newly displaced.

  • Urgent funding of US$5.7 million needed to continue life-saving activities.

  • Infant deaths in Sindh mostly due to malnutrition-related complications from prolonged dry spell, poverty and lack of health services.

FIGURES

Estimated IDPs in KP and FATA (UNHCR) 1.4m

Expected returnees to FATA in 2015 500,000

16 Dec 2014 description

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan of $42.9 million to provide reliable irrigation for farmlands and non-cultivated lands in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan.

“Irrigated farmlands in FATA will boost productivity and enable farmers to earn higher incomes by producing higher-value crops, including vegetables,” said Donneth Walton, an ADB Principal Natural Resources and Agriculture Specialist. “This will reduce poverty and boost household food security.”