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September 07, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. Indus Highway flooded by water from Manchhar
• Although water levels in the Manchhar Lake and its connected waterways dropped slightly, water gushing out of the latest cuts made in the freshwater lake inundated the Indus Highway on September 6, 2022.
• A bridge near the Sehwan toll plaza was damaged by the torrents, while a 30km stretch of the highway has been closed for traffic, officials said.
• Motorway Police official Saqib Ahmer told that barriers had been installed on the road and commuters have been advised not to use this route
• Word of a fresh breach in the Main Nara Valley Drain (MNVD)at RD-10 on Tuesday may have come as `good news` for the people of Dadu and Jamshoro, who could now look forward to a decline in water levels as the amount of discharge from the Manchhar Lake was starting to show signs of reduction.
2. Turkiye sends another train for flood relief
• Türkiye (formerly Turkey) on September 6, 2022 dispatched its third flood relief goods train from Ankara for Pakistan.
• The country had earlier sent its first relief goods train to Pakistan on Aug 30, followed by the second on Sept 1.
• `Turkiye has sent the third train carrying relief goods for the flood-hit people. Now all three trains are on their way to Zahedan (Iran) where Pakistan Railways (PR) authorities will receive them one by one and shift the goods to Taftan and then Dalbandin after transshipment of the goods. The first train has already entered Iran`s territory and is likely to reach Zahedan on Sept 9 and Taftan/Dalbandin on Sept 12,` an official source told Dawn on Tuesday
3. PDMA to work in concert with NGOs in Balochistan
• The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) of Balochistan will coordinate with the non-governmental organisations engaged in flood relief so that they could reach the regions where their assistance was needed the most, the chief minister`s adviser on Home and Tribal Affairs said after a meeting with the NGO heads on September 6, 2022.
• The representatives of NGOs briefed Mir Ziaullah Langove, the adviser, about their work in different districts.
• Mir Langove later told a press conference that rains and floods had robbed the poor of their livelihood and displaced over 1.5 million people.
• `Since Pakistan is not a developed country, it cannot cope with this emergency alone. Balochistan badly needs assistance from NGOs because it`s the least developed province in the country,` Mir Langove said.
4. Balochistan govt appoints female deputy commissioner
• The Balochistan government on September 6, 2022 appointed a female officer to serve as deputy commissioner of Nasirabad district with an immediate effect replacing the outgoing deputy commissioner Mohammad Hussain.
• Enaineer Ayesha Zehri assumed her new responsibilities, after a notification was issued by the Services and General Administration regarding her appointment.
• It was the first time in the administrative history of Balochistan that a female officer was appointed as deputy commissioner of any district in the province
5. GB govt offers soft loans to students
• The Gilgit-Baltistan government has approved schemes under its entrepreneurship programme for students.
• Announcing the schemes, GB chief secretary Mohiyuddin Ahmed Wani said Rs25 million had been approved to provide soft loans to the budding students, entrepreneurs and freelancers to buy laptops and start their small businesses. He said the IT sector was the future of Pakistan and the GB government`s dream was to provide freelancing workforce to the world from GB.
• Meanwhile, the Jutial Sports Complex was formally inaugurated in Gilgit on September 6, 2022