Five localities of Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) including Chak Madad Khan, Gawalmandi, Gulshan-e-Nayyab, Chistiabad and Allahabad are facing acute water shortage for the last three days.

RCB sources told Daily Times on Wednesday that they were receiving an average 80 complaints of water shortage from these localities daily but of them only 20 percent were being attended. They said it was not possible for them to entertain all the complaints, as they had to provide water to other localities as well.

If the current rate of deforestation continues unabated, Pakistan will be forestless within a generation. The people who will be most immediately and severely hurt by the loss of forests are the local communities

City traffic wardens in collaboration with Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) launched a campaign against smoke-emitting public transport vehicles in Rawalpindi city on Wednesday.

The campaign started with testing of vehicles at GPO Chowk in Cantonment area.

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has notified Environmental Protection Regulations 2008 and will enforce them shortly to check growing environmental violations in the metropolis, CDA Environment Protection Cell (EPC) Deputy Director Sajjad Shah told Daily Times on Tuesday.

Rains in Karachi on Tuesday left seven people dead and several injured, while the entire power generation and distribution system of the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) collapsed, plunging almost 85 percent of the city into darkness.

The heavy downpour led to tripping of major feeders supplying electricity to the city.

The water inflow in the Indus River system has dropped to an alarming level of 281,000 cusecs per day from 500,000 recorded last week, and Indus River System Authority (IRSA) has asked the provinces to submit revised water requisitions by Wednesday, sources said on Monday.

The authority would start providing water to Punjab and Sindh according to the new water plan from August 1.

Around 99 percent of water supplied to the population is unfit for human consumption due to which over 200,000 children under five die from diarrhoea, typhoid fever, cholera and hepatitis A and E every year. Pakistan Council for Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) scientist Hifza Rasheed said this during a five-day training workshop titled "The challenges of sustainable water supply services' organised at the PCRWR Headquarters here on Monday. Sponsored by the Dutch government, the workshop was attended by a large number of mangers of water supply agencies from across the country.

More than 10,000 ethnic Hazaras protested in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, calling for President Hamid Karzai to resign over killings of their kin by rival Kuchi nomads.

The angry marchers sent police fleeing on the outskirts of Kabul, then chased them until hundreds of officers and soldiers blocked one of the main roads into the city, next to Kabul zoo. The marchers then sat down in the middle of the road until one of their leaders, parliamentarian Haji Mohammad Mohaqiq, addressed the crowd and persuaded them to peacefully disperse.

The era of cheap food for Asia is over as surging demand, supply problems and the growing production of biofuels will keep food prices high, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) warned Tuesday. In its latest Asia Economic Monitor report, the Manila-based lender warned that while previous food price surges were "cyclical and temporary,' the higher prices now being seen were caused by permanent changes. "This time, the impetus appears to come from persistently rising demand ...

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) on the recommendations of Federal Ombudsman Javed Sadiq Malik has prepared Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for sanitation and solid waste management. The CDA board has approved the SOP developed by the Directorate of Sanitation, according to a press release issued on Tuesday. The SOP is aimed at improving sanitation and solid waste management by establishing a framework for an organised and effective operation on daily basis. The implementation of the ombudsman recommendations are intended to deliver public health benefits to citizens.