At least 84 Farmer Organizations (FOs) have decided 603 out of 744 cases received concerning to water relevant disputes from July 2007 to March 2008, Punjab Irrigation and Drainage Authority (PIDA) officials said here on Monday.

The licence of manufacturing of 17 out of 24 cement factories in country has expired, official documents obtained by The Nation revealed. A report prepared by the Pakistan Standard Quality and Control Authority (that renews licence) shows that the manufacturing licence of 17 companies has expired.

The Punjab Food Department has not only failed to ensure prompt supply of gunny bags to the farmers, the growers are also not getting the right price of their produce at the wheat procurement centres throughout the province due to mismanagement and negligence of the authorities concerned.

Millions of displaced Baloch and Pushtoon people are living like refugees in worst condition due to the ongoing military operation in various parts of Balochistan and Waziristan while about 17,000 Kashmiris are still in refugee camps at the Pakistani side of the LoC, said a study report prepared by different NGOs. According to the report, the number of displaced people in Pakistan has increased during the year 2007 and they are still living in a refugee-like condition in their own country.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who belives that the food crisis had reached emergency proportions, is considering to convene a world summit to discuss how to respond to the crisis, his spokesperson said Thursday. "Yes, that is exactly what he is considering," spokesperson Michele Montas said when asked whether the UN chief plans to hold a gathering of world leaders to find ways to respond to the grave problems of food availability and high prices that have led to protests and tensions in many countries.

7 parking lots allowed at green belts NAVEED BUTT ISLAMABAD- As many as seven organisations have been allowed parking of vehicles at green belt areas in Islamabad, Law Minister Farooq H Niak told the National Assembly on Monday.

Chinese Co may resume work on Thar coal project RAMZAN CHANDIO KARACHI - The Mines and Mineral Department of the Sindh government has made a comprehensive plan to utilise the natural resources of province while three large granite factories would be set up in Nagarparkar of Tharparker and 30 percent energy will be produced from the coal reserves by 2030, the senior official told The Nation.

TB control plan being accelerated FOZIA AZAM ISLAMABAD - The Ministry of Health has accelerated tuberculoses (TB) control programme with an overwhelming assistance of the foreign donors, including the World Health Organisation, which has contributed almost three quarters of the overall project cost of Rs 6 billion.

Vaccination importance highlighted KARACHI, April 8 (APP) - Eradication of small pox and the marked decrease in cases of diphtheria, whooping cough, and polio are testimony to the role vaccines have played in preventing life-threatening illnesses. This was stated by Secretary-General Pakistan Pediatric Association Dr. M.A. Arif, at a forum to discuss importance and value of vaccination as a preventive measure against diseases, safeguarding the future of children in Pakistan.

WWF holds conservation carnival Our Staff Reporter Karachi - World Wild Fund (WWF)-Pakistan's Nature Carnival in collaboration with Global Conservation Organisation (GCO) organised an annual event on Sunday to create awareness among school children by practically involving them in fun-and-learn activities. A large number of School children along with their parents and teachers thronged to the PAF Museum in Karachi to participate in the event.