Dec 15

ERRA makes Rs. 95 millions bogus payments

ISLAMABAD: The Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) had made bogus payments of Rs. 95 million. This was disclosed in a report presented in Public Accounts Committee meeting. The meeting was held under chairmanship of Chaudhry Nisar Ahmad.

The meeting reviewed audit paras of Council of Islamic Ideology and ERRA. The existing deputy chairman ERRA admitted that bogus payments were made in Muzaffarabad and said that now the system was corrected and recovery of the amount is underway. Auditor General’s report revealed that ERRA failed to distribute Rs.3.31 billions among quake victims and the amount was still deposited in different banks.

The committee directed the ERRA to submit its report within three months regarding payments and expenditure after audit objections. The chairman Public Accounts Committee said ERRA was an important organization, which could not be neglected, and those responsible for discrepancies would be questioned.

Dec 01

ERRA on top in reconstruction sector in world: Akram

PESHAWAR: Earthquake Reconstruction and Reconstruction Authority (ERRA) deputy chairman Lt. General Nadeem Akram on Monday said that ERRA is ahead of rest of reconstruction activities in natural calamity area in the world.

Addressing inauguration ceremony of reconstructed Government High School Khairabad in union Council Karnol Balakot here, he said three years on from the devastating October 8 earthquake in northern part of Pakistan International organizations, world comity international societies has supported millions of communities in NWFP and AJK to the road to the recovery.

The government and the people of Pakistan convey their high appreciation to the world comity specially CARITAS Switzerland which completed more than ten schools besides its projects of reconstruction of 40 more schools in earthquake affected area of NWFP, he added.

Deputy Chairman ERRA said “Right across the region, we’re seeing real progress as thousands of houses have been build on owner driven program which were acknowledged most successful program in the world to rehabilitate the affectees on speedy”.

In spite of problems of limited workable period, limited contractors and shortage of material which badly affect the progress ERRA met the challenges in successful direction, he said. Our housing cash grant project was appreciated not only within the country but also by international world, Akram said.

On this occasion the local elders put up certain demands and problems to the Deputy Chairman on which he ensured that he would personally contact Chief Minister NWFP to raise the status of GHS Khairabad to higher secondary schools. He also ensured that non strategy schemes specially schools would be look into subject to condition availability of funds. Furthermore, Deputy Chairman said that ERRA had fulfilled the promise of build back better.

Oct 06

Severe earthquake tremors in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujar Khan, Jhelum

ISLAMABAD: Severe earthquake tremors have been felt in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujar Khan and Jhelum today. According to Met Office Peshawar, intensity of earthquake was recorded at rector scale as 6.5.

Chief metreologist Met Office Peshawar Mohammad Rafiq told that the centre of the earthquake was in an area of Kirghizistan some 650 km away in the north of Peshawar.

Sep 20

Moderate quake felt in Pakistan capital, no damage

ISLAMABAD — A moderate earthquake rattled Pakistan’s capital and some northwestern towns Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, an official said.

The magnitude 5.4 quake was centered about 270 miles north of Peshawar, said Mohammed Akram of the state-run seismological center in Peshawar.

He said the tremors were felt in Islamabad and some northwestern cites like Mansehra, but authorities had received no information about any damage or casualties.

Akram urged people not to be panicked as such a moderate earthquake usually does not cause any damage.

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake in 2005 devastated Pakistani Kashmir and northwestern cities, killing about 80,000 people and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless. Some of the displaced families are still living in makeshift homes. -AP

Jul 11

Quake tremors felt in upper Pakistan

PESHAWAR: A medium scale earthquake jolted, Islamabad, Peshawar and northwestern Pakistan. The quake measured a 5.2 magnitude and occurred at 8:04 a.m. on Friday. It was originated from mountain range of Koh Hindu Kush, 300killometer away from Peshawar. According to Seismological Network of Pakistan Meteorological Department Peshawar its magnitude on international Richter scale was 5.2 and its epicenter lay about three hundred kilometers North of Peshawar in Hindukush Range.

Jul 11

Troops gradually move out of quake affected areas

ISLAMABAD: With 8th October approaching, troops start moving out of the Earthquake hit areas, gradually handing over the ownership of completed projects to the Civil Government. The initial pull out started with returning of bulk of 88 Brigade from Mansehra and 467 Brigade from Muzaffarabad. Local Formation Commanders and high ranking ERRA officials witnessed the initiation of return of the troops from affected areas. Read the rest of this entry »

May 26

PM desires to expedite work on ERRA mega projects

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has expressed confidence that despite challenges Earthquake Rehabilitation & Reconstruction Authority (ERRA) would be able to meet the targets for early completion of rehabilitation & reconstruction work. The Prime Minister expressed these views during his meeting with the Deputy Chairman ERRA, Lt. General Akram Sajjad at the Prime Minister’s House this morning during which he presented annual progress report of ERRA for the year 2007.

He said that in order to speed up the reconstruction and rehabilitation work in the earthquake affected areas, he had given a commitment to the affectees during his visit to the affected areas that despite his busy schedule he would hold a monthly meeting of ERRA Council to personally review the progress of work. The challenges arising out of socio-economic factors he said would be overcome with appropriate measures and commitment. Read the rest of this entry »

May 21

Mild quake hit IHK

JAMMU: A mild tremor was felt in Bhaderwah belt of Doda district in the wee hours on Wednesday. The tremor shook Bhaderawah town at 0513 hours (local time) and lasted for around 4-5 seconds, the meteorological department said. No loss of life or damage to property was reported in the area. This is the third mild tremor in Bhaderwah belt this year. The region earlier experienced tremors on February 13 and April 7.

May 13

IT Minister appreciate world community role in quake

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for I.T. and Telecommunications, Mr. Qamar Zaman Kaira has said that the international community responded remarkably well and played invaluable services remained steadfast despite enormous challenges in the wake of the earth quake to bring life back to normal. He stated this at the meeting with vice president British Telecom Global services, who called on him on Monday at the IT Ministry. Mr. Falkner’s recent visit was at the conclusion of his recent trip to the quake stricken northern areas at the auspices of the government of Pakistan.

B.T, which has been indirectly doing business in Pakistan since inception and present locally since five years had played an effective role in the aftermath of the earth quake when it donated satellite communication equipment worth Rs. 140 million to the government of Pakistan This equipment enabled free calls to UK or any world wide destination and voice communications between sites in Pakistan. Moreover, additional equipment worth Rs. two and a half crores for compatibility with Pak sat satellite needed to establish communication links was also donated. Read the rest of this entry »

May 05

Quake jolts various parts of Balochistan

QUETTA: A powerful earthquake jolted Awaran district of Balochistan province, sources said. The tremors felt at 9:18 am on Monday. The epicenter of 4.1-magnitude earthquake was 1000 kilometer in northwest of Peshawar.

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