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China to invest $50bn for mega dams in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: In a first-of-its-kind investment in Pakistan’s troubled energy sector, Islamabad and Beijing on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop North Indus River Cascade with an estimated cost of US$ 50 billion that has the potential of generating approximately 40,000mw of hydroelectric power.

Arsenic contaminated water

Arsenic is a natural element found on earth as it is usually called the “king of poisons” and the “poison of kings” which is released both from certain human activities and naturally from the Earth’s crust. Arsenic ranks 12th in abundance in the earth’s crust, 14th in the sea water. It can exist in both inorganic and organic forms; inorganic arsenic is considered more toxic. Humans exposed to arsenic mainly through food and water, particularly in areas where the ground water is in contact with arsenic containing minerals.

Kohistan to get Rs19m drinking water project soon

KARACHI: Indus Earth Trust (IET) is launching a water replenishment project in Kohistan, Thatta district for which a multi-national beverages industry has provided assistance amounting to Rs 19 million.

The water resource management system aims to provide remote communities in Kohistan, Thatta with access to water through replenishment of ground water and rainwater harvesting. The project will benefit about 600 households in some 40 villages and targets SDG 3 (better health and wellbeing) and SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation).

Pakistan, Italy sign clean water MoU for KP

Pakistan and Italy have signed an agreement on Wash projects for provision of clean and quality drinking water for southern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) under RAHA through Pakistan Italian Debt Swap Agreement (PIDSA).

The agreement was signed by Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Lt. Gen (R) Abdul Qadir Baloch and Italian Ambassador in Pakistan Stefano Pontecorvo, said a press release issued here on Thursday.

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