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    Climate Change Bill Enacted in Pakistan

    Senate passed on Friday the Pakistan Climate Change Bill into law in its sitting, paving the way for strengthening the country’s institutional ability and propping up efforts to cope with delirious impacts of climate change on various socio-economic sectors, particularly agriculture, water and health. The Federal Minister for Climate Change and Law & Justice, Senator Zahid Hamid, introduced the legislation in the Senate.  The layout report of Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change was presented by Senator Samina Abid on March 16 in the Senate. The National Assembly has already approved this Act. Author of the Act, Mr. Zahid Hamid, said, “The Pakistan Climate Change Act

    Welcoming spring: Traditional G-B tunes celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity

    ISLAMABAD (AwesomePakistan.Net): With traditional music from Gilgit-Baltistan filling the cool Islamabad air, the notes were at odds with the setting of Australian flags all around. But that was precisely the message which the Australian High Commission wished to convey, the cultural diversity that the country had to offer as it celebrated the Australia Day in Spring 2017. The colourful, cultural evening at the Australian High Commission late on Tuesday evening showcased a musical performance which highlighted the shared and diverse cultural heritage of the two countries. 

    Deforestation exposes mountain communities to landslides, flash floods

    ISLAMABAD (AwesomePakistan.Net): International Day of Forests would be observed on March 21 across the globe including Pakistan with an aim to create awareness about the importance of forests and trees. Depleting forest cover has exposed the mountain communities, particularly, people living in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan to landslides and flash floods. Unabated logging has denuded the once green mountains and the coming generations will have to pay the price of deforestation, experts warned, calling for steps to save the forests.

    GDA to host skiing festival at Mushkpuri

    ABBOTTABAD (AwesomePakistan.Net): As part of its ongoing efforts to promote tourism in the valley, the Galiyat Development Authority (GDA), will organise a day-long skiing festival on the Mushkpuri top on Saturday (today). According to GFA spokesperson Ahsan Hameed, the festival is being organised to promote off-season tourism the area. He added that the festival is part of a larger plan which includes a host of cultural and sporting activities which would be arranged from time-to-time.

    Wage rates for porters set at Rs930 per day For Climbing season 2017

    GILGIT (AwesomePakistan.Net): With the summer mountain climbing season just around the corner, the Islamabad Secretariat of the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) council has notified wages for high altitude porters in the region for 2017. Rendering to the statement, wages for porters crossing passes over 4000 meters has been fixed at Rs930 per day, Moreover, the government has set Rs355 as wages for porters on their rest days as well.

        Green Line project: 118 Heritage Sites to be Renovated in Karachi

    KARACHI (AwesomePakistan.Net): As many as 118 heritage sites and buildings situated on the route of Green Line BRT will be renovated before the project completion. A presentation regarding renovation and improvement of heritage buildings situated on the route of Green Line was held at Governor House on Thursday. The meeting was presided over by principal secretary to Sindh governor, Muhammad Suleh Ahmed Farooqui, and attended by a World Bank representative. Farooqui said that all mass transit projects are aimed at providing improved travelling facilities to the public and the Green Line is an integral part.

    New attraction: Sound, light show in capital soon

    ISLAMABAD (AwesomePakistan.Net): The Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) has announced that it would soon organise a ‘Sound and Light show’ in the capital on the pattern of similar shows in Dubai. This was stated by PTDC Managing Director Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor while talking to APP. He hoped that the innovative multimedia show would attract a large number of people from across the country. “We have launched many projects which include city tour bus service, making documentary films, up-gradation existing facilities as well as setting up new tourism projects in Islamabad and other parts of the country,”

    Pakistan will soon be among top tourist destinations of the world

    ISLAMABAD (AwesomePakistan): The Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) is planning to develop a helipad at Rawal Lake viewpoint for launching an air safari in Islamabad. Talking to APP, PTDC Managing Director Abdul Ghafoor Khan expressed hope that soon Pakistan would be among top tourist destinations of the world. He revealed that PTDC was considering participating in international tourism and travel exhibitions in collaboration with provincial tourism organisations, airlines, hoteliers and tour operators. This will not only create awareness of Pakistan, but will also increase influx of tourists into the country.

    Tomb of Mirza Jan Baba gets a facelift

    KARACHI (AwesomePakistan.Net): How often does one care about providing a heritage site the facelift that it needs? How many people are there who are interested in restoring a decaying tomb? In the developed world, you would find many people who would love to get involved in such projects. Locally, however, there would not be many who would bat an eye except, of course, for the Heritage Foundation. Heritage Foundation CEO Yasmeen Lari told The Express Tribune about how they have tried to rebuild the tomb of Mirza Jan Baba, where domes had collapsed.“Makli is a world heritage, considered to be the largest Muslim

    GILGIT (AwesomePakistan.Net): With the summer tourism season in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) just around the corner, hotel owners in the scenic Hunza Valley have urged tourists, especially the domestic kind, to “behave” while visiting the valley. In this regard, hotel owners in Hunza have issued a code of conduct (CoC), especially for domestic tourists. “The need for issuing a CoC arose following some incidents which, I should say, were in bad taste,” said Ali Madad on Sunday.
    Tourists spew tonnes of waste all over G-B


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