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Pakistan Army Helicopter Crashes in Aliabad Hunza

A Pakistan Army helicopter has crashed soon after take off in Hunza commercial town of Aliabad. The helicopter was on a Federal Works Organization (FWO) duty. Luckily, no causalities occurred and all passengers along with on board crew escaped with no injuries.

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Pakistan Army Helicopter Crashes in Aliabad Hunza

A Pakistan Army helicopter has crashed soon after take off in Hunza commercial town of Aliabad. The helicopter was on a Federal Works Organization (FWO) duty. Luckily, no causalities occurred and all passengers along with on board crew escaped with no injuries.

According to reports, volunteers of FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance Pakistan – a subsidiary of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) – is helping extinguish the fire and carrying out a basic rescue operation.

Hunza Army Helicopter Crash

Hunza Army Helicopter Crash

The Pakistan Army owned Hughes OH-7 Cayuse was parked in the playground of Boys Degree College in Aliabad. Earlier, FWO Director General had arrived in Hunza for hosting a dinner party of Chinese officials. The Chinese officials had also inaugurated the controversial Aliabad Tunnel. It is still unknown if FWO officials or Chinese guests were travelling in the helicopter.

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Pakistani Mountaineer Hassan Sadpara Passes Away of Cancer at 54

Pakistani mountaineer, Hassan Sadpara has passed away at the age of 54 after a brief battle with cancer, confirms a close relative of the deceased mountaineer. He was admitted to an intense care facility at Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi, where he was being treated for blood cancer.

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Pakistani mountaineer, Hassan Sadpara has passed away at the age of 54 after a brief battle with cancer, confirms a close relative of the deceased mountaineer. He was admitted to an intense care facility at Combined Military Hospital Rawalpindi, where he was being treated for blood cancer. Just yesterday, the Punjab Government had announced Rs. 2.5 million for medical treatment of the national hero.

He is survived by his wife; and four children including three sons and a daughter.

He will be laid to rest in his hometown in Skardu, Baltistan.

 

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Gilgit-Baltistan Announces Public Holiday on Monday 4 April

Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan Mr. Hafeez ur Rehman has announced public holiday on Monday 4th April, 2016. The reason is the ongoing floods that has affected infrastructure across all districts in Gilgit-Baltistan.

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Gilgit-Baltistan Announces Public Holiday on Monday 4 April

Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan Mr. Hafeez ur Rehman has announced public holiday on Monday 4th April, 2016. The reason is the ongoing floods that has affected infrastructure across all districts in Gilgit-Baltistan. Gilgit-Baltistan has received one of the heaviest rainfall spells in recent times and it is not even monsoon time. Roads between major cities and districts remain blocked due to landsliding at multiple locations.

According to Pamir Times, at least 10 people have been killed in two different rainfall triggered events.

Rains wreak havoc across Gilgit-Baltistan

According to latest updates, at least 10 people have been killed in rain-related disasters in the Diamer District of Gilgit-Baltistan, in three separate incidents. Roads have been blocked and several dozens of houses have been completely or partially been destroyed due to landslides, floods and other rain related disasters. Watch Abdul Rehman Bukhari and Munawar Hussain Nagri's report from Gilgit.

Posted by PAMIR TIMES on Sunday, April 3, 2016

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79 Countries That are Smaller Than Gilgit-Baltistan

You might think of Gilgit-Baltistan as a small piece of land lying in the north of Pakistan. What if I tell you there are 79 countries/sovereign states is the world that are smaller than Gilgit-Baltistan. This number not even includes the two and half dozen dependent territories like Taiwan and Hong Kong etc.

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Katpana village, Skardu.

You might think of Gilgit-Baltistan as a small piece of land lying in the north of Pakistan. What if I tell you there are 79 countries/sovereign states is the world that are smaller than Gilgit-Baltistan. This number not even includes the two and half dozen dependent territories like Taiwan and Hong Kong etc.

Here are some facts and figures about area and population of Gilgit-Baltistan.

NameTotal in km2 (mi2)Population
Gilgit-Baltistan72,971 km2 (28,174 sq mi)1,441,523

Now let’s look at the complete list of sovereign states that are smaller than Gilgit-Baltistan in terms of size or area covered.

RankSovereign state/dependencyTotal in km2 (mi2)Land in km2(mi2)
1Sierra Leone71,740
(27,700)
71,620
(27,650)
2Ireland70,273
(27,133)
68,883
(26,596)
3Georgia69,700
(26,900)
69,700
(26,900)
4Sri Lanka65,610
(25,330)
62,732
(24,221)
5Lithuania65,300
(25,200)
62,680
(24,200)
6Latvia64,559
(24,926)
62,249
(24,034)
7Togo56,785
(21,925)
54,385
(20,998)
8Croatia56,594
(21,851)
55,974
(21,612)
9Bosnia and Herzegovina51,209
(19,772)
51,187
(19,763)
10Costa Rica51,100
(19,700)
51,060
(19,710)
11Slovakia49,037
(18,933)
48,105
(18,573)
12Dominican Republic48,671
(18,792)
48,320
(18,660)
13Estonia45,227
(17,462)
42,388
(16,366)
14Denmark43,094
(16,639)
42,434
(16,384)
15Netherlands41,850
(16,160)
33,893
(13,086)
16Switzerland41,284
(15,940)
39,997
(15,443)
17Bhutan38,394
(14,824)
38,394
(14,824)
18 Guinea-Bissau36,125
(13,948)
28,120
(10,860)
19Moldova33,846
(13,068)
32,891
(12,699)
20Belgium30,528
(11,787)
30,278
(11,690)
21Lesotho30,355
(11,720)
30,355
(11,720)
22Armenia29,743
(11,484)
29,843
(11,522)
23Solomon Islands28,896
(11,157)
27,986
(10,805)
24Albania28,748
(11,100)
27,398
(10,578)
25Equatorial Guinea28,051
(10,831)
28,051
(10,831)
26Burundi27,834
(10,747)
25,680
(9,920)
27Haiti27,750
(10,710)
27,560
(10,640)
28Rwanda26,338
(10,169)
24,668
(9,524)
29Macedonia25,713
(9,928)
25,433
(9,820)
30Djibouti23,200
(9,000)
23,180
(8,950)
31Belize22,966
(8,867)
22,806
(8,805)
32El Salvador21,041
(8,124)
20,721
(8,000)
33Israel20,770
(8,020)
20,330
(7,850)
34Slovenia20,273
(7,827)
20,151
(7,780)
35Fiji18,272
(7,055)
18,274
(7,056)
36Kuwait17,818
(6,880)
17,818
(6,880)
37Swaziland17,364
(6,704)
17,204
(6,643)
38East Timor14,874
(5,743)
14,874
(5,743)
39Bahamas13,943
(5,383)
10,010
(3,860)
40Montenegro13,812
(5,333)
13,452
(5,194)
41Vanuatu12,189
(4,706)
12,189
(4,706)
42Qatar11,586
(4,473)
11,586
(4,473)
43Gambia11,295
(4,361)
10,000
(3,900)
44Jamaica10,991
(4,244)
10,831
(4,182)
45Lebanon10,452
(4,036)
10,230
(3,950)
46Cyprus9,251
(3,572)
9,241
(3,568)
47State of Palestine6,220
(2,400)
5,640
(2,180)
48Brunei5,765
(2,226)
5,265
(2,033)
49Trinidad and Tobago5,130
(1,980)
5,128
(1,980)
50Cape Verde4,033
(1,557)
4,033
(1,557)
51Samoa2,842
(1,097)
2,821
(1,089)
52Luxembourg2,586
(998)
2,586
(998)
53Mauritius2,040
(790)
2,030
(780)
54Comoros1,862
(719)
1,862
(719)
55 São Tomé and Príncipe964
(372)
964
(372)
56Kiribati811
(313)
811
(313)
57Bahrain765
(295)
765
(295)
58Dominica751
(290)
751
(290)
59Tonga747
(288)
717
(277)
60Singapore719
(278)
687
(265)
61Federated States of Micronesia702
(271)
702
(271)
62Saint Lucia616
(238)
606
(234)
63Andorra468
(181)
468
(181)
64Palau459
(177)
459
(177)
65Seychelles452
(175)
455
(176)
66Antigua and Barbuda442
(171)
442.6
(170.9)
67Barbados430
(170)
431
(166)
68Saint Vincent and the Grenadines389
(150)
389
(150)
69Grenada344
(133)
344
(133)
70Malta316
(122)
316
(122)
71Maldives300
(120)
298
(115)
72Saint Kitts and Nevis261
(101)
261
(101)
73Marshall Islands181
(70)
181
(70)
74Liechtenstein160
(62)
160
(62)
75San Marino61
(24)
61
(24)
76Tuvalu26
(10)
26
(10)
77Nauru21
(8.1)
21
(8.1)
78Monaco2.02
(0.78)
2.02
(0.78)
79Vatican City0.44
(0.17)
0.44
(0.17)

Amazing, isn’t it?

Statistics credits: United Nations Statistics Division

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