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31-March-2020 (9:00 PM)
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Hundreds of passengers stranded in Kohistan due to a landslide on KKH

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Kohistan Landslide
Kohistan Times

Nearly 400 passengers traveling between Gilgit and Rawalpindi have been stranded in Kohistan following a landslide that blocked Karakoram Highway (KKH). A landslide has blocked currently the only land access route between Gilgit and Rawalpindi near Sumar Nulla in Kohistan’s Dasu region. Passengers traveling on the route have been stranded for nearly 12 hours now.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police have made arrangements for the safety and security of the passengers in the harsh cold weather. Meanwhile, Kohistan district administration has asked for a bulldozer and other necessary machinery to open the route for traffic.

The district administration has said that the landslide area will be cleared for traffic before Tuesday evening so that the passengers on both sides could proceed to their destinations.

The stranded passengers include women and children as well. Luckily, there are small hotels and shops nearby that will offer some relief of basic necessities in the hard times.

The northern region of Pakistan is facing an on-going spell of heavy snowfall. Karakoram Highway is prone to landslides during rainfall and snowfall. Lack of even the most basic facilities put passengers in a very difficult position in such times.

The two other routes that connect Gilgit to Rawalpindi, i.e. Shandur Pass and Babusar Pass, remain closed during winters due to heavy snowfall.

GBee Staff keeps you updated with the latest happenings in Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral regions of Pakistan.

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7 Photo-stories on World Water Day 2020 from Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral (GBC)

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AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
AKAH Pakistan

World Water Day is celebrated every year on 22nd March as an observance day to highlight the importance of freshwater. The day is used to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

As part of the World Water Day 2020 celebrations, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) shares these stories of people from Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral whose lives have been deeply impacted by water and sanitation-related projects in the region.

AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
Over half of the people across Pakistan lack access to safe and clean water and have no choice but to consume water from whatever source exists in their villages, regardless of quality. Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, aiming to improve quality of life, is implementing water supply schemes across mountain communities in Pakistan.
AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
In mountainous parts of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral, traditional wells are used as water reservoirs collecting the water coming from streams through canals. This water, coming directly from open sources, is unsafe as it is contaminated due to its exposure to both humans and animals. Without access to another source of water, people use this unsafe water for different purposes including drinking, cooking, and other domestic purposes.
AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
Clean drinking water has always been a huge problem for communities living in mountainous areas of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. Women and children are impacted the most as they must travel long distances to fetch water for cooking, washing, and laundry. AKAH’s work to connect each household to safe and clean with a water tap in their home enables women to keep their children safe from waterborne diseases, spend more quality time with their families, and also reduces time and labor lost to fetching water.
AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), with the help of communities, identifies water sources in the village, tests the water quality using its technical expertise, develops water infrastructure, constructs water reservoirs, and provides each family with a water tap in their home. More than 500,000 people across Pakistan now have access to safe drinking water in their homes, through AKAH’s efforts.
AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
Aga Khan Agency for Habitat’s WASEP model uses a community-based approach to help mountain communities get year-round all-season access to safe water. AKAH’s approach uses deep digging and other techniques to ensure that water does not freeze in the pipes despite the fact that these villages are covered in snow for more than five months of the year.
AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
“I enjoy taking freshwater from this tap in my home; you would say I am in love with it that’s why I stand here many times a day”.
AKAH Pakistan World Water Day 2020 Stories
Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, with its mandate to improve quality of life, is helping women and young girls across Pakistan enjoy a healthy life, by providing access to safe water in their homes, reducing their exposure to water-borne diseases, allowing them to spend more quality time with families.
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Winter Tech Camp by TechScape and Accelerate Prosperity Pakistan concluded at KIU Gilgit

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TechScape Winter Tech Camp at Karakoram International University Gilgit

TechScape and Accelerate Prosperity (AP Pakistan) concluded the Winter Tech Camp 2019-20 with an ending ceremony organized at Karakoram International University (KIU) Gilgit. Certificate of participation and token of appreciation were distributed among the participants and sponsors of camp by the chief guest Col. Saqib Iqbal, the Commander of Special Communication Organization (SCO). Guest representatives of Karakoram International University (KIU), Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP), and Gilgit-Baltistan Rural Support Programme (GBRSP) were also present at the event held at KIU’s Musharraf Hall.

The Chief Guest of the ceremony Col. Saqib Iqbal in his address stressed the importance of information technology in the current era. He appreciated the efforts of TechScape in changing the dynamics of Gilgit-Baltistan through digital skills and committed to supporting in every possible way, not just to organize such events but also to support tech camps in the future.

TechScape Winter Tech Camp at Karakoram International University Gilgit

The Chief Technical Officer of TechScape Mr. Sajid Khan informed the audience regarding the services provided by TechScape. In his speech he stressed upon the need to learn the digital skills and requested the parents to encourage their children to pursue the field of their interest. 

TechScape Winter Tech Camp at Karakoram International University Gilgit

Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Khan, Investment Analyst Accelerate prosperity Pakistan, highlighted the services of Accelerate Prosperity in creating the eco-system for the young entrepreneurs. He also appreciated the efforts of TechScape and their services in the IT Sector GB, Specially, Concentration on young minds, Kids and future of the Youth.

TechScape Winter Tech Camp at Karakoram International University Gilgit

Winter Tech Camp was organized by TechScape in Collaboration with Accelerate Prosperity at AP Co-working space and Aga Khan Higher Secondary School (AKHSS), Gilgit. Modules included in the camp were App Development, Game Development, Web Development, Robotics, Freelancing, Photoshop, and MS office. Students worked on their tech projects by using platforms like Scratch, Unity, Mobirise, WordPress, etc. The camp also conducted industrial visits where students visited SCO and CaliberOn International. The basic idea behind these visits was to familiarize the students with the tech-based industry around them and to give them a glimpse of the future of work.

TechScape Winter Tech Camp at Karakoram International University Gilgit

TechScape is the first Education-Technology company in Gilgit Baltistan, which organizes different bootcamps for students across Gilgit Baltistan on different emerging technologies and Skills. It has trained more than 1000 students in Gilgit and has started camps in Hunza and Ghizer as well. Currently, TechScape is working in backward areas of GB like Chipurson and Hundur. Teaching the students about technology and its uses in daily life.

Disclaimer: This is a Press Release.

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