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Transforming Policing Through Technology

In 2011, the Punjab province saw a deadly outbreak of dengue fever, affecting 21,685 people, of whom 310 lost their lives. To prevent another outbreak the following year, the provincial government undertook a massive dengue surveillance and eradication effort powered by smartphone-based …Continue reading

Lahore is losing its green cover – fast

Trees and greenery have always been a matter for pride for the city of gardens, Lahore. Over the past few years, the city’s tree cover has also featured in a large number of discussions on development and urbanization. The conversation was started …Continue reading

Diving against marine debris

You will be surprised what divers come across in the stew of rubbish — both floating and submerged in oceans. While the flotsam is made up of the usual styrofoam (the white material — polystyrene — used for making food containers) cups …Continue reading

Pakistan fights drug resistant typhoid on war-footing

In a densely populated mohalla of Qasimabad, Hyderabad —the second largest city of Sindh— the residents depend on a filtration plant established in 2008 for water consumption. Till a month ago, four-year-old Adil’s father who lives in the same vicinity was convinced …Continue reading

The great Karachi heat trap

The emergency ward at Karachi’s Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) was full to capacity when Abida Noor, a resident of Gulistan-i-Rafi Colony in Malir Town, took her younger daughter Kulsoom there for treatment in June 2015. Temperatures in the coastal city had …Continue reading

Solving Zainab’s Murder

Seven-year-old Zainab’s rape and murder has remained in the limelight ever since images of the child’s body abandoned in a heap of trash started circulating on social media earlier this year. What led the police to the suspect, identified as Imran Ali, …Continue reading

Is Pakistan running out of fresh water?

The sight of water flowing from taps may soon be a luxury, with people having to queue up at tankers for just a bucket load of water for their daily needs. Meanwhile, affluent neighbourhoods in gated communities may install desalination plants paid …Continue reading