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This viral GIF will force you to think about climate change

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With researchers trying different means to create awareness about climate change, one scientist has found an ingenious way to communicate the seriousness of the issue using a startling animation which has gone viral since it first made an appearance on social media on Tuesday. Ed Hawkins, professor at the University of Reading in the UK, has created a GIF using data ...

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Agreement reached: Harban tribe in Kohistan pardons assailants


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The Harban tribe in Kohistan has pardoned the assailants who had killed four men over a land dispute near Diamer-Bhasha Dam two years ago. The goodwill gesture came a day after a top cleric from Gilgit brokered a truce. In February 2014, five people lost their lives and several others were injured during armed clashes between the ...

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Hunza: Crakes widening in an area between Hussainabad and Mayun villages


One of the new developments is giving rise to fears of an imminent disaster as crakes widening in the area between Hussainabad and Mayun village.  Failure of the slopes is expected to block the Hunza River, drowning many adjacent settlements in its wake. A geological team survey is been mandatory to visit the location to study the widening of these crakes ...

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Cleric brokers truce between Kohistan, Chilas tribes


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: As a potential clash was looming large over a strip of land near Diamer-Bhasha Dam, top cleric Qazi Nisar on Sunday brokered a truce between tribes in Kohistan and Chilas. The cleric was invited by a jirga in Diamer as he wielded much influence over people living in Diamer and Kohistan, said Mehtab Khan, a resident of ...

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No cash flow: Gilgit faces shortage of smaller denomination notes

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By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The Gilgit branch of National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) has not received smaller denominations of currency notes since December 2015. This has created a dearth of cash flow in the markets and negatively impacted businesses in the region. Officials privy to the development have said airlines have refused to transport boxes of cash. This is primarily because ...

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Collateral damage: Dilapidated roads irk residents of Gilgit


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Potholes and mud puddles along the streets paint a gloomy picture of the condition of roads in Gilgit city. The dilapidated condition of roads has irked residents as authorities have failed to take concrete measures to address the matter. The rains, which lashed Gilgit-Baltistan in the first week of April, damaged a large number of roads. Stones ...

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Wildlife authorities seize two black bear cubs in Diamer


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: The wildlife department of Gilgit-Baltistan has seized two black bear cubs that were initially captured by a villager in Tangir Valley, Diamer. “The cubs, each one-month-old, were hiding inside a cave when spotted by the villager,” Divisional Forest Officer Raja Arif told The Express Tribune on Tuesday. According to Arif, the villager waited for their mother to ...

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Strict watch: 140 people placed under Schedule–IV of anti-terrorism act


By Shabbir Mir GILGIT: Nearly 140 people in Gilgit-Baltistan have been placed in the fourth schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act, 1997 to maintain durable peace in a region that will play a crucial role in the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project. The number is low compared to that from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab, where thousands have been put in the same ...

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Boundary dispute between GB, KP tribes intensifies

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JAMIL NAGRI GILGIT: The boundary dispute at the site of Diamer-Bhasha dam between the residents of Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan and Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has deepened with tribes on both sides refusing to budge from their positions. The Harban tribe of Kohistan and the Thor tribe of Diamer claim ownership of a piece of land spanning eight kilometres ...

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G-B’s hydropower potential remains untapped

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ISLAMABAD: The hydro-power potential of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) can change the fate of the country as it has an estimated capacity of thousands of megawatts which could be used to resolve the energy crisis, stated the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Saturday. “Compared to thermal energy, hydel power would prove to be a cheaper source of energy ...

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