Over 900 books have been donated since September to barbers in the capital of Khyber Pakhtukhwa province and nearby Charsadda town by Omar Azam Khan, a student in the final year of secondary school. The small local initiative to promote reading has been welcomed by residents of the city that has only two public libraries.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is ready to introduce a law to limit the weight of school bags carried by children. Under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa School Bags Limitation of Weight Act 2020, school bags of children in nursery class should not weigh more than 1.5kg, and bags carried by children in class one should not weigh more than 2.4kg.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to launch the world’s longest and highest cable car project at the Kumrat valley in Upper Dir district. The 14 kilometres long proposed cable car project will connect Kumrat valley to Madaklasht valley of Lower Chitral. Through the cable car, the planners wish to attract 8.00 million foreign and local tourists to the province.
The first transgender person of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with an MPhil degree has said that she would leave her role of a dancer as soon as she manages to secure a dignified job. Chocolate, who hails from Charsadda has an MPhil degree in finance and accounting. Chocolate says that ‘dancing’ is not her profession by preference, but because there’s no other alternative.
The Pink Bus Service started in 2018 to facilitate women in Mardan and Abbottabad in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has already been shut down. The Japanese government donated 14 pink buses for the cause and KP government had intentions to gradually expand this project to other cities. However, the service was not making profits and closed within an year.
Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) has approved gas infrastructure development projects worth Rs 4.05 billion for gasification of Karak, Kohat, Hangu, Charsadda and Peshawar. The Board of Directors (BoD) of SNGPL have approved gasification projects worth Rs. 1.94 billion for Karak, Kohat and Hangu districts. Out of the total project cost, major cost will be funded by SNGPL and the remaining by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government is going to introduce an interest-free loan program ‘Insaf Rozgar Scheme’ for the youth. The youngsters will be able to acquire interest-free loans ranging from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 500,000 under this program with 33 months for repayment with a grace period of three months. The provincial cabinet decided to use the leftover funds of Rs. 2 billion from the ‘Khud Kalafat Scheme’ to launch this initiative across the province.
The online ride-hailing company, Careem is offering the service of Rescue 1122 frire brigade and ambulance on a trail basis in Peshawar. These services can be availed from Careem application by only 50,000 people in selected areas in the city for now but will later be extended to other regions. This facility can be used for handling different emergencies such as road accidents, medical emergency, fire, natural calamities etc
In order to curb the menace of littering in the picturesque Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, KPK government has decided to impose heavy fines on those littering. A tweet by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) official Twitter account said, “KP government fined 23 hotels, 18 restaurants, 16 cabins, 6 resident houses and 11 tourists for littering & sanitation offenses in Galiyat”. Total fine collected amounted to a huge sum of Rs. 1,43,000.
The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), in its financial bill 2019-20, has apportioned a considerable sum for promotion of tourism in the province. Out of Rs. 5 billion, Rs. 3.5 billion will be spent on developing tourists’ resorts across the province. Whereas, another Rs. 100 million will be used to establish tourism police in collaboration with government of Thailand.