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Action ordered against contractor for Islamabad Airport bridge collapse

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has ordered immediate action into the matter of boarding bridge that collapsed at Islamabad International Airport, ARY News reported on Saturday. CAA had constituted the committee to conduct the inquiry into the collapse of a boarding bridge of Islamabad International Airport (IIAP) in October this year. CAA Director General Hassan Baig directed to take prompt action as per contract agreement against the contractor of the boarding bridge M/s Adelte and rebuild the…

Hong Kong mega bridge launch announcement sparks backlash

HONG KONG: An opening ceremony has finally been announced for the world's longest sea bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China, but critics hit back Thursday over the secrecy surrounding the launch. Construction started in 2009 on the 55-kilometre (34-mile) crossing, which includes a snaking road bridge and underwater tunnel, linking Hong Kong's Lantau island to the southern mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai and the gambling enclave of Macau, across the waters of the Pearl River Estuary. It has been dogged…

Passenger boarding bridge collapses at Islamabad airport

ISLAMABAD: In what could have been a deadly tragedy, a passenger boarding bridge collapsed at the Islamabad International Airport today, however no serious damage was reported. According to reports, an unidentified man was injured after the aerobridge collapsed at the airport. It’s not clear whether the man injured in the accident was standing on the boarding bridge or was somewhere around it. The new Islamabad airport was inaugurated on May 1 this year, after months of delay. The new airport is located 30km away from…

‘Overcrowding’ collapses bridge at Punjab Governor House lake

LAHORE: A wooden bridge above a small lake at the Governor House fell on Sunday due to overcrowding. However, no injuries were reported and people were safely evacuated through a boat, according to officials. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government had announced to open all state buildings for the public, saying that national assets belonged to the people of Pakistan. The public was allowed entry from the Governor House’s Anarkali gate facing Alhamra hall after checking the national identity card of the head…

Two die after Kalyan Nallah bridge collapses in AJK

MUZAFFARABAD: At least two persons were killed and four injured when the bridge on Kalyan Nallah caved in Barnala area of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Intermittent rain continues in Barnala Azad Kashmir. As the bridge caved in a passenger wagon, a tractor and a motorcycle fell down leaving two persons dead and four others were injured. Dead and injured have been shifted to hospital. Rescue operation with the help of a crane has been completed. On August 7, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had reported…

4 dead, over dozen missing as bridge collapses in Neelum Valley

MUZAFFARABAD: Around 25 tourists were swept away when a bridge over a water channel collapsed in Neelum Valley of Azad Kashmir on Sunday. Police said the bridge collapsed due to overload when the touring students from Punjab were crossing it in Kundal Shai area of Neelum Valley. Four dead bodies and at least eight injured have been recovered in the rescue operation so far. Officials say between 20 to 25 people were standing on the bridge at the time of the collapse, who were swept way by strong current. The…

Collapse of Colombian bridge kills nine workers, injures five

BOGOTA: At least nine construction workers were killed and five injured when a partially-constructed bridge collapsed in central Colombia on Monday, an official from the disaster response agency said. The bridge, located in Chirajara on the border of Cundinamarca and Meta provinces, was to be part of the highway that connects the capital Bogota and the city of Villavicencio, and was not yet in public use. The cause of the collapse, which sent pieces of the bridge down into a canyon below, is under investigation,…

27 killed, 48 injured as bus falls off bridge in Chakwal

CHAKWAL: At least 27 people were killed and as many as 48 others injured when a passenger bus fell off a bridge in Dhok Pathan area of Talagang city on late Wednesday night, ARY News reported. According to rescue sources, the bus was carrying 77 passengers when it fell nearly 150 feet to the ground. The ill-fated bus was en route to Lahore from Kohat to take part in a religious congregation in Raiwind when it careened off the road and plunged into a ravine, killing at least 25 people and wounding another 50 on the…

CM Sindh approves Ghotki-Kandhkot Bridge on River Indus

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday finally approved the final alignment of a bridge to be constructed on River Indus between district headquarters Ghotki and Kandhkot. The chief minister presiding over a meeting said that there is proposal to construct a bridge on River Indus at Ghouspur-Ghotki near Gamro village but some people are suggesting changing its alignment to connect the district headquarters The participants of the meeting particularly Minister Planning and Development Mir Hazar…

Bridge is not a sport, EU court rules

LUXEMBOURG: The game of bridge may flex the intellectual muscles but the EU's top court ruled on Thursday that it is not a sport because it involves "negligible" physical activity. Beloved by seniors and requiring a sharp memory, a keen analytical brain and near telepathic understanding with one's playing partner, bridge is one of the world's most popular card games. But the European Court of Justice ruled that these mental gymnastics were not enough to classify the game as a sport, rejecting a claim by the English…