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One of our islands is missing: Japan ‘loses’ a bit of land

Missing: A tiny island in northern Japan. Or so authorities fear, prompting plans for a survey to determine if the outcrop has been washed away, ever-so-slightly shrinking the country's territorial waters. The island, known as Esambe Hanakita Kojima was only officially surveyed and registered by Japan's coastguard in 1987, who couldn't even say exactly how big it was. Until recently, it rose 1.4-metre (four-and-a-half feet) above sea level, and was visible from the very northern tip of Japan's northern Hokkaido island.…

Pakistan Railways land worth Rs30m retrieved in Punjab

LAHORE: The Pakistan Railways has retrieved illegally occupied 30 marla commercial land of worth Rs 30 million near Basirpur Railway Station, Punjab, according to reports. Railways teams conducted a raid with the help of Railway and district police near level-crossing C-188 at Basirpur Railway Station, Okara and retrieved land from land grabbers on both sides of the track. It is pertinent to mention that the land-retrieving campaign has been under way on the direction of Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad in the…

849 acres of Railways land leased out in Sindh

ISLAMABAD: Around 849 acres of precious railway land was leased out to 428 individuals by the Ministry of Railways in Sindh during last five years but in some cases not even a single penny was received from the leaseholders. According to reports, a total of 16.155 acres of land was leased out, which rose to 280.349 acres in 2014-15 when the previous government took over. In 2015-16, the area of the land leased out by the Railways increased to 346.50 acres while in 2016-17, a total of 206.84 acres were licensed or…

Railways directed to devise revenue generation plan using land

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday directed Pakistan Railways (PR) to submit a comprehensive plan for launching anti-encroachment drive and future utilisation of railways land for generating revenues within 15 days. He said this while chairing a briefing on Ministry of Railways in Islamabad. Secretary Railways Muhammad Javed Anwar briefed the prime minister in detail about Pakistan Railways and various measures being taken to turn-around the organization into a sustainable and profitable venture. He…

Sindh govt proposes to convert Governor House into museum

KARACHI: The Sindh government on Monday proposed to convert the Governor House into a museum and its land into a public park, if the governor chose to vacate it. The Sindh Cabinet in its maiden meeting held under the chairmanship of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah took this decision. The meeting was attended by all the eight ministers, two advisors, chief secretary, inspector general Sindh Police and relevant secretaries. The cabinet members took up the issue of the Governor House and said that the federal…

China to protect quarter of land from development by 2020

SHANGHAI: China aims to keep a quarter of its land off-limits for development by 2020 and increase forest coverage to more than 23 percent of its total landmass, the country’s cabinet said. At least 25 percent of China’s land would be protected by the country’s new “ecological red line” scheme by the end of this decade, The State Council said on Sunday. China has published a slew of policy documents in recent months aimed at improving surveillance, strengthening law enforcement and raising industrial standards as it…

Saudi crown prince says Israelis have right to their own land

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said Israelis are entitled to live peacefully on their own land in an interview published on Monday in U.S. magazine The Atlantic, another public sign of ties between Riyadh and Tel Aviv appearing to grow closer. Asked if he believes the Jewish people have a right to a nation-state in at least part of their ancestral homeland, Mohammed bin Salman was quoted as saying: “I believe the Palestinians and the Israelis have the right to have their own land. But we have to have a peace…

Land decay to displace tens of millions, global survey warns

MEDELLÍN, Colombia: Land degradation will unleash a mass migration of at least 50 million people by 2050 -- as many as 700 million unless humans stop depleting the life-giving resource, more than 100 scientists warned Monday. Already, land decay caused by unsustainable farming, mining, pollution, and city expansion is undermining the well-being of some 3.2 billion people -- 40 percent of the global population, they said in the first comprehensive assessment of land health. Land depletion threatens food security for all…

Kamal to face inquiry for ‘illegally’ leasing out treatment plant’s land

KARACHI: Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) chief and former city mayor Mustafa Kamal might get into hot waters as the government of Sindh has decided to launch an inquiry against him over his alleged role in illegal allotment of the state land. The local government secretary has informed the Supreme Court that the government has decided to launch an investigation into illegal allotment of the land reserved for sewage treatment plant in Karachi’s Mehmoodabad area. According to a report submitted to the apex court, around 1,300…

Sindh government refuses to hand over steel mill land to center

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday said that the provincial government would never give its land for the proposed recovery of Pakistan Steel Mill. “The land belongs to the people of Sindh and we would never barter away on their rights,” he said while giving instructions to Sindh Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon and asked him to write a letter to the federal government that the land of Pakistan Steel Mills belonged to the provincial government. “We would never allow its doling out to settle the…