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UPPER DIR: A non-governmental organisation has started a two-year project under its livelihood support and promotion of small community physical infrastructure project in Akhgram and Wari union councils.

The project would run with the financial assistance of Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund and German Development Bank.

The project is going to give aid of Rs50,000 per head to provide an opportunity to poor people to start own small businesses. The project was launched the other day at a ceremony, where additional deputy commissioner, Upper Dir, Mussarat Zaman was the chief guest.

District nazim Sahibzada Faseehullah, Khwando Kor NGO’s regional programme officer Maqsood Azhar, and others were also present.

Mussarat Zaman and Sahibzada Faseehullah said the government always appreciated the services of NGOs that delivered to the betterment of community.

They said close coordination among NGOs, the district administration and the district government was necessary to avoid doubling of development projects and ensuring quality work.

Project officer Maqsood Azhar briefed the participants about the project, saying they had completed the initial survey. He said transparency was their priority.

He said apart from giving cash the project would also execute water schemes, construct water channels and pave streets in the two UCs.

TWO INJURED: Two persons were injured in house collapse incidents owing to heavy snowfall and rains during the last four days.

The incidents occurred in Dir city, Sheringal and Charkom areas. In Dir city, a two-room house of Said Hamid Jan caved in, injuring a child and an elderly man. They were shifted to the district headquarters hospital.

Meanwhile, four passengers were injured when a vehicle plunged into a ravine in Tikarkot on Friday, police said.

They said the vehicle was on way to Brawal. As a result, four passengers were injured and were shifted to Brawal hospital. The victims were identified as Fazal Rahim, Ahrar, Shah Faisal and Nomanullah. Condition of the two injured is stated to be critical.

Published in Dawn, February 16th, 2019