KARACHI, April 14 The chief secretary of Sindh through a notification has declared neem the provincial tree of Sindh.

The initiative signifies the government's commitment to conserving natural forests of the province, says a press release.

The proposal was jointly initiated by the Sindh forest department and the Indus for All Programme (IAP) of the Worldwide Fund for Nature Pakistan under the leadership of Sindh secretary for forests and wildlife Mushtaq Ali Memon and IAP regional director Dr Ghulam Akbar.

“Similar proposals are under way to declare a provincial animal and a bird,” said Dr Akbar.

Neem is a fast-growing, evergreen tree with a dense crown. The tree height ranges from 15 to 20 metres.

Native to India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, neem (Azadirachta indica A. Juss.) is also found in Malaysia and China. It grows in tropical and semi-tropical regions. The plant is widely cultivated in Sindh and is popular for its medicinal properties.

Opinion

PML-N bad cop outfoxed
Updated 13 Jun 2021

PML-N bad cop outfoxed

The feel-good factor can cancel out some of the very negative perceptions about the PTI among low-income voters.
Sink or swim
13 Jun 2021

Sink or swim

What have schools learnt during Covid?
Decoding Digitisation
Updated 12 Jun 2021

Decoding Digitisation

The scope of information technology or digitisation continues to be discussed in a rather limited manner in mainstream discourse.

Editorial

Covid strategy
Updated 13 Jun 2021

Covid strategy

It is critical for govt to demonstrate to the public how badly health, business and education have suffered during the pandemic.
13 Jun 2021

Women in Balochistan

THE Balochistan government seems to be taking steps to improve women’s integration into society and the workforce...
13 Jun 2021

Deprived of cricket

THE federal cabinet has disallowed PTV to enter into an agreement with an Indian company for broadcast rights to...
12 Jun 2021

Feel-good budget

WE have been here before. Every time a government gets some fiscal space it immediately shifts gears to growth,...
Rep Omar’s tweet
Updated 12 Jun 2021

Rep Omar’s tweet

Over the last several decades, America has been instrumental in destabilising a number of Muslim states.
12 Jun 2021

Poor health indicators

IF the coronavirus has taught the world anything, it is that the old maxim ‘health is wealth’ is true. Though...