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Location in Pakistan

Karachi (Urdu: کراچی‎; ALA-LC: Karācī, IPA: [kəˈraːtʃi] (About this sound listen); Sindhi: ڪراچي‎) is the capital of the Pakistani province of Sindh. It is the most populous city in Pakistan, and sixth-most-populous city proper in the world. Ranked as a beta world city, the city is Pakistan's premier industrial and financial centre. Karachi is also Pakistan's most cosmopolitan city. Situated on the Arabian Sea, Karachi serves as a transport hub, and is home to Pakistan's two largest seaports, the Port of Karachi and Port Bin Qasim, as well as the busiest airport in Pakistan.

Though the Karachi region has been inhabited for millennia, the city was founded as the fortified village of Kolachi in 1729. The settlement drastically increased in importance with the arrival of British East India company in the mid 19th century, who not only embarked on major works to transform the city into a major seaport, but also connected it with their extensive railway network. By the time of the Partition of British India, the city was the largest in Sindh with an estimated population of 400,000. Following the independence of Pakistan, the city's population increased dramatically with the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees from India. The city experienced rapid economic growth following independence, attracting migrants from throughout Pakistan and South Asia.

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Dr Salimuzzaman Siddiqui (Urdu سلیم الزّماںصدّیقی; Hindustani pronunciation: [səliːmʊzəmã sɪðiqi]; 19 October 1897 – 14 April 1994) was a leading Pakistani scientist in chemistry. He is credited with isolating unique chemical compounds from the Neem (Azadirachta indica), Rauwolfia, and various other flora. As the founding director of H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry, he revolutionised the research on pharmacology of various domestic plants found in South Asia to extract novel chemical substances of medicinal importance. In addition to his scientific talents, Siddiqui was also a painter, a poet, and a great connoisseur of music. His paintings were exhibited in Germany, India, and Pakistan. Siddiqui's first medical breakthrough came when isolated an antiarrhythmic agent in 1931 from the roots of Rauvolfia serpentina. He named the newly discovered chemical compound as Ajmaline, after his mentor Hakim Ajmal Khan who was one of the illustrious practitioners of Unani system of medicine in South Asia. Later on, Siddiqui also extracted other alkaloids from Rauwolfia serpentina that included Ajmalinine, Ajmalicine, Isoajmaline, Neoajmaline, Serpentine and Serpentinine. Many of these are still used worldwide for treatment of mental disorders and cardiovascular ailments, especially as antiarrhythmic agents in Brugada syndrome. (More...)

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In the news

Today is August 21, 2018

28 February: Despite the termination order by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Home Secretary Sindh continued his work in office. He was dismissed by the prime minister of Pakistan due to his alleged involvement in corruption. Sindh government decided to take the matter with the Prime Minister of Pakistan to review the decision(The News) .

20 February: Civil society activists, led by Muhammad Jibran Nasir, in association with Pakistan Youth Alliance formed a human shield outside an Imambargah in Karachi to show solidarity protest against terrorism (Express Tribune)

11 September:

  • The 60th death anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, was observed in Karachi, like other parts of the country, with due reverence and solemnity on Thursday. (Dawn.com)

10 September:

  • The Centralized Admission Policy (CAP) committee on Wednesday announced the placement list pertaining to HSC-I pre-medical (female) candidates’ admission to colleges. (Dawn.com)
  • The Sindh Government has decided to construct a concrete wall around the oil installations in Kemari after threats of terrorism and oil theft. {The News - Jang)
  • The City District Government Karachi (CDGK) has taken various measures to control the spread of the dengue virus and provide better treatment facilities to dengue patients. {The News - Jang)

9 September:

  • Residents of the city braved another day of prolonged and frequent power failures amid the hot and humid weather on Tuesday. {The News - Jang)
  • The city government has not allowed the Chinese company with the garbage removal contract to begin collecting garbage from the city and take it to landfill sites for disposal. (Dawn.com)

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