Radio Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - In shortwave days of yore, stations interested in making ongoing contact with listeners sent out periodic program schedules, informing listeners of upcoming programs. It is in Portuguese and English, and it contains much interesting information, including a description and photos of the station, a day-by-day list of the programs, with fuller descriptions of certain programs, news of Brazil's war effort, and reception reports from listeners. Radio Nacional operated with 50 kw.
April 10, will always be remembered in the legislative history of Sindh. On this day, the Governor of Sindh, Mohammad Zubair, signed the Sindh Transparency and Right to Information RTI Bill into law, ushering in an era of enhanced transparency by securing the right of every citizen of the province to access information in matters of public importance.
However, the societal limitations imposed on these women also bring out the best in some of them.
Uzma Bashir, a member of Mansehra District Council, is a prime ex-ample. In Pakistan, legislative governance remains weak and far below public expectations because of a wide range of factors. The governance system in Pakistan has considerable room to strengthen its accountability mechanisms.
This is especially so since the citizens — particularly those living in the rural areas — are unaware of their constitutional and legal rights, as well as of the mechanisms to hold elected representatives and public offi-cials accountable.
The education sector in Pakistan has traditionally received little attention from the legislators. In Punjab, the most populous province of the country, the role of the legislators in contributing to educational governance has been limited at best.
The lack of legislative oversight of the education sector can be attributed mainly to: Plugging the gap in educational legislative governance, by em-powering the relevant standing committee of the provincial leg-islature, holds the promise of increased citizen-centered planning, need-based resource allocation and vigorous over-sight.
The amend-ments proposed by the Mardan-based organization are de-signed to improve the performance of the legislature and legislators; and strengthen the participation of citizens, stake-holders and civil society in legislation and executive oversight.
The business rules of the assemblies in Pakistan are either outdated or not aligned with the aspirations of citizens, resulting in a general lack of interest in the legislative process.
The be-low-potential performance of the legislature in Khyber Pakh-tunkhwa can be mainly attributed to the lack of understanding of business rules among both the legislators and custodians of the house, and lax implementation of the business rules gov-erning the assembly proceedings. The extent of her achievement is best explained by that the community elders had barred women from even casting their votes in many preceding elections in the district.
To help the members of this marginalized community living in Badin district realize their full potential, Jokhio built their capacity and motivated them to fully participate in the local government elections. Suffering from acute poverty and rampant illiteracy, coupled with widespread discrimination against them, they do not wield political influence at any level.
Fayyaz-ul-Islam, a year old pharmaceutical representative-turned-development practitioner, has built the capacity of local communities in Mardan district to seek information from gov-ernment departments under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information RTI Actleading to marked improvements in social service delivery.
On the one hand, the lack of information created disconnect between citizens and public bodies; while, on the other, it incentivized corruption. While the situation of the disadvantaged sections of society is far from ideal in many parts of Pakistan, those in rural Sindh find it particularly difficult to get their rights.
Read the full story here In Pakistan, electricity shortages, bad for years, have reached crisis proportions. The crisis is the product of multiple factors, from worn out power plants to crumbling transmission lines and from decades-old policy mistakes to circular debt in billions. One reason, however, stands above the others: Sustainable power management, where electricity theft is minimized, where supply meets the demand and where consumers are facilitated in their billing process, is need of the hour today.
The situation is grave in rural areas, where electricity theft is at its peak resulting in long power break-downs. With energy crisis mounting, community involvement is a must for designing short and long term solutions.
Initially residents of the city were mobilized from eight union councils to male 60 Mohallah Committees, where each Mohallah comprised of houses. It was made sure that female residents of the city also take part in the activities.
Keeping public office holders involved not only ensures a transparent and accountable state but it also yields a sense of belonging into the hearts of citizens. This, however, is only possible if free flow of information prevails between state institutions and citizens.ST ATIONS "Sewell T.
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