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Google introduces suicide hotline for Pakistan

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KARACHI: Google has launched a suicide hotline one box for Pakistan which enables users to connect quickly with a suicide helpline at the top of the search results page, a statement from the tech giant said.

Anyone in Pakistan searching for suicide-related queries such as “suicide support” and “how can I commit suicide” will now be shown the “Umang Pakistan’s” helpline, the statement said.

Recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Umang is a mental health helpline that offers support to vulnerable Pakistanis ideating or planning suicide.

The tech giant said the partnership between Umang and Google aims to help tackle the rising issue of suicides in Pakistan.

According to WHO estimates, there are around 130,000 to 270,000 cases of attempted suicide in Pakistan each year.

Meanwhile, search interest in mental health issues has been on the rise, the tech company said, adding that Google Trends showed that topics such as “anxiety”, “depression” and “suicide” all peaked in the 2020-21 period in the country.

This Search update will be available on both desktop and mobile — Android/iOS.

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Chief of the Brazilian Navy Visits JS Headquarters: CJCSC General Sahir Shamshad Mirza Greets Dignitary

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At Joint Staff Headquarters, Rawalpindi, General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, was called by Brazilian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral Andre Luiz Silva Lima De Santana Mendes.

Maritime security, the developing security environment, and the improvement of security and defense cooperation between the two nations were among the bilateral topics that were covered during the discussion.

The dignitary in attendance expressed admiration for the professionalism exhibited by the Pakistan Armed Forces and praised the efforts made by both Pakistan and the Pakistan Armed Forces to combat terrorism.

Earlier, the visiting dignitary was given a “Guard of Honor” by a well-groomed Tri-Services contingent upon their arrival at Joint Staff Headquarters.

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SIFC Transforms Agriculture: PM Introduces $197 Million Solar Project for Balochistan Tubewells

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The Special Investment Facilitation Council and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif have collaborated to present a significant project. The project is expected to cost more than 197 million dollars and will solarize 27,000 agricultural tubewells in Balochistan.

By reducing the agriculture sector’s reliance on fossil fuels and conventional electricity, this project seeks to advance sustainable energy practices.

The project aims to improve the environmental sustainability and efficiency of the sector by switching to solar energy.

Highlighting the project’s financial advantages, he said that Pakistan would be able to save as much as 2.7 million dollars in foreign exchange through the solarization of its tubewells.

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CDA Issues A Rain Alert Per Naqvi’s Order

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Capital Development Authority Chairman Muhammad Ali Randhawa has been instructed by Federal Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi to oversee the completion of rainwater drainage in the Federal Capital.

The Interior Minister spoke with him and advised that officers and workers in question stay in the field until the procedure was finished, as well as that regular checks be made to ensure that water drains from low-lying regions.

To make sure that water drains at underpasses and other locations, he ordered routine surveillance of Islamabad’s streams, drains, and canals.

He asserted that in order to facilitate traffic flow, traffic police officers should carry out their tasks in a dynamic way.

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