Railways fiscal deficit reduced considerably: Shahbaz Sharif

LAHORE: The financial deficit of the Pakistan Railways has been reduced and its operations have been improved considerably, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Saturday.

He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the recently-completed double railway track from Lodhran to Raiwind at Premnagar. With the dualisation of track from Lodhran to Raiwind, the entire railway line from Lahore to Karachi has been doubled.

“The railway’s deficit has been brought down from Rs37 billion to Rs27 billion. The deficit will be further cut by more than Rs3.5 billion during the current year. Due to railway administration’s efforts, the number of passengers has been increased by 15 million,” he said.

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Fix it campaign takes young Karachiites by strom

Karachi man, volunteers fix manholes after Sindh govt fails to

KARACHI: Alamgir Khan, whose Fix it campaign has taken young Karachiites by storm, has taken it upon himself to “fix” the appearance of city roads because the provincial government has failed to do so.

On Friday, over 100 citizens and civil society activists joined Alamgir, who has been anointed a local hero by many on social media, to seal gaps on the bustling University Road.

Alamgir told Dawn.com that the step was taken after the local administration failed to seal manholes despite two days having passed — the deadline Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah had given local authorities to cover all gutters in Karachi or “face strict action”, in the wake of media reports criticising the state of roads.

It was then that Alamgir decided to take his campaign to the next level. His team arranged manhole covers at a cost of a meagre Rs13,000 and the group sealed gaps on University Road on Friday afternoon.

“At a cost of just Rs13,000 and in only six hours, we managed to seal 42 manholes on University Road,” he said.

The participants then painted the word “fixed” next to the gaps they had sealed.

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Finally! Science proves that Canadians are way more polite than Americans.

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It is a generally assumed principle, much like the sun rising in the east or bears hibernating in the winter, that Canadians are an unfailingly polite people. They don’t like to argue; they apologize for mistakes that others make.

We accept that Canadians are exceedingly polite — and now we have some data to prove it. Two doctoral students at McMaster University, a bit outside of Toronto, compared millions of geotagged tweets from the United States and Canada from 2015. They looked at the top 10 percent of words most likely to be used by Canadians and compared them with the top 10 percent most likely to be used by Americans.

They found that Canadians, true to form, are just way nicer on Twitter. This is a word cloud of each country’s most-used words — note that some on the American side had to be blurred out, as they were not appropriate for the university’s website:

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