Landslide lake in Pakistan

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boston:  Five months ago, on January 4th, 2010 in the remote Hunza River Valley of northern Pakistan, a massive landslide buried the village of Attabad, destroying 26 homes, killing 20 people, and damming up the Hunza River. As the newly-formed lake grew, authorities rushed to evacuate and supply those affected in the landslide area and upstream. The lake is now over 300 feet deep and 16km (10 mi) long, submerging miles of highway, farms and homes. Earlier this week, the lake reached the top of the natural dam, and began to spill out – rapid erosion of the landslide debris has authorities worried about a potential breach, and locals have been evacuated as officials monitor the developing situation. Special thanks to the Pamir Times for sharing their photos and coverage of this event.


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  • Pamir Times News and views blog of Gilgit – Baltistan, Pakistan

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Pak skier Mohammad Abbas qualifies for Vancouver 2010

Abbas and almost all members of the team belong to the Northern Areas which is the home to the country’s top ski resort at Nalter, near Gilgit. -Photo by APP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani skier Mohammad Abbas became the first man in the country’s history to qualify for the the Winter Olympics, to be held from Feb 12 in Vancouver, Canada.

A ceremony was arranged at the Canadian High Commission in Islamabad to honour Abbas.

Canadian High Commissioner Randolph Mank, office-bearers of the ski federation, Abbas, politicians and diplomats attended the ceremony in large number.

Abbas was part of a group of eight Pakistani skiers that undertook a nine-week advanced training-cum-competition tour of Europe early last year in a bid to earn points and qualification for the Winter Olympics. A skier automatically qualifies for the Winter Olympics if he has an average of 120 Federation de International Skiing points, something which was expected of at least half the team but only Abbas could manage.

Ski Federation of Pakistan (SFP), led by its President Air Marshal Shahid Lateef, had sponsored the trip and had in fact been providing financial, logistical and coaching support to the selected skiers for the past couple of years.

Abbas and almost all members of the team belong to the Northern Areas which is the home to the country’s top ski resort at Nalter, near Gilgit.

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Latest Indian gimmick to milk USA

Islamabad—It seems India has tailored a new gimmick to milk United States of Ameica by raising friction with China. India says “China is encroaching into the land (J&K) to grab a particular area to extend its control till Indus river”. New Delhi has been using “China card” for procuring western arms since her 1962 NEFA debacle.

Observers say that this is typical Nehruvian way of raising ‘friction’ to extract military hardware from USA/West.India has recently struck a big deal with USA for purchase ten state-of-the-art Globemaster aircraft for military purposes. Read more of this post

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