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Officers fill in newly-created posts, re-designated

Officers fill in newly-created posts, re-designated

LAHORE – The Punjab government has transferred several officers from the provincial service and the district management group to the newly created posts of additional commissioners, additional collectors, besides promoting several others on Wednesday.
The notification read that in pursuance to the approval of the competent authority, the posts of additional commissioners at Divisional Headquarters in Punjab have been re-designated as “Additional Commissioner (Coordination)”.

LHC warns Punjab govt against non-payment of teachers’ allowance

LAHORE – Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed on Wednesday warned the Punjab secretary finance of stern action if the “Big City Allowance” was not given to the teachers serving within the jurisdiction of the Lahore city district government.
An Assistant Advocate General undertook on behalf of the government that the matter would be resolved before the next hearing on May 3. Justice Saeed observed that if the matter was not resolved by the next hearing, the court

Indonesian Cultural Night held at Alhamra

LAHORE – The embassy of the Indonesian Republic and the Lahore Arts Council organized Indonesian Cultural Night at the Alhamra Arts Council. Lahore Arts Council Executive Director Muhammad Ali Baloch and Indonesian Republic Ambassador Ishak Latuconsina said Pakistan and Indonesia could understand each other by holding cultural events.
Cultural performances dominated the show included a fashion show, traditional music and dances and other performances. The Indonesia Cultural Week

PAL to publish books on Faiz

LAHORE – Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) Chairman Fakhar Zaman announced on Wednesday that PAL was planning to publish two books titled “Faiz Tanqeed ki Meezan Par” and “Khushnawa Faqir Faiz Ahmed Faiz” on the work of renowned poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Giving a briefing, Zaman said that the PAL Faiz Ahmed Faiz Auditorium would be completed by the year 2011 and added that the year 2011 had been declared as “Faiz Year”.
The chairman said that the book, “Faiz Tanqeed ki Meezan Par”

‘Reporters are under pressure’

LAHORE – Twenty-seven journalists and media practitioners from various print and electronic organisations assembled under the banner of a private consulting firm, Free Independent Responsible Media (FIRM), on Wednesday. The participant observed that media persons especially field reporters was under a lot of pressure. They said the pressure not only came from various media stakeholders such as advertisers and owners but also various segments of the society that muffled the media’s

OGRA to protect stakeholders’ rights

LAHORE – Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) Chairman Tauqir Sadiq chaired a public hearing organized by OGRA on a petition by Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) on Wednesday and said that OGRA was determined to protect the rights of all stakeholders in accordance with the law and in the best public interest. The petition was filed to determine SNGPL’s estimated revenue requirements/prescribed prices for the year fiscal year (FY) 2011-12. The hearing was attended by

LHC seeks official response in two weeks in Ibadur Rehman’s case

LAHORE – Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday asked the govt to file their replies within two weeks regarding arrest of driver who crushed to death Ibadur Rehman.
The counsel pleading the case submitted that three months had been passed, but apparently nothing had been done to arrest the driver and impound the vehicle under which Ibadur Rehman was crushed to death.
LHC Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry ordered the federal interior and foreign secretaries, Punjab home

Roofs collapse under heavy rain

LAHORE – Three people, including a couple, died and 13 others, including nine children, were injured in separate incidents of roof collapse on Tuesday. In the first mishap, a man and his wife died while their seven children, including two girls, were injured when the roof of their single-story house collapsed. The deceased were identified as 40-year-old Muhabbat Khan and his wife Gul-e-Hayat while their injured children were identified as Mujahid Khan, 14, Aasia, 9, Shahid, 8, Laiba,

LHC adjourns hearing on PCS officers

LAHORE – The LHC on Tuesday adjourned proceedings till April 21 in a petition by Punjab Civil Services Welfare Association (PCSWA) president and others challenging the show-cause notice issued to them and subsequent suspension orders. LHC Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry deferred the hearing on a request from the petitioners/ suspended officers as their counsel lawyer Hamid Khan could not appear in court owing to some other engagements.
The petition was filed by the PCSWA

PU syndicates election campaign – Staining the opponent’s repute!

LAHORE – Punjab University (PU) teachers who are contesting Syndicates Election 2011 have started campaigning against their rivals in the elections. Teachers’ Front (TF), a pro-VC group, on Monday distributed the copies of a letter from the University of Leeds that exposed a PU faculty member’s forgery, while the Academic Group (AG), a pro-Jamat-i-Islami (JI) group, in a tit-for-tat response, distributed a circular against PU VC and TF teachers, exposing their wrongdoings.

‘Only Aga Khan University meets PMDC’s criteria’

LAHORE – Not even a single medical university and college of both the private and public sector met the educational criteria of the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) expect Aga Khan University Karachi, Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Punjab President Dr Ashraf Nizami said on Tuesday. He was speaking at a press conference at the PMA House. Nizami said that both the federal and provincial governments should maintain a strict check and balance on all medical colleges. If the

Microfinance miracles – A helpless woman, helpless no more

LAHORE – Being divorced at the age of 21 and left with three children to take care of, Gulzar Fatima did not want to continue living in her parents’ home, depending on others to earn for her. For the first time she made a decision of moving out of her parents’ home to live an independent life and earn livelihood for the family. As expected, initially she faced the disapproval of her family at the idea of earning money all by herself, but her firm determination paid off and she managed

LHC seeks report from WASA on drinking water

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) chief justice (CJ) on Tuesday sought a report from the Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) managing director (MD) for May 3 in a suo motu case and identical writ petitions against presence of arsenic in the tube-wells of the city. On earlier orders by the court, WASA managing director was expected to submit a reply and detailed report on Tuesday, however it was not carried out. Upon this, LHC Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry passed fresh

Several documentaries screened on Vasaakh Film Festival’s 2nd day

LAHORE – Several documentaries were screened on the second day of the Vasaakh Film Festival at the Forman Christian College (FCC) on Tuesday. Contestants from various universities depicted their talent by showcasing wonderful documentaries. Around 23 short films and documentaries were screened on the second day of the film gala, which raised social problems and covered issues ranging from living in the slums of the River Ravi to poverty and domestic violence. ‘
Not to be loud’

Chinese envoy gives te computers to GCU

LAHORE – Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Liu Jian gifted ten latest computers, software and other accessories to the Government College University (GCU) with which the university has established a high-tech computer laboratory for students at the GCU Postgraduate Library for online access of electronic journals, books and other digital material. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Ikramul Haq on Tuesday inaugurated the laboratory, while Dean of Arts and Social Sciences Prof Dr Khalid Perviaz,

Application filed to restore Saad Rafique’s disqualification case

LAHORE – Lahore High Court Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Tuesday issued notice to PML-N MNA Khawaja Saad Rafiq on an application by PML-Q’s Humayon Akhtar seeking to decide a disqualification case against Saad on merit, which the court had earlier dismissed on technical grounds. Justice Bandial on April 1 dismissed Akhtar’s petition. Now Akhtar, through his counsel Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, filed an application to restore the proceedings. The counsel pleaded that the case should be

JI chief supports army troops withdrawal from Sui and Gwadar

LAHORE – Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Syed Munawar Hasan welcomed on Tuesday Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani’s announcement of troops’ withdrawal from Sui and Gwadar and termed it a step in the right direction. He said General Kayani’s statement that the army would be withdrawn from Sui and Gwadar within two months and it would not take part in any operation in Balochistan in the future indicated the realization that issues could not be resolved by force and military operation, adding