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Flood victims’ woes forgotten, laments HRCP

Flood victims’ woes forgotten, laments HRCP

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has voiced concern that the problems of the flood-hit population all over Pakistan seem to have come off the priority list even though the difficulties facing the affected people remain as challenging as ever and in some areas have even aggravated.
HRCP has been conducting damage and needs assessment in 33 flood-affected districts across the country and monitoring relief efforts there. In January and February the Commission held

Wet weather for Pakistan

Pakistan Meteorological Department (Met) informed that another weather system of moderate intensity, likely to last for 5 to 6 days, has entered Pakistan through Balochistan on Friday and it is expected to grip most parts of the country on Saturday. Under the influence of this weather system, scattered rain with intervals is expected to pour over Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa (KPK), Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir from Saturday to Wednesday. Snowfall of light to moderate

YDA doctors demand transparent process

The medical community decided to protest if any retired professor or a principal of a private medical college will be appointed Vice Chancellor University of Health Sciences in near future. Young Doctors Association (YDA) office bearers demanded Punjab Chief Minister to regard the UHS ordinance 2002 and the principle of seniority cum fitness and appoint a senior and capable Professor from Government sector as UHS Vice Chancellor.

Judges get children custody protocol training

Federal judicial academy arranged a workshop in collaboration with British High Commission and NGO “Struggle for Change” for judicial officers at a local hotel. The objective of workshop was to create awareness about the protocol signed by Pakistan Chief Justice (CJ) and the Presidents’ Family Division High Court of England and Wales which ensures that a child removed from lawful custody of parent against the order of a court in Pakistan or UK is brought back to the custody of

LDA rejects 50 percent transfer fee raise

The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has turned down a well-planned move of a 50 percent hike in transfer fee of plots in its own housing schemes and decided to uphold the present ratio for all allotted, auction and exemption plots, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The proposal to increase the levy on transfer of plots of 3 marlas, 5 marlas, 7 marlas, 250-square metres and more than 250-square metres was floated by highly-ranked officials working on probation and having close

Special children get awards at Tulip Show closure

The first ever three days Tulip Flower Show came to an emotion packed conclusion at the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club, the beauty of the flowers providing an inspiration to a large number of flower enthusiasts, growers, farmers and families and at the concluding prize distribution ceremony overflow of emotions as the paintings of the tulips drawn by special children of Rising Sun Institute were displayed. Judges of the painting competition declared Umar’s painting as the top one

IGP orders Gujjar Khan SDPO’s retirement

Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Javed Iqbal has ordered compulsory retirement of Gujjar Khan SDPO Muhammad Jameel Baig on misuse of powers on Friday.
During an inquiry held on IGP’s orders, Jameel was found guilty of charges of violating the provisions of Police Order 2002 and misuse of official power for some ‘ulterior motives’, concluded the Inquiry Officer Dr Muhammad Akhtar Abbas, the then CTO Rawalpindi. During the investigation it was also established that Jameel

Inspiring engineers – Enthralling events at FAST IEEE week continue

FAST chapter of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) brought another enthralling and joyous event EE_HUNT by NUCES Circuit Society (NCS) in which teams from various schools and universities including Beacon house, Lahore Grammar, UET and FAST-LHR participated. All teams had to find a hidden treasure from a set of 6 hidden clues. An exciting commotion by the participants’ lust for the treasure hurled all the boredom out of the campus. UET’s team won.

JI protests against Davis’ expected release

The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) observed a protest day on Friday against possible release of US national Raymond Davis on immense US pressure.
Rallies were held in the federal and provincial capitals, which were attended by JI leaders and other religious leaders. Addressing Friday prayer sermon at Mansoora, JI chief Munawar Hassan said that the rulers were US slaves and nothing good was expected from them. He made it clear that if rulers handed over Davis by compromising national honour

Another bike theft in PU

Punjab University (PU) administration has failed to control motorcycle theft from the varsity as on Friday one more student from PU Political Science Department lost his bike from the hostels’ area. PU students condemned the administration for being unable to control thefts and said they will protest in the coming days against the poor security arrangements in hostels. PU students gathered at the hostels, where Ahmad was found lamenting on the loss of his motorcycle. Ahmad said he was


Mismanagement of the Health Department and top hospital officials have not only put the fate of 60 postgraduate trainee medical officers (MOs) on line, but has left health establishments in districts without adequate doctors as well, Pakistan Today has learnt.
These trainees were appointed on a regular basis by the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), which conducted regular appointments after a lapse of nearly 15 years in July 2010. A total of 1,250 MOs were recruited and

UoE students demand reinstatement of sacked teachers

LAHORE – A number of University of Education (UoE) students held a demonstration on Thursday seeking the reinstatement of Dr Anwar Rehman Pasha and his wife Dr Shireen Pasha, who were sacked by the university’s vice chancellor Dr Farhat Cheema on corruption allegations a few days ago.
The students demanded that the Punjab governor and UoE Chancellor Latif Khosa terminate the VC, claiming that she had sacked the professors due to personal grudge. They claimed that 38 students

Swine flu makes its way to Lahore

LAHORE – Swine influenza seems on the loose again, as right after detecting a swine flu case in Karachi, 20 patients have appeared to be infected with influenza A in Lahore, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Sources at CMH revealed that the hospital has been sending two to three blood samples of Influenza A patients everyday to Mayo Hospital for a week. CMH doctors have confirmed that most of the patients are retired army personnel, and are said to be residing in Lahore or the city

SIC calls off Namoos-e-Risalat Movement

LAHORE – The Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) on Thursday appreciated the PM’s move for approving the summary of not amending the blasphemy law and announced calling of its Namoos-e-Risalat Movement. In a joint declaration, SIC leaders Fazal Karim, Riaz Shah, Ijaz Qadri, Afzal Qadri, Mahfouz Mashadi, Nawaz Kharal and Ajmal Gilani said that they would celebrate today (Friday) as “thanksgiving day”.
The Namoos-e-Risalat Movement started after slain Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer visited

‘Narrow streets thwarted attempts to put out Shah Alam Market fire’

LAHORE – The City District Government Lahore (CDGL) on Thursday issued a report on reasons for eruption for the fire at the Shah Alam Market on Monday. According to the report, rescue teams reached the spot late, which enabled the fire to engulf nearby buildings.
The report revealed that congested streets of the Shah Alam Market helped spread the fire, which created hurdles for rescue teams in extinguishing it. Illegal chemicals were stored in plazas, the report said adding that

Fatima Jinnah College’s Annual Sports Day held

LAHORE – Fatima Jinnah College organised its Annual Sports Day on Thursday as part of its silver jubilee celebrations. Chief Guest Justice (r) Nasira Javed Iqbal inaugurated the sports day along with Fatima Jinnah College Principal Asia Begum and Sports Department Head Shazia Zainab.
Around 500 students participated in the event in which students from FA and BA classes participated in the march past and PT show. Asia welcomed the chief guest and appreciated her active

PUASA threatens to launch anti-VC campaign

LAHORE – The Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) on Thursday threatened to launch an anti-Vice Chancellor (VC) Campaign and warned the VC that if he did not stop favouritism and remove his advisor Colonel (r) Ikramullah, then no authority could save his chair. PUASA office bearers expressed concerns over the VC’s alleged nepotism, favouritism and victimisation and said that teachers’ body are united against favoritism and one-man show.
Addressing a press