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LHC acquits accused on benefit of doubt

LHC acquits accused on benefit of doubt

LAHORE: A division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) has set aside a death sentence and two life imprisonments of three convicts and ordered to acquit them from murder charges on benefit of doubt, on Saturday.
An FIR had been registered against the accused at Police Station Sadar Samundri, Faisalabad, and according to the prosecution, the accused gunned down Muhammad Sajjad and injured Asif in 2003.
The trial court of Faisalabad on March 29, 2005 had awarded death

CM increases Gulab Devi Hospital’s grant

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday increased the annual grant of Gulab Devi Hospital from Rs 100 million to Rs 130 million. He was addressing a ceremony in connection with the 75th founding day of Gulab Devi Hospital.
Members of the national and provincial assemblies, Gulab Devi Hospital Managing Committee Chairman Syed Shahid Ali, philanthropists, local and foreign health experts, senior doctors and paramedical staff were at the ceremony.
He said

Scarcity of senior judges puts LHC image at stake

LAHORE: The working and performance of the Lahore High Court (LHC) is suffering because of a shortage of senior judges; 87 percent of LHC judges are junior judges with little grasp over judicial matters, sources told Pakistan Today.
The court sources said the scarcity of senior judges at LHC was a big hurdle in clearing the ever-increasing backlog of the cases or doing full justice to the cases, and as a result public finds itself in dire straits. Court officials including

WASA to submit itself to new Walled City authority

Lahore: The Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) shall soon be onboard the “Sustainable Development of the Walled City of Lahore” (SDWCL) project funded by the World Bank, Pakistan Today has learnt.
WASA is likely to sign a Memorandum of Partnership (MOP) with SDWC on November 15 with all WASA assets being transferred to the new municipal authority.
The SDWCL project was initiated in 2006 in partnership with Agha Khan Cultural Services with Rs 1.5 billion made available to

Dengue death confirmed, platelet kits unavailable

LAHORE: A dengue patient died for lack of platelet kits in Lahore on November 3, despite the government’s claims that there has not been a single ‘verifiable’ death because of dengue across Punjab, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Muhammad Rafique was admitted to Omar Hospital and was diagnosed with dengue on November 1. His relatives could not arrange more than one kit for platelet transfusion which ultimately resulted in his death owing to the Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS) – the most

Parents in a quandary as schools up tuition fee

LAHORE: An increase in tuition fee of various private schools across Lahore has stirred a wave of anger and concern among parents and students, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Private schools including Beaconhouse School System (BSS), Lahore Grammar School (LGS), Salamat School System, Lahore College of Arts and Science (LACAS), Resource Academia and City School have increased their fee by 10 to 20 percent for the new academic year.
Parents have expressed their disapproval over

LPG price hike adds to people’s woes

LAHORE: An increase in Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) prices by Rs 12 per kilogramme on Wednesday has left the people thunderstruck.
People have expressed displeasure over the decision of the government, adding that the officials did not care about the living conditions of the public. LPG is used in rickshaws and other means of transport used by the lower and the middle class.
Roadside stalls and khokhas also use it in their stoves. An increase in the prices of LPG will

Sikhs remember Operation Blue Star martyrs

LAHORE: The Dera Sahab Golden Temple, located just outside the Lahore Fort, saw a large gathering of Sikhs from all over Pakistan.
The Sikhs gathered to remember the atrocities Indian forces committed in 1984 when the Golden Temple in Amritsar was raided and a large number of Sikhs were massacred.
A three-minute silence was maintained to remember those that were killed during Indira Gandhi’s Operation Blue Star and the horrifying ‘Sikh-cleansing’ that took place. During

LHC orders CDGL to raze unauthorised speed breakers

LAHORE: The Lahore High court (LHC) on Wednesday ordered the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) to remove all unauthorized speed breakers and put up streets lights where missing.
LHC Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif passed the order while disposing the suo motu notice against the death of two brothers in Gulshan Ravi. The two brothers had allegedly died after falling off their motorcycle at a speed breaker.
During court proceedings SSP Investigation Zulfiqar Hameed

Lawyers’ fight for judicial overhaul not over yet: Asma

LAHORE: The lawyers’ movement for the restoration of judiciary launched after the November 3, 2007 steps taken by former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf was based on a strong desire for overhauling the justice system of the country and the purpose is yet to be achieved fully, Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Asma Jahangir said on Tuesday.
Asma made these comments while addressing lawyers at the general house meeting of the Lahore High Court Bar Association

Smoke settles – Hall Road traders spend day cleaning shops

LAHORE: Wednesday was a tiring day for Hall Road traders as they slowly made their way wiping water off their shops after a fire extinguishing episode late on Tuesday night.
A short circuit had erupted fire at Arif Plaza on Tuesday, reducing valuables worth millions into ashes.
Talking to Pakistan Today, Hall Road Traders Union President Baber Mahmood said though Rescue 1122 and Fire Brigade managed to extinguish the fire after a five-hour continuous struggle, it took the

Liberty parking plaza opening on 30th

LAHORE: As part of the Lahore Development Authority’s (LDA) Urban Planning Vision 2015 initiative, the first-of-its-kind nine-storey parking facility, the “Park and Ride Plaza”, located at the Liberty Roundabout adjacent to the United Christian Hospital, is all set to be opened to the public on November 30, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The plaza was likely to be opened in October, but due to a delay in the delivery of material required for the building’s exterior, the Traffic and

IJT wants Baloch sent packing

LAHORE: Islami Jamiat Taliba (IJT) activists on Wednesday staged a protest in Punjab University demanding the termination of former principal of College of Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES), Professor Dr Iftikhar Ahmad Baloch.
IJT activists from different institutions of the city gathered at PU Chemical Engineering Department and took out a rally against Baloch.
Shouting slogans like “Zinda hay Jamiat Zinda hay” and “Baloch is a rapist”, the activists abused the

Seven dead in road accidents

Lahore: Seven people died and several others were injured in seven road accidents in the provincial capital on Wednesday.
Ahsan, a resident of the Ravi Road, was knocked down by a trolley loaded carrying iron rods. Severely injured, Ahsan was rushed to the hospital where he died. Ahsan’s relatives staged a protest on Ravi Road and demanded the police to arrest the trolley driver who escaped after knocking Ahsan down. The protesters dispersed after the police assured to arrest the

Doctors manhandled, Mayo OPD shut down

LAHORE: Mayo Hospital doctors closed the Out Patients Department (OPD) on Wednesday in protest against the manhandling of medical staff, including two female colleagues, by families of two patients who succumbed to bullet injuries in the hospital’s surgical wards late on Tuesday night.
The two patients were being treated for serious bullet injuries in the north surgical and east surgical wards of Mayo Hospital for the last several days.
According to Mayo Hospital doctors,

Another day without CNG

LAHORE: With commuting problems continuing on the second day of the government-announced CNG holiday on Wednesday, citizens received marginal relief from the All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) who announced they will not observe a CNG strike today (Thursday).
Adding another day to the CNG closure schedule, the government had announced Wednesday as a day-off for CNG. Citizens using CNG for travel faced tremendous trouble as the second day of the closure passed by.

Fish production up, prices also up

LAHORE: The price of fish has risen considerably despite increased production this year. The price of fish ranges between Rs 150 to Rs 350 per kg, depending upon the size and type.
Put in comparison to last years prices when prices ranged between Rs 140-320 per kg but production was lower, this year’s increase in price is significant. The fish market works by a simple logic: fish of larger size sells more expensive, fish of smaller size sells cheaper.
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