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CNG closure this week too, and for three days

CNG closure this week too, and for three days

LAHORE: Commuters continue to suffer and complain as with the two-day scheduled CNG closure, an extra one-day closure will be observed this week on account of a protest by the All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) against the two-day closure.
The gas will remain suspended on Tuesday and Wednesday as scheduled, and on Thursday APCA will shut down the stations in protest. “The government has closed the CNG stations for two days a week and we are closing one day in protest.

‘Classical music returns, only to fade away’

LAHORE: On the last day of the All Pakistan Music Conference (APMC), the public mood was eager but slightly downcast; the four-day long musical journey was now coming to an end. The festival at the Alhamra Arts Council had drawn in crowds of devoted classical music listeners, some of those who would stay from beginning to the end of the concert.
Music festivals like APMC are a serious method of promoting classical music culture in the country. Considering that there are only a

‘Independent judiciary possible if judges are appointed on merit’

LAHORE: Independence of the judiciary is possible if judges are appointed on merit, newly-elected Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Asma Jehangir said on Saturday.
“Presently most of the judges are good but a few have not been appointed on merit,” she said while addressing lawyers at the Lahore Bar Association (LBA) where she went to thank lawyers for their support in her victory. “If lawyers are tortured then it means that the judiciary is not independent. We

LHC CJ orders judicial inquiry into LDA torture incident

LAHORE: Taking notice of the torture on a former Lahore Development Authority (LDA) school teacher and journalists from a private television channel, the Lahore High Court chief justice on Saturday ordered a judicial inquiry headed by Cantt Magistrate Masroor Anwar to ascertain the facts of the incident.
The inquiry will begin on November 1 (Monday) and the magistrate will submit its report to the LHC in 48 hours. Fouzia Iftikhar Khan had visited the LDA Building on Friday along

Corruption mars Lahore Ring Road’s completion

LAHORE: The future of the Lahore Ring Road (LRR) project, brainchild of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, is again looking dark, as three major packages of its northern loop planned to be completed in the current fiscal year, have been shelved after alleged misappropriations and slow delivery of payments to the contractors, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Although other packages of the LRR project would continue according to the original roadmap, the scrapping

Private hospitals, labs making money off dengue

LAHORE: Private hospitals and laboratories continue to cash in on the dengue epidemic as the dengue fear grips the city, while an increasing number of patients pour in.
A survey of major private hospitals and laboratories reveals that extremely high prices are being charged for the diagnosis and treatment of dengue and huge profits were being made out of a facility that was available free-of-cost in government hospitals.
The survey included National Hospital Defence,

Unprepared for dengue – 40% of dengue screening results false’

LAHORE: The rapid screening method being used in a majority of public sector hospitals to detect dengue virus is not recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), as 40 percent of the screening results are false, senior doctors told Pakistan Today on Friday.
They said that the mostly available diagnostic tool of screening through kits for the detection of dengue virus was not a quantitative method, as a significant number of test results were “false positive” or “false

LDA guards beat up journalists trying to protect woman from violence

LAHORE: Security guards of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) attacked the staff of the Dunya TV channel when they tried to rescue an elderly woman (an ex-LDA employee) from being beaten by the guards at the LDA Building on Egerton Road on Friday.
Fouzia, a teacher sacked from the LDA School in Johar Town, had approached the LDA along with court orders for her reinstatement. She was trying to meet the LDA’s top brass when security guards headed by Sohaib Abdul Rehman began

PU IMPP students barge in during Lord Nazir’s address

LAHORE: Students from the Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology (IMPP) Punjab University Lahore not only forced their way in the Faisal Auditorium and protested, where Lord Nazir Ahmad from the British House of Lords was delivering a speech, but also lounged themselves in front of his car when he was leaving.
PU security guards, working under PU Chief Security Officer (CSO) Col. (r) Khalid Hasan, could do little to control the students and only roughed up a few after the

Transformer trolleys causing traffic congestion

LAHORE: Trolleys carrying electricity transformers placed on different city roads are causing traffic congestion and also pose threats to citizens’ lives, Pakistan Today has observed.
Most of these trolleys can be seen on the Peco Road, Model Town Link Road, Faisal Town and in the walled city. COMPLAINTS Citizens say that these transformer trolleys caused traffic congestion as the trolley blocked one lane of the road.
“I often get stuck in traffic jams, especially in morning

LUMs to initiate EMS training for students from other varsities

LAHORE: The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) has prepared four of its students – members of the LUMS Emergency Medical Service (EMS) – to develop an emergency medical technician curriculum to train volunteers in order to equip them with skills for providing emergency medical services on campus.
LUMS EMS President Babar Asad said that the four students completed a two-week training programme at Rice University and would now share their newly-gained knowledge and

End to corruption and police injustices vital for peace: Shahbaz

LAHORE: The equitable distribution of resources, elimination of corruption and curbing police injustices is essential for setting up a peaceful society, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Thursday.
He made these comments while addressing a large gathering of people after the distribution of vouchers of free fertilizers, seeds and quilts among the flood victims in Esa Khel in Mianwali district. The CM said that it was unfortunate that the poor, backward regions were the

‘Nations achieve superiority with education’

LAHORE: Only those nations achieve socio-economic superiority which devote their time and energy for utilisation of knowledge through education and research, Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran said on Thursday.
He made these remarks while addressing the book launching ceremony of PU Pro-VC Dr Jamil Anwar Chaudhry’s “Atom Bomb-Tasawar Say Haqeeqat Tak” at the Undergraduate Block, New Campus. Punjab Education Foundation Chairman Raja Muhammad Anwar, former PU

GCU registrar gets 6-month extension

LAHORE: Former registrar of the Government College University Lahore (GCU) Faisal Khurshid is still occupying his office although the Higher Education Department (HED) has rejected his term-extension summary.
According to sources, GCU Vice Chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab had extended Faisal’s tenure for another six months under the doctrine of necessity which he was empowered to use through a varsity ordinance.
However, an HED official said that the GCU VC should immediately find

PPP in control of all important bars after Asma’s win

LAHORE: With the victory of Asma Jhahangir’s group in the SCBA elections, all active bar associations and bar councils of the country have come under the control of pro-government and pro-Pakistan People’s Party lawyers’ leadership.
It were bars and black coats of Lahore, Rawalpindi and Islamabad that led the rest of the lawyers in the country over the years, but the same are now positioning in favour of the PPP men (lawyers) in a shift that will impact the future relation of the

Asma to work for free judiciary

LAHORE: Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Asma Jehangir said on Thursday she would play her role for an independent judiciary without taking sides of either the government or the judiciary.
She made these remarks while talking to journalists on the Lahore High Court (LHC) premises. Asma thanked her voters and supporters for helping her in winning the elections. She said that an independent bar was necessary for an independent judiciary and both were two parallel

‘Dr Maher is a con man’, says a circular

LAHORE: Members of the pro Jamat-e-Islami (JI) Academic Group on Thursday distributed a circular against Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) President Dr Maher Saeed Akhter calling him the ‘ring leader’ of a land mafia who had made millions illegally.
The members of the Academic group have split and the circular was issued in continuation of a propaganda warfare that has started within the members of the Academic Group, as the Academic