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Protest held against police for protecting murder suspect

Protest held against police for protecting murder suspect

LAHORE – Dozens of people held a protest outside the Lahore Press Club on Monday against the Ferozwala Police for allegedly protecting the accused who killed an 18-year-old youth on late Sunday. The angry protesters placed the dead body of victim Muhammad Zubair, son of Nasir Mehmood, in front of the Lahore Press Club and chanted slogans against the role of the Ferozwala Police towards the accused. The protesters also blocked the road and burnt tyres. The protestors, including women

Heavy rain, hailstorm delight citizens

LAHORE – Heavy rain and hailstorm was witnessed at various parts of Lahore on Monday. Roads of Lahore again became white by the hailstorm whereas citizens were pleasantly surprised by the heavy rain, thunderstorm and hailstorm in the city. Motorcyclists faced immense difficulties during the hailstorm and rain and had to shelter themselves under nearby roofs.
The unprecedented spell of rains in the city is keeping citizens away from the heat wave. Rain and thunderstorm with

‘PPP will take coalition partners in confidence on financial crunch’

LAHORE – The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will take its coalition partners in confidence on the financial crunch facing the country, Advisor to the PM on Women Development Yasmin Rehman and said on Monday.Yasmin said that the PPP-led federal government has assured its coalition allies that relief will be provided to the masses in petroleum and gas products, as it was the basic need of the country to run both the public and private sectors smoothly.
The PPP leader said that

LHC moved for action against judicial magistrate

LAHORE – An application was filed before the Lahore High Court (LHC) member inspection team (MIT) seeking disciplinary action against Judicial Magistrate Irfan Anjum for committing alleged irregularities in a case. Advocate Usman Ali filed the application submitting that the magistrate had been hearing a case wherein a poor boy Muhammad Arshad was also involved in a crime along with other accused. The case’s FIR was registered by the Ravi Road Police Station under sections 281-A and

KESC inaugurates water purification plant in Korangi-10

KARACHI – The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) recently inaugurated a water purification plant in Korangi Sector 10 – a part of the company’s resolve to implement social reforms and interventions for the prosperity and betterment of Karachi and its residents. The plant, with a capacity of 1,000 gallons per hour, will provide clean drinking water to a population of around 12,000, said a KESC statement issued on Monday. The chief guest on the occasion was MNA Asif Husnain.

Provincial depts asked to assist Anti-Narcotics Force

KARACHI – In order to eradicate the menace of drugs and save innocent people from this anti-social habit, the provincial departments should join hands with the Anti-Narcotics Force, Sindh Chief Secretary Subhan Memon said on Monday. The chief secretary was presiding over a meeting to discuss the under-preparation Drug Control Master Plan Sindh in accordance with the Drug Control Master Plan 2010-14.
The meeting focused on controlling trafficking and distribution of narcotic

First ‘Youth Theatre Festival’ from 27th

KARACHI – The first ‘Youth Theatre Festival’ would be organised from April 27, Sindh Minister for Youth Affairs Faisal Ali Subzwari announced on Monday. Presiding over a meeting held at his office, the minister said that the two-day event would be organised in collaboration with the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi.
He further pointed out that the festival would help provide a platform to youngsters to display their talents and abilities. Sindh Youth Affairs Secretary Shoaib

Hearing of petition challenging appointment of PEF staff adjourned

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday adjourned the hearing of a petition challenging appointment of eight directors of the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) until April 28. Earlier, a reply was submitted in the court on behalf of the Punjab government and education department stating that all appointments were made according to the law. The court asked the education deputy secretary to explain whether the newly-appointed directors belong to the private sector.

Federal government to file reply on NAB DG’s appointment

LAHORE – A division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday adjourned the hearing on a petition challenging the appointment of Rana Zahid Mehmood as NAB Punjab director general.Earlier, Naseem Kahsmiri, deputy attorney general, sought time for filing a reply on behalf of the federal government. At this, the bench comprising Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and Justice Sheikh Ahmad Farooq deferred proceedings until April 28. Shah Faisal Qureshi, the petitioner, submitted that Zahid’s

Smuggled falcons released after case completion

LAHORE – The six falcons which were smuggled from the Rawalpindi airport in October 2010 were released on Monday after exactly six months, wild life sources said. The release of the rare Siberian falcons into the wild was organised as a special event by the Punjab Wildlife Department (PWD) and several other groups supporting wildlife and conservation, including WWF-Pakistan were part of the event. The event took place at the Salt Range. Last year, there was an attempt to illegally

GCU holds fresh flower exhibition

LAHORE – Government College University (GCU) Horticulture Society held a fresh flower exhibition at the varsity’s Abdus Salam Hall on Monday. The exhibition’s theme was ‘Flowers signify everything that is positive in this world: life, beauty, love and happiness’ Students from Kinnaird College, Government Gulberg College for Women, Islamia College and Fatima Jinnah College put flowers on display decorated in stylish handmade baskets, pots and pans.
GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr

UHS approves MBBS exam schedule

LAHORE – The Board of Studies in Medicine of the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Monday approved the schedule for MBBS professional examinations for session 2010-11. The 21st meeting of UHS Board of Studies was held with Nishtar Medical College Multan Principal Professor Liaq Hussain in the chair.
According to the approved schedule, first professional Part-I examinations will commence from third week of October, first professional Part-II in third week of September,

Ban imposed on transfer of C&W employees

LAHORE – On directions of the Punjab CM, Punjab Communication and Works (C&W) Secretary Major (r) Azam Suleman Khan on Monday imposed a ban on all posting and transfers in the department until completion of the current financial year with immediate effect. Posting and transfers on administration grounds including disciplinary grounds, promotion and retirement etc will be exempted from the ban

Isolated rain hits city areas

LAHORE – Isolated rain was witnessed in various areas of Lahore including Badami Bagh, Shahdara, Karim Park and others on Monday. Scattered rain and thunderstorm hit Upper Punjab, including Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK.
The Met Office informed that dry weather is expected in most parts of the country but isolated rain and thunderstorm is expected in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Hazara divisions, Gilgit-Baltistan and

‘Hotel Mohenjodaro’ play by Ajoka on Tuesday

LAHORE – Ajoka Theatre, in collaboration with Lahore Arts Council, will stage a play Hotel Mohenjodaro on April 19 (Tuesday) at Alhamra Arts Centre.
Directed and adapted by Shahid Nadeem, Hotel Mohenjodaro is based on a short story “Dhanak” written by Ghulam Abbas in 1960.
It is generally accepted that great writers can at times be prophetic and their fiction can predict future reality. This story is close to the troubling reality of present day Pakistan. It is hard to

Flood survivors demand land in cities, deplore ‘urban apathy’

KARACHI – Speakers at a seminar on the rehabilitation of flood affected people – with the focus on ‘choices imposed and choices made’ – have demanded that the lands of Karachi, allotted to the people of other provinces, should be given to the flood survivors of Sindh.
“The flood-affected people living in relief camps are being forced to leave the city,” they added. The seminar was organised at the Jashn-e-Faiz event by the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research

Economically troubled, Thatta’s flood survivors fear next floods

KARACHI – Despite the passage of over eight months, thousands of survivors of the unprecedented monsoon floods last year in Thatta district have not unable to start their routine life again.
Though the majority of these flood survivors, who were displaced from their native residences during the floods, have returned to their homes, they are still emotionally and economically troubled. Most of them are afraid of more floods in the next monsoon starting in August. Many