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For my bride only

For my bride only

LAHORE: The City School, A Level Campus, Model Town, held its 4th annual play at the Alhamra Arts and Cultural Complex, Qaddafi Stadium, Lahore on December 2-3. The theatrical comedy “For My Bride Only”, a write up by John J Wooten was described by the audience as hysterical and flabbergasting. The performance by young A Level students was appreciated by the crowd. Actors with their comedic timing and a crisp pace kept the audience intact for two hours.
Ansub Nadeem as Lou,

‘Jealous’ labour minister induces PSF protest

LAHORE: Pakistan Student Federation (PSF) Okara division staged a sit-in protest at the door of the Governor of the Punjab at Mall Road against their own Labor Minister Ashraf Khan Sohna.
Members of PSF Okara wing were seen blocking the road by lying down on the street in front of the cars on the main gate of the Governor’s house at Mall Road. The protest participants claimed that the Minister of Labor Ashraf Khan Sohna who belongs from the same party (Pakistan people party) had

Capturing the less explored

LAHORE: Twenty eight photographs, all in colour, hang on the walls of the Nairang Gallery, revealing the beauty of arid, eroded, Baluchistan. Mariam Mehmood’s photo exhibition was more than the usual art exhibition. It was by an amateur photographer’s first exhibition about a place that not many have seen.
Ormara, which is an old coastal town on the Makran Coast, is a four hour drive from Karachi and falls between Karachi and Gwadar. “I saw many things as we drove to Ormara – the

Like a cunning lover, winter comes teasing you…

LAHORE: Like a cunning lover, the winter comes teasing you,” quotes Saeed Ahmed, a veteran journalist and playwright, from his recently written piece on the season describing it as a beloved
who does not appear at the time that she is supposed to; sometimes it is early, sometimes it is late. On a different level he draws a parallel between the winters and their effect upon the local ‘lunda market’. He mentions two of the most significant and well known Urdu short stories ‘Over

Victoria Girls High School – Taught in heritage

LAHORE: Victoria Girls High School is a government girl’s school inside the walled city of Lahore and is housed in a nineteenth century Sikh period haveli of Naunihal Singh, the son of Maharajah Ranjeet Singh.
The haveli is one of the few remaining royal residences from the Sikh period in Lahore. It is an intact structure of over forty rooms with most elements of its original ornamentation preserved on the two main elevations and the interior courtyard facades.
The most

LUMS throws Hi-tea for flood relief

LAHORE: The Lums Flood Relief Drive Hi-Tea was a fund raising event hosted by the students and faculty of the Lahore University of Management Sciences and included the Vice Chancellor, faculty members, CEOs of prominent companies, and members of the Lums Flood Relief Drive council.
Lums Flood Relief Drive is a joint initiative by the students and faculty members of LUMS, with an aim to rehabilitate, educate and to empower the flood affectees on a long term basis. Work has already

Provinces to benefit from RGST: LSE rector

LAHORE: Provinces would be benefited by the implementation of Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST), and issues with the tax can be negotiated, Lahore School of Economics Rector Dr. Shahid Amjad Chaudhary said on its Eighth Convocation held at the Burki Campus on Saturday.
The rector said the RGST issue had been politicized because the lion’s share would end up with Punjab – but the matter could be resolved. The Convocation Ceremony was held to confer degrees to around 1000 students

Holiday gone bad – Court issues summons to Qatar Airways

LAHORE: A consumer count on Saturday summoned Qatar Airways for reconciliation with an aggrieved handicap person who along with his wife and two minors had been allowed traveling towards Ecuador without visas by the airlines.
The court while fixing the December 15, summoned Qatar Airline through its manager, during the hearing of an application filed by Imran Ali, his wife Humaira Ali and minors Shayan Ali and Shaheera Ali.
In the application filed though Nasir Mahmud

Abida Parveen needs another angioplasty

LAHORE: The special medical board constituted on the instructions of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for the treatment of renowned folk singer Abida Perveen has furnished its recommendations to the government.
Senior doctors included in the SMB are of the opinion that another cardiac vain of Abida Perveen requires angioplasty which would be possible after four to six weeks. In this connection, Health Secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad said that the CM while declaring Abida Perveen as a

Actor Fakhri’s son still missing after a year

LAHORE: Renowned TV actor Jamil Fakhri’s son is still unaccounted for, even after the lapse of over a year. In this regard he held a press conference appealing for any kind of help to at least locate his son’s body, in case he had died during this time.
Pakistan’s diplomats in Washington said that the FBI had completed its investigations, and a report in this connection was expected in the next week. Pakistan’s envoy in the US Hussain Haqqani had earlier filed a report with the

SNGPL collector claims company owes it a fortune

LAHORE: A private company that was tasked with recovering bad debts of SNGPL is now after SNGPL to get recovered its money from it, Pakistan Today has learnt on Saturday.
Documents available with Pakistan Today revealed that three years ago Sui Northern Gas Pipeline (SNGPL) has commissioned a private firm namely KAP Associates for recovering bad debts worth Rs 234 million from different industrial units and individuals.
The company was given eight cities for recovering the

Medical negligence – ‘Cold Chain’ for vaccines not being maintained by pharmaceutical companies

LAHORE: A majority of distributors of national and multinational pharmaceutical companies are supplying medicines to retailers without maintaining the requisite “Cold Chain”, affecting the efficacy of vaccines, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Medical experts said that maintaining the Cold Chain means that a vaccine manufactured at 2 degree Celsius should be stored in the same temperature until it reaches the patient for proper efficacy of vaccines. They said certain medicines need to

Indian delegates sent back from Wagha

LAHORE: The Indian delegates of the Asian Caravan for Palestine due to arrive at Lahore were sent back from the Wagah border on Saturday. The delegation waited three hours at Wahga border, only to be informed that the Indian members of the delegation were denied permission to cross over into Pakistan on the last moment.
This was despite the fact that the 34 Indian delegates had been issued visas by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi. Members of the delegation told Pakistan

CM turns dow bid to regularise LDA employees

LAHORE: Following the charges of corruption and violation of merit in appointments, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has turned down the summary submitted by Lahore Development Authority to get permanent statues of hundreds of employees appointed on contract basis through the National Testing Service (NTS) since 2009, Pakistan Today learnt on Saturday.
Lahore Development Authority had dispatched the summary in the last week of the November seeking permanent status of all

KESC plants’ maintenance spurs power outages

KARACHI: While people in the city are facing unabated power outages, The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has started “preventive maintenance” of its power plants, to be completed during the next five months, causing further electricity shortages.
According to sources in KESC the maintenance works of all power generating units were to be carried out to ensure the functions of all plants during the summers. With the change in weather, which they claimed, was the perfect time

Taseer clarifies – I said blasphemy laws need review, not repeal

LAHORE: Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer has dispelled the impression that he called for the annulment of blasphemy laws and said he was misunderstood over the issue as he stressed only for the review of the law.
Speaking to the media, after attending Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)’s Punjab Assembly parliamentary party meeting, Taseer said that he took the mercy petition of Aasia Bibi, death convict in blasphemy case, to President Asif Ali Zardari and called for the review of the

One in a million – 25-year-old man has five facial tumours

LAHORE: Researchers at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) have discovered a 25-year-old patient in Lahore with five types of tumours on his face and might need hundreds of surgeries in his life time; a case which is one of its kind in the world.
The team which is headed by UHS Histopathology Department Head Prof AH Nagi, consists of Dr Usman Shams, Dr Raees Abbas Lail and Dr Ehsan Ullah. The case, which has been recently presented at 31st Symposium of International Society