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CNG remains elusive, stations closed owing to low pressure

CNG remains elusive, stations closed owing to low pressure

LAHORE: CNG could not be found in most areas of Lahore on Sunday, as CNG stations were closed owing to low gas pressures. A large number of motorists were seen roaming from one CNG station to another and the commodity was not even available in Johar Town, a known hub of CNG stations, Garden Town, Model Town, Allama Iqbal Town, Faisal Town, Muslim Town, Canal View, Gulberg, Shadman and Mughalpura.
Stations selling CNG had long car queues lined up, as commuters rushed to fill

PINA seminar: Assange deserves a Noble Prize

LAHORE: Speakers at PINA’s seminar on “Post WikiLeaks Pakistan” held on Sunday recommended the Nobel Prize for Wikileaks owner Julian Assange for courageously unveiling truth about Pakistani and world leaders. The seminar’s participants agreed that Islamic countries leaders were exposed after the revelations made by Wikileaks and there was a need to development mutual relations and brotherhood amongst all Islamic countries.
They stressed upon the need for reviewing national

7 injured in LPG cylinder shop fire on Bund Road

LAHORE: Seven people received burn injuries when a fire erupted due to gas leakage in a LPG cylinder shop at the Bund Road in Islampura Police Station precincts on Sunday. According to Edhi officials, the fire erupted in a LPG cylinders shop owned by Rana Mudassar at the Bund Road near the Taj Company in Islampura Police Station precincts when someone threw a burnt cigarette near a leaking gas cylinder. As a result, the cylinder exploded and the fire engulfed whole shop.

Ashiyana schema is just a money-spinning gimmick: Taseer

LAHORE: Punjab Governor Salman Taseer has said that the ‘Ashiyana’ Housing Scheme will prove to be another scam of the Punjab government. He said this while talking to journalists after the prize distribution ceremony of 27th Governor’s Golf Cup tournament here on Sunday Accusing the Punjab government of exploiting the poor masses, Taseer said Rs 900 was being ‘extorted’ from the needy in the name of “Ashiyana” scheme, which was tantamount to robbing people.
The Punjab governor

4 new high security prisons being built in Punjab

LAHORE: Four new high security prisons and barracks are being built across jails in Punjab, one each in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Mianwali and Sahiwal at a total cost of Rs 1935.189 million. Inspector General of Prisons Punjab Kokab Nadeem Warraich told APP here on Sunday that in addition to high security prisons, nine more new jails were also being built in various districts at a cost of Rs 6,594.337 million.
He said that new district jails were being built in Okara, Pakpattan,

Infant burnt alive

LAHORE: A two-year-old infant, Abdul Wasay of Angoori Bagh Scheme No.2, burnt alive on Sunday late night when boiling water fell on his body in the jurisdiction of the Baghbanpura police. Reportedly, the child, while playing in his home, went to the kitchen where he fell into a pot of boiling water. As a resultant, the infant sustained critical burn injuries. He was rushed to hospital where he died.
MINOR SODOMISED, KILLED: A 12-year-old boy was sodomised and killed in the

Safety tips for driving in fog

LAHORE: With the start of the fog season, National Highways & Motorway Police (NH&MP) has started adopting extraordinary preventive measures to avoid fog-related accidents. NH&MP Inspector General Dr Wasim Kauser, while presiding over a meeting about the safety arrangements on national highways & motorways held at IG camp office Thoker Niaz Baig, said that the motto of ‘safety first’ should be kept in mind before boarding a vehicle one should check car lights and wipers.
He said

‘Child marriage is the bane of society’

LAHORE: Society for Protection of the Rights of Child (SPARC), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), launched a campaign against child marriage on Sunday by organising a press conference at the Lahore Press Club. SPARC Programme Coordinator Imran Javed Qureshi said that the NGO had launched a two-week campaign titled “Stop Child Marriage”, as child marriages were illegal, basic root cause of many family disputes and injurious to the girl’s health owing to early pregnancy and other

Shahbaz meets UAE corporate moguls

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that there are vast opportunities of investment in banking and other sectors in Pakistan, especially Punjab and that the government would provide all possible facilities to investors.
He said this during a meeting with the chief executive officer of Burj Khalifa, and representatives of companies such as Emaar, Habib Bank and Oman Insurance on Sunday. The meeting discussed matters regarding facilities for investment in

Conman disguised as warden continues his act

LAHORE: A conman disguised as a traffic warden, who swindled valuables from a truck driver a couple of days ago, looted a cellular phone from another driver in Gujjarpura on Sunday. City Traffic Police’s careless attitude in capturing the swindler had enabled the fraudster in carrying out his sixth crime within some days.
Muhammad Rasheed Ahmed, a resident of Hujra Shah Muqeem Area, was the conman’s fresh victim. Rasheed was a tractor-trolley driver and working with a

Prices fall and so does quality

LAHORE: Vegetable prices decreased at the Sunday bazaars while chicken prices increased on this Sunday. The buyers complained about the quality of vegetables and fruits and the security too remained poor while the district management remained indifferent to the situation. Though the prices decreased, a number of vendors kept selling at higher rates. The administration of Sunday bazaars remained absent and did not bother about public complaints.
The consumers at Sunday bazaars in

Rally held against amendments to blasphemy laws

LAHORE: The Pasban-e-Khatam-e-Nabuwat organised a protest against proposed amendments in blasphemous laws and publication of blasphemous caricatures in western newspapers in front of the Lahore Press Club on Sunday. The protesters chanted slogans against the government for remaining silent over such a vital issue.
They said that it was a joint venture of the Jews and Qadyanis to make the constitution ineffective on blasphemous issues. The protesters warned that they would not

‘Impatience and flawed system reasons for backwardness’

LAHORE: Impatience, defects in the socio-political system and lack of literary habits are the main reasons for Pakistan’s backwardness, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and renowned lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan said on Sunday. He made these remarks while addressing the book launching ceremony of renowned journalist Qayyum Nizami’s “Quaid-e-Azam as Governor General of Pakistan”.
Aitzaz praised Nizami’s efforts and said that the book presented correct facts. “We are not a society of

Indonesian consul general calls on Qaim

KARACHI: Indonesian Consul General in Karachi Rossalis Rusman Adenan called on Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah at the Chief Minister’s House on Saturday.
According to an official handout, the chief minister welcomed the Indonesian consul general and spoke about the brotherly and cordial relations between the two Islamic countries.
Shah said the relations between the countries strengthened when Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, as Pakistan’s foreign minister, and Indonesian

Rangers to deal with KU ‘miscreants’

KARACHI: Rangers personnel have been authorised to take action against all students disrupting the peaceful environment of the University of Karachi (KU) or found to be involved in any criminal activity.
In a meeting on Saturday, KU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui issued special instructions to the Pakistan Rangers Sindh to control the lawlessness at the varsity.
It was decided in the meeting that every student must wear the university’s identity card to

Mirza optimistic no mishap this Ashura

KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister Dr Zufiqar Mirza is optimistic that the 10th of Muharram would pass peacefully this year, as the provincial government has made foolproof security arrangements.
He informed this to a delegation of the Awami National Party (ANP), which called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah at the Chief Minister’s House on Saturday. The Awami National Party delegation discussed different issues including working relationships among coalition partners and the

Unscheduled gas cuts continue to haunt citizens

LAHORE: SNGPL users all over the city experienced low pressure and unscheduled gas cuts on Saturday. Many CNG stations remained closed for the second consecutive day. SNGPL had announced a closure of gas supply to CNG stations on Friday but on Saturday, the pressure was lowered which caused a lot of inconvenience for the motorists.
The CNG station owners said SNGPL officials had lowered the pressure without informing them and had demanded bribery to provide proper pressure.