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NDMA marks Women’s Day

NDMA marks Women’s Day

ISLAMABAD – The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Thursday organised a national conference, Women as Change Agents for Coping with Climate Change, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and National Commission for Status of Women (NCSW) to mark 100 years of International Women’s Day. NDMA chairman Lt Gen (r) Nadeem Ahmed chaired the conference while Minister Councilor of Norwegian Embassy Terje Barstad, Ministry of Environment Additional Secretary Kamran Ali

Raymond Davis case – PBC to provide free legal assistance to victims’ families

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) announced on Thursday to provide free legal assistance to the legal heirs of Faizan Haidar, Faheem and Ibad-ur-Rehman, who were murdered by Remand Davis, an official of United States (US) Embassy in Lahore.
It was decided in a meeting of Central Free Legal Aid Committee of the PBC held with Muhammad Ramzan Chaudhry in the chair. The meeting was attended by the committee’s members Rooh-ul-Amin Chamkani and Muhammad Yaseen Azad. The committee

‘Govt spending Rs 15b in FATA’

PESHAWAR – The Federally Administrative Tribal Areas (FATA) development outlay marked almost a double increase over the previous years as during current financial year Rs. 15 billion is being incurred on development activities in FATA as compared to Rs. 7.6 billion earmarked during year 2006-07. This was stated during a presentation to the participants of 12th National Security Workshop of National Defense University Islamabad at the Governor’s House here on Thursday. Governor Khyber

‘Iran supporting Taliban against NATO forces in Afghanistan’

LONDON – British newspaper Telegraph has claimed that Iran is supporting Taliban to defeat NATO force in Afghanistan. According to the report, British Special Forces last month seized a large quantity of Iranian- Made rockets hidden in three trucks after a fierce fight with Taliban in the southern afghan province of Nimroz, bordering Iran. A spokesman for NATO forces in Afghanistan said that after tests, the weapon experts determined that these rockets had been made in an Iranian

UMT inks MoU with Turkish universities

LAHORE – A delegation from the Turkish Universities of Northern Cyprus comprising Dr Tayseer Al-Shanableh, Director International Affairs of Near East University, and Memet Yalcin, General Secretary of European University of Lefke, arrived Thursday visited the University of Management and Technology (UMT), Lahore. They met Dr Hasan Sohaib Murad, Rector UMT, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for building institutional partnership. Dr Hasan said the visit would open windows

Call for reforms in FATA

ISLAMABAD – Nine mainstream political parties adopted a resolution on FATA reforms as the first formal initiative of the Political Parties Joint Committee on FATA Reforms in Islamabad the other day. They called for a strong consensus on the need to move forward with reforms in FATA. The committee is comprised of representatives from ANP, JI, MQM, NP, PkMAP, PML-N, PML-Q, PPP and PPP-S.

City govt to reorganise security arrangements after terrorist attack

FAISALABAD – The city government, following Tuesday’s car bombing, has decided to reorganise the security arrangements to have a round-the-clock monitoring of government buildings, sensitive installations and offices.
Divisional Commissioner Syed Tahir Husain said this while addressing a meeting of senior police and civil officers to discuss the security situation in the city.
He added that keeping in view the recent tragedy, a fool proof new patrolling plan was being put in

Commissioner seeks better municipal facilities

SAHIWAL – Sahiwal Division Commissioner Qazi Muhammad Ashfaq has said the provision of municipal services to the citizens is the top priority of Punjab government and clean drinking water, cleanliness, proper sewerage system and other utilities will be ensured at all costs. He said this while visiting Sahiwal to check the quality of development work carried out by the provincial government under the city package.
He visited DPS Road, Jahaz Ground Colony, Farid Town, Gunj Shakar

Traders donate Rs 3 million

FAISALABAD – The business community of Faisalabad has come forward and raised Rs three million donations for the rehabilitation of Civil Lines bomb blast’s victims who are recovering at district headquarters hospital and the Allied Hospital. The announcement was made at the first joint meeting of the National Group of Faisalabad Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) and Anjuman Tajiran City Faisalabad.
The joint committee headed by industrialist Mian Muhammad Idrees is likely

Hafizabad shows gloomy picture of dirt heaps

HAFIZABAD – Hafizabad displayed a gloomy picture of dirt heaps as sanitary workers from tehsil municipal administration (TMA) went on strike and staged a demonstration in support of their demands. Reportedly, TMA’s sweepers and other sanitary workers, especially daily wagers observed a strike and launched a protest demonstration for an increase in their salaries, new recruitment of 300 workers and development of residential colony. CBA union General Secretary Patris Masih along with

DCO reviews consumer goods’ prices

KASUR – Kasur District Coordination Officer (DCO) Malik Jahanzaib Awan held a meeting to review the prices of consumer goods in the district. The DCO said that hoarding and price hike were serious problems faced by the masses. He directed the authorities concerned to chalk out a comprehensive plan for providing maximum relief to the masses. He warned shopkeepers to sell their products at the fixed price otherwise a strict action would be taken against them. He appealed to the people

Two in a row – Suicide bomber targets Peshawar funeral, 36 dead

PESHAWAR – At least 36 people were killed and more than 50 injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a funeral in Adezai village on the Peshawar-Kohat Road on Wednesday. The attack was the second in the country in as many days, following Tuesday’s car bombing near the office of the Inter-Services Intelligence in Faisalabad. Police said that the explosion took place when around 300 people were preparing to offer funeral prayers for a relative of an active member of the Adezai

MQM to boycott Sindh PA until ‘tangible decisions’

KARACHI – The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has demanded of President Asif Ali Zardari that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) disown the People’s Amn Committee. The MQM will continue its boycott of the Sindh Assembly session, set to resume on Thursday (today) after a gap of two days, until a decision on the matter is taken.
The MQM leadership returned to Karachi on Wednesday after meeting President Zardari, where they had initially demanded the removal of Sindh Home Minister Dr

PC will ask PM to file review plea against SC decision

ISLAMABAD – The Parliamentary Committee (PC) on judges’ appointment unanimously decided on Wednesday to request the prime minister that a review petition be filed in the Supreme Court on behalf of the federation, against the verdict of a four-member bench, which overturned the PC’s decision rejecting the Judicial Commission (JC)’s recommendation for one-year extension to six additional judges of the Lahore High Court (LHC) and Sindh High Court (SHC).
The PC decided that it would

Deliver or quit, Shaikh tells tax mandarins

ISLAMABAD – Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh asked the tax mandarins in a stern warning on Wednesday to rise to the occasion by delivering the tax collection target of Rs 1.604 trillion for the current fiscal year, or leave their offices for others to deliver. The minister was addressing a specially convened conference of chief commissioners and Inland Revenue commissioners to review their performance and set revenue collection targets for the remaining four months of the

Libyan forces enter Zawiyah centre, many dead

RAS JDIR – Troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi took the main square of Zawiyah on Wednesday, residents said, but rebels who pulled back under heavy assault vowed to counterattack. Al Jazeera satellite television said several members of Gaddafi’s forces, including a general and a colonel, were killed in fighting that a local doctor said had claimed at least 40 lives and probably many more. Libyan state TV showed many dozens of what it said were loyalist demonstrators marching

Report warns of ‘educational emergency’ in Pakistan

LAHORE – The government says Pakistan is in the midst of an educational emergency with disastrous human and economic consequences, the BBC said on Wednesday. A report prepared by a government commission mentions that half of all Pakistani school children cannot read a sentence. It says funding for schools has been cut from 2.5 percent of GDP in 2005 to just 1.5 percent – less than the national airline gets in subsidies.
It describes the education crisis as a self-inflicted