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Water storage better this year than last

Water storage better this year than last

LAHORE – Even with decreased river inflows in the catchment areas of Tarbela and Mangla reservoirs, water storage in the country this year is still far better, as 472,000 acre feet of water is available in the reservoirs for irrigation today compared with only 185,000 acre feet of water on April 10 last year.
According to details, water elevation in Mangla reservoir is 1087.1 feet above mean sea level (AMSL) today against 1067.6 feet last year. Water level in Chashma reservoir is

Seven militants killed in Matta

SWAT/PESHAWAR – At least seven miscreants were killed during a clash with the security forces just on the borders with Lower Dir in the Matta area of Swat Valley. The officials said a group of militants was attempting to enter Swat.
The security forces directed them to stop, but they opened fire. After a brief shootout, all the seven militants were shot dead while two soldiers sustained injuries. The killed militants were coming from Mohmand Agency to Shangla district via Dir and

Errors in electoral lists unacceptable: ECP secy

ISLAMABAD – In the backdrop of startling revelation of more than 37 million unverified and bogus votes in 2007 elector rolls, chief election commissioner has initiated an inquiry against a private firm which was hired by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for almost Rs 1 billion for making error-free electoral lists.
Election Commission Secretary Ishtiak Ahmed Khan told Pakistan Today during an interview on Saturday that the ECP paid almost Rs 1 billion in 2007 to a

Seismic centres set up to counter natural calamities

BEIJING – Pakistan with the Chinese assistance has undertaken an ambitious programme to lay a network of seismic centres in the country to take preventive measures against geophysical hazards, said a senior official of the Pakistan Met Office Monday.
“Eight out of ten planned seismic centres have already been completed and started trial functions” said Dr Ghulam Rasool, Head of Research and Development in an interview with APP Sunday, adding that the work on the remaining two

Bomb blast kills three, injures six

MIRPURKHAS – Three laborers, including a woman and a child, were killed and 6 injured when a buried bomb exploded at Jumma Khan Magsi in the limit of Umer Sand police station district Tandoallahyar.
Pervez Junejo, SHO Piaro Lund police station told Pakistan Today that the laborers were harvesting the wheat crop when the buried bomb exploded suddenly, killing Ashok, Makhan and woman Shremti Pathani and injuring 6 others. He said that the dead bodies and the injured were rushed to

All embassies should be moved to Diplomatic Enclave

ISLAMABAD – The Government must shift the foreign embassies operating in the residential areas of the capital city to the highly secured diplomatic enclave to lessen the woes of citizens, which they are facing because of the presence of these missions.
Emtiaz Enyat Elahi chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) said this during an exclusive interview with Pakistan Today. “The CDA is very keen to solve the ordeal of people residing in sectors G-6, E-7, F-7, F-8 and F-10, which

SC takes up pleas against HEC dissolution, NRO verdict today

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court will today (Monday) start hearing a petition against the dissolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to the provinces and the government’s petition seeking a review of the court’s verdict on the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).
The petition against the HEC dissolution will be heard by a three-member bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani. Senior advocate Anwar Mansoor

3,000 Sikh yatris due in Punja Sahib today

WAH CANTT – Around 3,000 Sikh yatris, mostly from India, are expected to arrive on Monday (today) at Gurdwara Punja Sahib, Hassan Abdal, to offer religious rituals in connection with 312th Besakhi festival.
Talking to newsmen here at Hassan Abdal on Sunday, Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Deputy Secretary Syed Faraz Abbas said that Indian Sikh yatris would arrive at Hassanabdal on Monday (today) through special trains via Wagha border for a three-day stay to offer religious

TSP count rises alarmingly in Lahore, Islamabad, Pindi

ISLAMABAD – With ‘Total Suspended Particles’ in the air in Lahore, Islamabad and Rawalpindi exceeding the WHO standard by 4.4 to 7.5, the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) has failed to maintain air quality control, revealed by the agency’s report.
The study was conducted in three cities during the last three months but the results were disappointing. An official in EPA told Pakistan Today that few days back a meeting was also held to review the report and

Don’t take Jemima Khan at face value

LAHORE – “Sister of a Tory, rich twat and according to some, more socialite than socialist, I know some NS readers will be irked. Judge the issue, not me.” So wrote – on Twitter – Jemima Khan, heiress, campaigner, occasional writer and now political interviewer. Call her anything in fact, just not a socialite.
“It’s such a lazy way for journalists to undermine me,” she says, according to a report in The Guardian. Jemima’s latest contribution to journalism came when she not only

Pakistan export boom will not repair economy

KARACHI – After a year of unemployment and wondering if his family would be better off if he died, Pakistani textile worker Murad Ali has got the spring back in his step. One of thousands laid off by textile bosses last year, the father of four is now back at work and one of those to benefit from a surge in Pakistani exports in the current fiscal year, which ends on June 30.
Experts say rising global commodity prices, a government decision to prioritise power supply to industry

Taliban force famous singer out of Peshawar

PESHAWAR – As extremists are hell-bent to eliminate culture and different forms of art, their fear has compelled famous singer of Pashto Nazia Iqbal to leave Peshawar, as she opted to shift to Islamabad. She is not the first singers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to leave the province, as least 15 well-known figures besides many others have earlier migrated to other areas and even abroad whereas several including Alam Zeb Mujahid left the showbiz world.
Some like Gulzar Alam and Shahinsha

City government shelves public parking plan

FAISALABAD – The city government has shelved the long-awaited Rs 50 million public parking plan conceived by its predecessors to address the parking chaos in different areas. During the tenure of former City District Nazam Rana Zahid Tauseef, Rs 50 million were earmarked for the construction of four multi-storey parking plazas at Kutchehary Bazaar, Aminpur Bazaar, former municipal corporation house and Mayor House.
The city government has termed the proposed venues of parking

Field operation plan prepared for census

GUJRANWALA – Punjab Census Commissioner Dr Jamal Yousaf has urged the officers and staff to complete the national task of census in time with responsibility. He stated this while addressing a meeting attended by Gujranwala Division Commissioner Saeed Iqbal Wahla and the DCOs of Gujranwala, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Narowal and Hafizabad, Additional Commissioner Riaz Ahmad Butt, EDO Revenue Sialkot Tariq Zaman Khan and SSP Muhammad Afzal Butt.
Dr Jamal Yousaf said a field operation

50 houses to be built for tornado victims: Firdous

SIALKOT – Federal Information Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Sunday announced to build 50 new houses for the tornado victims in village Dera Maai Malaani near Head Marala here. Addressing the residents of the affected villages, the federal information minister said the government had not left them alone in this hard time. She promised to start construction of 50 houses in village Dera Maai Malaani soon.
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Security beefed up around Kasur shrines

KASUR – Security has been beefed up in all the shrines situated in Kasur, said DPO Gohar Nafees at a press conference on Sunday. He said since terrorists were targeting shrines, close-circuit TV cameras had been installed in and around these shrines.
He added all the shrines would be closed at 8pm for the visitors to control the law and order. He also appealed to ulema, politions, traders and jounalists to help the police protect the visitors.

Bid to kidnap journalist foiled

CHICHAWATNI – The residents of Chak No 189/9.L of Chichawatni foiled a bid to kidnap a local journalist the other day. The incident occurred on the last night in the Ghaziadad police precincts when Sarfraz Ali, 33, accompanied by his friend, was going to his village from Lahore after duty hours.
As per reports, when Sarfraz Ali reached near his village, three men in a car forcibly stopped him and beat him up. Later, they tried to drag him into their car, but the locals came to