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VC’s adviser using PU to further anti-Zardari agenda

VC’s adviser using PU to further anti-Zardari agenda

LAHORE
Punjab University faculty members on Tuesday expressed their displeasure over the unofficial use of varsity resources by Colonel (r) Ikramullah Khan, the PU adviser to the vice chancellor, for furthering his vested interests that involve a blatant anti-Zardari agenda.
The teachers took strong exception to the anti-Zardari statements issued by Ikramullah at a function held in Cantt, which were later also posted on the varsity’s website. They demanded PU Chancellor

Mismanagement mars Tollington Market

LAHORE
The Tollington Market, which was once famous for bakery items and groceries, has been turned into a filthy and unhygienic business centre due to mismanagement by the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) authorities, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The market located in Shadman has 107 shops and receives more than 500 visitors daily. But citizens are unhappy with the current state of affairs at the market. “The first thing a person notices about the market is thestench as

Nawaz ‘power hungry’, has no principles: Imran

LAHORE
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf could not even think of joining hands with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz because Nawaz Sharif is power-hungry and can forego any principle to attain power, Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan said on Monday.
Addressing a press conference, Imran said the opposition was attempting to save a corrupt system, adding that the only obstacle to the ‘corrupt’ rulers was Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry. The PTI chairman warned the PPP

Breaking free from US slavery vital, says JI’s Qazi

LAHORE
Dr Aafia Siddiqui has become a symbol of respect for the country but unfortunately the rulers have failed to repatriate her back with honour, and breaking free from the shackles of the US slavery is the only solution to all problems being faced by Pakistan, former Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Qazi Hussain said on Monday.
Qazi made these comments while addressing a function held in connection with the “Dr Aafia Release Movement” at the Lahore Press Club. Dr Fauzia

Dengue mosquitoes still buzzing in Lahore

LAHORE
The newly-appointed Lahore district coordination officer (DCO) and the executive district officer (EDO) (Health) have failed to control dengue virus, as the number of dengue patients being admitted to hospitals across Lahore is increasing constantly, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif suspended former EDO health Dr Fayaz Ranjha over negligence in controlling the anti-dengue operation, and appointed Health Services Director Dr Umar Farooq

‘Cylinder explosion in Barkat Market mistaken for cracker’

LAHORE
A low-intensity blast occurred in an empty plot causing fear among the Barkat Market traders in the jurisdiction of Garden Town police on Monday evening.
Details reveal that a low intensity blast took place in a heap of garbage in an empty plot near Central Plaza of Barkat Market. Police said no injuries occurred as a result of the blast. Rescue teams, police and bomb disposal squad officials rushed to the blast site and cleared the area after a half-an-hour search

PPP leader, governor’s PS make statements

LAHORE
Pakistan People’s Party Punjab Information Secretary Dr Fakharuddin Chaudhry and Punjab Governor’s Principal Secretary Ahmed Nawaz Sukhaira appeared at the FIA office on Monday to record their statements on a report of the Special Branch regarding the alleged assassination plot of the Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Sharif.
After getting his statement recorded, the PPP Punjab information secretary told reporters that the conspiracy was an attempt to taint the

Govt, CNG association lock horns over 2 weekly offs

LAHORE
The CNG stations would remain closed twice a week owing to gas shortage in winter while the All Pakistan CNG Association has threatened to go on an indefinite strike if the decision was not withdrawn.
According to sources, the CNG Association’s meeting with Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Syed Naveed Qamar Shah failed, as the association could not convince the minister on keeping CNG stations closed once a week.
They said that after listening to the

Weaving the tale of change…

LAHORE
In the last decade or so the way our nation lived, prayed, ate, thought, all that has survived has gone through a rapid and magnified change. S.M. Mansoor is not new to the art scene. He has bagged numerous exhibitions both at home and abroad, penned two books apart from being an art educationist.
Like Plato’s mention of the sinking of Atlantis, Mansoor’s work weaves a tale of rapid and violent change that stimulated us socially, politically, economically, above all

Kites fly amidst crackdown, 20 arrested

LAHORE
Kite flying was observed in Township, Ichra and the walled city on Sunday, despite ban. Hide and seek between the police and the kite flyers continued the entire weekend; 20 kite flyers have been arrested in the last
two days.
A few days ago, city division police had ordered action against the kite manufacturers and flyers especially after the death of a 24-year-old Rizwan who was killed in Shafeeq Abad when a kite string slit his throat. Police have confiscated

Paperwork on Gulberg’s Doongi ground ‘frozen’ by Punjab government

LAHORE
The Punjab government has halted all paper work with immediate effect concerning the conversion of a controversial IMAX theatre into a public park, library, restaurant, gymnasium and parking lots at the Doongi Ground, MM Alam Road, Gulberg, Pakistan Today has learnt.
A Chief Minister’s Secretariat official, asking not be named, said that the Punjab government’s legal experts had cautioned the provincial administration that another contempt of court petition could be

CDGL crackdown: prices fall and so do quality at Sunday bazaars

LAHORE
The prices of fruits, chicken and vegetables were on an overall declining trend this Sunday but consumers had to compromise on quality. The prices decreased almost in all Sunday bazaars as the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) came back to life this weekend.
CDGL officials fined 12 shopkeepers for overcharging and providing low quality products but this action was not enough to control the prices and the quality at these bazaars. There was a visible decline in

Shifting of varsities to Lahore suburbs concerns parents, students

LAHORE
Parents and teachers have expressed their concerns over the shifting of universities to suburbs of Lahore, as the move is causing financial problems, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Various universities located in the middle of Lahore were forced to construct larger campuses in the city’s suburbs to meet the demands of higher education and the ever-increasing number of students.
University buses charge Rs 2,000 to 4,000 per month for transporting students to varsities

Students forced to protest against four-year bachelor’s programme

LAHORE
Students enrolled in recently introduced four-year bachelor honours program by the Higher Education Department (HED) at three boy colleges have been facing have been threatened and forced by student union members to join protests against the four-year programme.
HED recently introduced the four-year program at the three boys’ colleges including Government MAO College, Islamia College Civil Lines and Science College Wahdat Road. These incidents raise concern about the

Power tariff doubled in 3 years; outages continue

LAHORE
The electricity prices have doubled and the television fees collected through electricity bills have increased by 50 percent since the menace of load shedding started in December 2007 and the present government assumed power in March 2008, while consumers have been warned of more tariff hikes, Pakistan Today has learnt.
When load shedding started, consumers were enjoying low prices of electricity and subsidies were also provided on certain tariffs. Commercial and

‘UK to assist Punjab govt in health and education’

LAHORE
The British government will continue to extend cooperation with Punjab in the education and health sectors as well as supporting the province in its anti-terrorism initiatives, British Interior Minister Theresa Mary May said on Sunday.
May made these comments when she called on the Punjab CM here in the provincial metropolis. After meeting Shahbaz, the British interior minister, along with her team, attended a meeting of the Punjab Security Board at the Chief

As Autumn comes…

And then the season changed and it was autumn now; the burning Helios was feared no more. Shopping trends, businesses, priorities and even emotions started to take a new turn. Not as colorful as spring but autumn had colored the memories orange, submerging the city into blissful memories of the last winter season.

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