PPP points out violations of rules in house count

PPP points out violations of rules in house count

KARACHI – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Sindh’s Head of the Census Monitoring Committee Taj Haider has expressed concern over the widespread reports of irregularities in the house count phase of the census.
“Details including the name of the head of the family, his identity card number, profession and number of children in the household that is required to be entered on Form 1 with ballpoint pens are being written on plain sheets with pencils. There are also numerous complaints

‘Govt determined to resolve SPLA issue… in a peaceful manner’

KARACHI – The Sindh government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, is fully determined to resolve the issue of the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) amicably and regularise lower grade staff of the Education Department, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) Sindh Women Wing Information Secretary Sharmila Farooqui said in a statement issued on Saturday.
“We should give due respect to the teachers’ community because they play a great role in national

Religious parties unhappy with house count in city

KARACHI – All religious parties have expressed their reservations about the house count in Karachi, demanding that process should be held in a transparent manner.
In a meeting with Sindh Census Commissioner Noor Mohammad Leghari, Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi Division Amir Mohammad Hassan Mehanti – while leading a delegation of religious parties – expressed dissatisfaction

PU elections – Academic Group divorces Academic Forum

LAHORE – The Academic Group at the Punjab University (PU), a rightist ideology group lead by pro-Jamat-i-Islami (JI) teachers, finally divorced the Academic Forum (AF), a leftist group, on the issue of candidates in upcoming syndicate’s elections, which are scheduled to be held on April 21.
These both groups united against the PU administration, in the beginning of this year, to ‘secure corrupt officials’ in both groups. The PU faculty opposed this alliance because the two

Medical associations oppose evening classes

LAHORE – The medical community has termed the recent government plan to start evening classes in the federal government ‘myopic’, which will only benefit owners of private medical colleges, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) floated the idea in its recent meeting of the general council and the government decided to launch a pilot project to address the shortage of doctors in the country. However, the medical community, including different

DCO wants implementation of new theatre policy

LAHORE – Lahore District Coordination Officer (DCO) Ahad Cheema on Saturday ordered implementation of the new theatre policy, which was prepared after consensus of the Alhamra Arts Council, Punjab Home Department, Punjab Excise and Taxation Department, theatre owners and representatives, and the environment district officer’s (DO) Staff Officer Tariq Zaman. He was chairing a meeting to review the theatre policy.
Participants of the meeting agreed on the following points: All

Babu Baral buried

LAHORE – Babu Baral, a renowned TV, film and theatre artist, was laid to rest in a local graveyard on Saturday. Various artists from the entertainment industry attended his funeral.
The 47-year-old actor from Gujranwala started his career in 1982. Babu Baral was popular among his fans and acted in various theatre hits including ‘Shartia Mithay’. Babu Baral had been suffering from hepatitis C, diabetes and a kidney disease for the last several months.
Earlier, doctors had to

CM approves Taunsa Hydro-Power Project

LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif gave approval to the proposals regarding the agreements of 120 megawatt (MW) Taunsa Hydro-Power Project and mapping of the wind power potential in Punjab. He was presiding over a meeting of the provincial cabinet at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Saturday.
The meeting reviewed the law and order situation in the province and commended the performance of the Punjab Police over successful operation against the outlaws involved in

Bradlaugh Hall’s demise

A hall, a history and neglect – enter the Bradlaugh Hall. Inaugurated after the departure of Charles Bradlaugh by Surinder Nath Banarjee of the Indian National Association in 1900, the hall has been many things. But most remember it as a symbol of revolution.
The hall has been associated with Charles Bradlaugh, Bhagat Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru, Lala Lajpat Rai, Maulana Zafar Ali Khan and Ajeet Singh. As part of Gandhi’s non-cooperation movement, Lala Lajpat Rai founded the National

Saving the earth

Each year, on April 22, the Earth Day marks the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. This year too the city plans to mark the day with the a number of events.
Just like the height of hippie and flower-child culture in the US in the 1970’s brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, Lahore saw political set backs ranging from military coups to Bhutto’s slogan

LHC seeks DSP’s comments for quashing FIR

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Saturday sought comments from the deputy superintendent of police (DSP) and Shorkot City Police Station house officer on a petition challenging disposing of a first information report (FIR) by allegedly misinterpreting the court’s order.
The court also adjourned the case’s hearing until April 18. Justice Manzoor Ahmed Malik was hearing a petition filed by Muhammad Younas, complainant of the FIR. He submitted that he lodged a FIR for theft

CCTV cameras installed at Ravi Bridge

LAHORE – Under the Safe City Project, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Muhammad Aslam Tareen inaugurated six new CCTV cameras at the Ravi Bridge on Saturday. Tareen said deploying guards at various important business centres and shops along with ensuring installation of CCTV cameras was the need of the hour.
He noted that teamwork with cooperation of traders, people and the media was essential for good policing. He called upon the business community to extend their cooperation

Red Bull drumming competition ends

LAHORE – Red Bull Tum Tum Pa, a worldwide freestyle university drumming competition, locally in collaboration with Ufone’s Uth Records and City FM 89, its official radio partner, saw its third and final day on Saturday in Lahore at the UCP.
Farhad Humayun, the judge, was seen allotting points to each participating group, based on rhythm. Students packed the hall and contestants did their best to impress the judges. In the end, a group, ‘Chaar Payee’, succeeded in collecting the

Weather remains pleasant after Friday’s rain

LAHORE – The weather of the provincial metropolis remained pleasant on Saturday due to the rain and windstorm on Friday. Citizens enjoyed the weekend by visiting various parks and zoo.
Today (Sunday), scattered rain, dust and thunderstorm are expected in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, North East Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK. The Met Office said that rainy weather might continue in upper parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK until Tuesday.

Rain likely to hamper SIC conference

LAHORE – The Sunni Ittehad Council’s (SIC) Istehkam-e-Pakistan Conference to be held today (Sunday) at the Minar-e-Pakistan is likely to be affected by rain. The Met Office has predicted rain for Sunday morning and evening as well.
SIC leader Ajmal Gilani told Pakistan Today that the party had completed all preparations for the conference at the Minar-e-Pakistan despite the fact that the Punjab government has refused to give permission.
“They were stubborn enough to steer us

Nawaz’s paternal aunt dies

LAHORE – The paternal aunt of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif passed away on Saturday. She was the mother of businessmen Yahya and Farrukh Siraj. Her funeral was held at Ittefaq Mosque, Model Town which was attended by Shahbaz, politicians, family members and people from all walks of life. Qul will be held today (Sunday) at Ittefaq Mosque, Model Town at 4:30pm.

Bhutto case not a national issue: Ahsan

LAHORE – PML-N central leader MNA Ahsan Iqbal has said that Bhutto case is the PPP issue instead a national issue and Zardari government has initiated ZAB reopening case to divert public attention towards alarming national issues.
National issues are drone attacks, Balochistan deprivations, energy crisis, target killing, terrorism, poverty, unemployment and price hike on which government has been playing a blind eye. He was talking to journalists after the seminar Institute of