Corruption mars Lahore Ring Road’s completion

Corruption mars Lahore Ring Road’s completion

LAHORE: The future of the Lahore Ring Road (LRR) project, brainchild of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, is again looking dark, as three major packages of its northern loop planned to be completed in the current fiscal year, have been shelved after alleged misappropriations and slow delivery of payments to the contractors, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Although other packages of the LRR project would continue according to the original roadmap, the scrapping

Private hospitals, labs making money off dengue

LAHORE: Private hospitals and laboratories continue to cash in on the dengue epidemic as the dengue fear grips the city, while an increasing number of patients pour in.
A survey of major private hospitals and laboratories reveals that extremely high prices are being charged for the diagnosis and treatment of dengue and huge profits were being made out of a facility that was available free-of-cost in government hospitals.
The survey included National Hospital Defence,

Drone attacks violate country’s sovereignty: Malik

KARACHI: Drone attacks are violating Pakistan’s sovereignty and the government is negotiating with the United States on the issue, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Saturday.
Talking to reporters at the airport, he said that a covert operation had been launched against the killers involved in the Karachi killings. Malik said every murder cannot be called target killing until police confirms it as a target killing.
He said that the security had been beefed up around Sher

US envoy visits flood-hit areas

KARACHI: The newly appointed US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter visited the flood-hit areas of Sindh along with his wife, Marilyn Wyatt, on Saturday.
They were accompanied by US Consul General William Martin in Karachi, and a group of journalists. A plane carrying the ambassador and the rest departed from Karachi and reached Pano Akil Cantonment. Munter also visited a small village near the town, which is still surrounded by floodwater and distributed relief goods among the

Unprepared for dengue – 40% of dengue screening results false’

LAHORE: The rapid screening method being used in a majority of public sector hospitals to detect dengue virus is not recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), as 40 percent of the screening results are false, senior doctors told Pakistan Today on Friday.
They said that the mostly available diagnostic tool of screening through kits for the detection of dengue virus was not a quantitative method, as a significant number of test results were “false positive” or “false

LDA guards beat up journalists trying to protect woman from violence

LAHORE: Security guards of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) attacked the staff of the Dunya TV channel when they tried to rescue an elderly woman (an ex-LDA employee) from being beaten by the guards at the LDA Building on Egerton Road on Friday.
Fouzia, a teacher sacked from the LDA School in Johar Town, had approached the LDA along with court orders for her reinstatement. She was trying to meet the LDA’s top brass when security guards headed by Sohaib Abdul Rehman began

PU IMPP students barge in during Lord Nazir’s address

LAHORE: Students from the Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology (IMPP) Punjab University Lahore not only forced their way in the Faisal Auditorium and protested, where Lord Nazir Ahmad from the British House of Lords was delivering a speech, but also lounged themselves in front of his car when he was leaving.
PU security guards, working under PU Chief Security Officer (CSO) Col. (r) Khalid Hasan, could do little to control the students and only roughed up a few after the

Karachi intra-city buses being run without bus terminals

KARACHI: Despite claims by the Sindh and city district governments that all basic facilities are being provided to passengers and transporters, intra-city buses and coaches functioning in Karachi are without a proper bus terminal, causing problems for both commuters and transporters, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Around 900 air-conditioned intra-city buses operate in Karachi on a daily basis without proper bus terminals. Sindh Air-Conditioned Bus Owners Association Aftab Ahmed Swati

Hindus in Sindh all set to celebrate Diwali on Nov 5

KARACHI: The Hindus throughout Sindh have made all the preparations to celebrate the biggest Hindu festival of Diwali or Deepawali, which would be celebrated on Friday, November, 05.
Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated every year between mid-October and mid-November, to remember the return of Hindu god Rama to his kingdom Ayodhya from the forest, after 14 years of exile. It also celebrates Rama’s success in a war against the ‘devil’ king of Lanka, Raavan. Hindus, Sikhs

More outages as KESC shuts down 200MW-unit

KARACHI: The respite in sight for Karachiites from the unending routine of prolonged power outages is only after the November 4th, when the Sui Sui Southern Gas Company will restore supply of 210 mmcfd gas to Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC).
But the power crisis s likely to exacerbate after the KESC shut down one of its units at Bin Qasim Power Plant (BQPP) on Friday. “We have already informed the KESC that our current shortage of 200mmcfd gas is due to annual maintenance

Kitchen gardening scheme ruined by nepotism

KARACHI: The 2008-10 Sindh government project “Promotion of Kitchen Gardening in Rural Areas”, a victim of nepotism and corruption, is incomplete to date, an official asking not to be named told the Pakistan Today.
The scheme cost Rs 19.217 million and was aimed at promoting kitchen gardening amongst rural women by providing technical and financial assistance and imparting education about disease and pest control.
Six resource people were nominated from the Sindh

Transformer trolleys causing traffic congestion

LAHORE: Trolleys carrying electricity transformers placed on different city roads are causing traffic congestion and also pose threats to citizens’ lives, Pakistan Today has observed.
Most of these trolleys can be seen on the Peco Road, Model Town Link Road, Faisal Town and in the walled city. COMPLAINTS Citizens say that these transformer trolleys caused traffic congestion as the trolley blocked one lane of the road.
“I often get stuck in traffic jams, especially in morning

LUMs to initiate EMS training for students from other varsities

LAHORE: The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) has prepared four of its students – members of the LUMS Emergency Medical Service (EMS) – to develop an emergency medical technician curriculum to train volunteers in order to equip them with skills for providing emergency medical services on campus.
LUMS EMS President Babar Asad said that the four students completed a two-week training programme at Rice University and would now share their newly-gained knowledge and

End to corruption and police injustices vital for peace: Shahbaz

LAHORE: The equitable distribution of resources, elimination of corruption and curbing police injustices is essential for setting up a peaceful society, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Thursday.
He made these comments while addressing a large gathering of people after the distribution of vouchers of free fertilizers, seeds and quilts among the flood victims in Esa Khel in Mianwali district. The CM said that it was unfortunate that the poor, backward regions were the

‘Nations achieve superiority with education’

LAHORE: Only those nations achieve socio-economic superiority which devote their time and energy for utilisation of knowledge through education and research, Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran said on Thursday.
He made these remarks while addressing the book launching ceremony of PU Pro-VC Dr Jamil Anwar Chaudhry’s “Atom Bomb-Tasawar Say Haqeeqat Tak” at the Undergraduate Block, New Campus. Punjab Education Foundation Chairman Raja Muhammad Anwar, former PU

GCU registrar gets 6-month extension

LAHORE: Former registrar of the Government College University Lahore (GCU) Faisal Khurshid is still occupying his office although the Higher Education Department (HED) has rejected his term-extension summary.
According to sources, GCU Vice Chancellor Dr Khalid Aftab had extended Faisal’s tenure for another six months under the doctrine of necessity which he was empowered to use through a varsity ordinance.
However, an HED official said that the GCU VC should immediately find

PPP in control of all important bars after Asma’s win

LAHORE: With the victory of Asma Jhahangir’s group in the SCBA elections, all active bar associations and bar councils of the country have come under the control of pro-government and pro-Pakistan People’s Party lawyers’ leadership.
It were bars and black coats of Lahore, Rawalpindi and Islamabad that led the rest of the lawyers in the country over the years, but the same are now positioning in favour of the PPP men (lawyers) in a shift that will impact the future relation of the