Women and media: ingredients of change for a better tomorrow

Women and media: ingredients of change for a better tomorrow

KARACHI – There is a need to formulate a national media policy – one that can bring about positive change in society and perpetuate the reality of women’s vital role in building countries, said Sindh Women’s Development Minister Tauqeer Fatima Bhutto on Friday while speaking at a seminar titled ‘Women as agents of change.” Arranged by the Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA)-Pakistan in collaboration with Women Media Centre (WMC), the seminar was organised to deliberate ways and

Hike in milk prices: SHC issues notices to CS, CDGK while Administrator summons meeting

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday issued notices to the Sindh chief secretary, City District Government Karachi and other respondents on a constitutional petition seeking implementation of consumer laws across the province and government action against the price hike in different edible items, including milk and milk products. Rana Faiz-ul-Hassan of the United Human Rights had moved a constitutional petition in which he stated that court had issued directions to the Sindh

Walk on 20th to express solidarity with quake survivors

KARACHI – A walk would be organised in the metropolis to express solidarity with the quake- and tsunami-hit people of Japan, said a press release issued on Friday. The walk would be held under the auspices of the Pakistan-Japan Cultural Association Sindh and the Pakistan Japan Business Forum. The walk would commence near the Salt n Pepper Village restaurant in DHA.

MSA arrests 22 Indian fishermen

KARACHI – Pakistani Maritime Security Agency (MSA) has arrested 22 Indian fishermen, the MSA spokesman said on Friday. The Indian fishermen had violated the Pakistani territorial waters, which resulted in their arrested, and five of their vessels were also seized. The fishermen have been handed over to the police.

Seminar on World Tuberculosis Day on 22nd

KARACHI – Tuberculosis (TB) consumes an estimated 1.7 million lives worldwide every year. The World TB Day is an annual reminder that this infectious disease still exists, and a lot needs to be done in order to completely eliminate it, an Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) official said on Friday. In order to mark the World TB Day 2011, the AKUH is organising a seminar on March 22. The moot would highlight various important steps that need to be taken for prevention and management of

We’re trying to reduce load shedding, but…

STAFF REPORT – The Sindh government will ensure that load shedding is reduced to its minimum possible level, promised Sindh Electric Power Minister Shazia Marri on Friday while talking to media personnel at the inauguration of a spring festival and flower exhibition. Marri said that Sindh has the gotten the right of ownership to 50 per cent share on its oil, gas and other natural recourses under Article 172 (3) through the 18th Amendment. She said that the Sindh government has planned

All together now

LAHORE – Protests against the release of CIA operative Raymond Davis continued for a second day on Friday. A joint rally by the Jamaat I Islami (JI), Pakistan Tehreek I Insaaf (PTI) and the Jama’t ud Da’wa (JuD) walked amidst high security and closed shops from Nasir Bagh to the Punjab Assembly Chambers. Obaid-ur-Rehman’s brother Sajjad-ur-Rehman was also present in the protest.
Addressing the rally, JI Chief Syed Munawar Hasan, held the Punjab government, the federal government

PPP, PML-Q clash in PA over Moonis’ arrest

LAHORE – The steady improvement of relations between the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) suffered a setback on Friday as the two opposition parties in the Punjab Assembly bickered on Friday over PML-Q Provincial Assembly Member (MPA) Moonis Elahi’s arrest by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). The rift between the two rivals of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) provincial government badly disturbed assembly business as proceedings gave

LHC CJ refuses to hear petition

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry on Friday refused to hear a petition challenging the acquittal and release of Raymond Davis by trial court, and sent the petition to the bench of Justice Iftikhar Hussein Chaudhry to determine if it was maintainable or not. Barrister Iqbal Jafferi, disputing Davis’ release, filed the petition. Iqbal argued that the trial court had violated Sharia Law because Fahim’s widow was not ready to pardon Davis. The widow

Lawyers observe ‘black day’

LAHORE – Lawyers observed ‘black-day’ on Friday and denounced the acquittal and release of Raymond Davis, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative and killer of two Pakistani citizens. Black flags were hoisted on bar premises and lawyers appeared in courts wearing black armbands. Speaking at a general-house meeting of the Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA), the lawyers flayed politicians, army and secret agencies and accused them of playing a dirty role in the Raymond

PA demands apology from US for killing tribesmen

LAHORE – The Punjab Assembly (PA) unanimously demanded an apology from the US over the drone attack on a peace jirga in tehsil Ditta Khail of North Waziristan in which over 40 innocent citizens died, through a resolution on Friday. The legislators collectively demanded Pakistani government raise the issue of innocent citizens’ killing at international level. The resolution, expressing grief over the killing of 40 civilians in Thursday’s attack, demanded the government adopt a clear

Roadside vendors make a killing during protests

LAHORE – They yelled their guts out chanting slogans, carried banners in scorching sunlight and discussed and then discussed again about the issues that require solutions, and now they are hungry and thirsty. They are protestors and need something that could satisfy their hunger; anything that could be regarded as food. The market demand for food, calls in for food, and soon eateries stalls are established on the road where protests are held most commonly.
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‘Education is a state responsibility’

LAHORE – PINA and AFAQ, an organisation that produces children’s encyclopedia and arranges teachers’ training in Pakistan, jointly organized a seminar on the “Role of Curriculum in Nation Building” on Friday. The speakers of the seminar said that education was a strategic imperative for Pakistan and it should be the main focus of every government. They said the national curriculum is the backbone of the educational system and it should be developed under the supervision of the

Patients demand action against inattentive doctors

LAHORE – A large number of patients and their relatives protested against the negative attitude of doctors who refused to treat them on Friday and they demanded Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Health Secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad take stern action against the doctors. The patients from all over the province especially Sheikhpura, Gujranwala, Narowal, Kasoor and Sialkot faced a lot of problems because of the young doctors’ strike. A retired teacher, Arshad Khokhar, who had come

Man guns down brother over property dispute

LAHORE – A man, Shahid, shot down his brother, Zahid, and injured father Nazir Ahmad and neighbor Bashir Ahmad, over a property dispute in Samanabad police precincts on Friday. The Samanabad police duty officer said both brothers exchanged harsh words and took out weapons. Bashir intervened to solve the matter but failed. The brothers opened fire on each other; Zahid died instantly while Shahid, Nazir and Bashir were injured. Police said that no case had been registered against any

Mercury rises to 31

LAHORE – The mercury is rising in the city as 31 degrees Celsius temperature was observed in the provincial metropolis on Friday. The Meteorological (Met) department predicted dry weather in most parts of the country today. However, the Met office said, scattered rain, dust or thunderstorms might occur in upper Punjab, upper Kyber Pakhtonkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.

No fuel leaves trains grounded

LAHORE – Thousands of train passengers were left stranded at the city and cantonment railway stations after several trains were cancelled owing to diesel shortages on Friday. Subsequently, railway authorities were unable to issue a new schedule for the suspended trains. The Railway Station Information Office (117) informed passengers that all trains on Lahore-Faisalabad and Lahore-Narowal sections have been suspended while 117-Up/118-Down Moosa Pak Express, 38-Up Express, 327-Up