LDA gears up for the monsoon

LDA gears up for the monsoon

LAHORE – The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has approved the construction of storm-water drains and gully gratings at 21 drainage-deficient locations of the city. The project will cost Rs 151 million and will start before the start of monsoon.
The decision was taken in a meeting of the LDA governing body on Saturday. District Coordination Officer and LDA Chairman Ahad Khan Cheema chaired the meeting, which was attended by LDA Director General Abdul Jabbar Shaheen, LDA

ACE books schoolteacher for taking bribe

LAHORE – The Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) on Saturday registered a case against a school teacher for taking bribes from sanitary workers of TMA Gujjar Khan to provide age relaxation from the government.
According to details, Muhammad Irshad, school teacher at the Government Middle School Jhand Nagar, Gujjar Khan took Rs 30,000 from 13 work charge sanitary workers on the pretext of getting age relaxation orders from the government and providing them fake documents

84 accused nabbed by police in Sindh

KARACHI – The Sindh Police have arrested 84 accused involved in various crimes in the province during the past 24 hours.
An announcement to this effect was made in a police statement on Saturday.
It said that weapons and narcotics were also recovered from their

MQM delegation invites PPP to meeting

LAHORE – Pakistan People’s Party Secretary General Jahangir Badr has termed the start of politics by Muttehida Qaumi movement (MQM) in Punjab a good omen for the country.
Talking to media after a meeting with MQM delegation at his residence here on Saturday, he said that MQM was working for the deprived and middle class which was in line with the vision of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of PPP.
He appreciated the MQM for its entry to Punjab and hoped it would benefit

Boom Boom Afridi comes home to boisterous fans and unruly media

KARACHI – Bereft of heroes in our age and time, eager fans (relatives and children of ministers and bureaucrats) and an unruly media turned the congratulatory reception of the Green Shirts at the Chief Minister’s (CM) House on Friday into real hell for our cricketing heroes.
The event was condemned to mismanagement soon after the Pakistan team arrived in the lawn of the CM House, with security personnel desperately trying to catch relatives and children of ministers and

SHC hauls up MI, IB and Rangers chiefs in missing student’s case

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday issued notices to the director generals of the Military Intelligence (MI), Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Pakistan Rangers (Sindh), provincial Home secretary, police chief, Crime Investigation Department (CID) in charge, Station House Officer (SHO) and DIG Investigation of a Steel Town police station, in a case pertaining to the disappearance of a student from Karachi.
The SHC division bench comprising Chief Justice Mushir Alam and

‘Notorious bandit’ with head money of Rs 1 million arrested

KARACHI – In the last 24 hours, Sindh police have arrested over 150 suspects, including an alleged notorious bandit with head money of Rs 1 million, and recovered illegal weapons and drugs from their possession.
The New Faujdari police of Shikarpur district arrested alleged notorious bandit Azim alias Kazim Jatoi who had head money of Rs 1 million. The detainee was said to be involved in 94 heinous criminal cases.
In various actions, the law enforcers arrested 37 suspects

Journalist’s ‘target killers’ sent on police remand

KARACHI – Five men allegedly involved in the murder of journalist Wali Khan Babar were sent on police remand till the 18th by an anti-terrorism court (ATC), but they will have to be produced before the court at the next hearing.
The accused, including Shahrukh alias Mani, Naveed alias Polka, Shakil Malik, Faisal Mehmood alias Nafsiyati and Syed Muhammad Ali Rizvi, were produced before an ATC on Friday, with the police seeking their physical remand for further interrogation. The

Banking on resilience, potential to purify the Land of the Pure

Pakistan’s diversity and resilience have rarely figured in the single-issue focus of recent literature on the country. But that is now set to change, with the Oxford University Press’s (OUP) launching Pakistan: Beyond the ‘Crisis State’ on Friday.
The book has been edited by distinguished journalist and diplomat Maleeha Lodhi, and presents an alternate paradigm and a deeper understanding of the country’s dynamics that may help explain why Pakistan

Pir Mazhar leads tributes to ‘institution’ NB Baloch

KARACHI – Dr Nabi Bakhsh Baloch was a complete institution and by carrying out immense research work on Sindhi folk literature, language, culture and education, he made his life exemplary for the younger generation to follow, said Provincial Education Minister Pir Mazhrul Haq.
Speaking as the chief guest at a condolence reference organised by the Sindh Madressatul Islam (SMI) at its Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Auditorium on Friday, the senior minister said although Sindh had produced

KESC tells SHC how and how many will be fired for good

KARACHI – While thousands of Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) employees wait for a stay order from the court over their dismissal from service, the power utility has shared the details of a ‘severance scheme’ with the Sindh High Court (SHC) under a new plan to sack around 4,000 of its non-core, non-management staff.
However, this time the KESC management has taken all precautionary measures by completing all legal procedures before launching the new scheme and no visible

Railways workers head to Garhi Khuda Bux for protest

KARACHI – Thousands of employees of the Pakistan Railways would stage a sit-in at Garhi Khuda Bux on April 12 in order to demand a bailout package for the Railways so it could emerge from its current crises, sources have informed Pakistan Today.
The members of the Railways Mehnatkash Union (RMU) from across the country would gather at the Shahnawaz Railway Station in Sindh, from where the Railways employees would march towards Garhi Khuda Bux. After offering fateha at the grave

SHC wants to know if crime rate and pillion riding are linked

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court has ordered the Home Department to submit a comparative chart of crimes committed during the time when pillion riding was banned.
A division bench comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Ghulam Sarwar Korai issued the directives to the Sindh Home Department for submitting the chart within two weeks.
The bench was hearing a petition filed by Deedar Ali Chandio Advocate, pleading to exempt lawyers from the pillion riding ban.
Arguing on

Brazilian ambassador calls on chief minister

KARACHI – Ambassador of Federative Republic of Brazil Alfredo Leoni called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah at the Chief Minister’s House on Friday.
According to an official handout, both the leaders discussed matters of mutual interest.
The Brazilian ambassador said that cordial relations exist between Pakistan and Brazil, and the relations will be further strengthened day by day.
The chief minister briefed the ambassador on the performance and efforts made

Seven, including policeman, die in separate parts of city

KARACHI – Seven people, including a policeman, lost their lives in separate incidents across the city on Friday.
Sub-inspector Abdul Karim Chohan, 50, was killed in the wee hours when unidentified culprits opened fire on him in Musharraf Colony.
His body was shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi. He was in charge of the Hawkesbay Police Post.
Naveed Khan, 19, was killed in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal police precincts when unidentified culprits opened fire on him near Moti

Sindh census commissioner visits Korangi Town

KARACHI – Provincial Census Commissioner Sindh Noor Muhammad Leghari along with Joint Census Commissioner Farooq Ahmed Baloch and Deputy Census Commissioner Muhammad Ashfaque visited various areas of the Korangi Town on Friday and inspected the ongoing house listing operation in the area.
He was briefed by the Korangi Town Administration and revenues staff joint vigilance team during the visit.
On the occasion, the provincial census commissioner inquired about the work being

Waft of inspiration from Mills & Boon, Coke and religion

KARACHI – Since Andy Warhol, popular culture has been equated with an ordinariness that is antithetical to bourgeois taste, said a press release issued by the Poppy Seed Gallery where an art exhibition titled ‘What’s Hot?’ is running until April 17.
The participating artists are Sehba Maruf, Danish Ahmed, Sophia Mairaj, Malika Abbas, Sumaiya Jilani and Muhammad Ali.
Whereas Warhol’s soup could symbolise ‘common’ experience, Warhol himself claimed to partake of it.