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PU VC’s adviser threatens PT staffers

PU VC’s adviser threatens PT staffers

LAHORE – Print and electronic media representatives on Wednesday condemned PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Mujahid Kamran whose adviser Colonel (r) Ikram Ullah closed the varsity to journalists.
Ikram Ullah also misbehaved with journalists. On Ikram Ullah’s order, PU Chief Security Officer (CSO) Major Arif and his subordinates seized Pakistan Today’s (PT) correspondent, Adnan Lodhi, and cameraman, Murtza, and presented them before him. Major Arif threatened PT

BHATTA CHOWK EXPANSION – Land owners reluctant to give up their lands

LAHORE – The Bhatta Chowk expansion plan is likely to land in the eye of the storm over acquisition issue as Punjab government has released Rs 1.15 billion regarding compensation money but shop owners are reluctant to sell their properties and want the deal negotiable on their own terms and condition.
The government has issued the notices to more than 200 shops, hotels and plazas running their business at Bhatta Chowk. According to the notice, under major Infrastructure

A rescue failure

LAHORE – The fire that gutted the Shah Alam market on Monday exposed the working capacity, efficiency, abilities and equipments of fire fighting agencies, Pakistan Today observed on Wednesday. It was observed that the fire died on its own rather than the efforts of fire fighters after 36 hours since it erupted inside Baheria Plaza located in Shah Alam Market and damaged at least 13 plazas, three mosques, two houses and valuables worth billions of rupees.
According to reports,

A controversial collapse

LAHORE – The Bahria Plaza is the first plaza to have crumbled after Monday’s fire and Mochi Gate’s residents are speculating as to the cause of its collapse. Locals speaking to Pakistan Today said the plaza collapsed because of a blast. A visit to the site of the fires revealed that Mochi Gate residents claimed that a blast was heard before the building came to the ground.
They insisted that the should of the blast was heard at 8:15 am with the building collapsing within 15

Khosa says Basant may be celebrated if…

LAHORE – Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa has showed conditional readiness to celebrate Basant. He said if the Basant committee assured restriction on use of chemical and metallic twine and arms, Basant could be celebrated.
At the inaugural ceremony of Tulip Flower Show at Royal Palm Golf and Country Club Lahore on Wednesday, Punjab Governor told the media that Basant reservations should be considered. He said the event could be celebrated but only in a safe manner, after

Liberty Plaza case – LHC issues pre-admission notice

LAHORE – Lahore High Court Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed on Wednesday issued pre-admission notices to the Punjab government and other respondents on a petition challenging the establishment of Liberty Park and Ride Shopping Plaza. Judge directed the respondents to file the replies till February 17.
The petition is moved by seven petitioners including Muhammad Azhar Sidduque, chairman of a law firm, Mohammad Saleem Hafeez, Mian Mohammad Haroon of Hotel MelRose Inn, Arshad Kareem

USAID holds 1st National Strategic planning workshop

LAHORE – The USAID funded Pre-STEP program sponsored a Strategic Planning workshop, which concluded at Pearl Continental Hotel on Wednesday. The workshop was the first in a series of other related activities planned for the year. It intends to introduce Strategic Planning as a tool to improve quality of teacher education in 15 Pre-STEP partner public universities under its Pre-Service Teacher Education Program.
A group of 50 professionals comprising Deans of Faculty of

EDO raids examination centres, replaces examiners

LAHORE – Lahore Education Executive District Officer (EDO) Pervez Akhter replaced two examiners; a female superintendent and an invigilator, from grade eight’s examination center located at Samanabad Government Higher Secondary School on Wednesday, during his surprise visit to various schools.
He said overall exams arrangements were satisfying and he only took action where it was needed. These exams of Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) are supervised by district governments,

Complainant seeks ZA Bhutto’s case probe

LAHORE – District and Session Judge on Wednesday adjourned the hearing of a private complaint filed by Naveed Aslam Baig, seeking direction to conduct a preliminary inquiry of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s ‘murder’ case. Baig submitted that Ziaul Haq toppled Bhutto’s elected government and hanged him for the murder of Nawab Muhammad Ahmad Khan, with the aid of Naseem Hassan Shah and Federal Security Forces DG Masood Mahmood.
The complainant prayed the court to summon Ijazul Haq and Dr

LCU president wants private universities to up ante

LAHORE – Lahore City University (LCU) President Mansoor Faisal called upon a meeting of a group of academicians at a local hotel on Wednesday. The agenda of the meeting was to jointly work towards making higher education affordable and accessible to those aspiring to excel in professional studies.
“Quality of education can be enhanced in private sectors only if they undertake serious research like public institutions”, said Mansoor.

Khosa opens tulip flower show at Royal Palm

LAHORE – Punjab Governor Latif Khosa and his wife inaugurated first Tulip Flower Show 2011 at Royal Palm Golf and Country Club by on Tuesday. CEO, Royal Palm Ramzan Sheikh, Sitara e Imtiaz Head Rising Sun Institute for special children Parveen Tawab, horticulturist Nosheen Sarfraz, a large number of NCA students, over 200 flower lovers and 250 special children from the Rising Sun Institute were present at the occasion
After inauguration, the governor went round the Flower Arena

Seven new judges appointed to accountability courts

LAHORE – Punjab Law Ministry has appointed seven session judges to work in accountability courts in Lahore and Rawalpindi.One of these judges will take charge as the judge of accountability court no 4 in Lahore whose presiding officer has already been retired, while others will replace judges who have been slacked at the orders of Lahore High Court (LHC) chief justice (CJ) because of inefficiency.
The performance of accountability judges working in Lahore and Rawalpindi has been

Dual office case deferred till February 14

LAHORE – A full bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday adjourned proceedings to several petitions challenging dual office held by President Asif Ali Zardari. The four-member bench headed by Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry deferred hearing till February 14 for hearing detailed arguments by petitioner counsel, AK Dogar on questions threatening Zardari’s eligibility.
During proceedings on Wednesday Dogar was arguing that Asif Ali Zardari faced pre-election

UNFPA assures help for bettering health sector

LAHORE – United Nation’s Fund for Population Affairs (UNFPA) will cooperate for improving health facilities in Punjab’s rural areas and will provide financial assistance for making the rural health centres functional. These views were expressed by the members of a delegation of UNFPA while talking to the Punjab Health Secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad in a meeting on Wednesday.
The delegation comprised of UNFPA representatives; Rabbi Royan, Provincial Head Dr Jameel and Project

Culture minister meets Gayyur Akhtar

LAHORE – Provincial Culture & Youth Affairs Minister Dr Tanveer-ul-Islam inquired after the health of prominent artist Gayyur Akhtar at Services Hospital today. The Minister presented him a bouquet and prayed for his early recovery. The minister said that artists are national asset and government would take steps for their welfare.

Reminiscing Faiz’s life through pictures

LAHORE – If one could ever suspend the moments of a lifetime, it is through photographs. This is exactly the feeling that runs through Alhamra’s Exhibition Gallery where the pictures of Faiz Ahmed’s life from all perspectives have been displayed, reminiscing his pensive and happy moments, along with seeing him standing at the forefront as if he is still among us, alive and well.
IN LOVE WITH LIFE, WHEN WITH HIS WIFE: Beautiful black and white portraits of Faiz depict him as a man

Discussing traditional art ‘From the Same Story’

KARACHI – An exhibition of artworks of Asif Ahmed titled ‘From the Same Story’ opened at the Chawkandi Art gallery on Tuesday, a press release issued by the gallery said.
“Traditional art itself is the most important subject of discussion in my work,” Ahmed said about his current art show.
The artist meticulously produces drawings and miniatures. The connection between the images for him is a means to question the traditional art values and practices, and their role in the

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