Police search for 3 would-be suicide bombers

Police search for 3 would-be suicide bombers

LAHORE – Lahore Police on Friday launched a massive search and sweep operation in various areas of the provincial capital to arrest three suicide bombers who recently entered the city to carry out terrorist attacks.
Separate police teams, late on Thursday night, launched operations in various areas of the city including Shahdara, Lorry Adda, Badami Bagh, Misri Shah, Mughalpura, Shalimar, surroundings of Bund Road, Sherankot, Thokar Niaz Baig, Choong, Green Town, Dharampura,

LDA DG backtracks on firing his personal secretary

LAHORE – The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) witnessed a unique drama on Friday when Director General (DG) Abdul Jabbar Shaheen terminated the services of his private secretary but reinstated him within some hours.
According to LDA sources, the LDA DG had already messed up on various occasions but this slip up echoed everywhere. LDA Secretariat Service Officer Ijaz Anwar, working as private secretary to Shaheen, received his termination letter on Friday with orders to report

PU students protest against HEC dissolution

LAHORE – Students of the University of Punjab held a rally against the possible dissolution of the Higher Education Commission on Friday.
Students gathered at Gate No 15 and marched up to the campus underpass holding placards inscribed with slogans against dissolution of HEC. Students, mostly from the Institute of Communication Studies, said that it was quite unfortunate that the government was dissolving HEC.
They said that now fake degrees would prevail everywhere.

NPMC moot starts today

LAHORE – National Project Management Conference (NPMC) will kick off today in Lahore to tackle the development in Pakistan. More than 150 professionals will attend the conference including most renowned speakers including the Expert Systems CEO Khalid Ahad Khan, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Prof Rizwan Amin Sheikh, LUMS Associate Prof Dr Faheem-ul-Islam and others.
As a part of PMI’s focus on education and advocacy for the project management profession and its

M.A. Jinnah Road traders awaiting a new home minister and sitting duck

KARACHI – Till four days ago, traders on M.A. Jinnah Road were livid with the government over its failure to curb extortions and looting. The resignation of Dr Zulfiqar Mirza from the post of home minister, however, has changed the mood of the markets: despite very few arrangements to provide extra security or create police pickets in and around markets, many are now willing to allow time to the government to emerge from the political crises it finds itself in.
In a survey

After peafowl in Thar, mystery disease strikes camels in Dadu

KARACHI – A mysterious disease has claimed lives of around 100 camels in the Johi area of Kasho, Dadu district within 15 days, severely affecting the day-to-day routine of the people highly-dependant on the beasts of burden.
In January an outbreak of a mysterious disease had reportedly killed around 200 peafowl in the Thar Desert, raising fears that the disease might completely wipe out the already endangered bird. It was reported that about eight to 10 birds were dying every day

Brace yourself for 14hrs of electricity outages

KARACHI – The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) warned its consumers on Thursday that the duration of power load shedding could be increased to up to 14 hours.
The warning was issued after the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) informed the KESC that gas supply would be reduced to around 80mmcfd from next week because the Bhit Shah gas field would be shut down for maintenance.
Addressing the media on ‘Status and Impact of Furnace Oil on Consumer Tariff’ at the KESC head

Sprite launches ‘Freshology’ to beat the heat this summer

KARACHI – Sprite has created a unique youth engagement platform by the name of ‘University of Freshology’.
The platform recognises problems of the Pakistani youth, and provides witty solutions to those problems as well as promotes ‘Fresh Thinking’ in the students.
Through a nationwide activity promotion, the University of Freshology would collect ‘maslas’ (problems) of every nature through SMS and e-mail, and discuss the short-listed issues through workshops.
Sprite has

SHC summons DIG investigation to submit report

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday directed the Karachi Police Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Investigation to appear in person in the next hearing and submit a detailed report on targeted killings in the metropolis.
The SHC division bench comprising Chief Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Syed Hasan Azhar Rizvi issued the order while hearing a constitutional petition filed by Syed Mohammad Iqbal Kazmi seeking to curb targeted killing incidents in Karachi.

Resolutions, not legislation, legacy of Sindh Assembly’s past three years

KARACHI – While showing extraordinary consensus in passing resolutions, the Sindh Assembly could not show the same spirit in carrying out legislation during the past three years – ostensibly due to disagreements between the two major partners in the coalition government, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), reveal official figures released by Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro on Thursday.
Briefing journalists about the Sindh Assembly’s three-year

Five of journalist Wali Babar’s ’17 to 18 assassins’ arrested

KARACHI – Karachi police have arrested five of the “17 to 18” men suspected to be involved in the murder of journalist Wali Khan Babar, claimed Capital City Police Officer (CCPO)-Karachi Saud Mirza on Thursday while addressing a press conference in his office.
“The accused have confessed during interrogation that they were involved in the killing of Wali Khan Babar on January 13, 2011,” Mirza claimed, adding that Babar was killed due to his daring reporting on target killers,

Combating antimicrobial resistance on agenda, says health minister

KARACHI – The provincial Health Department is in the process of adopting a multi-pronged approach to counter the growing threat of drug resistance in hospital settings as well as among the people exposed to irrational medication, said Sindh Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed.
He said this while addressing the participants of a health walk arranged on Thursday by the Health Department to observe the World Health Day 2011.
Ahmed said the current year’s health day theme ‘Combat

OUP-Pakistan donates books for flood-affected children

KARACHI – Since the start of the reconstruction phase, the Oxford University Press (OUP)-Pakistan has been supporting the rehabilitation efforts by contributing more than 300,000 copies of specially-developed storybooks for children in Sindhi, Urdu and English languages.
These books were distributed to the children in the flood-affected areas through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)’s Temporary Learning Centres (TLCs) operating throughout Sindh.
Speaking at a

In or out of the coalition: ANP decision on Sunday

KARACHI – Awami National Party (ANP)-Sindh has summoned a meeting of its think-tank on Friday (today) to deliberate the merits of staying part of the coalition government in Sindh, announced party spokesman Qadir Khan on Thursday. A meeting of the provincial party’s executive committee has also been convened on Sunday to follow up on the think-tank’s deliberations.
Meanwhile, a delegation of PPP-Sindh led by Secretary- General Taj Haider visited Mardan House and held a meeting

‘Party of the middle-class’ runs up Rs 150 million expenditures for April 10 public meeting

KARACHI – The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) claims to be a party of the middle-class, but it will be spending Rs 150 million for the April 10 public meeting in Lahore. This is despite MQM chief Altaf Hussain claiming that the party is going through a “financial crisis.”
The public meeting in Lahore is being given immense importance: it will be the MQM’s first rally in the capital of Punjab at such a large scale. The MQM had attempted holding a public rally during the last

Bhit Shah gas field closure to cause 200mmcfd shortage

KARACHI – Industries and power and fertiliser companies are about to face acute gas shortage as the largest gas field of the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) would shortly be shut down for at least 24 days due to maintenance.
When the 345mmcfd-supplying Bhit Shah gas field – one of the largest gas fields of the SSGC – shuts down for maintenance, it would cause reduction in gas supply of almost 60 percent.
Resultantly, gas supply to the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC),

Digital library for preserving city’s history inaugurated

KARACHI – A digital library was inaugurated at the Municipal Archives and Research Department located at the KMC Building. Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Karachi Dr Christian Brecht performed the inauguration.
The library has been set up to preserve the historical documents and ancient maps pertaining to Karachi. The consul-general also opened an exhibition of photographs of places declared as world heritage.
The exhibits included 20 photos about