LUMS students accepted at Stanford

LUMS students accepted at Stanford

LAHORE: Two undergraduate students of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) were accepted at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) as International research fellows.
Dawood Tariq from the batch of 2009 and Mirza Basim Baig from the batch of 2011 have been working with Dr Zaffar on ‘provenance aware intrusion detection schemes’ since last year and have published their work in excellent peer reviewed conferences.
Basim spent the current semester at the Stanford

PU to establish campus in Jhelum

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the Punjab University, the oldest and largest varsity of the country, to establish its campus at Jhelum.
For this purpose, the chief minister constituted a committee under the convener ship of the Planning and Development Board Punjab Chairman. Members of the committee include secretary higher education, vice-chancellor Punjab University, commissioner Rawalpind division and former MNA Raja Muhammad Afzal.
The Chief

‘Honour women in light of Islam’

LAHORE: A seminar, in connection with Human Rights Week, was held under the joint efforts of All Pakistan Women Association (APWA) and Punjab Ministry of Human Rights and Minority Affairs.
HR Department Provincial Secretary Arshad Bin Ahmad, Human Rights Activist I A Rehman, APWA Punjab Chairperson Roohi Syed and advocate Shamsa Ali were among the speakers. They recommended the implementation of existing laws meant for the women’s betterment, in addition to framing up new

BNU holds its 5th convocation

LAHORE: Higher Education Chairman (HEC) Chairman Dr Javed Leghari stressed the need of PhDs in Pakistani universities, at the 5th convocation of Beaconhouse National University (BNU) on Wednesday.
BNU Vice Chancellor Sartaj Aziz, at the convocation held at BNU’s Raiwind Road campus, briefed the audience about BNU’s progress. He said BNU was the Pakistan’s only liberal arts’ university and was awarded a ‘W’ category by HEC in 2008, which is the top most ranking in the private

CM to attend trade conference in Dubai

LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif will participate in the Pakistan Business and Investment Conference which will be hosted by the International Business Forum Dubai in collaboration with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Punjab Board of Investment and Trade in Dubai on December 13. The conference will also be attended by a delegation comprising of more than 100 Pakistani businessmen.
Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif will preside over the inaugural

Change makers gather from all four provinces

LAHORE: South Asia Partnership called for a second day of their conference, where several speakers discussed the issue of sexual harassment, while the event was uplifted by plays. The session began with a an Oath taking ceremony, anchored by Naeema Malik (SAP), where the members along with the change makers, this time from all four provinces, signed a banner and pledged that they would continue forwarding the cause of ending violence against women.
The ‘We Can End Violence

LHC CJ Khawaja Sharif retires on a somber note

LAHORE: In his last address as Chief Justice of the Lahore High Court (LHC) Khawaja Muhammad Sharif tendered an apology on the police torture on Lahore Bar lawyers in September. Khawaja Sharif was addressing at a Full Court farewell reference on Wednesday in his courtroom on the day of his retirement.
Khawaja Sharif took charge as Lahore High Court Chief Justice on April 14 2009 and retired on Wednesday (Dee 8) upon reaching the superannuation age of 62. He warmly congratulated

LDA grants building period waiver to Nazria-e-Pakistan Trust

LAHORE: The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has given a 100 percent building period waiver for the second time to the Nazria-e-Pakistan Trust flouting its own decision taken in 2001 and making a mockery of all slogans of merit and rule of law of the Punjab government, Pakistan Today has learn.
The LDA extended the building period free of surcharge twice for a 40 kanal, 22 square feet plot number 20 at Block J/I and 3 kanal, 18 marla and 205 square feet plot number 27 to 31 at

Ruby Chishtie’s lines of life

LAHORE: Ruby Chishtie’s new collection of works, called Placed, Displaced, Misplaced, is the newest creative burst by the artist, who has specialized in bronze casting and ceramic sculpture. These works revolve around life itself, and her perception.
Each strangely bizarre prototype of life and its various elements are shown in mediums limited to cloth, wood, and metal wire. “To reduce the complexities of life, we have to develop a linear system, where there is a beginning, an

Warraich accuses PML-N of putting Punjab on sale

LAHORE: State Minister for Communications and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab President Imtiaz Safdar Warraich on Tuesday accused the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of putting Punjab on sale and distributing public-sector educational institutions amongst party leaders and loyalists.
He made these remarks in a press conference at the Lahore Press Club along with PPP Punjab Secretary General Samiullah Khan, Information Secretary Dr Fakharuddin Chaudhry, Finance

I’m happy Sharif is going: Asma

LAHORE: Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President and renowned human rights activist Asma Jahangir said on Tuesday that she was happy on Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Khawaja Muhammad Sharif’s retirement and hopes that upcoming LHC CJ Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry would not repeat his predecessor’s mistakes.
She made these remarks while talking to journalists at the LHC premises. Commenting on the LHC CJ’s statement that he would work for people’s welfare, Asma said that

Goodbye Khwaja Sharif – LBA balks at taking cheques for Aiwan-e-Adl affectees

LAHORE: The Lahore Bar Association (LBA) in its meeting on Tuesday expressed hesitation in receiving two cheques recommended and sanctioned by Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Khawaja Muhammad Sharif for LBA members who were injured by police during a crackdown on the Aiwan-e-Adl on October 31.
The LBA would take the final decision in this regard in its meeting to be held on December 8 at the Aiwan-e-Adl Committee Room. According to the details, the LHC CJ had

Fresh Ashura deployments, attack suspected

LAHORE: Lahore Police, to prevent terrorists’ attack as suspected by the Interior Ministry, will deploy fresh troops at and around the route of main Zuljinah procession, especially at Karbala Gamay Shah where the procession concludes, on Muharram 10, police sources told Pakistan Today on Tuesday.
Police officials have declared 184 points as sensitive on the route of Zuljinah processions. Lahore Police has chalked out a ‘comprehensive plan’ in order to avoid any untoward incident

Women must rise against violence

LAHORE: South Asia Partnership (SAP) marked 16 days against gender violence, paying tribute to the three American sisters who were physically tortured when they tried to raise their voice against autocracy.
The SAP event brought together change makers, both women and men, from all districts of Punjab. It was discussed that violence against women was present at, at least, three different levels; personal, community based, and regional/national.
Shamim Malik, a lawyer,

Jamil Fakhri – A tired man mourns

Jamil Fakhri, a veteran actor, and his family were reminded of the words Jamil had spoken only two days ago, “I don’t know if I will receive my son’s body in pieces or ashes,” when the news confirming Ali Ayaz Fakhri’s was murdered came late on Monday night from the Pakistan Embassy in the United States.
Ali’s body was recognized through Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test as it was feared that he died of burning. Various television and Lollywood stars visited Jamil Fakhri,

A new member joins the Lahore Zoo’s zebra family

LAHORE: This year once again, a zebra at the Lahore Zoo has given birth to a male foal making a total of nine zebras, with four males and five females. After a long gestation of 12 months, the foal born is now suckling on its mother and is healthy.
The Lahore Zoo has been trying to conserve the Burchell’s zebra in-situ (in captivity, not in the wild) conservation since the last few years. “The zoo management has been very vigilant in the breeding and the conservation of this

Transgenders rejoice official acceptance of identity

KARACHI: “Hamari Manzoori Ho Gai!” chanted Fauzia, a transgender, as she clapped and triumphantly danced to the beat of a drum on Tuesday outside the Karachi Press Club (KPC).
Along with many of her ilk, Fauzia was rejoicing the inclusion of the third gender column in the National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) registration form for computerised national identity cards (CNICs). “We have got our identity!” Fauzia said when asked about the benefits of a separate box for