First Winter thrills lahoris to bit

First Winter thrills lahoris to bit

LAHORE – Winter’s first rain hit Lahore on Thursday blushing up roads, buildings and trees. Lahoris seemed jubilant, as the downpour reduced the temperature substantially. A proper rainfall was seen after three months in the city and people were seen enjoying the weather, as the rain splashed out dust and dryness from the air and trees.
Although dim light was observed since morning, the city remained covered with fog and people expressed their happiness on the change in weather.

PA meeting amid tight security today

LAHORE – The Punjab Assembly’s (PA) 22nd session will begin today (Friday) amid tight security arrangements with Deputy Speaker Rana Mashood in the chair. The speaker had directed strict security arrangements in light of intelligence reports warning that holding evening sessions could create security issues, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Special lights would also be displayed all around the building for countering security threats. The session’s first day would start at 3pm and

‘PML-N won’t support in-house change’

LAHORE – Contradicting Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali’s statement, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Thursday that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) would not support any in-house change in the National Assembly to oust the federal government. He was speaking at a press briefing at the Punjab Assembly Committee Room.
The minister said that the PML-N would not support any move to dislodge the Gilani government, as it was not in the national interest to oust

‘Only 47 pneumonia cases have shown up’

LAHORE – A Punjab Health Department spokesman, while clarifying a news item appearing in a section of press in which it was claimed that pneumonia has converted into an epidemic in Vehari has termed it against the facts. He clarified that during December, 2010, 646 children suffering from different diseases had been brought to the hospital, out of which only 37 were affected from pneumonia.
He further said only two children died due to pneumonia, which is not unusual. He said

Failed PU students protest against examination system

LAHORE – A handful of failed PU Law College students held a protest on Thursday demanding that aggregate passing marks be decreased from existing 45 percent to 40 percent in addition to introduction of carry-on system in the LLB examinations.
PU Law College Incharge Samee Uzair Khan said that protester’s demands fall within ambit of the Board of Studies in Law and the board had rejected both demands in its previous meeting terming them detrimental to standards of legal

WHITE POISON – Inter-court appeal filed against the sale of adulterated milk

LAHORE – An inter-court appeal (ICA) has been filed in the Lahore High Court against the dismissal of a petition earlier filed against sale of adulterated milk by tetra pack companies and in loose form by the local milkmen.
The ICA came after a judgment by a single bench of the Lahore High Court on December 22 that dismissed a petition filed by Watan Party through Barrister Zafarullah Khan who had asserted that melamine and other chemicals, injurious to human health, were being

EDUCATION MINISTRY’S DEVOLUTION – Centre hesitant to relinquish authority, say educationists

Lahore – According to some notable educationists, the education ministry’s devolution plan may fall flat on its face because some people in the federal government do not want to give up their authority, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The federal government was supposed to transfer the education ministry’s powers to the provinces, as mentioned in the 18th amendment. The stakeholders in the federal capital seem united, not to surrender their powers; including curricula and national

PWD officials caught red-handed taking bribe

LAHORE – The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested two senior officers of Pakistan Public Works Department (PWD), red handed, while taking bribe from a contractor on Thursday. FIA sources said Karamat Sheikh, a government contractor, submitted an application to the FIA Multan Circle Additional Director Rana Irfan and alleged that the two PWD officers; Executive Engineer Khizar Hayat and Sub Divisional Officer (SDO) of Bahawalpur office Javed Majoka, were demanding Rs 0.15

‘PML-N has failed to fulfill people’s needs’

LAHORE – Former Punjab chief minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has said that Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s (PML-N) government in Punjab has failed to cater for the needs of masses, however, he added that Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) would complete all the development projects after regaining power in the province.
Addressing a public meeting in Nankana Sahib on Thursday, he said that PML-N was not performing its duties as a major opposition party and the Punjab government

Aman Ittehad to hold rallies against violence

LAHORE – Aman Ittehad, a group of leading non-governmental organisations (NGO), on Thursday announced that several rallies will be held on January 1 at 1am nationwide to condemn violence in all forms.
This announcement was made in a press conference held at the Lahore Press Club, which was attended by South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAPP) Executive Director Muhammad Tehseen, Aurat Foundation Coordinator Mumtaz Mughal and others.
The rallies would be held to condemn

Police arrest carjacker, impound 12 vehicles

LAHORE – On the direction of Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Muhammad Aslam Tareen, the Anti Vehicle Lifting Staff (AVLS) City Division Lahore have arrested a ringleader of Akbar Ali car lifting gang and have recovered 12 cars worth Rs 70 lakh from their possession.
The criminal has confessed to 17 cases of car snatching and stealing during preliminary interrogation.
CRO SP Sajjad Hassan Manj, on the CCPO’s directions, directed Anti Vehicles Lifting Staff DSP Saleem

Compensation for accident victims jacked up

Lahore – Punjab government has increased the compensation amount in case of injury and death to a passenger in road accidents and has amended the ‘Motor Vehicle Ordinance 1965’ for the purpose. The government will introduce ‘Provincial Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2010’ in the Punjab Assembly’s forthcoming meeting for the new compensation schedule.
The new compensation amount will be applicable on those motorists who carry not more than six passengers and the compensation

Rahat and Shafqat pay homage to brave soldiers

LAHORE – In order to pay tribute to brave Pakistanis, two music maestros Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan have jointly sung a song ‘Imtehan Hai Imtehan’ that has become an instant success on the Internet.
The song would be released by production company Sixth Sense Communications on FM radio networks. It is for the first time that the two leading singers have collaborated on a project together. After creating ripples in the entire Indian subcontinent with their

Seminar stresses need for democratic governance

Lahore – Political parties should be democratised and strengthened to establish democratic governance in the country, believed speakers on Thursday at a seminar aiming at the role of political parties in Pakistan. The seminar was organised by Strengthening Participatory Organisation (SPO) and was presided over by Husain Naqi, while Mubarak Ali, a historian, Qayyum Nizami, an intellectual, Iftikhar Ahmed, a journalist, Jamhoori Watan Party General Secretary Rauf Sasoli, former

Agriculture department speaks out for green tractor scheme

LAHORE – Rejecting media reports on audit observation and irregularities in the Green Tractor Scheme 2008-09, the Punjab Agriculture Department spokesman clarified on Thursday that utmost care was exercised by the department to obviate any chance of omission and negligence in implementation of the Green Tractor Scheme.
The spokesman said that alleged irregularities regarding implementation of the scheme were primarily based on audit commissioned by the auditor general and the

UMT’s sixth convocation held

LAHORE – The University of Management and Technology’s (UMT) sixth convocation was held on Thursday at the university campus. Former Senate chairman Muhammad Mian Soomro was the chief guest on the occasion while former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed and renowned Islamic scholar Dr Rafique Ahmed were also present on the occasion.
The convocation was attended by a large number of students, parents, educationists and other dignitaries. Around 528 students were awarded

Rain fails to dampen celebrations – New Year fever hits Lahoris

LAHORE – Light drizzle has left the city with a dreary, somber mood. Mist hangs low and sometimes not even the dark outline of trees is visible. But the bleak winter weather has not been able to replace the excitement of New Years’ eve. Almost everyone has something planned out for the night. Whether it is dance parties or family reunions, people in Lahore are ready to say goodbye to the last night of 2010, filled with hope and excitement. Event managing businesses are flourishing and