Mass transfers announced

Mass transfers announced

LAHORE – The contractual appointment of Mian Mumtaz Ahmad Wattoo, Solicitor to Government of the Punjab, has been terminated on payment of one month’s salary in lieu of the notice and his terms & conditions have been settled at the minimum of BS-20 for the period he has served as Solicitor to Government of the Punjab.
Riaz-ud-Din, Deputy Secretary, Higher Education Department, Government of the Punjab, has been transferred and posted as District Officer (Coordination), Kasur,

VU offers ‘Lecture on Demand

LAHORE – The Virtual University for the first time in the history of television broadcast presents a unique segment “Lecture on Demand”. Now, viewers can select and enjoy the lectures of their own choice.
This exclusive lecture broadcast will be on every Saturday at 12:00 noon, 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm starting from the 1st of January, 2011. Viewers can avail the opportunity by simply voting through email and sms. For details visit

PML-N ready for foundation day

LAHORE – All set, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz group will be celebrating its 104th foundation day on December 30.
The main function will be held at Expo Center Johar Town and will be presided over by PML-N Chief Mian Nawaz Sharif and attended by central and provincial leadership. A flag-hoisting ceremony will also be held.

JAC demands Federal Shariat Court’s abolisition

LAHORE – Joint Action Committee (JAC) and Women Action Forum (WAF) on Wednesday demanded that all parallel judicial systems especially the Federal Shariat Court (FSC) be abolished immediately.
JAC demanded the abolishment in response to the FSC’s verdict on December 22, which declared four clauses (11, 25, 28 and 29) of the Women Protection Act (WPA) 2006 as unconstitutional.
JAC activists said that while the clauses may appear to make no substantive difference to the law,

ARTS AND CULTURE ROUNDUP – Things are as gloomy as they appear

LAHORE – As each year comes to an end, whatever has happened is reawakened in everyone’s memory. Like all passing trends, some of the incidents fade away, leaving no mark of their occurrence, while the residue of many others stays and in fact even builds a base for future events and happenings. On this note, one of the most important sectors of social life is arts and culture and this is one part of life that should be dynamic.
But arts and entertainment in Pakistan not always

Trade unions protest against privatisation and NIRC

LAHORE – In a protest against recent steps taken by the government for privatization and implementation of National Industrial Relations Commission (NIRC), trade unions of the country collected at Alhamra on Tuesday. Representatives from various organizations spoke of various grievances that workers had.
NIRC is expected to be implemented from June 30, 2011, after which trade unions will not be recognized at a national level, instead only at a provincial level. According to the

No ward in-charge – Services Hospital’s SICU being run by inexperienced doctors

LAHORE – Lives of patients arriving at the Services Hospital’s Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) are in a complete jeopardy, as previous administrator of the SICU has retired and the ward is currently being run by young and inexperienced doctors, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The SCIU was running heedlessly, as more than four months has passed since SICU Incharge Dr Taifoor Gilani had retired. Presently, the ward was being managed by young and inexperienced doctors who were

MoU to empower women signed at PU

LAHORE – Punjab University’s Department of Gender Studies (DGS) and Women’s Empowerment Group (WEG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the purpose of extending academic, research and technical cooperation on different women issues including economic empowerment, health, gender equity and equality.
DGS In-charge Prof Dr Samar Fatima and WEG Executive Director Omer Aftab signed the MoU. DGS faculty member Raana Malik said the WEG will facilitate the department for

Benazir’s martyrdom was a great loss to the nation: Zaman

LAHORE – Former PM and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairperson Benazir Bhutto’s martyrdom was a great loss to the nation whose repercussions could never be overlooked, Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) Chairman and PPP leader Fakhar Zaman said on Tuesday.
“Every moment after Benazir’s martyrdom has increased the nation’s agony and present history is being written with her blood,” Zaman said. The PPP leader paid rich tributes to services and sacrifices of the former PM and said

BRINGING BACK TO LIFE – MoU signed for rehabilitation of flood-affected students

LAHORE – Plan Pakistan and Punjab School Education Department have entered into an agreement for the provision of adequate financial, human resource and material support to rehabilitate 400 affected primary schools in riverine areas of Layyah,
Muzaffargarh and Rajanpur districts. School Education Department Punjab Secretary Aslam Kamboh and Plan Pakistan Country Director Haider W Yaqub signed the MOU at the Civil Secretariat on Tuesday.
The project shall be implemented

Not an urgent matter – Petition seeking Taseer’s removal returned with objections

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) Office on Tuesday raised objections on a petition seeking Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer’s removal from office for traveling to Sri Lanka without informing the authorities concerned and returned it to the petitioner.
According to sources, the LHC Office termed the petition as non-maintainable and returned it to petitioner Noshab A Khan advocate. Noshab told Pakistan Today that the LHC deputy registrar (judicial) wrote on the petition-file

Moonis’ manager sent on physical remand until Jan 4

LAHORE – Judicial magistrate Irfan Basra on Tuesday handed over Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) Member of the Provincial Assembly (MPA) Chaudhry Moonis Elahi’s business manager Abdul Malik to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on physical remand until January 4.
Malik was arrested on Monday during a raid at the Al-Tahoor Private Limited’s office located in Garden Town.
He was arrested on charges of ties with a key accused of the National Insurance Company Limited

Police bust gang of car thieves

LAHORE – Lahore Iqbal Town Division anti-Vehicles Lifting Staff (AVLS) on Tuesday claimed arresting notorious ringleader of the Tariq Javeed Shah car thief gang and recovered 13 cars, a tractor and motorcycle worth Rs 7.4 million from their possession.
The criminal confessed stealing 12 cars, one tractor and motorcycle from Lahore, two cars from Mirpur, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and five cars from Rawalpindi during preliminary interrogation.
According to details, police

PMA General Body to meet today

Lahore – The General Body Meeting of the Pakistan Medical Association Lahore would be held on Wednesday (today) under the Chairmanship of Professor Dr Yasmin Rashid.
The report of activities during the two years of the Lahore chapter of the PMA would be presented and a strategy would be finalized to meet the demands of the special salary package and service structure reforms for doctors before the next budget.
In this context all other organizations of doctors are also

‘Zardari, not Gilani, opposes blasphemy laws’

Lahore – Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan (JUP) President Dr Sahibzada Abul Khair Mohammad Zubair has said that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has nothing to do with the proposed changes in blasphemy law.
“It is President Zardari who is more interested in the changes, as if trying to fulfill his commitments, which he made with Pope Benedict in Vatican, last September,” he said in an exclusive interview with Pakistan Today.
Dr Zubair talked about different issues including the

Students find in difficult to study amidst outages

Lahore – Electricity and gas load-shedding has been disturbing the students especially who are due to appear in exams, Pakistan Today has learnt. Several private schools and universities are conducting exams but students are finding it difficult to prepare themselves for the assigned tasks. During last few days,
the unprecedented and unscheduled load-shedding has lead students to suffer, and the Sui gas load-shedding has only added to their woes. Some areas experience ten hours

‘Mobile banking service with a difference’

KARACHI – The launch of Benazir Mobile Banking will bring about a new era of development and ensure larger women empowerment, said Adviser to Chief Minister on Information and Archives Sharmila Farooqui.
In a statement issued on Monday, the adviser said that the system would promote e-banking in the country and women would get access to major banking systems for the first time in the history of Pakistan. “With the launch of this banking system, the president has fulfilled another