Health Asia concludes

Health Asia concludes

KARACHI – The Seventh Health Asia 2011 International Exhibition and conference concluded on Thursday after a successful three-day extravaganza at Karachi Expo Centre. A conference was held on the third day to discuss recent advances in dermatology, with Dr Najia Ashraf and Dr Sameera talking about common issues such as acne, eczema and hyper pigmentation.
The Sindh Health Department also established its pavilion at the exhibition; officials focused on creating awareness regarding

Court grants acquittal plea of lecturer charged with fake appointments in Edu Dept

KARACHI – The Provincial Anti-Corruption Court on Thursday granted acquittal plea moved by lecturer Abdul Sattar Soomro charged with fake appointments in the Sindh Education Department.
The special court’s Judge Rashida Asad passed the judgment after hearing arguments from both sides and examining the evidences and records produced by the prosecution.
Advocate Wazir Khoso appeared before the court on behalf of accused Abdul Sattar Soomro, a lecturer of Sindhi at Larkana’s

PDWP approves 11 development schemes worth Rs 13bn

KARACHI – In a meeting of the Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP), 11 development schemes worth Rs 13.226 billion were approved on Thursday. The meeting was presided over by the Planning Secretary of the Planning and Development Department and attended by the administrative heads of various departments.
The department heads briefed the participants of the meeting about their respective schemes – including construction of a Trauma Centre at the Ojha Institute and

PAC seeks explanation on buildings being used by Rangers

KARACHI – The Sindh Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has sought explanation from the provincial government on the buildings being used by the Pakistan Rangers Sindh, besides unpaid utility bills.
With PAC Chairman Jam Tamachi Unnar in chair, a meeting was held to discuss the formal audit reports of the Law, Industries, Commerce and Labour departments. Unnar has written to the Sindh government, seeking explanation on the buildings being used by Rangers, and the utility bills that

Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis spreading in children: NICH director

KARACHI – Irrational medication and promiscuity to adults suffering from tuberculosis (TB) have caused multi-drug resistant (MDR) infections among children referred to the National Institute of Child Health (NICH). This was disclosed by NICH Executive Director Prof Syed Jamal Raza, while addressing a session organised by Sada Welfare Foundation on Thursday.
“A vast majority of the 4,880 TB patients aged between six months to 15 years, registered at the NICH during 2003 to 2011,

Cigarette, paan, gutka recipe for TB

KARACHI – While the quality and level of tuberculosis (TB) care has improved dramatically in recent years, the incidence of TB in Pakistan is still too high with the death toll rising at an alarming rate every year, said Indus Hospital Infectious Diseases Department Head Dr Naeem Salahuddin on Thursday.
She said this while speaking at a community awareness programme organised in the Indus Hospital, Korangi to highlight the significance of the World TB Day.
The programme

Awards conferred on Pak Navy personnel

KARACHI – Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Noman Bashir conferred military awards on Pakistan Navy personnel during a ceremony held at the Bahria Auditorium. These awards were handed out to the recipients in recognition of meritorious services, acts of gallantry and exceptional devotion to duty in their respective fields.
The recipients of the Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military) were VADM Asif Sandila, VADM Tanveer Faiz, VADM Abbas Raza and VADM Tayyab Ali Dogar. Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military) was

Traders give in – Bhatta Chowk’s widening starts

LAHORE – The Bhatta Chowk expansion project has finally started after traders reconciled with the Punjab government, though with a heavy heart, over the dispute on compensation amounting to Rs 1.15 billion. With project’s start, around 300 shops have been demolished and construction work is in full swing. A fact of the matter is that project will cost Rs 38 million but the compensation amount stands at Rs 1.15 billion. Traders claimed that patch-up had to be done under severe pressure

PPP won’t let anyone derail democracy, says Khosa

LAHORE – The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will not let anyone derail democracy in the country, Punjab Governor Latif Khosa said on Thursday. He was addressing the cheque distribution ceremony of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) at the Governor’s House. The governor said that the PPP will not tolerate exploitation of the masses and defend people’s rights at all costs. Khosa reiterated the federal government’s resolve to strengthen democracy for the sake of the country’s

Moonis to stay with FIA for another four days

LAHORE – Local Judicial Magistrate Ikhtisham Sadiq on Thursday extended the physical remand of Moonis Elahi, involved in National Insurance Corporation Scam, until March 28. Earlier, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) produced Moonis in court to get extension in his physical remand after the completion of the second term of his remand. During the hearing, defense counsel, Muhammad Iqbal Bhatti, argued that Moonis was innocent and was being politically victimized. He said that Moonis

Petition filed in LHC seeking provision of free education

LAHORE – A petition was filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday seeking provision of free education to every citizen from five to 16 years of age under articles 9, 25 A and 37 of the constitution. Syed Feroz Shah filed the petition submitting that provision of free education was the right of every citizen, which had become a substantive part of the constitution after passage of the 18th Constitutional Amendment. Petitioner’s counsel AK Dogar submitted that the federal and

Puppet masters pull Lahoris’ strings

LAHORE – “Life is crazy,” says Rohana Deva. “People are actors and their life is a stage…and love…is mad.” Deva is quoting the song that his puppet character has been singing on stage. The character, a king, is pensive and performs alone on stage. He is a doll about a hundred years old, with only a slight chip on his nose, but that cannot be seen from far off in the audience. He wears a royal costume of black with gold embroidery, and his eyes are painted and elongated in the same way

Police kill two robbers in a shootout

LAHORE – Two alleged robbers were shot dead in a shootout with the police in Harbanspura Police precincts late on Wednesday. The police claimed that one robber died as a result of firing from his accomplice while the other was shot dead by the police. The police arrested one robber while three others fled.
Police said robbers snatched a mobile phone and Rs 3,500 from a pedestrian namely Ashraf near Wada Sattar, Sheran Wali Kothi. Muhafiz Squad personnel, who were on a routine

World TB day – Nearly one-third of global population is affected by TB

LAHORE – Nearly one third of the global population or around two billion people are affected by tuberculosis (TB), Punjab TB Control Programme Manager Dr Darakhshan Badar said on Thursday.
She was addressing a seminar titled, “TB Elimination: Together We Can!” organised in collaboration with the Pakistan Medical Society and the Punjab TB Control Programme at the University of Animal and Veterinary Sciences (UVAS). Badar said that TB was a contagious disease and spread through the

Christians condemn desecration of Quran

LAHORE – Different Christian institutes of Lahore under the auspices of National Council for Interfaith Dialogue, URI Pakistan and Justice Peace Commission on Thursday condemned the desecration of the Quran by an American Pastor Terry Jones. Pakistan Massihah Party also held a protest in this connection in front of the Lahore Press Club.
Christian community leaders, Fr Francis Nadeem, Fr Abid Habib, Fr James Channan (OP) and Fr Samson Dilawar held that Jones was not a Christian

LUMS Olmypiad: Day 3 – Delegates gear up for exciting semifinals

LAHORE – The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Olympiad 2011 continued with full swing on Thursday, as delegates geared up for the semifinals of the event. A high level of enthusiasm, creativity and team spirit was seen at all the events which had their entertaining moments as well. The screening of the music videos started of with some technical difficulties, but once they were resolved it was a smooth sailing. Only one group of participants was present, the rest being

Prolific art pieces displayed at Royaat Gallery

LAHORE – Prolific art pieces defining the significance of seasonal change were exhibited by Matloob Baig at Royaat Gallery on Thursday. Around 21 eye-catching paintings with lively colours and creative scenarios were captured by the brush of Matloob Baig one of Pakistan’s most thrilling painters who received his Masters of Arts from the Punjab University, Lahore.
The exhibition attracted many people on the inaugural day and students, artists, businessmen and people from all walks