Railway employees protest downsizing, PR privatisation

Railway employees protest downsizing, PR privatisation

LAHORE – Pakistan Railways (PR) employees on Wednesday brought out a rally from Railway Headquarter to Divisional Superintendent (DS) Lahore office to protest against the proposed downsizing and privatization of the department and blocked Allama Iqbal Road for some time by burning tyres.
The protesters chanted slogans against the railway administration and pledged that they will not let any body to privatize Pakistan Railways. They demanded of the government not to privatize the

Building Control Authority to regulate building issues

LAHORE – The Punjab government is about to constitute a Building Control Authority (BCA) to approve buildings’ maps, regulate construction of residential and commercial buildings, enforce building bylaws and check rampant building violations in 36 districts of the province.
The move came after the orders issued by a full bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan headed by Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday, which had summoned Punjab chief secretary, former district nazim Lahore and

PCS proposal claims Rs 80b per annum can be saved

LAHORE – It is possible to save Rs 80 billion per annum in the Punjab government by curtailing expenditures and introducing revenue reforms, a proposal formulated by the PCS Officers Association read on Wednesday.
According to the formula proposed by the provincial service officers, Rs 30 billion per annum can be saved per annum by curtailing expenditures. The PCS officers put forward that a lot of money could be saved by restricting the number of vehicles for officers and

‘Govt sympathetic to teachers reservations’

LAHORE – Senior Adviser to Chief Minister Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa has said that the teachers are main pillar of Education System. Keeping in view their importance in education system, the Government has great regards for them and ready to consider their demands sympathetically.
He said that their reservations regarding Boards of Governors (BOGs) of 26-colleges would be removed and their interests would be fully safeguarded. He expressed these views while meeting a

Rescue 1122 adamant against increasing accidents

LAHORE – Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122 Director General Dr Rizwan Naseer on Wednesday as said that the service was working to maintain internationally acknowledged standard of Rescue1122 in collaboration with the Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service of United Kingdom, which was the second largest rescue service of Europe.
Naseer said both services were working closely for the development of Community Safety Law in the pursuit of building safer communities in Pakistan

Sheikh Zayed chairman praises nursing profession

LAHORE – Chairman and Dean of Shaikh Zayed Hospital Professor Dr Muhammad Saeed in his address to the nurses said that the medical profession is very noble and important and they should feel proud of it. They should put their heart and soul in their work. He said that in the religion medical profession was the most sacred profession.
Saeed after becoming the Chairman and Dean of the hospital has started meeting with all the employees of the different departments to get the first

Samaa denies sacking Meher Bukhari

LAHORE – Samaa Television authorities have denied sacking TV anchor Meher Bukhari. A Samaa TV official said Meher Bukhari has gone on leave. Meher Bukhari, known for her outspoken views, has not been hosting program “News Beat” for last three days, whereas Samaa TV employees have confirmed that Meher Bukhari is no longer attached with Samaa.

Anti Corruption Establishment puts its foot down on PTB

LAHORE – Punjab government’s Anti Corruption Establishment (ACE) has started an inquiry against Punjab Text Book Board (PTB) Curriculum Wing Director Chiragh Din Arif for committing corruption and financial irregularities and making millions through favouring private publishers.
Sources in ACE disclosed that Chirgah Din Arif misused his powers and favoured private publishers to amass million and ACE in this connection had received an application which revealed Curriculum Wing

PMA provincial council agrees on raise for doctors

LAHORE – The Pakistan Medical Association Punjab chapter provincial council meeting unanimously agreed on Wednesday that the Punjab government needs to announce a special salary package for doctors urgently to stop the brain drain of doctors.
The PMA provincial council meeting was held at PMA House under the chairmanship of Professor M Ashraf Nizami. The office bearers of PMA Lahore, PMA Multan, PMA Gujranwala, PMA Mianwali, PMA Hafizabad, PMA Toba Tek Sing, PMA Faisalabad, PMA

’90 days enough to stop terrorism’

LAHORE – Suicide attacks could be stopped in 90 days if drone attacks be stopped immediately, said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Punjab President Ahsen Rasheed while talking to the party officials on Wednesday.
He said, “The drone attacks in the tribal areas are the basic stimulus and the government should mend its policy of following the US directions. Current rulers are putting the lives of the common man at stake and are shamelessly claiming to continue the alien war while

People’s Labour Bureau condemns bombings

LAHORE – People’s Labour Bureau (PLB) Punjab has condemned the bombings in Lahore and Karachi on Tuesday. “These acts are a part of a larger conspiracy to destabilize the country. Those who play with innocents were country’s enemies, and have nothing to do with Islam and Pakistan,” PLB Information Secretary Muhammad Saleem Mughal and Punjab General Secretary Khalid Bukhari said on Wednesday, and also appreciated the police’s role.

13 out of 31 shops at Park N Ride Plaza auctioned

LAHORE – On the directives of the Punjab chief minister, as many as 13 out of the 31 shops situated at the ground floor of newly constructed Park N Ride Plaza at Liberty Market were sold through open auction by the Lahore Development Authority on Wednesday.
The reserve price for these shops had been set as Rs. 185,3 00,000 where as these were sold at Rs. 211,450,000. A total of 62 bidders who had deposited pay orders worth one million each for participating in the bid took part

LHC issues notice to NHA chairman

LAHORE – Justice Asad Munir of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday issue notice to the Chairman National Highways Authority (NHA) and Evolves Company which was given Motorway/Highways advertising and promotional contracts by the authority at low rates by violating rules at the cost of loss to national kitty.
The judge directed the respondents NHA and the contractor company to file reply positively within three weeks. The order came on the petition against NHA which was filed by

LHC adjourns NICL scam accused bail hearing

LAHORE – Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday adjourned for February 2 hearing of bail petitions of six accused of National Insurance Corporation Limited (NICL) scam including Major (retired) Habibullah Warraich.
The judge adjourned the hearing on the request from counsel for federal investigation agency (FIA) which sought time for submitting reply in the matter. On previous hearing the court had issued notice to FIA on bail petitions as it was

Court to frame charges against Sohail Zia Butt on 31st

LAHORE – An accountability court on Wednesday fixed January 31 for framing of charge on Suhail Zia Butt, involved in a reference of embezzlement two million rupees.
Suhail Zia Butt is co-accused in a reference that was filed in 2001.
He has been charged that he embezzled rupees two million when he purchased Ahmad Mansion located at The Mall Lahore for National Industrial Cooperative Corporation.
When the investigation was initiated against Butt, he was not in Pakistan,

LHC adjourns hearing of petition by parliamentarians

LAHORE – A full bench of Lahore High Court on Wednesday adjourned hearing on dozens of writ petitions filed by 26 members of provincial and national assembly for dismissal of petition challenging their qualification.
Earlier a deputy attorney general started his arguments and said that after the abolition of graduation condition these petitions had become ineffective. He further said that the Supreme Court had already held that the election commission was the first appropriate

EXHIBITION – Visual art – It just happened

LAHORE – While the world is in debate of whether there are twelve star signs or thirteen, Naqsh Raj, Saadia Hussain, Saira Ansari, Wajid Ali, Zobia Yaqoob are some aspiring minds creating constellations of their own. Zahoor ul Akhlaq Gallery NCA opens to the thesis display of the MA honours Visual Art Degree Show 2011.
UNENDING SPACE: Naqsh Raj is one such individual who takes the most simple, reluctant everyday things and transforms them into mesmerizing pieces of art. Her main