Round 2 begins: KESC workers protest probable sackings

Round 2 begins: KESC workers protest probable sackings

KARACHI – Despite the recent reinstatement of over 4,000 employees, the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has outsourced various departments to private companies and turning the restored workers practically redundant. Fearing that grounds are being prepared to lay them off, more than 1,000 KESC workers returned to the Karachi Press Club (KPC) to protest against the company’s management, with many arguing that another round management-workers face-off is likely in the coming

Missed opportunity: PPP silences its Punjabi-speaking Sindhis

KARACHI – For long, the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) raised the slogan “Pakistan Ki Zanjeer, Benazir Benazir.” After her sad and untimely demise, “Pakistan Khappay” was President Asif Ali Zardari’s catchphrase. But with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) seemingly back in the good books of those who really matter, and the party’s subsequent attempts to become a more meaningful opposition, Pakistani politics are turning more provincial by the day. But when the PPP chose a

911 ▬ Black Burqa Project

KARACHI – As opposed to the conventional artist’s talk, Mansoora Hassan’s dialogue project is a collective art experience. Her photographs, videos and mixed media pieces serve as sparks for organic debate, discussion and growth. Breaking the barrier between the artist and the audience helps to promote the understanding of various cultures and societies, which by and large are still largely misunderstood or represented inaccurately in the media.
The dialogue project strives to

President wants a parha likha Sindh

KARACHI – President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday called for structural improvement in the management of educational institutions in Sindh while seeking methods for generating funds and minimising oversights to boost education both qualitatively and quantitatively. He made these observations while presiding over a meeting at the Bilawal House pertaining to education in the province. The meeting was attended by Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, provincial ministers, and other senior

‘If education is a right, not a privilege, why are we being made to pay?’

KARACHI – While the federal and provincial governments play ping-pong over jurisdictions, almost a year after the 18th Amendment, which denotes education between the ages of six and 16 a right rather than a privilege, received presidential assent, no notifications have been issued to cancel fees for government schools. “Why should we be made to pay if education is a right,” Haleem, whose children, seven-year-old Saba and eight-year-old Wahab, attend a government school in Malir, said.

Acquittal in fOREX SCAM case – Inquiry report sent to CJP

KARACHI – The inquiry report into the acquittal of eight suspects in Khanani and Kalia money laundering case was sent to Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudry on Monday. Earlier, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah had presented the sealed report to Sindh High Court (SHC) Chief Justice Musheer Alam. The SHC chief justice had initiated a probe on the directive of CJP, who took suo motu notice of the comments from Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director General

Encroachments within – Pace oozes with building bylaws violations

LAHORE – Pace, a shopping plaza located opposite Hafiz Center in main boulevard Gulberg III and owned by late Punjab governor Salman Taaseer is flooded with building map violations, internal encroachments, illegal constructions in the basement allotted for parking and unauthorized shops at emergency exit gates, Pakistan Today has learnt.
When the plaza was constructed the second time after being gutted with fire in 2001 extra shops were constructed. As per map, it should have

Court summons immigration consultant for fraud

LAHORE – The Lahore Consumer Court on Monday summoned the Future Concern Immigration Agency chief executive for March 25 for cheating citizens for Canadian immigration and swindling Rs 0.3 million from citizen Azhar Iftikhar. Complainant Azhar Iftikhar said that Future Concern Immigration Agency Chief Executive Asim Malik took Rs 0.3 million from him in April 2010 for processing his immigration to Canada but embezzled the amount. The complainant said that Malik had taken the fees to

LOOKING FOR A FUTURE – Recruits for Bahrain?

LAHORE – Scores of young men lined up before Pearl Continental Hotel, on the Mall Road of Lahore were anxious of their turn to appear before the visiting delegation of the Bahrain National Guards (BNG). These men, a mix of retired army personnel and fresh graduates in 20s of their age, had come across far-flung areas of Punjab to apply for recruitment of BNG, an armed force of Bahrain, which is going to stretch its duties fabric due to uprising against the Bahrain’s caliphate.

Daylight heist at UBL

LAHORE – Three armed robbers looted Rs 0.6 million from a branch of the United Bank Limited (UBL) located in Raiwind police precincts on Monday. The robbers were equipped with sophisticated weapons and carried a hand grenade. Raiwind City police have registered a case and have started an investigation. UBL is located in a busy market of Raiwind. At about noon, three young unidentified men approached the bank. Ashiq, the bank’s security guard who stood at the bank’s main door, for

LHC to hear petition challenging NAB Punjab DG’s appointment

LAHORE – A Lahore High Court (LHC) division bench on Tuesday will hear a petition challenging appointment of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Punjab Director General (DG) Rana Zahid Mehmood. On Monday, the LHC chief justice (CJ) directed the petitioner’s counsel Azhar Siddique to file a new petition along with Zahid’s appointment notification and other necessary documents.
The bench consisting of Justice Chaudhry Iftikhar and Justice Sheikh Ahmed Farooq heard the petition.

ANTI-ENCROACHMENT CAMPAIGN – Day 4: government land worth Rs 220m retrieved

Lahore – On the fourth day of the grand drive initiated against encroachments, the City District Government Lahore retrieved government land worth rupees 220 million. An accumulated total of 35.5 KM has been cleared from illegal extensions in all towns. As many as 541 encroached walking areas (thar’ay), 164 illegally extended staircases and 38 illegal shops were demolished. Around 356 illegally extended shades and 244 illegal signboards were destroyed. From nine towns, 28 trucks

Women demand gender equality in public sector

LAHORE – Gender Mainstreaming Units of the Education, Home, and Services and General Administration (S&GAD) departments conducted a training workshop on “Women’s Participation in Public Sector Employment and Challenges” on Monday. A large number of female employees of these departments participated and expressed their views on gender equality issues in the country.
The speakers said male-dominated family systems, culture and norms of the society were becoming an obstacle in

Robbers kill constable’s wife at Ghalib Market

LAHORE – Two robbers shot dead a police constable’s wife and critically injured the policeman for putting up resistance when the couple was returning home after attending a wedding in the Ghalib Market Police Station precincts. Police registered a case against unidentified robbers on Mujahid Squad Constable Bilal’s complaint but no arrests have been made until filing of this report. The deceased was identified as Arooj, 18.
According to sources, Bilal and Arooj got married

All-Deaf-Group demands a separate quota in govt jobs

LAHORE – The All Deaf Group demanded a one percent quota from the two percent quota for the disabled in the government jobs. They complained that whenever an advertisement for a government job appeared in newspapers, it signified that the disabled people had the quota, and on that quota, when a deaf or dumb person applied for the job, he was rejected and discriminated against in the interview.
They termed this treatment as ‘cruel, humiliating and highly unjust’. They said that

Cash-strapped Sindh to get Rs 9bn for ADP 2011-12

KARACHI – The cash-strapped Sindh government would get at least Rs 9 billion foreign assistance for its developmental projects during the upcoming fiscal year of 2011-12, it has been learnt. Reliable sources in the Sindh Finance Department told Pakistan Today that the loans would be provided by international donors including Japan, World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) for supporting the provincial government’s various ongoing and new development schemes under the Annual

Mock better than the real thing?

KARACHI – The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) will hold a ‘mock exam’ on March 25 in connection with its preparations for the upcoming class IX and X annual exams of the Science and General groups.