‘A Road Trip’ begins at Al-Hamra Arts Council

‘A Road Trip’ begins at Al-Hamra Arts Council

A photo exhibition titled, ‘A Road Trip’ began at the Al-Hamra Arts Council on Thursday. The event would showcase 26 photographs taken by Abid Ahsan, a lecturer at the Film and TV Department of the National College of Arts (NCA).
The photographer wanted to showcase everyday life through his lens. The exhibition’s theme revolved around the life experiences of a common man. The photographer embarked on a tour of Lahore and tried to catch the purity and simplicity of

Local govt polls delayed for another 180 days

The Punjab Assembly (PA) on Thursday passed the Punjab Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2010 enabling the Punjab government to delay the local government elections for another 180 days.
The amendments to the bill, which were moved by the opposition, could not be passed but the treasury benches succeeded in passing the bill. Opposition Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) Seemal Kamran staged a walkout from the house to express solidarity with the LG

Kashmir solution stressed

A seminar on ‘solution of Kashmir and the role of the international world’ was conducted at the University of the Punjab institute of communication studies, on Thursday.
The speakers emphasized that the resolution of the Kashmir issue is necessary for the progress of Pakistan. Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences Dean Dr Mughees-ud-din Shiekh presided over the seminar. Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Shamshad Ahmad, Institute of Communication Studies Director

Crackdown on kidney traders begins

Five people, including three doctors are involved in illegal sale of kidneys, Punjab Executive District Officer Health Dr Fayyaz Ranjha told the media on Thursday.
However, an FIR has not been registered yet. Dr Ranjha said that the law enforcement agencies, on the orders of the chief minister, have started a crackdown.
He said the case was highlighted after the death of a female Oman national who died because of the alleged negligence by doctors. He added that

Orders for ATCs fall on stony ground

The Punjab government has failed to shift four anti-terrorism courts (ATCs) from Lahore, Multan and Gujranwala to other districts despite four month old orders from the home department, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The home department had issued a notification on July 26, directing the Punjab government to shift ATCs to other districts where the courts did not exist and registration of cases under anti-terrorism clauses were on the rise.
According to the

Flood survivors from Sindh feel neglected in Shahdara

LAHORE: Someone once said that Punjab is mother, and a mother feeds without discrimination. Having similar thought in mind, a group of flood victims made their way to Lahore in search for life.
It is needless to explain what all they lost in flood but it is important to explain what they did not; it was courage. Six families got aboard a flood effectee train and found themselves in Lahore without shelter, without money – but with hope.
The families left their home village

Muhammad Mansoor Khan handed over to NAB

LAHORE: An accountability court handed over Muhammad Mansoor Khan to the National Accountability Bureau on physical remand till Nov 3.
NAB had arrested the accused on Tuesday from the accountability courts when he came there to attend the proceeding of another reference. The accused was the director of Cash Gold (Pvt) Ltd.
He has been charged with the embezzlement of 16.6 million rupees. According to a NAB official, Muhammad Mansoor used to invest the money of others on the

Sewage outside Jinnah Emergency accumulates

LAHORE: Sewage accumulated outside the emergency ward of the Jinnah Hospital has become a permanent threat and source of diseases for patients coming from far flung areas, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Nearly 2,500 patients on average visit the emergency ward of the hospital everyday. Arriving at the emergency entrance of the hospital, they are welcomed by a gutter stink and malaria threat as an overflowing gutter marks its space near the entrance gate of the hospital.

‘CDGL failed to counter dengue adequately’

LAHORE: With number of dengue patients rising steadily, this year too the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) has failed to devise a long term strategy to cope with the virus, said Dr Salmaan Kazmi, the general secretary of the Young Doctors Association (YDA).
According to the Punjab Health Department, 92 fresh dengue fever cases were reported in Lahore in just one day on Tuesday, raising the total number of dengue cases in Lahore to 251. 39 dengue cases were reported at Kot

Punjab CM speaks at biotechnology exhibition

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has called for developing a knowledge based economy through improving research and firming grounds for technological advancement.
He was speaking at the National Biotechnology Exhibition 2010 organized by University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) institute of biochemistry and biotechnology in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC), on Wednesday.
He said that it was only though developing technologies

Medical entry test challenged in LHC

LAHORE: The medical entry test policy of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has been challenged in the Lahore High Court (LHC) and has been termed to be against the fundamental rights of students seeking admission in MBBS.
Afzal Butt, father of an intermediate student, moved the petition through his counsel Muhammad Azhar Siddique against the policy for entry tests to medical colleges issued in May 2003 by PMDC under PMDC Ordinance 1962 to regulate the admission process

Mapping Lahore’s commercialisation web

LAHORE: The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has identified illegal commercial units in various housing societies of the city and has also notified the areas where the commercialisation is allowed.
LDA identified the units being used for commercial purposes, in violation of interim commercialization policy notified by department of Housing & Urban Development and Public Health Engineering in the Punjab Gazette on October 2009, Pakistan Today has learnt.
An official in

‘Pamphlet wars’ over alleged threats to PUASA VP threaten JI’s hold on Punjab University

LAHORE: The days of the political hegemony of the pro-Islami Jamiat Taliba and Jamaat-e-Islami-led Academic Group seems to be over after its members developed an internal rift over the issue of the life-threats received by Punjab University Academic Staff Association (PUASA) Vice President Dr Abdul Ghaffar, an active member of the group.
The Academic Group was the most powerful group in the university with the majority of teachers backing it in the university’s electoral

Protest against establishment of Board of Governors

LAHORE: Students and teachers from different colleges and activists of Islami Jamiat Taliba on Tuesday staged a rally against the establishment of Board of Governors in 26 public colleges of the province.
Protesters marched from Regal Square to Assembly hall and blocked the mall road for more than two hours. The rally was jointly organized by the Joint Action Committee (JAC), Punjab Professors & Lecturers Association (PPLA) and Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT).
Dozens of students

Punjab Assembly in session; traffic jams

LAHORE: The Mall and its connecting roads were jammed thanks to the Punjab Assembly’s (PA) session and the Islami Jamiat e Taliba (IJT) protest on Wednesday. Commuters going to office, school and shopping were complaining about the traffic jams on the roads connecting The Mall.
“Extraordinary security measures for VIP movement and security of the Punjab Assembly has affected traffic in Lahore’s hub”, said a motorist. Senior citizens criticized the way the Punjab government was

Purging Karachi of weapons remains a pipe dream

KARACHI: Despite the fact that authorities at both the federal and provincial levels have time and again hinted at launching a massive campaign to make Karachi a weapon-free city, no serious efforts have been made so far to implement this step.
Illegal weapons are available in abundance and terrorists, political activists, land mafia groups and even petty criminals faced no difficulties in gaining possession of sophisticated arms. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the Pakistan

Papaya leaf juice can cure dengue

LAHORE: Nature has a way of its own, nicely put indeed. The dengue cases continue to rise in the city and the medications continue to fall short. What has not failed is the juice of papaya’s leaves that has now proven to be one of the best cures for dengue fever, though it has not been scientifically proven yet.
Dozens of dengue patients benefited from the juice and even some medical doctors also prescribe it as an effective treatment for the disease. The complications the