Top academic threatens to commit suicide

Top academic threatens to commit suicide

LAHORE – Dr Farooq Ahmad, a well-known personality for his contributions in Geology-related satellite technology and climate change around the world, is the only academic with a post-doctorate in Punjab and most qualified person in the subject of Geography in South Asia.
But the internationally-recognised researcher has no money to purchase milk for his little children and threatened to commit suicide because of the cruelty shown by the Punjab University (PU)’s Geography

Man kills wife for honour

LAHORE – A 27-year-old woman was strangled to death by her husband who suspected her of having illicit relations with other men in the Allama Iqbal Town Police Station precincts on Sunday.
The deceased was identified as Saba, a resident of Neelam Block, Allama Iqbal Town. According to details, Saba married Wasim some years ago but her husband always accused her of having illicit relations with other men and repeatedly quarreled with her.
On Sunday, Wasim again quarreled with

Hameed Nizami always struggled for democracy: Shahbaz

LAHORE – Nawa-e-Waqt founder and Pakistan Movement worker Hameed Nizami always struggled for democracy and was a symbol of hard work and honesty, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Sunday.
He was addressing a seminar held in Hameed Nizami’s memory at the Alhamra Arts Council. Former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed, former Sindh chief minister Ghous Ali Shah, Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Rana Mashood, MPA Rana Arshad and journalists including Ataul Haq Qasmi,

Lahore turns white as hailstorm strikes

LAHORE – A white blanket covered Lahore on Saturday, as massive hailstorm hit the provincial metropolis. Lahoris had rarely seen such weather before and were equally surprised when it started to hail at around 5:15pm and in no time nearly everything in the city including streets, parks, house lawns, rooftops and porches were filled with ice balls.
The hailstorm also occupied parking areas and markets creating problems for motorists and pedestrians to travel from one place to the

Professional Group wins LHCBA polls

LAHORE – The Professional Group led by Hamid Khan won the Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) elections, as its candidate for the presidential slot Asghar Ali Gill won by defeating Rai Bashir of the Friends Alliance, which was backed by Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Asma Jahangir and Federal Law Minister Senator Dr Babar Awan. Gill secured 4,172 votes against Bashir’s 2,610.
The contest was expected to be a close one but Gill emerged victorious with a lead

Flyover, underpasses planned at Kalma Chowk

LAHORE – In a bid to provide better transport facilities to the citizens and to keep the traffic flow smooth, it has been decided to construct a flyover and underpasses at Kalma Chowk. This project will be launched within next 10 days and the Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif will lay its foundation stone. A decision in this regard was taken at a high level meeting chaired by Punjab CM on Saturday.
The meeting was attended by Planning & Development chairman,

Iqbal lauds Punjab CM’s health reforms

LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken concrete measures for promotion of medical education, welfare of doctors and provision of best medical facilities to the people, Punjab Assembly (PA) Speaker Rana Iqbal said on Saturday. He was addressing the 4th Convocation of the Post Graduate Medical Institute (PGMI).
The PA speaker said that the doors of medical education were opened for poor but talented students by abolishing seats of self finance. He said that the

Research prospects in Gilgit-Baltistan discussed

LAHORE – Council of Pakistan Affairs (CPA) organized a seminar at a local hotel on the topic ‘Higher Education and Research Opportunities in Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Province’ on Saturday. Karakoram International University (KIU) Gilgit Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Najma Najam was the main speaker while CPA President and KIU Department of Media and Communication Head Prof Dr Shafique Jalundhry also spoke on the occasion.
Prof Dr Najma Najam highlighted the research and higher education

‘PEF is promoting education among less-privileged segments’

LAHORE – The Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) is promoting education in marginalised segments of society through public-private partnership (PPP), the PEF spokesman said in a statement on Saturday. He said that the PEF is also working to educate one million partner school students in Punjab about hazards of environmental degradation and the possible role students could play in protecting their environment by mobilising other children and their families.
Students are an

Lord Nazir calls on PU VC

LAHORE – UK House of Commons Member Lord Nazir Ahmed on Saturday visited the Punjab University (PU) and called on Vice-Chancellor (VC) Dr Mujahid Kamran at the varsity’s New Campus.
Matters of mutual interest and academic and research collaboration between the PU and British universities were discussed in the meeting. The VC briefed Nazir about the ongoing academic and research projects of the varsity and said that special focus is being given to research promotion and huge funds

POLIO AFFAIRS – ‘Health officers to be tested in next campaign’

Lahore – The next anti-polio campaign starting from March 7 will be a test for all district health officers (DHO) and zero tolerance would be adopted against poor performing officers, Punjab Health Secretary Fawad Hassan Fawad said on Saturday.
He was addressing the DHO conference. Fawad said that poor performance of officers would not be tolerated at the cost of sufferings of children.
The conference reviewed progress of various ongoing programmes including Mother,

Encroachments thick on the ground in Gulberg

Lahore – Encroachments on footpaths including construction material, animal fodders, eatery shops and stalls in Gulberg, one of the posh localities of the city, Pakistan Today has learnt. Several areas in Gulberg including the Gurumangat Road, Halli Road, MM Alam Road, Shahrah-e-Noor Jahan, Ali Zaib Road, Mehmood Kasuri Road, Liberty Market, Ghalib Road, Sir Syed Road, Tipu Road, Mini Market and the Main Market are full of encroachments leaving no space for pedestrians.

Plan afoot to widen New Garden’s Main Boulevard

Lahore – Traffic Engineering and Transport Planning Agency (TEPA) of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) will execute project of widening and improvement of Main Boulevard, New Garden Town from Kalma Chowk to the canal bridge through Y-junction, within three months, at a cost of Rs 309 million. This was decided in the governing body meeting of the LDA on Saturday.
The meeting was chaired by Lahore District Co-ordination Officer (DCO) and LDA Chairman Ahad Khan Cheema, and was

Traffic Police forms squads to curb wheelies

LAHORE – The City Traffic Police have constituted five special squads on Emergency Police 15’s pattern to curb wheelies across the city. Capital City Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) SSP Syed Ahmed Mobin directed the divisional superintendents to supervise these squads and ensure implementation of
fresh directives.
In an official communique issued on Saturday, the CTO also directed the senior traffic wardens to completely swipe the practice by launching a crackdown against the

Baby’s body found

LAHORE – A baby’s body was found in the Civil Lines Police Station precincts on Saturday. According to details, the body was disposed of in a shopping bag near the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Waris Road on which local residents informed police, which after reaching the spot called the Edhi Foundation officials who buried the body. According to Edhi Foundation officials, the baby had recently died. Separately, a man was crushed by a speeding car in the North Cantt Police Station precincts.

Shekinah Ministries organizes debate

LAHORE – A Bible-centered debate was organized by Shekinah Ministries the other day in which Christians from five denominations (Catholic, Methodist, Anglican, Presbyterian, Pentecostal) joined together to explore the Biblical aspects of arranged and love marriage. This is the first time ever that such an issue has been examined in light of Christian religious views. Two teams were formulated, one for each stance.
The winning participants were: Aesnath Naeem, Nasir Sarfaraz,

Lahore – home to all

Lahore – a city once confined to these thirteen gates has now crossed all boundaries, stretching its arms for the outsiders and welcoming the urban man, who now seems to own the city more than its original inhabitants.
Lahore first stretched its arms for the British, who were overwhelmed with the city’s warmth to the extent that they de-fortified the city, demolishing all gates, except Roshnai Gate, widening the city’s expanse.
The vestiges of the city’s soul were later