Half the city goes dark

Half the city goes dark

LAHORE – Half of the city went in the dark due to a massive shortfall in electricity as the National Control Centre (NCC) closed 60% of the city’s grid stations for an hour on Wednesday. Only after 10 hours of a briefing by Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) Director General (DG) Muhammad Khalid in which he claimed that no unscheduled outages were occurring in the country, power outages between 11 to 16 hours were seen all over the country. For the first time this season, the

For taking down banners – SIC plans to sue DCO for blasphemy

LAHORE – The Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) will sue Lahore DCO Ahad Cheema for blasphemy, Pakistan Today learnt on Wednesday. The decision was taken in a meeting of the SIC hierarchy in Lahore. A complaint in this regard will be submitted at a proper forum within two to three days. Blasphemy laws will be invoked for the purported desecration of the Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) name inscribed on hoardings, billboards and banners of the organisation which were removed on the orders of the DCO

From a national security state to a people’s state

LAHORE – Kissan Hall, located in a small street on the Mozang Road, is a place where Lahore’s re-emerging left (Leftist Parties, that is) convenes. It is the weekly host to the Marxism Day School and regular conventions for various Leftist political parties. On Wednesday, the Worker’s Party Pakistan organised a seminar, rather ironically titled, ‘National security and Pakistan.’ Settled at the speakers seats were Farooq Tariq (Labour Party Pakistan), Aasim Sajjad Akhtar (Worker’s

Shahbaz signs Taunsa power generation deal

LAHORE – Chinese and Punjab governments signed an agreement for the generation of 120 megawatts of electricity at Taunsa Barrage in Beijing on Wednesday. The project, to be completed, with China’s cooperation in three years, will cost Rs 26 billion.
Punjab Development Company Chairman Babar Nadeem and the State Corporation Chairman that produces 30 thousand megawatts of electricity in China’s region of Wang Shao Fang signed the agreement. Addressing the signing ceremony, Punjab

HEC will continue its operations, says Khosa

LAHORE – University of Veterinary and Animal Science (UVAS) Chancellor and Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa attended the 3rd convocation of UVAS at its Ravi Campus, Pattoki on Wednesday.’ Addressing the convocation, Khosa said the Higher Education Commission (HEC) would continue its operations because the 18th Amendment did not absolve the federal government from its responsibility to promote higher education. He said it was time to rectify the stigma on Punjab and its judiciary

Man kills brother for insulting mother

LAHORE – A man killed his younger brother for insulting their mother in the Shalimar police precincts on Wednesday. The deceased man, identified as Muhammad Ashfaq, was a resident of Aliya Park, Chand Town. The police said that he was an addict and was demanding money from his mother to buy drugs. Upon refusal, he started hurling abuse at his mother. Meanwhile, Ashfaq’s elder brother returned home and when he saw Ashfaq insulting his mother, he took out his gun, opened fire on Ashfaq

LDA demolishes illegally constructed buildings

LAHORE – The town planning wing of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) demolished four buildings and sealed two more during an operation against illegal constructions on Wednesday. The LDA staff demolished an under-construction building on plot No 6 and 7 of the Ghee Corporation Society situated on Khyban-e- Jinnah because it was being built in violation of the building plans approved by LDA whereas the building constructed on plot No 5 was also sealed on the same grounds..

Borjan launches two new outlets

LAHORE – Borjan COO Zafar Abbas inaugurated two new outlets in Anarkali and WAPDA Town on Wednesday. The opening of these new shops increased Borjan’s number of outlets to 61. On this occasion, Borjan organized a sales promotion activity to engage customers.
The activity offers the customers a cash prize on every purchase of the shoes or handbags and will continue till April 30. Borjan Country Manager, Sales and Marketing Naveed shahzad, Development Manager Tahir Yasin, and

Iqbal’s death anniversary to be marked

LAHORE – A special ceremony, presided over by Markaziya-Majils-e-Iqbal Mian President Afzal Hayat, to mark Allama Iqbal’s death anniversary will be held at Aiwan-e-Iqbal at 2:30pm on Thursday. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, former federal minister Babar Awan, Muslim League-Likeminded leader Humayun Akhtar Khan and Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Farooq Sattar will be the guests of honour.
The ceremony will be addressed by Dr Raheeq Abbasi, Sunni Tehreek’s Shahid

Officers fill in newly-created posts, re-designated

LAHORE – The Punjab government has transferred several officers from the provincial service and the district management group to the newly created posts of additional commissioners, additional collectors, besides promoting several others on Wednesday.
The notification read that in pursuance to the approval of the competent authority, the posts of additional commissioners at Divisional Headquarters in Punjab have been re-designated as “Additional Commissioner (Coordination)”.

LHC warns Punjab govt against non-payment of teachers’ allowance

LAHORE – Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed on Wednesday warned the Punjab secretary finance of stern action if the “Big City Allowance” was not given to the teachers serving within the jurisdiction of the Lahore city district government.
An Assistant Advocate General undertook on behalf of the government that the matter would be resolved before the next hearing on May 3. Justice Saeed observed that if the matter was not resolved by the next hearing, the court

Indonesian Cultural Night held at Alhamra

LAHORE – The embassy of the Indonesian Republic and the Lahore Arts Council organized Indonesian Cultural Night at the Alhamra Arts Council. Lahore Arts Council Executive Director Muhammad Ali Baloch and Indonesian Republic Ambassador Ishak Latuconsina said Pakistan and Indonesia could understand each other by holding cultural events.
Cultural performances dominated the show included a fashion show, traditional music and dances and other performances. The Indonesia Cultural Week

PAL to publish books on Faiz

LAHORE – Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) Chairman Fakhar Zaman announced on Wednesday that PAL was planning to publish two books titled “Faiz Tanqeed ki Meezan Par” and “Khushnawa Faqir Faiz Ahmed Faiz” on the work of renowned poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Giving a briefing, Zaman said that the PAL Faiz Ahmed Faiz Auditorium would be completed by the year 2011 and added that the year 2011 had been declared as “Faiz Year”.
The chairman said that the book, “Faiz Tanqeed ki Meezan Par”

‘Reporters are under pressure’

LAHORE – Twenty-seven journalists and media practitioners from various print and electronic organisations assembled under the banner of a private consulting firm, Free Independent Responsible Media (FIRM), on Wednesday. The participant observed that media persons especially field reporters was under a lot of pressure. They said the pressure not only came from various media stakeholders such as advertisers and owners but also various segments of the society that muffled the media’s

OGRA to protect stakeholders’ rights

LAHORE – Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) Chairman Tauqir Sadiq chaired a public hearing organized by OGRA on a petition by Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) on Wednesday and said that OGRA was determined to protect the rights of all stakeholders in accordance with the law and in the best public interest. The petition was filed to determine SNGPL’s estimated revenue requirements/prescribed prices for the year fiscal year (FY) 2011-12. The hearing was attended by

LHC seeks official response in two weeks in Ibadur Rehman’s case

LAHORE – Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday asked the govt to file their replies within two weeks regarding arrest of driver who crushed to death Ibadur Rehman.
The counsel pleading the case submitted that three months had been passed, but apparently nothing had been done to arrest the driver and impound the vehicle under which Ibadur Rehman was crushed to death.
LHC Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry ordered the federal interior and foreign secretaries, Punjab home

Roofs collapse under heavy rain

LAHORE – Three people, including a couple, died and 13 others, including nine children, were injured in separate incidents of roof collapse on Tuesday. In the first mishap, a man and his wife died while their seven children, including two girls, were injured when the roof of their single-story house collapsed. The deceased were identified as 40-year-old Muhabbat Khan and his wife Gul-e-Hayat while their injured children were identified as Mujahid Khan, 14, Aasia, 9, Shahid, 8, Laiba,