‘Fight for rule of law will continue’

‘Fight for rule of law will continue’

LAHORE: Human rights activist and Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) presidential candidate Asma Jahangir in an interview before the SCBA elections to Pakistan Today declared the agenda of her candidature.
Do you think you have enough support for winning the election?
I have struggled hard for the rule of law, democracy and human rights in the country and have won the support of a large number of lawyers from all political parties. I will continue to strive for the rule

PU Geography Dept chairman claims death threats from faculty

LAHORE: Dr Abdul Ghaffar, Punjab University (PU) Geography Department chairman and PU Academic Staff Association (PUASA) vice president, has demanded the varsity administration to take action against certain elements after receiving life threats from some PU employees, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Some PU faculty members, including PUASA members, had given life threats to Ghaffar, as they wanted some favours and concessions from the geography department chairman. Certain people

Early morning load shedding irks citizens

LAHORE: Load shedding in early morning on Tuesday created severe problems for citizens who were getting ready for offices and schools, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to consumers, there was no electricity when they woke up for having breakfast and getting ready to start their daily routine work. Electricity remained suspended for one hour from 6am in many parts of the city including Model Town, Gulberg, Shadman, Rehmanpura, Township, Faisal Town and Garden Town.

Soaring gold prices put jewellers at risk

LAHORE: Soaring gold prices have put the jewellery shops in Lahore on high risk and can be a potential target for robbers.
Increasing prices have raised the security concerns for the jewellery shop owners as the government has not taken any security measures for them, Pakistan Today learnt during a survey conducted in order to check security measures adopted by the Lahore Police to ensure security of jewellers.
Suha Bazaar, Ferozpur Road and Gulberg’s jewellery market’s

Traffic jams across the city irk motorists

LAHORE: Repeated traffic jams at main roads of Lahore have made the lives of motorists and pedestrians miserable while traffic wardens have failed to control the situation, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to authorities, the much-delayed construction work at the Multan Road forces divergence of traffic to other roads, which caused jams. On the other hand, traffic wardens seemed helpless in controlling the situation.
Traffic Warden Abdul Rauf said that the Punjab

‘Punjab Food Quality Control Authority’s first draft prepared’

LAHORE: Recommendations for the first draft of the Food Safety and Standard Act 2010 and the Punjab Food Quality Control Authority have been finalised and the second draft would be prepared in light of these proposals and submitted to the special committee formed by the Punjab CM, Punjab Health Secretary Irfan Elahi said on Monday.
He made these remarks while chairing a meeting in the committee room of the Civil Secretariat, Lahore. The meeting reviewed in detail the methodology

City district govt has non-functional website

LAHORE: City District Government Lahore (CDGL) official website is currently dysfunctional. The official web address of CDGL given on government flyers, news letters and on official letter heads is
However, even mega search engines such as Yahoo and Google do show the official website belonging to the CDGL in search results. CDGL sub-department websites and those of other cities like Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Hyderabad and Peshawar are currently

TEVTA signs agreement with UK’s City & Guilds

LAHORE: The Technical & Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) and the UK’s City & Guilds have signed an agreement to introduce International Vocational Qualifications (IVQs) in TEVTA’s constituent polytechnics.
The agreement was signed between the two parties at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat. City & Guilds International Head of International Operations John Dunken McGee signed the agreement on the organisation’s behalf.
TEVTA had accepted the City & Guilds initiative for

‘Thank God it’s not that warm today’

LAHORE: The weather remained hazy after midday, on Monday, in the provincial capital of Punjab and the temperature kept cool. Locals took a sigh of relief as the recorded temperature of Lahore was comparatively lesser than the past few days.
The hazy weather took over the skies of Lahore after 11am and lingered on till dusk. The highest recorded temperature according to the Meteorology Department Lahore was 33 degree Celsius where as the lowest was 22.3. On Sunday the highest

LESCO linemen equipment-less, medically unfit to perform duties

LAHORE: Linemen of the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) lack proper equipment and are medically unfit to perform their duties including working on electricity poles and addressing complaints of citizens, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to consumers, linemen often came to their houses without any gadgets and equipment to repair electricity lines. The technicians often had to work under unsafe conditions exposing them to danger especially electric shocks. According to

Data, Abdullah Shah Ghazi attackers were the same, says Dogar

LAHORE: Terrorists involved in suicidal attacks at the shrine of Hazrat Data Gunj Bakhsh in Lahore and at the shrine of Hazrat Abdul Shah Ghazi in Karachi belongs from same group, said Inspector General of Punjab Police Tariq Saleem Dogar on Monday.
Dogar was speaking to media during the open court held at his office under strict security conditions. Answering media queries Dogar claimed investigators are close to identifying the groups and master minds behind the attacks at the

UVAS and HEC to hold exhibition on biotechnology

LAHORE: University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Lahore in collaboration with Higher Education Commission (HEC) is organizing the first ever National Biotechnology Exhibition and Seminar on 20 – 21st October, 2010.
The two-day exhibition is being held with an idea to gather leading scientists, academicians and policy makers from across the country to share their ideas and vision on the future of Biotechnology. Students from different universities will present their

Donor conned by LGH charity organisation

LAHORE: Salim Mehboob was alarmed when an anonymous caller asked him to keep track of Rs 50,000, the former had given in charity to Anjum Behbood-e-Marizan of the Lahore General Hospital (LGH) in Ramzan (August this year).
The caller had raised Mehboob’s suspicion, but he was still not sure, as he had an official receipt of Rs 50,000 deposited in the name of his sister, who had sent the money from abroad. In a fix, Mehboob finally decided to look into the matter and contacted

Couple escape honour killing on LHC premises

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday saved a married couple from honour killing, by providing timely police protection from the girl’s family who had taken positions around LHC to kill them for honour.
The couple had approached the LHC to quash the kidnapping FIR registered by the girl’s father against her husband, at a police station in Kot Shakir, district Jhang. Once they reached the court’s premises they could not leave as the girl’s father had deployed armed men at the

Failing low intensity blast investigations linger on

LAHORE: Lahore Police has been unable to make any arrests for involvement in the 45 low intensity bombings that have rocked different areas of the provincial capital since October 2008 intelligence agency sources disclosed to Pakistan Today on Monday.
Police officials have often claimed to have arrests but no one has been produced in front of either media or the courts in relation to the low intensity attacks. This is despite a local terrorist organization,

Davis Road blast marks return of cracker explosions

LAHORE: Three persons, including two minor girls, were injured after a low intensity explosive device blew up in an area adjacent to the Davis Road in Race Course Police precincts on Monday.
The explosive material went off after it fell down from the hands of a scavenger residing at the Habibullah Road in Garhi Shahu area. Police arrested the scavenger identified as Ahmed and his brother after the blast occurred. The blast occurred on the backside of the Muslim League House

45dengue cases confirmed in last 24 hours

LAHORE: A spokesman of the Health Department has said that 45 new cases of dengue fever have been reported in Lahore during last 24 hours raising the total number of such cases in Lahore to 161 and 215 in Punjab.
According to the spokesman, nine dengue patients were under treatment in Services Hospital, five in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, 22 in Mayo Hospital, 15 in Kot Khawaja Saeed Hospital, five in private hospitals whereas, 12 dengue patients were under treatment in Holy Family