Low gas pressure for domestic connections

Low gas pressure for domestic connections

LAHORE: Gas pressure for the domestic users remained low on Tuesday because of uninterrupted gas supplies to the industries, said Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) sources. Citizens’ problems magnified as they could not cook food because of low gas pressure.
The domestic consumers said their interests were not being safeguarded by the provincial government. The domestic consumers in Multan Road, Kotlakhpat, Township, WAPDA Town, Baghbanpura, Misri Shah, Shadbagh, Iqbal

‘FIA to recover NICL scam money by 31st’

LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Punjab will recover the total embezzled money in the National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) scam until December 31, FIA Punjab Director Zafar Ahmed Qureshi said on Tuesday in a press conference at his office.
Qureshi told journalists that FIA Punjab had summoned wife and two daughters of former defence state minister Major (r) Habibullah Warraich to appear before inquiry officers in order to record their statements but Warriach

PTI organises protest against price-hike and unemployment

LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Punjab chapter on Tuesday organised a protest and token hunger-strike camp outside the Punjab Assembly against imposition of the Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST), price-hike, unemployment and alleged corruption in government departments. Party leaders led by PTI Punjab President Ahsan Rashid opposed imposition of new taxes under the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) orders and urged the federal government to give up its anti-poor

Too few machines, too many dialysis patients

LAHORE: Kidney patients have to wait for months before getting the dialysis treatment in public hospitals across the city, as the number of dialysis machines are too few to cater to such an increasing number, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to a survey conducted in major teaching hospitals of the city, despite the availability of dialysis machines and free of cost treatment, long waiting lists of patients has been observed. Services Hospital has nine machines and caters to

On a poet known for his love for humanity

LAHORE: International Islamic University Islamabad Rector Prof Fateh Muhammad Malik has called Noon Meem Rashid a pioneer of Urdu poetry who had broken the monopoly of traditional Urdu poets and brought recognition to the modern free poetic genre.
He was addressing at a seminar on the 100th birth anniversary of a renowned Urdu poet Noon Meem Rashid, organized by the Oriental College Urdu Department at Sheerani Hall on Tuesday, which was followed by launching ceremony of books by

LHC rules acting governor may make appointments

LAHORE – A Lahore High Court (LHC) five-member full bench on Tuesday dismissed a petition challenging appointments of the Punjab Services Tribunal chairman and the Punjab ombudsman by Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Iqbal when he was serving as the Punjab acting governor in 2008.
The bench headed by LHC Chief Justice (CJ) Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry observed in a short order, “Acting governor of the province makes appointments on any post, if needed, on the advice of chief minister of the

PMA demands Janki Devi Hospital’s reopening

LAHORE – The closure of Janki Devi Hospital for the last three months and four days has led to the suffering of thousands of pregnant women who are forced to go to emergencies of other hospitals during labor.
Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) office bearers, Prof Yasmin Rashid, Dr M Tanveer Anwar, Dr Kamran Saeed, Dr Shahid Malik, Dr Izhar Chaudhry and Dr Salman Kazmi have protested on the closure of the maternity hospital and demanded from the Pakistan prime minister to suspend

Majlis-e-Iqbal to celebrate Quaid-e-Azam’s birthday

LAHORE – The Markazi Majlis-e-Iqbal Pakistan would organise a function at the Aiwan-e-Iqbal Auditorium on December 25 in connection with the Quaid-e-Azam’s birth anniversary.
Professor Shariful Mujahid would preside over the ceremony while Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Member of the National Assembly (MNA) Khawaja Saad Rafique, former foreign minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri, State Minister for

Bureaucrats reshuffled

LAHORE – The Punjab government on Tuesday made a number of appointments reshuffling the provincial bureaucracy. Punjab Services and General Administration (S&GAD) Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Aslam Qasmi has been appointed Punjab Government Servants Housing Foundation executive director, Lahore on deputation basis against a vacant post.
S&GAD OSD Rana Tahir Khan has been Punjab Sports Department additional secretary against a vacant post. S&GAD OSD Syed Sibt-e-Hassan has been

Kanal Motors director’s physical remand extended

LAHORE – An accountability court on Tuesday extended the physical remand of Kanal Motors Director Usman Yousaf until December 23.
Yousaf was accused of embezzling public money worth millions of rupees, which he had collected after offering attractive profit packages on investment in car trading.
Earlier, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) produced the accused in the trial court and sought his physical remand for three more days in order to further investigate him.

Courts’ orders clash: Two DHA staffers charged with contempt

LAHORE – Defence Housing Authority (DHA) director transfer and DHA secretary ended up being charged with contempt of an accountability court as a result of a clash between the orders passed by two courts over a property transfer.
A case was being heard in the court of additional district and session judge over the transfer of a plot 276-K DHA Phase-1 between Chaudhry Salman Ashraf and Muhammad Ashiq. The court passed an order to transfer the plot in the name of Salman. Ashiq, a

‘RGST will be implemented at all costs’

LAHORE – Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer said that the political parties were trying to gain political mileage on the issue of Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST) but it will definitely be implemented at any cost.
He was addressing as the chief guest during the 9th convocation of the University of Central Punjab (UCP) at Expo Centre Lahore. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Central Information Secretary and member National Assembly Fauzia Wahab was the guest of honour.

No CNG to be available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

LAHORE: All CNG stations would remain closed from 8am to 8pm daily besides a two-day closure in a week, Pakistan Today has learnt. The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) on Monday threatened to go on an all-out strike if the new gas load shedding schedule was implemented. Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) officials said that in order to facilitate domestic users, the company has decided to suspend gas supply to CNG stations on a daily basis from morning to evening. They

PU covering up Dr Baloch’s ‘personal’ possessions

LAHORE: The Punjab University (PU) administration is trying to cover up the recovery of ‘private’ material recovered from the office drawer of (former) Principal College of Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor Dr Iftikhar Baloch, already facing an inquiry over charges of harassing two female colleagues, Pakistan Today has learnt.
A varsity official privy to the ongoing investigation against Dr Iftikhar Baloch revealed to Pakistan Today that two dildos, condoms, nude

SC scolds DHA administration for not giving right of passage

LAHORE: A three-member Supreme Court (SC) bench led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday scolded the Defence Housing Authority (DHA), Lahore administration for not giving passage rights through its roads and streets to residents of housing schemes located nearby, such as Punjab Cooperative Housing Society. The SC bench also sought the entire land and roads record including map of the DHA, Lahore today (Tuesday) for further proceedings.
During the case’s hearing,

‘Help us find the WASA tanker’

LAHORE: Lahore Police on Monday finally sought public help for recovering the snatched Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) tanker and issued the tanker’s picture to journalists. According to a press release issued from the Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Aslam Tareen’s office, a WASA water tanker bearing registration number W-B-2, engine number 01053 and chassis number 47100199 was snatched by unidentified men from a WASA mini workshop located inside the Aziz Bhatti Town

LHC adjourns Rehman’s presidential pardon case

LAHORE: Hearing of a petition challenging the pardon granted by President Asif Ali Zardari to Interior Minister Rehman Malik was adjourned to December 24 by a full bench of Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday. Earlier, Deputy Attorney General Naveed Inayat Malik had requested adjournment on behalf of the federation, citing Rehman’s pending adjudication in Supreme Court as an excuse.
Barrister Farooq Hassan, representing the petitioner, opposed the request saying the government was