Lahore

Armed men raid WASA workshop, steal two trucks

Armed men raid WASA workshop, steal two trucks

LAHORE: Six armed men stole two trucks of Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) from its mini workshop located in Gowala Colony in the Harbanspura police precincts on Sunday.
Harbanspura police has claimed to have recovered one of the two stolen trucks and arrested a truck lifter from Pindi Bhatian later on.
Armed men, equipped with sophisticated weapons, barged in the office of Aziz Bhatti Town Administration in Gowala Colony where WASA had also set-up its mini workshop and

HEC concerned over anti-PU VC momentum

LAHORE: Higher Education Commission (HEC) officials and some Punjab University (PU) faculty members have expressed concerns over protests against PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Mujahid Kamran by pro-Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) teachers and the Academic Group members on the issue of delegating Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability (PEEDA) Act 2006 powers to the VC, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The officials and teachers said that they relied on the VC and his efforts for

Low gas pressure irks citizens

LAHORE: Gas pressure to domestic users in many parts of the city remained low on Sunday irking citizens and the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) has failed to ensure gas pressure for domestic users despite closing industries and CNG stations, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Domestic consumers in the Allama Iqbal Town, Johar Town, WAPDA Town, Township, Mughalpura, Mustafabad, Wahdat Road and other areas complained that low gas pressure was persisting since the last 15 days.

CM aims for better transport facilities

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday said that negotiations were being held with Korea and other countries for providing better transport facilities to the people of the province.
He was presiding over a meeting regarding the provision of transport facilities to the people and solid and waste management. He said, “In addition to provision of transport facilities, plans for parking plazas’ construction are also being made.” Lahore Transport Company

Power outages despite zero shortfall

LAHORE: According to Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) reports power shortfall reduced to zero megawatts on Friday and Saturday but even then citizens experienced a one-hour power outage in the morning and one in the evening.
Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) gave an old excuse saying that only commercial feeders were shut down and domestic users on those feeders had to face load shedding. More than 50 percent feeders in the city were commercial and a large number of

Foggy, dry weather will continue: Met Office

LAHORE: Foggy conditions are likely to grip most parts of the Punjab with no rain and cold and dry weather is likely to continue in the coming days plus a fresh cold wave is likely to affect upper parts of the country, reports the Met Office.
Fog will continue to persist in Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Bahawalpur, Sukkar and Peshawar divisions, eastern and central Punjab and central Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, whereas hilly areas are also likely to remain under the grip of severe cold

Protest held against Kazmi’s dismissal

LAHORE: The Tanzimul Saeed staged a protest against Federal Religious Affairs Minister Syed Hamid Saeed Kazmi’s dismissal in front of the Lahore Press Club on Sunday.
The protesters alleged that people involved in assassination attempts on Kazmi were behind his removal. Khatam-e-Nubawat Foundation Chairman Allama Ashraf Saeedi said that the minister’s dismissal was the federal government’s worst decision.
He said that former science and technology minister Azam Sawti was

Measuring short

LAHORE: The customers at the city’s Sunday Bazaars complained that the measuring scales had been tempered with and vendors gave short measures of vegetables and fruits.
Customers said the management had failed to maintain the product quality and now it was helpless against vendors measuring short. They said the authorities should bind the vendors to have electronic scales.
None of the bazaars have electronic scales and the vendors weigh vegetables and fruits manually. A

Who to trust? – Class 8 Computer textbook still unavailable

LAHORE – Unavailability of the prescribed Computer Science book for Class 8 has become a headache for the parents and young students as the exams approach, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to Punjab Examination Commission (PEC), the Punjab Textbook Board will not publish the Computer Science book now but the exam will be taken according to the National Curriculum 2006. PEC official told Pakistan Today that the course outline was clear enough in National Curriculum 2006 and

Christian group says Punjab govt wants Aasia dead

LAHORE – The Punjab government is urging killing of blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi before more developments occurred in the issue, participants of the All Christian Parties Conference led by Pakistan Christian Democratic Alliance Chairman Bishop Yaqoob Paul said on Sunday.
Around 25 Christian parties participated in the conference. The conference demanded immediate repeal of Section 295-B and C of blasphemy laws, as these laws did not apply on minorities. The conference also agreed

Sunni Tehreek holds protests against inflation

LAHORE – The Sunni Tehreek held protests against unemployment, inflation and vulgarity across Punjab on Sunday. Addressing the protests, Sunni Tehreek Lahore convener Mujahid Abdur Rasool said that the federal government should abstain from amending Section 295-C of blasphemy laws and the Punjab governor had surpassed Abu Jehal by saying that blasphemy laws were black laws.
He said that inflation, unemployment and vulgarity had played havoc with law and order in the country.

PMA elections to be held on 29th

LAHORE – Continuing in the tradition of holding branch elections every two years, Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Lahore chapter elections would be held on December 29 at the PMA House, Ferozepur Road, Lahore, PMA Lahore Election Commissioner Professor Ashraf Nizami and Deputy Election Commissioner Dr Shahid Malik made this announcement in a press conference at the PMA House.
They said that after scrutiny and objections from candidates, the nomination papers of Dr Yasmeen

‘China is Pakistan’s trusted and sincere friend’

LAHORE – China has always proved to be a trusted and sincere friend of Pakistan and Pak-China friendship is higher than mountains and deeper than oceans, Punjab CM’s special assistant and Member of the Provincial Assembly (MPA) Zeb Jaffar said on Sunday.
She said that Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s visit to Pakistan would further cement bilateral relations and China had provided remarkable assistance to Pakistan in several areas including defence, economy and social sectors

STUDENT WOES – Winter holidays before winter

LAHORE – From a wrong person wearing the king’s crown to the untimely winter holidays for the Punjab University (PU) students, anything out of place gets to be the center of attention. One may ponder as to what may be the purpose of winter holidays.
It ranges from facilitating students to spend quality time with their family, probably on a hill station, to keeping them warm in their houses and relaxing them cold university hours during a bone chilling, literally, season.

No place to call home

Noor Muhammad, 88 years of age, shifted to Lahore from Bengal. Before partition, he worked at the Calcutta Harbour.
Upon arrival, he was allotted a house, demolished without compensation when the Mughulpura bridge was constructed. Today he is without home and without an NIC card.
His only source of income is this clothes stall outside Amritsar Park.

VESTED INTERESTS – PU groups oppose VC’s ambitions

LAHORE – For the very first time in history, two opponent groups of the Punjab University (PU), the Academic Group (leftist) and the Academic Group (rightist) consisting of pro-Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) teachers, joined hands on the issue of delegation powers to PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Mujahid Kamran by the varsity syndicate, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The leftists wanted former PU College of Earth and Environmental Sciences principal Dr Iftikhar Baloch’s position secured while the

Low gas pressure rules at CNG stations

LAHORE – Gas pressure to CNG stations remained low on Saturday while many stations were closed owing to gas shortage causing a lot of inconvenience to people amid the All Pakistan CNG Association’s appeal to Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani to consult all stakeholders for tackling the gas crisis.
All CNG stations at the Johar Town, College Road, Peco Road and the Allama Iqbal Town were either closed or could not sell CNG to people owing to gas shortage. Citizens complained

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