Isolated rain hits city areas

Isolated rain hits city areas

LAHORE – Isolated rain was witnessed in various areas of Lahore including Badami Bagh, Shahdara, Karim Park and others on Monday. Scattered rain and thunderstorm hit Upper Punjab, including Islamabad and Rawalpindi, Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK.
The Met Office informed that dry weather is expected in most parts of the country but isolated rain and thunderstorm is expected in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Hazara divisions, Gilgit-Baltistan and

‘Hotel Mohenjodaro’ play by Ajoka on Tuesday

LAHORE – Ajoka Theatre, in collaboration with Lahore Arts Council, will stage a play Hotel Mohenjodaro on April 19 (Tuesday) at Alhamra Arts Centre.
Directed and adapted by Shahid Nadeem, Hotel Mohenjodaro is based on a short story “Dhanak” written by Ghulam Abbas in 1960.
It is generally accepted that great writers can at times be prophetic and their fiction can predict future reality. This story is close to the troubling reality of present day Pakistan. It is hard to

CM’s brainchild Punjab Municipal Water Act lying in limbo

LAHORE – The first-ever Punjab Municipal Water Act, a brainchild of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Punjab government envisioned to ensure safe drinking water to 90 million citizens is lying in limbo since 2008, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The water act was envisaged by Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif in wake of alarming statistics of the environment ministry that 40 percent infant deaths were due to polluted water and 50 percent population did not have access to clean water in

Hizbut Tahrir activists arrested for trying to hold protest

LAHORE – Police thrashed activists of the outlawed Hizbut Tahrir and arrested around 16 of them in order stop them from holding a protest at Qartaba Chowk on Sunday. A deputy superintendent of police (DSP) and Civil Lines Police Station house officer were also injured when Hizbut Tahrir workers retaliated in order to avoid arrests.
According to details, around 100 activists of the outlawed organisation tried to stage a protest at Qartaba Chowk but heavy police contingents were

Rain damages LESCO lines

LAHORE – Saturday’s rain left a number of areas out of electricity until Sunday morning while the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) took a long time to repair the lines damaged because of the rain.
Electricity in a majority of areas was suspended late at night on Saturday. Power was resumed in some areas immediately after the rain but some localities had to wait for a long time. LESCO sources said that some electricity lines were damaged because of the rain, as trees fell on

HRCP seminar condemns intolerance

LAHORE – Speakers at a seminar arranged by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on ‘Growth of Intolerance in Pakistan’ on Sunday at its New Garden Town Main Office condemned intolerance of all kinds.
The speakers highlighted the facts responsible for the increase in intolerance in the country. Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President and renowned human rights activist Asma Jahangir, Dr Mehdi Hassan, Dr Mubashar Hassan, Dr Haroon, Fehmida Riaz, Khalid Ahmed and

Aashiyana Housing Scheme will be corruption-free: CM

LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif attended a briefing on the Aashiyana Housing project in Saroba Atari on Sunday. Shahbaz said that the housing scheme would provide modern residential facilities to the poor labourers, orphans, widows including families of the people who have died in the line of duty.
He said balloting for the first phase of the scheme would be held on May 1 and keys of 400 houses would be given to the lucky winners of the draw in the next three

CineStar Cinema premiers Rio in 3D

LAHORE – CineStar Cinema held the premiere show for 3D films on Saturday, where selected guests were invited to view the newly-released animated movie Rio.
Prior to the film, many guests crowded the main hall of the cinema, waiting for the halls to open. Some celebrities were seen coming in, with others accompanying them.
All were excited to see the film in 3D, as this was the first time in Lahore, thanks to Mandviwala Productions, which opened Pakistan’s first ever 3D Mall

Vendors befool customers by selling less quantity of commodities

LAHORE – Vegetable and fruit vendors at Sunday Bazaars have adopted a technical way of fleecing customers by selling smaller quantities of commodities, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The prices of a majority of vegetables remained stable while some decreased. Although the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) fined a number of vendors for overcharging and weight tempering but it was not enough and overcharging continued. Visits of Lahore District Coordination Officer (DCO) Ahad

Dr Fauzia to join sit-in against drone attacks

LAHORE – Dr Fauzia Siddiqi addressed a press conference on Sunday along with Insaaf Student Federation (ISF) President Hassaan Niazi and Ibad-ur-Rehman’s brother Sajjad-ur-Rehman, who was killed by a car which had come to help Raymond Davis escape.
Dr Fauzia announced that she would be part of the sit-in against drone attacks. She said that Pakistan’s embassy in the United States threatened the lawyer who appealed against Aafia Siddiqi’s sentence. Sajjad-ur-Rehman said that the

Pakistani students shine at Global Islamic Marketing Conference

LAHORE – A paper titled ‘Barriers to Islamic Banking in Pakistan’ presented by 5 undergraduate students Hassan Ahmed, Nausherwan Saleem, Khawaja Jaffer Abbas, Muzammil Altaf Barkhurdaria and Jawad Mehmood from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) received the best student paper award at the Global Islamic Marketing Conference held in Dubai, UAE in March, 2011.
The conference, sponsored by The United Arab Emirates University and Emerald Group Publishing, was

Pleasant weather persists in the city

LAHORE – Pleasant weather prevailed in the provincial metropolis after a two-day rain spell on Sunday. According to the Meteorological office, the ongoing wet spell will continue for one more day, and the weather will remain cloudy until Tuesday. The Met office said that scattered rain and thunderstorms occurred across northern Punjab, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.
Farmers said rain was adversely affecting the wheat crop and if the bad weather persisted they

Cable operator gunned down in Baghbanpura

LAHORE – Four people killed a 35-year-old cable operator in the Baghbanpura Police Station precincts on Sunday. The victim was identified as Chaudhry Amanat Ali, a resident of Sirajpura. The deceased had started business of cable network in the area along with his friend Irfan Butt. A police official said that few months ago, both of them separated on a monetary dispute.
Notables of the area had settled the issue between the two partners some two weeks ago. On Sunday, Amanat was

CS wants timely completion of South Punjab projects

LAHORE – Punjab Chief Secretary Nasir Mehmood Khosa on Sunday directed the departments concerned that the ongoing projects included in the development programme of South Punjab be completed during the current financial year by June 30 at all costs and more funds required for completion of the projects be immediately released.
He was chairing a meeting at the commissioner’s office to review development projects of the Multan Division. Nasir said that if any problem is being faced

Taxi driver found dead in Head Balloki

LAHORE – Aslam Masih, 26, a taxi driver and resident of the Francis Town Chung, who was kidnapped six days ago along with his taxi from Chung police limits, was found dead in Head Balloki on Sunday.
Police registered a case only after the victim was found dead though his father had submitted an application on the day of his son’s abduction. The victim’s father, Sharif Masih had reported to the police around six days back that his son had been kidnapped along with his taxi as he

Police claim arresting 152 drug pushers

LAHORE – Sattukatla Police on Sunday claimed to have arrested 152 people accused of involvement in drugs pushing, theft and gambling during a crackdown launched during the present month. Sattukatla Police SHO Javed Siddiq constituted various police teams following directions of senior officials and launched a crackdown on criminals.
Police managed to arrest 23 drugs pushers, 17 proclaimed offenders (PO), 15 CAs and 12 history sheeters. Police also recovered 13 kilogrammes of

Yousaf, Arif elected HRCP chairperson and co-chairperson

LAHORE – Zohra Yousaf and Kamran Arif were elected chairperson and co-chairperson respectively of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Sunday.
Other elected office-bearers include Treasurer Zafar A Chaudhry, vice-chairpersons Tahir Hussain (Balochistan), Saleema Hashmi (Punjab), Sher Muhammad Khan (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) and Amarnath Motumal (Sindh). Other elected members of the council include Dr Tahira Kamal, Zahoor Ahmed Shahwani, Nasreen Azhar, Salehzada, Jarar