Kinnaird College holds 74th convocation

Kinnaird College holds 74th convocation

LAHORE – Pakistan can only find its lost place among the comity of nations through education, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Tuesday. He was addressing the 74th Convocation of the Kinnaird College (KC) for Women at the Perin Boga Amphitheatre. KC Board of Governors Chairman former Lahore Bishop Reverend Dr Alexander John Malik presided over the ceremony.
The CM said that there was a need to promote the culture of research and accountability and the Danish Schools

PU AFFAIRS – VC’s ‘mates’ fail to show up

LAHORE – Five senior teachers of the Punjab University (PU) denied to support PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor Dr Mujahid Kamran and avoided to participate in a meeting that was arranged by Teachers Front (TF) in VC’s favour.
Some PU teachers disclosed that these five teachers had been ‘obliged’ by the VC in the past. Their names are Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal, Dr Amin Ather, Dr Zahid Karim Khan, Dr Ahsan Akhtar Naz and Dr Abdul Ghaffar. PU sources said that they were in close contact

Teacher’s Front organizes rally, condemns ASA

LAHORE – A large number of Punjab University teachers attended a rally organized by University Teachers Front here on Tuesday from IBIT to IBA against the behaviour of Academic Staff Association’s office-bearers. Earlier, a meeting was held in the auditorium of Institute of Business and Information Technology which received strong attendance.
The meeting condemned the false propaganda meted out against the Vice Chancellor and senior teachers by ASA President Maher Saeed Akhter

Governor’s daughter-in-law’s Qul held

LAHORE – Qul of Punjab Governor Latif Khosa’s daughter-in-law and People’s Lawyers’ Forum (PLF) President Khurram Latif Khosa’s wife Hina Saeed were held on Tuesday at 84-H Model Town.
Federal Environment Minister and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Lahore President Samina Khalid Ghurki, Awami National Party (ANP) Senior Vice President Senator Haji Adeel, PPP Member of the Provincial Assembly (MPA) Qasim Zia, PPP Punjab Secretary General Samiullah Khan, former president Justice (r)

Case seeking trader’s properties confiscation adjourned

LAHORE – An accountability court on Tuesday adjourned hearing of a case seeking confiscation of properties owned by Raja Centre Main Market, Gulberg owner Raja Riaz until February 28. During the hearing, Riaz’s son Hammad Riaz filed an application submitting that he is actual owner of the property confiscated by the court and orders regarding confiscation of properties might be revised in his favour.
On the court’s direction, Consolidation Officer Muhammad Jameel issued a notice

LHC issues notice on petition challenging polypropylene bags use

LAHORE – Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed on Tuesday issued a notice to the Punjab Food Department on a petition challenging procurement of polypropylene bags for storing wheat.
Barrister Syed Ali Zafar filed the petition submitting that procurement and use of polypropylene bags was not only harmful for human health and environment but also against the Punjab Procurement Rules 2009. He said that when wheat, which is a living organism, is stored in these bags

Camp Jail prisoner dies mysteriously

LAHORE – A prisoner detained in the Camp Jail died mysteriously on Tuesday. The doctors at the Jinnah Hospital say that he died of cardiac arrest. Muhammad Fayaz (39), a Shadbagh resident, was sent to the Camp Jail on charges of owing illegal drugs some months ago.
Yesterday, Fayaz fell unconscious and was shifted to the Jinnah Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Fayaz’s relatives were informed by the police and later the body was given to its heirs after the autopsy.

‘Women workers’ rights in informal sector be ensured’

LAHORE – Association of Women for Awareness and Motivation (AWAM) organised a three-day training of trainers titled ‘Empowering the activists to defend women workers’ rights’. As many as 35 Muslim and Christian participants including working women and representatives of civil society organizations actively participated in the training held at Dar-ul-Kalam.
The purpose of the training was to equip trainees in order to promote and protect human rights of working class. The

NH&MP IG reviews helmet campaign

LAHORE – National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP) Inspector General Dr Wasim Kauser on Tuesday reviewed arrangements of safety helmet campaign started by N-5 Central Zone on national highways. He reviewed these arrangements while presiding over a meeting held at the IG Camp Office Thoker Niaz Baig Lahore and Islamabad. NH&MP DIG Syed Ibne Hussain was also present on this occasion.
Kauser said there was a need of raising awareness about benefits of wearing protective helmets

More rains predicted in coming days

LAHORE – The rainy season is all set to continue, as the Met Office on Tuesday predicted more isolated rains from today (Wednesday) in various parts of the country. According to the Met Office, isolated rain with snowfall on hilltops is expected at various places of Islamabad, Gujranwala, Sargodha, North East Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and AJK while the situation would also continue on Thursday and Friday.
Met Office officials claimed that there is no chance of heavy rains

Federal environment minister visits WWF Pak

LAHORE – Federal Minister for Environment Samina Khalid Gurki visited the World Wide Fund for Nature Pakistan (WWF Pakistan) Head Office on Tuesday for a briefing on various conservation and environmental projects which have been organised by the WWF Pakistan Director General Ali Hasan Habib.
WWF Pakistan has entered its 41st year of conservation in Pakistan. This was Gurki’s first visit to the organisation after becoming the Federal Minister for Environment.

Hizbut Tahrir re-names Liberty Square as ‘Tahrir Square’

LAHORE – The outlawed Hizbut Tahrir on Tuesday named the Liberty Square as “Pakistan’s Tahrir Square” and announced to hold a protest on March 6.
The Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt played a vital point in ousting former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.
The outlawed organisation has distributed pamphlets in the provincial capital highlighting its demands including closing all foreign embassies, consulates and “spy centres” in Pakistan, expelling all Blackwater agents,

Workshop stresses need to involve women police officers in active policing

LAHORE – A consultation workshop to develop a gender strategy for police organizations in the country was held on Tuesday at the Avari Hotel with the involvement of senior management officials in the Punjab Police.
Approximately 30 police officers participated from all parts of Punjab of which 13 were women.
The consultation was facilitated by the Gender Responsive Policing Project (GRPP) – a joint venture of the National Police Bureau (NPB) and German Agency for

Shahbaz to open 5th Asian cotton moot

LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will inaugurate the 5th meeting of the Asian Cotton Research and Development Network today (Wednesday) at a local hotel. According to spokesman of the Punjab Agriculture Department, the conference would continue from February 23 to 25 and attended by a large number of agricultural scientists, experts, exporters and farmers including foreign delegates from India, Iran, Turkey, Uzbekistan, China, Bangladesh, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan

Ghurki asks PML-N to avoid politics of confrontation

LAHORE – Federal Environment Minister and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Lahore President Samina Khalid Ghurki on Tuesday asked the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) to avoid the politics of confrontation.
Talking to journalists at the PPP Lahore Office, she said that the PPP believed in the politics of reconciliation but its workers were ready to respond to any kind of confrontation. She said that a decision on the 10-point agenda of the PML-N would be taken after consultation

Conference of plant scientists starts at GCU

LAHORE – The 2nd International Conference of Plant Scientists kicked off at the Government College University (GCU) Lahore on Tuesday under the auspices of Pakistan Botanical Society and GCU Botany Department. Botanists from Germany, Egypt, China, Canada, and Turkey and across Pakistan gathered at the varsity to deliberate on scientific solutions to food and fuel challenges.
GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab chaired the opening session of the three-day conference. The

‘Comprehensive tobacco ban required’

LAHORE – Experts have urged a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship noting that isolated actions have little effect in reducing youth smoking.
“Comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising and promotion can result in a considerable reduction of tobacco consumption on a national level,” said University of Health Sciences (UHS) Vice Chancellor Prof Malik Hussain Mubashar, adding that where a complete ad ban was coupled with an intensive public information